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    when should i tell my manager i'm pregnant?

    I told my manager at 10 weeks, when I had a suspected miscarriage during my shift. I was working home health, and my client couldn't be left alone, so I had to wait 90 minutes for someone to relieve me. I think you should wait to reveal until you need accommodations. I was pregnant with twins, and I needed accommodations, mostly for lifting, around 20 weeks. I worked until 34 weeks and had my babies at 35 weeks.
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    I Hope This is Not the Latest Trend

    This reminds me of the Ohio nursing home where a meth lab was discovered in a resident's room after a fatal fire. My first reaction was to wonder how bad staffing must have been for no one to notice.
  3. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF) was intended to encourage people to fill positions that have a high cost of entry, while making less money than they would in the private sector, in areas that have a hard time attracting those professions. Unfortunately, student loan servicers made more money putting loans into forbearance. The first round of PSLF applications were processed in September, and 99% of applicants were rejected.
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    Bring back our childhood diseases!

    That would be news to my parents, who had measles and cancer.
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    Are We Too PC?

    Many 10 Commandments displays were erected in the 1950s to promote the movie "The Ten Commandments". https://www.chron.com/entertainment/movies/article/Ten-Commandments-went-from-film-to-stone-1674007.php
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    Are We Too PC?

    I have never understood why "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is considered a Christmas song.
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    Are We Too PC?

    In my experience, people who complain that society is "too PC" want to say whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want, to whoever they want, with no repercussions, but God forbid you say anything they don't like.
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    It's Almost Like a Ghost Town. Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years

    Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes
  9. Thanks to Obamacare-related data collection, the federal government has realized something many nurses have known for years- many nursing homes are deliberately understaffed. Perhaps this will lead to change.
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    Never too 'old' to go back to school and advance your skills

    I'm not associated with Strayer, but their undergrad tuition is cheaper than in-state tuition and mandatory fees at my local state U. It's also cheaper than the state school, in a different state, where I earned my BA. Something is wrong when a for-profit school is cheaper than a state school, even with in-state tuition.
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    The Cannibalism of Nursing

    Steak is pretty cheap right now. My local supermarket had had it for $1.99/lb in the last month.
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    The Cannibalism of Nursing

    My SNF experience was similar, with an RN, and without the theft. I will sell my body on the street before I work in another SNF. And things can exist even if you haven't personally experienced them.
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    "I Couldn't Find a Job...": Nursing As a Fall Back Plan.

    I'm one of the many who went into nursing because I couldn't find a job in my chosen field. I decided that if I had to be a servant, I would be a well-paid servant. I also have a knack for choosing career paths just before the bottom falls out of a field (print media, then tech). I graduated from nursing school in 2008, just before the economy collapsed. I thought my previous BA would count for something, and until about a semester before I graduated, it did. The job market when I graduated was completely different than when I started. I lived in a city full of hospitals and *no one* wanted new grads, especially new grads without a BSN. A 1-star nursing home turned me down. My husband didn't want to leave his father, who was old and in poor health, and my mother was diagnosed with cancer 2 weeks after I graduated, so moving was not an option early on. I did not have the time, money, or inclination for more school. After 8 months and a cancelled job, I convinced my husband that we had to move. Two months later, I found a job in assisted living, 250 miles from home. I never wanted to work in LTC, but I had no other offers, and I figured experience was experience. After a year of passing meds and acting badly as charge nurse, I started job-hunting again. Now the jobs that had required 1 year of experience wanted 3-5 years of experience in the unit you were applying for. I took a job in what turned out to be Nursing Home Hell. I ran screaming after 6 weeks. After that, I found a job in home care. It didn't pay well, but I learned a lot. If I hadn't been hired, I would have walked away from nursing altogether. In school, we were taught about teamwork, and warned about being "task-oriented" because nurses had to be flexible and creative. When I got to the floor, it was all about following orders and doing as you were told. I hated LTC because there was no teamwork and way too many patients. We had to get orders for literally everything. Everything was a big deal, and everything was the nurse's fault. I'd worked in foodservice for very specific clientele, so I was used to being creative under pressure and handling angry customers. Ever tried planning a breakfast buffet for 40 vegans, or food for a bris? However, none of that is life-or-death, even if the customer acts like it is. Then again, most fields aren't as stable as they used to be. There are no "sure thing" majors anymore. Both my sisters went into the law, which has collapsed over the last 10 years. One has had a bunch of jobs go south spectacularly. The other went through 3 jobs in 3 years, and wound up waiting tables at the airport before joining the Army and becoming a JAG. She retired injured, and is now working on another degree. Financially, nursing pays much better than the call center, though that wasn't always the case. I had health insurance, though not necessarily good health insurance. I've had to leave 2 jobs due to lack of work. People say nursing has "so many opportunities" but I've only found that to be true for nurses with the right combination of education and experience. Without a BSN (BA does not count) and hospital experience, a lot of paths are closed to me. At least my student loans are paid off.
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    Death came to visit

    When my mother got her cancer diagnosis, even with 2 lawyers in the family, we were all very surprised to discover that Massachusetts does not recognize living wills. You can write your wishes down, but it's not legally binding. When she was actively dying a few years later, we had to fight hard for me to be named her health care proxy because of her mental state.
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    PSA: Don't forget to invest!

    If your employer offers a retirement account, use it. Even with no match (my last 3 employers didn't offer matching funds), it's tax-free income, and it will usually continue to accumulate value over time. If your employer doesn't offer a retirement account, open an IRA with a low-cost brokerage.
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