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Not_A_Hat_Person RN

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Not_A_Hat_Person has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Geriatrics, Home Health.

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  1. Health-care system causing rampant burnout among doctors, nursesAs many as half of all clinicians suffer from the problem, creating risks to patients, malpractice claims and absenteeism, study finds.Imagine a health-care system in which doctors and nurses are so exhausted and beaten down that many of them work like zombies — error-prone, apathetic toward patients and at times trying to blunt their own pain with alcohol or even suicide attempts. That is what America’s broken health care system is doing to its health workers, according to a 312-page report released Wednesday by the National Academy of Medicine, one of the country’s most prestigious medical institutions. The report found that as many as half of the country’s doctors and nurses experience substantial symptoms of burnout, resulting in increased risks to patients, malpractice claims, worker absenteeism and turnover, as well as billions of dollars in losses to the medical industry each year. “It’s a moral issue, a patient-care issue and a financial issue,” said Christine K. Cassel, professor of medicine at University of California at San Francisco, who co-chaired the committee of experts that wrote the report.
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    Chances of getting in after getting suspended from College

    You may want to talk to a lawyer. I don't know the rules in Maryland, but in Massachusetts the campus police at Harvard, Brandeis, and all of the public colleges are Special State Police. They are sworn officers who go to the State Police Academy, and have police powers on campus. Unpaid campus parking tickets don't just prevent you from graduating, they can also prevent you from renewing your auto registration. In short, the campus police could very well be "real" police.
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    BON and alleged verbal abuse via pt

    No way should 2 people try to position a 400+ lb. patient, unless they are using a mechanical aide, like a lift. In Nursing Home Hell, I had to try to position a resident who weighed over 500 lbs, with 2 LNAs and a lift. Things did not go well. I worked in another facility where the official standard for lifting or turning without some kind of mechanical device was one person for every 75 lbs. A patient weighing 400 lbs. would require at least 6 people. Hopefully, nothing will come from the patient's complaint. You may want to look for a new job, if only to save your back.
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    BON and alleged verbal abuse via pt

    My state licenses CNAs (They're called LNAs).
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    Ridiculous medical mistakes on TV

    On an episode of "Homicide", the medical examiner says a victim died of a pulmonary embolism. Then one of the officers says "a heart attack!", and the other officer and the medical examiner repeat "a heart attack!"
  6. A field with a lot of high-paying jobs when you start a field of study can have none by the time you finish. Ask anyone who graduated into The Great Recession. I graduated from nursing school in 2008, in a city full of hospitals. NO ONE wanted new grads. Even one-star nursing homes wanted a BSN and 1 year of Med-Surg. It took me 10 months and a 250-mile move to find my first nursing job. Some of my classmates looked for more than a year. Some never found a first job. Higher Education has become a racket. The student takes all of the financial risk, while everyone else is literally guaranteed to get paid.
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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    I graduated in 2008, when no one wanted to hire new grads. After a 10-month job search and a 250-mile move, I worked in assisted living for a year, then 6 horrible weeks in Nursing Home Hell, then 7 years in home health, with some flu clinics and a few months at a prison. I'm now back in assisted living. I'd still like to work in Med Surg, but with no BSN and no hospital experience, no hospital in the area will hire me.
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    For Nurses, Trauma Can Come With the Job

    The New York Times examines PTSD among nurses.
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    CPR on a chicken?

    One of my nursing school instructors shared a story about performing CPR on a penguin during a trip to Antarctica.
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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.
  12. 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.