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  1. LaneyB

    Who Else If Not Nurses?

    I agree with this completely. There was a show that used to have the "get over yourself" award and unfortunately many nurses fall into this line of thinking lately.
  2. LaneyB

    Nurses Eating Their Young- A Different Perspective

    One more thing - if you didn't learn the lessons about getting along with others that you should have learned in PRESCHOOL then the rest of us with appropriate social skills will have to step up to the plate and help teach you. I think all of us should try to take a positive lesson from this and help make our work environment strong and healthy for EVERYONE - even new people.
  3. LaneyB

    Nurses Eating Their Young- A Different Perspective

    I haven't posted on here in years, but a few recent threads have drawn me back out. I still remember the horrific stress of my first nursing job, which was pediatric onc/bmt. I was so nervous and absolutely sick to my stomach every day. I am so thankful after reading the threads about precepting that I had an extremely experienced and kind preceptor. It is outrageous to me that anyone would make ANY excuses for treating another human in a cruel manner. It is one thing to have high standards for your new employees and quite another thing to purposely intimidate and downgrade another person. What a horrible thing to do to another person, and reading these threads have made me vow to myself that if I am ever unfortunate enough to witness such atrocious behavior that I will speak up and do what needs to be done to stop it. And those of you who constantly go on these threads and try to excuse your misbehavior - I am embarrassed and ashamed for you, since you obviously don't have the good sense to be embarrassed and ashamed of yourselves.
  4. LaneyB

    How do you like your job as a nurse?

    How do you know that if you havent work there yet? ' I was wondering that myself. I thought maybe I read it wrong.
  5. LaneyB

    How do you like your job as a nurse?

    I work 5 days a week (8 hour shifts), no weekends, no holidays. I am at a health department. For the most part I really like my job. I love having different programs - I work immunizations, communicable disease, breast and cervical cancer control, etc. It is nice to be able to manage my own time, and I usually can pick which program I want to work on each day. When I get tired of one program there is always something I can work on in a different program. The schedule works really well for my kids. My daughter goes to school about a block from my work, and she walks to the health dept each day after school and does homework in my office until it is time to leave. The hospital I worked at previously did not work well for my family. I was frequently mandated, and had a day/night rotating shift. I often had to leave for work just as my kids were getting home from school, which they hated. I also had to work every other weekend, which they hated. This way I have a very consistent schedule, and I can make it to all of their sporting events. My coworkers are great, and only a few are rude. The hospital I worked at had a few really nasty pieces of work, and they made the floor quite miserable for many people. People were always trying to get off 3rd shift because that was the mean shift. Thankfully they ended up leaving. Looking back I wish more of us would have banded together and told them to knock it off.
  6. I am sorry to hear this - how frustrating. Do any hospitals in your area have a nurse extern program? We have some hospitals here in Michigan that will hire you at full RN pay, and you work different floors for a certain amount of time (not sure how long), then you pick among the job openings in the hospital after you are done rotating. Of course, job openings are not as plentiful as they once were, so they probably aren't hiring as many externs.
  7. LaneyB

    asking for some prayers

    My husband had the surgery over the summer. It went well. He was back to work within a week or so. He has not had any problems with eating (they told him he might have trouble with high fat foods). Good luck!
  8. I would love to pet a sphynx - I am so curious about what they feel like. Has anyone touched one before? I thought I heard they feel kind of like suede? I also read they get sunburned if exposed to sunlight, and they have to be bathed a few times a month or their skin gets oily.
  9. LaneyB

    WHO: Give at-risk groups anti-flu drugs early

    Doctors should give anti-viral drugs to pregnant women, young children and other at-risk groups as soon as they show clinical symptoms of swine flu to prevent them developing serious complications, the World Health Organization said Thursday. How ridiculous! So the second my kid starts with a runny nose I'm suppose to give meds? We don't even take meds when we are sick, so no way. Ugh! I didn't interpret it that way at all. I interpreted it as at-risk groups need to be treated with Tamiflu if they show enough symptoms for a physician to have a reasonable suspicion that the pt. has H1N1. I don't think competent physicians will think that kids should have Tamiflu the second they get a runny nose. To me, the purpose of the statement by WHO was not to wait for confirmatory testing, because Tamiflu is most effective when started ASAP after symptoms start. They are trying to decrease the death toll.
  10. I live in a rural area and I am also a nurse here and I cannot think of one person who could not travel to another area if they wanted to. It is very different where I live. I am in a rural part of Michigan, and I work in public health. There is a bus that will take people to local businesses, but it costs money. We have many people call the health department who cannot get a ride to out of town specialists, or cannot even get in to see their own doctor in town because they have no car, no money. We have many people in our county who refuse care because they are terrified of getting a bill that would ruin them financially. And some have pretty urgent issues that need immediate care. Many of them have worked hard most of their life, but the economy here is so horrible, and there are not many jobs. I have no doubt that people die from lack of health insurance.
  11. LaneyB

    Fighting mandate regarding flu vaccines

    would you be willing, if you were pregnant, to take this vaccine? I would get the vaccine if I were pregnant, for a few reasons. First, it is manufactured in the same way as the seasonal vaccine, only using a different strain of virus. The seasonal flu vaccine has been used for some time in pregnant women. Second, pregnant women appear to have a higher risk of being hospitalized if they have H1N1. And third, and maybe most important if I were pregnant, it is believed that the mother receiving the vaccine protects the infant after birth. I would be pretty nervous about a baby being born right during the time H1N1 is going strong. Here is some info from the CDC: When a pregnant woman gets a flu shot, it can protect both her and her baby. Research has found that pregnant women who had a flu shot get sick less often with the flu than do pregnant women who did not get a flu shot. Babies born to mothers who had a flu shot in pregnancy also get sick with flu less often than do babies whose mothers did not get a flu shot. Is the 2009 H1N1 flu shot safe for pregnant women? The seasonal flu shot has been given to millions of pregnant women over many years. Flu shots have not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their babies. The 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine is being made in the same way and at the same places where the seasonal flu vaccine is made. I have been vaccinated already, and I also vaccinated my 2 children (ages 13 and 16). I am far more terrifed of one of them ending up being one of the kids with no known health risks who is dead because of H1N1.
  12. LaneyB

    Im miserable at my new job!!! HELP!

    I had a similiar experience. I stayed at the job for a full year, just so it looked ok on my resume. Now I am at a place where the people are wonderful, and for the most part everyone gets along and is supportive. We do have occasional spats, but everyone gets over it and moves on. I would NOT stay in a toxic work environment. It begins to affect other aspects of your life, and life is too short to be miserable.
  13. LaneyB

    I was violated by a doctor

    The fact that you feel violated clearly indicates to me that the physican was probably not communicating with you in the way that you needed. I am sorry that you feel violated and discriminated against. However....this statement really stood out to me (I am a trained HIV counselor at a health department): I would like to clarify that i get rountinely tested for STD/HIV Q3/Q4 months..... That statement is a red flag because when we see routine testing (esp. that frequently) it is an indication that you are may be engaging in some risky behaviours. This would be the case for any sexual orientation. If I were the physician I would have phrased it differently, not mentioning the homosexual part. The reason routine testing is of great concern is that some people believe that routine testing somehow protects them from HIV. It does not - reducing your risk factors (not engaging in unprotected sex, etc) protects you. As an HIV counselor I would want to make sure that you had a clear understanding of what your personal risk factors are, and how you can reduce them. I do not mean this to be offensive to you, and I agree with you completely that the way the Dr. approached the subject was not appropriate. I am not a primary care physician, but I still think if I saw one of my patients getting tested so frequently I would want to address the issue of safe sex practices.
  14. LaneyB

    Nursing student interested in Pediatric oncology...advice anyone?

    I worked peds onc/bone marrow transplant. You did not have to be chemo certified when you first started. You can still do many kinds of chemo, just not pushing vesicants. At the hospital I worked at they sent you to chemo certification classes after you had been there about 1 year. I also was trained in bone marrow transplants after about 6 mths. My floor did hire new grads after they had their RN, but no GNs. When I hired in it was not difficult at all to get into that type of nursing, but the job market is radically different now. Good luck!
  15. LaneyB

    they see dead people

    When my mom had pancreatic cancer I had a dream that my cat from when I was young came to me from behind a baseball fence. I picked him up, and he laid his head on my shoulder and it felt like he was comforting me. He didn't talk or anything weird, but I could just strongly sense what he was trying to communicate. Then a young girl came and was on the other side of the fence, which I knew I couldn't cross, and my cat went to her. I knew he had to stay with her. My mom went into the hospital for the last time that morning. I am not religious, and don't really believe in an after-life, but I can tell you all it did not feel like a dream. It felt so real, and to this day I am 75% sure that my cat came to let me know my mom was dying.