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    Nurses not speaking english at work

    WOW! This is a pretty well debated topic! I thought I might toss my hat into the ring just because I have a unique perspective. After leaving the Army back in 1991 I decided to stay in Europe, Germany to be exact. I had taken German as my foreign language requirement in high school and became more fluent while working on fishing boats on the North Sea. I was also exposed to the languages of many other immigrant seafarers/fishworkers including Poles, Serbs, Croats, Portugese, and Spaniards. The ports of Europe are very diverse! Eventually I realized that a life of fishing wasn't for me. So, I used the opportunities that the german social government system provided, and went to nursing school. Not an american school in Germany, but a real, live German school;). I was actually accepted to two schools, and was asked at my first interview in very condescending and heavily accented English " Mr. Keener, we would consider having you attend our school, but do you understand German at all? " To which I answered in perfect North Sea dialect that yes I understood perfectly and that I was also no longer interested in attending their school! I studied at the Krankenpflegeschule Zentralkrankenhaus Reinkenheide in Bremerhaven, Germany for three FULL years, no spring break, no summer off, no trips to Panama City ( that would have been awesome! ) During which time I was required not only to speak and write the German I already knew, but to also learn medical/nursing German as well. My English knowledge was considered an asset at my work place, and many of my colleagues and patients enjoyed practicing with me, but in all professional situations I always spoke German out of common courtesy and mostly just to avoid plain old confusion! About nine years ago I decided to return to the U.S. As a nurse educated in a foreign country I was required to follow the procedures needed to attain my licensing here, including the TOEFL! I worked as a PCA for nearly two years while the wonders of american beauracracy ( AKA CGFNS ) continually misplaced paperwork, changed procedure, and made my life a living nightmare! That would have never happened in Germany! Those guys are crazy about being organized! But I survived, passed the CGFNS, and the N-CLEX ( 76 questions in 1.5 hours, I thought I failed horribly at first! HAHA guess my german education was pretty damned good even after being out of school for almost six years! ) As someone who's been out and about, my only advice would be to step back take a deep breath and roll with whatever comes your way. Yeah, it sucks to be left out of a group, and that group shouldn't just be leaving you to fend for yourself! But I think it was some smart guy like Ghandi who said if you want to change something, start with yourself. I'm not saying learn the language, unless you really want to, but you can use the language that you share to make a friend, and become a member of the group maybe. Use your strengths and knowledge to create the environement that you want instead of reacting to the environment that you're being confronted with. Since I got out of the Army ( where I served proudly as a tank driver in Iraq! HUA! ) I always say to myself every day is a good day as long as no one is shooting at me! I'm proud to be an American, but I'm fully aware of how small the world is becoming and how harmful it will be for us all if we are unable to work outside the confines of our own invisible borders.
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    Sorry for my question, i hate to ask this, but i need to know.

    The easy answer to your question is in the names of the positions themselves. A staff RN is on the front lines of a unit handling patient care and a charge nurse is "in charge" maintaining an overview and guiding/organizing the work that gets done each day. As someone without any experience you will probably want to apply for the staff position unless you have a strong backround in leadership/organizational roles. Good luck with your job search!
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    What Do Operating Room Nurses Do?

    I have had the pleasure of being a nurse for 14 years. I began my career working on a Med unit doing mostly gastroenterology and later switched to oncology. I have been working in the OR now for the last 8 years and have enjoyed it more than anywhere else I've worked as a nurse. I guess you could say that it "fits" or that it suits me and is what I want to be/do with my nursing knowledge. I think it's up to every one of us to find that place for themselves and to become the best nurse that they can for the sake of those we care for. I will admit that pharmacology is no longer one of my strongest skills because of the limited pallette of drugs that are used in the OR setting, but I am intelligent and skilled enough to use the references that are available when needed, is that not a skill that we all learned in nursing school? I have also had the pleasure of working in another country (Germany) for 6 years. For those of you who don't know, Germany has a social medical system. I can assure you that ALL non-physician staff members in a german OR are RNs, and my german friends find it amazing that we silly litigation happy Americans would ever allow "underqualified" personnel into the OR. We also have ventured into the 21st century where it has become quite possible and common for physicians to show respect and admiration for us lowly footfolk and I am anything but a lowly "gofer". I find it disturbing that the old disdain for fellow professionals has now shifted to sow discord among our very own ranks. To you new colleagues who are interested in the OR, I hope you find it to be challenging and rewarding! and to those of you who seem to believe a chimp could do my job, don't worry I'll treat you with the care and skill that all of my patients deserve and receive when you land on my table!
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    foreign (German) educated RN wants BSN

    Hey guys! Kinda crazy, but I'm an american citizen ( born in Cali ) educated in Germany ( I went to school there after getting out of the Army and staying over there ) I went through CGFNS, took the N-CLEX here in Indiana, and have been working as an RN in the OR for the last 6 years. I really want to get my BSN, but I'm not sure where to start? Anyone else have a similar experience?
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    A NON- Ivy tech question-- Bloomington nurses???

    Hmmmm? I'm not on here enough to know much about the whole Ivy Tech thing, but what I do know about is Bloomington Hospital... I was employed there until just recently and my emotions and experiences are very mixed... I had the pleasure of working with several wonderful people there and giving our patients the best care possible, but I also had the burden of working with many people who were unqualified, incompetent, or simply lazy... In my opinion management at BH is a big group of bobble heads, nodding all the time that they are "listening" to your worries, and shaking back and forth as soon as you walk out the door... everything is about the facade, as long as we look good the public will think we are good... so lets go spend tons of money on things we don't really need and cut out all the perks for our workers... I mean for gods sakes, we got a Kroger coupon for 12$ at thanksgiving ( to help with the cost of your holiday meal, may not be used to purchase alcohol, tabacco, or lottery tickets... ) and a free meal from the cafeteria for christmas... geee! thanks boss! Glad to see you gave yourself a big raise though, can i get a lift to work in your new corvette??? I can't say much about Monroe, most of the information I ever got was probably tainted through my affiliation with BH... I have heard from many patients that it's a great place to seak treatment. I'm at UH in Indy now, and I'm not as naive as I was long ago, but I can tell I'm already much more appreciated here. I have plenty of room to grow, wonderful benefits, fair pay, and the mortgage on my brand new 4 BR house is only 40$ more than my 1 BR apartment was in B-town ( thanks IU for jacking the cost of living into the heavens! ) So, my advice? If you can, get out of Bloomington!!!!! There's a world of opportunity out there ( and employers still willing to pay a moving bonus... ) If for some reason you're stuck there, look at all your options, take your time, ask potential employers questions, sell yourself, make them beg to hire you!!! and if you happen to end up at BH, do me a favor, do your very best to make a difference, it's what I tried to do every day... if you really want to you can make a change, it may only reach a short way ( in my case the OR I worked in... ) but it will be your little patch of respite, and it will give you what you need to care for those in need...
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