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beckylpn1 has 10 years experience and specializes in Oncology/Med-Surg.

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    Bad News

    Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. Nursing has been a part of my life since I was 13 and to have it taken away has just really devastated me. Just keep me in mind and again, thanks for all the kind words, it means alot. Becky
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    Bad News

    I haven't been on much lately. I just found out Tuesday that due to a severe back injury, my nursing career is over. I have always been a floor nurse and was planning on going back to school this fall to get my RN. The doc basically told me that unless I want to take a desk job after I get my RN that I won't ever be able to do nursing again. I have always been very active in the care of my patients and to be told that I cannot be a floor nurse is absolutely devastating. I have to see a spinal specialist on the 22nd to find out what type of surgery has to be done. I have been off work since May 12th, I got hurt at work during a code on the 11th, and can barely clean my house due to the pain. I guess really what I am looking for are some words of comfort. Becky
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    I have a herniated disk am I done :(

    I, too, have messed my back up at work. We were working a code and guess I turned the wrong way and there my back went. I have been off work since May 12th, hurt it on the 11th. I had an MRI done Monday and got the results yesterday and the best part is I can still walk. I have to go and see a spine specialist for spinal surgery eval and they also told me that nursing is no more. Oh, if I want to sit behind a desk and push papers all day I can but I am one of the nurses that like to get out and work directly with my patients. If they need to be turned or help to the bathroom, that's my idea of nursing. I have always worked as a floor nurse and now all of that is gone. I have several injuries to my back so maybe if all you have is a herniated disk maybe they can take care of it and you won't have to give up your dream like I am. Feel free to PM me and we can talk.
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    Morale in my workplace is just deteriorating

    So sorry to hear that this happened to you. Keep your head up.
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    Assault question

    I can kindof relate to your situation except I was threatened by a fellow employee whom I considered to be a very close friend. She did not threaten me to my face but to the administrator of the facility. When the DON and Admin spoke to me about what she had said, naturally I was in fear for my life. They told me not to worry that they had everything under control and that I was safe. Well, to make a long story short, they placed her working short hours but several of the hours were on my shift. I ended up resigning my position due to the fear of not being safe. Now, at my present job, I feel safe and don't have to worry about being threatened.
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    Brand new nurse: Feeing lost

    It's like this, if you don't feel that you are getting the training that you need, tell the unit manager. Let them know that all you are doing are meds and that you feel that you need training with the other aspects of the job. They should understand this, especially if this is the first nursing job that you have had.
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    don't be so down on yourself. sometimes it can cut off at a low number and you still not do well. keep a positive attitude about it. I am sure that you did fine. Good luck, and hey, if you need a pick me up, email me!!! penman671@yahoo.com becky
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    Any tips for the 11pm to 7:30 am shift??

    I have been working the 7p-7a shift and like you I have kids that get off the bus at 3:30. Normally, I only sleep about six hours. I have slept like that for as long as I can remember though. Even when I had a dayshift job, I would go to be at like 11p and get up at 4a. But honestly, I am a night owl so that helps too. You will eventually get used to it, it just takes time. And hey, look at it this way, nights like tonight, you can talk to people online. And the coffee and amp energy drinks work too.
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    Telemetry versus Med/Surg floor for beginners?

    I currently work on an Oncology/Med-Surg floor and we get alot of pts with telemetry monitors. Even though across the hall is the Telemetry floor, we still on occasions get tele pts. I love the Med surg aspect, and the oncology part has been a good experience. The one thing that I can count on is not knowing what is wrong with my pts from shift to shift. Love it!!!!!
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    I need resume help!!

    You could start out by focusing on your peds skills but then also focus on your versatility. My opinion, describe the pts that you have cared for. Tell anything and everything that you have done. If you have experience with oncology, hospice, etc.. let them know. Show them that you are not "stuck" in one specialty. If you need any other advice or just to talk, mail me. [
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    Nursing in a poor economy.

    The economy has def brought more challenges to our careers but we have to keep in mind that people actually do depend on us. I have found that the only way to make it through a complete shift, 12hrs. 7p-7a, without losing focus on why I am there, is that if people did not depend on me to take care of them, they wouldn't be in the hospital to begin with. I try to also look at the positive; It's not forever! I guess one good thing is-job security, unfortunately.
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    Career change (to an RN) and planning motherhood

    I went through 2 1/2 years of LPN school with one child already. At the end of my first year, guess what, found out I was going to have another child. I had several complications through out the pregnancy but did deliver a healthy, beautiful, little girl. She was born a month early which was while I was on Summer break. When the program started again in the fall, I had a one month old and a 7 year old. It completely wore me out but I graduated that December and am going back this fall to start on my ADN. My children are now 17 and almost 10. If you wait until it is easy or convenient, you won't ever go. Go for it and take life as it comes to you. I wouldn't take anything for it.
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    going back to school

    Well, it is official, I am going back to school. I have been out almost 11 years and just don't know if I am doing the right thing or not. I have been an LPN for 10 years and have been in this line of work my entire life, literally. My mom worked in a LTC facility from the time I was 2 until age 18. Did alot of volunteer work at the LTC. Now, I am going back for my RN. Not sure how other states do it but we have an LPN to RN bridge program where I can get my RN in about a year. Let me know that I am doing the right thing!!!!! Am I too old to go back or just too worried?!
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    depends on the state that you are in
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    Does it sound like I got the job (according to interview)?

    sounds very positive! good luck!
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    Cold blooded administration

    Unfortunately that's the way it is in alot of LTC facilities. I have seen several things go on in facilities and when you report them, you are the bad guy. Instances of staff on the clock and reeking of alcohol, staff asking other staff members to steal narcs for them, residents falling and nurses not reporting or falsely reporting the incident. That's why I had to leave LTC.