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iluvdetroit specializes in Hospice, Adult Med/Surg.

I have been a licensed RN in Ohio for 19 years. I am currently waiting to receive my RN license in Michigan to open up more employment doors.

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  1. iluvdetroit

    Has this ever happened to you?

    It sounds to me like she is trying to make a big impression and prove that she is "accomplishing" something in her new position and is more concerned about her career than how she is treating her staff. I have worked under supervisors like that. They rarely last, and when they leave, no one sheds any tears. IDK what your options are in this situation, but no, it doesn't sound fair or necessary. And I think it's odd for those OBs to c/o "trust issues" with the night shift because they don't know you well enough. We all know that babies come at all hours of the day and night, so if anything, you would think that OBs would know the night shift nurses better than any other specialty area of physician. Something doesn't sound kosher here...
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    How Can I Get Acclimated to the Midnight Shift?

    Thanks so much to all of you for taking the time to reply. I found out earlier today that there is a possibility that I may be able to switch to the unfilled 3-11 position, so that would be my first choice, but if I stay on nights, you all have given me some really great advice that I will put into practice. Thanks again! :)
  3. iluvdetroit

    How Can I Get Acclimated to the Midnight Shift?

    Thanks, I have asked about working 3-11 instead. One lady in HR told me that she would look into it and discuss it with my supervisor but I haven't heard anything from her yet and that was 3-4 days ago, and the other lady in HR told me that the normal policy is for someone to work six months before switching. My husband recently got put on night shifts at his job too, so that means that our two kids, who are 16 and 18 but still...are home alone all night, which worries me. His hours changed after I accepted this 11-7 shift job. Would you go to the supervisor and tell her that, or do you think that she would probably just think, "Oh, well. Hire someone to stay with them", or, "They're old enough to stay alone, big deal." I'm so frustrated right now!
  4. I am an RN who has not worked in nursing for the past five years. I recently got a job working the night shift in a small, inpatient hospice unit (11P-7A) that I really like. However, I am totally a morning/day person and no matter how hard I try, I can't sleep during the day and I start shutting down by 2 AM when I'm at work, meaning that I can't keep my eyes open, my mind goes kind of foggy, and I get really cold, like my body is trying really hard to go to sleep in spite of the fact that I am trying to stay awake. Does anyone have any suggestions that might help? I am normally a good nurse, but when I feel like this I can't even concentrate. Right now I am still on orientation and working about 3-4 nights/week but after that I will only work about 2-3 nights/week. The place that hired me has a position open on 3P-11P which is a much better shift for me, but one of the ladies in HR told me that the normal policy is for someone to work in a position for six months before switching to another one. I really want to go to my supervisor and explain all of this to her, but she is a little intimidating and I am afraid that she will take it like I am complaining and that I am not flexible. Help!
  5. iluvdetroit

    What Can You Tell Me About Oakwood Healthcare?

    Thanks, I appreciate your responses. Merry Christmas! : )
  6. iluvdetroit

    What Can You Tell Me About Oakwood Healthcare?

    So do you mean be careful, because that could mean that it's a terrible healthcare system to work for, hence the positions not being filled, or be careful in the sense that those jobs were probably filled long ago and they just haven't taken them off of the website yet?
  7. iluvdetroit

    Feelings About Having to Leave Nursing...

    Thanks for all of your thoughtful replies. I have considered that the hospice volunteering may turn into being a hospice nurse for the same company, so that is one reason why I want to do it. Mostly though, I think it will get my mind off of my own problems, which are considerably smaller than finding oneself at the end of one's life like the hospice patients that I will be visiting. I have thought about home health care, but I don't see any jobs posted for it in my area. Thanks again for the kind thoughts and suggestions. :loveya:
  8. iluvdetroit

    Feelings About Having to Leave Nursing...

    I'm so sorry that you are experiencing this too. When people go into nursing, it's not only because we want to help people but also because we are hoping for some kind of job security. This economy has ruined nursing for so many people. I hope things turn around for you very soon.
  9. I have decided that it is probably time to give it up. I don't want to, but I don't see that I have a choice. I have been an RN for almost 20 years. During that time, I have taken years off to care for my kids at home. The last time I worked for any amount of time was in 2004. Since then, I have kept up my CEUs and taken an RN refresher course. I also got a job in a LTC facility a few months ago that I could not handle physically due to some physical limitations that I have. I have had disc surgery on my neck twice in the past eight years. At this point, not only did the surgeries not really help the situation, but if I flex my neck for longer than a few seconds, I get a screaming headache on the right side of my head that will last for at least two days that OTC pain meds can't touch. In doing my three hour med pass at the LTC facility, I would have to flex my neck for hours, hence the HA pain, and I had to give up the job. I have since applied for countless hospital positions, thinking that it wouldn't be quite as hard on my body--since you get to sit down at least some of the time and no three hour med passes-- and because that's where my 10+ years of experience lies, and all I get is no response, or polite emails or letters telling me that the position has been filled by someone more qualified. I have also applied at dialysis centers, nursing agencies, etc. to no avail. Under those circumstances, I am thinking that it is time to just give it up and hang up my stethoscope. I don't have my BSN or any administrative experience, so a nursing desk job, at least in my area, is out of the question at this point (not to mention that I would constantly be flexing my neck to look down at paperwork or whatever-I can hardly stand to even sit and read a book at this point), and I can't afford to go back to school to get my BSN. Have any of you had an experience such as this? How did you cope with it? I feel useless, washed up, and unskilled to do any other kind of work. It's so frustrating! I am planning on becoming a hospice volunteer who goes to visit hospice patients in their homes to keep them from being lonely and to try to cheer them up a little bit, and orientation for that starts in January. That will help with the feelings of uselessness, but it's not really the same. DH has a decent job and we have rental property, so I don't absolutely have to work as a nurse or starve and I feel very blessed and relieved about that, but still...it's disheartening.
  10. iluvdetroit

    So Who Are They Hiring?

    From the nurses that I have known who have done home care, I have never heard anything good about it, and I wouldn't even know where to begin getting an office job. I don't have my BSN, and most "sit down" jobs for nurses, as far as I know, are management jobs and require at least a BSN.
  11. Can anyone tell me about working for Oakwood Healthcare in the Detroit area? I just applied online for a couple of positions that they have posted on their website. They seem to have a lot of openings. I have been rejected by quite a few hospitals because I haven't practiced at the bedside for almost five years. I am hoping that Oakwood will see that I have kept as current as possible and have an excellent work history!
  12. iluvdetroit

    So Who Are They Hiring?

    It is a large hospital in Toledo, Ohio, and I got an official rejection letter yesterday. My husband kept telling me to call them and let them know that I really wanted the job, but I didn't feel comfortable doing that. Now I'm so glad that I didn't...how embarrassing to be told that I don't fit the bill over the phone! The letter wasn't fun, but it was better than hearing it actually said.
  13. iluvdetroit

    Nursing Job Shortage?

    I think one of the major things that you have going for you is that you're fluent in Spanish. If you look in Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas, especially areas closer to the Border, you should have a leg up on all of your competition. I lived in the Phoenix area last year, and knowing Spanish is a huge plus in any job field. I don't think a lot of people realize how many people actually live inside the US and speak no, or almost no, English.
  14. iluvdetroit

    12 hour shifts and weight loss calories

    It sounds like you are on the right track. A nurse burns quite a lot of calories on any given shift, assuming that she doesn't have a desk job. When I started working part-time 3-11 shift several years ago, the weight literally fell off of me without much effort, just because I was suddenly walking several extra miles a day up and down the halls of the hospital and had a lot less time to sit down and snack. If you figure in a reasonable amount of extra calories like you are doing, it will help to prevent you from doing what I used to do when I worked 12 hr. nights. I would eat a small snack in that whole long shift , even though I was getting a bunch of exercise, and then I would be so completely starved by the time I got off work at 7 AM that I would go through McDonald's drive-thru on my way home from work and order a calorie-intense breakfast like an egg mcmuffin and hashbrowns then go home and sleep. Needless to say, my weight went up instead of down!
  15. iluvdetroit

    Another "job" thread from me... ;)

    How about something like, "Hello. I'm an RN and I feel like I could be a good fit for the open position that you have listed on your floor. I was wondering if you had filled it yet, and, if not, if I could possibly come in and discuss it with you?" Then she will either say something like, "Go to HR and apply for it and if I like your application I will call you", or, "Can you tell me why you feel that you would be a good fit for this job?" at which point you can list your qualifications to her. Good luck! : )
  16. iluvdetroit

    Why are doctors so easily manipulated by drug addicts?

    Doctors want their patients to look at them as a "good guy" a lot of the time. Also, I have noticed this pattern many times with the drug seeking patients that I took care of: middle-aged or older male doctor, fairly attractive younger female patient. Not that I think the docs have affairs with their patients, maybe just that they want to be liked by them. Doctors are professionals but they are also human. That's all I can figure. BTW, if you had to pick a main demographic for your drug seeking patients, what would it be? For me, it seems like most of the time they were fairly attractive, 30-something, white, middle class or higher, females. Just curious what all of your impressions are? And btw, I am a white middle class female, so I'm not picking on anyone, just stating my findings.