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VTRN774

VTRN774

long-term, sub-acute, med-surg
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VTRN774 has 5 years experience and specializes in long-term, sub-acute, med-surg.

Nursing is my second career, used to be an English teacher, editor, ghostwriter. I love VT, hate winter. Go figure.

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  1. VTRN774

    Can't stand dialysis

    If you are sure you hate it, get out now. There is a place for you in nursing that will feel like home. Your unit is spending time and money training you. You're putting in chunks of your life you don't get back again. If your gut is sure, then listen and move on. If the job is not a good fit for you, then say so to your current and future employers. In the long run, you'll find the right nursing job for you.
  2. VTRN774

    What if?

    I am fully aware of the risk to my license. I am also fully aware that being a closeted pot smoker is not so different than being a closeted homosexual was fifty years ago. The laws that keep me from legally using pot are wrong and should be changed. I may be brave enough to post here, but I'm not brave enough to go public. I've used this anonymous forum because as long as I have children to support, I can't risk losing my job. However, I wonder if the psychic/spiritual cost of lying is just too high. That is why I wonder what would happen if nurses leveraged the respect the public gives our profession and chose to come out of the closet en masse.
  3. VTRN774

    What if?

    i pay $1500 a year to my pharmacy (that's on top of what insurance pays) for medications to manage my genetic disorder: depression. without those medications i would be dead. with them, i'm functional and stable, but most of the time i'm also irritable, tense, closed. that's why i also pay about $500 a year on the black market for the one medication my insurance won't cover and my doctor can't prescribe: marijuana. my husband likes me better when i smoke pot daily. my colleagues like me better. my kids like me better. i like me better. in the horrific six months when my old medications stopped working marijuana kept me alive until the new meds started to work. i really wish i were kidding, but i'm not: i would have killed myself without marijuana. because i hate hypocrisy, i quit smoking pot before i took the n-clex and abstained from it for a year. it was not a good year. because i knew i would be a happier, more productive person, citizen, and nurse, i started smoking pot again. i have never gone to work high, and i never will, just as i would never go to work if i were drunk, hungover, running a fever, or taking any medication that caused drowsiness. just like pilots have a 12-hour "bottle to throttle" rule, i have a 12-hour "toke to time-clock" rule. i am respected in my community for my work and for my parenting. i don't cheat on my taxes, i don't steal, and i would never park in a handicapped space. if i want to, i can legally buy and consume cases of liquor and cartons of cigarettes, substances we nurses know causes disease. but in order to purchase a drug that i need for my mental health, i lie and i break the law, and i hate it. sometimes i wonder how many nurses are in the same position. sometimes i wonder what would happen if nurses, the most respected professionals in our society, stood up together and said we want marijuana legalized now.
  4. Writing care plans in nursing school was a useful learning process, but once I learned to integrate this skill into my daily practice, nursing diagnoses became irrelevant. I thought then and still do now that nursing diagnoses are silly and a waste of time. There is enough jargon in nursing without adding nursing diagnoses. Also, I have never been disrespected by a physician, nor would that even be tolerated by the hospital I work in. I can't imagine why any institution continues to allow disrespectful behavior among colleagues.
  5. VTRN774

    VTC tuition question

    what's your question?
  6. VTRN774

    UVM?

    I went thru VTC so I can't comment on UVM, but I can tell you how I made my decision: I talked to faculty at length. I had the school put me in touch with current students and recent graduates to ask them how well the program prepared them. I looked at their graduation rates. I looked at where clinicals were and how many hours of clinical there were. In my opinion, a rigorous program is a good sign. Even though all the courses may not be enjoyable, you want to be a well-educated, well-prepared nurse when you start to practice. I did not enjoy nursing school, but I love being a nurse. Good luck!