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tiddles RN

M/S, L/D, Corrections, SNF/LTC, Home Care, ED
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tiddles has 30 years experience as a RN and specializes in M/S, L/D, Corrections, SNF/LTC, Home Care, ED.

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    When Nurses Dream...and Have Nightmares!

    I recently dreamed I only saw one of my home care patients and completely forgot the other visits I was supposed to do that day. I can't tell you how relieved I was when I woke up. I often dream that I'm trying to punch in a number such as a phone number or code - but it never goes in right and I keep doing it over and over..
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    Returning to NZ

    Hi there. I am a NZ registered nurse who has been living in the US since 1994. I am considering moving back to NZ in the next couple of years due to family issues such as aging parents, and a desire to be close to family again. I would prefer not to do nursing in NZ (I am tired, plus I am not looking forward to going through the hoops of applying for a practicing certificate) but realistically I probably will have to if I can't earn a livable wage doing something else. Has anyone here moved back after being away so long? How has nursing changed there in the last quarter century? Would it be hard to fit back in? I would love to hear your stories. Thanks.
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    Is my (50K) BSN worthless?

    I would definitely not recommend either LTC or home care as slower paced or less stressful.
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    Questionable actions that make you go hmm?

    My preceptor at a new job was listening to me give report and tell someone that so-and-so was on azithromycin. She gave a look like I was an imbecile and said "no he's not, he's on Zithromax!". She was a terrible preceptor - tried to make me look dumb at every opportunity.
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    another thread about burn out

    I spent (threw away) three grand on a coding course. I figured it would help me get into a utilization review-type job, but it hasn't. The only difference it made was when I was in a care manager position my boss would give me charts that needed diagnosis codes added (big whoop - anyone can do that). Even if I wanted to take a huge pay cut and be a coder, most positions require previous experience - especially home-based ones, which would be my preference.
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    Sick Days?

    It can also depend on how desperate your unit is. Where I work there are a number of people who call out frequently. They get spoken to and everyone grumbles about it, but we are chronically short staffed so they will probably never get fired.
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    I once gave a medication to a pregnant drug abuser - she glared at me and said "this better not hurt my baby". I glanced at a co-worker who heard this and we both burst out laughing (not very professional, but we couldn't help it).
  8. This nurse is not 56. You're mixing this post with the one above.
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    Your worst nightmare

    Poor Nursingaround - I don't think you're going to be able to write any posts without a load of folks jumping down your throat. I actually enjoy your stories - they offer a nice change from the usual stuff on here.
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    Aetna work from home tele case manager rn

    I was told by a potential employer that it's not a job you can do and watch kids at the same time. You have to have a dedicated work space without any distractions.
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    Is it just me?

    yeah - it's amazing that no matter how severe the budget crunch, the CEO always gets his (always a HE) humungo salary and bonus.
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    You won't believe.....

    Hilarious storm in a teacup, people! I'd love to see how this poor sensitive student reacts when patients and family members are rude to her, and doctors cuss her out for calling them in the middle of the night, and her manager berates her for some nit-picky crap...and that's on a good day! She's going to have to develop a thicker skin if she wants to make it in the world.
  13. When I found out I had passed my exams, I was allowed to look at my student file and because I am nosy I did. As part of the selection process, the nursing school had contacted all of my high school teachers to ask them if they thought I could handle the nursing course. To my horror all but one (my french teacher) said they didn't think I could do it. I was so upset because I actually was a pretty good student (well okay, I sucked at history), but what surprised me more was that the school still took me! I guess I showed those nitwit teachers.
  14. I interviewed for a job with them and they offered me $22 an hour (in Waterville, Maine). It was very difficult for me to keep a straight face. I have many years of experience. I can't imagine what they offer new nurses.