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CFitzRN has 7 years experience and specializes in L&D; GI; Fam Med; Home H; Case mgmt.

52 year old wife of 31 years and mom to 4 sons

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  1. CFitzRN

    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    (To Doc WorkADay) I had somehow missed this, but enjoyed reading your story. Without going into detail (which would take the better part of a week, undoubtedly), I am a practicing Catholic who has experienced what no one could deny was an encounter with evil. It was targeting my young son. My husband - an engineer and a very logical, linear thinker - witnessed the entire encounter. His world view changed 100% after that, and it was the turning point in our family. It was a watershed moment that proved to us that God and satan are real, that the preternatural world is not just the musings of some ancient superstitious men. That said, you reacted to the attack in the only way that would have been effective. However, these beings do not usually go down without a fight, so be vigilant and please, never go looking for this kind of trouble again. You are wise to forgo any further ghost tour-type activities because, although they're usually done all in fun, the powers of evil are no respecter of men, and they will take any opening you permit by consenting to contact them. Just to be clear, I am the most normal, boring person there is, and if this can happen to me and my family, it can happen to anyone. Satan's most effective weapon is to convince people he does not exist and lull them into a sense of safety or unbelief. When they let their guard down (as in the case of dabbling in occult-type "games," seances, Ouija, witchcraft, etc) his minions will get a foot in the door. It may not lead to anything obvious such as what you or I experienced. It can manifest in a myriad of ways which lead to destruction. At any rate, thanks for sharing your story!
  2. I work for a Case Management agency contracted by the state. It is called RHA Health Services - look for it in your area.
  3. i fall easily into this category and suffered greatly when I began my new grad position on the Labor & Delivery floor of my hospital. My inability to be perfect messed with my head really badly, and also made time management nearly impossible. I didn't realize my personality type was sabotaging my job but in hindsight it most certainly was. I am very grateful to say that God has provided for me many times over since then. I worked PRN in a family practice office, while working recovery for a free-standing Endo clinic, which was great. My next job was as a field staff supervisor for a home health agency - learning policy, writing plans of care, doing supervisory visits to clients' homes, teaching CNA level orientation, etc. Great job for me. That segued into the job I have currently - RN Case Manager for disabled children on a Medicaid waiver program. I work from home the majority of the time and see clients in their homes every 90 days. It's a lot of computer work and my assessment skills have become stronger (it's a whole different kind of assessment from the ones you would do in a hospital though). There are many options for nurses who may not be suited to hospital floor nursing. Case Management has turned out to be my thing, and I urge you to look into it. I wish you the best!
  4. Honestly, that sounds like one of the first levels of hell. There are most certainly any number of other nursing jobs you can get.
  5. Is there an overseeing doctor? Can you ask him to write orders for this OTC med for the men? Are the men not able to choose to use OTC meds themselves while in the facility? I have to say, I am very rusty with this because I do case management and have for a long time, so I don't know the policies or regulations with OTC meds in a facility like that one. You sound like a kind and compassionate nurse though.
  6. I've read some comments but there are so many, I can't read them all. Instead I'll just say this: I could have written this post. I went to nursing school at the age of 42, after being a stay-home mom for 17 years. I sailed through nursing school, graduating with honors. Clinicals were sometimes scary, but mostly I got through fine. I landed a job offer in Labor & Delivery 6 weeks before graduation. I was thrilled. I passed NCLEX with 75 questions on my first try and I was done. I oriented on days (but was hired for nights). My first patient had a post-partum hemorrhage and it was horrific. Of course my preceptor and others took over and did what needed to be done, but I was blown out of the water. I kept at it, but I stopped sleeping. I was terrified on the floor. My coworkers were NOT supportive or kind. I would get in trouble for spending 20 minutes with a new mother teaching her to breastfeed. I would hesitate to give meds because I was paralyzed that I was going to OD someone. I was miserable and riddled with anxiety anyway, but then I started on nights. My preceptor told me I'd probably do better on nights because it was usually less busy (or at least, didn't have doctors and family members everywhere). It was okay, not horrible, and I think I would have eventually gotten it, but I was still not sleeping. I would come home after 13 hours and take a bath and try to sleep, only to "nap" for maybe an hour or two, then would be wide awake. I would freak out because I knew I had to be back at work at 7pm and I was completely exhausted. I was coming up on 90 days, and I knew there was no way I could keep doing this. I begged our nurse manager to find a position on days for me, but she said there was no way. I thought about transferring to days on another floor, but honestly, I felt like a miserable failure and I had fallen into despair. I had lost 25 lbs in 6 weeks and I was paralyzed with anxiety. Very unlike me, I made the decision to walk away. I have never felt more desperate or useless in my life. After a couple of weeks of thinking I had wasted years of my life, and then digging myself out of the pit, I started looking for work. I prayed a lot. Over the next few months, this is how it went: I did flu shot clinics for several weeks, then I took several PRN jobs in GP's and Pediatrician's offices and did that for several months, then I got a job as a recovery nurse in an endo office (they had a separate endo clinic) which was perfect for me, because the risks were very low, and then, after a few months of that, I was hired as a staffing supervisor at a home health agency. I got that job because I was told my intelligence and excellent communication skills were more important than my experience. I taught orientation to CNAs, I wrote policy (which took a lot of Board of Nursing research), I wrote plans of care for CNA-level patients, I did supervisory visits to CNA level patients, I interacted with pcp's and other health care team members for our clients, etc. I did that job for 2 years, and then for many reasons I won't go into now, I had to leave that job to home school my youngest son for a year. Once our school year was over, I thought I would never find another good job again, but within a week, I was hired as an RN Case Manager for a Case Management agency. I oversee the Case Mgmt for disabled children on a Medicaid Waiver program. It is a dream job. I work from home, I set my own schedule, I see my patients every 90 days in their home, I do all the annual work to keep them on the program, I make contact with their PTs, OTs, Speech therapists, DME companies, etc. I have been blessed beyond measure, but I believe God led me to nursing for another reason. I volunteer my nursing services at a free clinic on weekends, and I have been trained in obstetric ultrasonography and I volunteer in a pro-life pregnancy center a couple of days a month. Saving the lives of unborn babies has been the joy of my life. I guess I'm writing this to tell you that you are not alone, and you are NOT a failure. When you say "floor nursing is not for me" I know exactly what you mean, and I relate 100%. I am not stupid, and I am not a quitter. I knew I was in the wrong place almost immediately, and when it became clear it was not working for me at all, I had to walk away. I wouldn't advise everyone to just quit. In fact, there are many times I've regretted not pushing through the pain and fear and doing what I had to do to make it work. But at the end of the day, I found what I am good at and what is a blessing to me, and you will too. Don't give up.
  7. Can you elaborate on "writing gigs"? What sort of writing jobs can a nurse have? Thanks in advance.
  8. CFitzRN

    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    It's good that this thread has been revived just in time for the season of All Hallows. Please share your ghost stories with us!
  9. CFitzRN

    For all INFP personality types only

    Hey, I think it's pretty cool you've stuck it out for 5 years. I only did bedside care for a short time before I knew I was absolutely not cut out for it. I've been blessed in that I landed a couple of great jobs not involving bedside care (RN supervisor for a home health agency and my current job, RN case manager). There are some decent alternatives out there for you.
  10. CFitzRN

    Daylight Savings & Documentation

    I grew up in AZ. When I moved to the NE and came to my first "fall back" I was like "whaaa??". It makes little sense to me. It seems an antiquated notion that should be abolished.
  11. CFitzRN

    This just gripes the crud out of me...

    Thoughts? My thoughts are that there are tons of these deadbeats who are doing everything they can (many successfully) to "cheat the system" and many doctors and other healthcare workers who don't want a fight, so they cooperate with these scum-sucking lawyers who make a living from these deadbeats cheating the system. It is only getting worse, and it is breaking our system. Good for you for refusing to contribute to this issue.
  12. CFitzRN

    COPD patient wanting to leave to smoke

    I think I know that person...
  13. CFitzRN

    "Keep Your Mobility for a Lifetime"

    Thank you so much everyone. These are excellent ideas and resources. I needed a nice nudge to get me going in the right direction and this has helped immensely! :heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat
  14. CFitzRN

    "Keep Your Mobility for a Lifetime"

    Yes, exercise will be a large component of my presentation, undoubtedly. I go over to the Community once a week or so and join in with the residents in their morning calisthenics. I know keeping moving is a very important part of keeping moving!
  15. First off, let me be clear that I am NOT asking for anyone to do my work for me. Okay, now that that's clear... I am doing my first big presentation as a Clinical Supervisor for a home health agency. The presentation is for a large Assisted Living Community. My boss asked me to put together a presentation for these folks and I'm happy to do it. I thought, "what topic would be truly helpful for my target audience?" and I came up with the title ("Keep Your Mobility for a Lifetime"). I just haven't put together any actual MATERIAL yet... I do think it will be a great topic for a presentation, and I know my finished product will be good, but I'm hoping some of you more seasoned nurses out there might have some resources you can point me toward - websites, books, periodicals - that I might pull from. I'm a little nervous and very excited. I love doing this stuff, I just haven't done it outside school yet... Thanks very much in advance for any advice or resources you may be able to share with me. :)
  16. CFitzRN

    Getting overpaid. Should I tell payroll?

    Crap happens without God being a part of it. A LOT of crap happens. It's up to you to behave in ways He expects you to, if you are a believer.