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  1. rzyzzy

    Unsafe Environment for Graduate Nurse?

    Excellent advice, except for the part about licensing being anything other than “fragile”, which is highly state-specific. In my state, a simple accusation made to the state makes your license info turn red & puts an “under investigation for XYZ” within a day or two of the accusation being received by the state. Six months or a year later, sometimes two or three years later, you’ll have an opportunity to prove yourself innocent. My state’s board meets three times a year, for two or three days at a time & you can count on one hand the number of nurses who walk away without at least a “letter of concern”, which they don’t consider to be discipline - tell that to a jury when you really do make a mistake! please don’t be flippant about the BON unless you have first hand knowledge of how the process works. I do - I was falsely accused and one of the handful who walked away “unscathed” - if you don’t count the scarlet letter on the licensing site for seven months, the lost wages for seven months or the $2000 in attorney’s fees to clear my name. Anyone can make a complaint to the board & if that complaint isn’t glow-in-the-dark “innocent”, you’ll have at least six months of anal-puckering to deal with. (In my state).
  2. When I worked in corrections, Vaseline was treated like a controlled substance. Only enough was given to treat the affected area. Giving someone a tube of Vaseline could get them beaten up and robbed (for the Vaseline).
  3. rzyzzy

    Staffing and Unions: Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak

    I’m always quite put-off when floor nurses throw around the term “professionals” - this is a classic case of language being used against you. If you’re a nurse, you are a tradesperson, not a “professional”. That isn’t a put-down, it’s not a license to act “unprofessionally”, it is what it is. Since the very establishment of labor-laws and unions, there has been a well-funded and relentless war going on against labor. Part of that war has been using the language of labor against labor, and “Professional Nurse” might be the gold standard for turning an ambiguous “compliment” into a weapon to use against blue-collar labor. Professionals write their own schedules, have a voice in the management of business, and by virtue of their extensive education and the nature of their responsibilities- they have more negotiating power than blue-collar workers. When mega-corps start calling you a “professional” , it’s not because they value you. It’s because they don’t want to pay you overtime or have you join a union. This isn’t a compliment- it’s an insidious plot - and it’s actually quite effective. Ask yourself how many other “professions” require the physical endurance and manual labor that direct patient care requires. Floor-nursing doesn’t require an advanced degree because it is a blue-collar trade - just like machinists, pipefitters, welders and plumbers - most of which have a long history of unionizing because that’s how they can get treated fairly. Nurses are replaceable and interchangeable to corporations. Actual professionals are not easily replaceable because of their unique knowledge and skill sets. This is obviously excluding nurses who have completed advanced education- certainly at the AP, DNP or possibly at the Master’s level “professional” might apply, but if your job duties include wiping doody, you are blue-collar & you need a union. imho. Flame away..
  4. rzyzzy

    Exciting Changes Coming To allnurses

    If you're logging in from Facebook or LinkedIn, can you still be anonymous here, or will the profiles/posts be tied together? Will "find a member" be searchable via Facebook or LinkedIn names? I could definitely see situations here where being discoverable could lead to real-world harassment.
  5. rzyzzy

    NCLEX RN 2016 Advice

    i disagree - the "select alls" I had were pretty easy. I wish I had more "select all's".. I kept checking some of the multiple choice q's to see if I could pick two, cause there were two answers I liked! ..
  6. unfortunately, the people with an agenda are using this attack as cover to attack another "politically incorrect" group - gun owners. The fact that gun owners & the lgbt community aren't necessarily overtly "friendly" to each other only helps those with the agenda, though I think there's more support for the "pink pistols" in the "hetero/bubba gun-lover" community than anyone would expect. Divide & conquer works really well in this situation & your post proves that.
  7. you can study guns, but you can't use taxpayer dollars to advocate for gun control. Why do you think the "gun violence" figures always include suicides? because It's a bigger, sexier number for those advocating a position. just like the "mass shooting tracker" includes a "mass shooting" committed with a pellet-gun. The NRA is just evening the playing field with the billionaires on the other side of the issue. There's nothing nefarious about a few million people contributing $20 to get their views heard. The fact that *one person* can toss 100 million dollars at an issue & legislate via checkbook, like Michael Bloomberg has - is the troubling issue. We do have "Kings" in this country, as much as we try to deny it.
  8. How about a little "critical math" then? The latest estimate (and it really is a wild guesstimate) for the number of guns in this country is 310 million. That's divided pretty much equally between rifles, handguns & shotguns. Despite what all the "common sense" people are telling you, banning "assault weapons" means banning about 100 million rifles. yeah, there are bolt-action rifles, but pretty much all "rifles" are "semi auto". So those guns are out there right now. They can be bought or sold in many states willy-nilly, and the government has no idea where they are. The only possible way to enforce "background checks" is to get them all registered. Take my word for it, not happening. You'll get 15% compliance at best for any registration scheme, that's all Canada could get despite spending big piles of cash setting a scheme up, and they don't have Compton in their jurisdiction). Australia's "buyback" got maybe 30% if you believe the best numbers the government gave out. So, let's be "optimistic" & assume we do a better job than anyone in the world ever has at getting "rid" of those evil murder-death-kill machines & we get 40% registered/confiscated/right-sized, whatever. That's still 60 million guns waiting to come out of the closet. If not a single one more is ever sold. So it's always going to be "easy" for a terrorist to get one. They aren't "rare", "hard to find", or even particularly hard to make in your garage. How "hard" is it for a drug addict to get drugs? It's hard for you & me to get some Oxy's for date-night, because we obey the law. (just kidding, but not really). The horse is already out of the barn.
  9. The "good guys with guns" were legally prevented from going there. And not everyone who goes to a bar drinks - some of us just go there to eat the greasy cheeseburgers. CCW holders have proven statistically to be more "law abiding" than cops - you have to be to keep that license, so we're not talking about 19 drunk bubbas popping off rounds at each other. Anyone who's ever taken a CCW class will tell you that the first thing they tell you is you *really* don't want to pull your gun. even a fully "righteous" shooting endangers my CCW permit, my real-estate license & my nursing license... things I worked kinda hard to get & don't want to lose. CCW holders like myself (and my wife) aren't drunken hooligans, we're your neighbors & the people you work with. My wife usually has her concealed revolver loaded with snake shot - not to protect herself, but to protect our dog from snakes/coyotes on his walks. As for guns protecting you - they might not, you might get lucky. I've never used my fire extinguisher to put out a fire, but I have used my handgun to prevent an assault. You didn't see it in the paper, because nobody died, nobody got shot, nobody even had a gun pointed at them, the police didn't get called. Situation diffused simply by the presence of a firearm in the hands of a "good guy".
  10. really? When did you stop beating your wife? It's a loaded question & none of the laws proposed would have "stopped" anything. They in fact, promote a false sense of security & put more people in danger. "Run, hide, fight" is the current mantra being taught to people & the mantra needs to be "fight, or die". If you see something, *do* something. The fbi had half a dozen or more chances to stop this guy & missed them all. Its just a job to them, your own personal security should be your highest priority. The odds are thin that you'll ever have to fight for your own life, but you might have to do it. The cops can't be everywhere & you can't legislate away evil.
  11. the guy who did this passed multiple background checks. He enrolled in a police academy a couple of times. He worked at a courthouse for years, making sure *you* don't have anything pointy in your pockets, but he had a gun in his pocket & enough hatred to use it against unarmed people. You're thinking like "terrorists" aren't intelligent, moving targets - that's a huge weakness. The guys who did 9/11 went to *flight* school - even without box cutters, they could have "hijacked" a plane with only slightly more effort than they expended initially, simply by finishing the school & getting a job with the airlines. And that actually happened after 9/11 - a pilot intentionally flew a plane full of passengers into the ocean. Every single thing we did during/after 9/11 was wrong. Flight crews told told passengers to sit down & shut up & do what the hijackers wanted. We passed a law after 9/11 making disobeying a flight attendant a felony. We had people on the PA in the World Trade Center telling those who decided for themselves to evacuate the second tower after the first tower was hit to "go back to your cubes".. Anyone who followed those orders died. Anyone who thought for themselves had a chance at survival. You are responsible for your own safety. You live in a "free" country, not a "safe" country. There is risk in that. Dumbing the entire country down & surrendering all of your freedoms & privacy won't stop the terrorists. They "win" every time an 80-something old lady gets hassled & manhandled by the TSA because she's got a replacement hip or knee. The next time you're passing through a TSA checkpoint, look to the side & see who's getting their purses tossed & extra wand treatment. It isn't 20-30-40 something males (who might actually pose a threat) - it's little old men & shriveled up old ladies in wheelchairs or with replacement joints. The bottom line is the shooter in this case was already a rent-a-cop, and any gun laws always have carve-outs for LEO's. If he'd have shown just a teensy-bit more restraint & decorum in his behavior, he could have been the fox guarding the henhouse with a legally-sanctioned fully-auto weapon, despite any laws you pass today. Remember Chris Dorner? Cop with a legal assault rifle (and silencers, and legal high-cap mags!) in the most gun-banningist state in the country. Terrorists aren't stupid & they'll walk around any laws you pass just fine, without missing a beat. Murder is already illegal. You can't make it illegal-er, but you can disarm good people & make them prey. You *can* surrender your freedom for nothing & that's what the pols are asking you to do. The only thing that will stop them is a citizenry that's ready, willing & able to rip them limb-from-limb when they try their stunts.
  12. rzyzzy

    How I passed the EXIT Hesi first try 2 weeks out...

    If you're graduating in December, you didn't take the same "rn exit" hesi I just took. Hesi has customized exams available for each block of nursing school, and a standard "rn exit" hesi for block 4 that's standardized across the country (but has multiple test versions, so you don't get the same test if you re-take it). I did take "exit" hesi's for block 2 & 3, bit they were customized to my school's specs & they were likely completely different than the one you took. The problem I have with all the hesi's is that they aren't "adaptive" like the nclex is. The nclex won't let you even get to a "top level" question until you've answered several "lower level" questions correctly. Example : on the rn exit hesi I just took, digging into my score, I (and the rest of my class, and possibly everyone in the country who took that version of the test) was given 3 psych questions. I got two of those questions right & my "score" in that area of psych was 1900. Lol. That could give you a falsely high score, because you wouldn't get a super-difficult psych question in the nclex, until you've answered a bunch of lower difficulty questions correctly first. It's like playing "jeopardy" & skipping all the $100-$900 questions & only playing the $1000 questions. You might win big, but that doesn't mean you could have answered all the $100 questions. You might be really good at irrelevant, obscure factoids & not know the difference between compressed air & oxygen. Congrats on passing & I don't want to minimize your win, just know that hesi isn't nclex
  13. The review class is a separate 1 credit/hr course - you can sign up after classes start if you want. The value will depend on who is teaching it - for block one, Much of what was covered in the review ended up on the test, for block 2 it was more test-taking-strategies which didn't do much for me, so I skipped several of them.
  14. rzyzzy

    What is your current LPN salary

    New grad LPN with no healthcare experience in Arizona, finally found a job - LTC, part-time PRN $20/hr, no benefits until full time. Glad to have it in this economy...
  15. rzyzzy

    Gateway LPN Fast Track

    You can go to Gateway's library and check out Nclex-pn review books for $0. No need to spend alot of money at this stage. Don't be afraid to start taking practice tests - by going over your answers with the rationales, you'll learn a lot, and begin thinking in an "NCLEX" way - for many students, getting the hang of NCLEX questions is half the battle. If you want to spend a few bucks on something that may be useful, you can pick up an ipod touch (even a good used one on Craigslist) - there are lots of nursing apps for those, including Nclex practice questions, anatomy & drug practice questions, and several flash card apps that you may find useful. Don't spend alot (used ones should only be $100~ish) - the little 8-gig ipod will hold everything you can think of - including drug books, medical dictionaries, nurse's notes, and thousands of nclex practice questions. It was useful for me, but out of 30 people in my class, maybe half-a-dozen had ipods, so it isn't a requirement. If you've got Itunes on your PC, there are some pathophisiology 104 lectures from Mesa Community College on Itunes - http://itunes.mc.maricopa.edu/ - Click on "nursing" once Itunes opens up - They're another $0 investment, and you don't have to be a student at MCC to watch them. I enjoyed them alot, and it'll help you get a feel for nursing classes - don't worry if some of it is over your head, it'll begin to make sense as you progress through the program.