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    The Nightmare known as Psychiatric Care Part One

    Interesting read, looking forward to the next installment. I work on an inpatient acute care unit, and will hopefully be starting for my PMHNP in the next year.
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    Permanent replacement workers during strike

    That was what I thought. There are others that were saying that if the hospital brought in out of state workers we were eligible. But per an update the union put out, it said only if the permanent replacements were brought in. Well, our union is not weak, which is why we may end up striking. They are really fighting for us, and are not willing to roll over. Hopefully it does not come to a strike, but we are down to the last week of negotiations, and it is starting to look like a big possibility. Thanks!
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    Permanent replacement workers during strike

    Does anyone know if travel/out of state nurses brought in to work a strike are considered a permanent replacement nurse? There is a very good chance we are going to strike. It says if "permanent replacement workers" are brought in, then we are eligible for unemployment immediately. Different rumors are going around as to what a "permanent replacement worker" means. Anyone know? I do plan on clarifying with a union rep, but hoped in the meantime someone would have an idea. Thanks
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    Nurses receiving poor care....

    I personally don't think it's the letting them know you are a nurse that is the problem. It's the nurses who expect special treatment because of it. I'm not referring to the good adequate care that everyone deserves. But the one's who you would think they don't know what goes on, and are no better than the patients who get mad that you didn't get them their juice fast enough. I've only been hospitalized once, when I had my daughter. I didn't get a chance to decide to tell or not, being that my doctor decided to let them know for me, lol. I've had ER visits with my daughter, and sometimes I've said I am a nurse, sometimes not. A few times it's just been when they commented that I seemed pretty knowlegable.
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    What makes you irritated by student nurses?

    While you are in nursing school, you are supposed to be learning critical thinking. Attempt to do that, before just going to ask someone. Many nurses do not mind answering questions. But it is frusturating when you are asked something that the answer could have easily been found by reading the chart for a minute, or taking a few minutes to think it through. Just put a little thought into things, then ask for clarification. Most hospitals have a policy and procedure manual. Find out where it is. It will tell the correct way to do something.
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    Mental health nursing easier than Med-Surg?

    I haven't been in psych very long, and have already seen a couple people come and go, for the simple reason they switched thinking it would be easy. That is not a good reason to go into psych. Psychiatric nursing uses it's own skill set. I debated for a while before making the switch. I did almost 5 years in M/S, Tele/ Neuro, etc. I then did ICU for a year. After being out of work with an injury for a couple months, I was back only a couple days and realized I was ready to switch. Not because I wanted something easier. But I didn't enjoy my job anymore. I used to worry about the loss of skills. But now that I'm working in psych I realize I don't care. I don't see myself ever wanting to go back to that type of nursing. I just didn't enjoy it enough to do it for years. I now enjoy my job, I enjoy learning about mental illness. It took me a year of feeling like I was struggling in ICU to realize that my biggest problem was myself and lack of interest in what I was learning. So anyways, I think you just need to figure out what interests you, what do you enjoy learning about, and go from there.
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    Any in a field of nursing you love?

    I switched to psych after working ICU. I love it and actually enjoy going to work again. But do you like the job itself, just don't want to deal with so many patients? Or is there aspects of the job you don't like, besides pace? If it's just handling so many patients, a step down unit of some sort, or ICU or something, where you don't have so many patients may be for you.
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    Nursing strike?

    Well hopefully it won't come down to it. I work for a big corporation, and it wouldn't be just one hospital that was on strike. So I imagine it would cost them A LOT of money if it goes that far. Thanks!
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    so.... what would YOU say?

    As a newer nurse, I used to have that "opinion" that there was more prestige with working in a higher acuity area. The M/S nurses were the scut nurses, the ICU/ER nurses were the elite. I always loved psych, and had every intention of transferring. But I did let that "opinion" influence me for a while. Until I went to work in the ICU, and I didn't like it. I realized I was dreading going to work every day, I didn't enjoy my job, and while I still did a good job, I knew it was affecting my performance. I switched to psych, and am now happy to go to work everyday. I may not be doing the back breaking work I used to. But psych takes it's own skill set. If I was able to talk with one depressed patient and have them smiling or laughing.. then I leave feeling like I made a difference. That's enough for me. I really don't need the "recognition" that comes from working in a critical care area.
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    Nursing strike?

    Has anyone ever worked somewhere that you ended up striking? There is a chance we will end up, it's being talked about. Hopefully it doesn't come down to it though. I know some people are pretty worried about it though, because of their financial situation. Someone mentioned that there was some sort of government fund that helps out when you are on strike, to help with things like mortgages and other bills. But you have to actually picket. If you did strike, how long did it last? Did you get PTO pay or anything while you were out?
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    Nurse Called Police/CPS on Parents over Jaundice

    That is from the FB page that is about it. Someone asked the question, and the person who created the page about it, responded with that answer.
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    Nurse Called Police/CPS on Parents over Jaundice

    I just meant that it's not totally made up. How much truth there is to the story, or how much info is missing, is anyone's guess. Just saying there was actually something that spurred it.
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    Nurse Called Police/CPS on Parents over Jaundice

    Well it is obviously not made up, as they are having a rally over it. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=202262999798187 Also, someone questioned how the child was able to be held without a doctors order. This is the response "I guess when it's reported, there has to be an investigation by a social worker automatically. So the baby was held at the hospital until the social worker gave the OK. CPS will do at least one more in-home visit to check on them, but the parents are just glad to have their baby. It is crazy that a single nurse could cause all the trouble, over nothing. Just that the parents went against her opinion. Scary!" So I'm sure there is more to the story, but something is obviously happening.
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    Nurse Called Police/CPS on Parents over Jaundice

    Good point. I never thought of that.
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    Nurse Called Police/CPS on Parents over Jaundice

    When I originally posted this, I thought it was from a news story. Not just a press release. The person who told me about it is friends with the parents. People were commenting the nurse should be fired, etc. I was asked if I would get other nurses opinions on this, as they knew I was a nurse. Which is what I did. The general consensus being there has to be more to the story than is being said.