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  1. cleback

    Older Doctor doesn't think nurses should be in charge

    How is asking a doctor to see a patient over a medication issue acting "above" doctor? It's recognizing the doctors expertise in medication ordering... sounds like the doctor didn't like being asked to do something... silly.
  2. cleback

    I've had enough.

    I don't know if you have clinical depression or would be helped by medication, but I do notice maladaptive thought processes in your post. At the very least, counseling should be able to address those with you. There's no reason to continue being unhappy, OP.
  3. cleback

    Am I the *******?

    I successfully went from inpatient psych to medsurg... during a recession, no less. It's not impossible. You may need to 1) relocate to a more favorable market or 2) change your resume or refresh your interview skills. Whatever your path, I would knock off the "am I an ahole" bit. In my lifetime, whenever someone asked me that question, yes, their attitude could be adjusted. It definitely is negative and won't help you land a new job.
  4. cleback

    What's up with this RN?

    I use "writer" instead of I/this rn. Agree with PPs that it's ingrained in our training to keep documentation as depersonalized as possible.
  5. The cons to the rn supervisor position are big to me. Money can't always make up for poor working environments. Also, would you want to be the kind of nm that leaves early? I know a few that did that as a staff rn... never saw them on pm shifts, didn't get the impression that they really cared about how the unit ran. I'd vote um position. You could like it and be good at it.
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    Profanity in the workplace

    I tend to see coworkers who swear constantly as those who are loose cannons/don't have good control over their emotions. I dread having to tell them something I know will set them off. That, or I really don't trust their judgment that something is truly urgent... because they swear like everything is the end of the world. That said, I do appreciate it as a release... I just do it out of earshot.
  7. cleback

    Full time RN- Part time Real Estate agent?

    What would you do for a client in a bidding situation, who possibly needs to quickly change the offer, and you're in the middle of a 3-4 day stretch?
  8. cleback

    Code Blue

    Your facility doesn't use dnr bracelets? Are you in the us?
  9. cleback

    I'm shocked

    A lot of facilities have switched to different terminology, like medical emergency. Maybe he doesn't watch much TV either?
  10. cleback

    One Thread Wonders

    Meh, I assume a good percent are trolls... like the one who was going to be a prostitute because, you know, money... or the one that said "my coworker was inappropriate with a patient and I told her she should've been dressed." Yeah... no. The run of the mill "make my life decisions for me" don't bug me much.
  11. cleback

    Do you miss bedside nursing?

    I miss clinic work but not the hospital. Everyone is just so pressed for time and stressed in a hospital.. you need one thing and it's like you're asking for their firstborn. I can't say what exactly I do know, but it's more like consulting work for uncommon diseases.
  12. ICU nurses definitely assess and catch complications.
  13. This was my first time hearing anyone refer to IMC as critical care. My understanding is that IMC/progressive care is poorly defined. My old hospital system defined it as med surg requiring tele. If your interest lies in actual critical care, you may be disappointed with option #1 and may not have any advantage over other medsurg nurses looking to transfer to icu. I didn't read your whole post but that's what stuck out to me.
  14. cleback

    Life's little irritations...

    His wife may have seen your earlier interactions and was insecure, pixierose. Now the doc feels he has to ignore you. That would be my guess. Everything is annoying me lately. My coworkers have been commenting on my heavily pregnant self... "where is she? Must be waddling somewhere." "When are you going to start exercising again?" Etc. Would like to tell them nunya...
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    How can I handle this

    Hated doing assignments as charge. No one liked their groups. Everyone felt targeted with an admission. Sounds like you have an especially crappy team to work with. I too would gladly relinquish assignments. But if I had to do them, I would insist on doing them my way. Too many cooks in the kitchen and you won't know the recipe they're going to blame you for.
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    Do I have what it takes to be a nurse?

    My favorite instructor told me nursing needs all types. If you're interested in it and are doing OK in school, I will not try to dissuade you.
  17. I believe it's doctors without borders. Op, I don't think many low resource countries will have that kind of medical population. So I think the usefulness of that experience will be limited.
  18. cleback

    Flyin' high in April, Shot down in May

    C'est la (nursing) vie.
  19. cleback

    a healthy fear?

    Totally normal.
  20. cleback

    Easier to get a job as a new grad?

    Is experience at a small local hospital better than what, no experience? Of course it is. Also, nurses from small hospitals rock. Whereas tertiary hospital nurses have access teams to place their ivs, rt to give nebs, phlebotomy to draw labs, code teams to manage spiraling patients, it's just the nurse at the small hospital. So I'd lose the elitist misconception.
  21. cleback

    Extreme nurse burn out need help please

    Security for patients with those unacceptable behaviors. You do not have to tolerate being assaulted even by unstable patients. I'm a bit confused though. With unpleasant or icu patients I'm usually the one wheeling their bed down to the different unit myself? Especially when I'm behind with my other patients?
  22. cleback

    Holiday Bonus

    $20 grocery card, pretaxed, for two years. Otherwise, just a cookie.
  23. cleback

    Did this patient overreact?!

    If she said no, he should've stopped. He could've asked what would make her comfortable and worked with that. That wouldve been the decent thing to do.
  24. cleback

    Charge Nurse in 6 months?

    I was charge my first night off orientation as a new grad... because I was the only regular staff member there (working with a bunch of travelers). It was inpatient psych but still no bueno. I'm just lucky nothing happened. This is despite a policy that charges should have 2 years of experience. Plan to get out asap.
  25. cleback

    Help! Not sure which unit to choose.

    Opening a new floor before having the staff doesn't scream leadership that cares about ratios. I would bet they're staffed 6:1 more often than not. The other is more of a mystery. I would also ask to shadow if possible. Otherwise, I would pick the best pay/benefits or commute.