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TXPediNurse

Pediatrics, Newborn Nursery, Post Partum
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    Fed up with Stupid Parents

    :yelclap: I'm glad that my original post helped to open all these discussions, never thought a simple vent would stir up so much....LMAO! And if anything it helps me to realize that I'm not burned out, I'm only feeling that same feeling that many experienced nurses have felt throughout their entire career. For those nursing students or new nurse that have not even begun to experience a our loads, I hope that you read this thread and learn from it. I have worked with some new nurses fresh out of school who choose this career for the wrong reasons. So recruiter convinced them that there was a lot of money in this field (well it depends on which state and specialty your in). Then when they start working they realize that its not the case and turn right around and run. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU WILL GET SCREAMED AT, CURSED AT, SPIT AT, BIT AND KICKED, PUSHED AND DEGRADED AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER IN YOUR CAREER. :spbox: Understand that our rants/vents come from our "observation" of the human nature within our respective areas. And it is human nature to be judge mental and that no one is above it. Just like you were judgmental of me, so shall other will be of you..... why because we all have opinions and beliefs that we hold strong. Remember what you say, in a few years, if your lucky for it to take that long, you will be saying similar things! :hug:I love my sisters and brothers in nursing! I hope that we will continue to come to this site and post our vents, concerns and questions regardless of what others may say. If we can't tell each other that are living it, who can we talk to........ I've gotta keep my sanity somehow! The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.... ~William Osler:redbeathe :thankya:You might be a nurse if you firmly believe that "too stupid to live" should be a diagnosis. ~Author Unknown
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    Fed up with Stupid Parents

    Seriously guys man I didn't think that by writing a simple vent everyone would get so worked up. Again like I said in my previous reply you are right in saying that I was very wrong in making that comment to that dad and no I am not trying to put down parents that are or have been on Medicaid..........if you read my post I have been on Medicaid myself and have always given the care that I would expect my Pediatrician to give my 4 kids. I AM SORRY for getting some of you so worked up! I have always treated all my patients the same regardless of their status, insurance or even ability to pay. I fought my company in providing vaccines to all my patients(even if they are too expensive for the corp.) not just the ones that qualify for state funded vaccines because they are free. My doctor never knows or cares what type of insurance they have, she treats them all the same. I have to know because I do all of the procedure ordering and specialist referrals. I have never put anyone down because they were on Medicaid. I have discharged those non compliant and very rude patients that refuse to follow rules..... rules that my health system put into place long before I even got there. Again I understand and have been there before, but I always did as I was told by the state and didn't fuss about it!
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    Fed up with Stupid Parents

    Happy Nurse.... I do understand when there are certain circumstances in life that prevent you from going on time to the doctor for a well child, well woman or plain physical. But when a parent decides that they won't go to the doctor for almost a year and then when they come in for a sick visit want everything under the sun their child has addressed(a physical), keeping my doctor in the room for 45min when it should have been a simple 15min in and out visit, yes I do get very irritated. Then to top it off the doctor is upset with me because why didn't we make it a physical and made arrangements for the time........BECAUSE SHE LIED AND TOLD US THE KID HAD A FEVER AND GREEN SNOT ONLY! Money or not having a car will never be an issue for my Medicaid patients because they get transportation for free thru the state; now for my self pay and for my private insurance I am very understanding that sometimes their just isn't the money to bring them every year and always give them resources to at least make sure that they stay current on their vaccines. I have and do bend over backwards for most of my patients that I know mean well and that really truly need the help and teaching. But when you live in an area where it is common to see a girl that has had 2 previous kids and had them taken away by CPS and she keeps having kids, but never keeps them long enough to learn how to take care of them because she chooses her drug addicted boyfriend (baby daddy) over her children. YES I GET ANNOYED, but I still teach them. Again I love my job and Yes I Agree that I was out of line with the comment I made to that father and as I said I will never do that again and evn apologized to him before he left the office. But 1. he deserved it- he's always a jerk when he comes in because he is some big shot at some major corporation and 2. I expained to him that the internet cannot substitute a physical examination by a trained medical professional; I told him next time he had a concern to call me and I will try to triage to the best of my abilities.
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    Fed up with Stupid Parents

    :oornt: AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! Guys I'm sorry this is so long, but...OK I left the hospitals for a clinic to be able to spend more time with my kids and come on lets face it because I thought the patients or parents would be easier to deal with. As you all know I am a Pediatric nurse and have come to a point where I am sick and tired of some of these parents/guardians stupidity. Parents now a days seem to be so clueless about the simplest of things to care for their child. I'm thinking of writing a book titled "Call Your Momma for that Advise", where I will list all of the things that you really shouldn't bother your Pediatricians office with. Then you have the idiots that think that you have to take what ever crap they throw at you and continue to see them as if nothing ever happen. Especially those people that have their children on Medicaid. Now I'm not saying that all people that are on Medicaid are off the wall, there was a time that even I had to ask for help from the state for my child's health insurance. But is it me or are the Medicaid patients the worst? We really don't get paid JACK for the visits , but are expected by the parents to drop everything to do as they need or want. For example when we have a kid that we haven't seen for a year and all of a sudden the mother calls hysterically demanding an appt for a WCC within the next two weeks or there Medicaid gets cut off........... excuse me you sat on your a**, decided that even though the well visits and dental visits are totally free you just didn't want to bring them in. And don't even give me the my car is broken down or I just don't have the money for gas excuse..... FOR A YEAR..... and anyway Medicaid pays for free transportation as well. So DO NOT sit on the phone and curse me out because you don't give a damn about your kids health and vaccines. Sorry too bad won't schedule you and you now get a formal discharge letter from our practice (which includes all the other doctors within our same health system). What set me off the edge was today I got a call from my super asking me to fax him whatever documentation I had in a patients chart the we discharge earlier this year because the grandmother decided she was gonna be stupid and put in a formal complaint to Medicaid about being discharged without reason. She called our after hours PA and went on a rant rage about how my Doctor didn't know what she was doing and would never return to us again, so then again we just made official and discharged her. Am I just evil or should I really try to get back to the good nurse that loved a challenge like an ignorant parent and thow myself into teaching? Don't get me wrong folks I love what I do, but some of the parents that are not willing to follow instructions or question everything that the doctor says really get to me sometimes. I even caught myself telling one dad once, "so you saw the doctor and don't agree with her diagnosis of a "cold", so now your calling to request antibiotics because you diagnosed your child as having an ear/throat infection... really and where did you get your medical doctors degree from... where did you do your Pediatric Internship?" LOL I was lucky that the dad fell so dumb after seeing the patient again and it still being a cold that he didn't complain. I haven't let my mouth run like that again! Am I the only one in here like this?
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    CHS

    Thank the Lord, we aren't they only ones! The rotating staff is the worst. I as the nurse am doing the job of 3 people and poor receptionist is doing the job og 4 or 5 people. The most famous saying from our administrators whenever we complained that we needed help is "Do more and work harder" and all has to be done within the 8hr alotted time, because "CHS" does not like overtime! AHHHHH!!!! We have lost some good staff and are now having the staff we do have left run between offices between working hours! Is that even legal? Whatever, love my doctor and the girls I work with, but don't think that I can stay very much longer and I've only been with them for 2 yrs!:nuke:
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    CHS

    I have tried going internally, but to my surprise that just led a more difficult administration. I am very proactive in getting doctor what he needs to do his job. I have come across with resistance and even anger toward me when I begin to ask questions. All I get is this is the way its always been done in all the other clinics, but they have never had a pediatric clinic before so how would they know what is needed. They try and run us like one of their internal medicine clinics and I'm sorry children do not understand why you don't have movies to watch or goodies to give out after they've endured 5 or 6 vaccines. They will not sit still and read magazines (that were donated by a patient) that are for adults. Simple things like making it more kid friendly, come on it took 4 months to convince them that I needed locks on my cabinet doors in the rooms and electric outlet plugs/guards. And its not just th little things, what about buying vaccines for my private insurance patients. I am not about to give vaccines provided by the state to Medicaid and cash paying patients and not have them available for the kids whose parents can afford insurance. I'm I just being difficult?
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    CHS

    Community Health System..........
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    CHS

    Does anyone in here work for CHS? I'm sorry but I have never worked somewhere quite like this? They are so focused on the numbers a should see and don't look at what it takes to care for that one patient. Then again I now know how thay are one of the richest health systems in the US. Some please tell me I'm not the only one that feels like this.......
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    Finally gave a doc what-for, and got praised for it!

    Good for you, its nice to know that I'm not the only "she-devil". LOL
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    Should I go over my supervisors head?

    Ok guys, I have been with this company for a little over a year now. From the get go I noticed little things that made me question my decision to accept the position offered. The constant over turn of employees worried me, I mean the manager that hired me got fired three days after I started. Anyhow..... occasionally we are asked to work at other locations if our doctor is out. I was asked to work at another Pedi clinic for half a day people...... and just within those hours I found multiple errors and problems in the way the clinic was set up and run. Now I understand that the girl is a new MA and they are only taught the how but not the why....... but. For ex. I found that she removes all the needles from their package that she uses for any vaccine or injection, ALL OF THEM. If they run out of a vaccine on that day they go ahead and chart and charge it as being given that day and call the patient back in when they get a new shipment. Her vaccine refrigerator is completly disorganized. I could not find the vaccines that I needed for a 4 month old because everything was just thrown in their. I tried to let a my new supervisor know only to get my head bitten off about making comments to the doctor of the issues that I encountered. I was told that it was MY responsability to inform this girl of what she was doing wrong and and why it was wrong. Look there is already animosity between the clinics, why is it my responsibility. I've tried before teaching her aseptic technique and correct protocols to only get the rolling of her eyes. So I informed my supervisor that I would not tell her anything that it was his job and that I would be e-mailing him to document our conversation. Am I wrong for this, should I go up higher to let someone else know of the potential danger, these are children were talking about.
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    Nurses not speaking english at work

    Why is everyone getting so worked up over something that's not going to change! I am a first generation American born, my parents were born in Mexico came over legally, and because of that is why I know the language. Both my parents know English, even if it is with a heavy accent, but can hold a conversation. I DO NOT speak Spanish in front of my co-workers unless I am translating and when I do translate I do it directly meaning that I speak as if I were the patient. I have been know to tell the parents to my patients that it is very important not just for them but for their children to learn the language. So stop posting nasty MSG back and forth to each other. It is what it is and we will not be able to change what our companies do or the people they hire. Remember we became nurses because we care and wanted to help people; they (administration/corporate) got into this "business" because it is great money! Don't forget why your really there...... regardless of what your co-workers do bottom line is to care for your patients and be their advocates!
  12. Ok I have been a nurse for 9 years and to be very honest I truly believe that all nurses should start off by working on a Med/Surg floor at least for the first year or two. On the Med/Surg floor you get your basic nursing down before trying specialty floors. Its just my opinion, in the end it will come down to where you have always seen yourself working. Good Luck and God Bless.
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    Nurses not speaking english at work

    In response to your question "mindlor"...... your right it is not fair and in order to understand it you will have to look at it from the hospitals point of view. Most of these "foreign" nurses are hired through an Agency and even though they are qualified (they are tested by the state and most have to take an English proficiency test) they usually are not as picky about the jobs that they are assigned to. Also a very big thing for the hospitals that they don't have to pay benefits because they are temps. OK now don't give me that look, yes we are picky with our jobs; hell I've done this just long enough to know that I can pick and choose just about any job that I want (at least in Texas). If I don't want to do nights or certain specialties I don't have to and if I want to pick my own hours or days I can do that. Bottom line it comes down to the money for these hospitals. Yes they may pay the Agency nurse more an hour, but they save thousands of dollars on not paying for benefits. In other words tell your friends if they really want or need a job go back to the good old basics, don't be so picky and be reasonable in and understand that in this hard economical time you may have to take a little of a pay cut.
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    Told to have tougher skin!

    Hi guys, I definitely think that a tougher skin comes with experience. Knowing when its appropriate to say something or not and to who is the main thing. Yes there will always be co-workers that you will not get along with or doctors that you just can't seem like or stand by that matter. But the main thing or concern will always be your patients. Always remember that you are your Patients advocate and if that means at times questioning an order or decision or going in after the fact and making sure that the patient understood or doesn't need anything else. I have been told many of times that I have overstepped my bounds, but not once have I regretted it. I been forced to apologize to doctors, but not for my actions but for what they though I had done. Just always keep in mind that you are there for the patient! And just like another nurse stated learn and take to heart the Serenity Prayer.
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