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    "I Haven't Made Any Friends Yet!"

    Another eloquent article from The Commuter! All this talk about friending, and its importance--ach! As a not especially sociable/socialized/socializing (all these senses) person, I learned a very long time ago to be self-sufficient in many ways. Maybe not as fulfilled, in the same way, or in the same sense, as the more socially-accomplished of you. Fulfilled, for me, is different; some of you might not understand. And, therefore, I've no apprehensions about nursing school. It will be, what it will be. I'll deal with it (=, I'll adjust, as needed). A need for friends, "friending," and such further fulminations, is not a factor in my foreseeing. Regards, all.
  2. The Commuter echoes and amplifies the tag line in the recent song--"what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."
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    An Overview Of Nursing Compact Licenses

    Nurse Virgo-- You have hit the (Chicago) nail on the head! (If you can, please hit it again, harder.) The State of Chicago, alas, decides what & how things shall be done in the other 96 or 98 counties of the State of Illinois, ignoring applicability & relevance. It is as if, "If it's good for the State of Chicago, it has to be good for the entire State of Illinois."
  4. [This is a great facility, CNAs only have 6 or 7 patients each . . .] Only 6 or 7 residents per CNA!? Well, no wonder the CNA said she didn't have time, & it wasn't her job. It's most surprising she even had time to sit down & eat!
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    Do you think younger generations have a sense of entitlement?

    OP--there is a Zen concept which says that the question contains its own answer. merrythoughts--eloquent, very well written post in response.
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    TMI

    P. D.-- Looking forward to your post on waste of a space and a title. (Seriously.)
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    What is your attendance policy?

    Tokmom-- Exactly--but it could get worse: You have to be at work at, say, 2:00 p.m. At 1:00, the school nurse calls, says your child has measles, and you are required to come pick up your child immediately. So now, in one hour, you are supposed to get your child from school, do a massive call-around to find a part time coworker who: can work for you, be there by 2:00, work the whole shift, and not be working overtime. If somehow you might be unable to fulfill all these requirements, YOU get charged with a no show-no call. Your replacement clocks out 5 minutes early? You're considered a no show-no call. So my friend tells me.
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    What is your attendance policy?

    From a friend who works in LTC--the facility refuses to accept call-ins, instead demanding that one finds one's own replacement; the replacement, assuming you can find one, cannot be working overtime. Thus, you must find a part-time employee as a replacement--and there are very few of those. Apparently, this policy applies in ALL cases--no exceptions for any circumstances.
  9. opossum, I very much admire your practical eloquence-- "craptacular d-bags"
  10. Reminds me of a very young paramedic I worked with briefly, too young to have acquired much experience in much of anything. He also worked as an E.R. tech; and was overheard (on the ambulance) saying he started 30 IV's a day in the E.R., and did all the RNs' work for them, and couldn't understand why his 2-year degree wasn't seen as the equivalent of theirs, and why he wasn't paid the same. He was, ah, unpopular in some quarters. He moved on. It was hoped, by many, that some day he might accumulate enough experience to at least enable the possibility of a smidgen of wisdom, not to mention tact.
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    RN's...in demand if willing to relocate?

    It might just be worth mentioning, as no more than a secondary consideration when thinking of relocating--taxes are the primary funding source for governments. States without personal income taxes--TX, FL, etc.--simply have higher rates on other taxes, and make more things (than elsewhere) taxable.
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    So do you actually take your breaks?

    SBJR-- What a wonderful idea! Take all your breaks--stay over an hour--after a 12.5 hour day, and get them paid as overtime. However, I knew of a situation where a Tech, because of specific assignment, often worked full speed, flat out, for 12.5 hours, without any breaks of any kind, while getting to watch other Techs having plenty of time to, ah, sit around, shall we say. This person did not feel like staying another hour, overtime or no. Yes, management "needs" to address such situations. Unfortunately, this does not mean that management will do so.
  13. Well, this certainly seems to be an emotional issue. Would appreciate it, if someone could help my understanding here. In orientation, it was heavily emphasized that overflowing linen carts are an infection control issue. In all the discussion of this issue, infection control has not been mentioned. (Certainly, the hospital has an Infection Control Nurse--who does not seem to have noticed overflowing linen carts.) It is not merely common, but rather it is universal--have never seen an exception, in several years--to come in at 0630 for the day shift, and to see every single linen cart overflowing with used linen, much of it obviously contaminated with blood, vomit, feces, and other apparently bodily fluids, etc. (Setting is a busy E.D. Yes, there are empty linen carts readily available.) The about-to-be offgoing night shift is sitting about, as if there is nothing to do which needs doing--RNs, Techs, everyone. It rather looks as if some (not all) of these folks have been sitting about for several hours. It is not even uncommon to see an RN load on top of an overflowing linen cart--into would be impossible--more used linen soiled with blood, vomit, etc., etc. (Overnight, there is one Housekeeping person in the hospital, so there is no point in wishing s/he might come & empty linen carts. Quite aside from overheard attitudes such as, I didn't go to nursing school to empty linen carts; call House-keeping; or one might hear a tech say something like, Why do I have to do this?--No one else does. (Which is true.) Is infection control really an issue? Or is this just one of those things Mgmt. gins up to look good for inspections?
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    So do you actually take your breaks?

    In my experience (several years E.D., Thirty minutes for lunch? LTC--yes, most of the time. E.D., no--& no one cares. No one cares that you are working, hypoglycemic, making errors because of that, 12.5 hours, without a single break of any kind. Not the charge nurse, not management, not anyone. And the young folks? Creativity! They know how to be clocked out for only 30 minutes for lunch, but be gone for 45 minutes (LTC) or 90 minutes (E.D.).
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    Call light response time policy and procedure

    For 3dayRN--Obviously, in your facility, only call lights near the nursing station get answered with any regularity. Does someone check on outlier call lights once a day, to ensure the resident is still breathing? But, I see much the same problem elsewhere. Admin decrees that bathroom call lights will be answered IMMEDIATELY, and that all call lights will be answered PROMPTLY. You are the only CNA on the floor at the time, for whatever reason, and suddenly you have SEVEN call lights, of which THREE are bathroom lights. NOTHING you do will be satisfactory, to Admin. And if you manage to answer all 7 call lights--that'll only take an hour, say--assuming no new ones light up while you're getting the 7 done--you get dinged because you didn't care for the residents you were primarily responsible for.
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