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I started my career in 2005 in Pediatric Critical Care. After 5.5years, I transferred to Pediatric Dialysis in an in-hospital setting. I took a break to spend time with my aging dad. Glad I did, as he became acutely ill and died during this time. I explored other non-nursing interests. I recently moved from North Carolina to Alabama (my home state) and now work in a community hospital.

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  1. AlabamaBelle

    The Workplace Victim

    An update from original post: Two other nurses left the former unit from which I resigned. I know one transferred out after working the required six months. I'm not sure about the other nurse. Both had been with the hospital system less than a year. I have no hope that for those left behind, anything will change. One of my friends is continuing to try and transfer out, but roadblocks abound. Our HR department is pathetic, to say the very least. I tried to speak with the AVP over this area. She refused to speak with me. I am happily unemployed. I stay home with my youngest (she has some special needs) daughter. She is so loving having me home. The fact I didn't work a holiday was magical for her. I miss nursing some days.
  2. AlabamaBelle

    The Workplace Victim

    This thread is quiet interesting. Until recently, I had not been a "victim," but found myself in an untenable position. I have been successful in my jobs prior to my last job as a nurse. I take responsibility for my actions and don't make excuses. I am burnt to a crisp and will probably never work in a field I was passionate about. My co-workers know my caliber of work and watched in horror as the events that led to my quitting unfolded. My FMLA rights were violated, my basic rights violated (attempting to deny my lunch break - making sure that I lost my differential in the process). I did have a bad day, got ambushed (was told a meeting was about one thing only to find out it was totally different). I was in the process of transferring to another unit and that was derailed. The unit I resigned from (I had worked in this system for 15 years) has seen 5 RNs resign in under 2 years - no one had jobs lined up but could no longer tolerate working for this manager. The unit is small, maximum of 15 people full & part time. I had stellar reviews. I am sad to say that a co-worker has taken my place as "the whipping girl." She has tried unsuccessfully to transfer out (manager has bad mouthed an excellent nurse). I am happy to say, though, that my blood pressure is now normal. I am able to take care of my back (we had heavy call schedule) appropriately and have had only 1 flare up of back problems. Even though I am now lugging SCUBA equipment, my back remains good! Are there "victims" who are truly their own worst enemy - for sure. Then again, some of us have truly been victimized - 5 people in 1 unit can't be wrong. Hope the "higher ups" have taken note of the turnover rate.
  3. AlabamaBelle

    You Arent Supposed To Hold A Newborn Baby If On Menstrual Cycle?

    OOPS! Laughed so hard I had to go change my Depends.
  4. AlabamaBelle

    Dropped from LPN school last week--have OCD.

    IMHO, your tardies/absences are problematic, especially for those of us who have any degree of OCD (one of my areas is being late - I'm compulsively early). In nursing school, one should never do anything to antagonize an instructor. I'm hoping you really didn't "confront" your instructor, but rather asked for guidance and advise on issues she may have with you. I question why you wouldn't perform something as simple and basic as an accucheck. Unfortunately, you have put yourself on her radar. Most really good, if not great nurses, are somewhat OCD. Especially ICU RNs. I have asked not to be re-assigned a patient (as an RN, not student) and have had 2 people ask that I not be reassigned (I also asked the same). I cared for one of them later on and everything was fine. One mom tried to "fire" me. Her husband came flying out of the room when he found out, apologized to me in front of the whole unit and begged me to resume care of his child. Hope you get some answers that are helpful to you.
  5. I think you've done a very smart thing. It's fairly easily to access a patient, but all the finer points of dialysis that you're learning in a formal way are invaluable. I just trasferred to dialysis and am learning of lot of this on my own. One RN I shadowed started out as a tech and was a phenomenal resource to me. The adult unit has techs who set up the machines and are a great source of information. I really don't think you can ever have too much knowledge! You have so many more avenues open to you.
  6. AlabamaBelle

    Terrified of the stick :(

    I so know how you feel! I was a PICU nurse for 5 years and have just recently transferred to Peds Dialysis - I love it! As for the sticks, I was very squeamish. My manager sent me to the adult dialysis unit to get experience on the adults. Went well. I am now regularly accessing the patients (except 1 and that's a whole 'nother soap opera in itself) with fistulas. Most of ours are fairly superficial. Most of the kids are more concerned with holding pressure than the stick! You will be able to do this!
  7. AlabamaBelle

    Why Many nurses are No-Codes

    My wishes and paperwork are all filled out. Everyone in my family knows my wishes. Just let me go on and they can get on with their lives. I'll be in heaven and don't you dare try to get me back!
  8. AlabamaBelle

    ICU to Dialysis advice please

    I just transferred from Peds ICU to Peds Dialysis in our facility. We do acute and chronic pts. So far, I am really enjoying the change of pace and some predictability in my day. I was burning out fast and got out just before I went up in flames.
  9. AlabamaBelle

    compuer charting

    We use CERNER, and as stated above, it was definitely no designed by a healthcare professional. I've even heard there was an article written to the effect that Cerner Kills.
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    HIPAA Violation?

    This has been addressed by our unit management, reminding us to be careful about what we post. You'll see the "please let me get through my last 12 in a four day stretch" or "have we been busy or what???" More often, we try to acknowledge our peers who have had a bad shift (really busy pt, bad code with bad outcome) and let others know we appreciated all the teamwork of the day when there aren't nearly enough of us to go around. I have seen some pictures posted by some of my coworkers that I thought were inappropriate - out partying - things I just couldn't/wouldn't post. My pics tend to be family oriented. I tend to stray on the cautious side.
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    Signing out meds you do NOT administer yourself?

    I would have to say that this is not good practice. We were taught not to do this in school, and this is also p/p in our facility. The only drugs I give that I don't personally draw up are the ones used in a code. We use "code sheets," an excell spreadsheet with all drugs calculated on weight base (Peds), which gives the dose and the volume to draw up. It was developed with a PharmD, one of our intensivists and 2 RNs on this committee years ago. Personally, I like to draw all meds I'm giving myself.
  12. AlabamaBelle

    Am I crazy because I love med surg???

    I love med/surg nurses. I think, for the most part, they are the most awesome - along with psych nurses. I couldn't do med/surg or OB because I really don't like whiny adult patients. Most people think I'm nuts - I love Peds ICU (could live without some of the parents) even with some of the downsides. ' Isn't it wonderful our profession has so many options.
  13. From personal experience, I can attest to "ambien sex.":D DH had taken his, got frisky and we had a great time until he briefly fell asleep on me (literally). He woke back up and the deed was done. The next morning he was very embarassed and confused, asking about events of the previous evening. Love teasing him about it.
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    I think the more relevant issue is relating to the patient/family on their level. I can speak very proper English with long, fancy and obscure terms or I can speak on their level. I think the thick southern accent corks it,though. One of the most intelligent nurses I know is from PA and we love hearing her colloquialisms. In no way does any one think any less of her. Oramar - the high school teacher thing was toooo funny. Had to clean the computer screen.
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    Why do I get yelled at for doing the correct thing??

    Most of us in our unit look up meds, especially if its one we don't give often. That is always better safe than sorry. If if it's something I give often, sometimes I just have a brain fart and must look it up! Our kiddos are all on automatic cuff or have art lines, so we don't do too many manuals (just on the renal kids). Do what you learned. Know that YOU know you're doing the right thing for your patients. Never let anyone make you feel bad about being diligent.