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MN-Nurse ASN, RN

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MN-Nurse is a ASN, RN and specializes in Med Surg - Renal.

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  1. MN-Nurse

    Male Nurses on the Rise and They Make More Money

    The male vs. female pay comparison is a bit of a canard. I know I make considerably more than female coworkers in my orientation cohort. I pick up more shifts, work more overtime, take fewer voluntary days off, and get more bonuses. Since step increases are based on hours worked, my base pay increases faster than theirs also. However, unlike many other professions, nothing about my gender influences my increased compensation compared to theirs. Except for one thing: I tend to get pregnant far less often than my sisters in arms.
  2. MN-Nurse

    Does Gender Affect Our Views On Pay?

    You are confused about the nurse's effect on the revenue stream, and on the business model in general. Let's say an MD orders an antibiotic but the hospital fires all the nurses (they cost the company money) and there is no one around to administer it. Patient never gets meds, hospital can't bill for any service. Now let's say there is a nurse around to administer. The bills can now go out. Which option gives you more revenue?
  3. MN-Nurse

    Does Gender Affect Our Views On Pay?

    "Top dollar"? The CEO of my hospital network makes $2 million dollars a year. THAT is top dollar. Nurse's salaries just aren't it.
  4. Yes, CNAs should make sure all patients get washed during day shift. However, it is the responsibility of management to ensure there is enough staff to make this happen. One of the sad realities is that everyone looks at the CNAs and RNs when patients are not given the most basic care - hygiene - when they should be looking at management.
  5. MN-Nurse

    Is your Facility 'forcing' you to get the Flu Vaccine?

    Then go find a different job. It is in your employer's interest to reduce flu transmission and vaccines are a proven way to do that. If you don't like it, hit the road. What if you decide you don't want to use Standard Precautions as mandated by your employer? Aren't they deciding what you put on your body? What if you found some bunk websites or quoted cdc sites out of context that "showed"you really don't have to use Standard Precautions as mandated by your employer? Then you should quit. There is no debate about vaccine efficacy. Not this year, not a few years ago, not next year. It's over. The deniers lost.
  6. Occupational cultures differ, but on my med surg floor, we witness in the med room then go administer.
  7. MN-Nurse

    Mandatory Flu Vaccines- How do you feel?

    There is no proof linking, or no study not linking, your participation on allnurses to your son's egg allergy.
  8. MN-Nurse

    Is your Facility 'forcing' you to get the Flu Vaccine?

    Working as an RN lets everyone know you passed the NCLEX. How can we live with this violation of privacy. Vaccines work. Get the flu shot or go work in another profession but either way, stop whining about it.
  9. Who has time to argue with phlebotomists?
  10. MN-Nurse

    How hard is it to get a job in the NICU or OB/GYN?

    A classmate of mine (May, 2011) recently started in the PICU. Here's how he did it: Early in nursing school, he got a CNA job at a nursing home after being rejected by many, many hospitals. He worked his butt off at the nursing home. He kept applying to hospitals while working and going to school and landed a job as a CNA on a pediatric floor. He excelled at that job, worked hard in school, and was hired as an RN on the same peds floor he worked as a CNA. He worked hard and performed well as a new grad RN on the peds floor. After a year he applied for the PICU job and recently got it. It's just that easy.
  11. MN-Nurse

    Nursing is not what I thought it would be!

    No, you got it wrong. I had a great day - both days. The whining by people who hate their jobs - on allnurses and the hospital - has been ongoing. Your standard of "bullying" is so goofy (telling someone it gets better but they have to pay some dues is bullying to you) I doubt you would be a factor in curbing it.
  12. MN-Nurse

    Nursing is not what I thought it would be!

    Your choice, but many don't make it based on that criteria.
  13. MN-Nurse

    Nursing is not what I thought it would be!

    If you really think that was bullying, you are out of your mind.
  14. MN-Nurse

    Nursing is not what I thought it would be!

    mn-nurse is a he. that might help you a bit for context. i honestly am tired of the complaining about the job. you take a job in med-surg, you are going to be challenged. my point to the op is that the job does get better, but it takes experience and you have to work at it. you have to work to improve your skills in every area. you have to study. you have to observe other nurses. you learn from everyone - patients, doctors, techs, aides, families. the more experience you get the more you learn and the better the job gets. unless you have a crappy, entitled attitude. then you just grouse about everything that goes on and you learn nothing. i work with a new nurse that acts like this and i cannot wait for her to leave for another unit so she can torture them with her horrible attitude.
  15. MN-Nurse

    Nursing is not what I thought it would be!

    Fine. Here's a rainbow and a kitten..Happy? Ours is a very difficult and demanding job and I'm sure there are plenty of very "good cop" supportive posts awaiting this nurse. But on the day I posted that, and today, I have had it up to about here with nurses (new and old) complaining about the job. I worked with a very, ahem, experienced nurse today who said to me, "I just HATE it here...don't you hate it??" I looked right at her and said, "I'm actually having a blast. I love coming to work every day. I've had other jobs and I hated those. I learn a ton every day, I enjoy how challenging it is to work on this floor (very busy med surg) and I'm making more money now than I ever made in my life - and I've only been doing this just over one year." Was I "bullying" her? I don't think so. I tried to address "eating" other nurses, but was unable to write anything that wouldn't get moderated in a hearbeat! With respect to new nurses I work with (or float nurses unfamiliar with my floor): if you asked them who they would like to work with, or who they feel comfortable asking questions, or who they go to for help, or who enjoy working with, or who helps them out - I guarantee you that every one of them would say: "MN-NURSE!!" So stick me in your bullying or eating category all you want...but if you find yourself in the weeds and need help, there is no one you want next to you more than me.
  16. MN-Nurse

    Nursing is not what I thought it would be!

    They used to. In diploma programs.