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kalevra BSN, RN

ED, Telemetry,Hospice, ICU, Supervisor
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kalevra has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ED, Telemetry,Hospice, ICU, Supervisor.

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    Leaving Bedside Nursing

    Congratulations, and welcome to the club. I respect your decision to place your family and health before others. It is a difficult decision to make, but at the end of the day, you must take care of your own first. Corporate healthcare is the face of the modern American healthcare system. There will always be martyrs willing to throw themselves on to the patient care pyre. Luckily enough, you wont be one of them. Helping patients does not necessarily mean working at bedside. It also means managing their care from a computer of managing staff and resources. Good Luck and I wish you the best!
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    Why are Nurses and CNAs so mean/rude

    LOL is the Original Poster serious?!?! Another, "Everyone else except me is a crappy nurse/cna". How many of these threads do we come across on a daily basis. OMG, hahahahahah You honestly cannot be serious? Watching this thread devolve into trolling is going to be funny.
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    I Work For A Broken Hospital

    I hear what you are saying. Many hospitals are trying to exist in modern America's current healthcare corporation. Let us all be honest, profit is what drives business and hospitals are another form of business venture. It is not like people actually have a choice in what hospital they receive treatment form. People do not have a set price menu available to them so they can compare and contrast services form different hospitals. People can not "test-drive" a hospital. People do not get a "refund" if unsatisfied with their service or customer experience.
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    Bad situation

    Be careful of what you say, there are some in the nursing community that do not like the idea of having an Associate prepared nurse serve as a manager or director. Many academic faculty I have worked with in the past try to keep "lower" degree holders out of "leadership" positions. This is due to the idea that the more education and more letters you have in terms of education, the more prepared they are for directorship and management. I never liked the way these types would shun associates nurses like me when I started out. I had to play their game by their rules to get anywhere in the organization. I do not believe just because someone holds a masters in leadership, that they can actually lead and inspire groups of people to work as one cohesive unit. There is a lot more to leadership than what is on paper.
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    New grad RN, hate nursing?

    Try getting into the OR. Keep in mind there is bull-work no matter where you go. The level of bull-work in the OR is nothing compared to the level of bull-work found on the telemetry and med-surg floors. DO NOT stay on a floor you hate, it will only eat you up inside and carry over to your personal life. Imagine coming home every day and just complaining to your spouse, being angry, being sad, and irritable for days of the week. DO NOT let work run your life. DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU! The hospital will look out for its own best interest. ONLY YOU are responsible for your best interest. Think of the hospital as a profit driven entity (which it actually is). Business will always come first (which it actually does). SO, go and handle your business. Would you ever do business with a place that makes you feel miserable? Would you ever agree to terms that make you feel like poop? I empower you to not fall for the guilt trip some nurses may place on you. I empower you to make a change for the better and live a happy and successful life. Good Luck
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    "Best Practice" would be to have more nurses.

    Does your hospital or facility have a DNP that is in charge of policy and procedure? I ask because most of the senior leadership hold an RN license. Perhaps the RN leadership are not properly informed or not aware of the inconvenience these new "best practice" interventions are causing. I highly recommend communicating you message to senior leadership so as they may help facilitate with work flow. I recommend putting it in writing and in terms that a child will understand, not to insult anyone, but rather to deliver a clear concise message that cannot be distorted.
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    BSN New Graduate Salaries

    Northern California, average low end of the start rate for new grads is $40. We hire a lot of travel nurses. I highly recommend getting your foot in the ER or ICU experience for 1 year. Get in with a travel company, pick up an assignment in Northern California. I have travelers that are taking home $2,000-$3,000 a week (after taxes). Living stipend can range form $1,000-$1,800 a month, which is given to the traveler for their housing and food costs. I have had many Midwestern and Southern travelers state that working in California is much easier compared to their home states. It is a very good time to be an ICU or ER experienced nurse at this time.
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    Forced transfer

    Being floated to different units, when one is contracted to work in one specific unit, is a really pain in many cases. It will all come down to you as an employee. I speak specifically of how much "crap" you are willing to take from managers. If you are being treated as a "chair" how much longer are you willing to let other people sit on you? As an employee, you have to voice your concerns in a direct manner that will not be misinterpreted as something else. The Leadership Team requires that employees communicate their needs, so that they may come to an amicable resolution to the problem.
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    Earning Ceiling

    Are you talking about a geographic earning cap? I know in the West Coast, regular bedside staff nurses make $100,000 a year right out of school. I can tell you this from experience, our new hires start at $47.60 working 144 hour a month. Once you factor in the mandatory holidays employees have to work, they can break $100,000 easily. I am a numbers person, the return on investment must justify going through an advanced degree. The simple answer is NO, 100K is just a start. You can make way more money. The hard answer is what are you willing to do? Are you willing to move? What is your cost of living? Etc.
  10. Hospitals are not paid in FULL in cash at the start of the ground breaking. There are loans, bonds donations etc. I am sure Unions like the National Nurse United with their 185,000 members all paying $40 in union dues every 2 weeks could muster up such funds. Where I am from union dues range around $40-$50 every two weeks. Assuming nurses can afford to pay $40 every 2 weeks multiplied by 185,000 nurses= $7,400,000 $7,400,000 every two weeks X 2 pay periods in one month= $14,800,000 monthly dues $14,800,000 monthly dues X 12 months= $177,600,000 a year in member dues collected. (rough estimate) Obviously these numbers are very very rudimentary. What I am trying to show is that there is potential to collect a large sum of funds to attract other sources of investment to build such a "Union Hospital".
  11. I find it to be an interesting experiment. Maybe the unions could create a better example rather than the traditional model that most hospitals are built on today.
  12. There appears to be a lot of pro-unionization responses on this discussion. There also appears to be a lot of anti-administration responses on this discussion, If Administration is the problem, why not propose the unions build a hospital from the ground up as a union facility. A hospital where even the CEO is also part of the union and has to answer for his actions. A hospital where there are no private shareholders to appease with ever increasing profits. I propose a hospital where all the staff are part of a union and take part in a profit sharing plan, so that everyone has a vote in how the hospital runs. With all the money unions across the nation makes a year, I am sure there are enough funds that can be gathered in order to accomplish such a goal. I would think it to be an interesting experiment.
  13. The majority of current modern American Healthcare Industry is a for profit system. Even when hospitals report that they are a Not For Profit”, they still need to make a profit due to their inclusion in a multifaceted corporation that may or may not have healthcare as a core product. There are ways to make a profit, reinvesting it into a venture and still keep a legally functioning Not For Profit designation. An example given to me by a colleague, the hospital can loan” out money with a return rate of 25% for certain entities and to be repaid within 48 hours. I am no forensic accountant, I am not a lawyer, and this is just hearsay. In no way am I a legal representative of any kind and what I write is merely speculation and carries no legal weight at all.
  14. kalevra

    Another reason unions suck!

    I do no think unions are necessary. I believe RNs can sit down with their managers and come to an amicable solution. As a profession, communication, negotiation and collaboration is key. I believe unions create very strict rules that prevent the creation of creative problem solving and restrict the maneuvering room required to solve these types of workplace issues.
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    Working for free?

    I am a firm believer in getting paid for one's work. If you wish to NOT get paid, especially when you are entitled to compensation, that is your call. To each their own.
  16. Ratios are a politically charged and sensitive area for many people. There are far reaching after effects of implementing a state or federally mandated ratio. For one, many nurses feel that unions are not necessary to practice their profession. In fact many feel that a profession does not need unions. While on the topic of unions, there are several states where nurses forming a union is very much looked down upon. I mention unions because what happened in California in regards to state mandated ratios was a result in a lot of political maneuvering by unions. California nurses, from my experience, pay $40-$50 per paycheck for union protection” and representation”. A hospital with 1000 nurses typically makes $40,000-$50,000 every pay period or $80,000-$100,000 a month just form union dues. These dues are used to pay lawyers, labor representatives etc. in order to lobby or advance” the nursing-agenda”. One hospital with 1000 nurses can make about $1,000,000 a year. All those funds are used to lobby the state legislature and support political campaigns in order to further their agenda. Agendas such as mandatory ratios, retirement, and health insurance. There are many in this country who view unions as an unnecessary entity in the profession. As professionals, communication with leadership and sharing in the same vision of patient care and proper compensation for all involved should be discussed. Many nurses feel that belonging to a union is much like paying for protection” or extortion” and would rather not take part in it at all.

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