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Good Morning, Gil

Good Morning, Gil

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Good Morning, Gil has 3 years experience and specializes in Rehab, critical care.

I chose nursing as my career because I wanted a job in which I could improve the human condition. I love all of the details/attention I get to give my patients in the ICU. When I'm not working, I enjoy walks with the hubby, seeing new places, singing, and taking naps when I can snag one! :)

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  1. Good Morning, Gil

    Does your SO understand job stress?

    But, really, I wouldn't trade 3 days a week even for the amount we do in a day sometimes. I can't imagine doing the 9-5 right now with only 2 days off a week. Yuck.
  2. Good Morning, Gil

    Does your SO understand job stress?

    But, he does say sometimes, "I wish I could work 3 days a week." To that, he gets an "eye roll." And, a reminder, that 4 days off a week is nice, but we accomplish in 3 days what most people don't even accomplish in 2 weeks at their jobs.
  3. Good Morning, Gil

    Does your SO understand job stress?

    Sometimes, I feel that my husband doesn't quite understand. But, that's not because he's not understanding; he's just not a nurse and doesn't work in healthcare. But, even though he works a desk job, he understands what I do when I describe it to him. I've told him once or twice what exactly I accomplished in 12 hours for my patient, who I had to call to get that done, how many times I called the lab and/or pharmacy, bedside procedures, trips to OR and/or CT, radiology, and how I eat lunch sometimes at 2 or 3 PM with only 1 quick bathroom break the entire day. After a few times, he got it. He understood that nurses do a lot, and really respects the profession. So, he never asks me to pick up OT. He'd much rather spend time with me than have me be tired all of the time (like I was when I worked night shift). Now, granted, we didn't or don't really need the extra money. That would be different, and I would volunteer to do OT then. But, your husband needs a swift kick (not literally lol). Have you ever told him exactly what you do in 12 hours? Ask him how he would do at his job standing at his computer all day with the phone ringing off the hook, talking to worried or needy co-workers at the same time (to compare to families), having to call IT 4 times to get them to do something they should have done an hour ago (for a report he needed to do 1 hour ago to compare to the amount of times we need to call lab and/or pharmacy), and he doesn't get to eat lunch until 3 PM with no bathroom break or no time for a quick snack.
  4. Good Morning, Gil

    Today's Hospice: It's Not What You Think

    "According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, over ½ of the hospice organizations in the United States in 2010 were operated by for-profit companies. Driven by profit instead of ethics, not all hospice agencies give the same quality of care." Great article. Thank you. The only thing I disagree with is the implication that all for-profit facilities don't care about ethics and only care about money, profit. While that can be the case sometimes, that can also be the case with non-profits, as well. Really, there can be fundamentally no difference between a for-profit and non-profit as far as ethics/money go. I have seen a non-profit or two that do not really qualify as non-profits. Point being: both non-profits and for-profit organizations can either be wonderful, caring organizations or they can be the opposite of wonderful. That has more to do with the administration itself than the actual infrastructure of the organization (non profit vs for profit). In the future, I thought I might want to start a hospice house (though I realize it's highly unlikely), and I was thinking non-profit would be the way to go mainly because of this gross misconception in the public that "all nonprofits are awesome, and for-profit organizations are money mongers." Not true at all.
  5. Good Morning, Gil

    Compassion, easily lost?

    When nurses start acting like you mentioned, it's time to go. Actually, it's time to go before that happens. Nurses do need to vent to each other sometimes. It's just necessary, but it needs to be done far away from the patient, not within ear shot. Nurses burn out all of the time, and some decide to leave and try a different nursing position. Others don't. People get comfortable where they are, and some people get so comfortable that they don't want to learn a new position, and feel like the new guy again even if they have lost their compassion and hate their job. I can understand that on some level, but that's just not me. If I really hate my job, I will look elsewhere. In fact, I'm looking for a different position, but it's not because I hate my job. I actually enjoy it, but that's not applicable here. I have also seen great nurses that are burnt out. They still treat their patients like they should, with compassion, and care. But, all units are not the same, so don't let that one experience scar you. Even if you end up on a floor like that, it will only make you stronger. Get through it, do your year, and then move on to greener pastures. And, don't participate in the gossip.
  6. Good Morning, Gil

    A little too proud to be a nurse?

    That was a refreshing post. :) When I first read the title, I thought you meant that you were too proud (as in prideful) to be a nurse. What a pleasant surprise. Most people have no idea what we do. We're in charge of everything without actually being in charge of everything. And, we're there to advocate for our patients. Ensure they get what they need.
  7. Good Morning, Gil

    Just a very happy post from a very happy new nurse

    That is awesome! Congrats! Enjoy! What was your impression of Knoxville? And, the Smokies? It's a nice area that I have not visited yet, but definitely will at some point. I'm assuming you're from the south since you said ya'll? Or were you just trying to assimilate prior to moving there? :) Sounds like you have a great first job. There isn't the turn-over on mother-baby that there tends to be on other units from what I've heard (never worked in women's health).
  8. Good Morning, Gil

    How long do you generally have to stay past the end of your shift?

    I work in ICU, so it really just depends on the day. Most of the time, I get out on time. Sometimes, I just need to stay 15 mins extra to chart. Sometimes, it's so crazy, patient so unstable all day,that I don't eat anything, and don't chart until the end of my shift. Then, I could be there 1-2 hours depending on the degree of instability of the patient, and how acute my other patient was, as well. If there's a free charge nurse, then I'll get to grab a quick bite to eat on the crazy days like that; if there's not, then it's just every woman (man) for herself/himself. (Though I believe in teamwork. I don't believe in it just being my patients or your patients. If you're having a bad day, and I'm having an easy day, I will help you). Sometimes, I make the choice half way through my shift. Well, I could either take a 30 min lunch or I could get out on time today. I always choose to get out on time if I'm coming back the next day.
  9. Yes, I did! I worked in a non-acute area (still bedside nursing, though) for a year, was the charge nurse, and was looked to for help/guidance from new people on the unit, was comfortable with my group, etc, like you mentioned. And, then left to work in a high acuity ICU without ever really starting more than maybe 2 IV's, never placing NGT's, no critical situations. I felt like a fish out of water, too. It's only natural. You're in a completely new nursing area that requires very different skills/prioritization. It will get better with time once you get to know your co-workers, and you feel comfortable. Expect to feel uncomfortable for a little while, though. Soon enough, you won't recognize your former uncomfortable self :).
  10. I'm one of those, as well, but I wouldn't call myself highly educated lol, just educated. I had a bachelor's degree in another field and decided to go for my RN. I pursued it primarily because I wanted to be a nurse, and saw how flexible the field can be, and the opportunities to go back and further my education if I chose. I did it, in part, for stability, but when I went back, the economy was not yet bad. The economy became bad while I was in school. So, the choice ended up being a solid one as the only people getting jobs seemed to be engineers, and nurses (and other healthcare professionals). I chose nursing primarily because I wanted to improve the human condition, spend my life directly helping others, and the flexibility in being able to work PRN when I had a family just made sense for me. (Not many careers have the flexibility in being able to work PRN like nursing does). Not an easy job, but certainly worth doing. I sound idealistic, I guess, not saying it's an easy job. Just a job where you know you made a difference at the end of the day. Yes, even on the days where you feel like you're doing more running around fetching than anything else.
  11. Yes, I do (think it's more likely to get a job once you're licensed), especially in certain states that won't consider you until you're licensed. Some states do the GN thing, and others don't, just depends on your location.
  12. Good Morning, Gil

    Going from Respiratory therapist to Registered Nurse?

    Possibly, though it would probably only help you when competing against new grad nurses. If you're competing against an experienced nurse, they would probably get it first. And, also, critical care transport isn't easy to get as most people want that at some point (haven't done it yet, but know it's a good gig, but you'd want ICU experience first anyway as an RN). If you want it, go for it! There are many ICUs and ERs that take new RN's. Many of the burnt out RN's on here might say: "But why would you want to give up being an RT?" (d/t the job description, aspect of care). However, I understand why you might want to broaden your scope. Being an RN does give you more options as far as different lateral moves you could make, as well as a good variety of advanced practice roles. I actually like being responsible for different aspects of the patients' care, ensuring they get that psych consult or PT consult or get placed on the ETOH protocol, etc, but some RN's don't.
  13. Good Morning, Gil

    Finding job after FNU?

    Hey guys, So, I've decided that I will pursue the FNP degree, am excited about it, but need to save money first, start my family. Am glad that I reached this decision, feels good to have a plan. Would like to pursue rural health down the line. Anyway, I'm very interested in Frontier Nursing University, but was just wondering how grads from this program did with ease in finding NP jobs after graduation? (I'm asking because if people are having difficulty in getting hired from this program, then I may look at getting my BSN now (already have a bachelor's degree, so FNU does not require an add'l BSN, which is a bonus, time and money wise, but the other programs do) and apply later to a school that has more name recognition in my area, larger school, but is in-state tuition. I realize that FNU has a great reputation, and is listed as a top program, but people in my area have not heard of it. Maybe it's only well known in the NP community? If that's the case, that's fine, but just wanted to be sure people were getting jobs after graduation. Thanks for your help! (I do realize everything is more sluggish in this economy).
  14. Good Morning, Gil

    Nurses need water

    Yep, true. The only time I drink water is during lunch break. Then, usually, don't drink anything until I get home. However, I think most of us just forget to take care of ourselves while we're taking care of others. There's no reason why we can't grab a drink of water and drink it while we're charting for a few minutes. All nursing jobs require a chunk of our time to be devoted to documentation, no denying that lol. And, the running to the restroom thing. Sometimes we do go 12 hours without eating or drinking anything because there is no time for it, urgent scenarios, etc, but that should be the exception. I try to remember to take care of myself because our health, you know, is kind of important lol. And, who wants a UTI?
  15. I moved out of state after graduation, so there was that. And, then, studied for the NCLEX for a month while applying for jobs. Didn't have any luck on the job front until I took and passed the NCLEX. And, even then, it was slim pickings (not many jobs for new grads when I graduated).
  16. Good Morning, Gil

    what career is the hardest to work in?

    It's really not a contest. Sure, teachers have to take work home with them sometimes, but they get all holidays and weekends off, not to mention, an entire summer. Okay, they might have to go in there early, but still, they get a lot of time off. And, they have the ability to retire early (or at least they did) whereas RN's never had pensions (or maybe they did?). Your family member can retire. If you were single, an RN's salary doesn't really allow for early retirement. Teaching is just a less stressful job, too. Otherwise, why would RN's then go back for nursing education? lol, it's less stressful, better hours, and most of all, easier on the back. I love being a nurse, and didn't choose to teach, so not complaining. (though I'm fairly certain I want to teach later on, just enjoy teaching new nurses, and the flexibility of teaching adjunct would be nice, as well). Just saying: I agree with you.