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TriciaJ RN

Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory
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TriciaJ has 38 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

37 years of nursing in psych, correctons, med-surg, ambulatory



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  1. Learn to sift the wheat from the chaff. This person is not giving you harsh criticism; she's just being a b. True criticism (even harsh) will give you something to learn from. This person is just sliming you; that's why you feel dirty when you're around her. It's her dirt you're picking up on. I think Turtle's advice is right on. Otherwise, just nod and verbally agree with everything your coworker says while mentally dismissing it. She'll sooner or later figure out that she's blown the priviledge of being taken seriously by you. Meanwhile, find some mentors who will give you solid advice and an accurate assessment of your progress. Every new job has a coworker like yours. Her behaviour is about her, not you.
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    Short staffing - where do we stand?

    Are you unionized? Is there any mechanism whereby you can put management on notice that you are accepting an unsafe assignment under protest and can't be held completely responsible for outcomes? Check with your Board of Labour or any other employee advocacy organization available to you. Good luck.
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    Depressed and Suicidal at work

    Oh, gawd just get out of there. There obviously needs to be a bigger exodus before management gets a clue. Don't go down with that ship. I really hope your new husband is emotionally supportive. Please talk to him about what you're up against. The two of you need to revise your current financial plans until you land somewhere else. In the meantime, just get out of there now. Try to stick out a two week notice if you can. I was going to suggest having your doctor write a note that you are unable to do that, then I thought better of it. Your employer may try to make some claim of unfitness to the Board just to retaliate. But please talk to your husband about an immediate exit plan. Wishing you the best.
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    12 Days of Giveaways 2019

    I can't help being a bit jaded about these contests. I never did receive the gift card I won in a Nurses' Week contest last spring.
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    What should I do when I am not appreciated on my unit

    Payday is when appreciation gets expressed. Everything else is a bonus. Good idea to make a point of expressing appreciation of others. "Be the change you want to see" to put it tritely. As far as nursing school being "to hell and back"? Not saying it was fun, but I can think of a multitude of situations right off the top of my head that might be worse. I'm sure a lot of people would gladly switch with you.
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    When the System Failed Your Patients

    Whose unrealistic expectations? If we knew more about the project and its intended audience, we might be better able to help you.
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    Special Needs Facility Job With 20 Patients

    My thoughts are that you are going to be thrown in at the deep end. I predict everyone will be wonderful and caring on your first day. About 2-3 days in, someone will regretfully tell you a preceptor just isn't available, so you'll just have to wing it. But no matter! The supervisor will be instantly available if you need her! Except she won't. Colour me jaded and cynical, but I've been around this block a few times. This whole thing smells like they're desperate for a warm body and have no real plans to provide you with an orientation.
  8. Exactly. AB is certainly guilty of the same crime, but because nothing bad happened, she was lucky. This is why it is such a bad idea to practice poorly and depend on luck to save you. Sometimes luck runs out. Many of us have already said this: How many times did RV rely on luck before it finally, spectacularly, ran out? That is why this is such a wake-up call for those who cut corners. Please do not defend reckless practice. Your energy would be better used shoring up your own practice.
  9. I agree with this. If I had a nickel for every time a patient said "You're the only one who checks my wristband." I thought they just weren't noticing or remembering, but when I mentioned it to a coworker (whom I thought of as a very good nurse) she said "No, I hardly ever check wristbands." I suspect a lot of stupid policies get put into place because there are too many among us who skip important steps. For anyone who thinks they're "too busy" for safety checks, this situation should be their Come-to-Jesus moment.
  10. If there was a safety measure that could still have prevented this, I'm sure I don't know what it is. She blew past so many stops it still makes my head spin. As you learned from your own experience, you can be extremely conscientious and errors still happen. That's why they're called errors. But when we don't bother to even look at the vial that we're drawing from, what chance does the patient have? It has been said multiple times on the pertinent threads: this lady's death was not caused by an error. It was caused by egregiously reckless practice. The level of practice that is far, far below the standard of anyone who has spent a week in nursing school. Anyone who functions this way needs to be stopped in her tracks. The BON initially failed miserably in protecting the people of Tennessee; that's why it fell to law enforcement to pick up the slack. This does not set a precedent for nursing errors to be criminalized. It just means that someone has to protect the public from those who would do harm. Unfortunately, that has to include nurses who aren't fit to nurse.
  11. Judging by how many posts rushing to RV's defense and making statements that "medical errors shouldn't be criminalized" and "she never MEANT to kill anyone" and "what about the hospital's role", it seems professional competence and accountability are things of the past. The whole point of requiring education and a license means we are held to a higher standard, not given a free pass.
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    Classism in the Hospital-MD vs. RN

    In most hospitals MD = revenue; RN = expense. Most hospitals are run by bean-counters so most things (and people) are broken down into incoming beans and outgoing beans.
  13. This is an error to slap yourself in the forehead over, not fear for your license. Learning the difference will go a long way to protecting your own blood pressure over time.
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    Happy Nurse: 10 Ways to Increase Your Happiness Today

    11. Retire. Bwahahahahahahah!
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    Is this nursing burnout?

    Sounds like burnout to me and I think you need a breather. Just how important is the money? Can you just take a year off to regroup? I just don't know that a change of venue would make any difference. If your dream job is a nightmare, where do you go from there? I know the feeling of being chronically overwhelmed and unable to get off the hamster wheel. And no, no one understands who isn't doing it themselves. If it's possible to do without the paycheque, I would look at getting a recommendation from your doctor that you need a break for the sake of your health. That'll help you sell it to your husband. Good luck.
  16. Two trips to the podiatrist. Both times I got an ultrasound treatment, got my foot taped up, did a course of NSAIDs. I vetoed the cortisone shot; decided to save it for a last resort which I ended up not needing. Second time I received a splint to keep my foot flexed while I slept. I was told to do lunge-type exercises to stretch the calf. I also threw out my Danskos and replaced them with New Balance with custom orthotics. After the two podiatry visits the plantar fasciitis was pretty much a thing of the past. And I had suffered for months previously. Don't endlessly suffer; please track down a podiatrist.