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  1. TriciaJ

    Managment is TERRIBLE

    What would I do? Depends on my financial situation. If I absolutely needed every uninterrupted paycheque I would start applying for other positions. As soon as I had a firm job offer I would give 2 weeks notice and count down every nanosecond. If I had a nest egg or was not solely self-supporting, I would just put in my notice. If I started being plagued by sleeplessness, chronic headache or anything else stress-related I would follow KatieMI's advice above. You and your coworkers need to vote with your feet. Good luck.
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    Trigger Warning!

    "Boyfriend"? Now isn't that a bit triggering? Don't you mean your temporary --possibly-permanent-companion-who-currently-identifies-as-male?
  3. Whoops. Ruby actually gave you good advice. Blunt is not the same as rude. The inability to take constructive feedback could be getting in your way more than you realize. Blunt feedback isn't always nice to receive, but it's usually more valuable than unicorns and rainbows. Responding by lashing out will not serve you in the long run. Ruby has a long career under her belt and knows what she's talking about. The Rubys of the world can end up being your best friends, if you let them.
  4. TriciaJ

    Regret, depression

    I'm so sorry you're having this experience. I wish I had a good answer for you. Hospital nursing has become absolutely brutal. Right now, I'm concerned for your health. Even with FMLA and being able to call in - those are short-term solutions. I think if you were able to find another nursing job at the moment, it would not be the relief you're hoping for. Is there some way you can take a break from nursing altogether? I don't know what your financial situation is and if you even have that option. Meanwhile, you need to talk with your doctor and you need to find some sort of counseling. Try your county public health or mental health department. Is your nurse manager someone you could level with about how you're struggling? Some managers can be incredibly helpful and supportive; others you don't want to say anything to. I hope you can find some comfort and support where you are. Good luck.
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    Need help with subjectives and objectives

    I think you're overthinking this. Subjective is what the patient tells you. Objective is what you observe. I don't think there is much more to it than that.
  6. TriciaJ

    How to get out of Ambulatory and onto the floor?

    A med/surg certificate will likely require you to have worked for a number of years in med/surg before taking the exam. Other specialities have similar requirements. Even if you could get a certificate without experience, it would have minimal value to a recruiter. I agree with FLMom, it might be a geographical thing. Any chance of moving to where the jobs are? Otherwise, it is also good advice to get some help with your resume. Sometimes it's just a numbers game. You have to keep floating applications. Good luck.
  7. On a side note: friendships develop more quickly when you're all new together. When you go into a work place where everyone else has been there awhile, it just takes more time. They're taking your measure. Do the best job you can do and don't be afraid to ask questions when you're unsure. Even if you have to ask a question you've already asked. It may be annoying to them in the moment, but they'll think a lot better of you than if you try to wing it and then screw up. We live in an instant gratification world. In reality, feeling confident as a nurse requires more time than you've had so far. Friendships outside of school take longer as well. Hang in there.
  8. TriciaJ

    Trigger Warning!

    That's a bummer. My last job was in college health. There was no nursing program but I found the young people there generally renewed my faith in the future of humanity. Maybe it's not their age, but what nursing school does to them. I sometimes wonder if we should go back to the old hospital-based programs where your feelings were the least of anyone's worries.
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    Trigger Warning!

    Yes, that is the key. Name-calling and character assassinations became socially unacceptable for good reason. But if someone expresses an unpopular viewpoint, the listeners can be "triggered" and it becomes okay for them to engage in name-calling. There are some popular ones at the moment, but just as inappropriate as epithets of yore.
  10. TriciaJ

    Nurses Call the Governor of Tennessee

    I don't know how I want her to be found, because I don't know all the facts of the case. The CMS report shows what looks like really reckless practice - far below even the most basic standards of nursing. That's pretty damning. That's why she needs her day in court if there's a rest of the story that needs to be told.
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    Nurses Call the Governor of Tennessee

    Actually, I don't know if anyone believes she should be found guilty, just that it's not necessarily inappropriate that she be charged. At this point we see how it plays out in court. There may be all kinds of extenuating circumstances we aren't yet aware of, and we all come away with sympathy for her. Or it turns out she has a history of egregious practice and has coasted until now. Or something else. I'll certainly be watching with interest.
  12. TriciaJ

    How to retain nurses?

    Doesn't it drive you crazy when they keep asking the same question and the answer is obvious? Write a frickin' essay? Oh, I'd be writing an essay all right. They'd get all their answers in that essay. It wouldn't do any good because you can't fix stupid and I'd then be looking for a new job. But I would enjoy the brief moment of satisfaction. In fact, I'd make several copies of my essay and post them in prominent places all around the hospital on my way out the door. I would burn that bridge and enjoy the blaze.
  13. TriciaJ

    Scope Of Practice Question

    What's the point of any sitter if they can't intervene? Might as well save a few bucks and just leave the patient to his own devices.
  14. TriciaJ

    Nurses Call the Governor of Tennessee

    I know everyone has different ideas about exactly how culpable the hospital was. There are many who think that since the hospital was apparently a pit to work in (aren't most of them, any more?) that the nurse should be off the hook. I maintain that we are all responsible for our own practice. Based on everything I've read so far I think: 1. The nurse's actions rise (or sink) to the level of criminal charges being appropriate. 2. Now she gets her day in court and maybe a whole lot more information comes to light, in her favour or not. 3. Hopefully (and I know it's a long shot) typical hospital practices come to light and the public is outraged. 4. New nurses coming into the field will be taught to be assertive, proactive and not at all easy to intimidate. If we have any vestige of handmaiden status hanging on, we need to lose it yesterday.
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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    Do we even know if Vandy reported her to the BON when they terminated her?
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