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TriciaJ RN

Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory
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TriciaJ has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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

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    Gross Me Out 🤮 Contest | Nurses Week

    Take the plunger out of a 5 ml syringe and load the leech in butt- first. Then put the open end of the syringe to the wound and the leech will have to latch on where you put him.
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    QuantiFERON instead of TB test

    I received BCG vaccine in nursing school and had an adverse local reaction. My arm took months to heal. I haven't risked a PPD since and always submitted to chest x-rays. Until my last job when quantiferon was available. I guess it would depend why you wouldn't want a PPD. Are you concerned about a false positive? It's certainly worth asking your employer.
  3. Maybe you'll get a real nice set of alcohol swabs next year or some saline flushes.
  4. You're accepting indentured servitude out of fear of being reported to the Board? I was reported to the Board. It was malicious and retaliatory and they had it pegged before I even got there. We went through the paces then we all had a good laugh and I went home. JKL told you how to resign. Don't tolerate that crap for one more day than you need to. THEY don't have an RN? Guess they better start beating the bushes. They have two weeks from the time you put in your notice.
  5. Then be damn sure you claim the charitable deduction. 😡
  6. WTH even is that? What does it do for the earth?
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    should I give a two weeks?

    Don't get me wrong. I've always toughed out a 2 week notice. Sometimes the longest 2 weeks of my life. My advice is if there is no possible way to go back there.
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    IV infiltration with PRBC

    Anything in the procedures manual? What do your coworkers think? Did you notify the doctor?
  9. That blue bow is really a festive touch. Have you ever worked for a florist, Davey? You'd be great in the unique arrangement department.
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    should I give a two weeks?

    I surmise you're working in a long term care facility. The beginning of your post was unclear. You've been working there over a year but now can't stand the thought of toughing out a two week notice. I guess when you've had enough you've had enough. Here's a thought: put in your notice, then call in sick. A day later, call them all apologetic about not being able to work your notice. I don't really see this as being dishonest; you clearly are sick at the thought of ever going back there. They may buy it or not. No matter. You need to be out of there.
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    New nurse. Where is my passion?

    I think with your realistic mindset you have a better chance at a long, satisfying career than your "passionate" cohorts with their inspirational stories. Most of us don't subscribe to the idea that nursing is a "calling". That's just a lot of hype to rope us into poor working conditions and low pay and we're supposed to be all dewy-eyed while we're doing it. Keep in touch with your passionate friends. You'll be amazed how many run away screaming.
  12. In workplaces that have unions, there is always a form that can be completed if staffing is unsafe. A copy of the form is always directed to an entity OUTSIDE the employer system, which is why employers hate when this form is used. The form essentially functions as a preemptive incident report. It generally states "I am accepting an unsafe assignment under protest. I have already requested help from ABC and received XYZ response. I will not be held professionally liable for any negative outcomes." You see if something bad happens because you were stretched too thin, you will be held responsible. Saying you were short-staffed won't get you off the hook unless you have already documented that you asked for help and accepted the assignment under protest. If you have no preprinted forms, this information can be put on a blank sheet of paper. A copy MUST go to the state regulatory body, a copy to your employer and you keep a copy. If you insist on staying on this sinking ship of a job, using that form will be your career life preserver.
  13. Where's your upper management? Are you the most senior person in the building? And State popped by for a visit? Come on in! I'd be showing them a lot more than my newly bald head.
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    What would you do?? New Grad 2021 Houston

    Keep in mind that HR has to start the ball rolling. They have NO sense of urgency.
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    What would you do?? New Grad 2021 Houston

    Why would you hate the job you were offered?