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TriciaJ RN

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?
  16. That's a novel idea. When I worked med-surg I used to keep little gifts in my locker to give to coworkers who'd had a particularly bad shift. This would include an unexpected demise, being slimed by a manager, etc. I don't know if it made anyone feel better, but no one turned it down.
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    Mandated reporting outside of work

    If a case of abuse comes to the attention of the authorities, and it is found that you were aware but didn't act, you could be held liable. The onus would be on the plaintiff to prove you had knowledge. It's hard to make a case if the abuse was in fact reported.
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    Is being greedy by taking lots of shifts bad?

    I"m not real clear about what you're saying. What is your prime motivation for picking up extra shifts? To help out your employer or for the money? Do you ace other people out of shifts they want to work? I'm a strong advocate of taking time to rest and recharge and to live within your means.
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    How Technology Can Solve the Nurse Staffing Shortage

    The only way for this to work is for hospitals, nursing homes and other health care employers to be actually willing to PAY to have more nurses at work. It doesn't matter if the nurse is 1099, W2 or WD40. We don't work for free and the hospital doesn't want to pay us. Until you can pry the purse strings out of the bean counters' hands it's not happening.
  20. I once had an employer that gave out gift cards for Christmas. This would be followed by a memo asking for them back so they could be donated to charity. Pathetic.
  21. I don't know why you wouldn't qualify. They've got pharmacy techs and all kinds of other people giving the shots. A nurse is golden.
  22. Your residents have every right to expect you to function as if you've had a full night's sleep. Your brain is "greedy for more sleep" because it still isn't getting enough. There are no tips or suggestions to help you power through a shift when you are still depriving your body of the basic necessities of life. Reading your original post is like reading "I like to party and snort coke; how do I stay alert at work?" Because doing that wouldn't be that much worse for your body and mind than what you're doing now. If you're not going to look for another job, then you're going to have to be absolutely ruthless about getting out after 12 hrs tops. Proper nutrition and sleep hygiene need to be your passionate new hobbies. You're still young enough for your body to forgive the abuse but it will take time and consistent effort. Metaphorically, you need to be putting your own oxygen mask on first.
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    Breakroom Pet Peeves

    I wondered that too. I've made comments in what sounded like very public conversations in shared spaces only to be met with icy silence. I thought private conversations were indicated by the participants sitting in close proximity and keeping their voices lower. When people are spread out, speak loudly and the topic is general, it seems a bit snobbish to expect "privacy".
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    How Technology Can Solve the Nurse Staffing Shortage

    A better staffing system and everyone is deliriously happy? Will there be health care benefits with the new gig economy? If it was just money the gig economy works fine as it is. Is there really a nursing shortage? That tends to wax and wane and there is a geographical component. SmilingBluEyes summed it up pretty well. Treating us like fresh meat is a much bigger factor than spiffy scheduling software. And nurses didn't need to be specially "trained" to deal with covid. Infection control practices (for anything contagious) is part of basic nursing education.