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RNGriffin

RNGriffin

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RNGriffin specializes in Neuro ICU/Trauma/Emergency.

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  1. You don't know what you will and will not like. Everything you have heard about LTC can be said about acute care. There is a dream job, I would like to correct that statement. But, the dream also comes with bad aspects as well. You're not going to find any job that is stress free, low patient ratio, or without it's politics. Learn to go into each experience with goals in mind & forget what you've read or heard from forums/word of mouth.
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    is nursing really worth the debt

    That explains it. Are you working 55h every week? I make $69hr & my pay doesn't come close to the 200k mark. Give me your secrets, if it's not requiring me to pick up an additional 2 shifts a week & lose my benefits. :-)
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    is nursing really worth the debt

    You obviously work 2 to 3 jobs 160hrs a week. I have been on both sides of the nursing field, and find it hard to believe any nurse is making $109 an hour in any part of the country. But, that's just me being pessimistic...(realistic in my book)
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    is nursing really worth the debt

    You should consider retaking the courses. I believe you will find yourself using more of that debit to pay off that debt if you go with schools that are willing to take the unwanted crop. Most of these schools will pump out of school with just as much knowledge as your entered the program with. If you are making C's in A&P, it's highly likely you aren't prepared to start a nursing course. You could consider the LPN route, but you would still be required to retake those A&P courses, and your LPN position is not guaranteed. I would sacrifice the summer & freshen up on my reading comprehension & study skills.
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    Show Me the Money

    It's funny this thread was brought up. My coworkers ask all the time how could I leave the corporate healthcare setting, which was well paid and highly respected, to go back into nursing? I chose this field for the love of it. Matter of fact, I am more interested in nursing education for the love of building a strong healthcare force. Of course, I wouldn't do this without a paycheck. I would, however, choose nursing if I were independently wealthy. There are some who go into the field for the money or perception of stability, that's fine. But, if I were chasing the dream of being wealthy, nursing & healthcare would be last on my list unless I were to head back into the corporate setting. Even physicians aren't paid accordingly in my opinion.
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    What would you say?

    I would choose "Seeking new challenges and learning opportunities". If asked in person, I would state I became comfortable within my position ,and felt I could use a change of pace or new learning opportunity. This shows the individual is eager to learn & actually have established goals. (my take of this statement. Some may consider those who "seek new challenges" as job hoppers)
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    Stop it!

    Oh, what about when you call down for the Ferritin at 1930 that's due at 2100, but they tube it at 1945 and forget to call.....Sure I'll run it( insert sarcasm)
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    Stop it!

    I concur with this post! While I appreciate our wonderful pharm techs, they have a habit of coming a little after 1900 here.
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    Stop it!

    Stop making up abbreviations and becoming upset when I do not understand that OOBTTC means, out of bed to the chair. urrggghhh! LOL
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    Transition from BSN/ADN

    I am not an ADN graduate, but I believe the assessments, pharmacology, and management components are the only missing parts of the program. It's been so long since I've been in Nursing school, they may have added these topics into the program. I know Management & Assessments aren't covered in great detail.
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    What would you have done? *urinary retention*

    I would have walked the patient to the toilet or bedside commode, if this is an option for this patient, and palpated the bladder( lightly tapping on the bladder could induce the urge to void). I did this with many of my post spinal cord injury and spinal patients as a bladder training. It's not uncommon for patients to not void within the first 10hrs of de-cath. Next time to make a sure hit, place the patient in trendelenburg and let the iodine highlight. You're less likely to miss. Also, having another personnel attempt possibly could make the patient more compliant with the in and out cath process.
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    Transition from BSN/ADN

    Limited attempts to pass the course. I would assume "exits" is the politically correct term for those who did not pass the course. "Limited attempts" could also mean students of their program who have not been successful in the course and have first dibs on any open seats in that semester. I am not certain on "Lee Colleges" reentrance or entrance exams. It is best to direct these questions to the advisor of that college's nursing program.
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    Stop it!

    She isn't dating the doctor, which I could care less about. Accompanied with not dating him, I have to be subjected to the sex stories. I wasn't asking advice on the subject, it's more a vent post. :-)
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    understaffing

    The only thing you can safely do in this situation is to walk away. Reference a previous thread where two nurses were terminated for stating they were understaffed. Does your facility have a system in place that allows anonymous reporting to QA?
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    My new job in nursing home

    No matter what facility you are in, ADL(s) are also apart of your job. To be more exact, maintaining patient's hygiene and skin integrity is part of your scope of practice and is defined in the nurse practice act. It baffles me why some are against touching the patients. This is the best time to assess your patient's skin. Put your blue( non latex gloves) on and help your CNAs If the facilities were to rid some nurses of tech and CNAs, I would be fearful of the patient outcomes.
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    Personal Death as a Nurse

    *Hugs* Thanks for sharing your story. At some point we will all have to deal with death and illnesses. Being a nurse does not make you immune to the grieving process, that's a lesson I try to teach all the new grads. Being a nurse does not mean you can not enjoy your life. Being a nurse does not mean you are exempt from illnesses of your own. ( I am sure these are things you already know) Sometimes you have to take time for yourself. It's always difficult to watch the demise of those so young. But, you'll make it through this. I wish you nothing but the best. -RNGRIFFIN
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