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KalipsoRed21 BSN

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KalipsoRed21 has 12 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Currently: Home Health.

Cardiac Step Down, Telemetry, Travel, ER, Intake Coordinator for Home Infusion, Home Care

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    Home Health Traveler

    So I have done ER traveling in the past. I stopped ER 4 years ago and have been doing home health. Not private duty, but like home health Oasis...that whole thing. Any home health travel nurses out there? Is it a specialty that even gets contracts? Do you get compensated for using your car to see patients? (Currently the organization I work from provides the car.) Just curious, have the travel bug again and I’d like to pay off some debt. Thanks!
  2. I think you fell hard for this patient, but you should not visit this patient while you are at work any longer. I say clock out every day and spend 5-10minutes visiting with her before you go home. You are more than professionally attached to this patient. And that is okay as long as you realize it, take good care of your current patients, and only see this one on your own time...as a friend....which means you don’t get report from other nurses to make sure that her care is being done or look at her chart.
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    So nurse of 12 years here and I’m in need of some advice. I’m starting to have some real anxiety about dealing with people....not just my patients. I went in to nursing because I really use to love to learn about other people. Now I think I could go the rest of my life without meeting another person. I just can’t see anymore sadness. The 24 year old mother of 3 who came into the ER to find cancer EVERYWHERE. The 60 year old dad who just became a father 5 years ago who got pancreatic cancer. There are many, many, many more stories like this that I have experienced. I had a religious friend say to me once something along the lines that I must be so lucky to see miracles every day. I have seen one patient in 12 years that I would call a miracle. Most of them are just sad, complex, and demonstrate repeatedly to me that time is short. Which brings me to my next issue. I may be experiencing some sort of PTSD from my patient population, or over empathy, or some sort of burnout. But I can’t bring myself to find it so important to fill out all this effing paperwork or waste several hours of time after work to get it done. I still do it all to the absolute best of my ability because I can’t stand the thought of a patient having issues getting something because their dumb insurance company would deny it due to my lack or charting, but charting is an absolute waste of my time here on earth and does jack *** for people’s health. I can barely bring myself to find it important to go to work. Who are we helping? The pocket books of the hospital administrators? I spend 25 minutes with a patient and family doing home health, 35 minutes charting it, and then, while talking to doctors and looking up patients info while on the phone, drive to my next appointment and try not to die on my way there. All so I can try to get home on time (my territory is an hour away from my house, not my choice and have ask repeatedly over the last 2 years to be moved closer) and spend a smidge if time with my family. Which is near impossible because of the other administrative crap I need to get done to be ready for the next day. Honestly I didn’t find floor nursing any better. I can seriously see why people find suicide easier than this bull. But I have a baby and a husband that I support so I can’t take that route. Yes I see a psychologist. Her thoughts are that my expectations of what work should be are skewed like every millennial and that once I get to the right expectations I won’t feel this way. I doubt it. I’ve felt this way about work since I’ve started. I hate being told where to be and what other people’s expectations I have to attain to keep employment since I started. Can I do it? Yes. I can do it and be successful at it, but I still think of it as a horrible waste of time due to all the bureaucracy one must do at ANY job to do right by others. Nursing just made it worse because I know how small our time here is and I can’t get all those people out of my mind that I saw leave with so much unattained in their personal life due to having to make money. Just absurd and stupid that we let employers do this to us. That is all.
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    Socially distant home visit

    I wanted to start getting my patients their own vital sign equipment, but my employer is only allowing every patient their own thermometer right now. The BP cuffs and Stethoscopes are on back order right now. So I still am reusing equipment.
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    Executives Receive Bonus, Staff Asked to Sacrifice

    Why should any employer care that these bonuses were negotiated before COVID 19? If the working class are being asked to reduce their hours and pay during the slump created by COVID....why shouldn’t the upper management be asked to forego their bonuses to keep employees employed? We all sacrifice together or we don’t. If it is only the ‘little man’ on the totem pole sacrificing then what do we need upper management for?
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    What Is Wrong with These Students?

    Pam, First I would let you know I agree with tridil2000 that you are likely not educating Millennials any longer as I am a Millennial and am 39 years old. I would like to address some of the statements in your article. 1)”Millennials tend towards skepticism. After all, their parents were baby boomers who didn’t trust anyone over 30! “ I am skeptic but I don’t think it is because my Boomer parents “didn’t trust older people.” I buck authority and am generally distrusting of upper management, Government, and organizations/corporations because I saw how my parents were treated by the corporate world. They were fired for no reasons after years of loyal service (10-15 years at a time) their 401Ks depleted while they looked for a new job and were given pittance for their experience because they lacked higher education. Then I watched as less experienced but degreed labor were hired into their positions at half the rate they had taken 15 years to earn. (So did the company really value the degree and or was letting my parents go an easy way to increase their coffers and higher educated employees just an acceptable excuse to kick out my parents?) Then my parents got new jobs and had it happen all over again. Now they are in their early 60s with maybe 40k for retirement and now having ever increasing difficulty finding new jobs because of ageist attitudes, being offered poverty level pay for all their experience, and needing to continue to work because they can’t go without health insurance. And really I’ve seen this also play out with several of my RN co-workers who actually like bedside care and don’t want to be in management or further their education. They’ve worked at the same hospital for 15-20 years and their hourly pay is crap compared to what I was making as a new grad. The best increases in pay that I have received as a nurse have been when switching jobs with different facilities. So tell me, why should I or any employee should give a who-ha about our employer’s expectations? I am all for the attitude of my needs and life first and whatever I have left I can give to my employer for the highest price. (BTW- I didn’t start out feeling this way about my career, but it certainly didn’t take long once I started working as a nurse to see that the ‘calling’ and dutiful nature of healthcare professionals was and is being completely manipulated by the business of medicine to squeeze out as much cash from us that they can with no concern for our well being or the patient’s (aside from the expectations that have to be met to prevent a law suite.) 2) Your overall assessment of younger generations has obvious prejudice based on stereotypes and a deafening lack of understanding of how the work environment has changed from when you were coming up as a nurse and current economics. Boomers, because there were so many of them, had steeper competition for jobs. They were often having to bend over backwards to keep poorly compensated positions while the infrastructure for bargaining was being depleted at alarming rates due to stupid “Right to work” laws. Today there is a shortage of workers and a shortage of trained workers. Bargaining and unions are slightly on the up tick but companies (especially hospitals) are mostly still working on the premise that they can get away with forcing their employees to “do more with less” and then not appropriately compensate them. Younger generations are showing this attitude from their employer the middle finger. Your generation looks at that attitude as ungrateful and entitled. Now from the time you started as a nurse until now the patients have gotten sicker, are staying in the hospital a shorter amount of time, nursing staff are being cut as low as possible and care is being provided by CNAs and less by RNs, students are being pushed through RN programs that are very substandard in hands on training compared to when you were in school and paying out their rear ends to get through these programs. Then they get out of school with all their theory but insufficient hands on experience due to a lack of instructors and/or out of concern for liability by the school. They go to work and get put in preceptorships with RNs who have to high of patient loads to teach the new grad the skills they didn’t get to learn in school, then when they are on their own, are overwhelmed, slow, and struggling with the MANY gaps in their education, us experienced nurses call them sissies (like you have in this article) and wonder why they are crying and can’t make it through a shift. In conclusion, we give new RNs great theoretical knowledge but poor hands on experience prior to graduating a ludicrously expensive nursing program; promise them support upon hire at a facility and fail them again with RNs who can’t train them due to pseudo staffing shortages instituted by hospitals to increase profit margins; bully them once they are on their own due to their lack of ability to keep up by passively aggressively calling them entitled for wanting to have regular breaks at work, being able to eat lunch uninterrupted, to not be called every day you are off to be asked to come back to work, and giving them minimal raises each year; ....and you can’t see why none of them want to stay at the bedside and wish to only have minimal experience before starting a higher level program in hopes of appropriate pay and a better work/life balance?!?!?!?
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    Socially distant home visit

    So how is every preforming visits now that COVID is here? I am currently off on maternity leave. I’m looking for a remote work position because my husband is 60 and I would feel terrible to bring it home to him and our new baby (plight of every healthcare worker at this time; I know). I really like home care though and am trying to come up with a plan to go back to work safely while reducing risk of exposure. On top of the basic wear PPE and strip when I get home before I talk to or touch my family. I like my company, but like most they are changing requirements daily and very inconsistent with responses to questions. I use to preform visits by going into the patient home with my computer and bag. Sitting in the home, assessed the patient, reviewed concerns, reviewed medication, performed procedure and provided education. Now I’m thinking, unless they are demented or deaf or have phone issues, that maybe I should drive to the home. Let the patient know I will do the interview portion from my car, review concerns and education from my car, then go in and assess the patient, preform procedures, and review their med bottles. I think that would really cut down on the time spent in the home but still preform to standard. Anyone else have ideas on how to best socially distance but preform home visits?
  8. Floor manager, informatics, get a masters in business administration and work for a hospital doing administration. No judgement as I often feel many patients are not worth my time, however, if you aren’t dealing with them you will be dealing with ‘annoying’ subordinates and repeating things a lot to them. I’m not sure there is any job, nursing or not, that you would be able to fill due to a lack of tolerance of others....I get it, I barely tolerate people too; but that’s life. Maybe give yourself pep talks like , “Thank goodness he’s just here for imagine. Can’t imagine having to take care of that person ALL Day”,
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    I quit

    I think surgery is an excellent idea! I know several nurses who like surgery. Home health usually requires at least a year of experience so you should be able to apply. Just realize anything you try is probably going to seem good then first 6-8 weeks, then when you are first on your own your quality of life is going to go down A WHOLE lot because you will be learning the job (even with 8 years of experience I would say it took me 1.5 years to be comfortable with home health....it’s just very different than the hospital and takes a lot of time to figure out the quirks), you should not feel your job is sucking your life away by 6-9months and you should feel like you have a life by 1-1.5 years in the job.
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    Quarantined Nurse’s Scorching Anti-CDC Rant Goes Viral

    The needs of the community and the the patient to prevent the spread of this virus REQUIRE that both very sick hospitalized patients get tested and ANY POTENTIALLY INFECTED health care workers. I do not believe that it is a “waste” to test a very sick patient over a healthcare worker who does not yet need to be hospitalized. I believe it is a bit silly for someone to ask if it “really matters” that there is a lack of testing materials. Which is what I was responding to in a cynical manner. To believe that testing has “helped” those who are sickest get treated is a bit naive if you ask me. There IS no treatment for this virus, just supportive care. So all testing really does at this point, if we are only testing the sickest of the sick, is skewing the numbers to make this virus look more deadly than it may actually be. The CDC told this nurse that she didn’t have the Coronavirus because if she had worn the appropriate PPE she shouldn’t have been exposed!?!?!?!? Really!?!???! That is stupid. And honestly do you want a nurse who has been exposed to the Coronavirus, had symptoms of the illness, but has not been tested clear of the virus taking care of your most vulnerable family members...your infant or your parents? What is unreasonable about this whole thing is that there aren’t more testing materials. Not who they are triaging to have the test. Also the fact that both this nurse’s doctor and local health department agreed that she needed testing and then for the government (non medical bureaucractic dumb butts) to come back and say she is not going to get tested because she doesn’t have the Coronavirus because she was wearing the correct protective equipment is just NUTS! If they came back and said, we do not have enough testing materials at this time and due to the stability of your illness we are not going to test you, that is one thing. But how is she suppose to get back to work? Why would any reasonable employer take the risk of letting her come back to work without knowing if she is clear of the virus or not? Talk about community spread! Look if we had a clear picture of how deadly this illness truly is it a vaccine for it, then none of this would be a big deal.
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    Bill Approved to Limit Treatment for Transgender Youth

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    I Have No Words

    You need to let her know that her actions were unprofessional. It is NOT acceptable to criticize you in front of patients or other staff. Furthermore, while you can see, due to a lack of communication, how she may have misinterpreted your actions. SHE also failed to further communicate with you which lead to a miscommunication for BOTH of you. Had you acted in the same unprofessional manner she had you may have felt it pertinent to point out to other staff and patients that you had let her know her IV expertise was needed AND had obtained the supplies needed and placed them at the bedside, but that the charge nurse just sloughed off this responsibility to the on coming shift. What at *unt.
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    Quarantined Nurse’s Scorching Anti-CDC Rant Goes Viral

    Well my guess would not be so much for the treatment of the illness, but would she not need to be tested before returning to work? She may be feeling better, but she could still be shedding the virus, thus an infection risk to the sickest of our population. With the infection rate and death toll of this illness do you really just want to “hope she is healed” before she returns to work? Frankly yes, in an epidemic those in the medical field should be able to “jump in front of others” for testing. Mostly because those are the people we need to take care of the rest of us. And as you said, right now the treatment is supportive only, so why “waste tests” on people who are not in medicine and thus unable to assist with the care needs of these complex cases? We already had a healthcare worker shortage in the US before this virus, we really cannot afford nurses and doctors not willing to come to work in fear that they will not be cared for and verified disease free before returning to work. Not to mention the more concerning piece of this nurse’s complaint which was the fact that she followed her hospital and CDC guidelines for infection prevention and STILL contracted a POTENTIALLY DEADLY illness. If I had that kind of chance of contracting tuberculosis or some other viral/bacterial illness when I went to work because the CDC, hospital, government don’t have such a clear idea as how to prevent the spread of this illness as they have reported...I sure as *** wouldn’t agree to take care of the patient and put my life at risk like that. From what I have read the vaccine won’t be available for 12-18 months. So that is how long we are looking at this illness spreading through the world unless it does happen to be susceptible to warm weather....which I’m feeling is a 50/50 chance from what I’ve read.
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    Coronavirus and Schools

    It reminds me of the swine flu “out break”. I’m not that worried about it. It’s dangerous...like the flu. I would hope though that it does bring attention to facilities and such that the mentality of “be a trooper, come to work with a cold.” That is kind of pressed upon us is stupid. Hire more people! I was REALLY concerned when the Ebola virus had a tiny out break here. That scared me just because the precautions needed were not effectively in place.
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    Bill Approved to Limit Treatment for Transgender Youth

    Totally supportive of laws that require public schools and such to be more inclusive of transgendered youth. People should feel validated in who they feel they are as much as possible. Thank you
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    Bill Approved to Limit Treatment for Transgender Youth

    I don’t believe a kid wakes up one day and wants to change gender. I do believe that this is something they know in their teens or earlier. My uncle, who died in 1989 of AIDS, knew at a young age that he was homosexual. There is no way he would have suffered the crap his parents, and society put him through if he had a choice. I do agree with you that someone who is transgender knows this young. What I don’t agree with is that a young person can fully comprehend the consequences of choosing to have corrective surgery and long term effects of hormone therapy. The future financial ramifications along with the unknown health risks. ”Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population. Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, although alleviating gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group.” Long term follow up of Transexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden by Cecilia Dehejne et all. The conclusion quoted above of this study also tells me the other thing I already knew about sexual reassignment surgery. It doesn’t fix all the issues associated with transgenderisim. Coping, and learning to cope with the conflicts of life are a much more necessary skill to learn in teen years than changing ones body to the correct gender. There is always going to be someone who is intolerant to someone else. The reliance on surgery to fix this lack of inner confidence in who these children see themselves as is a band aid at best. To me it is like saying “Well I can be happy when...”. The point is to make sure they can be “I am satisfied with myself now, I like who I am as I am and can work toward this goal of changing my body to match my sex.” The counseling required to get to this point is far more important than the surgery. But I do agree that eventually it should be covered by insurance. But hell, all of my fertility treatments weren’t covered either. And I wanted a baby probably just as much as someone who wants to change sex probably wishes to have this surgery. Life isn’t fair. And finally, once more, blurring the lines of ethics by allowing physicians to operate and medicate perfectly healthy, young, and growing bodies is a perversion of medical ethics that endangers a vulnerable group: children.

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