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KSjo88 BSN

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  1. KSjo88

    Calling Out for EXCEPTIONAL Snow Conditions

    How do we start a topic on allnurses now? I’m so lost....
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    Pay cuts

    I agree. Why would anyone work a weekend or Holiday without a differential? If that was the case I wouldn't work in the hospital. I'm looking into options. I have a prn job that has been working out great. Going to apply to another agency to do per diem work. I am retired military so I receive all my health benefits through the government and I enjoy being able to work around my daughters schedule as a single mom. While one of my jobs is increasing salaries and differentials due to difficulty keeping nursing because there are so many jobs now the other is cutting differentials. The best one is that all new hites will be day/night rotation along with anyone else that hasn't been there for at least ten years. Basically a seniority thing.
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    Pay cuts

    They did change some things around with their insurance, but it is own by the hospital. It is a large hospital system. We do have a new CEO within the hospital system that took over in the last year, fired the CNO so our CNO is new as well. This is a large hospital system, and the hospital is spilling at its guts with patients. Always looking for nursing to pick up. This is in the Mid West. In the midst of all these they have announced plans to expand! Anyways, I thought it was odd that they would make such a move since they aren't exactly known for paying well in the first place $25-$27 for 0-5 years experience. But because they are a level 1 trauma center with high patient census its a good place to learn and get your hours. Unfortunately, for me it is too low for me to stay. I hate this because I really like the people I work with. But I have to be able to sustain myself comfortably and be able to pay my student loans without having to give up excessive amounts of time with my family. I am looking all over, from Cleveland area, Texas, to Nevada.
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    Pay cuts

    Anyone else dealing with their hospital chopping shift differential and other rates? The hospital I am at has cut prn pay, night differential, weekend differential. I have been there for three years and they only give out 1% raises yearly. We are talking straight night differentials reduced from $5 to nothing, straight weekends reduced from $10 to $1.50 and prn to norhing and prn don't get raises. I find it odd when unemployment is at an all time low and wages are supposedly on the rise and I would make much more by going somewhere else that a company would make such a bold move. Especially when they are already short staffed.
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    Leaving Nursing

    We have a new manager that was one of the floor nurses previously. I feel like the unit has become very clique. Especially when a majority of the unit bullies hang out with the manager outside of work. I'm at work late nearly everytime I work because a) I'm waiting for a nurse that's floating from another campus or b) I'm getting dumped on literally at the end of my shift and to avoid getting in trouble I stay and do the whole floor admission thing. I've even got in trouble before because I was crabby about having to take report on a patient only to take them to another floor 5 minutes later and hand them off because the nurse didn't want to wait 15 minutes to give report to the nurse herself. It's jusy utter chaos at this place.... down right tattling. Just seems to be the culture within nursing. I know this unit isn't a good fit for me anymore. But I don't want anything to do with patient care anymore. Although I've only been doing this for 4 almost 5 years I've watched as the patients have become sicker and harder to care for, patient ratios so high it's impossivle to get your stuff done during your shift, all for the almighty $$$....not to mention stagnant wages, or high turnover rate of patients. I have a prn job which I just worked last night. I'm not a huge fan of long term but it's close to home and they have tons of hours. It was 3 of us nurses and 3 cna's. We ended up having a real code red which is a tornado and between us we had nearly 100 residents in the hallway in under 20 minutes. But was so exhausted I was falling asleep driving home. So in hindsight I will just stay at this facility prn. I really do like the cute little old people. It was sweet watching some of the other older ladies comfort the more "confused" residents in the hall. It felt very family like. But I almost wanted to leave there too because of the "short staffing". At least I haven't had to deal with the bully crap I deal with in the hospital. Plus I was working charge... never been in that situation before but my heart sank as I opened the doors and lights to the rooms of all the residents who could ambulated and told them there was a tornado coming and to get in the hallway.
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    Leaving Nursing

    I did just what you describe, room to room, asked if there was anything she thought I missed or if there was anything else I could help her with. Told her I would be in the back charting if she had any questions or she thought of something. Then was devastated when my unit manager texted me that she needed to talk to me about a complaint issue that came from the nurse. I said wow that's stranger since I was here several hours late helping her and there should have been nothing left over. I was told "that isn't exactly the issue" and "we will chit chat about it when you are here at work".... just so over it. I'm going to start having a second nurse do rounds with me just so I have proof of whatever since I feel like I'm being targeted.
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    Leaving Nursing

    We got a new VP of nursing....within weeks incentives and differentials were eliminated or decreased. 12-16 hours of overtime became mandatory. Patient ratios 1:5 and on my unit which is a busy ortho floor with high turnover it's not abnormal to care for up to 8 patients in a 12 hour shift. Cna's can no longer obtain vitals or accuchecks. The staffing module is 1:14 for cna's.... everyone comes to the floor with scheduled pain medication q2-4 hours plus prn....nobody else has time to help you because they are overwhelmed themselves. Funny thing is I have floated many many times to several other units and never have complaints. I have even on multiple occasions had other unit managers call or text me and ask if I would pick up on their floor. Then I got the talk about how I'm not suppose to pick up on other floors because it leaves them short.
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    Leaving Nursing

    I initially was leaning towards just a generic MBA. I'd like to at least build off my current education/experience. The healthcare portion is an add on certificate to the program which from my understanding I can change before finishing the generic program. I'd like to continue to work in healthcare just not in the capacity of what I am now. I hope that one day if ever in upper management I can implement a safe working practice given my background as a nurse.
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    Leaving Nursing

    It's so unsafe I don't even want to take the risk. I'd rather serve coffee at Starbucks.
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    Leaving Nursing

    I scared and sick to me stomach when I go to work. Not even sure I will have enough in me to finish out my shifts thru the next month. Just another day to get dumped on and expected to do more then possible just so I can get pulled into the office before I go home just to be told what a terrible job I'm doing or why my meds were late or some other frivolous issue just so I can go home feeling like a miserable sack of sh-t. Or getting written up for not doing a pain assessment within an hour...or being put on the spot about not offering aromatherapy... The profession has literally pushed me out. I guess I'm just not a good enough nurse. Besides all this it just isn't safe for me anymore.
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    Leaving Nursing

    This is exactly how I feel "I must not be a good nurse if every time I come to work I get a complaint filed against me"....mind you these are never patient complaints. Just other nurses, and usually the nurses with uppity attitudes. It's so embarrassing. Every day I work I'm called to the office and told of some sort of complaint, and how I need to work harder or do better. I'm just over it.
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    Leaving Nursing

    Well I feel so crappy about it that I'd rather be working as a waitress or really just anything besides a nurse right now. Actually, I am going to put my application in to a few places tomorrow. Saw a few openings for bank teller, shift supervisor jobs at target, and starbucks. So I guess I will see how it goes. I am ex military, and former combat photographer/journalist but nothing really open in that field in my area.
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    Leaving Nursing

    Lately, I have been terribly disappointed in the nursing profession. I have been nursing since 2014. I feel as of late we have really been taken advantage of. So much so that I have actually made the decision to leave the profession by applying to grad school for an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. The consistent short staffing and unreasonable expectations have just completely turned me off. Seems to be a thing at both of my nursing jobs. Not to mention my one job which is PRN is consistently short, so we are already above the 1:4 expected patient ratios. Nearly every time I work I get dumped on (i.e. surgicals or admits) right at shift change, sometimes 5-10 minutes after my shift has ended and that 30 minutes we are given for report and change of shift. Now here is where my frustration is....every time I have worked I receive a complaint from the oncoming nurse in which my manager texts me about and I need to come in a discuss with her. Usually how things are not completed or something of this nature. Well the first time it happened I thought well maybe I did forget something because I was in a hurry to get out of there. The second time I got dumped on at change of shift I stayed late by 2.5 hours, set up IV fluids, vital signs, charted, passed meds, initiated care plans, made sure all ordered equipment was in the room, labeled all tubing. I was sure I didn't miss anything even checked with the nurse before leaving to make sure there was nothing else I could help her with. I mean I was already there late. Well low and behold I find out today that nurse filed a complaint against me. This was kind of my breaking point. I don't want to be part of a profession where I busy my butt only to receive complaints of how I'm not doing good enough. Feel defeated. My plan is to put my application in to some other job opportunities outside of nursing just to get out while I finish this masters program. Thanks for listening.
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    Presentation College

    Are you in this program? Did you complete it yet? I am in their LPN to BSN program. I think its convenient given most of it is online once you are an LPN. Some of the classes are especially hard.
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    Pharmacology

    Yes, this is what I'm scared of. Being the only one that is going to stand up to her and even if she does plan on curving that she will fail me just for standing up.
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    Pharmacology

    Yes, you can buy a membership to the practice exams on the Elsevier/hesi website for the book she is using. Which I have also incorporated into my studying along with her slides. This is useful because if I don't get something right it provides a rational. Again, doing well on these. She told us to use pharmacology success....which I also use. I study the chapters that correlate with the class of medications or diseases we are studying. The problem is she is testing us on things not covered in the book. Hmmm....the best example of this would be our book covers lets say 5 of the important medications from a class or disease process. When you would expect to use it and what effect you could expect and contraindications and such. You get the jist. But then her exam will test on medications that were not even mentioned anywhere in her slides or book???