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LC0929 ASN, RN, EMT-B

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LC0929 has 16 years experience as a ASN, RN, EMT-B and specializes in Critical Care.

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    Too strong of a personality?

    I’m pretty sure, from reading your words, that you’re doing just fine young Lady. Some seasoned nurses don’t like to be challenged, they consider that a threat. They are well aware that the education you have received recently, has mostly outdated their own, however, they have they experience of practicing as a nurse, in circumstances similar to McGuyver, without the luxury of new technology, ie, butterflies for IV starts, lidocaine for male cath inserts, etc...those nurses have experience and should be respected, as should you. You will earn their respect, by digging in your heels and never quitting, even if you’re up to your elbows in CDIFF, keep smiling. Ask them to teach you. Some won’t, but most will. Remember that they’ve dealt with stuff we couldn’t even imagine. Lastly, I’ve found that if someone doesn’t like me, then I am purposely and exceedingly NICE to them...drives them nuts...has worked for me...😎
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    Too strong of a personality?

    JKL33, I agree, for sure and have spent several years trying to “hone in” on the only “needs improvement” piece of nearly every annual review I have received......apparently, I need to be “more diplomatic”, which is probably entirely true. I’m a work in progress, and will continue to be, I imagine, but I’ll take the hit if it means a patient gets better care. There’s a million jobs out there and I’m actually considering landscaping or going back to bar tending, LOL!! At least there’s no JHACO hoop jumping to deal with! 😎
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    Crisis travel assignments for Covid-19?

    Agreed
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    Crisis travel assignments for Covid-19?

    WOW!
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    I want to work for the Union.

    It may be different in NH/MA. There are fulltime paid positions in the Unions here. I'll keep researching it and hopefully find, at the very least, a Union nursing position.
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    Crisis travel assignments for Covid-19?

    ....and nope....no rich anyone...my Dad is a cop.....walked a beat in the North End of Hartford for 20 years....he raised me....no silver spoon here....
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    Crisis travel assignments for Covid-19?

    And FYI, I have worked as a travel nurse....so, yes, I do know If that's your only problem today, then that's awesome.....smfh
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    I want to work for the Union.

    I would like to be a Union Rep or Union Organizer, specifically for nurses. The ONLY positive about working as an RN in MA, was the Union. They make sure the ratios are reasonable, which is HUGE....I actually felt like I could give my patients 100%....In CICU, where I worked they had assignment restrictions based on patient acuity.....it was reasonable....I would like to be able to empower nurses, so the retention gets better everywhere in the country.....
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    Crisis travel assignments for Covid-19?

    ....and so, because of ALL of the above, you feel entitled to be paid 2-3 times what your colleagues are paid for doing the same job, with the same credentials? I think everyone should reread what I wrote.....never once did I say that there was a problem with the amount of money being paid....only that it's undercutting our colleagues....if they are going to pay travelers more hourly, maybe if they paid their regular staff RNs the same , they would attract and retain new nurses.... .....and unfortunately, as we all know, this pandemic, just like the "opioid epidemic " is a money maker....there are many who will take advantage of this.....many won't.....as I said, I am only speaking for myself, but I wouldn't be okay with what's basically taking advantage of other people's misfortune....I think that everyone would have a different attitude if the travel nurses were working in YOUR facility, next to you.....maybe not.....I can only tell you what I would do..... And FYI, I have worked as a travel nurse....so, yes, I do know
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    I want to work for the Union.

    Any insight on potential employment within the Union? Thanks in advance !
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    Am I a coward for going on FMLA due to COVID?

    Absolutely NOT ! It takes bravery NOT to be a sheep.....a😎
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    RN Disciplined While Waiting On Covid 19 Result

    Thank you so much. As the Mom of an addicted daughter, besides being an RN, my heart is broken. I just wanted to be part of the solution.
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    RN Disciplined While Waiting On Covid 19 Result

    Hi All, I am experiencing the same, but at a substance abuse/detox facility in a non-union state, however, we entered this mess with a skeleton staff, due to the inability to retain nurses. It is a complete disaster, within a disaster. I don't even know where to begin, but here goes.... The DON walked out at the end of February and had verbalized concern about COVID-19 at the end of January. Our client base, in detox, has increased from 7 beds in 2016 to 32 beds currently. Our nursing staff was 1/10 in 2016 and is now, at best, 2/32, sometimes 1/32 on nights. We have not only started admitting clients 24 hours, but are admitting higher acuity clients and more clients with dual diagnosis. We are accepting clients who are arriving via Lyft and Uber, whose drivers will stop at the liquor store, or anywhere else, if they request it. As a result of this, we have no way to know what substances or how much they have used on their way to us. We obviously do testing as part of the admissions process, but If someone takes a handful of Xanax in the parking lot, we have no way of knowing that. Over the last few months, we've had 2 APRN's resign, as well as RN's and 4 more RN's who were hired but didn't even finish orientation before they quit. We have all been working overtime, I have been working 4/12's weekly, just to cover all of the open shifts. We have had at least 3 LNA's resign and have had the same retention problems with any new LNA hires. We are all beat up, physically and emotionally from working too many hours, but just like anywhere else, we care about our colleagues as well as our clients so the guilt sets in when we know someone is working short. With all this against us, they continue to admit 24/7 without skipping a beat. In the past 2 months they have hired 4 administrators, 4 Utilization people and numerous admission screeners, however none of these folks have any medical credentials, so the their expectations make for uncontrolled, unsafe, extremely stressful situation. When the previous DON voiced concerns about implementing the 24 hour admissions, he was told to basically figure it out because it was going to happen. Now here we are in the middle of this pandemic. Up until 3 days ago, the only precaution from COVID-19 that we we had in place, was having our temp taken upon arrival for our shift, no gloves, no masks, just take your temp. Three days ago, we received an email with instructions to wear gloves and paper masks while doing admissions, that was it. The catalyst for this was a client having symptoms and being tested, but curiously, any follow-up for his visit to the ED, including a test RESULT, has never been reported, uploaded, or much less, discussed. The new admin's intervention was to quarantine the client, but not anyone else in the building and strongly suggest that it not be discussed. It's completely unsafe, unethical and unbelievable but even worse than that it's disheartening. We (the nursing staff) are somewhat of a "family" and we all are very united in our fight against addiction. We all used to love coming to work. Now, not so much. We are concern for client safety as well as our own, but we are also extremely concerned about liability and the risk of putting our licenses in jeopardy if there's a tragedy. So, now for the current situation. Last Sunday, one of the nurses, who is over 65, called out for her three shifts, after COVID-19 made its appearance. Shouldn't have been a big deal, but due to staffing, it was. It spread us all pretty thin. I woke up with a temp of 101.9 and a cough on Wed morning, so I called and said I wouldn't be in that night. I have Crohn's and have been taking prednisone so I was a little concerned. They were not. They were actually pissed. I woke up Thursday morning, had a temp, called and told them again I wouldn't be in and their response was to inform me that, "due to the circumstances", I would need a Dr's note to return to work. The next call I made was to my doc who promptly wrote a letter telling them I was quarantined until I had been symptom free for 72 hours. The next email that went out from Admin was an offer for a $500 bonus for any staff that referred a nurse to them. Nice. I have been out of work since then, had a temp of 101.2 today. In the time I've been gone, they have not stopped or even slowed admissions, which come in from all over the country, usually via another facility or homeless shelter, or anywhere. The clients are still housed in in a communal situation, with no thought of social distancing. I am being job-shamed for not being there, which I expected, unfortunately I don't feel guilty. I feel bad about my colleagues working short, but not guilty and I'm actually not sure I'm going back when I'm able to. I am seriously torn. Ethically, I don't feel I can. Physically, I know I can't. Emotionally, I'm sad about all of it. Healthcare has become a business. I don't think I'm interested anymore. I'd rather go work at McDonalds than be part of anything that puts money before people. I hope you all stay safe and well out there. It's gonna be a long ride. L.
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    Question!

    Bundle Branch Block....😎
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    Student with ADHD

    FYI....none of us, including you, are “just” anything....you have the support of myself and many others... I was diagnosed at 28 years old, AFTER my second associates degree, when I figured it out by accident, but that’s another story.... I have thought about your question for a while and am convinced that those of us who have ADD/ADHD, choose nursing/firefighting/law enforcement, BECAUSE the jobs are constantly changing and all over the place....it’s where we feel most comfortable and we tend to excel in marginally “controlled chaos”.....especially in ER or Psych settings..... I personally LOVED the ER, as well as being a FF/EMT, because no shift was boring or like the previous one.....I’m no doctor, but that’s my take on it....my suggestion is to be mindful of who you share personal information with....unfortunately, I’ve seen it come back and bite people in the a**.....just be vigilant and you’ll be fine....😎