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    ACLS certification- Will this help my resume???

    a lot of the things you'll do, like iv's, are things you'll learn on the job. ACLS is the number one cert you can get! it's the ONLY one i've ever been asked about by an employer, even before i did tele! don't take my word for it (or anyone elses for that matter)... talk to hospital recruiters/unit managers. if you're good to go on the nclex , it would make plenty of sense to increase your value by getting your acls. even if you can't get it due to licensure issues... you could certainly start to study for it. other suggestion? be willing to work nights. that will also make you more valuable. i really doubt you've got much worry about finding a job, if that's your real concern. it's going to take a year for you to get your feet under you and be comfortable, as long as you can basically do the job without gross errors, are vertical, and have a nursing license... you're good to go. management really doesn't care about much else.
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    ACLS certification- Will this help my resume???

    hell yes!!! get it asap. it's required for what i do, as a tele float nurse for several hospitals. am i paid for it? you bet! a bsn wouldn't be worth a nickle to me, yet for as little work as it is, an acls is essential. otherwise, i wouldn't get near the hours/shifts i get. my job? 4 nights a week = 48 hours, pay is 2,500 gross. no benefits, but so what? if you can do 6 nights a week for 6 months (and yes, the work is there) you''ll make 100k. not bad for an associates degree with an acls certification, especially in this economy. as an aside, i'm entering a nurse practitioner program (distance), but that's another story. bottom line, get the acls!!!!!
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    you are never going to "correct the problem". you will have more success in stopping the tide from rising in the gulf of mexico. perhaps you could talk with a bunch of chickens and then they wouldn't henpeck the weakest bird. ain't it grand? what other biz can i bang out 5 nights a week as a traveler and make over 150k? what's a few crazy women to put up with? the crazier, the better i say :). you've got to love this environment. as the son of a son of a sailor ...
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    Tattoos and nursing

    once i worked with a nurse who had cheap, green tattos all over her face. she was actually a good nurse, once i got past the appearance.
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    jeez, the language autosanitizer, hard at work.... nothing better goes to show the contol freaking nature of nurses. :).
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    i simply don't worry about it. no one is going to die on me. the things i might not do don't really amount to much more than the oncoming nurse ******** about some minor thing. the people who power trip like this have absolutely no control over what really goes on. i've gotten to the point that i satirize their behavior to really **** them off. so it's all a moot point. let's face it.. if you're a verticle body with a license and you don't make a grevious error, management couldn't give a rats behind. they aren't going to fire you. this gives you plenty of time to work on your skills/shortcomings and develop yourself professionally. just don't give it energy. keep on keeping on. all the complaints will fade to nothingness, so have a think skin and don't let it get to you.
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    Nurse Suzy-Q to the Rescue

    when i was working in a nursing home, on the memory unit we had a guy famous for pulling fire alarms. he'd even get to bragging about it, saying "people ask me what i do for a living... i pull fire alarms!". then he'd show how he'd pull an alarm with his right hand (couldn't move his left). interestingly, this guy was a ceo in his day. also one of the nicest people you'd ever meet, not a mean bone in his body. he just got a thrill from seeing the firemen come out.
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    come on... it's not just reserved for the young. anyone who finds themselves in a weak position will be eaten. let's face it. it's a woman's domain, and many of them cannot handle having a bit of power without it going to their head. heck, i've worked with some women so crazy they couldn't order food from a restaurant without power tripping on the person taking the order over the phone. sad but true. these same nurses would be telling you instantly if one of your pumps was beeping, yet they'd sit and let their own pumps beep for an hour. anything to stir up trouble. my solution? as a man, i don't want to be in charge of anything. i float so i'm not on a unit more than a few nights. i just do what it takes to make the $$ and avoid the b.s.
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    Excelsior Grads - Where are they now?

    unfortunately, my education aspirations have stumbled and i'm getting stuck as a traveler. it's a strange life, i am working nights and very long hours, but the $$ are there. this year, i'll make 130k. it's going to take me another couple of years of this to get myself financially stable enough to pursue alternatives. all in all, not bad for "an internet nurse" as i was first called by the people i worked with. boy is this economy brutal! we are very fortunate to be in this industry with this type of opportunity! best luck to all ec students and grads.
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    i honestly think they'd hire whoever the interviewing manager liked. the thread is about bsn being required. i don't see the requirement. i've never had an interview where i wasn't offered a job. adn and all.
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    this from the md anderson website ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- EDUCATION: Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing Preferred: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing EXPERIENCE: Required: Two to three years of working experience in an oncology physician practice Preferred: Three to five years of relevant oncology nursing experience LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION: Required: Current professional nursing license (RN) by the state BNE for Texas PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Bending/stooping, kneeling, reaching, walking, standing for extended periods of time. May require lifting up to 30 pounds ----------------------------------------------------- yes, and i just got hired in a texas hospital as a traveler for $38 an hour, $3,000 completion bonus at the end of 13 weeks, and $2,200 living allowance per month, unlimited overtime (well, they're giving me 72 hours a week, overtime is $57 an hour). funny, they never said squat about my education. they didn't care that i have an adn or that it was from excelsior college either. they're concerned that i have an rn license, med surge/tele experience and acls certification. i'm not going to bother applying to md anderson just to prove a point, but i'm sure they'd offer me a job. there is no bsn-only requirement here. just a preference stated, that really boils down to *nothing* when it comes to staffing. show up as an oncology certified nurse, and they'll fall all over you offering you a job. what would you rather have... an adn who was oncology certified or a bsn newbie? let's get real. the people who staff hospitals actually do have enough sense to come in out of the rain. again, i challenge anyone to show us a bsn only requirement.
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    absolutely the point i've been making all along. the attempts to hijack control of the profession by those teaching bsn programs are politically motived. bsn programs and adn programs turn a very comparable product... qualified trainees, nothing more and nothing less. becoming a seasoned nurse takes a couple of years experience no matter which way you do it.
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    really? specifically what city is this? i'm going to test your position by actually calling hospitals and verifying that my adn and experience just aren't what they are looking for. instead, they are looking for a bsn. i'll report the results right back here. so please name the city that a bsn is required in order to get a job.
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    i will gladly name the area! where did i say you don't need an in depth understanding or comprehension of disease processes or pharmacology? the point i'm making is that this is addressed just as well at the adn level. if you're telling me that bsn level nurses have such a superior technical education, then do they understand the in depth chemical processes of the clotting cascade? after all, that would be the next level of understanding beyond the adn level of simply knowing that there were two clotting pathways, intrinsic and extrinsic, managed by heparin (antidote protamine sulfate) and coumadin (antidote vitamin k) and the relevent labs are ptt and pt/inr. this is what i learned in my adn program. what more do you truly know? (i already know you won't answer this question, because you don't know anything more) what more do you need to know? how is it that you've got this superior techinical knowedge? as far as education in family dynamics, at the bsn level this is nothing more than pompous windbagging. it is utterly useless to an entry level nurse. like i'm going to go in there and apply a nursing diagnosis of "impaired family functioning" while i'm juggling ( great idea!) the needs of my other 5 or 6 patients. the idea that these courses convert one into a crack psychologist who, like little miss know it all do goody, steps in and solves long running family problems with a single therapuetic word because, by golly, she's had her bsn family dynamics course is laughable. that fallacy belongs only in bsn programs. the second you hit the real world, all that fluff dissolves into nothingness. it is useless. requiring it of an entry level nurse is irresponsible. i have yet to see a bsn nurse whip out her statistics on the floor and make a difference in the lives of her patients. perhaps i'm jaded, having had engineering calculus in another discipline, so take it for granted that people can do the simple math that it takes to make it on the floor. i've seen bsn nurses who couldn't even convert ounces to milliliters. i suppose that rigorous statistics trainig must have failed (and let's get over it, it's INTRO TO STATISTICS, hardy a doctorate level course). and, yes, by the way, i've forgotton most all of my calculus, since i haven't used it in years. do bsn level nurses retain their statistics knowledge even though it is in fact never used on the floor? another totally useless course for an entry level nurse. i'd say the nclex exam does test the ability to think, at a very basic level. would you want someone who couldn't think their way through that test nursing your family? it astounds me that people whine about that exam when 85% pass it. i took it in an hour and it stopped at the minimum number of questions. i would in fact say it is too easy. try a truly difficult professional exam like the cpa exam, where the pass rate on any of the 4 parts is only 40%, and you've got to pass all 4 parts. take that, and you'll have a little more perspective about what the term "technically rigorous" means. are you suggesting that this isn't addressed by adn level programs? that's news to me, since i learned that in my adn program. but if you've discovered that it's not, then by all means you should alert the public! after all, you've had your bsn community course, so why aren't you sounding the alert :). ??? don't take anything here too personally. i'm exaggerating a bit to make a few points. after all, that is what discussion is for :). the bottom line comes down to what should be required to enter the profession. and the answer to that at rn level is the adn. that is what is required. the fact that there are bsn, msn, and phd level nursing programs is irrelevant to the fact that adn programs produce nurses who can function as entry level trainees. requiring a bsn would only impose a compleltely unnecessary barrier to entry in the profession and exacerbate staffiing shortages, to the great detriment of society. it is absolutely a selfish, self centered approach to inflict this shortage on society in order to appease the psychological needs of folks who run bsn programs, so they can have their nice and tidy little "profession" under their control.
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    so it's really not about the patients and filling society's need for nurses? it's about the collective glory of nurses? i find this to be an utterly self centered approach.. if i can be accused of burnout, it's this mentality that i'm burned out with. and heck yes, the gold standard is in fact working on the floor! if you can train a nurse to do that, you've effectively filled society's needs. THIS IS WHERE THE SHORTAGE IS. a competent floor nurse is well qualified to do almost any other job off the floor. there is no substitute for floor nursing experience in a hospital setting. that is where you learn the wealth of skills and knowledge that will help you anywhere you work in the healthcare industry. i don't have a problem with folks learning anything they want to learn. i'm all for it. but don't create a barrier to entry in this profession by requiring useless material that has no impact on the job in the name of creating a profession people respect.
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    what is wrong with having lvns? i don't see what having a single point of entry would accomplish. you aren't going to transform the reality of the job, which is patient care, with a single level of education. patients aren't going to say, gee.. this person has a 4 year degree, so i'll act differently. when they're sick, they're going to act just like they do right now. the families aren't going to act any differently either. who are we kidding? nursing is already a profession, not a vocation. this year i'll make 150k, or close to it. i'm well respected by patients and doctors, as far as i'm concerned. it's all in how you handle yourself and treat your patients. no way, no how, impossible that i'd learn the things i know in a bsn setting. they are things you can only learn from experience. i've oriented too many clueless bsn's to know that this level of training doesn't produce a better qualifed entry level nurse. so the point becomes why create a nonsensical barrier to entry in the profession (yes, it is a profession) by requiring family and theory and other such nonsensical classes? are you proposing that we really teach high level science to do the job of floor nursing? it isn't required! what are we going to replace the fluff with?? more fluff? so honestly.. i suggest we take nurses out to an obstacle course.. .make them run and lift weights... as silly as that sounds, it would actually be immensely more of a benefit than having a bsn vs an adn.