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    I Make Less Than a Brand New Nurse, Why?

    This kind of thing happens all the time and sorry but there are no employer excuses here. Economic downturn is BS. People don't stop getting sick in bad economies. New nurses are brought on at the current pay rate but you are unable to keep up because when you were hired the pay was lower and your measly 3% per year, if you're lucky (this is often merit based rather than cost of living so you usually get way less than 3%) leaves you way behind with others with less experience and time in the profession. Once, I actually had a department head ask my supervisor why my salary was so comparatively low. That year I got a 13% raise. Despite what employers want you to believe they cannot legally prevent you from talking to other colleagues about money. They intimidate you about this to prevent you from finding out what you already knew in this case. Don't be afraid to go to them and ask where you fall in the salary range with other nurses doing your job. When negotiating with prospective new employers I start with the mean salary range of a nurse in my area doing my job with my years of experience. Then I would ask you, why with an MSN are you working at same level positions as an ADN?Seems there's something wrong with that.
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    As seen on TV

    I love Freddy Highmore and wanted so much to like this show. I had issues with it on the first episode to the point where I've never watched another one.
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    Swastikas & Nursing | Refusing care based upon moral objection?

    You're splitting hairs here. Of course I would reassign the nurse out of fear of injuring the patient. Then I'd report her to the board. There ya go.
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    Is Giving 2 Weeks Notice Ancient Practice?

    It depends. If you live in a Right to Work state (at will), you are not required to give two weeks notice to an employer. Any employer. You also do no need to give them a reason and they can't hold it against you. If they try there is legal recourse. Verify what I've said with your labor board before taking any action. Right To Work is a union busting tactic supported by nearly all major industry in an attempt to strip workers of any and all rights. This is at least one way of getting even. Take advantage of it and don't dwell on leaving them in a lurch. They'll be over you in about 3 days.
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    When you thought it was patients you needed to watch...

    So, let me get this straight. The physician was escorted from the property and his privileges revoked. So, when did calling the police happen in all of this and who actually called them? Judging from the article the hospital didn't do it and it should've been their responsibility. This person should've been arrested for felony assault on the spot. He should have been removed from the hospital in handcuffs. It's bad enough that nurses are under constant threat from patients and families but they shouldn't even have to think about it from a coworker. I find the whole situation appalling. I don't care if this person has no criminal record. He needs to do time. This is far more serious than simple assault. This is actually attempted murder.
  6. Oh these times they have changed. This in the midst of a crisis known as the nursing shortage. I'm sorry but someone needs to enlighten me on how this makes sense. Let's see, I'll go and spend thousands on a BSN, which used to be seriously marketable, only to struggle to get a job. I just don't see the logic. Can anyone give me an explanation that makes sense?
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    Swastikas & Nursing | Refusing care based upon moral objection?

    No, you cannot refuse care to ANYONE based on moral objection. It is way too subjective and the one thing that comes to mind is refusing care to a gay person because of moral objection. What's next after that? Any nurse who refuses care to a patient based on moral objection, (you might as well state the fact that you are a religious nut) should have their license revoked immediately. There would be no questions asked because there is no valid argument for refusing care to anyone... ever.
  8. I believe you are obligated to report it to the board based solely on the fact that you are suspicious. It is of no consequence to you if you are wrong. If you report it it's the boards responsibility to investigate. If he is a RN no problem. If not, he's in serious trouble. It's not your responsibility to decide if he is or isn't to report him to the board. For this to come back on you I believe he would have to prove malice and that would be a huge challenge and expensive. This is all an opinion but I would advise you to just call the board itself to find out what your obligations are.
  9. Demanding that nurses have a BSN is also feeding the shortage. I'm still working as a nurse but I'm completely independent with my own business. What I'm doing requires that you be at least a RN. I wish I'd found this years ago. Who wants to work 12h shifts at 60? Not me. Who wants to work for a measly 2 weeks vacation. Not me. There are many factors feeding the shortage and some of them are deliberate. Nurses are their own worst enemy.
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    Should I Go From RN to Scrub Tech?

    I think nurse Beth offers good advice here. Get your BSN. There are plenty of fully accredited online RN-BSN programs out there and many of them won't break the bank. One program offers theirs for $250 a month, a bargain to be sure. No matter the program you should be able to get your BSN in 15 mo. and under $15,000. Good luck!
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    Nurse Sick and FIRED: Exploring Nursing Absenteeism

    Puzzling how nurses are charged with caring for the sick but getting sick is the hightest of crimes. If you contracted something that landed you in the hospital and the situation was such that you were unable to call off, would you be terminated as a no call no show? Probably. And who does rotating shifts anymore? We already know it's bad for our health yet employers make us do it anyway. The only people that should be working nights are the ones who want to. I was once forced to a night shift after working 3-11, and I immediately quit without notice, which I'm allowed to do in a right to work state. My health and sanity will always come first. Yes, even before coworkers, patients, and the employer. Always.
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    Hiring Competition - How to get a Head Start

    I'm old enough to remember the days when you didn't need a resume and guess what. Positions were still filled by highly qualified nurses. Now you need to go through 3 interviews just for a staff position. So happy that at this point in my career I'm self employed as a RN doing something I love and truly helping people.
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    Investigating Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

    I've never heard of this condition but glad to be aware of it. Another to watch out for is marijuana induced vaso-vagal syncope, usually seen in young women but I've also seen it with older men. Alcohol is usually involved.
  14. I left nursing because I'm no longer marketable. I'm 61, have an ASN, and no one will hire me in my specialty which I did for 11 years, because I don't have a BSN. Nursing appears to be its own worst enemy. Almost all ads for nursing positions require or prefer a BSN, a move that perpetuates, among other things, the nursing shortage. It's not the only thing that drives that shortage which most of the time is artificially created. Instead of allowing you to get the associate degree in 2 years, community colleges now require you to do the pre reqs with a 4.0 average before even getting accepted, an absurd notion. This may sound insulting but if I'm a 4.0 student it's probably not going to be nursing. I'm now doing something where a nursing license is required and no one cares about my degree status. I set my own hours and I choose who I'm going to work with. Autonomy...that thing most nurses don't experience. Hospitals create shortages Nursing perpetuates it by fighting about degrees i understand the need for single entry level. I get it. But, punishing non BSN nurses for not having the BSN is not the way to go about it. Also, not every ADN nurse has a desire to get it. It doesn't mean you leave them behind. If nursing wants an all BSN workforce then they need to eliminate the ADN programs. Of course there would be no RN to BSN programs making nursing education incredibly expensive and driving the shortage even further. Nursing makes nursing miserable.
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    Nutrition certification/education for nurses

    Diploma nurses are probably the best clinicians ever. Don't sell yourself short by saying "I only have" :)