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  1. LandD_RN_chica

    I live in an area with A LOT of snow, and as a nurse, do I need an SUV?

    I swear by 4wd. I'm in PA. Needed it a lot last winter. Also you can use it as a tax write off as something needed for employment. Get an suv with 4wd. With the way people drive and the accidents I see and have been in myself. I would never buy a car again in my life. I just don't feel safe in them.
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    Cna hourly wages/nursing home?

    I worked in a hospital as a patient care tech aka cna while I was in nursing school. I was in NJ and it was $14.50 an hour.
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    A nurse who doesn't breastfeed

    I work with pregnant women from basically conception until their child is older. I educate about breastfeeding from day one. Until the point they make an informed decision based on all the education material that has been provided for them. So that's what I meant by, as long as they are making an informed decision, I no longer educate and then support. Maybe it came out wrong. But where I used to work there were many nurses who passed judgement and would be mean to patients for going against breastfeeding and it ****** me off to be honest. That was my initial point lol but certain comments after then further ****** me off lol
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    A nurse who doesn't breastfeed

    I wasn't referring to your comment. I am all about educating. That's a major part of my job. I was referring to the post prior to yours. :) sorry for the confusion.
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    A nurse who doesn't breastfeed

    You should never judge a person. You don't know their story or what they've been through in their life that led them to that decision, unless they chose to share it with you. I get to become very close with my clients and their reasons are shared with me, most of the time. Regardless I don't bombard them with questions about why they don't want to. I just make sure they know all about breastfeeding before they make that decision.
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    A nurse who doesn't breastfeed

    I counsel all of my clients with the correct. Evidenced based information. At that point they are allowed to make an informed decision as it is their baby and their body. I obtain my clients early in pregnancy and have a lot of time to talk to them about breastfeeding before they give birth. A recent study according to statistics, because of our program and programs like ours, has shown a significant increase in breastfeed babies. Actually all of my clients have at least tried breastfeeding. So I think it's obviously working. But I will never judge a woman for deciding to formula feed, as I have seen done many times. I had a client who was abused as a child and did not want to breastfeed because of that. I mean I guess I should've told her about the poisons of formula or forced her to breastfeed and relive the feelings of sexual abuse she suffered as a child? I mean you are already judging me for not wanting to breastfeed my next child (if I am blessed to have one) and you are the kind of nurse I am referring to. As for my own personal opinions on breastfeeding, I keep them to myself and do not push them upon my clients because isn't that nursing 101....leave your own opinions at the door and support your patient in whatever educated decision they make.
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    World Breastfeeding Week

    We had a big event at a park on Saturday the 9th. I know I'm a little late too, but we included WIC and many other organizations who promote breastfeeding and infant/children programs. Such as hospitals schools etc. Had activities for the kids and gift baskets/donations for everyone who visited the tables and got information. We had a dj and it was a great event overall. We had a private tent and changing table for mothers to feed if need be. Free food and giveaways. There will eventually be an article on it. Some of the organizations included nurse family partnership (you can google them)
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    A nurse who doesn't breastfeed

    I did not breast feed either of my children. It was my choice. I worked in a baby friendly hospital and used to get so mad at some of the nurses who would judge the formula feeding moms and force breastfeeding on them. It was annoying. If you want to breastfeed...great. If you don't....great. Don't tell them about all the benefits etc. They are making an informed decision. Believe me. It's been talked about since they found out they were pregnant by their OB and many others. I used to support the moms in any decision they made. I never made them feel bad. I hated when other nurses would make them feel bad. Everyone is SO breastfeeding crazy recently. Now I'm a certified breastfeeding counselor and the majority of my clients breastfeed, and I help them. But guess what, if I have another I'm not doing it either. So judge all you want. My baby. My choice. I'm supportive of whatever the woman chooses as long as she is making an informed decision.
  9. Get the job first. Once there and you have some experience they will provide you with all the training you need through the hospital. For free. Good luck.
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    RN's - how long did you stay at your first job?

    3 years in the OR. Loved it. Went per diem. Went to L&D. Hated nurses. Moved on to home visits with moms and babies and love it. I do miss the OR terribly! Wish I could go back, but injuries prevent that!
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    Proud to be in scrubs??

    I'm a bit of a clean freak. So I loved working in the OR with provided scrubs that I threw in the laundry everyday after the work day and kept my danskos in the locker. Now that I do home visiting (no scrubs) I still strip as soon as I walk in the door and put all my clothes in the dryer as soon as I walk in. Call me crazy, but you can bring anything home and I'm just extra cautious. Or as my boyfriend calls me...crazy :)
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    Trauma Room (OR)

    So if you want to do trauma bay go for the ER not the OR.
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    Trauma Room (OR)

    Sorry forgot to answer other questions I was a Surg tech before coming to the OR. Orientation was 6 months but I was taken off way before that and put on call. They know when you are ready you are paired with someone while on orientation and do both roles. Circulator and scrub nurse to Learn instruments etc. U usually get put with a certain dr that you get along with. I did a lot of general. Plastics. Orthopedics. Transplant. Trauma. They put you where you do well and the surgeon likes you. I absolutely loved it and did it for 3 years and I miss it terribly. I could go back but a bad back injury prevents that
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    Trauma Room (OR)

    I was hired as a new grad in the OR. No certifications. Except CPR. Once orientation is over. (Sometimes up to 6 months) you start taking call which includes trauma. My suggestion is if you want trauma. Shoot for a job at a level one trauma hospital. Don't pay anything out of pocket for training. They will train you. I became trauma certified while working there. Good luck.
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    Your first experience with a dead person

    My first death was a baby. L&D nurse. Baby died inside. So sad. Parents were trying and trying and finally got pregnant and the baby died inside in the days leading up to due date. They were aware babe had some abnormality the entire pregnancy, but was operable at birth. Mother had to give birth to the dead baby. Push and all, like a normal birth. Can you imagine how hard that is? I remember doing postmortem care on this baby boy. I will never ever forget his little face. I couldn't bear going in the room with the parents. I couldn't pull myself together. I kept crying. As a side note I'd like to add that I understand how you feel about separating yourself from situations because I had another still birth, under different circumstances. Mother was on a bunch of different drugs, crack, etc. I felt the baby was better off. God forgive me for saying that. Postmortem care on this baby was not hard. Talking to the mom was not hard. I was not upset at all. In L&D, you spend a lot of time with your patients. Depending on how long it takes them to deliver. You get to know them and their family. It's different than the ER or the OR, when you don't know the person or get to talk to them and care for them when they are well (as most laboring moms are) But long story short....that was my first experience with death. I will always remember that little angels face
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    How many different nursing positions have you had?

    3 and a half years. 1.) OR for 3 years. Full time then per diem. Level 1 trauma hospital. 2.) L&D for 4 months...wish it was longer but the unit was toxic...nurses were terrible and extremely caddy and did not like me and I didn't like them. Instead of helping me, they would throw me under the bus while still being precepted. Unfortunately, I was never given a fair chance from day one and management admitted it. 3.) home visiting program working with first time moms and babies. Almost a year so far. LOVE IT! But I do miss the OR something fierce.