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chacha82 ADN, BSN

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chacha82 has 3 years experience as a ADN, BSN.

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    Has anyone left nursing job due to COVID19 virus?

    Just received an email from the state health department. The takeaways: They recognize asymptomatic people can spread the virus. Awesome! They approve "alternative PPE" due to the shortage for working with confirmed positive or suspected COVID patients. Am I a fool if I don't leave my job? It's like they're giving us permission to work with less but be at more risk.
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    Has anyone left nursing job due to COVID19 virus?

    I am considering it. We are already being told to use 1 mask for 12 hours. The hospital insists there is no shortage of PPE. People are being told they can wear a mask "if they want to," but I also saw a transporter chastised for wearing one. I have a hx of pulmonary edema, new hypertension, and two small children (one is 6 months old). I just don't know if this is worth the risk. Does anyone else feel this way?
  3. I apologize, I did not mean to sound like I was dumping on case management. I agree 100% we all need to help each other, and I know case managers work very hard. So I am sorry that my comment was rude. For me, sometimes it just seems like the questions are beyond the scope of the bedside RN. I do not mean to hurry the case manager along at all.
  4. I am going to limit this because otherwise I could go on. 1. Have visiting hours twice a day AND STICK TO IT. I cannot provide good care in a cramped room of 2 patients and they each have 5 family members who want to be updated all day and ask "What's taking you so long." 2. Stop with the hotel mentality! I can never be as good as the Ritz. Provide each patient with a phone number to call for ROOM SERVICE for their trays. I cannot get "fresh, hot french fries" for my patients when I have other things to do and no extra staff to go get them. And then to get a report that I didn't do everything that the patient asked. 😢 3. Trim down the bedside admission database for the RN. Many of the questions can be asked by case management during their rounding. I'm happy to make sure they're not suicidal and check their belongings, as well as verifying that they want to be treated. I need to start caring for the patient, and care for the other patients in my assignment.
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    Question regarding overtime

    I worked a ton of overtime and burned out. By the time you get to the 4th 12 you are exhausted. It's not the overtime shifts, it's the shifts you have to work to earn that overtime. I have had jobs where no OT was available. My advice is to see it as a nice bonus but not to plan on working it to pay back loans, etc. Also many facilities don't allow OT until you have worked there for awhile. Picking up OT also means you might have to float, so choose wisely!
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    Leaving the OR

    You will not lose skills at all if you go to procedure area. Procedure area nurses work with highly specialized equipment, often mix and titrate medications, watch several different screens at once (in addition to monitoring the patient) and have to listen and collaborate with the rest of the team. It is a great environment if you are into tools and technology. Anyone who thinks OR nurses "will lose skills" hasn't done it yet. I agree with all of the posters here...you don't lose skills in any area of nursing, you just refine the particular ones you are capitalizing on in the moment.
  7. Students who sit at the nurse's station on their phones, on Instagram. Now...there are some nurses who do it, so I guess they think it's fine. I graduated school only 3 years ago and we would have been sent home for such behavior. I don't have any time during my shift usually for being on the phone unless I am on a break. I don't like taking it out of my bag as a rule. Too easy to leave it somewhere, too gross being around germs. Being on social media all day is not a good thing. Put the phone down and do ur job already. I say this as a young nurse.
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    2 full-time jobs?

    I am not judging, I am giving you advice since you asked. You are 3 years away from graduating. Do not take on this debt! Get down to brass tacks and start paying off that 90K. You can return to nursing in the future when you are in better fiscal shape and won't be taking on such stress. I would also suggest getting a different apartment to help cut costs. Work full-time and pick up a part time job if you have to. Be reasonable. It makes MUCH more sense to pay off that 90K now then decide 3 years from now you will work 2 full-time jobs.
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    When did being pregnant become a disability?

    I worked up until the day before I delivered. Was never charge, never asked for special favors. I was treated quite well by my coworkers. Other colleagues have requested special assignments during their pregnancies. That's not what I did. I breastfeed, but I don't take extended pump breaks or expect others to drop everything so I can pump. I tidy everything up and then go pump.
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    Old nurse won't retire

    Personally, I would just let it go at this point. If you have reached out and been ignored, and as sometimes you say she gives you the cold shoulder, then I'm not going to be the person to bring up such a delicate matter. If she brings it up to you, certainly say what's on your heart, but I feel like she's giving you very mixed signals here. If she is not on the October schedule, that's certainly a sign I would say from TPTB. As you say, a sad situation. This whole thread has made me sad.
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    Old nurse won't retire

    "Barbara is a very likable woman, but frankly, she needs to retire. She is not very fit, and limps with a bad leg. She calls in frequently, which has a bigger impact on a small hospital. She never had kids and her husband died years ago. She doesn't seem to have hobbies. I'm afraid that management will start writing her up for her attendance to get rid of her. Even though I love her, she doesn't pull her weight anymore. I don't want to sign up for shifts with her and have to do 3/4 of the work. It'd be a shame to see her be forced out. One time she told me to let her know when she is starting to slip. Well, that's been going on for a while, but people are being patient since she's been sharing with all about her impending retirement. She needs to retire with dignity as planned . I can see multiple issues here, but the biggest ones are 1) she appears to be a liability, not an asset and 2) she has asked you to let her know when she started slipping. Even so, I am not sure that I would want to bear that burden. How genuine was her request? Was it a passing comment? Her actions are speaking louder than words. It appears she does NOT want to retire. However, she calls in frequently and is not pulling her weight when she works with you. You can only control your actions in this situation. You will go nutty trying to control or influence hers. If you don't want to sign up to work with her, don't. If the grief it will cause you is not worth the money you earn being there, just don't do it if you have a choice. The next part is harder. You have to stop doing her work. I'm happy to help others, but I also have a responsibility to make sure MY patients are cared for. As I explained to a CNA who liked to ask me to do her tasks, it is not efficient for me to do my work AND her work routinely. This goes for the 22 year old who stares at Instagram for the better part of the morning. It's one thing to help boost people in bed, but I'm not going to pass your meds because you decided to be on your phone from 8-10. Finally, when something happens and it might, you have to address it as a patient safety issue only. It's not about her being older, or having a limp, or no hobbies.
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    Full time vs Part time vs Per Diem

    I have done it all: full-time, part-time, multiple part-time and per-diem jobs. Now, I love the flexibility of per diem, but I also really like my current specialty. For that reason I have dropped down to part-time and while I watch every dime it has been worth it for myself and my infant. Currently per diem wouldn't work as I need benefits and I can get them part-time. I also have an awesome retirement match and would give that up if I went per diem. It's whatever butters yo bread.
  13. If you walk up and hear someone gossiping, keep walking. File away that tasty tidbit and move on with your day. Maybe she's just trying to make sure you get a lunch? I precepted someone once and got so sidetracked by 14:00 she was like umm...I guess I will go to lunch now! I felt terrible for forgetting about it. She may still think you need direction and is trying to help instead of just letting you twist in the wind. If she tells you something and you take it as an order, smile and say "OK." It's then up to you if you do it or not. This can go a few ways. One, she decides you are independent enough and she stops giving you "orders." Two, she keeps at it and you just say "OK" every time because what's the real harm in it? Three, you lose your cool and one day the fur flies. Edited to say I will take a bossypants any day over a tattletale...
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    Per Diem?

    As others said, depends on the facility. Some have requirements like "2 shifts every 5 weeks" or whatever. Some also come with holiday requirements so be aware of that. Congrats on getting into Case Management!
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    Outrageous Complaints

    This is why staff are so quickly burned out at the bedside....
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    Float staff having a hard time

    Can't like this enough. One reason I really appreciate my employer's "no-float" policy for new grads and new hires. Float nurses need to be independent, competent, confident staff. The whole idea is that you can plug in and get going. I am usually treated very well when I float. I also don't expect the staff to be best friends with me when I'm there. One practice I do not approve of is when everyone gives their worst patient to the float. Our charge doesn't permit that. But if I couldn't prime IV tubing, they'd be right to side-eye me.