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fawnmarie has 18 years experience as a ASN and specializes in Psychiatric Nursing.

I am an RN, married with 3 young children. I love psychiatric nursing!

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    Wanting to Quit my Covid-19 job

    Thank you for doing what you do! I hope it gets better. I wish I had something more valuable to add. I'm a psych RN and I think you're amazing to do the job that you do, with only 1 tech for 32 patients and not enough nurses. Keep your chin up, stay strong!😊
  2. No. Artificial nails are prohibited in almost every facility. It is difficult to maintain pretty hands and nails in general, as a nurse. Frequent handwashing dries our skin and nails. I've learned to accept my short, unpainted, un-sophisticated nails. But being a nurse is a satisfying career with a good salary, so to me, it's worth not having nice nails. You can still enjoy regular pedicures and pretty polish on your toenails!
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    Unruly CNAs

    I received the same response at my facility when I complained about lazy CNAs. "That's the culture of this place" or "You know that's just the way it is around here" or "They don't have to do anything, because they are related to so-and-so." Occasionally, a new nurse would come along who was determined to change the culture. These nurses would never make it off their probationary period. It was infuriating. I would rather work in facilities that do not use CNAs.
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    Unruly CNAs

    Yes, OP, I have worked with many rude and/or lazy CNAs in my time. They are in every facility, and the "career CNAs," which KelRN spoke of, are the worst. Rude, lazy CNAs and mental health technicians are one reason why I decided to try school nursing. I figured I'd be better off working alone, than trying to delegate tasks to CNAs who were going to argue with me about their assignments, or just flat-out refuse their assignments.
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    Allnurses needs nurses

    One thing that I do like about the current mix of members is that there are fewer pot-stirrers and feather-rufflers right now. 3 years ago, there were a couple of members who felt the need (or so it seemed) to comment on every single thread, whether or not they had anything valuable to add to the discussion. One member in particular seemed to enjoy disagreeing with others just for the heck of it...maybe she had too much time on her hands...and she could turn any thread into a political, controversial, raging discussion. She no longer posts here, and we seem to have fewer trolls trying to stir the pot and cause bickering.
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    Overtime d/t short staffed

    I once worked in a facility that was chronically understaffed for years. This was a psychiatric facility where many of the patients had the potential to become violent. Periodically, an e-mail would be sent to staff with a list of vacant nursing and technician positions. Somehow, one vacancy list with 15 vacant RN positions and more than 20 vacant technician positions found its way to the local news channel (it was faxed by a burned-out employee who was tired of having to work mandatory overtime.) Once the low staffing became a news story, the facility scrambled to bring in agency staff to fill in the staffing gaps, before Joint Commission intervened.
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    Change Careers or Treat Depression?

    Apply for the job in the city planning department! Sometimes, we have to do a little bit of moving and shaking until we find what is really a good fit for us. I thought I would love school nursing, but I was wrong. I am going back to mental health nursing this summer after just a year and a half as a school nurse. I know I am making the right choice. School nursing is not satisfying or fulfilling to me. Apply and see what happens! Life is an adventure! Best of luck to you!
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    Blindsided by a colleague.

    Does this other school nurse feel threatened by you for some reason? Are you more experienced? More attractive? I have known nurses who tried to make themselves look better by picking on other nurses. Many times, it seems that jealousy is the motive. I once worked with a very pretty, bubbly RN who obviously felt threatened when a new, younger, very attractive RN was hired to work on the same unit, but a different shift. The new nurse had a history of chemical dependency and having her license suspended. The nurse who had been there longer made sure everyone knew about the new RN's past and made every effort to highlight her mistakes and shortcomings. Jealousy makes women do ugly things. It's possible the other nurse feels threatened by you.
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    Orders from hell...

    Written by a psychiatrist on a long-term geri-psych unit, "Can she get a haircut? It's a mess!" The patient's conservator wouldn't agree to it.
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    World Bipolar Day

    Great article! My Dad was diagnosed with classic bipolar 1 disorder in 2005, when he went through a devastating divorce, attempted suicide, and spent a week in a psychiatric hospital. He was in his early 50's at the time, and although I'd always suspected he had a mental illness, he refused to acknowledge it or seek treatment. As a little girl, I remember feeling terrified when he would fly into a rage, set off by the tiniest, most trivial little thing...both my mother and myself endured years of his verbal abuse and unpredictable mood swings. When he was prescribed, and began taking Seroquel, he finally gained some insight into his illness. Within a few weeks of being started on Seroquel, he confided in me that he noticed his thoughts had become more organized and he no longer felt "all over the place." I'm so proud of him for finally admitting that he has a condition, and for sticking to his medication regime.
  11. I just want to say that I'm sorry you have to put up with such unprofessional behavior. Are these unit clerks related to someone in a high position? A nurse manager at one dysfunctional facility where I once worked shared with me his frustration at having a lazy, gossipy unit clerk. This clerk would blatantly sit at the computer and plan her upcoming wedding while MD's orders piled up, phones rang off the hooks, and unit supplies went unordered. Ultimately, the nurse manager asked the DON if she wanted him to give the unit clerk an honest performance evaluation, which would have been an unfavorable evaluation. The DON advised the unit manager to "save trouble" and "not cause any problems" and just give the unit clerk a good evaluation. Why? The lazy unit clerk happened to be the sister of the assistant DON. Both had worked in the facility for more than 10 years, and the clerk knew that she was above reproach because of her sister's status as assistant ADON. That nurse manager would soon move on to another job when he realized that he couldn't effectively manage his unit.
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    Really not sure how to handle this one...

    I absolutely, 100% agree with Blue Moon here. OP, your health aide does not have the education, nor the experience or insight to suggest that the child may be diabetic. I would firmly tell your aide that you are not authorized to obtain an Accu-Check without a clinician's order. Unlicensed personnel do not understand that we, as licensed professional nurses, are only allowed to perform procedures that we have a doctor's order for. My school health RN supervisor gave me some very good advice when I was brand new to school nursing and wanted to help every single child with every single issue...remember that the child's parent is ultimately responsible for his health and well-being. Teachers and unlicensed helpers do mean well, but don't forget that YOU are the licensed, professional nurse, and you must use your own professional nursing judgment here.
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    Go Fund Me for Co-workers?

    Exactly! I've bought Walmart and Target gift cards for friends that had fallen on difficult times due to illness or unfortunate circumstances. No matter what hurdles they may have been facing, they could use the gift card for groceries, diapers, detergent, shampoo...anything to help them live in the meantime. Tucking a gift card into a pretty card with a handwritten message is a more personal way to let someone know that I care, and that I sincerely care about their well-being.
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    Asking me to go against policy

    I couldn't agree with you more. I have not even been at this school for a full school year yet, and I am almost at my wit's end with one special education teacher. I do believe that she genuinely does not want to be "bothered" with all of her kids, and she looks for any trivial reason to get me to send them home. Some of her concerns have been "His cheeks are pink," "He sneezed four times in a row," "He's crying," and, as you stated "He's just not himself today." Her classroom is quieter when one or two of her students goes home, and that is exactly what she wants.
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    Finally Leaving Nursing...For Good!

    Wishing you all the best of luck and success as you move on! I'm happy for you, and I share in your excitement! Although I have not turned in my notice yet, I have finally admitted to myself that school nursing is not my niche, and I have decided to return to mental health nursing, my true passion! I noticed an interesting psych nurse position that is available, and your post has inspired me to apply for it! And why not? Life is too short to be unhappy! Let's celebrate!
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    Will nursing wreck my hands?

    I really like the Burt's Bees line of products. I have used their cuticle cream, hand and body lotion, lip balms, eye cream, and shampoo! You are right that taking care of our hands and nails is very important!
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