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crazin01 has 12 years experience and specializes in tele, ICU, CVICU.

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    What happens?

    When I was in criminal court, the judge point blank told me "as a nurse, YOU are held to a higher standard", glaring down at me over his pinched nose (sorry, that's the impression he gave off. I don't understand how this is fair, because people are people are people....but life ain't fair, right? I also cannot believe the ** we are seemingly forced to take to retain our licenses. I have a good 'learning experience' (if I say I'm treated unfairly, then I'm playing the victim card, according to some therapists) I did divert, years ago, confessed, thinking honesty was best. Have since done everything, bent over backwards, complied all the BS. Extended for reason beyond my control (delays in criminal court resulted in my re-starting 3 years, after 2 completed...how bout that? More money!) Six months before the end, have a positive false UDS. I KNOW it's wrong, but was told it didn't matter, no matter what proof (asked about if I get a hair follicle test) and told my case was closed, sent to legal for license suspension, no options to contest. Lose nursing job, but I request a hearing before BON to plead my case, and take my negative hair screen to the hearing. However, I didn't have the common sense to pay the toxicologist/whomever from the lab to come to the hearing, it was not allowed as evidence, because I could've forged it. Despite the COC docs, bank statement showing payment, etc. Also had negative screen for the 6 months between the false positive and the hearing, demonstrating my continued abstinence. I suppose the judge felt bad, and reduced my license suspension to 9 months, retro active to the date it was suspended prior to hearing. So, currently in the process of applying for reinstatement and then have another year of the BS program. Am I supposed to feel lucky or grateful that their screw up or whatever it was caused more stress, financial, emotional and further hardship to my family? It'll probably be at least an additional 24 months from when I would've been done without this hiccup. Sorry to hijack, OP, just seemed appropriate to vent. 🙂
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    Kern County ER Docs C-19

    THANK YOU for reiterating what I have become so sick of having to reiterate.
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    as others stated above, not replying to a greeting is nowhere near negligent. I worked nites for years and obviously at 0645 when dayshift starts filing in, I'm happy cuz the beautiful sunrise, I can go home to sleep & would always greet them with a beautiful smile & "GOOD MORNING JANE!" and I would usually get an eye roll as they sipped their coffee in reply, occasionally a "mornin" in a less-happy-than mine voice... Granted, this was in a smaller town hospital, not a huge 3000+ employee facility that takes 15 minutes to walk from your vehicle to your floor. Maybe they aren't awake yet, their mind is still on a sick child/spouse or on a myriad number of other concerns. My thoughts would be as a brand new nurse (new grad or not) and not knowing other staff well, they're somewhat shy/quiet? (note: while I wasn't quite as chipper starting my shift at 1900, I would always say "hi" or "good evening" when encountering another staff member, even visitors in the hall... )
  4. I used to give PPD's annually for employee health at a smaller hospital. And I would always pre-draw the PPD's to save time when staff were present. However, I was the only one with access to them and there were no other medications in that refrigerator/cooler at remote sites. Most recently at a detox/rehab facility, all nurses would administer PPD's on an almost daily basis. Again, night shift would pre-draw a certain amount, but insulin was kept in a different area. But we would use insulin syringes interchangably for PPD syringes, as there were often issues with supplies. Given they're both 1cc syringes, it seems common practice. I've also had a few other colleagues confirm they do the syringe swap, only as a last measure...
  5. forgive me for asking a silly question, but how does online clinical work? I've taken regular classroom courses online, with message boards & discussions, required testing on-site, papers submitted, etc. But not sure how clinical works for that. Are there clinical instructors that you're communicating with, that provide feedback to the DON/your teachers? When you say you 'group chatted' with colleagues, is that also online, like message board or cell phone? Not that it matters, I'm just unsure how the online clinicals work. If you are in your home/other location on a computer, doing stuff via the web, is she worried you and others were not focused or doing something other than clinicals? Was is just a message every 30 minutes, or constant messages between anybody every few minutes? And why is it only two of you that were kicked out? Do you think another maybe ratting on you, saying you initiated and distracted them? Were the 'reports' she received from other students, or instructors? It seems a bit harsh to take such extreme measures if this is the first instance. Was is strictly forbidden in some small print or contract that you would not contact others via certain means during clinicals? If not it seems at least a written warning would be warranted for your file, opposed to outright being tossed out. Sorry for all the questions, but I am not sure how the online clinical stuff works and understanding that and any expectations/requirements stated prior to clinicals might also help clarify things.
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    Recovery Trek options

    I don't know all of them and may not be correct. But I believe 3 is ETOH, opiates, benzos. Option 4 and 6 include this and add OTC (benadryl, pseudafed etc). I don't think I've ever had a 1 or 5. 90% of the time I was option 3. Thank God it was always the cheapest. I always hate how other companies & states could find out the specifics of different options, even checking results online, but not PNAP. 🤬 Not that it matters, but knowing what your paying for is always nice. and congrats on being close to the end. You must be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. 😁
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    HR wants meeting or report me to BON

    Sounds like such a shady place. I am seriously wondering if they will contact the BON. They have nothing on you, you didn't tuck tail & run when threatened as they wanted you to. If the BON is contacted, all it will do is hurt them.
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    Tpapn Direct Supervision?

    In PA, it means your supervisor must be in the building while you are there. Not necessarily walking side by side, with the same patient assignment. But they are simply there at all times your are, and are aware of your contract, work restrictions, etc. At least that's what I've always been told.
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    HR wants meeting or report me to BON

    Did anything happen with the other nurse, that you co-signed with? just curious. And it sounds like there is nothing on their end to try to say you were diverting. No confession, no drug test, no evidence of anything it sounds, Other than a pretty shady narc documentation system, evidently... At least that's one positive when the BON eventually contacts you.
  10. I don't want to seem insensitive, but it's clear they knew they were wrong to jump on you that way. They sought you out to apologize. I am not excusing their actions and have also been the family member by a dying ones' side and while we all know the emotions & not to take it out on the staff members, I would not let it bother you anymore. It will only eat away at you, as the family apologized & have the impression that was taken to heart. Give it a little more time. If it is still really upsetting you, maybe talk to your colleagues and NM, charge etc. It seems you're fortunate to have a great network of supportive co-workers and management to immediately get your back. Perhaps they can offer further advice.
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    Anyone left TNPAP before contract end?

    When you entered the program & signed the contract, did it not specify you must complete the complete 3 years? And that if you fail to complete 3 years for ANY reason ($$, positive testing, or just dropping out) they will notify the BON of your contract violation? Just because you voluntarily entered does not mean you can 'voluntarily' withdraw from the contract you agreed to, knowing the time requirement. And here in PA, when you enter you are required to hand over a med list & the medical conditions they are taken for. Thus, medical records are not private. As far as the BON only being told 'file closed', that isn't necessarily a good thing. File closed could be either way. Most of us speak from personal experience, that is where our facts are coming from. I would re-read your contract before you start telling your case manager you want to voluntarily withdraw. But I'm interested to know what happens here.
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    For those who have taken board drug tests

    benadryl is also legal but listed on the forbidden list. Unless you have a valid script... at least in PA
  13. I don't think OP delegated administration in this case. If OP was shocked to learn med was administered & about the dose, it sounds like CST took it upon themselves to do without OP's knowledge. Am I reading wrong OP?
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    Nursing Home "Fight Club"

    this is so sad.... while it's atrocious these folks entrusted to care for the vulnerable would do something so heinous, I seriously am starting to wonder about the stupidity level of people, as a population. You are committing a crime, period. Somebody is being harmed. And you are concerned with recording said event to view later?!?!!? or livestream to facebook (as we've seen so many do lately).... WOW! is wrong with people??? again, not to sound callous to the victims, but....really?
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    Quitting a new job

    Technically, you can keep applying all the time, and that shouldn't necessarily be considered as unprofessional, but a few things to consider: As a new grad, it is very common to feel overwhelmed on any type floor, certainly in the ER, even with prior paramedic and ER tech experience. I think it's realizing you are now the nurse, the one responsible even for other staff members (techs & vitals, etc). And, it seems the norm, that 90% of hospitals/acute care/SNF's, LTACHS, almost anywhere are always 'short-staffed' in regards to nursing. Fact of life... How long is your orientation? You said a month, then 'a few months in', so not sure how long. It seems a 3 month orientation for new grads for almost any floor (even med/surg) is standard, then longer if needed. ER is certainly a rough first choice for a new grad. But with your prior paramedic and ER tech experience, that's a decent advantage. Even if you have a great pre-ceptor, sometimes shadowing another nurse or seeing how they run their shift is beneficial. Everybody has their own system and only you will know what helps you and works best. And, if you're wanting to get into ICU, ER is definitely a great way to get the experience most ICU's will prefer and require. Also, it's pretty much a expectation that new grads put in a full year for a first position, anywhere/any specialty, just getting your feet wet. Unless you have really great connections, generally quitting so soon into your first nursing position will not look well to potential employers down the road. Bottom line/factors for pros & cons list: 1) you need the money? (as you said) 2) how far/timely is the commute? 3) do you have another job lined up already, promised in writing? It is so much easier to find new employment while you are employed. Never quit without another ready to go....
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    I've seen quite a few times, where a patients doc was out (vacation, sick whatever). They wouldn't get their normal prescriptions renewed in time and a different doc in same practice would often ok the script. Having never seen the patient... or nurses in the office would ok the renewal to pharmacy, again for known patient, known medication.

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