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bear94 BSN, RN

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  1. I am someone who wears both a small and medium in a lot of things. I have only ever worn grey's anatomy scrubs, and a small is ALMOST too small, but a medium is huge. I have heard Jaanuu takes forever to ship, so I don't want to order the wrong size. I am 5'3, 145 lbs. I was thinking a medium, but I would like them to be form fitting. Any feedback or reviews are appreciated!
  2. That's what I thought, I just know that lawyers can be unforgiving and I wanted to make sure I knew my rights and how to protect myself.
  3. A close friend of mine is in a custody battle with his ex. She is extremely unstable and unfortunately suffers from a multitude of psychiatric issues. Recently, she kidnapped their child and the child was found in filthy conditions. She is safe now with her father. In June of 2016, before I was technically a nurse (I was taking NCLEX around this time), I brought the woman in subject to the emergency department I now work at (I was not an employee at the time). She was psychiatrically evaluated, and was admitted to a psychiatric facility for a week afterwards. After that event, she abandoned her child for months with hardly any contact with the father or child. The father (my friend) has asked me to provide a statement for court about the time I brought her to the emergency department to be evaluated. I want to help him, but I am nervous about this being a HIPAA violation since I am a nurse now.
  4. bear94

    Horribly under staffed unit. What can be done?

    I agree with you that sign on bonuses can appear as red flags, especially when not every unit offers them. But how can employers better go about getting staff?
  5. The unit I am speaking about isn't my own, it's an ICU step down unit in the hospital I work at (I am an ER nurse and our department is actually over staffed. The only over staffed unit in the hospital, actually ). I give this floor more patients than any other floor in the hospital. It's actually a combination of two floors, both floor 3 and floor 4. I feel awful for these nurses. They typically have a team of 7 patients. I have heard at times they've had no choice but to take 9 patient teams. Sometimes I transport them some really sick people who I personally think should have been ICU patients. It is well known how badly this floor struggles, and I do think administration has been working on it. There are several job postings for this unit on our hospital's website and $5,000 sign on bonuses are being offered. Where I am from though, there is a shortage of working nurses. I think this floor could function properly if it was staffed correctly... So my question is, have any other nurses worked on units going through a similar situation, and come out of it? What is something you think administration could do in the mean time to fix this? The first thing that popped in my mind would be to close one of the two floors until the unit is properly staffed, but I am sure administration would laugh at that. As we all know, hospitals are businesses too . Plus, I am not sure of the technicalities and legalities behind doing such a thing.
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    How much of a pay cut is too much? Personal opinion

    For the past 4 years I have been commuting an hour one way and it's been awful, but especially for the past 7 months I've been doing 12's. Can't take it anymore. It's going to be very weird getting home right away from work. Ive never had that "luxury." 😂
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    How much of a pay cut is too much? Personal opinion

    Your calculations make me feel a bit better about taking a pay cut! I am hoping the 90 extra minutes I get back from not commuting will make a difference in my life.
  8. bear94

    How much of a pay cut is too much? Personal opinion

    I am in the process of leaving my job that requires me to drive an hour away for a job that is only 15 minutes away from my house. I took a pay cut. Sort of. Current job: day shift has a starting wage of $22.50/hr, and working nights earns you $24.75/hr. Since starting, I've received a raise and make $25.50/hr working nights. If I were to work days I would make $23.19/hr New job: day shift has a starting wage of $24.75/hr, and working nights earns you $27.22/hr. I will be working days making $24.75/hr. So, I will be making .75 cents less than I am used to, which equates to $27 less dollars in my pocket per week before taxes. The way I see it, I will be breaking even because I won't have to fill up my gas tank twice a week like I do now. I'll probably be filling it up twice a month with my new job. I don't think I could ever take a paycut of more than $1 unless I was desperate. I have accustomed to the lifestyle that comes with the wages I receive, which is decent for where I live.
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    What Do You Love About Nursing?

    I am a newer nurse. I will say that nursing school is difficult, but not nearly as hard as being a nurse for the first year, give or take a couple months. Remember that when you graduate and start working. Everyone is in it for something different. I personally like this career because I feel it is an honor to be trusted enough to perform life saving measures on people. The patients and families who look at me in awe when I am educating them make my flipping day. It sounds selfish, and it kind of is, but I enjoy the respect I receive from people when I say I am a nurse, and feel even happier when I transport a patient to the floor from the ER and the patient and family thank me profusely for the care they received. I will not lie and say I love my job every day, because there are a fair share of times I hate my job and wonder what the hell I was thinking when I chose to become a nurse. But then I think of the little retail jobs I had here and there during high school and college. I was itching to go home from boredom all the time and I had 0 sense of fulfillment. All the little tasks I had to do served no real purpose. Every task I fulfill now has a purpose, and that is really wonderful.
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    What's it like being a nurse in a rural hospital?

    @houtex your comment was extremely inspirational and helped me gain a better understanding of what I will be in for. Thank you!
  11. I made a post similar to this, simply asking for advice on making the switch from being a nurse at a level one trauma center to being a nurse/clinical supervisor at an eight bed, rural ER. I didn't really get many replies to my original post. I think my question stated above in the title may produce more answers I am looking for. I start my new job in a couple of weeks. I will be the only RN present, on top of being in charge of scheduling, disciplinary action, and hiring processes. I will have two LPN's who get to utilize their full scope of practice (the only things they are not permitted to do is push IV medication, give narcotics, and initiate blood products), and a tech who also registers people at the front desk. I will also have RT in house. The manager is currently trying to move toward an all RN staff, but he still wants the LPN's to have a purpose. I understand as a rural RN, I will wear many hats and learn to do different things on my own with limited resources. What I want to know is there anyone out there who works in an environment similar to the one I have described, and what is it like for you on a daily basis? Do you have your own separate "team" of patients, or do you all kind of work together to get things done for patients, not really assigning yourself to any one patient in particular? If you've gone from working in a big hospital to working in a smaller one, or even if you've always worked in a rural hospital, do you feel like you get to spend more time with your patients? I know sometimes it will be very busy and time will be limited for getting to know patients, but that is one thing I really have missed out on working in a big ER.
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    I don't think I like my job-now what?

    I do not have children, so I can't speak about the influence your baby may be having on you... But the way I see it, is you have had a couple of months to let your feelings stew and release their real aroma. So, your mind is probably made up. I think you should go back to work, see how you feel, and if you still feel the same after a monthish, maybe you should move on to something different? Trust me, I know how it feels waiting to find out whether or not the grass is really greener on the other side- it's pretty nerve racking. Also, you stated you've worked in different areas; surely you haven't forgotten the stress that came along with working in higher acuity facilities. Keep that in mind too! Good luck to you! And I hope you can make the right decision for yourself. :)
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    The ONE thing that will make your nursing life easier

    In the ER I work at now, there is ONE, seriously, one tech who does her job without me even having to ask. We hardly ever work on the same days, but I do get to work with her at least twice a month. It sounds stupid, but sometimes I am so overwhelmed with appreciation for her by the end of the night I nearly have a tear in my eye and I always have to hug her and tell her how much I appreciate her. If I wasn't running around collecting all of my own urine, answering every single one of my own call lights, weighing all of my own patients, charting vitals hourly on top of everything else I have to chart, doing all my own orthostats, cleaning all of my own patients with no help to turn people over, cleaning my own stretchers, etc. I would be able to enjoy my job a lot more. Obviously it is impossible to expect a tech to do all of those things when we are slammed. And of course, I do not mind doing those things, but when it's ALL me, all the time, it gets exhausting. Especially when I have IV's to start, meds to push/hang, report to call, and extensive documentation to chart on top of worrying about doing all the things I just mentioned. Every time I try to delegate techs are either no where to be found, have some excuse, or look at me like I have three heads.
  14. Rose_Queen, I feel like a lot of the posts I see on here about new grads having difficulties with job hunting are based out east!
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    Sick of floor nursing, what now?

    Currently pending a job change from an ER nurse at a level one trauma center, to an ER Clinical Supervisor/RN at a rural, 8 bed ER. Will keep you in mind and let you know how this transition goes for me. I won't go into great detail about why I am making the switch, but to sum it up, I enjoy high acuity, but do not enjoy a non-stop, frightening flow of people I have to take under my wing. I don't like being so busy that I am neglecting other people's needs- it puts me and the patient in a bad situation. I am sure there will be days where I drown at this new, tiny, rural ER, but I am doubtful it will be every single day. I had three interviews before getting the job and every time I went in, there wasn't a single patient present (my interviews were always between 2-4, which are some of the busiest hours where I still currently work). The thing that really sent me over the edge to apply for this job at the rural hospital, and accept the position, is when I nearly died from falling asleep at the wheel on my way home from the hospital I currently work at. The hospital I currently work at is an hour away from my home, and the rural hospital is only a 15 minute drive. Good luck to you.
  16. I am from central Illinois. Around here, most new graduates have jobs lined up about 5 months before graduation in non-medsurg areas (i.e. only 4 people from my graduating class of 54 took jobs on a medsurg floor. The rest took jobs in ICU, ER, OB, Peds, OR, and a few were sprinkled into CCU, CRU, and NICU- all across 3 different area hospitals). When I first started flipping through topics on this website, I was shocked to find that there are new grads out there who cannot land a job for up to a year after graduating. I would love to see everyone's thoughts shared on this thread. Share your general region, if you're comfortable with doing so, and your experience with job hunting!