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  1. I read all the laws on labor board in sc and it states an employer is allowed to decrease an employee's pay but only with a written notice one week in advance. Unfortunately for me, I signed the contract which I'd bet serves as their "one week".
  2. I contacted the Medicaid case worker as she does home visits and we have team meetings every few months so I have met her in person during these times. She gave me her business card and did if I ever had any questions to contact her, which is what I did.
  3. edwardsrn62

    Does Micro + Chem I = Death

    Very true... don't just say oh well I'll just not learn this part and I'll study harder later because it was all building on top of each other
  4. edwardsrn62

    Does Micro + Chem I = Death

    Wise? Probably not... But I am living proof it can be done. I took Micro and Chem 1 over a summer semester (only 6 weeks to cover all 16 weeks of material). I also worked as a waitress 6 hours every evening 5 nights a week and had an infant at home. Thank God for my little sister who stayed at my house pretty much that whole time and watched him for free for me. So so I think it's wise? No but if your motivated and really want it it's worth it. I kept telling myself "Jess, if you can just get through this you will have completed two hard (at least to me) classes that are over and done with. They'll be out of your way"... And I didn't realize it then, but after successfully completing them I had a sense of confidence that I was capable.... you can do it if being a nurse is what you REALLY WANT just keep your self positive. Good luck hope this helps. Oh and I am by no means a "smart kid" lol I studied every single day I was in college.
  5. Ugggh! This is getting so frustrating. I checked out the link you put up and that's exactly what I've been looking find... only for sc instead of nc. The search has been super unsuccessful. I contacted Medicaid and they seem to have no clue what I'm talking about. Thank you though for your help
  6. Thank you. Yes I actually had an interview last week on Monday which went great. The interviewer set me up to have a peer interview this past Friday afternoon, which likewise went very well. The nursing supervisor said she would get back in touch and let me know either way the beginning of this week so I'm praying tomorrow I get a call from them. If the peer interview went as well as I feel did, then I have to do a shadow day and hopefully that will be successful and I'll land the job!!! It's on a med surge/oncology unit. Very excited and hopeful about the future... just do not want to ruin it over nothing. Thank you again for your help!
  7. Thank you very much... this was very helpful!!
  8. I never mentioned that in my initial post. I agree with you that new grads may be able to work PDN but as I have learnedthe hard way they need to make sure they are working for a good company, with clear concise information and have a good nursing support system. Did you have any input on anything that I was originally asking?
  9. Thank you all for your responses. This has truly taught me allot. I feel as though I had made an honest mistake, and it has turned into a huge issue. I absolutely see now why new grads should not do home health or PD nursing. I fully take responsibility for my actions and honestly want to be the best nurse I can be, and live up to my full potential. I am very passionate about my career and my patients and became a nurse because this is the only thing I have ever been so passionate about and wanted so much. I have looked and looked online and in public libraries for utd information on the laws & rules for my state on nursing in home care but have been unsuccessful in finding anything out. That is why I resorted to asking all of you. I am not asking for legal advice but at least advice on what steps I should take to protect the patients this company cares for, as well as my nursing license, in addition to I want to be a more knowledgeable, competent and safe nurse. There are a few things I want to address to your responses and ask as well. 1. I believe I may have been unclear in my initial post, but the company received payment from Medicaid for the hours i "took a lunch" as well as for the two shifts they never paid me for. The hours that they owed me pay for were for a completely separate issue unrelated to the "lunch issue". In fact, I did not even take a lunch on the two shifts that I have not been paid for. The system I use to clock in and out is called Care Call where you clock in and out using the clients phone. Maybe some off you are familiar with this system? There were two occasions where at the end of myshift the client phone was unavailable. And, as instructed via email by my company, if the patient phone is unavailable to clock in or out, we are to call the owner of the company or the nursing supervisor, and they will call Care Call to clock us in/out. However, I was notified by the companies main office the day after each occasion that neither of them had clocked me out, even though I spoke with BOTH the owner AND nursing supervisor on BOTH occasions. The owner told me I would be paid for the hours on my next check. The first instance occurred this past August and the second was in September. On both occasions, and weekly since then, the owner has verbally told me of some mishap as to why the money had not been paid and promised it on my next check. To this day I have not received payment for either shift. It was not until October that I was suddenly informed by the owner we were not allowed to take a lunch (I explain "taking a lunch" in #2). I was told at this time by the owner that she was not going to pay me for those 2 shifts where administration failed to clock me out because of the lunch breaks I had taken. She said she was going to just "call it even". Feeling timid being a new grad, unsure of my responsibilities/rights and shocked to what I had just heard, I simply replied with a "yes ma'am" and the phone conversation ended. I actually spoke with the Medicaid case manager of this case regarding everything and she told me she's had a number of problems with this company. She also looked up the two days I worked and said the company WAS indeed paid for both of the days as well as for the "lunch breaks" I had taken. She made a complaint against them for Medicaid fraud. On a follow up conversation with the Medicaid case manager, she asked about the pay and was shocked when I told her I had not received payment as she was told by the company I had been paid after the complaint was filed. SO TO RECAP: I was not paid for two shifts I worked because my administrators did not clock me out like they were supposed to do when I called them. Three months pass, where I am constantly lied to being told the pay will be on my next check. Suddenly in the latter part of October I get a call from the owner of the company asking about a few occasions where I had left the pt home to take a lunch (as my head nurse told me this was allowed and not to clock out during lunch breaks). When I informed her of the ten or so occasions where this had happened, she replied telling me she was just going to call it even and not pay me for the two shifts she owed me for because of the lunch breaks I had taken. She also said that if I pushed the issue, "someone" might turn me into the nursing board for pt abandonment. The company received payment for every lunch break I took as I did not clock out for them and the company also received payment for the two shifts I worked, however I was not paid for the shifts. 2. I am at all times in the same room as the pt with the exception of when I use the restroom and approximately 10 instances where I left the pt home to get lunch. I know and completely understand now why new grads should not do PD nursing. In my defense, being a new grad I was unaware of numerous things. Also, on the days where I took lunch it was on days where the mother approached me saying if I wanted to go to lunch she was staying right there by the pt, and these were also days where I was working 16 hour shifts, from 7am to 11pm. I asked my head nurse for this case how to go about clocking out (as I was not very familiar with Care Call) and she told me not to clock out for lunches regardless of if you left or stayed and she also told me it was fine to leave for lunch. I realize now I should not have taken her word for it and I should have had something in writing from the company regarding lunch breaks, which to this day I have not been given. I assumed with her 15 years of experience and10 years of that in home health and PD nursing, in addition to her being the head nurse of the 4 nurses on this case, that she knew what she was talking about. 3. My pt is an infant and her mother does not work. The mother is in the home with the client and myself 90% of the time, with the occasional grocery shopping trip or doctors appointment for herself. I would NEVER EVER NEVER leave a pt in a home completely alone. Knowing what I know now, I will never leave the pts home again without clocking out, if I ever leave at all. 4. With the exception of those ten or so occasions, I have never even left the pts room to eat. I have always eaten at the pts side, if I have eaten at all. And the few times that I did leave for lunch, I was never gone for an hour. I was gone for somewhere between 20-45 minutes. But again, only left for lunch ten times in 7 months and I work anywhere from 4 to 7 days per week. There actually was a 12 day stretch where I had no shifts off and then finally had off one day followed by another 10 shifts (this was due to nurses calling in sick and quitting without notice). 5. I was hired fresh out of college for this case by my company. They had me complete two CEU's prior to my first day of working. I was completely unaware and blind that I need a year of experience to work this position. I do have my bachelor's degree, although I wouldn't think so, could this possibly make a difference as to experience needed prior to working PD nursing? Or does it possibly vary by state? I live in South Carolina if anyone knows of some online literature regarding the state rules to nursing in home care. I am worried now... Do I need to resign from this position first thing Monday morning? 6. When the owner called and told me she was going to "call it even", she threatened me by stating if I pushed the issue that "someone" might turn me into the nursing board for pt abandonment. Can she do that? I understand now that I cannot leave the pt home for lunch or breaks and will not. But can she turn me into the nursing board when there is no proof that I ever left and no harm has come to the pt and the patients family is very happy with my performance and were the ones suggesting I take a lunch? 7. Is there a limit on the number of hours an RN can work during a shift? Because at the beginning of the case I was working several 16 hour shifts. 8. I have never been supplied with a company manual or company policy handbook, despite that I have asked for one several times. Is this something I should have been provided with at hire? I have a copy of my contract and all forms signed with the company at my hire date, but none of it provides any information that relates to the care be provided by the RN. 9. A few weeks after getting hired the company had the nurses sign and return a "contract" stating if a nurse quits without giving a two weeks notice, they will only receive minimum wage ($7.25) per hour for their last paycheck instead of our normal pay. Is this legal? Again, thank you all for all of your help and replies. Any advice or suggestions is greatly appreciated. And please realize this is for me not only embarrassing but has been an honest mistake. I am truly wanting to do the right things I just don't feel I have the resources.
  10. Oh also, I was given absolutely no orientation. They did have all the nurses go to the patients house to meet the family the day the patient was released from the hospital. We all were told to stay for two hours to "meet and greet" with the family but there was no management or administrators at the clients home at this time.
  11. Ok, so I just graduated nursing school then passed the NCLEX... I got hired over the phone with a "home health agency" although I actually am a private duty nurse doing 8-12 hour shifts. The service is paid for by medicaid. Medicaid pays my company and then the company pays me. I clock in and out using the clients mothers phone (my client is pediatric). On 2 separate instances (once in August and once in September) the clients phone was unavailable, so as instructed by my supervisors, I called management, with the fathers phone, and they were supposed to clock me out. In BOTH cases the managers never clocked me out and I received a call from the office the following mornings wanting to know why I had not clocked out. I never got paid for these two days. I spoke with the owner of the company numerous times and she insisted they would be on my next paycheck. But paycheck after paycheck came and the hours were never added. Then, the owner calls me just last week and tells me she will not be paying me for those two days as she had just found out I have been taking a lunch break. I was told by the woman who hired me, the pt's mother and the nurse who has been working for this company that lunch breaks were allowed. There is NOTHING in my contract that says we are not allowed a lunch and I have not even taken a lunch everyday. I might get to take a lunch 2 days out of 5 that I work. I spoke with the medicaid case manager about it and she said the company was paid for all of my days, including the two where the office had to manually enter my departure time the next day. The owner of the company said that the only way she will pay me for the two days is if she goes back from my start day (over 6 months ago) and takes 1 hour lunch out for every day... Which would make me owe her money!!!! So just to summarize, the company was paid during every lunch I took, and was also paid for the two days where my managers did not clock me out, but I was not paid for the two days because "of the lunches" i have taken. I am no longer taking lunches now that I know that it is not allowed, but I was counting on that money and I feel its not fair that the company was paid for doing nothing while I am being shorted for almost 25 hours of work! I am still a new nurse, this is my first nursing job and I just feel like it isnt right. They have hired 7 nurses total for this case and I am the only nurse who has stuck with it. The rest of the nurses quit due to pay issues as well, but this has been my first negative experience. I have had several people tell me they are not allowed to just take my pay like that. Does anyone know legally or from any aspect how all this works? Thanks in advance for your help!
  12. edwardsrn62

    Mothers: How hard was nursing school with kids?

    It was hard... I was a single mother going for my BSN, RN. My son was 7 months old when I started. I bartended at night, went to school during the day, and cleaned 2-3 homes on the side for extra cash. It was hard. I was condemned A-LOT by A-LOT of people who didnt think I would make it and said I should just stay home with my son, but I knew I wanted to be able to give him a better life. I graduated from nursing school 8 days after my sons 5th birthday (I failed a class and had to go an extra semester) but I made it! I passed the NCLEX on the first attempt and got a job right away. It is hard... There may be people putting you down, sleepless nights and guilt for not being with your kids, but I PROMISE YOU it was worth every tear! You can do it you just HAVE TO BE COMMITTED that no matter what you will not quit! Its worth it a million times over!
  13. So, I have been working home health care with very ill (trachs, GT's, vent's, etc) for the past six months. This has been my only position as an RN. I applied for a job on an oncology unit at the local hospital which I would be thrilled to get. I loved the oncology unit during clinicals in college and really love our local hospital... So, I applied, got interviewed, which I thought went great. The nursing supervisor and manager interviewed me and upon completion of the interview they informed that they had interviewed numerous people for this position and they basically at that point had narrowed it down to me and one other candidate. They asked if I would be interested in shadowing the unit one day, as they liked to have input from the other nurses as to who their new co-worker would be. Of course I said yes enthusiastically because I would love to have this position! But I have never know they did this so my question is, are they going to have the other candidate and I shadow the same day/time? Are we to dress professional or in scrubs? And what/who is watching/being watched during the shadowing? Is it a popularity contest now or are they going to be looking at our skills? Because if the other nurse has ever worked on a hospital floor more than likely she is going to have more skills than I am. What can I do to improve my chances of getting the position? Any comments or suggestions/previous experiences would be aprrectiated! Thank you and have a blessed day!
  14. edwardsrn62

    Lets talk about $$$

    1. Beaufort, SC 2. $24/Hr 3. None 4. None