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  1. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    Non-compliance with Social Distancing

    Can anyone share articles, personal experience, advice, tips, tricks, etc... for how to deal with friends and/or family who are ignoring social distancing/ other public health measures with respect to Covid-19? At this point, I am trying to manage my rage . In the meantime, I'm just hoping our government moves forward with "martial law" type measures to take away people's right to be stupid and selfish and endanger the public....and, just put everyone on house arrest.
  2. Whether you're a LPN/RPN, RN, or NP student...I'd just like to get an international perspective of what is going on with everyone's respective in-person practicums. When will you be attending your next in-person practicum? Have any of your Spring/Summer in-person practicums been cancelled? If so, have your respective schools informed you of what their contingency plan is yet? Have you heard any messaging about deferral of in-person practicum to another semester/calendar year?
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    Unreasonable Risks are not part of the job

    Well said! From a fellow RPN (who is also a RN-BScN).
  4. Please share your strategies, tips, tricks for engaging the community to be compliant with public health measures related to Covid-19. I'm trying my best and have scoured resources to help myself on this... but, I'm still having a really challenging time with non-compliant people. Please help!
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    Refusing Care of a COVID-19 Patient Due to Inappropriate PPE

    This is excruciating . We're asking for BASICS.
  6. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    Non-compliance with Social Distancing

    For all the non-compliance people. PLEASE, READ THIS!
  7. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    Refusing Care of a COVID-19 Patient Due to Inappropriate PPE

    This is...
  8. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    Unreasonable Risks are not part of the job

    Excuse me? LOL
  9. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    What is an RN, BAAN?

    A colleague lists the credentials "RN, BAAN" after her name in her signature. I've asked once before what it meant and she dismissed the question, refused to respond. What is a BAAN? Anyone have a clue?
  10. [h=1]Ontario's Doug Ford orders hiring freeze for public servants[/h] In Ontario, the public sector is made up of any job that receives funding from the provincial government. That includes a lot of services and infrastructure we rely on every day. The following jobs will all be affected by the hiring freeze: Universities and Colleges: This includes both professors and any administrative staff the secondary schools employ Crown Agencies: These are any government-funded research facilities and some museums such as the ROM The Government of Ontario: The government itself is in the public sector, meaning there is a freeze on hiring aids, legislative workers, and any other official provincial position Hospitals: This is a big one as it will affect hospital administration but also doctors and nurses Municipalities: A lot of municipalities receive funding from the province so any municipal workers and services may also be affected by the freeze Ontario Power Sector: While Hydro was big in the news for being privatized they are still owned in part by the province and therefore fall under the private sector School Boards: This is another big one as it involves school board administration but also both public elementary and high school teachers all over Ontario Sources: Ontario's Doug Ford orders hiring freeze for public servants - The Globe and Mail Here Are All The Jobs In Ontario Affected By Doug Ford's Hiring Freeze - Narcity
  11. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    What is an RN, BAAN?

    She has it listed as BAAN. None of my other nursing colleagues have ever heard of it.
  12. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    What is an RN, BAAN?

    In what province? I live in Canada and I'd never heard of any educational institution handing out BAAN degrees for nursing before. Nursing degrees here are either: BScN, BN, or BSN.
  13. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    What is an RN, BAAN?

    @Wuzzie This person is definitely the type who tries to look impressive.
  14. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    What is an RN, BAAN?

    @JKL33 What kind of nursing degree is a BAAN? Is it some kind of associates credential? I've never heard of a BAAN, especially in Canada it's either BScN or BSN or BN.
  15. In Ontario, the public sector is made up of any job that receives funding from the provincial government. That includes a lot of services and infrastructure we rely on every day. The following jobs will all be affected by the hiring freeze: Universities and Colleges: This includes both professors and any administrative staff the secondary schools employ Crown Agencies: These are any government-funded research facilities and some museums such as the ROM The Government of Ontario: The government itself is in the public sector, meaning there is a freeze on hiring aids, legislative workers, and any other official provincial position Hospitals: This is a big one as it will affect hospital administration but also doctors and nurses Municipalities: A lot of municipalities receive funding from the province so any municipal workers and services may also be affected by the freeze Ontario Power Sector: While Hydro was big in the news for being privatized they are still owned in part by the province and therefore fall under the private sector School Boards: This is another big one as it involves school board administration but also both public elementary and high school teachers all over Ontario Sources: Ontario's Doug Ford orders hiring freeze for public servants - The Globe and Mail Here Are All The Jobs In Ontario Affected By Doug Ford's Hiring Freeze - Narcity
  16. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    Singlism in the workplace

    Have you experienced singlism in the workplace? Singlism is the stereotyping, systematic discrimination, stigmatizing, exploitation and ignoring of single adults with no children. I'm noticing this type of discrimination more and more now because I'm at "that age" where almost everyone is married and starting a family. I'm one of the few unmarried childless people in my department and my director certainly demonstrates her favouritism for the married mothers on our team. She looks the other way when they're late to work or need to leave early, gives them more frequent pay increases, accommodates a flex schedule for them, asks us singles to cover for the married moms and take on part of their workload when their struggling. This accommodation only swings one way... in the direction of married mothers. An example, a single childless colleague of mine was questioned more rigorously than the married moms on her team ever were when she asked for the following accommodation: to start her workday 15-20 minutes later so she could help transfer care to the oncoming homecare nurse who cared for her mother with advanced Alzheimer's while she was at work. Her director delayed for so long my colleague had to turn to her union for help. There seems to be a readiness to accommodate without question if someone states their child as the reason, but often (in my personal experience) a single persons request is fraught with suspicion and questioned for its necessity. What I find to be the most insulting about Singlism is there's an inherent belief that a single person's time is worth less or that we don't have responsibilities outside of work because we're single and childless. It's frustrating because this sort of discrimination, like others, can often be subtle, exclusionary behaviour or social habits... difficult to prove and poorly addressed in HR policy. And... if you dare attempt to address it in effort to put a stop to it, it is often responded by further insulting and stigmatizing the single person who has already been targeted by the unfair treatment or the common and popular reaction: "You're just bitter".
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    No Respect.

    FYI - I've been a Nurse for over 10 years in the hospital, at the bedside in the germy trenches. I've cleaned up so much sh*t literally and figuratively that I'm not about to take it from anyone. COB badges come with time and years experience. So, I know that comment ain't about me Also, you graduated in 2016 and you're pontificating about nurses earning their stripes. Congratulations on recently graduating and earning your licence, but you haven't been an RN for more than 5 seconds. Take it easy tiger. I think there are some nursing students who can offer unique insights to this forum. I don't consider @ItsThatJenGirl to be one of them. Her comment was pompous and just screamed how green she actually is. If she dares to walk into her clinical placements with that attitude she will deservedly get eaten alive
  18. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    Why do some nurses hate it in others pump at work?

    Are you kidding? Even if this negotiation still takes place in advance there are many nurses who take advantage and don't reciprocate when help is given to them. Also, no one expects anyone to be psychic but it's generally considered good basic manners to offer your assistance to someone who has gone out of their way to help you, even if they don't ask. I have a 1 strike policy: if I help you out during a shift and it's not returned when I ask for assistance... I will never help you again, or switch a shift, give you a reference for a job, etc... Nurses who take advantage build a reputation and burn bridges to the point that eventually no one will help or want to be affiliated with them.
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    Why do some nurses hate it in others pump at work?

    Lifestyle choices should not interfere with a person's ability to do their job. Having a baby is a lifestyle choice. It becomes inappropriate when the accommodation is not used for the reason it was intended, and when additional time is claimed to be required (outside of what was already generously allotted to pump) and approved and you're caught using this time extra time to instead to have extra breaks to rest, read, eat, check your cellphone, etc... forcing your colleagues to take on a lot of the care of your patients. I suspect that the travel nurse the OP wrote about may have very likely been at their wits end for being taken advantage of. Who really knows?! Having a baby is a lifestyle choice. So, people need to be responsible for themselves and contemplate and reasonably try to plan how this choice will impact their lives. At the hospital you are not the patient, you are not the priority and while you are at work your patient deserves your attention. If your priority at work is your baby over the care of vulnerable patients who depend on you, perhaps you're not ready to come back to work? Having a baby doesn't exempt anyone from being responsible for their nursing duties. No one should be responsible because someone chose to inconvenience themselves. I worked while I was a caregiver to my father while he was dying from cancer, but when I was at work I did my bloody job and didn't make my coworkers suffer because my life changed. The difference is no one chooses to have cancer... No ones time is more valuable than anyone else's. Career professionals need to be respectful of their colleagues time, and reciprocate when people go out of their way to help them. The law protects nursing mothers, this is true, and I've sadly seen many women take advantage of this as an opportunity to get away with lighter duties or take their sweet time on frequent/excessive breaks when they were fully capable of their patient assignments.
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    No Respect.

    I think it's time to STOP telling nurses with valid observations about the profession (yes, even negative observations/realities) to leave. How the heck else is anything supposed to get better if we don't constructively discuss what's legitimately wrong. Or, even share experiences to help each other learn or cope. Maybe if people didn't react like @ItsThatJenGirl we would have more camaraderie and be stronger as a profession. No wonder bad patient behaviour is escalating with a dismissive attitude like that, which actually enables bad patient behaviour. Customer satisfaction scoring is a catalyst IMO to the deterioration of respect for nurses and healthcare professionals alike. RN to most patients nowadays means Refreshments and Narcotics, and they know all sorts of tricks to get a dutiful nurse in trouble if said nurse doesn't do cartwheels every time they snap their fingers. For example, for something ridiculous, like... failing to get a patient the daily newspaper. Meanwhile, said nurse was wrist deep in wound care in an isolation room on an understaffed unit and thus unable to fetch a newspaper. Sometimes the nurse is not the problem”.
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    What Else Can I Do For A Living?

    I empathize with you. The current incarnation and direction of the nursing profession is extremely abusive, burdensome, and burning out nurses faster than it takes to become lisenced. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. I'm in the process of escaping now and even though I still have one foot in nursing I feel liberated already and brighter about the future knowing soon I won't have to tolerate anymore. I wish you the best of luck. I know so many nurses who had to take a hiatus from the profession because it became so interolable. One day I might return, but I'm not even entertaining it because I've never been happier to be (almost) out! I wish you good luck.
  22. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    Why do some nurses hate it in others pump at work?

    There may be many other factors involved that the OP is omitting or unaware of. I worked with a nurse who exploited the fact that she was a nursing mother to take frequent, lengthy breaks off the floor (to allegedly pump) leaving our skeleton crew of nurses to constantly pick up her slack. She barely carried half her load and was still taking home the same salary as the rest of us who were breaking our backs because she #HadABaby. As someone who will never receive this kind of accomodation (because I don't have a baby), it's irritating to be taken advantage of by people who throw the think of the children/children come first/as a mother...” position at you as though statement were an unquestionable defence or fact in an of itself. Why would anyone think that the patients they serve, and other staff deserve to be inconvenienced because they chose to have a baby? I think that is the bigger underlying question here. We all have to be accountable for the life choices we decide to make. What happens if a mother decides to continue breastfeeding when their child is older than 12 months? Are we supposed to accommodate your frequent breast pumping breaks indefinitely?! Nursing is not an industry like others, a person with certain medical conditions can even be precluded from the profession if their condition(s) prevent them from carrying out nursing tasks or puts patients at risk. If a person needs such an extensive accommodation in an industry where the people covering for them are often working injured, going without bathroom breaks/eating, etc...perhaps you need to find other employment. I can't imagine how this would work, for example, on a busy ICU floor. I support nursing mothers, but not people who use their accommodation inappropriately as a strategy to pass off their workload onto someone else. I've seen this happen so many times I've lost count.
  23. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    Doctor upset by charting

    Charting verbatim is appropriate, creates context, and helps build a record of history. For example, if there are issues with family dynamics or legitimate concerns of an HCP, consistent documentation helps build a case in defence. I hope you added more to the charting than the one-off comment though.
  24. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    What HARD truth have you learned once you became a nurse and/or CNA?

    I've learned that bedside is intolerable long term, and that many in the profession are miserable and desperately searching for ways out. Others are clinging to their area of specialty like a jail sentence they hope to escape upon retirement. I've learned that many nurses consider the profession an increasingly miserable place to be.... but that hasn't done anything to decrease enrolment in nursing programs. I've learned... if I knew then what I know now, I never would have become a nurse. The customer service angle is having deleterious effects on every facet of nursing culture. I've learned that no matter how credentialed you are, you're still nothing more than a warm body” to be disposed of at the whim of an agency... so you have to collect versatile skillsets to be qualified across specialties and roles within the field. Specializing in one thing is a good way to become unemployable in the current job market. I've learned that casual, contract, temporary, per diem work is sadly prevalent and here to stay
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    all units over capacity

    One of the hospitals I work at (considered to be a "prestigious" facility and coveted by many new grads here as the holy grail of places to work) is anything but. Most recently, we're experiencing extreme pressures on all resources at this hospital. Almost all units are over 100% capacity. One unit is even at 277% capacity. There are patients in the hallways, bodies jammed in wherever they can fit them. Recently, to address the situation, the hospital CEO issued template letters for staff to give to placate patients and families who raise their concerns about wait times, hallway admissions and co-gender rooming. Injuries are on the rise, on my unit we have 5 nurses on modified duties r/t work-related injuries and 3 nurses who will be off work for the next 2-3 months because of the same. What's the hospital's solution to this? Well, they've shifted the duties from the nurses on "modified" onto those of use who are uninjured... to pick up the slack for the physical labor the inured nurses cannot do. Thus, increasing our physical strain and potential for injury. I just find it amazing that we're unable to strike. Being able to strike would give us some power to help put pressures on management/gov't to make changes that are drastically needed. Look at the teaching profession. They strike every year and get cushy benefits packages. Why don't we have the same rights and respect? Especially when it's becoming increasingly unsafe for nurses to go to work. As a result, I have been refusing shifts when I am called to come into work. Thankfully, I can do this because I have another job, but it just seems really ****** what things have come to... that those of us with an innate love for bedside have run away from it as fast as we can into Masters Degrees programs, non-bedside jobs or non-nursing jobs just to survive. I wish there was a solution or way out. I'm working on my own plan, but it just feels a little depressing and enraging to be told by a bunch of suits who couldn't save their own live if a situation depended on it to: "buck up, let's all work hard and push through this" when the stockpiling of duties is never-ending.
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