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  1. jsnbsn

    Voluntarily Surrendering My License

    I agree with the others that you should not give up your license so quickly. You never know when you might want to return to California, or what else that license surrender could affect in your career.
  2. I have only been on AN for a few years now. But I graduated in 1985, went to hospital nursing for several years, then went into Telephonic Case Management Nursing. I worked for a small company, so I had an extremely wide variety of learning experiences while I was there. I researched all new diagnoses in detail, so I learned not only the latest treatments for the more common diagnoses, but also saw how many rare illnesses there were ---- for newborns all the way through to the elderly. I learned how to draw out patients and family members on the phone, so I could identify their most urgent problems, and provide them with the services they needed. I helped many patients and family members during that time, and have many good memories from those years. And if you think that a purely telephonic job is "lonely" you would be incorrect. Not only did I become as close to many of those long-term patients on the phone as can occur with hospital or field nursing, I also made friends with nurses I "met" at another job. The next job I eventually moved on to was also telephonic. It was a new department at a large insurance company. Our team covered the general Central Florida area. We were trained for several weeks in a virtual classroom. There was also a "whiteboard" that was put up for breaks and lunches, and we would write messages to each other, as well as draw rabbits, clouds, trees, etc on it. We were all pretty chatty too, so we could launch some interesting topics during our training. And the most unusual -- and fun -- part of it all, was when we decided to meet outside that virtual classroom. So a central location was picked where we had a VERY long and entertaining dinner [Rain Forest in the Disney Village area]. It was at a very, very, very long table and we had spouses and children included in this real-world party. Everyone had plenty of pictures to later share back in the virtual world. I guess you can say that our group went the limit on making sure we had a great "work-life balance"................
  3. There have ALWAYS been "insane amounts of inundating charting and chronic short staffing" in nursing -- a lot depended on where you worked. And sometimes you may feel like giving up. Whenever that hit me, I would remember one patient that I had helped in the past -- and what type of difference I made in his/her life. The warm feeling I had from those thoughts helped me go forward once again.
  4. Definitely nothing wrong with posting a LIKE when it is deserved. So many times --- in all areas of life --- people take niceness, good service, kind acts, etc for granted. Sometimes a simple "Thank you", or smile, or "like" is all it takes to make a person feel as if what they did was worth it. It could also be done at just the right time when that person really needed that unexpected bit of niceness......you never know. So keep on saying LIKE as much as you want. You never know when your timing could have been just right.
  5. jsnbsn

    Urgent question

    I agree about being "stuck". When a hurricane hit our area, staff from the next shift could not arrive due to post-hurricane road conditions. So all staff in the hospital had to remain until staff could reach us from the next shift.
  6. jsnbsn

    Nurse Imposters

    This brings to mind one time that one of the Case Management Nurses called an MD-office to obtain an update on her patient. She was given a very thorough report by the person answering the phone. When she concluded the contact by requesting the name and title of the person providing the information, she found out that it was a member of the cleaning crew!! He had found the patient's folder on a desk and wanted to provide the information to be "helpful". Now THAT is a scary thought!! Although he was not pretending to be a health professional, he could have easily done so with the obviously poor security of patient information in that office!!
  7. jsnbsn

    Happy Nurses Week

    As this is my first day on the forum, my greeting is late -- but it IS a sincere wish to all nurses..............
  8. I have a wide range of interests and am therefore seeking a new career direction. I enjoy researching medical topics online, writing or other activities that tap into my creative drive; informatics, patient or staff instruction, review or "investigate" medical records are additional areas of interest to me. I prefer the home setting because I feel it allows me to maximize my multi-tasking and "efficiency-expert" drives. I am looking for a job in the Orlando, Florida area -- either a Case Management job which I have already been doing, or a new field that will accept my many years of experience as a "credential". My lengthy experience as a nurse has exposed me to different aspects of all topics I mentioned, even if only sometimes in different forms (e.g. researching current literature on diagnoses and treatment to create detailed reports for customers -- enjoyed this because it was creative and allowed me to write). Most of my prior experience was gained as a case management nurse, but it was built upon being fortunate enough to have attended an excellent nursing program then followed by exposure to knowledgeable nursing preceptors after graduation.