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  1. I recently participated in an internship program (Perioperative Nursing 101) in the operating room at our local hospital. I was training with one of the OR nurses during gynecologic surgery for uterine polyps. The suction canisters were beginning to fill up with bloody drainage from the procedure and the nurse recommended that I change one of the canisters, which I did with no problem. I told her that I was going to change the other canister that was filling up and she said that I didn't need to do that right away. I told her that I might as well since I had all of the equipment I needed in front of me and and she said "you're not listening to me but do what you want." I changed the other canister and as I pulled it out, the bottom exploded all over my leg with bloody uterine irrigation water. The nurse told me that she knew this would happen but didn't say anything and let me do it to teach me a lesson. She said that I deserved what happened. She would not let me leave the room to clean up and said that I would be abandoning my patient, and I had to stay for the remainder of the surgery. At the conclusion of the surgery about 20 minutes later, the patient was moved to PACU and I went to the locker room to quickly shower and change scrubs. I voiced my concerns to my main preceptor (a different nurse than the one during the procedure) and she said that I should not waste time showering and that I should have just dealt with it to save time. She also said that it was on my pants and not in my eyes so that it was ok. I told her that people can have nicks on their legs from shaving, and it is possible for the blood and body fluids to soak through my pants which were saturated. She said that she was an OR nurse for 30 years and touches things all of the time and didn't catch any bloodborne pathogens. She also said that I should get used to being sprayed with things and that if I have a problem with that I shouldn't work in the OR. She said that what the other nurse did was ok because it taught me a lesson. This happened last week and I was initially afraid to speak up in fear of retaliation. However, this has bothered me so much that I told HR today. They were shocked and agreed that this was inappropriate, and encouraged me to notify my director. My director was shocked to find out this information and said that she will sit down with the other nurse and let me know what happens. What the other nurse did to me was unacceptable and I would like to know if I should take any additional actions. Is the action of a nurse purposefully letting somebody get soaked with body fluids illegal if she knew this could be prevented? Luckily the patient did not have anything contagious that I am aware of and seemed like a nice normal person, but the idea of what happened just sickens me. Since this happened I have quit my internship and have transferred to another area of the hospital where I am treated with respect. What additional actions would you recommend? Please advise! Thank you!
  2. guest04222019

    Best Nursing Careers for Book Smart/Intellectual People?

    Hi Nurse Beth, I am 4 months into a 9 month internship. At the end of the 9 months the plan is for me to work on my own without a preceptor. It was supposed to be a 12 month internship but corporate is looking to "save money" and shortened the length of the program. I enjoy it and intend to finish. However, I am afraid of being cut from the program. Corporate is really cracking down to "save money" and constantly looking at all of the interns performance evaluations. If they feel that an intern is not progressing quickly enough they will be dismissed. My preceptor is very knowledgeable but very strict as well. For everything I do right she puts the focus on what I do wrong. She said I am doing well and that as I achieve more she will push harder and harder. I am fine with this and am not afraid of hard work, but am terrified by what corporate will do if my eval is less than perfect. Maybe I am just being too hard on myself but I am trying to mentally develop a backup plan in the event this doesn't work out. I am the type of person who would like to do one thing at a time rather than juggling multiple tasks, but I don't think this is possible in nursing I am a perfectionist have have been told that this slows down my efficiency at times. Working in ICU was actually going to be my back up plan if I wasn't accepted into the internship, but understaffing is a HUGE problem at all of our local hospitals. I looked into work from home nursing jobs at insurance companies but had no idea where to begin or how to get my foot in the door. Then the OR internship came up and I was one of the few people selected from a pool of applicants. I really do enjoy the OR but am not sure how secure my position is, although I intend to stay as long as they are willing to keep me! Thank you for your reply!
  3. What is the best nursing career for somebody who is book smart? I have been told that I am intelligent but am more book smart than practical. I have my MSN in nursing leadership and management (4.0 GPA) but was miserable in management positions. I currently am interning in the OR and love learning about pathophysiology and various types of surgery, although I have been told that I am intellectual but have trouble seeing and coordinating the entire picture. I am detail oriented and very task oriented, but have been told that this is hurting me because I need to act more quickly and think outside of the box. I am trying to figure out where in nursing I would excel and am feeling very frustrated. Please advise! Thank you!
  4. guest04222019

    Cheapest Post-Master's NP programs

    Thank you!
  5. guest04222019

    Cheapest Post-Master's NP programs

    Hi Everybody, I already have my MSN degree in nursing leadership and management that I earned in 2012 (with a 4.0 GPA) but am interested in earning a post-master's certificate to become a nurse practitioner. I am still paying off loans from my current MSN degree, which has prevented me from going back to school at this time. I am currently an OR nurse and would LOVE to become an NP that specializes in OR and that also assists in surgery. Can anybody give me tips on the most affordable post-Master's NP programs/schools? I live in Florida but would prefer an online program (or mostly online) so I can continue to work and go to school at the same time. I want this so badly but am afraid that I will be unable to because the programs I researched seemed to range between $25,000-$60,000+. Ideally I would like something under $10,000 but am not sure if this is available. Any feedback/advice is very appreciated!
  6. Hi Everybody! I originally wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner several years ago but at the time the programs that I was interested in had waiting lists. I had spoken with a recruiter from Chamberlain University who told me that a Nurse Practitioner program would open up soon at the time. She said that I could complete my core classes and then slide into their NP program. I believed her and that is one of my biggest regrets. They did not have an NP program when I finished my core classes and I was forced to major in nursing leadership and management to complete my MSN degree. I spoke with Chamberlain once they had a NP program that was up and running (2 years after I graduated) but they said they couldn't help me. I tried management for some time but I was miserable, overworked, and underpaid. I did not get paid much more than I did as a floor nurse and had no life since I was working overtime and always on call. I looked into post Master's NP programs but I could not find anything under $25,000, which is not feasible at this time since I am paying $70,000 worth of loans off for my useless MSN degree. I would like to know if there are any advanced practice nursing programs that are more affordable, or if there are scholarships available at the Graduate Level. I earned a 4.0 GPA in my MSN program but could not find anything merit based. The only NP scholarships I could find paid $1000 which is not much compared to the cost of tuition. My husband said I am cut off for now from going back to school because between both of us the student loan debt is outrageous. I am open to any advice on how I can become a NP without having to pay another outrageous amount of money. Even the post Master's programs cost almost as much as a full MSN degree. I live in Florida if this helps if anyone knows of any scholarships, grants, or programs. I would love advice and am open to your input Thanks!
  7. I am an I intern in the peri-op 101 program and love it. I had previously earned my MSN in nursing management with a 4.0 GPA, but it was not for me since I was overworked and underpaid. I love the OR and and would like to know what opportunities there are for me to advance in my career in the OR (and make lots of money). My goal for the future is to make a 6 figure income doing something I love. So far I am interested in becoming an RN Surgical First Assistant or joining the open heart team. Ideally I would love to become a surgical nurse practitioner or PA but cannot at this time because I am still paying off student loans from my MSN program However, I would like to know about other interesting opportunities for growth that I may not yet be aware of. I am looking forward to hearing your replies!!!
  8. guest04222019

    Perioperative RN intern salary

    Hi! I have 10 years of experience as an RN in various settings, including med-surg, cardiac, critical care, education, and management. I also have a BSN and MSN degree, in which I had a 4.0 GPA. My hospital has a paid perioperative RN internship and I am very interested, as I am interested in doing something more specialized. I am curious to how much a perioperative RN intern will get paid. I live in Florida and I know that every company is different,but would love to hear a ballpark figure since I am in good standing and have 10 years of floor nursing experience. Thanks!
  9. guest04222019

    MSN looking for insurance job

    I have been a nurse for 10 years and have done med-surg, telemetry, critical care step down, education, and management. I am looking to make as close to $100,000 as possible, and am looking for stability in my schedule. I hope this information helps, as I appreciate your response.
  10. guest04222019

    MSN looking for insurance job

    I have a Nurse Executive Master's in Leadership and Management but have found that most management and floor jobs in my area are not family friendly. A few people have told me about working for an insurance company. From what I have heard, it is a 9-5 job, no weekends or holidays, and the pay is amazing. I looked on several websites and it seems that most positions for insurance companies require previous experience. I called the customer service number and they told me to just apply, although I don't even know what type of position to apply for. I would love to get my foot in the door and need assistance. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!
  11. guest04222019

    Working for an insurance company? Anyone do it? Whats it all about?

    I am an RN with a Master's in nursing leadership and management. A few people have recommended working for an insurance company but I am not sure how to get my foot in the door. When I tried to call a few companies they told me to just go online and apply, but I don't know what I am looking for and it seems that all of the positions require previous experience. Can you give me some advice? Feel free to PM me. Thanks!
  12. Hi everybody! I am relatively new to my position as Clinical Educator/Infection Control at a LTC facility and we are in our window for state survey. I was told that the last survey at my facility was September 2016. How long is the window for state survey? Everybody says they will be here any day now but it is October 2017 and we are overdue for our annual. When is the deadline for survey to show up? I am nervous because this is my first survey where I am in an administrative position and want to get it over with. We had a G tag on infection control before I started my position and am afraid that the surveyors will target me. I value my job and am wondering if surveyors will be kind since I am new or if they will hang me out to dry. Please advise. Thank you!
  13. guest04222019

    MDS job satisfaction/pay/family friendly?

    Hi everybody! I am currently a Clinical Educator at a LTC/rehab facility (I have been working at my facility for 2 months and am new to the role) and my boss recently encouraged me to consider accepting a position for MDS coordinator. She said that I am doing well at my current job but thinks that MDS is a perfect fit for my personality and for what I appear to be interested in. Before I accept, I was curious to hear about other MDS Coordinators job satisfaction in the position, approximate hours/schedule worked, or anything else you would like to tell me about the position. At my facility, the educator role is considered as an unofficial ADON and it is expected that I come in early, stay late, and come in on weekends (none of there were communicated to me when I accepted the position). I have a preschooler and my current schedule is difficult with a child but I make it work. However, it was implied that MDS is more family friendly but I am curious if this is really true. Looking forward to some good feedback so I can decide if I should try MDS or stay in the current role. Thanks in advance!
  14. guest04222019

    Ideal RN position for mother of toddler

    Thanks! I have been thinking of looking into home health opportunities in my area for this reason.
  15. guest04222019

    Ideal RN position for mother of toddler

    I have been out of work for three years taking care of my child. My son starts preschool soon and I am looking for a predictable job with fixed hours and minimal overtime. I am open to anything with 8 hour shifts or flexible hours. I am an RN with a Master's degree with some experience in management, but am okay with entry level positions and am looking for something with hours that are family-friendly. I need advice! Thanks!
  16. guest04222019

    Work from home job search advice

    I am an RN with my MSN degree. I have been unemployed for 2 years because I am staying home with a toddler. I would like to know if there are any work from home nursing jobs that are internet based only (so people don't hear my child in the background over the telephone) and that require little to no travel so I can stay home with my son but earn an income. I have been researching work at home jobs but need advice on what to look for. I spoke with human resources from a few insurance companies but keep getting told to review online job postings (which I have already done) and to apply (which I am not ready to do just yet). I am open to anything that I can do from home and am very motivated and self-directed. Any advice is appreciated!

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