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  1. FuturePN

    Hearing loss, please help

    I have an extensive history with hearing loss that began in early childhood. Related to chronic infections, scar tissue, surgery, failed tubes, on and on. My right here had been ok. Left ear is "troubled". Most of my life it has just presented as a challenge to know which direction sounds are coming from. When I started nursing school in 2015 I kept my hearing troubles to myself, but did have some concerns. I sought out a hearing test from an audiologist as I had not had one in more than a decade (nursing was a second career for me, I'm 36 now) The results wetter upsetting but confirmed what I basically already knew. The hearing loss in my left is moderate at some tones and "profound" in others. Right ear had some mild loss now but nothing really concerning. I was told that I would benefit from a hearing aid in the left. I went home and looked into hearing aids only to discover that insurance doesn't cover them, and the kind I would like (in ear, discreet) as a young professional were about $7k. I pushed it all to the side and made it through nursing school. I constantly feared being "found out". BUT I had been a medical assistant for more than a decade and felt confident in my ability to hear blood pressures, etc... And did well in school. Anyway, I now have my LPN. I work in an urgent care setting and have for over a year. Last month one of the providers I work with retook a bp that I had taken, not because he questioned my vitals but because he was trying to rule out a vascular dissection and wanted bps on both arms. His reading was about twenty points off from my original, so he took it on the side I had done as well and got a different result. We talked it over briefly, even had another provider go in and take it (that poor patient!) who got a reading somewhere in between ours. I thought it was odd but chalked it up to change in patient (nerves, positions, etc) and felt pretty confident in my reading. Then today I had a similar instance at work. I got a reading of 152/90. Doctor rechecked at end of visit to see I'd ur hag come down and it was 188/98. Did it change that much in that time frame? Probably not. The conversation that ensued between the doctor and I was incredibly awkward and made me feel like absolute garbage. I did what I had to at work for the next hour, and then when there was a quiet moment called the audiologist to schedule another hearing test and a hearing aid consult. Then I went into the bathroom and cried. And cried. And cried. Like... SOBBED..I am a new nurse with imposter syndrome as it is. Terribly. Finding confidence has been just an excruciating process. This just completely set me off. I eventually pulled myself together and finished out my day. I've been tearful off and on but made it. I have a 14 hour shift tomorrow and then an 8 hour shift on Saturday. I just have this pit in my stomach and feel this horrible mixture of shame, mortification and fear. Any advice at all??
  2. FuturePN

    Benefits... No news is good news?

    I'm thinking of leaving my current job and last week had an interview at a local adult day health center and loved it. I met with the director who was wonderful and we really hit it off. She wants me to come back on Monday and meet with the director of nursing and told me to bring my nursing license/ bls card/ social security card etc which I took to mean good news. The director did mention that she won't be there on Monday when I come in. I feel like we talked about everything at the interview, but she never mentioned benefits. It's a relatively small place (around 40 employees) -there's no HR or anything. I tried looking online and there's no mention of the place on glassdoor or anything like that. I'm just curious... Has anyone ever had this happen and then been pleasantly surprised at the benefit offerings or is this usually a bad sign? I carry the insurance for my family so this is a biggie for me. Thanks!
  3. FuturePN

    Benefits... No need is good news?

    I'm thinking of leaving my current job and last week had an interview at a local adult day health center and loved it. I met with the director who was wonderful and we really hit it off. She wants me to come back on Monday and meet with the director of nursing and told me to bring my nursing license/ bls card/ social security card etc which I took to mean good news. The director did mention that she won't be there on Monday when I come in. I feel like we talked about everything at the interview, but she never mentioned benefits. It's a relatively small place (around 40 employees) -there's no HR or anything. I tried looking online and there's no mention of the place on glassdoor or anything like that. I'm just curious... Has anyone ever had this happen and then been pleasantly surprised at the benefit offerings or is this usually a bad sign? I carry the insurance for my family so this is a biggie for me. Thanks!
  4. FuturePN

    Violating HIPAA?

    A social media post just says "nursing is all fun and games until you see a lice infestation!" No mention of work place, patient, etc. Not listed under persons profile where they work. Violation?
  5. FuturePN

    Squeaky shooooeees... Help!

    I currently have Dansko sneakers which were given to me as a gift, which I love. They're very supportive. I have a very high arch and I'm over weight so I need a really supportive shoe. The problem is that they're Sooo looooud. When I go to call a patient back I feel like they can hear me coming from a mile away. I'm open to getting a new/different shoe... I'm Just wondering what the best would be? Or if I could make these any less squeaky? Help!
  6. FuturePN

    Tell on yourself, if you dare...

    I. Can't. Even.
  7. FuturePN

    Need advice--possibly failing orientation

    I'm so sorry that happened Hoping many great opportunities come your way. I'm just a newbie out of school, but it sounds to me like you owned your mistakes and were working to find ways to troubleshoot.
  8. FuturePN

    Tell on yourself, if you dare...

    When i was in clinical i was flushing a pt's line for the first time ever. My clinical instructor told me pull back the plunger on the saline flush to break the seal but i was nervous and pulled back too hard too fast, and then entire plunger came out- spilling saline on my instructor and the patient. I ran to get another flush (another lesson learned... always have more than one!) and had managed to regroup pretty spectacularly as I flushed it and all was well. My instructor moved onto the next student while i finished mopping up my mess and i was feeling pretty proud of not dying of embarrassment when the nice old lady answered a phone call in front of me and started talking about the "sweet young nurse who had just spilled water everywhere" while making eye contact with me and laughing. If the floor could have only swallowed me whole...
  9. FuturePN

    pre employment/post offer physical

    Just updating this in case anyone is looking for advice and sees this... they didn't even weigh me. they asked me for my height and weight but didn't take them (i WAS honest) No vitals at all. The whole thing consisted of a urine drug test (which came back fine, despite me realizing after that I had had an everything bagel with poppyseeds and i was panicked about THAT haha) a color blindness test, and a review of my immunizations. She asked me for my height and my weight, and asked if I had any medical conditions that would affect my ability to perform the job. that was it. I got my clearance a couple days later and start the job on Tuesday! :)
  10. HI all! I'm starting an urgent care job in a week as a new grad LPN. The site is mainly staffed by MAs that have been specially certified to pass meds in addition to injections etc. I will be the only LPN by staff. They told me at my interview that the basically dont differentiate between LPNs and MAs (which is fine but kind of weird... why pay more to hire an LPN? i couldnt really get a straight answer at the interview, though this is a very reputable company) ANYWAY my question is this. if/when there is an emergency here what is my role? I am not allowed by law to push meds, and neither are the MAs. I will obviously need to get familiar with their crash cart and review policies but I'm just curious. Obviously there is an MD/PA/NP there at all times so they would be the ones running the "code". It's just a weird position for me... I have been an MA for several years and been involved in only one code- my role was to grab vitals and set up the EKG and wait for the "real" help to jump in. As a new grad I have zero real life experience with placing an IV (we did it once in a sim lab) though it's obviously something i will review and I plan on taking a course to get specially certified. I'm just nervous not knowing what the providers will be like and how this will play out. I specifically didnt take a job in home care because i wanted to work with other nurses and learn. when i was hired i was told that they were hiring two LPNs- now they updated me when I went in to fill out paperwork that they are leaning toward just me and then another MA. any advice on urgent care/LPN roles in an emergency?
  11. FuturePN

    pre employment/post offer physical

    i was just offered a position in an urgent care office and my post offer physical is scheduled for thursday. I've worked as an MA for years and the most I've ever had was a drug screen/immunization review. This sounds a little more intense, though not as much as i've heard others being. The email I received stated that it would contain a biometric screening, vitals, full physical exam, visual acuity, drug test, and immunization review. My eye sight has always been great, my immunizations are very, very up to date (just finished nursing school haha) and i had a physical in august before completing my last semester of nursing school that cleared me totally. so these are my fears- i am very overweight. Obviously the HR director i met with as well as the office manager i interviewed with are aware My vitals have always been fine as well, but at my last ob/gyn appt (last week) my bp was 140/80... unusual for me but the last time i was at that office the year before i had a major scare and needed surgery so i was definitely anxious. ANYWAY, i'm just nervous that they're going to find something to use against me. how nervous should i be? I've already given my notice because they wanted me to start two weeks from the the date of the offer... i got a phone call offering me the job, accepted, and got an email with the official details, only to find a page saying that I had to have this done as well. now im nervous i jumped the gun! thoughts?? thanks!
  12. FuturePN

    How aggressive should I be with this job?

    Hi guys! just thought i would give an update.. i had pretty much given up after i faxed all of the things she asked for and didnt hear back by the end of the week. I went about my business this past weekend and tried not to really think about it, and then i got a call yesterday (monday) morning offering me the job!!! craziness. i'm so excited. and nervous hahaha. thanks for all of the support!
  13. FuturePN

    How aggressive should I be with this job?

    Right. that's why i turned that job down and I'm desperately trying to get this urgent care office job.
  14. FuturePN

    How aggressive should I be with this job?

    thank you guys! Amethya it's so funny you say that. this was one of the first interviews i went on after graduating, and as well as the interview went there were some things i didnt love. i was determined not to settle, so over the past month when i've been waiting for them to call me i've been continuously applying and interviewing at other places. that has actually made me want THIS job even more! I guess I kind of thought I would be in a good position to be hired since at least i've been in the field for so long but man... it's been rough. I'm starting to remember vividly how difficult it was finding an MA job as a new grad 10 years ago... it took me 6 months back then but at least i still had a good job in a previous field i didn't mind staying at. i feel like all the jobs around me are really for part time, dont want a new grad, or are being eaten up by my fellow grads who are all applying in the same area and who got their ATT before me. i've tried to expand my search area but i've been commuting more than an hour each way for my current job for the past 5 years and i'm feeling pretty over that. i dont know... trying to walk that fine line between having standards and being desperate haha thanks for all the advice guys! i just faxed over my last review, a letter of recommendation, and my references. FINGERS CROSSED!!!
  15. FuturePN

    How aggressive should I be with this job?

    Thanks guys... So I ended up calling. I figured I'd give it one more shot. I left a nice voicemail. A couple hours later the woman called me back. She's like hey I got your message and I reached out to the site manager to check the status and she asked about your references and I told her we haven't called them yet! Whoops! What is WITH this woman???? so anyway, she asked me for any letters of recommendation or performance reviews, of which I have both, so I'm faxing them first thing tomorrow. She said hopefully this will "help speed things along"... And I asked specifically if the positions were still open (there are two) and she said yes. So I'm back to being cautiously optimistic, while INCREDIBLY IRRITATED haha
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