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BeenThere2012 ASN, RN

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BeenThere2012 is a ASN, RN and specializes in PICU, Pediatrics, Trauma.

Began nursing in 1982 as an LVN. Received RN degree in 1995. Most experience is in Pediatrics, PICU and Trauma since 1997. Worked in Ambulatory care in multiple specialties as a float while in Nursing School. I have done some Travel assignments, but prefer being on staff. Although I have enjoyed working in large teaching, medical centers and a few small community hospitals, I am looking to go back to ambulatory settings. I love getting to know patients and their families and seeing them progress in their development and health issues.

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    That First Domino

    I have no regrets tipping the domino towards being a nurse. However, I have a few domino experiences over the years as a nurse. As upsetting as they were, I do have to say they were valuable experiences. One very valuable and also extremely devastating to me at the time. I guess the harder you fall, the more strength you need to develop to get up. Oh how I wish I could go back in time and tip a few more dominos...there are some I’d love to “tell off” without worry of loosing my job at that time. Hahahaha!
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    So Sick Of Rudeness At Work

    And/or....”Apologies...how else would you like me to reach you?” Sometimes I like to play “dumb” and often they get the point without me having to call them on their rudeness. what I’m thinking...”.It’s your job, you jerk. I didn’t set up this system.” Often, people are just caught up in their own perspective and don’t even realize they are being rude, or what the other person’s perspective is in that moment.
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    I’m very distressed-my med error

    Being new, to me anyway, is all the more reason you made the error. You probably are not THAT familiar with all the policies and you also are probably still getting your footing. Again, just learn from it and your distress will pass and one day you’ll be giving less experienced nurses the reassurance we are trying to give to you as they make a med error.
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    I’m very distressed-my med error

    I’m pretty certain that all nurses make a med error at some point in their careers. We are human and often time pressured...not an excuse, but we are subject to many factors that can contribute to med errors. As any experienced nurse should tell you, do not beat yourself up about this. As long as you take the proper precautions going forward, be honest about the error, and learn from your mistake, you should be fine, particularly if the patient was not harmed. I know the distress you are feeling. We have a ton of responsibility caring for patients. Take care of yourself and forgive the error as long as you’ve learned from it. Hugs!
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    Suspicion About Med Error

    Because it is not known for certain she is not giving the medication, it is just OP’s concern that she “may not” be giving it. Writing up a colleague is not a minor thing and should only be done when you are certain wrong-doing is going on. Short of that, would be having a conversation with a supervisor or manager before making a formal complaint. As JKL mentioned, there also could be other causes for the patient’s change in behavior that should be assessed before jumping to conclusions and potentially missing some other sort of treatment the patient may need.
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    The First Year: So Much Learned, So Much To Learn

    Awesome article. As a nurse I can relate to everything you spoke about, but I also think a lay person may be able to get this. Your writing/communication abilities are excellent!
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    The Most Priceless Gift I’ve Ever Received

    Beautiful! Those are the experiences you never forget With great learning curves and lessons you carry with you forever!
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    Random drug testing

    Off topic for your drug testing question...but have you tried TMS treatments? No drugs involved and can be highly effective for depression and anxiety. I wish you the best. As another said, have you considered a less stressful setting to work in?
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    Too strong of a personality?

    LOVE THIS RESPONSE! others have said it well also. What does “strong personality” mean exactly? Are you abrupt at times? Do you comments appear to be judgmental? I was told this too. I did realize that my abruptness came out of anxiety when I was feeling pressured by the workload I had. I learned to take a breath and calm myself when I was taking to coworkers. yes, my patient care was good or even excellent per my managers, patients and some coworkers comments. I was relied upon by many for certain skills I had, but my delivery was not always the best. I wanted to “cut to the chase” and be efficient, but then realized this wasn’t how it appeared to others. As has also already been commented, this ability to think quickly and process complex critical thinking was an asset in critical care . Also...It’s true that you can’t pease everyone all the time, but still need to be true to yourself. It is important to be on “good terms” with coworkers. Being kind and helpful goes along way. Have you tried to have a gentle conversation with any of these coworkers asking what you can do differently? Can you get some specifics as to what they mean by “strong personality”? Because if you don’t understand what they are referring to, then you can’t know if there is something you do need to improve upon or if it’s it’s simply crap.
  10. I get everything you are going through. Beennthere...haha! Seriously, I agree with just about everything that has been said so far. You DO sound like a conscientious nurse and are doing your best to prioritize your work. It does get easier in time, but it sounds like you are not being supported enough as a relatively new nurse. I’m going to assume you’ve asked for support, but then I understand that sometimes we get so overwhelmed we don’t even know what to ask for and just keep trying to get everything done. I wouldn’t give up just yet, but as others have said, try getting counseling for support. It doesn’t mean you are weak, just that this profession can be very taxing in so many ways for even the most experienced. You need a good mentor also who can provide you with a sounding board, advice and simply to vent with. It made all the difference for me over the years....First med error, the time I ALMOST gave an injection hitting the sciatic nerve, the fist death I experienced and so much more...She saved me a lot of heartache and kept me going.
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    Several years ago, I was an ambulatory float nurse for about 3 years. I leaned a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding a variety of specialty’s. It was a great job and I would love to have that position again. I worked in just about every specialty you can think of including to name a few, Endoscopy, ENT, surgery clinic, dermatology, OB/GYN and of course pediatrics and adult primary care. Plus all the sub-specialty’s. Good luck! Not a bad move, in my opinion.
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    Getting a Psych Nurse Job After Graduation

    In CA, not hard to get a psych position but be careful which hospital you choose. Some will take any and all because of high turnover and constant short staffing. Many on our staff started as new grads. It can be good experience before you move on to better, but difficult as you may be exposed to sub optimal care and will need to keep this in mind as you learn. Some hospitals provide psych/medical units where it’s a little of both. In my experience working in Critical Care/trauma, M/S etc, the psych departments are the first to be cut for financial reasons and Mental Health is so poorly funded in general. What we can offer these patients is so little and often too late for true help. It is a revolving door of poor compliance, chronic illness leading to a huge homeless population, drug addiction, etc...Families often have “given up” and the patients have so little support. In my hospital, most are on public assistance of some sort. Read: Not profitable for hospitals. The specialty for nurses is a true act of kindness and compassion. You do the best you can with what you have to offer. There certainly are times when you truly make a difference in someone’s life, even if temporary!
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    Nursing Is No Longer Worth It

    When I referred to messy linens, I actually meant like they were wrapped around her neck or half way on the floor etc...I didn’t mean they should be changed everyday. That was an old, ridiculous waste of everyone’s time and money back in the day.
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    Nursing Is No Longer Worth It

    Your points are well taken. There is more safety, but then not really if as a nurse you can not uphold the duties and tasks associated with maintaining safety. We give so many more powerful medications. So so many more procedures and have equipment uses which are supposed to benefit the patients. Our ability to treat so many more issues patients face is awesome! Just wish I was given the time to do so safely. I find I have to choose between tasks and care. THAT is the difference. How many times do I walk down a hall and see a patient’s leg hanging off the bed and the linen in a disarray? Note how depressed a patient may be or see the fear and anxiety in a family member’s face and feel as if I don’t have the time to address these issues? That used to be a part of my care consistently. When I bring these issues up with younger colleagues, they look at me as if I have two heads and shrug their shoulders, and proceed to TELL ME I have to prioritize, or that the messy linens don’t matter etc., as if I don’t already know that. Its “safer” alright, but at what expense?
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    Nursing Is No Longer Worth It

    YES and..most “other professions” do not hold peoples lives and well-being in their hands. Many other professionals, especially in business, have some leeway in when they get their work done or what to do now VS later. They stay late or work weekends (not ideal life style, but...), and don’t have to worry for example about monitoring an unstable patient every 5 mins getting a blood transfusion while some other equally important need is happening with another patient/s, at the same time you are told you have to take your break NOW or not get one, etc. etc.,etc... I used to try to come in early to prepare or stay late to chart, but then of course, you cannot work “off the clock” and OT was highly discouraged. Or then told you’re being floated to another unit within the hour and have to get your charting done before you float. Its maddening!!
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    Nursing Is No Longer Worth It

    As some may have noticed from my postings, I feel the same at this point. I wonder where the disconnect comes in? So many of us feel this way. Is it unrealistic/fantasy images of the Nursing profession causing false expectations? Do the nursing schools/instructors mislead or withhold important teachings in preparing students? I mean, we have “safety” drilled into us and the importance of proper time management and prioritization but then in reality, we find it so difficult to uphold (even come close at times) what we are taught. For those of us who’ve been in this awhile, have “things” changed over the years from where we started? (I’m not speaking to “good ole days” mentality). Obviously they’ve changed a lot with medical knowledge, technology etc...I still think the corporate world has changed the medical profession globally. Not just for nurses. After 35+ years and personal maturity, I hope I’m not just a weak weenie. 😜