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BeenThere2012 ASN, RN

PICU, Pediatrics, Trauma
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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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    Trump's 'religious conscience'

    Excellent response! Obviously, since you teach this topic you have given much thought on this as have I over many years of practice. I have never considered NOT providing care to a patient, but I thank you for the guidance on how to prepare for those who have not figured out yet what to do in this situation.
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    #AMAGetOutTheWay: Nurses, Doctors, and Students United

    Yes, because it entirely depends on how it is run etc...Just like Obama care. It started as one thing, and by the time it got re-worded and negotiated to death in other to get everyone on board in order to pass it, it only vaguely resembled the original idea. So, assuming it could be set up well and then administered well, I’d be for it, but one never knows the actual eventual outcome!
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    Nurse in Germany Convicted of Killing Patients

    Also then...Let’s do whatever we can to SUPPORT the whistleblowers! If it wasn’t so difficult to do the reporting and the consequences so punitive, possibly more would be less hesitant to speak up.
  4. Other than many places requiring the BSN in principle, now that you have worked there for some time, do you see a true need for the BSN in this specialty as opposed to say a large degree of nursing experience?
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    Trump's 'religious conscience'

    To clarify my previous questions.... i understand it was meant to protect our rights to practice any religion without interference from government, but then shouldn’t the reverse be true? That...government should not make laws that are rooted in religious principles? It seems wonky to me that Trump would be involved in this law...
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    Trump's 'religious conscience'

    I have been wondering what happened to separation of church and state? Doesn’t this apply here? Or was it meant for something else? Can anyone comment?
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    Agreed, fully! As nurses we must do what is in the patient’s best interest. Period! That is what I was talking about earlier.
  8. One more thing...I did clinicals there as a student a million years ago. We scrambled to find linen and the beds were from the Stone Age (a few things I remember) but we were able to find nurses and the help we needed without difficulty. I remember for those that didn’t mind working with those in the lower socioeconomic scale or specifically wanted to work with them, scrambled to get positions at “The General” for many reasons none the least was the amazing variety of cases you would see and the experience.
  9. I would support these nurses 100%!
  10. Obviously, these nurses are suffering the same as most others these days with being forced to do more with less. This is an excellent hospital with a great reputation for many specialties including trauma and HIV back in day when hardly any had knowledge of this disease. Had been and I believe still is (could be wrong) a county hospital who turned no one away and although not fancy, gave cutting edge care. They are a teaching hospital associated with UCSF. Need I say more? No excuse for risking excellent care to save a dollar. I don’t care what the budget is. NOT WORTH THE SACRIFICE. Not worth it anywhere, but really upset me to think they are jeopardizing their standards.
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    Help! I Can't Get Rid of My Dark Cloud

    Oh and this site helps me also. Good place to vent and to see we are not alone in what we experience.
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    Help! I Can't Get Rid of My Dark Cloud

    For awhile I used to have a glass of wine when I got home and then turned in 2, then 3 and so on. I realized that got out of hand. i started to pray and remember what I have to be grateful for and focused on that. Then therapy and talking with personal friends who are nurses. Lately, while at work, I stop myself in the moment and tell myself “ You can do this!” Simple as that and I am able to calm myself. Mind you, it wasn’t easy at first and sometimes it doesn’t last long and I’m back into being stressed out. It’s a process I’m continually working on and I’ve been nurse for over 30 years. I don’t know if I’ve never been cut out to handle stress well (personally) or the stress is just not humanly compatible to normal functioning. But I press on as this is all I’ve ever wanted to do in life and still want to try to find a way to survive in. I’ve changed settings and specialties. Still stressful in some way or another. If it’s not life and death it’s volume of work and unrealistic expectations ....well then that’s everywhere nowadays. I think of police officers and military with PTSD who are messed up as a result .
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    Wise One Liners

    It really doesn’t matter because in a hundred years you won’t know the difference!
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    Yes...One place I worked had us do the same! Ridiculous! Also, same place had us check all the food trays to make sure the kitchen did them correctly for the ordered diets. Is there and end to what Nurses are responsible for? EVERYONE else’s jobs in addition to ours. And then IF WE miss someone else’s mistake we are held accountable. Absolutely crazy.
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    Actually...I meant to say by protecting yourself first ...Care for the patient as you should as opposed to satisfying the management with checking boxes etc...
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    Yes, in answer to the original question. It is like this everywhere. Well, everywhere a nurse will work that is owned/operated by a corporation or county or state. I know there are some unusual working situations that are the exception, such as non-profit organizations etc... which may be different. In 30 plus years I have only seen the responsibilities and pressures get worse. Most all the comments here I have experienced, including the expectation of falsifying documentation by checking off boxes to satisfy management. I have been chastised by management for working OT to finish charting since I WONT compromise patient care for charting. Then told I cannot work off the clock to finish charting, so no matter what, I could not win unless I compromised patient care. And THAT was only one aspect, so I got out of the hospital after 20 plus years building knowledge and experience in my loved specialty. I am now winding down towards retirement and feel so sad about what it has all come to. I also fear for myself and others one day being much older and needing care. I feel badly for all the younger nurses out there trying to function as nurses in this climate. I have no advice other than to stick to your values and ALWAYS DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE PATIENT. PROTECT YOUR OWN BUTT AND LICENSE FIRST.