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winniewoman9060 has 30+ years experience and specializes in icu,prime care,mri,ct, cardiology, pacu,.

I been a nurse 40 years. Worked most areas except ob and psych. I retired but still working per Diem which is great.

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    Bedside Nurses: Undervalued, Poorly Retained and What Experts Say

    Nursing has changed over my 41 years as an RN. I did 12 hour shifts but learned my body was better suited to 8 hours. Now we say do self care, but do we? I am having issues with chronic back pain. I’ve had 2 surgeries maybe heading to three. All the lifting,turning patients alone working with the bed too low dose every other job we do takes a toll on our bodies. I have loved bedside nursing but am getting done in nursing. My hearts not in it, poor staffing, lack of management support, sicker patients, being a waitress to the family. It’s time to go. One more stressors for new grad in NY state. You have to have your BSN within 10 years of graduating. Ugh. I never say now to education but this is going to be a tough one.
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    What city do you work in and how much do you get paid hourly?

    42.32 an hour. Diff 2.00. On call 4.35 41 years Cooperstown NY. Work post discharge area. I’m Perdiem. No holidays call. Holidays 1.5 paid time and another day off!
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    Considering Retiring?

    Daisy I am old school. If my son lives with me, it’s not a free ride. He needs to work outside the house and help with the chores. He’d have to do them if he was in an apartment. thanks for the support and enjoy your retirement too
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    July 2019 Caption Contest: Poll - Select $100 Winner!

    Your pain is 10/10? Do you want your sleeping pill too?
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    Considering Retiring?

    The article Nurses Experience Empty Nests Too reminds me also of retiring from nursing. I was so tired, burned out, compassion fatigue, whatever term you choose to call it, I looked so forward to retirement. Then ever so slowly, I missed being a nurse. I returned as a per diem nurse. But now I’m ready to completely leave and retire from nursing. I had a sense of loss and purpose. This time I’m ready to stay home. I’ve found I’ve got more plans this time. My body is tired too. A lot of back chronic pain from 41 years plus as a nurse has made me ready. I’ve found I like reading, sewing, staying home without fighting the snow storms, bad roads. I enjoy my husband and home again. My youngest graduated from college and lives at home working full time. And yes, I’m a mean mother, he pays rent, helps clean, does laundry. I’ve done my job as a mother. Both my boys are independent self sufficient adults. I’ve done my job as a nurse. It’s time to retire.
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    Combat Fatigue

    What about room temp, sheets. Pillows. not eating too close to bedtime shut off phone
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    I’m glad you feel better. We do care about each other,
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    Applying to non-bedside position

    It’s as simple as I’m ready for a change. Need a new challenge. Appreciate my experience, makes feel prepared for this new role. Manager is aware of wanting change and is supportive. You can explain in interview what prompted this need for change.
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    You’ve had a lot of good advice but the best is getting a counselor for yourself. It’s a gift. Been there, had one child, 4 miscarriages, then another miracle child. Each miscarriage is a child and a death. You need to grieve and I’m sorry to say this, but men don’t really understand your connection with the baby. Try to change jobs for your physical and mental health. Get that counselor and maybe a pet to help you focus. good luck
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    Anxious, depressed, and might need to go to HR.

    Continue with the counseling and you may need meds too. You’re going through a ptsd situation from the old manager. Similar situation with me, I got out. My manager cleaned house, then was told to pick up the slack at the bedside. She couldn’t/wouldn’t do it and left. Unfortunately a lot of good nurses left. Karma comes around. Continue to heal, take care of yourself. You may find a new Joy in your new role. Good luck.
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    How Much was your First RN Paycheck?

    I made 526 yearly in 1978 As an I am looking at getting social security at 62. That how I know. Sad huh
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    They Like The Nurse, But Love The Nursing Assistant

    So true. Said they’re not paid more, and where would we be without them?
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    New Grad RN-Accepted Position, Just Found Out Pregnancy (High Risk)

    Talk to management. They may work with you, and it’s hard going back. I did after 9 weeks with my second child. You’re emotional, worried and all the hard work of nursing. So your 12 hour shift would be 14 hours. Where’s daycare in all of this. I work ambulatory preop. It’s hard work too. Different always on your feet. Depends on how busy the center is. Don’t forget you may have discharge patients too. we have a nurse pregnant with twins. She said 36 weeks they may schedule a csection. She too is high risk.so just be alert. Take care of yourself. Congratulations
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    Got Written Up, Cant Stop Thinking About It

    You can be the person who makes policy changes. No you can’t be in 2 places at one time, and if you’d gotten report from the ED, getting the second patient wouldn’t have happened. you can write a rebuttal to the write up, send as everyone says. But do your research probably on your own time, bring that with written recommendations to policy change to your management. You may get further. If you can prove standards of care elsewhere and what the JCaho wants, you may save someone else’s frustration and maybe save a life. Good luck. We can’t always be negative.
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    Nursing was better about 15 years ago before we became a business. I know patients weren’t as sick but even with working full time, with a child with learning disabilities, my nursing was better. More full filing, more appreciated by both mds, mid levels and patients. I wasn’t as tired emotionally and physically. We had more help. People were less negative overall too. Life was better.
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    NY state now requires you get your BSN within 10 years of getting your RN license. You can get hired with AD though

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