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Sour Lemon

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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    unsatisfied patient

    I would look for a work-a-round, and if there wasn't one, I would call. If the doctor didn't call back, at least I tried. I also tend to look for possible problems as soon as I get a patient (especially an admit). I ask for "small" orders routinely to avoid "nuisance" calls when I can.
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    RN Diploma: California license by endorsment

    From what I've read, you're unlikely to get licensed in CA. But the only way to get an actual answer is to apply (with fees paid and necessities submitted) and wait for the California BON to respond. It is not a quick process. You will not be refunded if they turn you down.
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    Manager wants us back in office...

    Why do people ask for "Thoughts?" and then appreciate only the people who agree with them? Let us know how it goes.
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    Manager wants us back in office...

    There's obviously not a big incentive or they wouldn't have shut down the discussion before it started. It also sounds like the real estate is already owned/rented and set up. The cost of electricity is a small price to pay for the convenience of having your staff in one location and being able to communicate face to face with them. And maybe that space is lit all the time anyway. Productivity? ...it doesn't seem to be wowing anyone, even if it has increased. I totally get the appeal of working at home, I just don't see this going anywhere and I wouldn't care to make myself a target over it. Your suggestion that the OP look for a job more suited to their wants is a good one. I never hurts to take a look around and see what else might be available. ***I'm not wearing pants right now and I hope you're not either.
  5. My hospital is no longer requiring masks in nursing stations. They are still required when working with patients directly, though.
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    Manager wants us back in office...

    My thoughts are that nobody wants to go back to work and your administration is probably sick of hearing about it. It seems like it would be chaotic to manage a bunch of people working from home ...especially as time goes on, old people leave, and new people come onboard. If they already have to pay for the space you traditionally work from, there's really not much incentive for them to continue the current arrangement. I wouldn't go over the manager's head for being expected to do what I was hired to do where I was hired to do it. If the position was "work from home" in the very beginning and suddenly changed, then I'd definitely have a lot to say about it. Do you even wear pants when you make these pre-op calls from home? I know I wouldn't.
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    DWLS

    The real background check comes after school when you're attempting to become licensed as a nurse. Don't screw around. Clean things up as much as possible now.
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    DAR charting

    The psych unit at my hospital still uses that, but "data" is "description". But wait ...was that all the charting, or just one of many many things?!
  9. Whether you are right or wrong is irrelevant at this point. Get out before security escorts you out.
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    Disagree with physician about restraining a patient

    How did the patient feel about it? It seems like she would be eager to play along considering her behavior up until that point. There are patients who I will restrict from movement with their consent ...like wrapping a towel around their arm to remind them not to bend their elbow (if another IV site is unwanted or unavailable). I would have presented it as a choice for the patient to make since her IV kept coming out "accidentally". Like someone else mentioned, it wouldn't be a true restraint for a mentally and physically capable person ...just a dog and pony show.
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    How does your unit determine who floats?

    I'm per diem, and so always the first to float. I floated for about three years straight. Every. Time. I. Worked. When I finally got back to my home unit, everything had changed- even the locks. And my annual evaluation was interesting, because the manager of my unit didn't recognize my name and wasn't sure who I was. At my last few hospitals, people usually took turns or the most suitable person was sent. I've never heard of the system you're describing. It sounds kind of sucky.
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    Dress Code - Hair dye

    The hospitals I've worked at have not allowed unnatural colors. I have seen people get away with it a few times, though ...when it's pulled back neatly and conservative-looking except for the color.
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    Social Skills Should Be a Bigger Focus in Nursing School

    From the ground up, socialization is a huge part of school. If someone manages to make it to nursing school and still has no clue, that's not something that can be fixed in a quick manner.
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    Nurse resident pay raise

    These things are specific to your employer, both the pay scale and the transferring. Some places won't allow you to transfer so soon, and some places may knock your pay back when you transfer into a new specialty ...especially if it's a desirable and competitive specialty. As a new graduate in Texas 10 years ago, I was automatically given a $5(something) hourly increase and promoted to "Nurse II" after two years. It was at that point that they didn't want to lose us to other hospitals. As someone just exiting a new graduate program, you might not have much leverage yet. When is your first performance review? That might be a good time to explore the subject, especially if they have good things to say about you. I agree that asking HR what typically happens might also be a good idea.
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    NCLEX After 5 years

    I'd start by looking at the BON websites nearest to whatever state your in. They usually have a good amount of information. Are you planning on moving to the state you test in? If not, make sure you look at the requirements for obtaining a license by endorsement in your own state. Testing elsewhere may not be an effective workaround.
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    Should I give a two weeks' notice?

    I would stick out the two weeks. Along with all the other things people have mentioned, your next job might be just as bad- or worse. Focus on building a good reputation so that better employers might take an interest in you. Better employers have more options and are not likely to select an applicant who left their first and only nursing job with no notice.