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  1. kardz30

    I've Been Employed at 7 Facilities as a New Grad RN

    Well, there are a lot of *** shows. There's also a lot of nurses with similar but maybe not as excessive experiences. You only have to adapt into whats reasonable for the scope of practice. Being asked to care for 65 patients is illegal as hell. Unless you work in a union state, nursing is a *** show until you find a good unit/hospital, and sometimes that takes some floating.
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    I've Been Employed at 7 Facilities as a New Grad RN

    No. There's no rule stating that you have to list every employer. In fact you won't ever get hired if you have a list like that on your resume. Don't sabotage the girl, it's not nice.
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    Legal obligation for disaster relief

    Cool beans, only a few people actually said something specific instead of speaking to generalities and without going off topic. ORBSN, Jedrnurse, thanks for the answers. Muno, I don't know what condition of my nursing license obligates me to work more than 12 hours. The simple reality is I don't work on generalities because a few states have laws on the books. I'm also not a robot, I want to know the specifics and scope of those laws. I don't listen to government or employers, really any entity at all blindly. I've got my own personal endeavors to be concerned for, and will be concerned for them...but I can't be expected to stay in a hospital for any excessive amount of time beyond what law requires (14? 16? hours). No one is citing anything per law or policy. In fact the issue isn't my schedule changing or anything, it's really just being "forced" to stay within a hospital for far more than a shift and some extenuating circumstances in mind, pay or otherwise. At which point labor laws become an issue. As in anything, it doesn't matter who you are...you can't just demand things arbitrarily and expect people to follow it outside of whats reasonable. Keeping employees confined for 3-4 days is unreasonable. At least it is without laws or policy either from a healthcare agency or a statute. The only thing i'm asking is for the literature that backs it up. There are people that think i'm somehow obligated by virtue or because a few states will arrest you, or because i'm a nurse and that's what nurses "do". I don't play the virtue or generalization game. Literature, literature, literature. If there's rules show me the rules, otherwise don't force me down a path. I'm not cattle. In this field, you have to know the law or be willing to question what the law/policy is or you'll potentially lose your license at some point or get taken advantage of. Being a nurse might be a noble thing, but the industry most certainly is not. Karen, ethics are just propaganda without a law to back them up. It's all virtue signaling of what "ought" to be.
  4. I belong to a level 2 trauma center in florida. I've had my arm twisted into a "disaster relief team". I've been told that I will remain in the hospital for 1-2 days, possibly more. That I am not allowed to go home or leave. That I must stay within the confines of the hospital. When asked, I asked for the policy per employment or the statute/law, or any literature at all that obligates me to stay in the hospital and force me to perform as a nurse or just stay within the confines of the hospital. No one could cite any resource or source. I am wondering if anyone knows of what law, statute, or area in the nurse practice act that cites the scope and exact legal obligations there are for hospitals to dictate this? As far as i'm aware there are none, but I know many other nurses have faced this being Florida and that they have families and homes to tend to during storms/hurricanes while not on their scheduled shift. Please, do not go off topic with "moral obligations" and this and that. I am ONLY looking for a law or literature that says nurses are legally obligated to perform during a disaster in the state of florida.
  5. I couldn't post this under specialties, it wouldn't let me. So I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong area. I am a BSN RN. I have an offer for an OR slot at a prestigious teaching hospital. I haven't nursed terribly much, 6mo in the ER before I stepped out due to an unsafe work environment. I'm wanting to ask a few things specifically from those who have lived it (not someone speculating). 1. Has anyone, as an OR nurse, felt pigeon holed or stuck in that specialty after being there for a while and have had trouble moving to the ICU/ED after? Do you know if it was for a fact you had OR experience versus just general difficulty getting into the ED/ICU? 2. I know ED and ICU experience (ICU being the gold standard) is what CRNA schools are looking for. I'm aware of a few (not many) programs that take OR experience or occasionally make exceptions. Has anyone here gone to CRNA school utilizing their OR experience with little to no ED/ICU experience? 3. I'm starting a NP program with an intensivest (sp, ICU) certificate soon. I don't really care for NP but I can't enter into CRNA school yet, I lack the experience. So I figure having a NP and a focus in critical care would help my case getting into a CRNA school when it does come around. Thoughts?
  6. kardz30

    Male nurse, female peri care

    Pericare but continue as normal. Use the betadine swabs thoroughly. Exercise careful sterile technique as best as possible. In the real world with patients moving and being difficult absolute sterility is often not possible. People do clean technique on themselves at home with little problem. Just use as good as sterile technique as possible. Here is a comment as a male nurse myself I will share with you. When it comes to female patients, especially ones that are remotely young, bring another witness into a room. Another nurse, CNA, or whoever. If the patient is pissy, vindictive, or whatever, they could easily accuse you of something inappropriate. This is the world we live in. An accusation alone can ruin your life regardless of evidence, and at a minimum just the accusation will put you through a ton of stress. It's in female nature to play victim whenever they want attention or to mess with a male they don't like. I expect to catch heat on here for those comments, but anyone that has had a crazy ex girlfriend knows what I'm talking about. Young women, middle aged, and old all are capable...and one comment and you are in the hotseat, no matter how false. The best thing to do is volunteer to trade doing caths and peri care for male patients and have female nurses do it for your female patients. If you can't, always have a witness. Also, one of the best things you can do...is buy an audio recorder that automatically turns on with voice activation and can record many hours (like a full 12 or more at least) and save it to your computer every day. If anything ever comes up with a coworker (female coworkers eat their young and can be vindictive as well) or a patient, you have the recording. It's hard to prove a negative (like you can't prove you DIDN'T do something...because if you did not do it, there's no evidence you didn't do it)...but if you have recordings of conversations between you and patients or coworkers and you are in the right, you can catch others in lies. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to bash females here...but as a male in a female dominated environment, at some point you will get messed with. Females play a completely different ballgame when it comes to adversarial interactions. Don't ever tell anyone you have anything recording, just have something small in your pocket or a audio recorder that looks like a pen.
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    Most exotic places to nurse

    Student as in licensed but going for my advanced practice (crna)
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    Most exotic places to nurse

    I'm looking for people to share their experiences about the most exotic places to nurse and if it was worth the wage/experience of living in such a place to move. I've thought about throwing my license out there in/around south florida, key west, Hawaii, big cities like NYC, being an aerial/med evac nurse, cruise ship nurse, etc. I'm both looking to gain critical care experience as I go through school prior to enrolling in CRNA school and have an amazing experience doing it. Share your experiences/thoughts, preferably people that have personally done it.
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    Background check questions

    Many assume if you are arrested/charged you are guilty even if dropped/acquitted. There's a period of time to seal/expunge the record of like 6months. Likewise, it's not necessarily deleted everywhere. Private databases continue to hold the information even if public ones conceal/delete. The apps I've been filling out have largely asked about convictions, if my license is currently being investigated/is hindered in some way, or pending stuff. Not so much of if there's anything in your past as long as you aren't barred from practice or currently hindered in some way. But the concern is info from private data bases, and the note of an "arrest" even though it did not amount to anything i'm a bit concerned about having to explain it. It's like a blemish I have to justify despite not having a conviction and being innocent and that most nurses don't have to worry about. I feel like just being "accused" (arrested) but nothing coming of it brands me questionable. All regulatory agencies here including BoN have and are not limiting me in any way, so the hope is that no one messes with me much and ideally if the BoN gives me the thumbs up everyone else should fall in line...but I know it doesn't always work that way.
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    It seems like everyone but nurses make more money

    Honestly any profession that requires a license and is regulated probably has a lot of potential to make money. Doctors and surgeons don't do it by being hospitalists. They do it by contracting and private practice. Lawyers don't do it by being prosecutors, they do it by being in private practice. Nurses do it by travel nursing, staffing businesses, or advanced practice (nurse prac / CRNA) and contracting/private practice. You have to be willing to do what it takes within a profession to make money. Usually that requires risk or self sufficiency. Working for someone else is equivalent to making someone elses dreams come true monetarily. Don't forget healthcare is a business whether its private or public. They have to break even or in the green. Handing RN's $100 an hour is not congruent with being profitable. Being in business for yourself is always a better option if money is your dream.
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    Background check questions

    Had an ex really attempt to drag my life through the dirt and made plenty of false accusations. I have no convictions on my record but I am concerned about arrests. I know AHCA (FL) and BoN will see my arrests and all that, but how deep do employers look? I am concerned about having to explain arrests that did not amount to anything with no convictions on my record. Do employers look at arrests or just convictions? If they see them do they care? If you have a valid unhindered license do they look past any blemishes? Any advice/insight would be helpful.
  12. kardz30

    It seems like everyone but nurses make more money

    Call it how it is. Reality and truth are better than being PC.
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    RN salary expectations

    I started out at 23.50 in Ocala, FL which is kind of country but not super rural. Small city status, but not considered a town/village. 22 is not pushing it at all but some of these places low ball nurses and/or try to lock them into contracts. Shop around. See what the going starting rate is. I had 1 hospital out of 3 here that was offering RNs 18.50 or 18 for 1 year or less. The other two were offering 23-23.50. A home healthcare office here was offering 25.74+mileage. Shop around. Getting 6mo of medsurge experience makes you more marketable as well.
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    Charge/Self Reporting process

    Well, I know some of us as human beings get into trouble for whatever reason and possibly get a criminal charge and in many cases is not world ending, at least if it's a misdemeanor for certain non-disqualifying things. I am in that process. I have gotten a misdemeanor charge + withhold of adjudication. Case resolved two weeks ago and just pushing past this as fast as possible. AHCA initially stopped me from practicing in facilities they license (medicare, Medicaid, etc). I got the clear with them and they gave me the thumbs up. Now I've self reported to the BoN. Has anyone had to do it and go through the process? I have a few questions. 1. How long did the process take? 2. Did they investigate it hard or did they just care about the final court paperwork? 3. Did they impose a bunch of crazy restrictions and fines for a first time issue? 4. Who did you email/fax exactly? I've gotten a few answers but I ended up sending my paperwork to MQA.nursing and MQA.consumerservices respective emails with my basic info and court paperwork but haven't gotten 2 answers that were the same about who I need to deal with. Any thoughts/answers? 5. Any other random things you went through you'd care to bring up that may help? Aside from not screwing up again obviously. Thanks.