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  1. Sbhayes09

    Is this a safety concern?

    I recently had to be tested for covid at my own testing site due to some nausea I had while at work. One of my coworkers tested me and when I got home, I looked at my online chart just to see what it looks like to our patients (not in the hospital system, it's an online version of your chart that you can access at home). I've never really paid much attention to the notes section in this program but I happened to look at it. When I did, my coworkers full name and picture was on the note and it made me wonder if this is a safe practice. Right now, we're seeing hundreds of people per day at this testing site. Sometimes they're unhappy with us due to wait times, line lengths, testing protocols, etc. Would you guys raise this to your one-ups? I'm a little more than concerned that this amount of patients have our full names and photos. Even our badges don't list our full last name. What do y'all think?
  2. Kitkat191

    New Grad COVID

    Some advice on whether to take this job would be so awesome! I graduated and passed my NCLEX already. I interviewed for a CV PCU in AZ that changed over to a COVID PCU. During the interviewing process, I learned that I was on orientation for 3 months, but only guaranteed a preceptor for 1 month. They said they would increase times for me to make sure I'm safe but, "asking for a preceptor for 3 months is a lot to ask for a new grad that's too many resources to dedicate on one person." They then explained they offered one of the best orientations in the area(AZ), but I am well aware of many programs with at least 3 months with a preceptor. They are also offering no PTO, so if I catch COVID, they will furlough me so I can collect unemployment if it's longer-term. My old classmates already working there one in a PCU has a preceptor for 3 months, and the other in mother-baby has a preceptor for 1 month. I am not sure if I should just expect a longer preceptorship like my PCU classmate or be prepared to be thrown out on my own to early, possibly. I have been going back and forth on this opportunity jobs are so hard to find and maybe I am just being a baby. The experience skill-wise is going to be amazing. I just don't know if I feel safe with those possible conditions, and I would be moving back to a place where I really don't have many friends, and don't like the town. I still have another 2-5 months for my California license to come through (where I live now). Does this sound like a good/safe job for myself and my license to take?
  3. As more data and studies come out on Covid-19 and those with underlying health issue emerge, is it wise for Healthcare workers who have pre-existing comorbidites to be taking care of Covid positive patients? For example, a new RN hire in the ER I work at will be starting this upcoming week. I had a chance to orient him and he asked me about his thoughts on Healthcare workers with underlying conditions and caring for Covid patients. He told me he is a diabetic and also has HTN. I'm sure there are many other Healthcare workers with such conditions and are also caring for Covid patients Is it wise that this new hire should resign, especially with the "twindemic" quickly approaching? He already accepted the position and signed all the HR paper work. I also figure if he were to resign during the first week of employment, that may also put him at risk for not being not eligible for rehire in the future. Thoughts?
  4. I wonder what it’s been like for the family members of nurses working with COVID patients. I’ve seen a lot of media coverage around the challenges and experiences of the nurses directly, but what about their family members? I’m sure knowing your son, daughter, mom, sister, etc, is having to face such extreme work conditions must also be very difficult. Especially if you live in the same household, there must be some fear of getting infected too. I also imagine there are positive experiences, like a sense of pride and honor to have a healthcare worker in the family.How are the families of COVID nurses experiencing the pandemic? I guess I’m curious to know more about this. How do you handle the stress, worry, concern you have for your healthcare worker? I’m sure there must be a mix of thoughts and emotions, but how do you stay strong through it all?
  5. so I work in same day surgery / ambulatory care at my hospital. a couple weeks ago infection control told us we couldn't have our bins that we put pt belongings in anymore since it was a risk. so now we've been giving them to family members to hold onto which works OK. but not everyone has family with them since some people don't even want to come into the hospital right now. so then we put their belongings under the bed which is a recipe for losing something sooner or later. our coat rack is even getting taken away for the same reason. it's not Winter yet, but people are going to have some big fluffy coats in a couple months here in michigan. what is your facility doing with belongings for patients that aren't being admitted? thanks Patrick
  6. kldepp08

    JUST BREATHE

    The pandemic was the first time I questioned if I could do this. I spent days upon days crying, not sleeping, struggling to keep myself together. It changed my nursing brain forever. We are trained to save lives, and while loss is inevitable, not to this degree. Instead of saving and fixing, my focus became how to help these patients comfortably and gracefully transition to death, without family support, we not only became their caretakers, but their families too! I cried more than I ever have in my career. I worked more hours/week and just kept going. I felt like I couldn’t stop. THIS is my job, it’s what I chose, and I’m going to continue to do it to the very best of my ability. Its hard being in the “real world”, seeing everyone in masks, seeing signs instructing us to “please stand here”, empty parking lots, no live music... This is not the world I want to live in. My heart breaks and I pray this is not “the new normal “ that everyone keeps claiming, because it is not normal at all! I wrote this poem shortly into Covid when asked what it’s like to be on lockdown. Just Breathe I don’t get to be on lockdown, I’m a nurse. So the sounds that have invaded my past few weeks are breaking my heart. It’s my job to save lives, and we are losing. The sound of those deep breaths, that’s what I encourage my patients to do as I look in their fearful eyes and hold their hands, “take a deep breath for me.... good.... another one.... you’re OK”. These are the words I say in hopes of avoiding replacing the sound of their natural breath, with that of an artificial one. My sounds are alarms, monitors, codes over the intercoms, “respiratory STAT”, doctors giving bad news, phones ringing with yet another admission. My sounds are patients crying, alone, missing their families, afraid of what awaits them. My sounds are of putting on gloves, the echo of my own voice coming back at me from a mask and a shield. My sounds are the tears of another coworker, voices trembling in fear, yet doing it anyway, becoming a team we never imagined we’d have to be. How I wish I’d hear the birds chirping, the wind rustling the leaves. I miss the simplicity of it all. My sound is pure exhaustion! But my heart beats louder still.... “just breathe....take a deep breath for me.... good.... another one.... you’re OK.” I don’t want a new normal, I just want normal!
  7. NewRN'16

    What if Covid-19 doesn't go away

    They are saying the antibodies are only lasting 2-3 months at best. What is it going to happen??? Are we all going to die? This virus is horrible and if a human being "designed" it, I wish they will go to hell. I am not ready to die. None of the people who succumbed to this virus were. I feel defeated. Deep breathing and taking supplements* (as that will stop the virus) doesn't help when I see first hand what it does!! It kills . I'm in Fl . God help us.
  8. reallyagain7

    Favoritism, Senority, ADA? COVID-19

    Is this legal? I have comorbidities as such another 1 of my coworkers. She has applied for special work accommodations (anything NOT COVID) and her requests have been granted. I also have a doctors’ note and have gone through the channels BUT I was denied my request to “not take COVID patients.” They told me to go on disability. She has more years of service than I at this location. Can my place of employment legal get away with this? PS; I'm not upset I have to deal with COVID patients. what is bothersome is that this is basically a matter of seniority and favoritism, in my opinion.
  9. LibraNurse27

    Sweating in those covid gowns!

    Hi all, Just wondering how you get your confidence back when you feel off your game. My unit is so short staffed and covid is exploding. I feel like my skills are not as on point as usual. I'm usually good at ultrasound IVs but lately I've been missing more than I get! I couldn't get the last female foley I tried, and gave up, asked for help. Now I'm so nervous all the time, praying no one will ask me to do an IV and none of my patients will need a foley or NG or anything. Today I was doing an IV on an obese, swollen intubated covid patient, sweating in my gown with my face shield fogging up and making it hard to see the screen. It took me three tries and I felt so defeated. Pt was sedated so he didn't feel it, but it just sucks. Then on to an adorable 90 yr old lady but also obese and swollen, tried twice and gave up! How is everyone else coping with the extra shifts and extra stress? Has anyone had an off couple of weeks and recovered?
  10. Hello all, My dilemma is still so shocking to me! I've been in FMLA for asthma. My last asthma attack was in June. My employer knows all of my history and still trying to transfer me to a Covid patient unit. I can't believe this is happening!! I've got so much time invested and love my job. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated. TIA
  11. I'm an outpatient hemodialysis nurse and we just had our first patient dx with covid 19. We were informed last night by our CM and told to just monitor for symptoms. We have been diligent in use of PPE and requiring all the patients to be masked so per our CM, our risk of infection is very low. I asked if we should be isolating at all and was told no, just to monitor. So my question: I have 4 teens all in sports that are ramping up, in fact, I was at the ballfield last night when I got the call. I'm also a pastor's wife and we are socially distancing and wearing masks at church, but still around the congregation. And my parent's 50th anniversary party is in a week. We delayed the party until things calmed down, and now I'm thinking it would be best to delay again. We are just having kids and grandkids, but my parents are 76 and dad has diabetes and cardiac issues as well as some COPD. My sister in law is an RN in behavioral health and she doesn't think it's necessary that we delay since she "works around pts who don't wear masks". I'm torn since the company doesn't seem to think it's necessary to isolate, but I would hate myself if I was asymptomatic and gave it to my dad or someone else. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
  12. ClaraRedheart

    No support with Covid

    I work for an amazing healthcare system, but have tried and tried again with calls and emails to HR with no calls back. I came down with Covid and feel like I'm on my own. If I even get paid this Friday, it exhausts the last of my PTO. My manager and supervisor have been great. HR is just not there though. I tried to do short term disability on my own with no guidance and my doctors office said that for them to fill out the paperwork, I have to test negative twice and set an appointment and bring it in person. Obviously, by then I can work and won't need it. But by then, at the rate that I keep testing negative, I'll be destitute.
  13. Hey y'all, I am having a major dilemma. I'm currently on maternity leave enjoying our beautiful 6 week old baby boy. My husband and I have struggled with infertility for 8 years and our miracle baby is finally here! I have worked in an ER in San Antonio for the last year and a half. I love my team and before this pandemic I was excited to return to work for 2 days per week. I've been trying to decide if I should a) return to work after my paid leave mid-July, b) take all of my leave (including unpaid bonding time) and go back on August 11th or c) consider working in a lower risk environment-I've done ambulatory surgery before, so that would probably be my backup. I spoke with some of my work friends and was informed that, like several other hospitals, covid has all but taken over ours. Management has fitted the staff with respirators and I find that reassuring, but the fact still remains that it is a high risk workplace. Ideally I would be a stay at home mom and keep our family in a bubble until this all dies down-fingers crossed! We could possibly make that work but money would be super tight. What would any of my fellow nurses/mamas do in my situation? I am breastfeeding and I worry about pumping at work-not sure if it would be safe to bring home my pump/milk after 12 hours in the ER break room. Any insight or advice would be SO appreciated!!
  14. kyle33

    CNA pressured to work sick

    I work as a CNA at a skilled nursing facility. A coworker of mine recently tested positive for covid and I began showing symptoms of being sick a few days earlier. My boss refuses to test me, makes me feel guilty for calling in sick (even went as far as to say that she thinks I have allergies). Shes completely ignoring the fact that I could have had contact with someone with covid. We've received frightening little information about the employee who tested positive. I feel like the staff isn't being properly protected, they aren't taking Covid seriously and that my job is threatened for me taking sick time. I understand the need to be fully staffed during these times but the amount of stress and tension and lack of support I have felt from my supervisor is really disconcerting. What should I do in this situation?
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