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Prisca Smith | Scrubs Magazine
over 2 years ago
I have been a nurse for 18 years and have worked in long term care. The stress level has increased because of
the overall changes in healthcare. Healthcare is now a business and the nursing home I an employed at, is owned by a corporation. Profit is the bottom line. They want ten hours of work in eight hours. I find that working as a team lessens the level of stress and makes the work more pleasant. I help out the nurses I work with and they also help me when I am over whelmed. I also find that humour is the best medicine. Many stressful situations have a funny side.
Guess what, lifers? I'm going back to school at 57 for my RN! I need some applause and support here because, frankly, I'm scared to death. (Don't tell my daughter. She just got her LPN in May and thinks I know everything about nursing). I'm too old for school but I've met all my responsibilities (3 kids grown and out of my house!!!!!, both parents cared for by me until their death, Dad in 2007 Mom in June of this year) so now it's my turn. Ya'll pray for me!
I have been an RN since 1975. I have worked med-surg, supervision and have 31 years experience in the Emergency Department. I consider myself a lifer, but presently find myself unemployed for the last year and 3 months after my "job position" was eliminated. I have an illness called cyclic vomiting syndrome that is debilitating for about 24 hours then improves after another 24 hours due to increased fluid intake; needless to say, I have been labeled now due to absenteeism. My illness is now under control but I find no one is interested in hiring me or giving me a chance to prove that I am a competent RN without a mark on my practice and professionalism. I am not ready to retire as I am only 56 years old. I have worked with new and "old" nurses, been part of a great team of nurses and doctors that loved to educate other nurses and patients and I would love to get back into my area of practice. I still consider myself a LIFER! This was a helpful article.
This is a very helpful article for me, a new nurse. The "good" nurses are willing to take the time to show & tell you what to do, how to do it, and why, including the expected results or what to look for in a bad reaction. These are the "Lifers". They also have a way of encouraging new nurses and when I learned what she wanted me to do, she gave off an air of trust and faith in me that she knew I could do it. It made me feel more confident and in that, I was more confident and COMPETANT!!!
almost 3 years ago
You forgot to mention the traveling nurses. They are a part of the system and they have the same qualifications as anybody else. They just are a lot more mobile than the rest of the medical staff.
I've been a nurse for 22 years, and was a nurses' assistant for 5 years before that. I haven't been with one employer all that time, but I'm not a nurse who has bounced from job to job frequently either. I've worked in pediatrics, geriatrics, and home care before settling into hospice nursing. I've loved it all and learned much. The skills you describe in this article are useful in all areas of nursing.
How do I get into a hospital when I have minimal experience at a SNF/ Rehab, LTC faclity? I had a year there and am still having a hard time getting a hospital to give me my experience. I want to be able to stay at a facility to the long haul as well. I have a 2 yr old and want to be somewhere to raise her. Any adcice how to get my foot in the door to a hospital basically as a graduate RN. I have now been out of work, was laid off, for 6 mo + now and I am having such a hard time finding a job to take on a newer RN with little experience,
I, too, am a lifer. March 2011 I celebrated 34 years as a nurse. I have not stayed in one area preferring to try a little of it all but I seem to always float back to geratrics. There's something about those older folks that just makes my day. I would not change careers if I could go back 34 years. It's been a great ride!
Excellent article. I'm a true "Lifer", Graduated in 1979. I'm going to share this with the summer nurse intern who will be with me for 4 weeks starting tomorrow.
thiis is an all encompassing article. As a foreign trained nurse currently working as a CNA and preparing to take my NCLEX-RN exam soon, this article makes it obvious to me what is ahead of me as an RN and i am delighted to know that it will be a good responsiblity. I hope to be a lifer. Thank you for the good job. Please keep it on.
I've been a nurse for 30 years; first, I was an LPN, then RN, then received a BSN. I've done home care for five years recently, and started out in home care, then went on to do other things. I think that lifers are less quick to react in a situation, giving it time to change or not. I am generally calmer than nurses who have not been in the profession as long as I have. I think that older nurses have a kind of intuition. One time I told a doctor that I thought the patient was going "sour". He didn't believe me, said there was no empiric evidence.. He lost that patient in a code the next day. I reminded him later; he said i was right.
most lifers I know do not have Masters degrees, they have 3yr RN diplomas and lived and breathed the hospital where they went to school and had a literal hands on schooling unlike today
KUDOS! to ScotS. I am 57 and just starting an RN-BSN program. One is never too old to learn.
Lifer... Probably..I'm 55yo m just starting a 2y RN-BSN program.
about 3 years ago
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