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>>600979528 all the time. fyi, women are way way more shallow then men, and they talk constantly. im ablaid back boss, so they treat me like one of the girls, even though they know im not gay, having dated like 4 or 5 staff members over the years
>>600979528 not OP, but another male nurse here. I work in the emergency department, and nurses in general will talk about anything, nothing grosses you out anymore after you deimpacted someone's rectum
Okay here's one. Have you ever seen a staff member roll into work with a car that way beyond their pay grade? Like I'm talking about, car is so damn expensive their just working to keep the damn car, nothing else...just the car.
>>600981684 working in the ED we get all the fun ones, like people who "slipped in the shower" and got a shampoo bottle stuck up their ass. We had a 13 yr old kid who thought it would be interesting to shove beads up his urethra then they got stuck. A homeless lady who tried to shoplift a bottle of wine up her junk, she only got the top of the bottle in, and the police said they didnt dare try and pull it out cause if she got injured she would sue them so they brought her to us
>>600981979 a few, actually. cnas and housekeepers do this. i had a cna with a mustang and a maintenance guy who drove a vet. most of the non-nurses we employ make min wage or just above it. they dont last long because common sense is everything in nursing homes.
>>600982316 we get the same people for rehab after they leave the hosp. i had a klepto lady last week who stole other pts things and hid them in her vagina. we get a lot of homeless and mental pts too, hidden comorbidities and the like. mostly their families just stop giving a shit and medicaid picks them up and all of us pay for it.
>>600983818 Speaking of shitty families. Did you ever (god forbid you ever do) come across families that INTENTIONALLY try to set their "loved ones" up to get injured or worse so they can sue the facility.
>>600976162 >Are you an RN? >How much school/training did you need? >How much do you make? >Do you love what you do! >Hate my job and I've considered going back to school to be a nurse but I'm old (almost 45) too late for me?
>>600984265 yes. this happens all the time. family members do all sorts of fucked up shit. they do it constantly. i have one lady right now who is in a veg state, and has papers that say i do not want my life prolonged, and the family refuses to give us a copy, is constantly harrasinf is to cure the uncurable- cashing in her pention all the while. when she finally, mercifully dies, they will sue us for keeping her alive. it happens constantly like that. people are really fucked up that way. everyone who sees this stuff, from the nurses to other front office staff like me, eventually becomes cynical and jaded as fuck.
>>600984273 Not OP, but RN after 2 years school (+1 yr pre-reqs) I make $35/hr but since I mostly work nights and weekends I get two seperate $4/hr differentials so I really end up making $43 I went to nursing school at 36, several of my classmates were over 40. I do love it, but unlike OP I dont work at a SNF
>>600984273 yes im an rn. two year degree. made 64 as a floor nurse, make 80 in administration. i used to love my job, but after a while it takes a heavy toll on you. 90 percent of all nurses go into it later in life, i think the average age is like late 30s.
>>600985072 we dont. we have insurance and we are budgeted to lose so many hundreds of thousands to lawsuits. but my facility is just average size, and we make many millions every year. healthcare is very lucrative business
>>600985492 it depends on the school you go to. its hard, but theres plenty of idiots in my profession, same as any other. there is extensive clinical training in basically every program. it took me 4 years to get my assoc degree but thats just because i never grad high school
I really need a change and I'd like to do something that's helping other people.
Biggest concerns for me are >Failing at nursing school (never done anything like that) >Accidentally causing harm to someone I'm taking care of (seems that it would be real easy to fuck up and get a patient dead or worse)
>>600986021 i suggest volunteering at a hospital and finding a niche you like. there are a million jobs that pay well and not all are nursing. but to be a nurse there are mental hurdles you have to break through concerning gross things and life and death things that few people are really built to handle
>>600986021 Try nursing assistant work first, can get your cert in like 2 weeks in most states. Generally pays minimum wage or slightly higher, but can at least give you an idea. The school is not easy, but it is do-able with some long hours and a will to succeed. If you are smart you will go to a community college so it shouldnt even be too expensive, my whole 2 years cost me about $12k in tuition. I know a gal who went to a private 4 year university and got her BSN for 90k... not worth that kind of money.
>>600986469 We had 4 people not make it through our nursing program, only one failed out (she was 19 and partied instead of studying) but the other 3 could not get past the facts of the field, one would vomit at the sight of blood and another up and quit 1 year into the program because she was expected to clean some shit up. blew my mind she made it that far.
>>600986021 also, we eat our young. which is to say, its unlikely anyone will hold your hand when you graduate, and you absolutely will fuck up at some point. it happens to everyone. you have to be strong enough emotionally as well as mentally
>>600987562 sad fact- we need rns so bad, so long as you have a pulse and a license the questions stop there. i can figure out if your a good nurse and promote you later, right now i just need to keep a hundred human beings alive for one more day
>>600987562 nobody cares if you have a adn or a bsn or a msn. at least not in a nursing home. but even in hospitals, there isnt much you absolutely have to have a bsn for. my staff is a broad mix. yes, the test is exactly the same.
>Implying that pay or status matters when you have to take out 100+ thousand dollar loans to spend your 20s in extremely difficult medical school just to work 12+ hour days dealing with sick and dieing people.
>>600988857 they are smug all the way to the bank. they arent pretentious- we tell them what to do, not the other way around. most of them dont even know who their pts ARE, let alone anything about them
>>600989456 i didnt get stuck. they pay more, i came here from a hospital. also they promote faster. im a 8 year assoc rn, and i run a multimillion dollar skilled nursing facility. besides the pay, my resume is stellar as shit should i ever wish to leave
>>600990358 sounds like what a lot of nurses i fired are doing right now. private duty, agency, home care, and mother/baby nurses have the easiest jobs on earth. most er and med/surg nurses think theyre a joke though. they also think nursing home nurses are a joke too, until they come try it. then they quit cause its too hard.
>>600991613 well for me, the hardest part was the things i have no interest in. psych nursing and mother/baby were hard cause i didnt like them and couldnt relate in any way, from the classroom to the clinicals. in general you will have clases, labs, and clinicals, so one class might occupy like 16 in school hours, and thats hard for a lot of people. and the nclex rn- the test- i dont know anyone who said it was easy. it was extremely hard for me at least. its structured very differently from any other test youve taken.
>>600992812 its prob the hardest hurdle. for me, it took until i worked with a surgeon in a clinical about a year in. surgeons are just... just really fucked up. theyre like the prankster jocks if medicine was a high school. after working with them though, a switch kind of flipped in my brain. i started seeing people like a mechanic sees cars. thats the best simile i can make. you start seeing bodies as meat vessels that need fixing. thats how it is for me anyways. every nurse i know has one thing though that they will never get over. for me its the smell of dried piss and sweat mixed together. the only thing that still grosses me out.
>>600994769 two tips. 1- the absolute best skill a nurse can ever have is confidence. hands down. right or wrong, doing something, is always always better than doing nothing.
2- every nurse fails and gets overwhelmed within their first year. everyone. its called hitting the wall. you have to push through it. your mistake will never be worse than what i did- just trust me on that. but i learned from it, and became stronger, and ultimately succeeded.
>>600993922 OK, here's what my plan is so far (plz correct me where needed)
>Take classes to be nursing assistant >Give it a shot to be sure this is what I want >Go to local community college >Take prerequisites (Note: Only have GED) >Get into 2 year RN program >Bust my ass to learn and get good grades >Complete Associate Degree >Take/pass NCLEX exam >????? >Profit
>>600997135 worst part is while youre in school, every damn person you talk to- "how's school going anon?" "fucking great man! today i learned (insert something to do with medicine that nobody else understands). then i saw somebody with a bullet wound to the ballsack. then some lady just dropped her kid off in the er and left him there. then i watched a surgeon stitch his initials into some bitches spleen just for lulz. how was your day?" "... traffic was bad? i gotta go bye."
>>600997298 Any other helpful hints you wanna throw my way?
You've approved my plan but any additional info would be appreciated.
>I'm going to avoid ER work (scares the shit out of me) or any other stressful areas >Little worried about school - Not an idiot but I suspect nursing will take me to the limit of my abilities >Glad to hear being older isn't too much of an issue but going back to school will be a big adjustment
>>600998373 well depending on where you come from economically and socially, dont do what i did, which is take your newfound fat lewts and get way into debt. also if uou are male, and straight, you will get pussy, because you're like the only guy around. dont do what i did and immediately knock up a cna. enjoy yourself some. as for nursing, just remember my first two tips and youll be way ahead of the field. two more- 1- nurses are extremely superstitious- at least all the ones i know are. we never say certain words out loud, we do some things in peculiar ways. if you come out knowing this you will get a leg up in respect and fitting in. 2- you dont learn much in nursing school at all really. whats important you wont learn until another nurse decides to teach you. but you have to ask.
>>600999305 a lot o time in nursing school is spent not teaching you things but rather trying to teach people how to as my school liked to say "think like a nurse" which really means how to think critically. I you can handle critical thinking, you can get through most everything with that
>>600999783 That never worried me, I am not scared of doctors, they cant do shit if I am right. In the ED we work together a lot and are mostly friends, the few docs that are dicks get treated like shit and dont hang around long. You develop a kinship with people you are stuffing someone's intestines back in with.
>>600999608 well she got knocked up, so she wasnt hot for very long. i had a few others who i didnt have sex with at work, one was a 9 easy. believe it or not, a ton of nurses are ex strippers and hookers. its the sort of thing you do when you decide you want to be legit for once in your life.
>>601001385 yep take shit all the time. then i think about my secretary. and my stock options. haters can hate. dont give a flying fuck. most of the time its why arent you a doctor? high school dropout. no money. no support system. why arent you an astronaut?
>>601001385 rarely, more often I get praise because people are relieved they have a male nurse. Especially men with problems shitting (opiods constipate people badly) or with their dicks. Also little old ladies and old dudes just trust men more.
>>601002278 Honestly, if you are bothered that people might think less of you for being a male nurse, you probably aren't cut out for it anyway. See the earlier bits about critical thinking, I know few nurses who care about this kind of thing as actions speak louder. And for now being a male nurse is great, hospitals and SNFs WANT more male nurses, gives you a good set of opportunities to get good positions.
>>601002348 clostridium difficile. its a hospital superspore, meaning its a highly resistant infection thatbis hard to kill with normal abts. it causes explosive dhiarhea and acute gi distress, stays with you for a very long time, and smells like absolutely the worst shitty nastiness you could think of.
>>601002348 clostridium difficile a bacteria. Takes over your intestines and kills all the good bacteria that live there that youneed to digest and absorb foods. Can kill you, but mostly it makes you shit your brains out, and your shit STINKS. Once you have smelled C.diff shits you remember that smell. Fun Fact: One of the most effective methods o treating it is a fecal-transplant. Taking someone else's healthy shit and cramming it up your pooper (well carefully inserting it to the large intestines)
>>601002896 Female nurses love to have you around as you are big and strong. In the ED we often get people who grope the female staff, but legally we cannot deny them treatment even if they are fuck-bags In those cases they swap patients with me as I am 6'4" and fatter than I like to admit.
>>601003192 we get a lot of homeless guys who come in to basically sleep ina warm room sometimes. I remember my first time encountering one of the worst smelling ones. You have to make a choice, a horrible choice. you ARE going to experience them, but you have to choose if you are going to breathe through your nose and experience them as a smell, or through your mouth and experience them as a flavor. tip: wear a surgical mask with some fresh coffee grounds inside it
>>601003388 we have a lot of old dementia male pts who are creepier than jeffrey dhalmer. got one who just stands behind them during report copd huffing and puffing inches away. doesnt say a word. just breathes on them.
>>601003581 no. I am perfectly happy as a nurse and wouldnt want to spend another 8 years in school to be a doc, there is really no need. Nurses and Doctors have different jobs, they really arent the same. One of the best ways I have heard it described is that "Doctors treat diseases (cancer, viruses, etc) and systems (cardiac, pulmonary, etc) and nurses treat people and their response to disease. Sure we do a lot of medical procedures, but in the end nursing is more personal and allows me to connect to my patients better and I do like that.
well guys its been super fun. theres enough other nurses here to contimue this as long as you want, but my downloads are done and its time to fap/sleep. feep? flap? so this is op signing off. thanks for good convo /b/ros, it was a serious pleasure.
>>601003405 Thanks man. It very much depends on the ward and the specislization. The acute department with closed doors can be pretty wild, thats where i startet my education lol.
>>601003708 haha you know what you are talking about. I know it too, man. But then they don't want to shower because they will be raped by aliens in there- then you need to improvise. It really never gets boring.
>>601004477 depends where you work If you can cover it with your clothes no one will know. I work with a couple guys (and one gal) with full sleeve tattoo's in the ED at a medium-sized city hospital on the west coast. Some private hospitals (especially the religious ones I hear) do have problems with it, a lot of nursing homes are so desperate for nurses they wouldnt care unless you had "SATAN'S RAPIST" tattooed across your face
>>601004016 But i've already done like 40% of the Medicine program. (Internal medicine, Pathology, surgical pathology, Biochemistry, Parasitology, Microbiology, Pediatrics, Ginecology, obstetrics, Physiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy, Public health and Epidemiology)
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