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Friday February 8, 2019

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Good Morning!

Joe, sorry you didn't sleep well.  Hope last night was better and no sore throat.trips planned.

Nel, I hope the stressful situation gets better.  Sometimes when I want to hide from the world and am very depressed, I'm glad my fur boys are there to keep me focused with purpose.  There is bad news on the Horizon when bonuses and incentives aren't working.  It's ratios and management that cause people to leave.  BC, sounds like you've got something to look forward to on the weekend.  

Ted, hope you have a nice day off with the lovely wife.

Herring, "throughput" is a word we here often here about the ER.  There are some backlogs because it's snowbird season the ERs are jammed packed all over town.  A friend of mine's birther called an ambulance to take him to his preferred hospital and they said it was closed and they sent him to mine.  Wound up being a kidney stone and he needed surgery.  He said the ER was crazy but everyone was nice.  They think doctors are going to come in early and discharge patients and busy floor nurses with high ratios will instant get them out and take another admission within minutes.  Pipe dream, but dream on.

J22, hope you get that part job and can tolerate it.  Mac and cheese is a weakness of mine.

Stars, sounds like a "normal day" for you.  Hope you continue to improve.

Dianah, I'm one of those

I'm not thinking about leaving right out, I like my pay and vacation time too much and have trips planned twice this year.  This year I've been there 27 years.  I don't want to start out at a lower salary and no time off.  Although I can negotiate a good salary and good a job at the other big hospital in town in probably without an interview.  I know people there and they snatch up people from my hospital like a dirty man dangling candy.  "Oh you work there, we'll pay what you make and hire you now!".    I have options should the ratio consistently be changed to 7:1.  Not doing that not matter how many years I have put in there.   That's putting profit over patients and I promised I would never do that.  So far they haven't done that but on rare occasions, but it's a matter of consistency and policy...bye bye.  

I found out I got 1.00 an hour raise.  Was beginning to think since our annual reviews were in NOVEMBER that we we're getting one again.  I'm good with that.  A fews years I didn't get one.  I signed up to pick up an extra shift today, along with a $150 incentive bonus.  Really could use the money after paying off debt.  It's good to be debt free, but not good to have such a low cash emergency fund.  Can't believe I'm nearly 60 and still broke like I was 20.  😂  At least I have the stamina and opportunity to do work.  

Bad news, this makes me work 5 12-hour shifts in a row and I'm in charge, and we're busy.   Boss if off today getting a procedure done.  I hate when she's off and we're short because I'm in charge, with patients, and it's ugly.

Anyway, hope everyone has a good day.  Sorry if there are typos.  I keep finding them.  😂

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Good Morning -

Tweety - I understand your reluctance to leave your hospital, given your long history there and benefits longevity provides such as higher hourly pay and longer vacation time, etc.). Signing up for those five 12-hour shifts is a killer, though! Still, your next paycheck should look mighty pretty! I often do three 12-hour shifts in a row. After that 3rd night, I'm beat!

I recently woke up. Currently drinking First Coffee. It really does taste good!

Today is my 3rd night off from work. In a little while, I'm meeting with my step-mother (my father's 2nd wife) and step-brother to go car-shopping for her. This will be the 2nd time doing this. Hopefully we can find a safe and reliable vehicle for her. At the very least, I'll enjoy visiting with them. 

Yesterday was a relaxing day. Amy and I watched the newest James Bond movie. It is interesting to see (hear) how much dialogue does NOT exist in James Bond movies! It's mostly James Bond shooting at the bad guys, long car chases, and death-defying scenes where James Bond walks away alive and well. After the movie, we watched that latest episode of "The Big Bang Theory". Love that show! It's sad that this is its last season. But at least it's going out with a big bang! (Pun intended!) 😄

Nothing much else to share. Hope all have a relatively nice day today! 🙂

Ted

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Good morning-

Yesterday was a good day at work. Nice patients, nice co-workers, no crises.  I call that a win.  My schedule looks decent today.  I have a hair appointment after work and then will meet a friend for dinner.  I'm working tomorrow for 4 hours in the AM, and plan on relaxing on Sunday.  My sister asked me to go to a political event on Saturday, but I won't be out of work in time.  

Tweety-I hear you about not wanting to give up seniority and vacation time by making a move.  It stinks to have to go back to low seniority and less time off.  I hope things don't come to that.  Best of luck with the 5 12s.  You can be as cranky as you wanna be after that!

Ted-There's a new James Bond movie out???  I love those movies!  They are so campy and over the top.  I like all the old ones and think Sean Connery was the best James Bond.  Good luck finding a car for Step-mom.  She's lucky to have you and Amy to help her.

J22-I hope you get the part time position.  

Hi to Joe, Dianah, Nel, Herring, Stars, and anyone else who stops by.  Hope today is a good day for us all.

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Tweety I understand your reluctance to leave.  I've had many jobs over the last 20 years or so.  Sometimes it was good I made a change, other times it just made things worse

Morning Ted

Further work aggravation.  Insurance company we work with got a new people to audit our cases.  The hospitals I cover are now audited by the strictest one, who had all kinds of picayune criticisms of my cases.  Our team lead was pretty annoyed by the pettiness of it all.  Now we're going to have to work to make sure all of my cases going forward are exactly as the reviewer wants them.  More work, most of it unnecessary

I'm feeling more like it might be getting closer to leave this place, but like Tweety I don't want to leave.  I would prefer not to lose vacation time or work at home, or take a pay cut.  And I like my team, who would suffer if I left.  And our team lead is great and in my corner, as is the new director.  So I'm going to wait at least a week or two and see, so I'm not letting my decision be driven by my aggravation.  But I might have to start at least begin to look at other positions

On the good new side of things, my weight loss continues, and still at a pretty rapid clip.  It has to slow down sooner or later, but so far I'm guessing I'll reach my goal by April or May

Nothing else unusual going on.  Will meet J for dinner.  Will meet dad tomorrow, after the meeting with the environmental group.  Dad will have more details on my aunt, who was briefly hospitalized for back pain and spinal stenosis.  Hope she doesn't need surgery, she's 84 and would probably require a long rehab 

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Good morning all.

Tweety - I've been at my hospital for 21 years.  It is a small rural hospital so I did a lot of different things.  We no longer do L&D but I did work L&D, ER, and on the acute floor.  Hospice nurse now for 10 years and did about a year of Outpatient Services (wound care, blood transfusions, IV meds, etc.).  I qualify for Senior Citizen discounts now and still have a 17.5 year old son.  Of course, many places have changed the age to 55 instead of 65.  I'm not sure I could do a 7:1 ratio . . . in fact, I'm sure of it. 

Dianah - just checked in this morning after a few days off and I'm sorry to read about your son's friend.  

I'm working as manager while the real manager takes a week off to go visit her dad and sisters.  I'll do the job in a pinch but they keep wanting to groom me for taking over.  No way Jose.  

Had my yearly employee physical from a beloved NP that I've known for years.  We spent some time talking about all the terrible changes in medicine in the last decade or so.  She's  bit older than me.  We both want to keep our hand in somehow but looking forward to retiring as well.  

That's all the news that's fit to print!  Have a great day.

 

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There's something wackadoodle about the threads this morning . . . when I posted on it originally it said 2019 and now it says 2018 . . . and there are a couple more at the top of the list from 2018 . . . 

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Good morning all.

It has stopped raining in the Blue Grass for now, but it is 21 degrees. That temperature reflects a 40 degree temperature drop from yesterday.

Wonder what the mud looks like. I will find out in a bit.

Agree Tweety. You are probably better off staying where you are. You know the job and your co-workers.

Forgot to tell BC to enjoy that play!!!!!! Did you see that Jagged Little Pill is coming to Broadway in the spring? Yep. It is.

Ted, I was unaware that there is a new Bond movie. Glad you are enjoying your time off.

Stars, I am still mystified that none of those MDs thought to order an MRI for you.

When I worked in the Neurology/Neurosurgery office during nursing school, every new patient was immediately sent for an MRI. The neurosurgeons wouldn't see patients without one.

Not done with Tweety. OMG!!!! There is no way I could work give 12s in a row. Take care of yourself!!!!!

Hope work gets better for you, Joe.

Not done with Ted. What kinds of cars are you looking at for step-mom?

Hello to Dianah and herring.

I know Dianah must have weekend plans from sunrise to sunset!

Hope all have a good day.

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Hello all you wonderful nurses, 

Sorry I didn't get into AN until this afternoon, but my knee has been hurting me for the past few days so I finally went to the urgent care clinic (I had no idea they didn't have an MRI scanner.) so the visit was wasted. So after I returned home I called my doctor's office and asked for a referral to a local Orthopedic place that has numerous specialists and I am able to get to in my mobile chair. I'm still waiting for a return call for his authorization.

Well, it's now 1:15 PM so I'm going to sign out now. Do have a great day.

Fran

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Hello on this fine warm, partially sunny afternoon. S'posta drop to 32 tonight. I don't care. Blink, and the weather changes. Blink, and it's Friday again. Jonquils have bloomed out. Little tiny blue/purple flowers carpet some lawns in the area.

Blink, and Nannie is whiney, pitiful, feels terrible, and as always, she doesn't know why. To me, the "WHY?" makes no difference. Can't say "Welp, I guess that means you are about to die now." --or-- "You say you feel this way 90% of the time." --or-- "Awww, poor little Nannie-kins."

It's just that the whispery, whiney voice, and the frown, and the dramatic grunting and sighs I'd rather be taking care of a grumpy old codger than a whiney old woman. Sorry, Ladies, that's just the way I am. I can get along with the most curmudgeonly old guy and make him laugh and enjoy my company. Nannie...ugh.

Had planned to take her out to eat lunch, get her out of the house while hubby does his extreme-clean on the house. But FORTUNATELY for ME, she doesn't feel like she can get up and get dressed and go out. Yahoo!

So I'm going to get her meatloaf, fried okra, and mashed potatoes with gravy, plus a giant sweet ice tea with three pieces of lemon in it.

See yez laydah!

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Hi, its lightly snowing here, maybe an inch  accumulated. We are not forecast to get much, but the dang wind is supposed to blow, with up to 60 mph gusts. I tried to find heaters for my hummingbird feeders (yes, that's a thing) but the bird food store owner said they sold out of the 40 they had on had. She recommended I put bubble wrap over the Christmas lights I have wound around the feeders, so did that this morning before work. Dh and 2 ds met for dinner last night to have oysters. I was invited, but just looking at those things makes me slightly nauseous. I was forced to eat them as a child, and yuck!

Angus and I had popcorn and cheesecake for dinner, and it was delightful. He quite good at catching popcorn, so we shared a bowlful.

Most of the office is gone for the day. They are all freaking out over our smattering of snow. I've been looking for new ways to promote vaccine, but feel like I'm hitting my head against a wall. Another nurse and I are going to watch a rabies webinar that sounds way more interesting. 

See ya, 

j22

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Hope Nannie enjoyed her lunch, Stars.

Hope you get to feeling better, Fran.

It is frigid here, but sunny, so I am not complaining.

Despite the frigid temps, there is STILL mud.

I swear, mud and bed bugs. You can't get rid of either one.

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