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post #1501 of 1533
You just say that you're unable to assist with circs. That's what I did. Stated right off the bat that I do not do it.

You could technically claim it's against your religion if you are in any way religious...since most religions are against causing undue pain and suffering to an innocent child.

And are you SURE it'd be one of your duties. Many hospitals have an aid/tech assist w/circs, since there's no skilled nursing required.

Not trying to knock you, but this should have been discussed and agreed upon already.
post #1502 of 1533
Made it past my midterms, and I'm still passing! I will be so glad when this semester is over. I will NOT be taking 12 hours again next semester unless it's something easy that I have to have.

I may take Spanish II, but I haven't decided yet.

This time next year I hope to be settled into my new town and getting ready to start nursing school. :
post #1503 of 1533
Are you sure one of your job requirements would be assisting with circs? If that was laid out in the pre-job interview or you signed some sort of agreement as to your job requirements, then you might be screwed. You'll either have to assist or lose your job.

When I worked mother/baby, it was part of our job requirement to assist with circs. I learned how to do it in part because it can be (albeit rarely) a necessary procedure and I think I need to know how to do it. Also, I was going to be taking care of infants post circ; I wanted to know what exactly was done so that I knew how to care for them appropriately. Then after my orientation was done, I worked nights. Yes, I still prepped those babies--applying the numbing ointment. But I never assisted. I either covered the nursery for the nursery nurse to do it, or I covered another nurse. It really rarely came up, as most circs occurred on day shift, and I worked nights.

Something that I really liked about my job, though, was that I was often the one who discussed circumcision with the parents. I presented a lot of information, and I tried to be very unbiased and honest. About half of the pts that I talked to decided against or to delay the circumcision. For me, I felt like working in a facility that did pretty much routine circumcision helped me reach a lot of parents. If the parents made the decision to circumcise, at least it was an educated decision.

I would not have absolutely refused to do it, however, as distasteful as it is to me. It was a procedure that was offered on my floor, and covered in my job description. I felt that I couldn't refuse if I would have been the only nurse available. But I *could* rearrange things so that it never actually ended up being the nurse who needed to assist. I did am vitals and rounds for another nurse who didn't mind circs, and they assisted in my circs. No problem. Tough issue, though.
post #1504 of 1533
I am able to wiggle out of assisting circ's a lot of the time. I've done 2 in 13 months. I can give information to the parents but I can't stop them from having it done. Fortunately, most of our NICU parents don't want their babies circ'ed. Having a humongous non-American patient population is a big advantage there.
post #1505 of 1533
Yes, it's in my job description to "set up circ room and assist as needed."
post #1506 of 1533
Did you know this when you were hired? If so, I don't know if you have any recourse. I mean, if you hire someone to do something for you, and then after they get hired they refuse to do part of their job (without having discussed it with you first), what would you do? If you hired someone to provide childcare, and after they were hired, they told you they didn't change diapers, it'd be a problem, right?

Do you work with someone who can do the set up and assist while you cover their work? That's the only way out of it that I can see. It also may be that even though it is in your job description, you don't acutally have to do this. There are a lot of things in my job description that I don't actually do, because of the shift I work, or because we actually have someone else to do those duties.

Good luck; I hope it can be resolved without too much difficulty!
post #1507 of 1533
Hi Everyone,

Not a mom but I am applying to nursing programs right now. I just submitted my application Yale's GEPN program. Has anyone done that program or a similar one. Basically, it's for people without a BSN and who aren't RN's. (They also a MSN program for RN's). It's a three year program where during the first year you take nursing classes and take the NCLEX. The last two years are where you take your specialty courses (my specialty is nurse-midwifery but there are others like for NP).

Really excited about this and I hope that I get in to the program. I'm just hoping that in Fall 2009 I'll be in CT and on my way to becoming a CNM.

Subbing to this thread...
post #1508 of 1533
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Originally Posted by lorijds View Post
Did you know this when you were hired? If so, I don't know if you have any recourse. I mean, if you hire someone to do something for you, and then after they get hired they refuse to do part of their job (without having discussed it with you first), what would you do? If you hired someone to provide childcare, and after they were hired, they told you they didn't change diapers, it'd be a problem, right?

Do you work with someone who can do the set up and assist while you cover their work? That's the only way out of it that I can see. It also may be that even though it is in your job description, you don't acutally have to do this. There are a lot of things in my job description that I don't actually do, because of the shift I work, or because we actually have someone else to do those duties.

Good luck; I hope it can be resolved without too much difficulty!

I actually found out that they have people volunteer for 5-hour shifts helping with circs, so if you don't want to you don't have to. I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to volunteer to assist with circs though
post #1509 of 1533
OK RN's does this bug you?
PEople ask me all sorts of medical questions and if I don't know they say "Well you're the nurse!"

My specialty is NICU so I know a whole lot about babies and quite a bit about birth. I do NOT know much about adult cardiology, geriatrics, oncology, ortho, neuro etc etc. Nursing school was a long time ago and a lot has changed since then! You can Google stuff just as easily as I can.

All right. I'm done.
post #1510 of 1533
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
I actually found out that they have people volunteer for 5-hour shifts helping with circs, so if you don't want to you don't have to. I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to volunteer to assist with circs though

I'm really glad it's worked out for you. I'm with you, though, I don't understand why you would want to volunteer for that.
post #1511 of 1533
Hi all - i'm a med/surg rn - i've been an rn for over one year and prior to that was an ER tech. i really miss the ED but i've been putting in my time and having babies. I'm currently on maternity leave but will start back to work next month - 4 3-11 shifts on a way understaffed floor (8-12 pt load). not looking forward the crazy or pumping again but will not miss being broke!
post #1512 of 1533
Hi all! I've lost track of most of us here, anyone want to do a re-intro or many do montly nurse thrads so they are less overwelming?

I'm Carie, ahve 5 kids and am finishing my very first semester of college EVER!! In n the CC pe-reg nursing program and plan an ADN.

I love school like I nevet thought I would. My only problem is getting moving that early when it's cold out, and not making each paper and math probelm the BIGGEST DEAL of the day. So far, so good. I have (and intend to keep) a very nice GPA.
post #1513 of 1533
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Originally Posted by BugMacGee View Post
OK RN's does this bug you?
PEople ask me all sorts of medical questions and if I don't know they say "Well you're the nurse!"

My specialty is NICU so I know a whole lot about babies and quite a bit about birth. I do NOT know much about adult cardiology, geriatrics, oncology, ortho, neuro etc etc. Nursing school was a long time ago and a lot has changed since then! You can Google stuff just as easily as I can.

All right. I'm done.
Oh. My. God YES it does!!!!!! I worked Labor/Delivery and now I work Fridays and Saturdays only for my Ob/Gyn and I get people all the time asking me questions like "My eyes hurt. What does that mean?" Oh, it just irritates me to no end. When I get off work and I have to make a run to the store people see me in scrubs and I still get asked questions every now and then. I am polite but inside I am irritated.
post #1514 of 1533

Student Nurse

Hi all, new to the thread! I'm a part time nursing student in my first semester moving towards my ADN with a 10 month old beautiful daughter. I wanted to be a "holistic nurse" but have since realized that it's more or less a title unless you have some other qualification that makes you more useful in the natural health world. I wanted to transfer distance-learning school that is focused on natural health, as this was more in tune with my interests (herbology, homeopathy, reiki, aromatherapy, etc.) But DH was very upset and adamant that I finish my degree so I have something to "fall back on". Don't get me wrong, I believe that conventional medicine definitely has its place, I just think that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and that it should be allowed to do so before turning to other traditional methods... My ultimate goal is to have some kind of natural consulting/energy healing business based in a home office so I can be with my little ones. I guess what I'm asking through all of this rambling, do you think that there is a place for me in traditional medicine? Or are my philosophies a little too much out of tune? How do those of you with a more natural mind set work in a world full of antibiotics and such? Should I finish my traditional degree if I never plan to use it? (On that note- I wouldn't mind working in maternity, I'd prefer a more natural birthing center, but I do know of one hospital somewhere around here where over half the births are hypnobirths) I don't know, what do you all think? Thanks for your help!
post #1515 of 1533

NCLEX Study Material?

Anyone have any recent NCLEX study material they're not using anymore?

Especially flashcards and quick reference materials (such that can be read during a train or busride, during lunch breaks, etc) or CD Roms.

A very close friend of mine is taking the NCLEX again in a few months, but has failed a few times already. And it's so frustrating, because he's really a smart guy, just I guess a crappy test taker?

I can pay for shipping, but not much more, really.

PM me please, or post here. Thanks!
post #1516 of 1533
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Originally Posted by BugMacGee View Post
OK RN's does this bug you?
PEople ask me all sorts of medical questions and if I don't know they say "Well you're the nurse!"

My specialty is NICU so I know a whole lot about babies and quite a bit about birth. I do NOT know much about adult cardiology, geriatrics, oncology, ortho, neuro etc etc. Nursing school was a long time ago and a lot has changed since then! You can Google stuff just as easily as I can.

All right. I'm done.
Yup ... get this all the time, especially from DHs family. I DO NOT offer my opinion, unless asked specifically, and then I preface my answer with "in my opinion', and end it with, "better talk to your doctor."
post #1517 of 1533
I don't mind answering a medical question for friends and family. Many of my friends have no insurance or are underinsured, and I'm glad to help them save money and give them some information. They know I can't given them a definite answer (except when I can, like when my friend said, "Do you think my toe is broken?" when it was sticking out sideways and I was like "Uh, yeah. It's broken."). A friend of mine is a general contractor. Whenever we need something done on the house but we aren't sure what we're looking at, he is happy to give us an idea of what's going on (we know nothing about home repairs). We always repay him with a beer or something; I feel like it's the same thing. I've got a set of special skills and knowledge and I don't mind sharing when I can help a close friend or family member.

I think even more helpful for my loved ones is my knowledge of how to navigate the system. For example, my friend thought she had strep, but didn't want to go the doc because her insurance wouldn't kick in for another month. I told her to call her doc's nurse and ask if she could just come in for a throat culture; she didn't know that was an option. She got her diagnosis of strep, they called in her script for abx, and she never had to pay for an office visit or wait in a crowded waiting room for a couple of hours.

With my family, it's usually me urging them to go to the doc and them not wanting to.

I work medical/tele floor, though, so I suppose I'm more comfortable answering general medical questions than someone who worked in very narrow, specialized area like L&D, NICU, etc.

I've never had a stranger ask me for medical advice. If that ever occurred, I suppose I would just encourage them to contact their physician.

Welcome to the new members!
post #1518 of 1533
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Originally Posted by Rockies5 View Post
Hi all! I've lost track of most of us here, anyone want to do a re-intro or many do montly nurse thrads so they are less overwelming?

I'm Carie, ahve 5 kids and am finishing my very first semester of college EVER!! In n the CC pe-reg nursing program and plan an ADN.
Hi Carie! And everyone else! I think a (re)-intro is a fabulous idea! I have not yet posted on this thread, but I am Abby, a nursing student in a BSN program. This is my second time around in college (didn't graduate the 1st time, but studied very interesting things for 3 years...), so I am a senior, but a 2nd year nursing student, we start clinicals in Jan. I have two daughters, ages 2 and 5, and am beyond busy. I also worship at the alter of coffee. I am excited to finally be starting clinicals after a long time getting all my pre-reqs in order. I've also been reading this thread for a long time, and it is fun to hear about what everyone is doing! Okay, must go pick up dd1 from kindy!
-A
post #1519 of 1533
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Originally Posted by Rockies5 View Post
Hi all! I've lost track of most of us here, anyone want to do a re-intro or many do montly nurse thrads so they are less overwelming?
Yes, I was about to post an intro into this thread and thought that we should make a new thread monthly! Do you want to start one for Nov.?
post #1520 of 1533
Yes I agree to the monthly thread! : I have been an RN-BSN for about six years already (wow!) and I started in L&D and loved it until after I had my first daughter. Now I work only on Fridays and Saturdays as my Ob/Gyn's Rn. I love it!
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