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Re: Happy News!!!

Okay:  any administrators on the list, should skip this message...  

Well, therein lies the problem in not working in a unionized
hospital...no job protection at all. I am unbelievably happy that our
healthcare professionals unionized five years ago. Our working lives are
soooooooo much better...and I believe that happy and healthy nurses mean
happier and healthier patients. Patient satisfaction rates have
increased dramatically in our hospital but of course, the administration
thinks that has more to do with other factors than nurse satisfaction.

After my brother died in December, I was just wrecked. There was no way
I could have worked...it was all I could do to get out of bed and I
spent hours every day crying over the least little thing. No way could I
have gone to work and given all of myself emotionally to patients who so
desperately need that. I had nothing left to give. Thanks to our union,
we have a catastrophic leave program, so I could take a month or more
off and my job was safe. Simple as going to the doctor and getting a
note that my situation qualified for cat. leave...

Well, that is the end of my soapbox...sorry! 

Administrators can resume reading.  :-)

Blessings in Christ's mercy,


Work for the Lord:  the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of this world!

 --- On Sat 03/22, Pam Evans < gardenqueen@gmail.com > wrote:
From: Pam Evans [mailto: gardenqueen@gmail.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 21:40:02 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy News!!!

LOL - sounds like you're entitled to the soapbox dear. The only 35
lb.<br>people I know would be in pediatrics.<br><br>On 3/22/08, Judy
Browning <judylee@lewiston.com> wrote:<br>><br>> It wasn't bad so wasn't
identifed as a head injury for 6 month or better.<br>> Looking back, I
had classic symptoms, but other issues in my life seemed<br>> to<br>>
explain the problems I was having then. I wasn't safe in a
minimally<br>> supervised job like that, was not thinking straight &
needed more<br>> oversight<br>> for a while. The hospital position was
what I needed then, but I know what<br>> Melody means by the back &
shoulder problems. I had wrenched my back &<br>> shoulder several times
in the 80s at work. Now it doesn't take much to<br>> tweak<br>> it and
make me hurt. New CDC study shows nurses shouldn't lift more than<br>>
35<br>> pounds because of the awkward positions we assume to help people
who are<br>> unable or won't cooperate. How many 35 pound people do you
know? Oh

dear,<br>> there's that soapbox. Stepping down now (blush)<br>> -----
Original Message -----<br>> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net><br>> To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>> Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2008 6:26 PM<br>>
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy News!!!<br>><br>><br>> > That's a shame Judy.
You'd think that they'd understand a head injury<br>> and<br>> > hold
your job. doesn't seem fair.<br>> ><br>> > Kitty<br>> > neIN, Zone
5<br>> > ----- Original Message -----<br>> > From: "Judy Browning"
<judylee@lewiston.com><br>> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>> > Sent:
Saturday, March 22, 2008 8:58 PM<br>> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy
News!!!<br>> ><br>> ><br>> >> Sidelined with a small head injury long
enough they hired someone else<br>> &<br>> >> former boss won't hire me
again apparently. I've applied twice, finally<br>> >> decided to just
move on. It's a small department 4 FTE profiled nurses,<br>> a<br>> >>
couple prns & support staff. Not a lot of turnover. I worked in
hospice<br>> >> 16

years and loved it.<br>> >> ----- Original Message -----<br>> >> From:
"Melody " <mhobertm@excite.com><br>> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>>
>> Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2008 8:58 AM<br>> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT]
Happy News!!!<br>> >><br>> >><br>> >>> Judy, Cathy, and all: Thanks so
much for all the well wishes. I have<br>> >>> been waiting years for a
position like this to open up...out of nearly<br>> >>> 1600 RN positions
in our hospital, there are only 10 who do this<br>> >>> particular job
and most of them have been in their lines for many,<br>> many<br>> >>>
years...not a lot of turnover.<br>> >>><br>> >>><br>> >>> Judy: After
all these years of bedside nursing, even though I am only<br>> >>> 43, I
have back and shoulder problems that are only getting worse.<br>> >>>
Especially these last several years of geriatric nursing...loads of<br>>
>>> lifting. Why aren't you still in hospice nursing? That seems an
ideal<br>> >>> fit for you...<br>> >>><br>> >>><br>> >>> And

Cathy--you are right, admin. is another thankless job...but isn't<br>>
>>> that the nature of the beast in all of nursing?<br>> >>><br>> >>>
Blessings in Christ's mercy,<br>> >>><br>> >>> Melody<br>> >>><br>> >>>
Work for the Lord: the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of<br>>
this<br>> >>> world!<br>> >>><br>> >>> --- On Fri 03/21, Judy Browning <
judylee@lewiston.com > wrote:<br>> >>> From: Judy Browning [mailto:
judylee@lewiston.com]<br>> >>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> >>> Date:
Fri, 21 Mar 2008 20:13:12 -0700<br>> >>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy
News!!!<br>> >>><br>> >>> Good for you. I enjoy bedside nursing but feel
like I need to make a<br>> >>> change <br>soon. Hospice was a great fit
for me and I would have<br>> retired<br>> >>> from there, <br>but am
back on the surgical floor. Too much lifting<br>> and<br>> >>> bending
for me now.<br>Judy b<br>----- Original Message -----<br>>
<br>From:<br>> >>> "Melody " <mhobertm@excite.com><br>To:

<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent:<br>> >>> Friday, March 21, 2008 3:51
PM<br>Subject: [CHAT] Happy<br>> >>> News!!!<br><br><br>> Well, Good
Friday is turning out to be a very<br>> good<br>> >>> day for me. Not
only<br>> spiritually...this is of course, one of my<br>> >>> three
favorite days in the<br>> year...when the fullness of God's love<br>>
>>> is revealed for us all.<br>> But...beyond that: I got a
new<br>><br>> >>><br>>
>>> Twenty three years of bedside nursing are almost<br>> >>>
over...woohoo!!!!!<br>><br>><br>> My brother's death has served as
a<br>> >>> catalyst for me in many ways...it<br>> really brought home to
me that<br>> >>> life is too short to<br>> >>><br>> >>> continue
doing<br>> something that has never, not once in twenty three<br>> >>>
years made me happy.<br>> I knew 3 months before graduating from<br>>
nursing<br>> >>> school that this was<br>> something I

was really going to hate, but<br>> >>> after 5 years and $25,000 I<br>>
felt stuck. And really, nursing has<br>> >>> provided me with a good
living...it<br>> pays the mortgage and buys<br>> the<br>> >>> groceries
and supports my family. But my<br>> heart has never really<br>> >>> been
in it. Which is a shame, because I am rather<br>> good at it, if<br>>
I<br>> >>> do say so myself.<br>><br>><br>> But for the past several
years I have<br>> >>> felt more and more trapped...and<br>> more and
more like my soul was<br>> >>> dying of unhappiness. And so a couple
of<br>> weeks ago I decided to<br>> >>> quit whining about how much I
hate my job and I<br>> made a decision<br>> to<br>> >>> leave it. Either
I would find a new job in a<br>> different field or I<br>> >>> was going
to quit working entirely, take my<br>> retirement fund and<br>> go<br>>
>>> back to school. When miracle of miracles, I found<br>> a listing at
my<br>> >>><br>> >>> hospital for a nursing job that is all about

computers<br>> and<br>> involves<br>> >>> no patient care, is Monday
through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., no<br>><br>> >>> weekends, and no
holidays. I am so excited I am almost beside<br>> >>>
myself!!!<br>><br>><br>> So the countdown to my last days as a
bedside<br>> >>> psychiatric nurse begins:<br>> April 19th will be the
last day I ever<br>> >>> have to get spit at,<br>> hit/kicked/hair
pulled, or sworn at again; I<br>> >>> will never have to give<br>>
another shot to anyone or force anyone to<br>> >>> take medications or
eat or<br>> clean up various body fluids again.<br>> Yeah<br>> >>> for
me!! Happy dances all over<br>> the place!!<br>><br>><br>><br>> >>>
Okay...okay: now that I've got that out of my system I can go back<br>>
>>> to<br>> being my usual stoic Midwestern self! Except that I can't
seem<br>> >>> to stop<br>> smiling and giggles keep sneaking up on<br>>
>>> me!<br>><br>><br>><br>> Blessings in Christ's mercy,<br>><br>><br>>
>>> Melody<br>><br>> Work for the Lord:

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