Caregiver Gift Cards
From Senator Maurine WalshNurses probably spend a considerable amount of time playing cards…
In response to Senator Walsh:
With a name like Nixon…
I try to stay away from politics!
When I am not playing with cards, I am busy with delegations, preparing and delivering in-services, specialty infusions for people with rare conditions, medical-legal research, driving or flying across the country, blogging and learning marketing, helping a nurse to retire by helping her with bringing customers to her website. Building my own website.
I take my Freedom of Speech sacredly. I am not playing about the cards! I give a caregiver an Amazon gift card, buffet or gas card with delegations and trainings. I give my heart in teaching them proper administration of medications to prevent terroristic conditions amongst people with mental health disabilities. Even without an apology after demeaning statements, I would still be there to help you learn a colostomy or suprapubic catheter. I ensure mentorship for future health care professionals. I foster fellowship among scholars internationally in the online business community known as Wealthy Affiliate.
I helped people knocking on Heaven’s door and passing from this world to beyond the Earth. May they rest in Peace Everlasting. I have been asked to dress a corpse in the middle of the night for hospice, to take pictures per a family’s request so close to putrifaction. I cannot tell you how many sleepless nights I had even when pregnant.
I wish I could have respectfully declined 12 hour shifts without getting replaced. That would mean not affording something for a large family. I am the proverbial breadwinner. I wish I could have taken breaks. Because it can be very hard to make it through that kind of shift preparing for a 7th natural child birth. My feet hurt so badly and imagine still I smiled to help pick up resident’s feet into beds fluffed on a pillows with thank you, and sweet dreams.
I heard the video online from Rhiann Ferial, and break nurse was my reaction. Nurses must get a break, not drive after their shifts drenched in breastmilk with their baby crying at home. Nurses need to work reasonable shifts and not fear reprisal for reporting unsafe work circumstances. Only the judgment of an active nurse can tell what the appropriate staffing should be based on the acuity of the patient and ability of staff.
There could be a new niche for nurses called a break nurse. Agencies or the state responsible or the facility who would be responsible for paying the losing end of a law suit for allowing injury related to falls and medications errors due to nurse burn out.
A prudent nurse must speak up for safety.
( That is how I read my cards. Poker face, I will not whine at senate )
I am not playing when I review delegation rights, feeling thankful for an opportunity to feed my kids. And looking into the eyes of a caregiver like staring into the depth of their souls, like please please please don’t mess this up. I have kids to afford, and will not make it with risks to my licensure.
It does not seem sensible to pay taxes on government pompous windbag salaries for their provisions while they mandate that which puts a risk on patients, nursing licensure and the greater health of the community. Not without explaining this is no game. You cannot fill the void of experienced nurses compared to those who need mentoring and guidance without analyzing reality.
Soon, many nurses will retire. Without the guidance of seasoned nurses, there will be a new era of fake it til they make it nurses. They take nursing licenses away for errors, and put them behind bars in some cases. Then we have new nurses who may not understand how to program your infusion pump without mentorship… Do you know how to program the code for Curlin pumps? How about Bodygard, Zyno, Freedom60, Bard?
If they cannot use real thought and forget about just assumptions about playing cards to mend the problem, how can this be just? Rural nurses must have a back of the woods Macgyver-type skills, and take on the role of all the departments which larger hospitals may take for granted. What do you mean there is no one to call to start the IV? That is all on the rural nurse.
Vicky Milazzo has some great points, and measured burnout of registered nurses. I think she could easily take the place of the Maureen senator without a hassle, then have hybrid Certified Legal Nurse Consultants to make Break Nurses. Milazzo’s deck is stacked with only Aces of Hearts. Last time I saw her in Las Vegas, the only card she had was for me to record the answers for my exam for her CLNC course.
I appreciate your feedback and encourage nurses everywhere to speak up about the circumstance of missing breaks and being driven to burnout. Please like if you know a hard working and caring nurse!
Thank you & best regards,
-R. NIXON, RN