Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The one where I remember just how much education I have to do


Yes, education.  The pillar of our society....well, it should be, but not anymore.  Unless you're in healthcare.

If that's the case, when you hire on, depending on what you'll be doing, there's either a little, or a lot of education that is MANDATORY.  Capital M mandatory.  Capital M masochistic.  If you're a nurse.

Today I spent 7 hours at work reading modules and taking tests on what should be my day off.  These ranged from HIPPA to way to much info on Medicare fraud, to medication administration, blood products, bariatric (fatty fat fat) care, and conscious sedation.

And there's still more.  Tomorrow.

I understand that we have to keep up with changing medicine.  I understand that the feds require a lot of the nonsense education like fraud and billing.  What I don't understand is why it all has to be done in these marathon sessions right after you get hired.  I'm already up to my eyeballs with orienting back into the ICU!

But I know I'll be glad to have them done.  *sigh*

Remember, it's just a ride.


  1. I think most professions are like this. My Dad's an Engineer and he's still taking and retaking tests and keeping up to date on things.

  2. I can only minorly relate because the wife wants to be a doctor. Even just to volunteer at the hospital 1 night every 2 weeks she had to read a 400 page notebook of dos and don'ts. And really, some of them are just moronic.

    Like, "You will be responsible for making the coffee, which is one of the most important tasks in the whole hospital!"

    Kid you not. Yes, saving lives is small potatoes compared to a good cup of joe.