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Before you start trucking... my opinion on 18yr olds

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Reaper's Comment
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Before you go trucking. This mainly applys to 18 year olds because they have the time until they turn 21 to try this out.

As a housekeeper in the emergancy department, ive noticed a lot of similarities between what i experiance and trucking industry overall outlook.

Both of us are underappreciated, underpaid, and do very important jobs if not the most important jobs. (Cant keep people healthy if the infection from the previous patients spread)

Both also deal with quite the amount of torment from the general public and sometimes insidr the company. (Dispatchers giving loads drivers cant ever make. Housekeepers having extra things to do that are mandated that are required but have nothing to do with patients)

Both have rediculous amounts of work loads (as a house keeper in the ed, my only help is one other person. We both do rhe job of 2-3 people each, and still expected to do more.)

But on the positive, both also have a brotherhood between the coworkers/drivers respectively. (Example here on trucker truth) we stick with one another and mutually hate another (four wheelers for truckers, messy and disrespectful patients for us housekeepers)

We also have fun toys at our disposal whether that is on our down time or even on shift. (Wheelchair races at the hospital, stretcher jousting) (truckers have the air horns to try to scare each other, the overall sheer power of the engines and the fun times you get when your bored and do stupid stuff)

What im trying to say is, while you gotta wait anyways to go otr , try housekeeping. If you can deal with the stress and pressure and disrespect of that job, just imagine how much more prepared you will be compared to someone who came from a cubical career or a job where society values better or more important.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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stretcher jousting

That right there was enough to get me interested!

I'm thinking I'm gonna call it quits and apply at my local hospital. I can't wait to get in on some of those "stretcher jousting" matches!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Reaper's Comment
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stretcher jousting

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That right there was enough to get me interested!

I'm thinking I'm gonna call it quits and apply at my local hospital. I can't wait to get in on some of those "stretcher jousting" matches!

What you do is you lay down on your stomach head first, you have a cafe tray as your shield and a crutch with a buttload of gauze at the end for safety. You can also have a neck brace and some blankets in front if you want to be all girly about it lol. A nurse or orderly push you towards each othet and the one who doesnt fall off first wins. Security refferees of course.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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That is so cool! Who knew the housekeeping crew was having so much fun down those sterilized hallways.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Reaper's Comment
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That is so cool! Who knew the housekeeping crew was having so much fun down those sterilized hallways.

Hey we have to sometimes between the phsyc patients and the sick people who want to vomit with all the colors of the wind. Speaking of which the nrsing staff and i have gotten together and written a song about all of the phsyc patients weve had.

Literally every day since july, we have had 18 out of our 20 rooms for my half of the emergancy department filled with phsyc patients. Weve gotten slightly jaded with how we "like" our patients lol. Ill post it next.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Reaper's Comment
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Ive got a lovely bunch of phsycopaths, Here they are all rocking back and forth, Loud ones and quiet ones and that ones threatened to kill! Give em restraints, and keep em contained, Thats what the charge nurse said, Ive got a lovely bunch of phsycopaths, Here they are all screaming in their beds, Screaming ones and shrieking ones and that ones trying to bite, Give em a shot to put them to sleep, **** i gave too much, Ive got a lovely bunch of phsycopaths, Here they are all heading to the morgue, Silent ones and quiet ones thats what we like to hear, Rate us well, and tell your friends, We hope to see them soon!

Bill F.'s Comment
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Nobody has as dark and twisted a sense of humor as hospital staff. My wife is a nurse going on thirty years so I know. When she has hospital friends over for dinner, I usually end up excusing myself when they start with the stories. Blood and guts don't go well with meatloaf, at least not for me anyway. I tip my hat to any one who works there...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Reaper's Comment
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Thanks, and yeah you need one to enjoy yourself here too. Especially er placement.

Would you guys agree with my op? I feel it is better prep than reading books or youtube vids.

Rick S.'s Comment
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a crutch with a buttload of gauze at the end for safety.

Cause that sounds SO SAFE to me...

Rick

Patrick C.'s Comment
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It is about as bad as a bunch of bored crew chiefs. After all of aircraft were packed up sent towards Iraq. We all got bored and did pallet jack jousting and races. For the jousting it was a metal garbage can lid and a mop or broom. For paler jack racing we set up the course using engineer tape.

How do you race a pallet jack? Easily, you stand on the "forks". You use the handle to turn the "front" wheel back and forth. Before you know it you are zipping along

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