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January/February Nurses and Student Nurses

post #1 of 95
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The old thread is buried and dated November.... How about a new one?

I'm going back to work on the 19th part-time as our patient care flow response nurse. Only 2 12s a week and it's always Monday/Tuesday. I'm not excited to go back and leave my baby, but I do LOVE my job.
post #2 of 95
subbing for now, trying to get the little guy to sleep.
post #3 of 95
I am an ER RN


I also moonlight in the ICU. I also am the assistant manager of the ER too. And the Educator

I wear many hats at work. I love what I do :
post #4 of 95
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Hi Lucky Charm! I would like to work in our ED at some point, but am happy where I'm at now.
post #5 of 95
hi ladies,
i'm thinking of going to nursing school. do you have any things you wish you had known when you started that you would like to share with me?
post #6 of 95
Well I'm making a change. I just have to get out of the hospital.

I applied for, and got a call this afternoon for an interview, a position as an RN in a juvenile sexual offenders program. This is a long stay program for young boys (mainly teens) who are sexual offenders. They get counseling, different therapies, go to school here, live, etc. I did a clinical rotation there and I really enjoyed it a lot.

I have never done this type of nursing before. Does anyone here do anything similiar? Or have any advice.
post #7 of 95
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hi ladies,
i'm thinking of going to nursing school. do you have any things you wish you had known when you started that you would like to share with me?
Just make sure it is something you really want to do because it is not an easy job at all. I do like being a nurse but there are a lot of times I'm thinking that I don't get paid enough to do this! LOL!

If you don't have any real hospital experience I would strongly recommend shadowing an RN, or getting some type of CNA job while doing your pre-reqs to get more of an idea of what nurses really do. You want to make sure it's something you want to do.
post #8 of 95
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Well I'm making a change. I just have to get out of the hospital.

I applied for, and got a call this afternoon for an interview, a position as an RN in a juvenile sexual offenders program. This is a long stay program for young boys (mainly teens) who are sexual offenders. They get counseling, different therapies, go to school here, live, etc. I did a clinical rotation there and I really enjoyed it a lot.

I have never done this type of nursing before. Does anyone here do anything similiar? Or have any advice.
I had an interview today and got the job! I am so happy Now I just have to get through the next few shifts at the job I have now somehow and be done with it. I like my patients but the hospital is not for me. I'm glad to be getting out of it.

I am just happy to have a job with a LOT less stress. I can't take the stress and the crap of the hospital anymore, it is making me sick to my stomach to even have to go into work tonight. But hopefully it will be a good weekend and the end is near Trying to stay positive but it's hard.
post #9 of 95
Congratulations marilyn!

I am, like PAflower, considering nursing school. I have a BS in unrelated subjects so I need to pick up some prereqs (bio & nutrition & maybe a psych class depending on how my undergrad course transfers) before applying - I have found some accelerated Advanced Practice Nurse programs locally that look great - one has a CNM specialty which I think is where I would like to end up.

The catch is that I have a very good job in my current career that I don't want to give up if nursing school won't work out (if I can't get in). So I am trying to balance figuring out if it is what I really want versus keeping this job as long as humanly possible. In this job there is not much room for outside work especially if I will be taking some pre-reqs.

Can anyone share any volunteer positions I might be able to investigate that require less than 5-8 hour committment each week, but give me an idea of whether nursing is really for me?
post #10 of 95
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Originally Posted by marilynmama View Post
I had an interview today and got the job! I am so happy Now I just have to get through the next few shifts at the job I have now somehow and be done with it. I like my patients but the hospital is not for me. I'm glad to be getting out of it.

I am just happy to have a job with a LOT less stress. I can't take the stress and the crap of the hospital anymore, it is making me sick to my stomach to even have to go into work tonight. But hopefully it will be a good weekend and the end is near Trying to stay positive but it's hard.

Good luck Marilyn! I love critical care but am going through a phase right now. I don't think I'm anywhere near to making a change but it's inspiring to see what else is out there

I need to go on sabbatical. Yeah right.
post #11 of 95
Hey Marilyn congrats, that's awesome! I totally feel your pain - hospital was NOT the place for me either.

Right now I'm the lead public health nurse at a municipal health dept. I'm working FT & I have to go back to school (RN-BSN) to keep my job. So I start a FT program on Tuesday & am already feeling overwhelmed. But it's only until August so I hope I can pull it off.

I had the funniest thing happen today - I was doing a check-up for the sweetest 7 year old little boy. I asked him what his favorite things to eat are & after thinking for a few seconds he said, "crawfish and sushi!" The kids usually tell me stuff like french fries or fruit or chicken or something so I was totally not expecting that.
post #12 of 95
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Originally Posted by marilynmama View Post
I had an interview today and got the job! I am so happy Now I just have to get through the next few shifts at the job I have now somehow and be done with it. I like my patients but the hospital is not for me. I'm glad to be getting out of it.

I am just happy to have a job with a LOT less stress. I can't take the stress and the crap of the hospital anymore, it is making me sick to my stomach to even have to go into work tonight. But hopefully it will be a good weekend and the end is near Trying to stay positive but it's hard.
congrats Marilyn
post #13 of 95
Hi all. I'm a student. Very happy to get back to it after an uber-long holiday:::. I'm going from just six (one was a gym credit) to nine credits I'm a childbirth teacher, homeschooler and working doula

sheesh I hope it isn't too much. Last semester I got shingles. They tell me thats from stress??

But I'm REALLY HAPPY and love going to school. It's just a challenge to balance everything. You all get it, I'm sure

My baby will be THREE in a few weeks. It's a whole new world.
post #14 of 95
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Originally Posted by marilynmama View Post
I had an interview today and got the job! I am so happy Now I just have to get through the next few shifts at the job I have now somehow and be done with it. I like my patients but the hospital is not for me. I'm glad to be getting out of it.

I am just happy to have a job with a LOT less stress. I can't take the stress and the crap of the hospital anymore, it is making me sick to my stomach to even have to go into work tonight. But hopefully it will be a good weekend and the end is near Trying to stay positive but it's hard.
Well....

I went to work last night and was going to turn in my resignation and one of the nurses I work with who has been a nurse for over 20 years talked me out of this new job. And she made a lot of sense, especially concerning my future goals of Pedi NP.

So I'm staying with my PICU job and I feel good about it (for now anyways...lol). I still have no plans to stay in the hospital forever. At least I know I can easily get another job, every place I applied at called me for an interview!

I've been in a real funk this past month about my job. I just needed to work through some things I guess.
post #15 of 95
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Hi all. I'm a student. Very happy to get back to it after an uber-long holiday:::. I'm going from just six (one was a gym credit) to nine credits I'm a childbirth teacher, homeschooler and working doula

sheesh I hope it isn't too much. Last semester I got shingles. They tell me thats from stress??

But I'm REALLY HAPPY and love going to school. It's just a challenge to balance everything. You all get it, I'm sure

My baby will be THREE in a few weeks. It's a whole new world.
Welcome

I'm a ft RN and also homeschool my girls. I homeschooled them through pre-reqs and nursing school. Stressful at times but worth it and we all managed well. We are very very laid back hs'ers though

I loved college! I can't wait to go back for my NP degree hopefully next year. Being a ft student or working mama isn't easy, but it's fulfilling.

I think it's important to take care of yourself and don't let the stress become too much (your shingles). My husband got me a 1 hr Swedish massage for xmas and I think I might treat myself to something like that once a month or every other month.
post #16 of 95
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Well....

I went to work last night and was going to turn in my resignation and one of the nurses I work with who has been a nurse for over 20 years talked me out of this new job. And she made a lot of sense, especially concerning my future goals of Pedi NP.

So I'm staying with my PICU job and I feel good about it (for now anyways...lol). I still have no plans to stay in the hospital forever. At least I know I can easily get another job, every place I applied at called me for an interview!

I've been in a real funk this past month about my job. I just needed to work through some things I guess.
I wanted to talk you down from your new job, but obviously don't know you well enough to feel comfortable doing so : Since you had done a clinical rotation there, I believed you knew exactly what you were getting into. There were a few reasons I wasn't keen on it...

The first was those kinds of positions often lose their funding so you have to constantly apply and re-apply for a job. Secondly, those are such sad cases. I'm kind of in the boat that a sex offender (even a juvenile one) aren't easily rehabilitated and I would get uber frustrated being involved in their care.

Of course someone needs to take care of these boys, I'm just well aware that it can't be me.
post #17 of 95
Hi Everyone, I have been lurking for a while, and thought I would say hi I am an almost full time RN and lactation consultant, working towards my BSN. I have 2 per diem positions one is at clinic, the other is on post partum. I really want to give up the clinic, but I "need" close to a full time schedule, and I am not able to get that right now on my pp floor, and have it fit with my schooling as well I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old..


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Welcome

I'm a ft RN and also homeschool my girls. I homeschooled them through pre-reqs and nursing school. Stressful at times but worth it and we all managed well. We are very very laid back hs'ers though
How do you homeschool I would love to find out! I have been wanting to homeschool my children, but with me back at work it just doesn't seem like an option
post #18 of 95
opps
post #19 of 95
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I wanted to talk you down from your new job, but obviously don't know you well enough to feel comfortable doing so : Since you had done a clinical rotation there, I believed you knew exactly what you were getting into. There were a few reasons I wasn't keen on it...

The first was those kinds of positions often lose their funding so you have to constantly apply and re-apply for a job. Secondly, those are such sad cases. I'm kind of in the boat that a sex offender (even a juvenile one) aren't easily rehabilitated and I would get uber frustrated being involved in their care.

Of course someone needs to take care of these boys, I'm just well aware that it can't be me.
I asked about their rehabilitation rate in my interview and from their stats only 10% reoffend. So the program does a good job and has been there for years. My job itself wouldn't be threatened, they have excellent funding (I would only stay about a year anyways). The boys have to qualify to be in the program (it's not just for anyone).

After discussing this all with my husband I have again decided to take the job. I've been canceled my last 2 out of 3 shifts in the PICU and this has been going on for the last 4 months and I couldn't pay my student loan this month---have you all had any problem with your hospital census being low lately??? Anyways, I've decided to go ahead and take it for a year and then do something else (I don't think this is something I would want to do long term honestly but I also want the HELL out of the hospital).

Thanks for the input though!
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Hi Everyone, I have been lurking for a while, and thought I would say hi I am an almost full time RN and lactation consultant, working towards my BSN. I have 2 per diem positions one is at clinic, the other is on post partum. I really want to give up the clinic, but I "need" close to a full time schedule, and I am not able to get that right now on my pp floor, and have it fit with my schooling as well I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old..




How do you homeschool I would love to find out! I have been wanting to homeschool my children, but with me back at work it just doesn't seem like an option
We have just always made it work. I know alot of homeschooling RNs. Some do weekend option, or work prn. I work ft and still have plenty of family time, we are *very* relaxed hs'ers though which helps.

Right now me and dh work opposite schedules (I work nights, he works days). But later on this year dh will be going to nights (he is a police officer) and the girls will spend the nights over at grandmas couple nights a week (they would have to do this regardless of hs'ing) but we will have all evening together (don't have to be at work until 11pm and they stay up late with us).

We have just always been committed to it and made it work and never really gave any other option a thought.
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