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- Aug 28, '12 by SelkasI can understand your feeling overwhelmed as I have heard that from ALL my nursing friends. However, what disturbs me most is that you, without the intent of staying, took on a new grad intern position from someone who actually wants it to work at the hospital. Someone like myself. I have sent out hundreds of resumes, phone calls, letters, etc. to obtain a new grad postion and nothing so far b/c I don't have any previous nursing experience. When I hear that you only want the training and not work at a hospital before taking the position is JUST NOT RIGHT! While new grads like myself will continue to struggle thru the nursing market being frustrated with every rejection or lack of response and people like you take on and throw away the opportunity like it's nothing. Well....to you it isn't anything. If you want to quit, then do it! But do it before the hospital wastes money on you, and you take up the valuable time of the preceptor that could be spent on students who really want it. You are being selfish. Sorry, but nursing is about putting others before themselves.
- Aug 28, '12 by libbyliberalTry Bayada Home health as a bridge position. They will hire anyone. The pay sucks but the training and clinical support is very good.
- Aug 28, '12 by FaeriewandStick it out for a year at least. You cannot leave anything off your resume as any hospital or organization does a check on you and it will show that you worked at the ploace for only a month or so. You are making an investment in your future so just stay put. By 6 months in it will get easier. Also, I would complain about the 8-10 patients being not safe for patients. You could try to switch to telemetry if they give you five patients.
Once you have a year experience come back to CA! Of course, don't leave your job until you are hired here. Many hospitals here are looking to hire experienced nurses. I would most definielty hire you if you told me you had to juggle 8 patients while nurses here take on 5. Good luck!
- Aug 28, '12 by SelkasThanks I will. I just want to work! Hospital preference but any other RN will do. Trying to stay positive but it gets very hard sometimes, esp b/c I don't have a job and have 2 dependents. I'm now looking for temporary work any place doing anything. But, at least, they will know in advance that it's temporary. Thanks for your info.
- Aug 28, '12 by GeneralJinjurI would also recommend sticking it out. While many of the worries you mention are standard for new grads, some are just related to having moved. My dad started out in the military and we continued the pattern of moving often throughout my growing up years, so I am very familiar with not being comfortable in a new area. It just takes time and a willingness to look for the good in your new place. In your case, you may not have the time to get comfy in your area until your internship ends and you are working. I think it would be a smart move to take the job if it is offered.
Every reason you listed for taking this position is still valid. Keep that in mind as you struggle through this awkward new grad period. You have the advantage over so many of us by having worked as an LPN. You mentioned how many of your peers appear to be relishing the fast pace and general chaos of the floor, but I would not be surprised to find them venting the same fears to their support system.
- Aug 28, '12 by CherryAnn1967You know in your gut that this pace does not fit your personality. You do have the right to change your mind. There is a plethora of areas in nursing to go into. Consider clinics, insurance companies, government agencies, county health department, milatary, school nursing, state run facilities in all 50 states. If you are willing to move, move for what will enrich you the most. Why train for hospital nursing if you don't plan to work in that setting. You can tell yourself that now you have the experience but with technology and the rapid growth in nursing five years out of the hospital your knowledge will be obsolete.If you want to gain skill while working for an agency/home health you have the ability to take classes to become fine tunely trained. You can learn these skills at a slower more comprehensive pace. You can go back to your old job enroll towards a BSN if you don't already have it
- Aug 28, '12 by Jess_Missouri_RNI spent 2 years on a busy med-surg floor as a new grad. Like others have stated even the one year isn't enough anymore. I landed my dream job and I believe my 2 years at the hospital landed me the position. I now work M-F days and make $3 more an hour. No weekends/holidays. Love it, it's clinic work so hang in there! I know med-surg as a new grad. It's hard and stressful but it does get better, I wanted to leave so many times my first year but stuck it out and the second year was a breeze!
- Aug 28, '12 by ♪♫ in my ♥Quote from GypseyGirlCould? Sure... I think you'd be swimming upstream, though...My question is- if I left after the internship, do you think I could possibly get a nursing job in another area (outside of the hospital)do you think employers would frown upon leaving after an internship?I think if the hospital offers a permanent job on a unit (not on float pool) after the internship, we have to sign a year contract.
try to stick it out for a year for the experience and just be really stressed out and unhappy?Quote from Yoda"Do or do not... there is no try"the risk of losing my license.I don't want to keep bouncing around from job to job, but it is really important for me to find an area of nursing that I can do well in and have some enjoyment.I just really don't think it's in Med Surg!
- Aug 28, '12 by CherryAnn1967You don't appear to be happy with your decision. I'm not sure if you must enter into the nursing profession through *a fire storm. *I know of med/surg nurses with 15 years experience, mostly in med/surg, who express similar sentiments. The profession of nursing and supporting technology changes at such a rapid rate that older nurses are leaving because of the demands of technology. Floor nursing is a specialty. It is not for everyone. *If you tough it out for two years and go back to home care, five or so years later the skills you gained over those five years will be obsolete. *If you go back to med/ surg you will need retraining. *I loved community health nursing it suited my personality. *I was 99% sure that was what I *wanted to do. *I didn't trust myself *and went for the 1 year experience in med/surg. *I had never felt more out of sorts in my life. *I left med /surg after a few months and got a health department position as a new grad. *I had fellow graduates who knew they wanted to be in the ER. *They went for it and loved it. *Some fellow grads thrived on excitement, who did advanced life support in nursing school. *Some like you were LPNs with years of experience that wanted to go back to home care. *That was 15 years ago on the east coast. *If you are willing to move, would you consider the north east coast, the mid atlantic region or Florida. *Have you considered government agencies, the military, school nursing, university nursing, state agencies, county health department, CDC, NIH other research facilities, nurse educator if you are a BSN. *Going back to home care and getting your BSN or Masters. Sounds to me like the world is your oyster. *Take a second look and fulfill your dreams.
- Aug 28, '12 by griffinchetIt baffles me why you wouldn't be suited for a position in home health after having worked in home health as an LPN. You typically don't see acute care listed on home health job postings, but I could be wrong. With that being said, if you are unhappy you should finish your internship and seek a better opportunity. The worst thing you could do is stay in position where you are uncomfortable & wait for termination( if that is likely)Last edit by griffinchet on Aug 28, '12