Introductions

  1. "Ask and ye shall receive." I really think this graduate nurse forum idea was a great one. Thanks to whomever suggested it. I just wanted to start by intoducing myself. I am a 29 y.o. (and holding forever) married mother of one energetic 5 y.o. boy. I'm from east Tennessee, GO VOLS! As you can guess, I am a recent graduate nurse. I've already passed boards and received my RN license. I am presently working in a NICU. This was a tough choice to make due to the fact most of my instuctors were determined to have us all work in med-surg for at least one year. However, I went with my heart more than my head. In clinicals, I loved post-partum, nursery, and intensive care, so NICU fit the bill for me. I like many other types of nursing as well, but I needed to choose one. Before graduation, I had offers for 3 other hospitals one for a new vascular surgical unit, a CCU, and L&D position. I ended up chosing a facilty that I had a clinical rotation at. A funny thing about my choice was I swore I'd never work there after being treated poorly by staff. I'm learning to never say NEVER!
    So, enough about me, me, me. How about YOU? Where are you from? Have you taken boards? What area are you working? ETC...
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   AL bug
    Hi TNRN, I am an ALRN. From Huntsville, but I am in West Virginia now in CRNA school. Just started this May. This summer I am taking 6 HCA classes and have already taken cellular phis. Its tough but I get to start the fun stuff in Sept.
    Congrats on passing boards. I remember how excitintg it was to get that letter. I liked the ICU(MICU). I hope you enjoy it too. Are you planning to practice Advanced Practice Nursing someday?
    bug
  4. by   TNRN
    Yes, I do plan to complete a master's degree when my son is a little more self-sufficient. In college, I tutored other students and found out I love to teach. So, maybe being an educator of some sort is in my future.
  5. by   RN_MOM4
    HI mother of 4 here. I just got done writing my canadian boards and i am awaiting anxiously for the results ( takes 4 t 6 weeks)
    I have just accepted a postion in North Carolina on a burn unit.

    I would like to say congrats to all of the grad nurses and we made it LOL

  6. by   nurse4kids
    RN_mom4, I noticed you accepted a position in North Carolina.. ?? Welcome! I've lived in NC all my life (I'm 22) and love it, and am hoping you will too. If my guess is right, I'm going to be working at the same hospital as you, but in pediatrics!
    Hope you're liking your job!
  7. by   rn2binmay
    Hi - graduated May 23 '02, taking boards July 22 at 11:30 am!!! I took a review course, it was ok but I think the key is just doing tons of questions - I do 50-75 a day on a computer CD. I'm trying to maintain my confidence and realize that I can't possibly know it all. We all made it through school, we'll make it through the boards! Good luck everyone.
  8. by   rn2binmay
    I would be curious to know how many new grads are going to med/surg and how many elsewhere - I really want to go right to the ER ... am I crazy? It's all I've ever wanted to do.
  9. by   WalMart_ADN
    new grad here, going into pediatrics July 15!
    have sent all my paperwork into the state for my limited permit/licensing exam....that was at the end of May, still have'nt heard anything. did you guys experiance such delays? and is anyone else working on a limited permit while awaiting the date of their boards??

    oh and btw... i know the state got my stuff because they cashed my check about 3 weeks ago!!!!
  10. by   lyndalous
    Hello everyone!
    My name is Lynda. I am a newe nurse too as of Jan 2002. I love being a nurse! I work on a surgical-trauma unit. It is a great learing experience.
    I am very excited about this new forum! Nice to meet you all!
  11. by   bungies
    Hi all!
    Even on the other side of the world they try to get you to go med-surg first! LOL As a mature-age grad, (well, 30) I decided to go straight to my first (and continuing) love of oncology and palliative care, although I tried to get as much diversity of practice experience in the student stage as I could.

    Originally posted by rn2binmay
    I would be curious to know how many new grads are going to med/surg and how many elsewhere - I really want to go right to the ER ... am I crazy? It's all I've ever wanted to do.
    I don't think you're crazy, if you know that's what you want to do. I guess the reason the instructors try to push the med-surg aspect is that you get such a variety that you start to understand where you want to work. I had several friends who went down that path b/c they didn't know; others who did and went straight there. No reason to hold back if you're sure - if you don't like it you can always try another area of nursing (Isn't this profession GREAT for that?)

    Keep sane, all you who haven't taken your boards yet. That's one benefit of Australian schools of nursing; they're incorporated into the end of the course, so we get registration a month or so after completing the course.
  12. by   Josefin
    Im a 25 yr swedish BSN, I graduated on june 10th 2002. I am currently working in a general psych unit. I choose to go directly into psych because I felt that it was what interested me most. Now I am getting second thoughts though, maybe this is not right for me after all. I like the unit and especiellay the great cooperation with the doctors, but this kind of nursing feels a bit too slow for me. Maybe I will stay for another few months, but then I think I will go into some kind of trauma care.

    More about me... I live in a quite small town, Uppsala. It is situated pretty close to the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. The city hospital though is a universityhospital, one of Swedens most well known ones. I live together with my husband 2B Jonas, we are getting married in a month. We have not got any kids but a boxer called Boris. He is 1 1/2 yr and take a lot of my time:-)
  13. by   mnnielsen
    Hi to all of you,

    I am a new grad from Denmark. Graduated in may and are now on a two moths long vacation in U.S. My fionce and boyfriend through 6 years is american and live in Dallas, TX. After my vacation I will be going back to Denmark to start working, but at the same time I will be trying to get licensed to work in the U.S. (hoping that my fionce and I will be able to live together one day).

    I have been receiving the allnurses.com newsletter since I started studing to become a nurse and am happy to see the opening of the graduate nurse forum. Great idea! and congratulations to all of us using it.


    Maria N. Nielsen
    mnnielsen@hotmail.com

  14. by   TNRN
    wow, it is so interesting to know that new nurses all over the world are going through the same thing.
    rn2binmay - i also took a review course & studied until my eyes were crossed. i came away from the nclex thinking, "why, oh why did i even bother." i got so many patient prioritizing questions and who to transfer to what units and you just really cannot study for those. however, i do believe the more questions you see the better or at least i believe it helped me.
    walmart-adn - i did not experience any delays. graduated may 3 could have tested as early as may 20.
    Last edit by TNRN on Jul 3, '02

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