What would you do ROOKIE? - page 3
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So you have worked hard, very hard. The past few years have been gruesome. You have suffered, rejoiced, cried, failed, shook it off and got back up, succeeded, endured countless sacrifices and accomplished the dream! The... Read More
- 0Apr 5, '13 by libran1984I had almost the same kind of interview recently at a PRN position I applied for. I took the job and its amazing pay. Top 200 rehab facilities in the US was its claim to fame. I did 3 days of video watching and 2 days of floor orientation. I then picked up 32 hours of work (4 shifts) and...
I'd rather work as a server or bartender again than do that kind of work. Worst experience I've had in years regarding nursing.
- 0Apr 5, '13 by Blue RosesThe place sounds EXTREMELY shady.... I wouldn't do anything unless you get the offer of course. If you get the offer I personally would turn it down. What if the place got cited again while you're working there? You'd have that on your record and your resume would say that you had worked there at that time. If the money problems outweigh the risk, take the job but focus your effort on getting as far away as possible. I took the first offer I got after nursing school. Bad decision on my part. The job was just awful. I had to leave after a year of it because of bad panic attacks from the stress of the job. I have a WAY better job now. When interviewing this go-round, I did not take the first offer I got.
- 1Apr 5, '13 by tnmarieYou have to get that experience somewhere, and unfortunately unsavory positions are often the only options to new grads. Take it and get experience, even if you just do it PRN. In my neck of the woods, you are actually MORE sought after if you survive a year in some of the local hell holes of nursing. As for the DON, I wouldn't let a DON make me leave or refuse a position. Management comes and goes so if a bad one is there, just wait him/her out. A great management team would be ideal, but is fairly rare in my experience. Frankly, if you are as hard up as you sound, you don't really have much of a choice. Heck, maybe you can even be a good influence and improve the conditions for your patients, even if that improvement is for your shift only. Good luck.
- 2Apr 6, '13 by samadams8So, so, so sad. But I have seen this to be an issue not only for new grads. Trust me. It's beyond that. Hiring freezes have a core cause. Explore, as open-mindedly and honestly as you can what these causes are. They affect more than new grads, believe it or not.
- 1Apr 6, '13 by samadams8Quote from tampicotrauma82Even then, it comes down to more than that, b/c you have a lot of grads with great GPAs and the like. Same thing with experienced nurses as well.The only way new grads get jobs as nurses is by doing very well at reputable nursing program and by having their highly reputable professors give your future employer a stamp of approval...
Until some political changes come into play, which are a long way off, I'm afraid nursing is not the field to go into for most people if you want to find a job--especially if you don't want to have to wait a couple of years or more to find on-- or move to North Dakota.
- 0Apr 6, '13 by NyteshiftLVNYep! Been there, done that! Stayed nearly two years while I looked for something else several times a week. As soon as something else came along I was gone.
Edit: Forgot to add that I was never actually called a "rookie" I think my DON was more professional than that. But it was clear that I was brand new out of school. In my school the most patients we ever had were 4 at one time. Then out of school a few months later suddenly I was on my own at night with 56 patients and 3 CNA's after 2 weeks of orientation.Last edit by NyteshiftLVN on Apr 6, '13 : Reason: Forgot to add something.