How long were you at your first RN job? - page 3

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I am curious: a) what was your first job and how long after graduating did you land it? b) how long did you stay at the first job? c) why did you leave and what did you do before going to the next?... Read More


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    tele unit

    been there almost 24 years

    still there........
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    a) what was your first job and how long after graduating did you land it?

    An LTACH where I worked as an STNA while finishing up nursing school. I graduated in May 2010, passed NCLEX in August and then started a few weeks later as an RN.

    b) how long did you stay at the first job?

    I only stayed FT for about five months. When I got a different job (Peds) I stayed PRN. Total time there as an RN was about ten months.

    c) why did you leave and what did you do before going to the next?

    I knew I was going to hate it. I don't want to work with adults and the setting just wasn't for me, but none of my other applications were getting looked at. The patient load was horrible (often ten), especially for a new grad. I felt like I was just a task monkey and didn't actually get to care for my patients and understand what the heck was going on with them. Majority of the people I worked with were wonderful so I tried to grin and bear it thinking it was just new grad stress but even after I went PRN I eventually decided it wasn't worth it. I have plenty of opportunity to pick up OT at my FT job and I don't have anxiety just thinking of going to work!
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    I am curious:

    a) what was your first job and how long after graduating did you land it?

    b) how long did you stay at the first job?

    c) why did you leave and what did you do before going to the next?
    In the early 80's. The job market was tight then & our hospital offered jobs to about 1/2 that applied.

    Med-surg overflow unit, PM shift. Started a week or 2 after boards. That was July, received results in September.

    Not my first choice, I was on that unit for a year. Then they closed the unit, and I was offered a position in Psych, my preferred area.

    Stayed there 7 years till I completed my BSN & sought out new challenges. Psychiatric Home care


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