GooeyRN 10,988 Views
Joined Nov 27, '05.
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Sadly, you live in area with no jobs. There were more jobs in the Binghamton area, which I know was pretty poor when it comes to jobs as well. (I used to live very close to there until last year.) Have you applied to psychiatric hospitals or floors? An adolescent or children's unit would have very minimal lifting involved, if any, though you may have to be involved in applying restraints/take downs. Have you applied for home health? How about the red cross? Walk in clinics or urgent care centers? Even volunteer at a free clinic if you need experience. It is a tough place out there for newer nurses, especially those who are disabled. :-(
I have been struggling for awhile but I have never reached the point that I am at now...I am literally feeling sick to my stomach, having headaches and other physical symptoms because I am scheduled to go back to work tomorrow. I work PRN on a unit that is fairly new and specialized. I absolutely hate it - and that is not how I am. Though the unit is new, the hospital is not and the hospital has struggled w/its reputation in the community...I thought (and did not listen to others!) that because of some changes this would be a good place to work..wrong. The promises of FT work, how the unit would be run etc. have not materialzed since the unit changed last fall. PRN consists of a few days/month. We have been struggling because of this - I, along w/others, keep getting told once the census goes up FT will be available. The census is up, but nothing. The manager, though nice, is unresponsive and to be honest, seems to leave early a lot of time..The person who runs HR is a beast - to everyone so it's not personal but it's a stress nonetheless. We are not allowed to leave the unit during our shift - period. So if we don't bring something to eat - too bad. There is no microwave so hot meals are out. I think the manager is uncomfortable in her new role and w/the hospital overall as well (she has been there about 8-9 months). I have been applying other places and am not in a position to just not work but the closer my next shift gets the more stressed/anxious and physically ill I am getting. I've not been thrilled w/other jobs in the past, but that is part of nursing sometimes...but this place is different for me. I just wondered if anyone else had ever had such a strong reaction to a job...to the point you really aren't sure you can even make yourself go to work.
I vote work somewhere, anywhere, prn. Do even one shift a month so you are still considered in the work force. You will be hireable that way when you are ready. I am off now a year after having a baby. I am going back just 1-2 days a month next month just so I am still considered employed. I have done this after each of my kids (I have 3) and it has not been a problem finding work. No, I am not moving forward with promotions and whatnot. That isn't important to me right now. Right now being with my kids when they are young (6,4,1) is what is important to me, but I don't want to totally throw away my career, either. I guess you can say I am on the mommy track.
Yes!!! It will help a lot. You will get to do a lot of patient care, vitals, run groups, etc. Do it!
We get nothing extra. Well, maybe the pleasure of working short staffed...
Kids do the craziest things! I hope all is well. Yes to putting sleepers on backwards or if they are older put jumpsuits on them backwards. I knew someone who duct taped diapers on for naps and sleep.
I am an RN and my dh is a structural/civil engineer. I don't think I can find anything at all in common with the two, other than we both have people asking us for stuff all of the time. One you will be on your feet and doing physical stuff a lot, the other you will be sitting in a cube. What sounds better to you? One you will be doing most talking via phone or email, the other is mostly face to face. You do have to work with others in both... Nursing you will have odd hours but your shift generally ends and you go home. Your off time is YOURS. There is the odd call about something off duty, but it doesn't have to be your life. Engineering... Well, it is part of your life/is your life and the two go together. My husband has his own business now, and works from home. Sure, he is home and sees the kids a lot, but he is working and is always on call. Many dinners are without him, he works after kids are in bed, he lives with his phone on his body. He can not run to the store for milk or take a kid to pre-school without having his phone on her person. I do not have to carry a phone like that. I can eat and shower without having to answer right then. If I am called from work, it is something like needing a clarification that can usually wait 15 minutes, or can I work such and such date. If dh misses a call, he loses a job or client. OUCH. I work holidays and weekends, he does not. Neither of us get a 4 day weekend. For instance, Thanksgiving. If a nurse gets it off, they will work the day before, the day after, and the weekend. The engineer gets the holiday itself off. Before doing his own business, he could take vacation and not really be available whenever he wanted, as long as it wasn't a busy season. Now that he has his business, he works while on the beach. Like I said, he works it into life. He gets to be at all of the cute little kid stuff, like pre-school graduations. With his phone, of course. That doesn't happen to easily for nurses. You miss a LOT of kid stuff. You miss a lot of holidays. Many times you have to find someone to cover the time you want off. I had to do this for my wedding. But when you are off, you are OFF. You can forget about work. I will say he makes about triple what I would if I worked full time. So money is a big thing to think about, how much of it you desire. I am unavailable when at work. I can't really take 5 minutes to call home and check on the kids. If a kid gets sick, I can not go home. He has to take them to the dr. or Er or wherever. He can call off if he is sick, generally nurses go to work unless they can't physically make it there/are hospitalized. Looking back, if I was able, I would choose engineering over nursing. The mandatory overtime, swing shifts, weekends, and holidays get to you after awhile. So does missing your kids stuff.
I work with my mom. We are both rn's. There are several other mother daughter pairs too. It works great especially when covering empty shifts. Therearentas many short shifts IMO when family tries to help cover each others vacation days. I love working alongside my mom and so do the other pairs. We are not union. We both speak English only.
I would go in unless you are contagious with the flu, stomach bug, strep, or something else you REALLY wouldn't want someone to get. In that case, go to the dr. so you can get a note. If you are coming down with a cold or just generally don't feel well, go in. Calling off is something that REALLY doesn't go over well in health care. If you aren't going to the doctor for it, I honestly wouldn't call off. I don't call off without a dr.'s note to go in my file. I called off in 2009 when I had H1N1, but other than that, I haven't ever called off.
What is this people say if you are well enough to post, you are well enough to work... You can post from a phone, Ipad, or laptop while in bed between barfing episodes or trips to the bathroom. You don't have to be totally knocked out to be too sick to work. What about those who are hospitalized but posting from their smartphones? I was posting while in transition during labor, and again as soon as baby was taking his first nap. Should I have been at work, knowing a baby was going to pop out of me within minutes?
My 3 were quite painful, but I almost enjoyed them... I am an oddball that considers labor/childbirth a personal challenge. I think a lot of it is the mindset going in. I won't allow myself pain meds unless something major is going on, just a personal choice, I have nothing against them for others.. (I recently also avoided all pain meds after an incisional breast biopsy) I enjoy the whole process of labor and delivery. I have LONG labors. First 23 hours, second 18 hours, third was on and off for 1.5 weeks.
That is CRAZY. There is a limit on how many cc's/ml's one can inject at a time, but not units.
Like others said, take some easy classes to start. I was a nervous wreck in nursing school all of the time. It gets better once you settle into a job. Those feelings do decrease after the first 6 months to a year.
Think of which will make you happy long term. Do you have kids? Do you want to have kids someday? 9 to 5 hours sound so nice with no weekends or holidays. You can easily get daycare for those hours. Daycare is tricky to get on holidays and weekends. Just a thought. I would JUMP on the office job. But then again, I don't like stressful hospital nursing.
Does this program require stats and chem? I know you have to do clinicals..
NOT LTC... A small hospital. There is no back up plan in place other than calling all of the staff to see if they want to come in, and there is no policy that someone has to be on call for such things. So if everyone says no to coming in on their day off, whoever is working that shift gets mandated.
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