loriannprice 369 Views
Joined Jul 12, '17.
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Yeah, that's tricky. On the one hand, there is no experience like just doing it, make a mistake, learn from it, move on. It's a great teaching model, it's what I used when I was teaching new student nurses. It felt scary to them because they were brand new and felt like they knew nothing and could kill somebody. You and I know their ability to hurt somebody was pretty low level unless they were crazy. On the other hand, you sound like me in that you want to do it right so instant feedback is important. I think if you trust yourself more you'll be more comfortable with leaning on your own learning. Consider you are a nurse, you do know stuff, trust the process!
After the first couple of weeks, yes. However, we were in PACU, so there are strict nurse to pt ratios. Couple that with a small 16 bay area only divided by sliding curtains and you can see we were all together, all the time. Very different than being spread over a large area, sometimes available sometimes behind a close door.
And if you want to stop at a BSN, you can.
WGU! ADN to MSN with them in 2.5 years. Well supported, competency- based learning, non-profit (all in 13k), love their model. If I could've done my FNP there.....
Highly structured 16 week program, modeled after the Versant residency program. Could also be 12 week for a med-surg position, but I was in a critical care area. Weekly checklists to guide the weeks learning, preceptor on my unit so she was able to closely monitor my progress. Weekly meetings to discuss progress, opportunities for growth, etc. Very well supported by most of my colleagues (there's always got to be that one nurse, doesn't there?), really enjoyed it.
Oh Portperry09, my heart aches for you! I was in a similar situation for my very first nursing job, I lasted less than 3 weeks. It was awful. I was blessed to speak with an experienced nurse/friend who said if I felt like my license was in danger (which I did) then it was up to me as to whether I stay or go. Nobody would stand up for me like I could. I am so disappointed no one has told you what it would be like in the float position, in our hospital system, they won't even let you be on the float team until you have 2 years experience! I won't tell you what to do, but I'll tell you what I did. I quit. And the next job I applied to (a proper residency program that was highly structured and able to be extended if I felt the need) I was completely honest with them. Told them I had been put in a dangerous situation as a new grad taking care of IMC and VERY sick med-surg patients, and they were very understanding. I haven't looked back with a single regret. Hope this is helpful!
My sense is if you felt overwhelmed as a CNA, nursing may not be for you. I loved high school and made As and still find it stressful at times as a nurse. Nursing school was incredible, the hardest thing I've ever done. I encourage you to consider the Why of your nursing fantasy. Do you like the idea of helping others, being looked up to as a source of knowledge? What is it that draws you to nursing?
I am super surprised to hear about this for new grads, perhaps it's a difference in terminology? At my Level III NICU, the resource team were experts, not novices. You applied for it like a charge RN role, very elite group of experienced NICU nurses. If this more of a "help out where you are most needed, and we'll make sure you have the support you need" then absolutely go for it! What a privilege to have varied experiences early in your career.
Hello Satori77, Texas is an excellent place to practice. I started my nursing career with Set on, they have several large hospitals in the greater Austin area and have an excellent new grad residency program. I have friends who work for St David's, but have no personal experience with them. New nurses make 25 ish and that can be challenging if you live in Austin proper. I'm in Round Rock and find it more affordable. Our kids have attended private Christian school and are now in a charter school in Georgetown. It's K-12 and we love it. Happy to answer whatever questions you have! I was hired with an ADN, and with you being in the BSN program, should be no problem.
I know what you mean JTravelstheWorld, sometimes I just stop reading 😔
As others have mentioned, I am so blessed by your willingness to share your experience, your thoughts, your criteria for decisions and your plan of attack! Thank you!
Wow! Would love to know more about this Snels50. I am in NP school now, have 7 years nursing experience and have considered moving to a more remote location when my husband retires. This sounds like a great for for me, can you share more about it?
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