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Joined Jun 14, '06.
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Hi. Please know that we all felt that way! Well, I know I did, that is for sure. We have so much info. drilled into our heads in such a short frame of time, and we leave the program so tired, and with such an awesome amount of responsibility on our hands.
You know WAY more than you think. I promise you, that you will be in situations, and the info. that you think you don't know will pop out of your head, and goodness knows from where it came! Has happened to me so many times.
You will have times, especially until after the first year of nursing has passed, that you will feel this way. But, I promise you will go through this like every other person does, before you feel confident and competent. You will get there, and I believe will be an awesome nurse. See, you are already worried about being that great nurse. That's a great first step. It shows you really want to be that great nurse. Good luck to you! Please keep us posted.heartbeat:heartbeat
I would not suggest taking Micro and Human Growth along with nursing classes. Both classes are fairly difficult, and you don't know what to expect from your first nursing classes, so I wouldn't recommend it.
You took 5 classes last semester, but both these classes are fairly difficult and time consuming, and A LOT of info is thrown at you during your first couple of semesters of nursing courses. I don't recommend taking any extra courses while in nursing school. I only took nursing courses while in nursing school, and I graduated at the top of my class. Some classmates of mine did take co-reqs along with nursing courses, but they normally struggled or were very stressed. I didn't work while in nursing school either. Some do, and I applaud them, but I couldn't risk it. It wasn't easy, but I managed to get by financially until graduation. Some don't have that choice though.
I can see where the closer classes would really be an advantage over the course of the program, but I still wouldn't recommend taking two hard classes at the beginning of nursing school. Can you take one the first semester, and another the second semester? If you can, that might be an alternative.
I loved the ICU at night. I had enough time and quietness to critically think about my pts diagnoses. I just recently realized I cannot work nights any longer for my health's sake. I am a little frightened to try dayshift ICU.
God bless you. I know how hard it is for you to carry on with life right now, not to mention work. I have been there. You are in my thoughts and prayers, along with your entire family. heartbeat:heartbeat
I'm also curious about this topic.
I'm a new grad & was just hired to work part-time in LTC. When I asked my manager what exactly my new responsibilities would be, she only told me that it would be my job to "cross all her i-s & dot all her t-s". She also told me that the place was fully staffed with LPNs & CNAs. Oh, & that it would be my responsibility to make the call on whether or not a resident should go to the hospital - but that their policy is to send residents out to the hospital even if they get the smallest of skin tears.
**BTW, it wasn't until after I was hired for this position that I became aware that LTC isn't necessarily the best place for a new grad. I had always assumed that the only 2 possibilities for new grads were LTC & staff nurse on a MedSurg floor. Had I known so many experienced nurses felt this way about new grads in LTC, I probably would have pursued the hospital route a little harder.
I have been there and done that. An RN, like the previous poster said, is responsible for all patients and all staff when he/she is on duty. I had the job of RN supervisor in a LTC facility for almost 5 months on third shift. I loved the job, but if an LPN called out, I had to fill in, plus be house supervisor. On 5 different occasions, I had to work an entire wing by myself and be supervisor, and that meant caring for 70 patients, and being supervisor and responsible for all employees on the shift, and 179 residents total in the facility. I made really good money, but I never slept right during the day, and I never knew what to expect when I went in.
Your LTC facility may be different. Where I worked, the DON took all call outs, and between the DON and staffing, the call outs were not communicated very well, so we would show up to work with no one else there to help. More than one nurse walked out, creating abandonment of her patients. That was the terrible part to me.
Please think really long and hard. If you get a year or two under your belt, and you go to work for a good LTC facility, then that is wonderful. Just be wary, because what you are told is normally not the reality of the job.heartbeat
I wouldn't listen to what others say. Do what makes you happy. If you go to the hospital, and you are unhappy, you will burn out fast. I discovered that hospital nursing is rough to some, great for others. It really depends on your personality and your needs.
I found LTC to challenge me in ways that the hospital didn't. You become great at time management, prioritization, and using your psych skills. The hospital, you will do more IV's, NGT's, etc. Also, in LTC, especially if you work at night, you develop your critical thinking skills quickly! You learn to pick up on small things, esp. since you have most of these patients on a long term basis.
Please listen to your heart, not your head. Do what is best for you and your family. I am sure the place that you work seems like family to you. If you give it a try, and you want to move on later, you can do that, but just follow your heart. It is trying to tell you to stay.
You should be fine. My test shut off at 80-85 questions, and I passed the first try. I felt the same way when my test was over. If you can, go out and do something really fun and be nice to yourself. All those hours and all that studying will pay off. In Alabama, we know within 2 days if we passed or not. Hang in there!!heartbeat:heartbeat
I walked into room number 88 and saw you laying there. No twinkle in your eyes, no expression on your face, just a body lying in wait for a journey to a less painful place. Something about you tugged hard at my heart.
I walked up to your bed, put my hand under yours, giving you the option to pull away or feel my loving touch. You chose my touch, you squeezed my hand and turned your eyes to me. I said, "hello room 88, my name is crazyrn2be, I am the CNA that is going to care for you today." I smiled a warm smile for you and you accepted it by weakly squeezing my hand. I washed your face, cleaned your body and re-positioned you hopeful that you would find some comfort. All the while, I spoke to you about my kids, my dog and my schooling. I didn't think you were listening to me as your eyes remained closed and your face expressionless. Until...I asked you: "room 88, are you ready for your breakfast?" You opened your eyes and spoke to me, for the first time I heard you speak, it was only a whisper, but it was beautiful music to my ears. You said "thank you and yes". You haven't spoken to anyone for the past two weeks, yet you chose to speak to me. I felt so touched that you spoke to me.
After I fed you your breakfast and chatted your ears off, (you ate 75% that morning instead of your usual 20%!!) I gently washed your face and hands and you raised your weak, shaking hand up to my face, caressed it and smiled at me. I felt tears stinging my eyes. Your smile was as beautiful as your voice! The RN in charge came into the room just as you smiled at me and she remarked that I was the first person you smiled at in weeks! I am honored. I am honored that I made you comfortable and you appreciated my tender care.
Thank you room 88.
Hi all - just a quick question, what exactly should I expect in clinicals? I'm in my junior year and will be starting clinicals in the fall (finally!). I'm starting to get a little anxious/nervous and I guess I just want some insight or personal experiences if possible.
I'm also wondering if any of you were intimidated by the nursing field when you first started? I'm having doubts that I may not be cut out or good enough for this career. I currently work as a CNA in a nursing home and sometimes I get flustered if I don't do something right and I just feel stupid. Does the insecurity fade with experience?
Thanks for your help!
Not an RN yet, but just asked several of the nurses I work with in the ICU (and will be interning at upon graduation) and nobody had any idea what I was talking about. All of our vented patients get propofol if sedation is necessary, and we have 4-7 vented per day here, so that's a pretty significant sample size never to see this "syndrome" in.
I thought all nursing schools required an interview!
hmmm..hard to believe that no one here works for a Brookdale facility.
Thinking about taking a job with one and just wanted to get some information. Not too sure about working for a HUGE corporation, as some of my favorite places to work have been smaller.\\PM me if you don't want to post publicly
I have seen hundreds of successful procedures and lives improved by us in the OR. The few that we have taken to ICU knowing that they were going to die, came from ICU knowing that surgery only improved their chance of survival by a small percent, and yes, we rushed them back to the UNIT to die with their family. As for a Lap Chole going bad....that is a whole other story that you may want to find out what was really wrong with the procedure/surgeon.
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