dream'n, BSN, RN 9,048 Views
Joined Aug 28, '06.
Posts: 832 (55% Liked)
You are not a failure. You got through nursing school, now you are looking for your niche.
The good news is tbat nursing is very broad, there is so much you can do.
Private duty sounds like it is right up your alley. You have one patient.
Some other possibilities: clinic nurse, psych nurse, public health department, cancer screening.
You will figure this out.
There is not a "floor nurse" personality. Floor nursing is very hard; nursing in general is very hard. Most new nurses are scared ****less coming off of orientation, what you felt was not something new. The learning curve after school is extremely steep. Many new nurses cry, stress, have insomnia, etc., but they persevere. What is it with certain new nurses lately that can't deal and want a 'less stressful' nursing position? Well I've been a nurse for 20 some years and I've never had a low stress nursing position and if there is one, I'm certainly in front of you in line for it. I'm sorry you feel that you may have wasted four years on a degree that will be too stressful for you, but perhaps your story will be a warning for all of those student nurses with stars in their eyes.
I try my very best for my patients, but I remember that I'm only a human. When the crap hits the fan I remind myself of this, because I know whatever happens I have given it my all and done whatever I possibly could. This helps me stay calmer.
I work in psych. I doubt my scrubs are covered in public hazard pathogens. After work, if I need to stop at the store, I stop at the store. Sorry to anyone that gets nauseated at the sight of me in scrubs, but it's really a non-issue to me.
Yes, you will need to take the course.
Am I the only one who just wants to give OP a big ol' hug???
We needed to take the Chemo/Biotherapy course and keep our certification current to administer chemotherapy where I worked. The ONS certification was optional.
The OR is not so willing to train I have found. All require experience but apply anyway! Use keywords in your resume that apply to OR nursing duties and your resume will get picked up!!!
Way back I used to do double weekends; 16 hours on Saturday and 16 hours on Sunday. And even though I was only working 32 hours weekly I made bank because the first 8 hours were straight pay, but the next 4 were time and a half and the last 4 were double time. I don't think any employer does that anymore. It was rough and I would never do it again, especially for straight time.
My opinion is to take the OR job. Davita tends to hire quite alot, but the OR can be very tricky to get into. If you hate the OR, I think you would still be able to try Davita; but if you hated Davita I think it would be hard to get another chance at the OR position. Plus OR experienced nurses are generally quite sot after.
LTC facilities do not have the knowledge or staff to detox and provide substance abuse counseling to patients. They will need a behavioral counseling program for that.
It's BS. Every nurse has their own particular way of keeping track of things; a 'brain' sheet for one isn't the same 'brain' sheet for another. Our management tried out this little tactic you are talking about. It went over like a lead balloon. Everyone still used their individualized 'brain' sheet and at the end of the shift transferred all the information to the report form like management wanted. All it did was add an extra nursing duty and eat into the nurses' already packed schedule.
Another issue is that many times the nurses' didn't have the time to update this ridiculous report sheet and it never had the correct information.
This is the healthcare field. If you become a nurse, you will continue this but with some extra work added to it. New jobs are always uncomfortable and if you become a new nurse, you'll find that the stress and learning level on your first job will be outrageous compared to this.
Things that bother me:
In a nurse's station with four or five unused computers, why does anyone have to sit down at the one I'm using, clearly marked with my scut sheet, my pen, my drink and my charting all pulled up and not finished? They take my spot, log me off (so I have to start over with any charting I didn't sign before the arrhythmia alarm jolted me out of my seat) and log in over me. Then when I return, they tell me "I didn't see your name on it." Why not just use the computer with the screensaver up and no ones stuff there?
Luckily we had a great clinical manager who was on the phone with staffing as soon as she walked in the door. (Although we didn't get another RN, they did contact bed control and delay our direct admits.) And both the clinical manager and our oncology coordinator were the type of management who weren't afraid to get their hands dirty. So they helped out between meetings and cancelled/delayed what other responsibilities they could. We made it through the shift, but it was a bad day.
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