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    LadyFree28, TriciaJ, elkpark, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from lnvitale
    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.
    Private duty nursing requires experience. The nurse is alone with the patient and must be able to handle any situation. And for the love of all things good, PLEASE stop suggesting psych nursing as a low stress nursing position. Psych patients can have medical issues also. Plus a good psych nurse must have tip top assessment skills. Many psych patients are very somatic (its part of their mental health disease process) and the nurse must be able to spot the real from the imaginary.
    And what on Earth is a cancer screening nurse? I've never heard of such a thing, unless your talking about Endoscopy clinics or such.

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    LadyFree28, TriciaJ, and AJJKRN like this.

    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.

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    Stitch3296 likes this.

    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.

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    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.

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    Yes, you will need to take the course.

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    Susie2310 and SmilingBluEyes like this.

    Quote from HouTx
    Am I the only one who just wants to give OP a big ol' hug???
    I certainly don't want to give him a big ol' hug. Actually I'm irritated. Nursing students have been warned time and again that this is a STRESSFUL field. Every nursing job I've ever had has been stressful and difficult in one way or another. Nursing IS NOT easy. Everyone and their brother wants to be a nurse now, but without the awful patients, or the difficult time-management, or the hard ratios and bad management.
    I've been a nurse for 23 years and it is a taxing career, but with amazing rewards at times. So the newbies now want 'less stressful' careers? Forget about it or get out of nursing. I'm a horrible diabetic with rheumatoid arthritis, but I still work and carry my weight. Welcome to nursing, it is what it is.
    And for those that think psychiatric nursing is easy, think again. Want 50 patients that are constantly trying to self-harm, commit suicide, or create chaos? Yeah, it's really stressful.
    And I don't mean to sound like a witch and I also have dealt with anxiety and personal stress (who hasn't), but this is nursing. We've all had to learn how to handle the stress or leave the field.

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    greenerpastures likes this.

    We needed to take the Chemo/Biotherapy course and keep our certification current to administer chemotherapy where I worked. The ONS certification was optional.

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    Quote from Sweetlillove
    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!!!
    I don't want to work in the OR or dialysis. I was giving my opinion on your OP. Dialysis would definitely not be for me. And all the standing in the OR, too much for me at my age.

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    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.

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    Sweetlillove likes this.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    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?
    THIS! This a hundred times. When I used to work night shift I'd have everything in front of the computer, so I could return and finish up my charting quickly after 6 AM medications. And it never failed that the early CNAs would park right at my computer, even though there were multiple unused ones. Also drove me batty when day shift came in and were so loud. After a night of dim lights and soft voices, it was jarring. The rest of the hospital came on at six except nursing. Nursing changed shift at 7. Nothing like having multiple phone calls, Drs wanting to round, and patient's going here and younder, as you're trying to wrap up.

    On a personal level, I hate loud gum chewing. Makes me want to get the heck away from that person ASAP. I don't like saying anything about it, but I have on a couple of occasions. It was so distracting I couldn't work.

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    Quote from Cricket183
    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.
    That's great. When I worked in Oncology my manager wasn't an Oncology nurse and didn't even have a chemo card