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Joined Oct 24, '06. AnnieOaklyRN is a RN, Paramedic. She has 'Previously ER RN, 17 years in EMS (yes, I still love it) , IV RN 8 months!' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'IV RN, (911) Paramedic'. Posts: 1,960 (31% Liked) Likes: 2,113

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  • Jan 17

    "I am going to pick the flower that best represents my level of stress and anxiety from working here and give it to human resources!"

  • Jan 17

    "Looks so much nicer out here since they installed the Versed wall atomizers."

  • Jan 17

    Hi,

    I have been a nurse for 9 years now, most of which has been part time or per-diem because I have only been able to land ER jobs because of my background.

    I hate working as an ER nurse so I left that and am now doing IV nursing, which I like, but I would not do it full time unless I had to. I work full time as a medic now an am thankful I have that to fall back on.

    Anyway, I have been trying for YEARS to get into a special care nursery or NICU without success. They all want experience! I have some experience taking care of neonates in the ER, some that have been very ill. I have put that information in my cover letter and resume and nothing. No interviews even. I have rewritten my resume and cover letter multiple times to see if that is the problem and it hasn't changed anything. I live in the northeast where the nursing job market isn't great. I am just so fed up and ready to give up on nursing and pick another route like PA or FNP.

    I have no desire to care for adults and have ALWAYS wanted to work as a nurse in a NICU. Should I give up on that dream? What else can I do to get an interview at least? I keep reading on here about nurses that are new grads or that have less experience than I have landing NICU jobs. I am just at a loss...

    Annie

  • Jan 16

    Hi,

    I have been a nurse for 9 years now, most of which has been part time or per-diem because I have only been able to land ER jobs because of my background.

    I hate working as an ER nurse so I left that and am now doing IV nursing, which I like, but I would not do it full time unless I had to. I work full time as a medic now an am thankful I have that to fall back on.

    Anyway, I have been trying for YEARS to get into a special care nursery or NICU without success. They all want experience! I have some experience taking care of neonates in the ER, some that have been very ill. I have put that information in my cover letter and resume and nothing. No interviews even. I have rewritten my resume and cover letter multiple times to see if that is the problem and it hasn't changed anything. I live in the northeast where the nursing job market isn't great. I am just so fed up and ready to give up on nursing and pick another route like PA or FNP.

    I have no desire to care for adults and have ALWAYS wanted to work as a nurse in a NICU. Should I give up on that dream? What else can I do to get an interview at least? I keep reading on here about nurses that are new grads or that have less experience than I have landing NICU jobs. I am just at a loss...

    Annie

  • Jan 16

    "Looks so much nicer out here since they installed the Versed wall atomizers."

  • Jan 14

    "Looks so much nicer out here since they installed the Versed wall atomizers."

  • Jan 10

    That sounds a bit silly, no offense!!

  • Jan 10

    That sounds a bit silly, no offense!!

  • Jan 10

    That sounds a bit silly, no offense!!

  • Jan 9

    That sounds a bit silly, no offense!!

  • Jan 1

    Trying working in EMS BEFORE You complain!! I have been doing this for 18 years, 12 as a paramedic and am still in the LOW 20s range for pay per an hour!!! I have a two year paramedic degree, same as some nurses and tons of responsibility. I feel like part of how well you get paid is how many people are willing to do the job for crappy pay.

    EMS is fun, I won't lie and nursing sucks in my opinion, thus nurses make more because if you didn't pay them more they wouldn't do the job. It's not all about what sex dominates the profession or how much education is needed to do it.

    Annie

  • Dec 30 '16

    I know you don't want to hear this, but give it time, you may like it once you are more comfortable in your role. You will have an easier time getting into that hospital's labor and delivery unit if you are already employed there, so it may be worth it in the end.

    Annie

  • Dec 26 '16

    I am a nurse, a lady, and I love guns. She sounds like some liberal that has lived under a rock her whole life!

    Some people just do not have an open mind and let the liberal media fill their heads with all the misconceptions about guns and legal gun owners.

    I worked in a city emergency department as a nurse so I know the evil that lurks. The guns are not only for stress relief, but also for my safety as I live alone and often hike in the woods alone. I feel MUCH safer sleeping at night as a single woman, with my .40 caliber in my night stand, because I am not naive enough to think the "boogie man" doesn't exist.


    Annie

  • Dec 26 '16

    I am a nurse, a lady, and I love guns. She sounds like some liberal that has lived under a rock her whole life!

    Some people just do not have an open mind and let the liberal media fill their heads with all the misconceptions about guns and legal gun owners.

    I worked in a city emergency department as a nurse so I know the evil that lurks. The guns are not only for stress relief, but also for my safety as I live alone and often hike in the woods alone. I feel MUCH safer sleeping at night as a single woman, with my .40 caliber in my night stand, because I am not naive enough to think the "boogie man" doesn't exist.


    Annie

  • Dec 26 '16

    I know you don't want to hear this, but give it time, you may like it once you are more comfortable in your role. You will have an easier time getting into that hospital's labor and delivery unit if you are already employed there, so it may be worth it in the end.

    Annie


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