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  • 11:07 am

    As a student, you are bombarded with daily schoolworks and activities. So here are my study tips for you.

    1. Time Management.
    2. Attend all your lectures and listen
    3. Read the entire content and highlights important topic.
    4. Write down a side notes in an index card.
    5. Be calm, positive and always pray.

  • 11:05 am

    I feel like I wrote this! I thought I had landed my dream job on a surgical trauma floor a few months after graduating. I quickly realized that it wasn't for me and floor nursing was probably not my thing. I had a 9 week orientation and decided not to continue at the end of it. I was so worried I would never find a job and no one would want me because i quit. I found a job in a locked psych hospital and worked there for 10 months even though it was scary and dangerous. About a month ago, I accepted a job in a primary care office and I really love it! I think this is the type of nursing for me. I still do "nurse things" but my stress level has decreased a lot and I finally feel like I can take a breath. Look into office jobs or even a flu clinic since it is flu season and there are tons around! good luck you aren't alone with feeling overwhelmed!! I understand what you mean by not a normal new grad nervousness, I had it too.

  • 11:03 am

    Home health is the new Med Surg, but working alone.

  • 11:00 am

    Just about every new grad is "scared" and stressed. It's what keeps us safe in practice. Of course confidence should be built over time, but the worry about harmi someone is what brings on asking questions before acting. Quitting was rash. You should have asked for more orientation, or maybe attempted to transfer to another floor. It could very well be that THIS unit was not for you. Not bedside nursing all together. You can possibly know if floor nursing was a bad fit based on only 3 months. We all feel like failures as nurses at 3 months.

    Try applying for hospital positions and new grad residencies and when asked about quitting so soon, state "it was not a good fit" and then sell yourself. Then when you get worried when you're off orientation, don't just up and quit. Get with management and ask for the help you need to be successful. You can't just quit things you haven't mastered without giving yourself time to get competent.

  • 10:59 am

    Hospice? You really need that "scary" experience to be a marketable nurse. Corrections nursing is less scary to you? School nursing is another field but it has its issues. Any kind of specialty nursing like home infusion, home wound care, you are going to need to be able to recognize when something is really wrong. Dialysis?
    I wish you would have stayed where you were. As a preceptor, we don't just turn new nurses loose and hang them out to dry. You always should have your charge nurse, a veteran nurse, someone to go to.
    If you have been out of school less than a year, you should still be considered a new grad and maybe you can find a nurse residency program where you get a little more time and an easier transition to practice.

  • Oct 23

    Dear Nurse Beth,
    I'm currently unemployed. I have been looking for a job for 13 months and no one will hire me. I have over 23 years experience as a nurse. My background is in critical care/ER. I'm also 59 years of age and male. I live in the Atlanta area and I see several openings for RN's, I apply and no one calls me for a interview by phone or in person. I would like to know if there is a shortage or the employers are "picky", or the employers have so many people to pick and chose. I need some help/information to find a job. Please keep me anonymous. Thank you

    __________________________________________________ _______________________

    Dear No Calls for an Interview,

    Hang in there and let’s see what can be done to improve your prospects.

    If you have been submitting resumes now for 13 months with no “bites”, the problem may be your resume. At first glance, your extensive critical care/ED experience is golden! But something in your resume is holding you back.

    You could be experiencing ageism. Read Is Age Discrimination Real? Older nurses command a higher salary and often their experience is not as valued as it should be.

    Minimize or shorten your work history in your resume- go back 10 or 15 years, not 23. Under Education, list your degrees but not year graduated. Leave off ‘References on Request”, it is a given and is an outdated phrase.

    Is your email address professional and up to date? Best is If your email is, get a new one.

    Do you have a Linkedin profile? If you are seriously job searching, build one and include the link in your resume. Are you purposefully individualizing your resume to each potential employer? Remember, your resume is not about you- it’s about what you can do for them.

    What active networking are you doing? A majority of jobs are secure by networking. Read 5 Networking Myths. Your full time job now is...landing a job.

    Best wishes,

    Nurse Beth

  • Oct 23

    As part of my rapid response duties we respond to red level traumas. One night around the 4th of July a guy comes into the ER as an ejected passenger from a car. I go down to see if they needed my help. The pt is a young guy who was riding in a jeep with no doors with a friend. He was not wearing a seat belt, and the driver made a left turn and he fell out. I looked at a coworker and we almost lost it. The patient was cracking jokes about it. Thankfully he was not injured but for some road rash.

  • Oct 22

    55 during first RN school semester,, finished at 56 and still going strong! ;o)

  • Oct 22

    A portion of the EMT program I went through back in '79, of course entailed some time in the ER. My friend Teresa and I chose Friday and Saturday nights, figuring that's when we'd see the most action.

    An unconscious young man was brought into the ER from a nightclub after loosing consciousness. As the ER team assessed the patient, they asked Teresa to remove his trousers. When she did, a pair of balled up socks popped out.

    Teresa laughed so hard and loudly, she was asked to leave the treatment room.

  • Oct 22

    Quote from CamillusRN
    As the overalls came off, it was discovered that he was wearing a bright, bedazzled neon pink thong.
    Oh yeah- I grew up on a small farm outside of Anomaly Illinois.

    My Dad would call to Mom, "Hon! I'm goin' up and plow the north forty!"
    And Mom would always reply, "Now don't you forget to wear your pink thong!"

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    Coming from a psychiatrist, you have to be crazier or pathological than they are. Impressive.

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    Quote from Farawyn
    This is my favorite Far Side EVAH!

  • Oct 21

    Quote from traumaRUs
    Okay Davey - you have WAY too much time on your hands...