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  • 10

    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    Different interests...yes. I am definitely an "old soul" and gravitate towards different things (horror movies, Game of Thrones, Tudor history, Greek mythology, investing/personal finance, international traveling., politics I also don't drink.)
    Aw! I would have loved to chit chat about horror movies,Tudor history and Greek mythology! I'm an old soul too, but at 47, I've grown into it somewhat. You will too.

    I'm sorry you're feeling this way. I felt the same way. I wasn't for fostering relationships outside of work, so it was plenty my fault too. I just remained friendly and goofy! If they didn't respond in kind, that was on them and I tried!

    If you really pay attention, you'll probably find all sorts of drama in that clique. Be glad you have no part of it.

  • 9
    Nurse Leigh, not.done.yet, Quota, and 6 others like this.

    Quote from CallMeSally
    Only school that accepted me. All the others are full plus they are more expensive.
    Quote from ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    Yikes, $10k to retake an exam?

    Being a nurse is not worth that kind of extortion.
    What about a junior college? My ADN was less than 10k!

    CallMeSally: some of those for-profit schools love having students like you. They want students that "just can't wait" or "nobody else accepted me". They know these "desperate" students will pay out the butt, and once they get that first juicy chunk of your money, they don't care if you fail. More students like you will come and cough up more dough for an easy in. You had to wonder why it was so easy to get in there, right?

    I would cut my losses there before you're in debt so bad, you'll never pay it back.

  • 6

    I had a client who worked in the prison system. He was a neat guy with fascinating stories, but anyway, he said Speck was the most vile person he ever met. No shocker there.

    I could not imagine the horror Corazon endured. Bless her.

  • 1
    Orion81RN likes this.

    Quote from Orion81RN
    ...I came across a post with my previous username SleeepyRN, and have been having fun going back and reading my posts from when I was a new grad... Some make me cringe at my opinions at the time and at how I worded something; some make me smile remembering the very early days... P.s. Man, some of my posts are embarrassing. Ohhhh naive naive Orion. Lol.
    Bwahaha! I was just reading through some of mine. Some I just glanced at and said "nope!" because I just couldn't deal with the cringe

  • 7
    jennylee321, poppycat, Orca, and 4 others like this.

    Quote from Guy in Babyland
    You can do it. Don't let anyone tell you, especially on the site, to give up. I had a friend of a friend's 3rd cousin pass after 30 attempts. They have $100k in student loans for their ASN plus $6k in NCLEX fees. She will finally be debt free and able to retire when she turns 85, but it was definitely worth spending the last 10 yrs on the NCLEX.
    THAT"S what u CAN DO!!! when u put all ur faith in the Baby Jesus and ur story is PROOF!!! that He hear our prayers to be a nurse coz that's His #1 priorty over anything u can beleve it
    now I'm off to PRAY!!! for my 24th try myself pray for me

  • 5

    Give yourself a break! It was only your first day! If you keep at it, you can only improve.

    I sucked when I first became a CNA. I had coworkers and nursing home residents betting on how long I would last! I set out to prove them wrong and just kept at it until I hit my stride.

    I knew I'd broken through the sucky-ness when a resident flat out told me, "Honey, when you first started, I thought, 'there is no way she'll last two months'... and here you are! I think you're one of best one's here!"

    God love that woman! I needed to hear that. I was (still am!) socially awkward, but she really boosted my morale. I needed that boost, but I had to do the work and keep at it and keep at it!

    It just takes time and building on everything you learned the day before.

    Good luck to you.

  • 9

    Quote from CMA-RN29
    I honestly just didn't go over my 6 rights well enough. I now how the 6 rights written on my badge so I will always do it but it was a dumb mistake and I feel terrible.
    It sounds like you are taking full responsibility. You thought about what you did wrong and have already taken action to correct yourself. This is excellent.

    All work places take med errors seriously, but some are more punitive than others. My work place was supportive of errors as long as you did everything you needed to do after the error was made (call the doc, monitor the patient, fill out a report, etc.)

    We have all made mistakes.

  • 10
    Beth1978, NutmeggeRN, BeckyESRN, and 7 others like this.

    Quote from RRRNNN
    We have tried to get her admitted to a psych unit but they say her dementia diagnosis trumps her schizophrenia diagnosis, so psych does not have to take her.
    That's crap! I worked on a geri-psych unit and we took folks from the nursing home all the time. They were our bread-and-butter, actually.

    Psych won't admit her as a danger to herself or others? Behavioral disturbance? Agitation and aggression? Medication adjustment?

    Come on! You guys need a break and this lady needs to go psych! I'm sorry psych is being so stupid.

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    Ddelange and klone like this.

    Quote from Ddelange
    I was thinking of getting my associates degree at the local tech schooo so I can stay home and get a job to save money.
    Those "tech schools" tend to be waaaaaaay more expensive than they have to be. Some are scams. Go to a community college! You can get your prereq's and get into a nursing program at a community college for nowhere near the cost of those tech schools. You can then go on to get your bachelor's.

    Quote from Ddelange
    I talked to UIU today at a career fair and they said I could take some of their courses at the tech school and then within 6-8 months I could have my BSN. Do you think this is a good plan? I'm still undecided on what I want to do specifically but I have time.
    I don't know who UIU is... but like klone said, they are liars. They thought you were a "stupid kid" and fed you garbage. Makes me sick!

    Ya know, Danielle, I was skipping school and smoking cigarettes behind the church when I was your age. Oh, the shame! If only I had the sense to think about my future then! Good for you.

    Cheers and good luck.

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    Davey Do likes this.

    Hi and welcome to AN

    It's hard for anybody to say, as you know yourself and your situation best.

    I'm thinking that an Associate's in Nursing would have the bigger payoff as they make better money than a PTA. However, most places expect their nurses to get their BSN at some point, so you should plan for that.

    Which one do you think you'd like better? How much money do you want to make? How well do handle stress? How much responsibility do you want? So many things to think about.

    If you think you're well-suited to both, I'd go with RN because there tend to be more opportunities and more money. If you really really like the idea of PTA and can stand to earn a bit less, do that.

    Good luck to you

  • 13

    Quote from secondtimer14
    Nursing is my dream career, and I hate the idea of being distracted by pregnancy/taking a maternity leave soon after finally landing a RN job.
    I would hate the idea of being distracted by nursing school during that important and special time of raising children.

    Nursing school will always be there, your children's childhood will not.

  • 6

    Not to mention how nasty and sweaty hands get under gloves if they're worn for longer periods. Blech.

  • 23

    Maybe someone knows where to find an article about it, but one of the first things my OB instructor stressed to us was a case of where babies were developing infections and I think some died. These infections were traced back to bacteria growing under the nurse's/nurses' (?) fingernails.

    If NICU is your dream, you will do whatever you have to do to get it... even sacrifice your nails.

    Long nails may be considered attractive elsewhere, but in nursing they are ugly.

  • 0

    Quote from RNdh
    On the geri unit it's rare that we get a patient who requires q4h turns.
    Not so bad on the turning q4h, but quite a bit of lifting into bed, helping patients on and off the toilet, bending and kneeling for dressing, etc. At least that was my experience on my unit.

  • 4

    Quote from Forever13100
    First off let me say that I love my job. I love being able to take care of these people that are practically like my family. I've been at this facility well over a year and I thought that I was doing pretty good at my job.

    Well, today my nurse asks me to come talk to her so I do. She sits me down and tells me that people don't want to work with me because I'm a bad CNA, I dont clean good enough, I don't finish what I start, and other people have to finish for me. Anf apparently whem people see that work with me they get disappointed. Now she didn't say it in a mean way, but I guess it still kind of hurt my feelings. I don't even want to go to work tomorrow because I think that they all hate me..

    Is there anything I can do?
    You really sound like you care and I'm sending you an internet hug. Maybe you are not the best CNA right now, but that is not a reflection of you personally. Show them you have the intelligence and dedication to make changes where they're needed.

    If you are afraid that people dislike you, stick it to 'em by coming back (over and over again!) and showing them you can do an even better job than they can. Make this your goal. Give them nothing to complain about. That's what I did, lol, because I sucked when I first started.

    Are you working in a nursing home? By the time a year comes around, you really should be carrying a resident load without needing to be saved. However, I'm not sure why this feedback was not given to you sooner than this-- or has it? It would have been nice for you to know there was a problem sooner.

    Slow down when washing your residents. Leave them in better shape than you found them. Think about how good that resident will feel (which isn't hard when you think about how good you would feel) when they are as clean as could be-- not just with cleanliness of their bodies, but also their clothing, bedding and rooms.

    You can rush when taking out garbage or making an empty bed or getting from point A to point B, but slow down with your people.

    I'm sure your coworkers don't hate you, they just hate picking up the slack when everybody is already overburdened with their own work. You can change that.

    Take care and you can do this.