ProfRN4, MSN 14,297 Views
Joined Apr 5, '03.
ProfRN4 is a nursing professor.
She has '20+' year(s) of experience.
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Guess i dont remember asking for any opinions on an easy job...low stress doesnt mean easy....
And don't forget vomit ... that uh, comes up once in a while too, so to speak. :^)
Thanks llg! I sent you a PM
It seems that the structure/organization of faculty responsibilities is quite different in the online world!
Bad mom here: last year my daughter was carrying around an expired inhaler, needed it, used it, didn't get (enough) relief, one to the nurse, and I got reamed by the nurse! She is in HS, has orders to carry her own, and barely ever needs it! So I have to say, there's something to be said for the nurse having full control of this stuff. I have also worked as a camp nurse, so I have been on the other side of this. You'd think it would have made me more cognizant of this as a parent: NOPE.
I have to say, I applaud you guys for having to deal with the likes of me (and other moms).
I think you're the one that wanted to be an ICU nurse.
Boy, you're in for a ride!
Break out the wipes, ladies. We're getting a GI bleed .... Smell that sweet metal aroma? That's a GI bleed.... Nothing like the smell of sweet iron to wake you up at 6AM
I concur with HouTx. And just to clarify, 'clinicals' are not really clinicals in an Ed program. If you want to focus on academia, you would be student-teaching, which would likely include following a professor during his/her clinical rotations with their own students. If you are interested in Staff Ed, you would follow an educator in his/her clinical setting. Those were the options my program (not online) offered as their practicum. Any school that did not require a practicum would out you at a disadvantage for job placement in the future. On the bright side, when I had to do my practicum, the hours were very doable. It is nowhere near the requirements for undergrad or NP. And many schools (that you would potentially be doing student teaching for) are very flexible (many options for day, evening, maybe even weekend clinicals/lectures). You won't be there every hour that the students are.
Thank you for your reply. Looking at the website now, at the variety of positions that exist. Interesting; very different. Would you say the pay is comparable to an academic setting (or more or less)?
I'm interested to hear from anyone who teaches exclusively online, especially if you have transitioned from brick and mortar academia. Pros, cons, major differences? What is the schedule like (are you spending more or less time preparing and 'teaching')? How does the pay compare? What is the student interaction like? This is not for research purposes, I am thinking of branching into this world.
and this is why i can't stand old people- they force us all to live in the past, instead of realizing that society progresses and updating their views. also, there should be NO judgment of others -for purple hair or anything else- when you can't even wipe your own ass; they should just be grateful they're being taken care of and ****.
I don't think it's "ummm...interesting." She could be someone who has an incompetent cervix and delivered all her babies early after PTL. She could be someone who gets pre-eclampsia (which, if you get it once, you're at greater risk of getting it again) and had to be induced with all of her children at 34 weeks.
I don't agree with her assertion that it makes her better at the clinical skills of a NICU nurse, but I think it was pretty ****** to imply that there is something...I don't know...nefarious about the fact that she had 4 kids in the NICU.
Does 4 kids in the NICU give anyone else pause?
Pick your battles, when it comes to parents and patients. You need to understand that most everything will be a battle for them, due to their level of stress. Even if you are not in a critical care setting, understand that for them, their sick kid (even if its a gastro or tonsillectomy) could be the worst thing in the world for them. I've worked in many different ped settings, and I've seen dying kids. But I'd never tell a parent that it could be worse.
With the kids, definitely learn to negotiate what is negotiable. Bed times, bath times, food times and choices (depending on the setting) may be negotiable. Meds may not be, and this is something the parents need to understand. The worst thing in the world is having a parent ask "does he really need to take that", and now the child thinks it is negotiable. Believe it or not, parents don't always agree with the plan of care. SO when there is room for negotiation, be flexible. Remember, anxiety (on the part of the patient and the parent) often stems from lack of control. They surrender a LOT of control when they are patients. You're basically telling them "I am in charge" so keep this in mind.
If you can get past this, it will make your job more manageable. Good luck!!
I grew up in a household where hair was a big focus; I was constantly told that if my hair "just hung there" (meaning, no style, layers, or blown out- think 80s hair) or was in a ponytail that it didn't look good. When I was a teenager, I shaved the back half of my hair (she didn't know, since I never wore it in a ponytail around her, since that didn't meet her approval ). This is when I was a teen; I was not a professional.
My boss seems to be fit from the same mold as my mom. Hair must be up for clinical/lab days (I am in academia), nails, jewelry and all that. This is for students AND faculty. So there is not a chance that unnatural colors will fly (see my post above).
As a result, I live somewhere between my 16 year old self and my mom/boss's world. In no way do tattoos, piercings or unprofessional dress make someone an incompetent nurse. However, why draw attention to yourself in a professional environment? As mentioned by another, as soon as you do something wrong, you will be known as 'the one with the purple hair". You will stand out, for better to worse. As a clinical instructor, I have the responsibility of making sure my students are fit to be on the units we are lucky to have been given. Clinical sites will think nothing of letting us know if they feel a student does not look appropriate (any complaints we have received have come in the way of a "patient complaint", with no actual proof).
I've always had to roll my eyes at policies against "unnatural" hair color. Nothing looks more unnatural on some people than blonde.
I realize this is a few months old, but just wondering if you'd had any luck in finding a job. I had a few questions: what does your resume look like (besides your new MSN)? Have you done anything related to education (maybe precepting)? What does your nursing experience look like? In some institutions, they are looking for nurses with a wide net of experience (depending on who you would be overseeing as an educator). They may need someone with med surg AND critical care.
The other thing is this: they may have went with someone who has more education experience than you. I am in academia right now, looking to transition into a hospital educator role. It has been rough for me; the most common things I hear is that I don't have current/relevant hospital experience (working on that now, as I am working per diem in the field I am interested in), and that I don't have staff development experience. I was turned down for a position that was given to someone who has staff ed experience, who is older (likely more years experience) but only has her MS degree for about a year (I met her and she told me). I have had my MS for two years now, and has been teaching in academia for eleven. That's just how it goes sometimes :/
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