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Each to his own.
If they can do their job, I'm fine with it.
4 years of LPN does help which is more experience than your typical new grad here in Cali. Like what everybody else has mentioned, go ahead and apply for endorsement but it ain't gonna be easy.
Majority of the hospitals in SF bay area do not even have new grad programs available. You are better off looking into So Cal as there are more hospitals down there thus more opportunities. I'm from the SF bay area and have played this game as a new grad so I know how difficult it is. If you are hell bent on the SF bay area, you have to go get out of the area like Sac or further north of Sac into the "rural" areas if you want a hospital job. Salary even in these rural areas of northern CA are 10.00 more per hr than your big shot fancy hospital in So Cal.
Welcome to the real world.
Its exactly like this in any other profession. Just because you are a new grad, that does not entitle you to anything. You must understand that its only going to get worst unless you have the right mindset/attitude to tackle this new challenge. You will not be given a thing and be ready to compete with hundreds of others who are just as qualified or more qualified than you are.
I was in your situation about a year ago and did was able to land a job in the department of my choice as a new grad in CA. Sure it took me forever but I did everything I could to make myself more marketable than my competition. Get ready for plenty of rejections by potential employers but all it takes is 1 offer to seal the deal so don't give up, don't get down on yourself, and don't get too worked up. Just get ready to work for that new job.
The saying goes: "you look out for #1".
Your employer will hang you out to dry. At least you have some ammunition if anything does go down.
I work in the ER and understand where you are coming from. Don't expect to do everything yourself and you need to get that "being perfect" or trying to be a hero mentality out of your head. If feeling overwhelmed which happens to even seasoned nurses in the ER, just ask for help or let your charge nurse know. No one will look down on you and being a new grad fresh off orientation, your coworkers will perfectly understand. Don't beat yourself up, you are still learning.
ER can get real crazy and chaotic in just minutes and you need to just roll with it and rely on your coworkers. Hang in there, keep a positive attitude, continue learning, ask questions, and be a team player.
Post partum has to be the easiest nursing job in an acute care setting. Everybody is young, healthy, and happy. Famili members will do most of the care.
I will never ever ever wear my shoes in the house. I work in the ER and I'm constantly stepping in urine, blood and other crap. I'll take my shoes off and put them in a bag and into my trunk when I go home.
I keep my scrubs separate and they will never make contact with my other clothes.
Are these new grad positions?
Putting the whole picture together (of the total care) using your critical thinking,knowledge experience.
Yes it is. I have a ADN on top of another 4year degree. I'm made over 6 figures my first year in nursing while working in bay area. Makes no difference for me.
Neither. I went for nursing because it combined my favorite part of other jobs I have enjoyed. I love teaching and am good at it. I prefer working independently as long as I get to interact with folks through the day. I love changing technology and evolving scientific knowledge. I like people. I really like making a positive difference in the world. I like evaluating my work process and coming up with the most efficient techniques. So, when I learned that there was a career that combined my favorites and I could support my kids with it, I was thrilled.
Its called Karma.
The $$ helps but there is more to it than that. If engineers were offering 150k base starting salary, I wouldn't do it cause I could careless about it and it would bore me to death to have to go to work everyday.
As of the last thing that I heard, they are laying off 42 nurses based upon seniority. I know of one unit that is losing half of their nurses from what I've been told (10-12 nurses). Moral is completely in the gutter..
I feel like I'm SO screwed at this point. I work at El Camino Hospital in L&D and I've been with the hospital for over 5 years but they are laying off 195 people, including me, so I doubt they will hire any new nurses. I graduated back in May with my BSN and I have yet to get an interview or even a call back or anything yet so this is getting quite discouraging..
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