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Joined Nov 2, '08 - from 'South Carolina'. She has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'L&D'. Posts: 395 (29% Liked) Likes: 248

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  • Oct 19

    I'm the grandmother of a child who is sharing time between mom and dad. Dad is my son who also has a brain tumor and lives at home, so I spend a great deal of time with my granddaughter. I have negotiated a work schedule that allows me to maximize time with my granddaughter and to be available if my son needs help.

    I, too am only required to work every third weekend, but since my son gets my granddaughter every other weekend and every Wednesday during the school year, I volunteered to work every other weekend since working every third would cause me to have to work one weekend per month when my granddaughter would be with us. In exchange for working the extra weekends, my manager allowed me to have a fixed schedule where I work Thursday thru Tuesday (all six shifts in a row) and then have 8 days off until I work again. This also gives me every Wednesday off when she is with us. The only time my schedule fluctuates is when I have to work a scheduled holiday that doesn't happen to fall during my normal schedule.

  • Jul 30

    I have my reasons for seeking nursing now as opposed to waiting "a few years" which I will not discuss. I am all for "keeping it real" but when you accuse someone of "pawning" off their child and not know the person AT ALL, you can't blame a person for calling your response combative. As a mother, I am quite sure you would not appreciate someone accusing you of pawning your kids off (as you put it) Hey, at the end of the day we are all entitled to OPINIONS but just be mindful of your words. It is possible to "keep it real" without offending. It takes a whole level of maturity to master it tho.

  • Jul 29

    Standardization like that by having one group of well-trained people doing their task well results in fewer medical errors. Level IV NICUs usually have the resources to do this unlike most community NICUs. Back in the day, apparently RNs in the NICU used to mix their own TPNs. Scary...

  • Jul 29

    Quote from Sour Lemon
    Sometimes they steal our mascot and then we sabotage their bonfire. But the patients get taken care of, eventually. We all laugh about it in the end.
    The dance/sing-offs are my favorite.

    Like this:

  • Jul 29

    Nurses do not diagnose. Diagnosis is a function of the medical model, not the nursing model.

  • Jul 27

    That every woman's labor starts with SROM and they are immediately and precipitously in labor.

  • Jul 20

    Quote from Mossback
    There seem to be plenty of people telling you that you're too old to go into nursing. Based on my own experience, I don't think that's the case. I graduated from a BSN program at 60, passed the NCLEX, and was hired at a university-based medical center within eight weeks of getting my license. Six years later I'm still going strong, working 12-hour night shifts on a busy med/surg unit. Last year I got my master's degree in nursing while still working full time. In addition to a full nursing schedule, I'm currently working one day a week as a clinical instructor for a BSN program.

    I'd encourage you to go for it. The insights and perspective gained during your life will help make you a better nurse.
    Holy cow! What's your secret?

  • Jul 19

    I regret nothing about becoming a nurse.

  • Jul 19

    Not so much things to look up beforehand but what I found helpful was to write down the things you learn every day after a shift in a notebook, like procedures, what you need for procedures, tips your preceptor gave you, what are the norms for vital signs etc. By the end of your orientation you'll have a book full of facts to fall back on if you forget something! like a safety blanket you can bring to work with you. Plus it helps you to debrief after a crazy shift.

  • Jul 19

    Hello there!
    Welcome to the beautiful world of the NICU, you are going to love it!! Im a nurse of 5 years, 2 of which was adults/tele/medsurg (eww) , and 3 in the NIcU, and I absolutely love my babies. Just relax, breathe, do what you know, be a safe nurse, double and triple check all your meds, iv's, and breastmilk. Dont be afraid to call your charge nurse memorize their number theyre your resource if you are stuck in a bind. Like someone here said, experienced nicu nurses hate it when newbies act cocky and is that "knowitall" youll go alot farther and be happier if you allow people to help you. I always get in report "that family is intense" and once i meet the family they are so sweet and I fall in love with them. So dont get carried away with all the blah blah blah of the unit. But Welcome to the Nicu where miracles happen everyday, im confident your gonna love it!!!

  • Jul 19

    Welcome to allnurses.

    My take on your situation?

    Congratulations on landing a job in a facility that genuinely interests you! Be happy about it. Let the negativity go and move on to your new life as a professional nurse.

    I also recommend getting an apartment near your job. Don't be doing a 2-hour commute every day you work. That can ruin your life and your health. Have a place to sleep near your work. When you get 2 or 3 days off in a row, then you can make the drive and see family/friends back home.

    Good luck with everything.

  • Jul 19
  • Jul 18

    This is my first post after many years of reading allnurses posts written by others. I'll give a brief background on myself... I've been an RN for 11 years, working in both the OR and home health. I never had any interest in critical care nursing as I know how sensitive I am and that I would likely not be able to cope with amount of loss associated with critical care. With that said, I'm having a hard time coming to terms with my grief over a recent incident that occurred outside of work and I'm hoping someone can offer some advice.
    Six days ago, I was visiting my cousin and her new baby at their home. We were sitting in her living room, which overlooks her backyard as well as the backyard of her neighbor. Her neighbor has a large inground pool and there were 4 children (teens) playing and swimming around the pool while an older woman sat and watched them. At one point I glanced out the window and noticed that the older woman appeared to be attempting chest compressions on one of the children who was laying on the ground but she obviously didn't know CPR and was frantically screaming for someone to help her. I took off out of my cousins home, jumped over the fence between the two yards and began assessing the young boy. He was not breathing and had no pulse so I immediately began CPR. Between breaths, while doing chest compressions, I attempted to gather information from the woman, who turned out to be the boy's grandmother.
    Me: "What happened? Did you call 911?"
    Grandmother: "I don't know! He said he couldn't breathe and then just collapsed! Yes I called"
    Me: "Any health problems?"
    Grandmother: "He had heart surgery when he was born but he's been fine since then!"
    Me: "How old is he?"
    Grandmother: "10"
    And so on... After a couple of minutes of CPR, the boy took a few shallow breathes on his own and I was able to feel a weak pulse. I rolled him onto his side hopeful he would regain consciousness but as soon as I did this, his breathing and pulse stopped. I then resumed CPR until EMTs arrived about 10-15 minutes later. I stayed with the family for about 30 minutes after the ambulance left, attempting to comfort the other children that were present- his 13 year old sister and 13 & 15 year old male cousins. The boy's aunt arrived at the house just before the ambulance left and was also comforting her sons and niece. I left my phone number with the aunt and asked her if she could update me on his condition when she knew more which she promised to do. I then returned to my cousin's home briefly before heading home. Later that evening, I got a call from the boy's aunt informing me that the boy never regained consciousness and died in the ER. I offered my heartfelt condolences and my support in any way needed. When I hung up the phone, I fell apart, sobbing uncontrollably for a long time. I felt like a failure- even though I know that's not a logical reaction. And now, 6 days later, I can't seem to let this go. I think about it constantly and wonder if I could've done more or done something differently. I really want to reach out to his family but I'm not sure if I should. I would like to know if there was an underlying cause of death that was beyond my control. I want to know if his sister is ok and the other 2 boys that were there. I would like to meet his mother and father since they weren't at the scene and tell them how sorry I am that I couldn't save their baby.... I just want to be at peace with this but I don't know how.

  • Jul 18

    Your answers don't make sense. You wrote "3 years or less" and the next answer was "5 years or more". therefore, I did not answer.

    I was at my first job for almost exactly 4 years. I would most likely still be there (6+ years later) if we had not relocated to a much larger city.

  • Jul 17

    Quote from shermrn
    adpiRn, BSN, RN. Apparently I did misunderstand the point you were trying to make. Regardless, I offered encouragement and support as you start work in the NICU. Your only response of "Yep exactly !" shows exactly what kind of person you are. Good luck.
    What the what? S/he was responding to my interpretation of the original post.