PacoUSA, BSN, RN 37,132 Views
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So I left travel nursing several months ago to start a new staff job in a new specialty at a new hospital. Most of my experience up to that point had been at large university hospitals, several of which are nationally ranked. The hospital at which I accepted this new job is a smaller regional community hospital about 20 miles from a major metropolitan area.
Long story short, I had a horrible experience. Orientation was inadequate, disorganized nurse educator, I had a hard time making friends with the staff (as opposed to when I was a traveler where I had no trouble making bonds), and to boot my preceptor threw me under the bus at the end which caused my reviews to suck. It was the end of my probation so I ended up resigning. Not the place for me and I am not looking back. I am however looking for a place to burn my uniforms lol.
So I decided to return to travel nursing, starting a new assignment at a US News top 10 hospital within the major metropolitan area of my prior facility. I guess I now know where I belong -- the big hospitals.
So the other day I happen to glance at the computer screen of the unit secretary (who I have since learned is doing prereqs) as I walked behind her and noticed that she was reading a post on this site.
What was interesting about this is that at that very moment she was reading one of MY posts from 2012 ... what are the chances? I kept silent. And she will never know that the real PacoUSA was standing right behind her.
I left Florida to pursue nursing up north. Smart move on my part. Sunshine money means nothing in my world. Now I do travel nursing, and I wont even consider an assignment in Florida.
It has been about 6 months since my last post, so I thought I'd write a little update. I am not even sure if anyone is following my thread but the info I am sure is good for anyone who chooses to look for it later.
So as of right now, I have started the ED preceptorship at the same hospital at which I am currently completing my travel assignment (I hesitate to post the name of the hospital where I am at this time due to anonymity, but what I can say is that it is one of the top 10 hospitals in the USA based on US News and World Reports). My current hospital did not have an existing relationship with UCSD to allow their students to do preceptorships there, so I had to go through a little red tape to make this happen.
I started the process by contacting the nurse educator of the ED, who in turn referred me to someone else, specifically someone whose job is to arrange student externships and clinical experiences. She was spot on the person I needed to speak to. She explained to me what was needed to establish a relationship with the hospital and the school. She forwarded me the information and I in turn sent it to UCSD. They already knew what to do with the information, having already done this with other hospitals, so as far as my legwork this was done. My only problem was that I discovered that this process would take about 12 weeks (!!!) to complete, and was told that their affiliated school's nursing students would take priority in clinical placement before I would. I understood that. So what I ended up doing was extending my travel assignment another 3 months so I could accommodate simultaneous preceptorship and work. It was a success.
I was later informed by mid-summer that I was able to start in late August (after all the nursing students completed their summer externships) and was given the name of my preceptor. She and I got in contact and arranged a schedule around her. The beauty of the 60 hours is that I can complete them in five 12h shifts. I have already completed one shift with her, and tomorrow will be my next. As long as I complete them before I leave (but according to UCSD, complete before the current quarter ends in Dec), I am good. So far, the one shift has demonstrated to me that I am on the right track in choosing this specialty. I really enjoy the dynamic and the fervor of the ED and I am sure I will enjoy working in one in the future.
BTW, I must make mention that I am happy to report that I have ALREADY secured a full-time RN job in an ER back home! This will start 2 weeks after I leave my current assignment. I have been blessed to have gotten a job even before I totally earned the certificate. They were actually impressed that I was pursuing this certificate as it shows that I was committed to ED nursing and that it shows my eagerness for advancement and learning. So even though I have not fully earned the certificate yet, I believe it served the purpose I intended it for, and that makes the cost worth it to me in this competitive environment.
In my next post later on, I will talk about what I have to do paperwise to complete my preceptorship aside from attending the 60 hours.
You're a sucker. Learn to say no. You're going to kill yourself with that kind of schedule. Is it worth your health to work like that? No, it's not. Keep working like that and you only have yourself to blame for the consequences. The 'nice' money you're earning will all go to pay for your medical bills later on when your body gives out by the time you're 30. And what life do you have working so much without any free time to enjoy yourself?
Think about what you're doing to yourself.
My first job was on a med/tele unit with an inordinate number of patients with heavy psych co-morbidities. We were not an official med psych unit per se, but it turns out we were a dumping ground for these kind of patients because other med surg units refused to take them. Found out some of the doctors at the hospital nicknamed our unit "The Abyss" because of our reputation. It took a toll on the staff, working with these patients was tough and naturally the turnover was incredibly high.
Age is just a number. It should reflect physical and mental capability. Some 60 year olds still run circles around 20 somethings.
I don't feel sorry for you people that lose $200 in an attempt at instant gratification. Take test and forget about it, do something more fun with your time. The $200 could have been spent celebrating that the test is over!
This is the best 2nd career I could have ever found!
I know this thread is old, but I would like to say THANKS for all the insight. I have THREE ED interviews this week, two tomorrow and one on Tuesday. I am transitioning from travel nursing (MS Tele) to a perm position to change my specialty. Very excited! As always, allnurses comes through, thanks again!
I am in my 50's. I could never get a job at a hospital med/surg. I graduated with honors at 48. Any suggestions? A BSN.
Good luck with your transition to nursing! I moved to Florida about 5 years ago with intentions to enroll at Palmer Chiropractic in Port Orange. Changed my mind after realizing that nursing was a better calling for me. No regrets!
I agree with this poster above. I have 4 years of ms/tele/stepdown experience and took an intro emergency nursing certificate program on my own dime to demonstrate commitment to the new specialty. It is on my resume and I have been getting interviews. They are scheduled and pending. Let's see if they blossom into a job. You have to demonstrate a commitment to the new specialty beyond what skills you already have. If that means getting some new certifications, do it! The investment is worth to make you stand out.
Clearly there is something wrong with your interviewing skills. If you're getting callbacks, your resume is not the problem.
There are only 4 hospitals in the state that are magnet (see the box below. It give the name and when they got magnet status). There are many hospitals that hire ADNs. My hospital is part of Yale. We still hire ADN nurses however, an ADN nurse will only be considered if they have proof currently enrolled in a BSN or higher program at the time of the application. Other hospitals don't have that requirement but do require that you will enroll in a BSN or higher within a certain period of time after being hired and will complete the degree within a certain amount of years after hire. St Vincen'ts is a magnet hospital, but even they do not only hire BSN. They have the stipulation that you will enroll and complete your BSN within a certain time frame.
ADNs are still hired pretty much everywhere. However my best suggestion to all entering nursing..just do the BSN. If you can't for whatever reason, do the ADN and be prepared to go back for the BSN.
St. Vincent's Medical Center
Yale-New Haven Hospital
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