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JBMmom, MSN, RN 9,757 Views

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    The only one I had more than once was when I first became charge and I dreamed that I forgot to assign a patient for day shift and they died. A couple times I've run downstairs in the middle of the day to find a COW in my kitchen to pass meds to the patients (in my kitchen?). And the other night I took a nap on my break and had a dream my patient was in the middle of my kitchen floor. I checked on him when I got back from break and told him I was glad to see he wasn't on my kitchen floor- he thought it was pretty funny.

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    12sonrisa likes this.

    I think I would look at the big picture and realize 10 months to fulfill a contract isn't so long and allows me to meet a responsibility. However, I quit a per diem job after four weeks because I couldn't stand it. Only you know if you can really wait it out.

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    SamanthaRN25, Beth1978, and Wuzzie like this.

    Long-term care is often behind acute care settings in terms of technology so I have to say the additional of an EHR into our long-term care facility was the biggest change in the past five years. Especially for those that worked flip night!

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    FSZ Student Nurse and Kitiger like this.

    Years ago I was a candy striper in the hospital. I'd had all the pre-volunteer testing, including negative TB test. The following year I had repeat testing and my arm blew up positive. No known interaction with a TB patient, they attributed it to potential hospital exposure. This was almost 30 years ago, had a year of INH therapy, never became active or anything. Although it is annoying the number of chest x-rays I have needed over the years to confirm the negative.

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    Sour Lemon, caliotter3, and qaqueen like this.

    You're well within your scope to place this resident on extra charting/interventions because you're concerned about a change in condition. While other nurses shouldn't be ignoring these interventions, they may see them as unnecessary after their years of experience. As long as you're doing what you know is right, there's not much you can do about others, unless you're willing to go over their heads and point it out to management. Might not be worth it to do so, that will not make you any friends. Hopefully he will not have any adverse effects. Was the 200mL output much below the patient's baseline? If so, you should notify MD.

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    It all depends on the job and industry. I worked in pharmaceutical research in a location without many employers. I knew that eventually I'd have to be willing to relocate to keep my job, or change careers to stay where I am. Weighing all the options, changing careers was going to work better for me and my family. I don't regret that decision, but I miss my former profession.

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    ICUman likes this.

    Well, I'm the opposite. Spent 17 years as a research scientist and now I'm a nurse. I miss being a scientist, but the job market has changed and this is how I can support my family.

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    Thanks. Just venting. The assignment in this case was small enough that I've managed to finish most of it and I just don't have the energy to pursue it with the professor.

    I'm well aware that group work follows us into the workplace. I've had 17+ years of experience working with others, but I've encountered less trouble with collaboration in the work environment.

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    I went the RN-MSN route because I had a BS in science. I recommend that route (12 classes as opposed to 8 for BSN. I went to Sacred Heart- good program but expensive), however I had one bad experience after school where I was offered a job and told that because of union requirements I would be paid at the lower ADN rate than the BSN rate because my MSN didn't meet the requirement. I guess some hospitals require the specific letters BSN. I didn't pursue that so I'm not sure whether I could have argued against it more or not. Just to make you aware it's possible that not having the BSN could be a drawback.

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    Leedeedee likes this.

    I know that others have mentioned this as well, I just have to reiterate that group assignments are the worst aspect of school. Especially with a bunch of working nurses that all work different schedules, trying to get assignments done is a nightmare. I set up a shared document three weeks ago for an assignment due this Sunday. Has anyone else contributed a single word yet? Nope. I've been working 50+ hours on nights for the past six weeks, and I admit I'm a bit exhausted. I finally have a weekend off and apparently I'll be doing the assignment for the whole group. I'm always tempted to just let things fail, but then my Type A kicks in and I have to get it done. sigh. Only 22 more months..... (and I'm hoping once I hit the clinical portion the group work will go away)

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    Nursingiq likes this.

    I also went to a CC program with many students (including myself) with previous BS/MS degrees from previous careers. However, the minimum overall GPA for applying to my school was 2.7. Of applicants with at least a 2.7, 40% of the class was a lottery of students after the first 60% was from the top applicants. However, we also had hundreds of applications for the 96 slots. As someone else mentioned, you may be limited in your options due to the minimum requirements. Wish you all the best in reaching your goals.

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    I don't think anyone else can determine what's "worth it" for someone else. If you know you don't want to be a nurse, then do what you can to get where you want to me. There are days that I regret leaving the medical school program I was in, but I know I wouldn't have my current life or family if I had gone that route, and I would still be paying off the medical school bills. So, I'll be happy in an APRN role when I finish school. You're young, work for what you want and the rest will work itself out. Good luck.

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    I wouldn't say I'm above it, just parallel. I work most of the shift with my COW near my patient rooms. I spend maybe 5-10 minutes on average at the station area where the other nurses sit. I'll always offer to help when I see someone is busy, and I've had a few personal conversations but not very often. I spend a lot more time in patient rooms than with coworkers. I sometimes overhear some catty conversations, but I don't get involved since I have nothing to contribute- nor do I care. It's a little harder on nights when I'm charge because then I have to spend a little more time at the main station area, but I'm usually busy then.

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    When I first saw it I found it amusing, but wondered whether because she gave prescribing information without doing an individualized detailed assessment, did she overstep her scope even though it was only over the counter medications that she discussed? I think that might depend upon the individual BON for the state, but that's the only thing I think it really potentially a problem. Other than that, it's a social media post- some people will like the tone and some people won't. These days I think posting anything about any job on a social media post is potentially trouble. I truly hope nothing bad comes of it for her, she seems like it was really meant in the best interest of people in addition to just blowing off a little steam.

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    Rocknurse and Lmac0309 like this.

    Quote from Lmac0309
    Hello! I'm new to this forum and was hoping for some advice from those of you in the field. I recently moved to Connecticut for my husband's job, and have been seriously considering becoming a nurse. It is something that I have always wanted to become and I have finally decided that now is the time!

    I already have my Bachelor of Arts degree and have been working in healthcare management for some time now. I don't have any clinical experience, so I don't have any nursing prerequisites done at this time. I've been looking into LPN programs in Connecticut, but I'm unsure how I would eventually go on to earn my RN. I'm interested in the LPN option because it seems like a quicker, more realistic option for me right now.

    Can anyone in the CT area tell me if there are any LPN to RN programs that I could then look into? After completing my LPN and getting a job, I'd like to start schooling for my RN (preferably online). Does such a program exist? Please help!

    Thank you all
    There is an LPN-RN bridge program through all the community colleges. But if you're interested in going that route I'd recommend you apply to the community college RN program directly to start. It's the most affordable option to get your RN in CT, and almost all of them have matriculation agreements that will allow you to complete the BSN after RN in about a year. If you go for LPN or stop at ADN, your employment options are going to be limited, as someone else pointed out. I'm not sure where in the state you live but the Eastern CT hospitals (Middlesex, L&M, Backus, Windham, Day Kimball) are all hiring BSN prepared- or at least with BSN in progress.

    The LPN programs that I know of, Stone Academy and Lincoln Tech, are quite expense considering you will not nearly complete your education there. You could easily spend $30K for an LPN position that will likely pay in the low $20 range in a long-term care facility, and then incur additional debt with the LPN to RN program. In addition to the community colleges program, there's Goodwin College for your RN, which will also likely run you more than $50K for the education. The community colleges program is four semesters (once you've finished your pre-reqs), and about 8 years ago I think my whole ADN degree cost somewhere around $7K.

    Also, once you're ready to work, it's all about knowing someone to get in these days, in my impression. New nurses on their own sending resumes cold have a hard time getting their foot in the door. The CC programs are a great way to get into different clinical settings to network, and they're well known in the state as programs that generally train nurses well to transition into the job market. Good luck!


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