creative scholar 2,647 Views
Joined Aug 27, '09.
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hi i also answered your previous post about bassett, while lookingfor jobs, I also applied here and was offered a position but couldnt take it for personal reasons at that time, anyway the hospital is a good one, it is teaching so alot of residents, plus the albany med school is nearby, it is a more urban area when comparing it to bassett, i heard from many that it is "crisis central" - so u get wide vareirty of experience, starting new grads is 21.00 plus differential, it is bustling with poeple and patients, white coats everywhere, I also shadowed on one of the floors, most of the employees appear to be younger in age below 35 maybe bc they have 9 schools in the area.... I think this is a good hospital, and you will see alot. the people were freindly also, management competent and sincere. HR extremly helpful. positions are open often here as well.
always have open positions in one unit or another, good orientation period, smooth hiring process, HR is professional, no union, some c/o the pay, starting new grads RN 20.00, orientation anywhere from 8 weeks up, teaching hospital and they do ALOT of teaching, not just looking for a warm body, magnet hospital, encourage ongoing continuing education courses all/most are free, mandatory portfolios after one year, nurse to patient ratio may be of concern for some nurse (I hear) depending on the unit, at night med surg 6 or 7, surgery/special care (cardiac) 4 -5/6, ICU 1-2, OB 1-3, benefits ok, if youre from the city its a different pace, its in the boonies, cows, horses, farms, little entertainment, small town, cold weather, beautiful scenery, rn's -a group of women w/ different personalities together for 12 hrs a day three times a week, I guess u can figure that one out, the overall social climate of the hospital on a whole are nice, warm, professional, friendly........employees are people who either live in the area working twenty years plus age 40-60, young adults 21-35 who live in the area, and newbies who get their 1-2 yr of exp. and leave. some ways better than other hospitals, some ways not , pros and cons just like eveywhere else.
raindrop music, fireplaces, relaxing the auditory and visual senses. sounds very relaxing i may try this...i am also unusual lol
like the other users said, go to that BON website download app and apply, (although during this time u could be preparing for your RN boards). I am guessing you want to work as an LPN while studying and preparing for RN Boards. Just know that LPN boards require preparation too.
If you really KNOW that ICU will be better, than i would go with that. Trust your gut. Sometimes when we know exactly what we want to do, we rationalize things, especially if the other decision sounds good on paper, but trust your gut and things have a way of working themselves out. Also, sometimes we think the grass is greener on the other side so be sure you know EVERY detail of the postion, in terms of work flow, interelations of the staff, work enviornment, are the other nurses supportive of one another, all the details that aren't on paper that could potentially be a make it or break it? Sometimes you cant tell all that in an interview...I would shadow one of the nurses on the ICU to get better feeling/vibe of the place if you have time.
When i went to interview at the hospital i am at currently, i went to 3 interviews on 3 diffrent units, all stated that they liked me and i got the positions. All would be great learning experiences, I narrowed it down to two and shadowed both units. Then i thought about it, prayed about it, got different peoples advice (which were many) then I did what I knew WITHOUT A DOUBT would make me happy...I made a final decision and chose my unit. Then I got scared about the whatifs..... Some would say it wasnt the most rational, I should have chosen another unit for a more well rounded expereince (i choose a specialty)....but I LOVE it and thats what matters isnt it? My RN career has taken on a whole new direction, and now i shun the thought of even considering those other units. oh yeah, did i tell u I love it? I dont go to work depressed, I dont leave depressed, when things are slow and everyone is sitting at the desk chatting, I pray for complex cases to walk in the door so that I will be productive and challenged, (the nurses dont like my prayers bc they usually work lol), I dont watch the clock etc, etc .... so your emotional state of mind while at a job is very important. My job is part of my life, If i hated my job, I would in turn hate part of my life.
Make sure your sacrifice is worth it, know all the details, even the ones that AREN'T on paper. If you do decide ICU you can always work extra time. if you decide PICU, maybe you can transfer within your hospital. I know it seems like a big decision now, but in the bigger scheme of things you cant really make a mistake btwn these two opportuinites bc (on paper) both of them will render you great experience, making you more valuable as an RN, thereby opening up other opportunites for you in the future. so the key is to have an equilibrium of happiness btwn your work expereinces (on paper) whats on your resume and your psychological/emotiona/ expereinces (whats not on paper).
I know youll make the right decision, keep your nursing community updated.
In my locker are all of my scrubs/scrub jackets neatly folded (we are required to change into our scrubs when we get to the unit) sneakers, socks, feminine products, old papers, notebook, infant/adult stethescope, pens, reference text.
So in my purse is the following: keys, vaseline (for my lips) tylenol (when stress at work builds up), calculator, water bottle, and snacks (apple, carrots, yogurt, gum). i usually eat dinner before I go into work. i leave eveything at work that i really need in my locker, this way im carrying as minimial as possible back and forth to work.
blood & guts
22 miles-30 minute drive through the mountains of upstate NY on a small two lane winding road going as fast as legally posssible, (well just 15-20 MPH over) in winter possibly 1 hr
good!!!!! keep us posted!!!
just started OB, some things ive seen
falls, uncontrolled glucoses, low/high AFI, h/a with increased BP maybe indicative of preeclampsia, hernias, painful bulging hemmroids- went to the OR, Popped blood vessels in nose continued nose bleeds like 800-1000 ml lost -did a C-sec at 38 weeks, braxton hick contractions, SROM- spontaneous rupture of membranes with or without increased temperature, chorio, mom questioning if she ruptured her membranes- biggie, pain in abdomen, bloody show, no fetal movement for more than 24 hrs, UTI, hydronephrosis....
hope this helps
Think you should take advanage of the opportunity. There is a girl that got hired at my job 6 months prego, did 3 months of orientation, then 9 months prego, delivered her baby, now on maternity leave for a few weeks, when she comes back shell be on her own for the first time. A baby didnt stop her...dont let it stop you, what is meant for you, you will have...one way or another Creative Scholar-
Ask for a Formal Offer Letter.... if they need a reason say its for a (new) apartment you want to get and they need it to verify where you work (and it has to be in writing).
Send them a request in writing like a fax or email (paper trail) explainig that you would like to CONFIRM your offer of employment, on XYZ unit, XYZ shift, date of hire, start date/oreintation date. These are your concerns. You can also mention that you tried to contact them previosly but was unsuccesul in gaining the information you requested. State your letter with a tone that is very professional and pleasant, not demanding. You are just a concerned applicant and are bringing it to thier attention. Feel free to address the letter to the HR person and also the person who is over that person. I do not think you wll be stepping on any toes.
This tx is unprofessional. Give them a 2-3 days to respond, if no response, follow it up with a phone call.
My 50 cents:
First I would decide if this unit is where I wanted to be or would I be uncomfortable on this unit after the issues that have been raised before me. (Would I be embarrased/uncomfortable/uneasy or do I give a f&*ck?) What is your desire at this point? What do YOU want to do? Sometimes in life we have to fight for the things we want. If u have a desire to remain on that unit, I would first set up a meeting of the minds with the preceptor and the manager to discuss my weaknesses, and develop a "plan of action" so to speak to improve in the areas which were quoted inadequate. I would also start out by stating my strengths, give concrete examples of things you have learned (both in tasks and critical thinking instances), give an honest critial anaylsis of your performance to date. In this way you are building a case that is in your favor and letting them know that you are eager to improve in weak areas. Also stating your strenghts and what you have learned will give validation that you are worth keeping, worth training and you have learned alot within the last 14 weeks.
Write down a checklist of the areas that need improving and with assistance from your preceptor you guys will "work together" to ensure that you have adequate opportunites for experience. (Being comfortable comes with practice and with practice comes perfection...or damn near it!!) I would create a checklist of things that I need to improve and be very clear about it, in this way you can be sure the goals you have set for yourself are in agreement with your preceptor and manger, you guys are on the same page. I dont know how long you have for oreintation, but obviously if you are going to improve in these areas, you need (an extended) time in which to complete this.
I would not give up, if this is where you want to be. Sometimes I've noticed that alot of issues while training can be self-confidence busters and when it seems like you've failed at one thing, a fear enters in in regards to future opportunites (on other units or wherever). But keep ya head up and your eyes on what you want.
If you would like to move to a different unit, than i would explore those options, it doesnt have to neccesarily be Med surg, ask if there are other units with open positions, maybe try a diffrent workload, unit with different staff- interaction dynamics or different population of patients. If you are intrviewing for other units, perhaps shadow a nurse there for a couple of hours to get a feel for the staff, patient to nurse ratio, and overall climate of the unit, see if you gel. (This is what I did when I was interviewing for positions). Its totally understandable to feel that you are not cut out for hospital work, but dont let them be the judge of that. I dont think you shouldnt question your abilites bc of TPN, talking to docs, critical thinking skills, and delegating to CNA's ... also if you have been a CNA for a number of years, is just comes so naturally to do those tasks and being that you are learning so many new things, CNA work now is like a peice of cake, so you may gravitate to things you really know how to do and feel absolutely comfortable with. Just put these on the checklist of things to improve. DONT GIVE UP!!!
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