creative scholar 2,804 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.
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