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I also applied to class 111. Cannot wait to hear back, the wait is terrible! Hope to see you all there!
I'm an RN with two and half years of Emergency experience. Currently trying to bite and claw my way into OB and L&D nursing. I would consider myself extremely clinically sound, and feel as though it is my lifes mission and my destiny to assist ante and post partum women. The problem I'm having is that I keep bumping into this sentence at every application " Labor and Delivery expierence required". So I can't get a job because I never had a job. I spend my free time reading clinical text about obstertrical and neonatal nursing, I applied for CNM school, I even attempted to get NRP certified to make myself a more attractive canidate. Does anyone have any advice for what else I should do?
I myself was a nursing student about two years ago. I have since spent eight months in urgent care before transitioning to a role in a regional ED and am about to start a new challenge as a member of the trauma team at the busiest ER in my home state. Let me first start by saying I can remeber the first day I set foot on the ER floor as a student, (in my program you only got one ER day). I was scared, nervous, talked WAY too much, and felt like I was constantly in my preceptors way as she quickly and efficently buzzed around the department doing autonomous things I'd never ever dreamed of doing on a med surg floor. Then as I was a new grad, I came to a rural regional facility and then started to do these things for myself. i was lucky enough the have a straigh forward, sometimes harsh, incredibly intelligent and resourceful preceptor who taught me a couple things I'd love to share with you....
1.) There are no stupid questions, just stupid nurses who don't ask questions and put their parents (and licenses) in jepoardy
2.) There is never a situation that is so intense that you cannot pause to check the 5 "R" 's or to look up a drug in a drug book.
3.) The hairs on the back of your neck stand up for a reason, trust your instincts.
4.)You help no one if you don't help yourself.... stay calm, check your face, and don't get too hyper. Your never alone in an ER lean on someone if you have to, your a TEAM
5.) And last but most importantly listen to you G^$DA$% patient.
I truely do hope that you find some soalce and peace of mind from this post. Emergency care if you let it can be the most reqarding type of nursing experience, in my opinion there is nothing better then the adrenaline that pulses through my veins when the s$%^ goes down. But again in new to the profession and still like a sponge that intakes everything, so WE have to remember the five rules.
I wish you the best of luck with school.
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