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Joined Jun 13, '10 - from 'Somewhere'. She has '2 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 2,167 (61% Liked) Likes: 6,090

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    I could have almost written this post.

    Like you, OP, I started in adult med-surg. Worked there for eight months and went to a level III NICU. I have been in the NICU for 1 year and 10 months. I love working with the babies.

    However, my coworkers are VERY cliquey, and I notice that some specialties attract catty people more so than others, NICU/maternity/L&D being some of them. I have learned to keep my head down and focus on the precious babies and families who need my care, and I have focused on my life outside of work via family, boyfriend and travel. It can be isolating sometimes, but sooner or later, the cliques will dissipate or the catty nurses will realize that while other coworkers have moved on to better opportunities and work environments, they will be stuck, not growing personally or professionally.

    I also was taken aback by the lack of acuity. Oftentimes, on my unit, we have feeder-growers, bubblers, kids on nasal cannula...occasionally, I will take care of a vented kid, have had an oscillator only a handful of times. I have never had any baby on vasopressors, nitric oxide or an insulin drip. I have found that most of the critical babies go to a selected "clique" of nurses.

    That being said, the vast majority of NICU patients aren't going to be critically ill. If that were the case, the mortality rates would be extremely high. Also, when a baby is critical, the prognosis is poor, and they end up graduating into the PICU. Pretty depressing, if you think about it. Have you asked for higher acuity? Is going to deliveries an option?

    I kept my adult med-surg job PRN and I am glad that I did. I am using all sorts of skills and feel challenged. Is finding a PRN med-surg job an option? Also, have you considered trying to go to days? I worked nights for over a year and have been on days for eight months, and I must say that while I miss the night shift diff and the laid-back atmosphere of nights, I don't miss sleeping through my days off.

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    Quote from ICUman
    I'm sad I don't get to experience all this extra spirituality.
    You're not missing much.

    Trust me.

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    NightNerd, evastone, Nurse Leigh, and 3 others like this.

    The pay isn't that great on comparison to other majors. My 22 y.o. brother got an engineering job making 77k out of the gate with a nice 10k bonus. He isn't saving lives, has all nights, weekends and holidays off and he gets to work from home on Fridays.

    And don't even get me started on those accountants and actuaries.

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    In MA
    Sour Lemon likes this.

    Roll my eyes (inwardly).

    I find it pathetic when anyone who isn't a LPN or RN calls themselves a nurse.

    You want the title, get the license.

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    Yup. Put any experience you have on there, whether it is paid or volunteer work. Nothing is worse than a huge gap in a resume.

    Also, if you were a stay-at-home mother or caregiver, you could explain that in your cover letter.

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    Quote from wtbcrna
    ASD is most likely genetic in nature with multiple genes involved.
    Causes - Autism Society

    It is unlikely that anti-vaccine crowd will ever disappear. They have literally been around for over 150 years.
    History of Anti-vaccination Movements | History of Vaccines

    The only way to reduce the anti-vaccine/conspiracy theory people is to prioritize science in our public schools and government.
    Yup. There are also studies that suggest that older men are more likely to produce children with autism due to lower quality sperm. It has nothing to do with vaccines.

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    SubSippi, Nurse Lulu, tamijo63, and 29 others like this.

    Quote from Kooky Korky
    Thanks. You make us all sound like mental cases. Some of us are actually just as well-read and intelligent and stable mentally as you are.

    Then there are pro vaxxers who are sick enough to skim their patients pain meds and weak enough to let nurses' aides run the show and endure no breaks day in and day out.

    How many of these deeply disquiet anti vaxxers do you know?

    It's easy to try to cheaply discredit your opponents and never give them a thorough, genuine hearing. You don't want to get a bad reputation by actually studying their point of view.

    Maybe their real cause of dissatisfaction is seeing autism rates skyrocket or seeing Guillian-Barre after flu shots that don't even prevent flu.
    Please tell me you don't work in healthcare.

    Firstly, there is NO evidence that states that vaccines are causing higher rates in autism. NONE. It is dangerous to even spread such fallacy or give it lip service as you have done.

    Secondly, pot meet kettle. You attack pro-vax nurses visciously in this post with something that is completely irrelevant to the topic. Fortunately for the pro-vax, there are hundreds and thousands of studies proving the efficacy of flu-shots.

    Thirdly, GBS is extremely rare. Should people stop taking all meds because of the slim chance of an extreme side effect occurring?

    And finally, have you talked to some elderly people who lived through devastating illnesses such as polio, MMR, etc? I bet you are very young and didn't witness such effects. Maybe if you did, you would change your tune.


    Sister of a brilliant autistic teenager who is a physics major and top of his class.

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    Janedog, Devnation, TriciaJ, and 23 others like this.

    I don't know about conspiracy theory, but many are highly uneducated and paranoid about science and pride themselves on being "all-natural."

    And if you talk to most elderly people who actually lived through polio and other illnesses that have been eradicated by vaccines, they will say that immunizations are God-sent. These young people haven't got a clue how fortunate they are to live in today's times instead of the thirties.

    I'm sure FDR would agree.

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    prnqday likes this.

    If you work every other weekend, this is definitely doable, and I did so when I worked EOW nights (wouldn't have done it any other way).

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    DixieBelle7, celinarayna, Suzey, and 29 others like this.

    Where I am from, new RNs make about 23-24/hr. For years of education, tons of responsibility and headaches, RNs should be making WAY more than that. And CNAs and LPNs are also underpaid, especially CNAs. My bf and I were talking about this. Aldi's starts off at around 12-13/hr but nursing assistants start at 9-11/hr.

    That is so wrong on so many levels.

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    inshallamiami, nehneh14, cwruRN1, and 11 others like this.

    Quote from Emergent
    Do you actually know anybody who voted for Trump? A couple of my best friends did and they are the loveliest people in the world. You might want to broaden your horizons and associations.
    Actually I have family members who voted for him and I was very disappointed. I can't get behind supporting racism, sexism or xenophobia ir homophobia and anyone who does is hardly lovely in my opinion.

    This isn't Bush, Reagan or Mitt Romney. This is Trump we are talking about.

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    Clearly our president finds certain citizens less than. Look at his response to PR.

    I don't support raping racists. So yeah, I am bias against him and I am ok with that.

    Quote from Jolie
    As a supporter of our President, I assure you that there is no human being whom I believe to be "undesirable" or unworthy of my care.

    That you have expressed such a thought concerns me.

    Those who attack others are often revealing their own biases.

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    I would be worried that a trump voter would provide sub-standard care to people he or she deemed "undesireable" aka minorities, non-Christians, members of the LGTBQ community, foreigner, disabled people....basically non-Wasps.

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    blondy2061h likes this.

    It helps to carry your papers and cross each patient off after you give report or unassign them in your computer as you go.

    Don't beat yourself up over it.

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    ICUman likes this.

    Med-surg will open most doors but it also has the highest rate of burnout.

    As BTDT mentioned, dialysis is always hiring and there is a humongous need for dialysis RNs