Latest Comments by ThePrincessBride

Latest Comments by ThePrincessBride

ThePrincessBride, BSN, RN 33,231 Views

Joined Jun 13, '10 - from 'Somewhere'. She has '<1 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 1,908 (59% Liked) Likes: 4,991

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    Yup. And as a night shift worker, I think that is BS. In my opinion, working every other day is far worse than working six in a row. After the third shift, you kind of get into a groove and your body is on the night schedule...usually.

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    Quote from klone
    IMO, no, you should not.
    After this past shift I feel like I may not have a choice.

    Whenever the idea of more orientation is brought up, I feel that is just another way of saying "you should quit. "

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    Quote from Libby1987
    After everything you've gone through to get to NICU, you'd throw in the towel because of hovering and being on the upside of the learning curve? What did you expect it to be like? It's NICU, I wouldn't have expected anything else.

    Every new nursing job is tough the first couple of years but if you don't stick with it and just get through it, you'll never reach the place of confident competence. And let me tell you, we've all been there and it's sweet to be on the other side.
    If I can get on the other side, lol.

    I just had a rough night on orientation (after being gone for a couple of weeks) that makes me wonder if I should just say screw it and cut my losses.

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    Honestly I am wondering if I should throw in the towel and just be done with it. It is unfortunate because I love the NICU but I honestly hate my coworkers.

    I get tired of being made to feel stupid and incompetent. I do so much better when I am just left the hell alone and not have someone hover over me like a hawk.

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    Four tens with no weekends, no holidays? No crazy ratios? Supportive environment? No family drama?

    Med-Surg units often have high turnover. Jobs will always be there. OR/outpatient surgery? Not so much.

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    LadyFree28 likes this.

    Quote from LadyFree28
    Or some can be working to get free air conditioning...at least I am...

    I work less fall-late spring, then I add hours during the summer months-keeps my bills low and I make more money; not a grind when one is staying inside in the cool air.

    I vacation in the fall; less people and the right temperature to enjoy attractions and cultural events.
    I agree. I find fall and spring to be less busy. Fewer people take vacations in April and October but the weather is still nice in some other part of the world.

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    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    If the OP had these plans made at the time of hire then this should have been negotiated at the time of hire not after 4 months working in a short staffed facility. OP's statement sounds like this was a recent spontaneous plan not a plan for months.
    It is not the OP's job to staff the facility appropriately. Nurses should be able to use their time off without consequence. If nurses have to forgo vacations to keep a poorly run unit staffed, that is a management problem.

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    kp038 and Nurse4592 like this.

    I started applying for other jobs at the seventh month mark and within two weeks got an offer for another specialty.

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    katie93, Here.I.Stand, brido, and 6 others like this.

    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    You've only been there 4 months and expect a short staffed facility to grant a vacation 6 months after you started? Many companies you are expected to work 12 months full time to be eligible to request vacation. You are also asking with relatively short notice
    This is ridiculous.

    Only in America do we frown upon people who want time off to enjoy their lives.

    OP, I would have told them upfront upon accepting the job that you had something plan but what's done is done. That is water under the bridge now. I would go through the proper channels to see about getting time off approved but prepared to have it unpaid.

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    I am always puzzled by the stereotype that baby boomers are technologically-challenged. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, anyone? Mark Dean?

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    I am a millennial and I honestly get tired of the bashing and stereotypes.

    I am a big team player. In fact, that is feedback I have received on numerous performance reviews. I am a team player because I have always worked my way up in life and know what it is like to be the bottom man on the totem pole and mistreated. I started my career as a teen volunteer at a local hospital. In college, I worked in fast food, catering and desk job work. Then I started working as a sitter for another local hospital and let me tell you, that job was hard sometimes. After a good performance review, I was promoted to be nursing assistant. I worked as an assistant for more than three years. Now I am a registered nurse.

    My fifty-something year old mother is far more tech savvy and even has a Twitter account.While she is a team player, she also counsels other young professionals on how to advance in their careers and advocate for themselves. It was she who encouraged me to interview for my new position while I had reservations about leaving a system I had been a part of for six years.

    I have also met some baby boomers who care more about their seniority than what is for the good of everyone. The people at my job that whine the most are the ones who have been there the longest while the less senior people tend to keep quiet.

    You can't stereotype people by age group. It just creates division and animosity.

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    Kitiger likes this.

    Thank you!

    I just want to give some of them some Xanax and tell them to calm down, especially my day shift preceptor who joked about firing me for not changing a diaper "properly." :/

    Other than that, I love my job and I feel honored to work in the NICU!

    Quote from babyNP.
    oh goodness I remember those days. I do NOT miss bedside nursing for that reason of people being so hyper about every little thing when TBH it doesn't matter if the stripes in the blanket are lined up and yes, there is more than one correct way to do most tasks.

    I just popped in to say that I'm really happy to hear that you got your job in NICU though TPB!

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    poppycat and Hollybobs like this.

    I am almost done with a twelve week nicu orientation and like guy in babyland (cute screen name!), I feel like twelve weeks in more than enough time.

    You won't be getting the sickest babies on the unit out of orientation (or at least you shouldn't).

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    KelRN215, Jensmom7, and LadyFree28 like this.

    After your first year of nursing, no one is going to give a damn about your grades. I say this as someone who passed the NCLEX with 75 questions on the first try with a 3.75+ gpa. No one has asked me about my grades. They only care about my license and, in my overly saturated state, my four-year degree.

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    KatieMI, Kitiger, LadyFree28, and 2 others like this.

    At 43, you potentially have 20+ years of working ahead of you. You can have a great career in that time frame.

    Also, if 43 was too old for change we wouldn't have Wendy's (Dave Thomas was very old when he started the franchise), Game of Thrones (the first book was published in 1996 when George RR Martin was 48 years old) and many people have gone to even more intense training (such as med school and residency) at later ages.

    43 is the new 33.


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