Latest Comments by ThePrincessBride

Latest Comments by ThePrincessBride

ThePrincessBride, BSN, RN 36,984 Views

Joined Jun 13, '10 - from 'Somewhere'. She has '1 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 1,967 (60% Liked) Likes: 5,195

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    Rexie and Emergent like this.

    I find it funny how so many people, particularly white and black Americans, claim to be part native when a vast amount of native Americans were wiped out with European diseases before so many interracial relationships and families could be established. In reality, the majority who claim it don't have it.

    That said, I think ethnicity can actually be relevant in medical history as certain ethnic backgrounds have a tendency to react differently to certain treatments from others. Problem is when HCPs get lazy and use stereotypes to create a care plan rather than individual data.

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    I wouldn't even consider NP before working as a nurse. With the NP glut in my area, many places are demanding a minimum of 3-5 years of acute care before even considering hiring a nurse practitioner.

    I work as both a NICU and a med-surg nurse I hear from both sides how one couldn't work in the other specialty. I find med-surg to be 1000x more stressful and physically demanding,and the adult patients behave much more poorly than the babies. I can lift a baby with one hand/arm while it can take five or six people to turn a 600-pound patient. I don't have to worry about babies sneaking off and shooting up street drugs, and their fists and feet can't hurt me (though some of them have really sharp nails!).

    I find NICU to be much more rewarding (though occassionally heartbreaking) whereas in med-surg, I feel like a legalized drug dealer. After all, RN stands for refreshments and narcotics....right?

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    Quote from Erythropoiesis
    I LOVE baby head smell! Intoxicating little things. If OP can wait two years, I'll gladly take that understimulating job off her hands.
    Oh don't be fooled. Some baby farts smell so bad, it would make a grown man faint.

    But on those occasions where I do have time to cuddle, I love smelling their heads and letting their hands grab on to my fingers. And when those big eyes stare up at you...it is heartwarming.

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    Quote from caliotter3
    There are undoubtedly many, many unemployed new and experienced nurses who would be grateful to have a job taking care of feeder/grower babies. They also have the humility that makes them welcome on a unit when they get their chance. Give these little babies your best and you will find yourself progressing, your efforts will be noticed.
    Yup! NICU is one of the hardest specialties to get into even with years of nursing experience. Even though most of my assignments have been feeder/growers with some bubble cpap, I still look forward to going in and "loving" on the babies. Plus taking care of 3-4 stable kids help with time management and prioritization and communicating with parents in less stressful situations.

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    I started off full-time and then went prn after getting another ft job in a specialty.

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    Position 2 may have better pay, but do the tolls and parking negate the extra earnings? Between toll and parking alone, you are spending 1800 bucks a year. Then add childcare expenses and the fact that the shifts are nights (which I find worse than 3-11, a shift I like), it makes position 1 much more appealing.

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    The pay difference where I work is miniscule. It is more about certifications than degrees. Nurses automatically get 3 percent raise if they become certified in their specialty.

    It is a big reason why I want to become a nurse practitioner.NPs in my location start at what most highly experienced nurses make and have a much higher ceiling.

  • 10

    I am going through something similar. I would like to become an NNP and feel that working with mostly feeder/growers isn't going to help me with grad school. I have been off orientation for three months and have only cared for feeder/growers and bubble cpap kids. I would like experience with higher acuity but realize that I am new and many NICUs start inexperienced nurses off with lower acuity patients.

    But I don't want to rock the boat either.

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    GadgetRN71, Everline, and Marisette like this.

    I am a certified job hopper. My first RN job (at a SNF) isn't listed on my resume and I didn't even stay long enough to earn a paycheck. My second RN job (med-surg adult)I stayed full-time for eight months before going to prn status (which I still am almost six months later). Now I am on my third nursing job in a level three NICU. Today marks my seventh month anniversary. I plan to stay for another eight or so months before moving onto a NICU with better benefits.

    Job hoppers understand the game. Employers don't care about you so why be loyal to them?

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    There are direct-entry programs, but they are usually a minimum of three years, usually the first year being used to train for RN license.

    I would recommend not taking the quick route and actually get some experience before deciding to become a Nurse Practitioner.

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    I am about ready to apply for an NNP program that allows people to matriculate without experience but you must have two years in a level three or four by the time clinicals roll around.

    NICU is such a niche and nursing schools barely touch on neonates. In a critical care setting with babies, it is crucial for the NNPs to know their stuff. I am somewhat terrified of starting with only 1.5 years of experience. I couldn't imagine being a nnp with no NICU experience.

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    Nurses are routinely voted the most trusted professionals for a reason: we are highly respected by the public. I haven't had too many issues with people calling me "just a nurse." In fact, outside of the occasional rude doctor I work with or crazy patients and their family, I find that I am very well regarded, especially when they hear that I work in the NICU.

    Even the richie rich people, as a whole, don't view nurses lowly because guess who is taking care of their sick butts in the hospital?

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    I do something similar but it is between a fulltime job of 72 hours per pay period and a prn job. I would NOT want to work a full time job that required that much out of me and I imagine burn out would be high working at the same place all the time. I wouldn't have a prn job if I had to work an extra twelve per pay period at my full time job. No way.

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    greygooseuria and Jules A like this.

    Easy: start early, save often.

    403b- 25 percent of my ft job's salary. Match is a pitiful 2 percent and I am still not eligible for it. Plus they do an additional contribution that is another 2 to 5 percent.

    Roth IRA- Maxed. Through vanguard. Always check expense ratios as high fees can kill your returns. Vanguard is the gold standard.

    457b- Through prn job, I add an additional 150 dollars per paycheck.

    And pension.

    I hope to be out of the work force by 50.

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    I definitely agree that NICU is very narrow and I know some NICU-only nurses who've gone to school for fnp but have had a hard time getting jobs because they lack adult experience.

    PICU is definitely a unique place with the most variety possible.


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