sandyfeet, ADN, MSN, RN 5,483 Views
Joined Jul 26, '10 - from 'CA'.
sandyfeet is a RN.
She has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Emergency Nursing'.
Posts: 421 (40% Liked)
I think this would only help you if you were planning a career in academia. If you are hoping to end up in public health, clinics or long-term care, you should seek out internships in those areas. It also does sound like A LOT of work on top of your classes and being a single mom. Maybe you are a great student, but this amount of work sounds stressful and not necessarily helpful. At a minimum, it won't give you the hands-on patient experience an internship in the other areas would give.
Since the purpose of the Emergency Department is to rule out/stabilize life threatening injury/illness, we are concerned primarily with acute pain.
Keep in mind that I am speaking of acute pain only. I'm perfectly aware that chronic pain is different. But again, in the ED, we are not in the business of treating chronic pain. If a person with chronic pain at baseline presents, it is appropriate to ask about their chronic pain, but also to explain that we're concerned here today with what is new or different from their baseline. We are not going to adjust their oxycontin dose or prescribe a fentanyl patch- that is for their primary care provider or pain specialist to do.
Yes, this happened to me for a nurse aid position. The recruiter said that there were budget cuts. I was bawling over the phone but it's not in my nature to be rude so I just tried my best to keep it together and remain polite.
THEN...I got a call back a few months later from the same recruiter offering me another job. She said "You were so polite when I called to rescind the job offer and I never forgot that." SERIOUSLY.
I worked as an aide for 6 months and was hired immediately into an RN position before I graduated from nursing school.
Moral of the story: be polite! This might not be the end of your story with this hospital.
If you call in according to policy guidelines, i.e. 4 hrs before shift, it's only your business what the reason is. That being said, sleep deprivation can impair judgment as badly as drugs or alcohol.
If you make an error because you're overly tired, it will be said that you should have known better than to work in such a state.
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