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  • Jul 31 '13

    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    Menial? Insignificant?

    My thoughts exactly.

  • Jun 19 '13

    While there are many reasons for second, third, fourth, etc... career persons moving into nursing the two main ones come down to this: true desire to enter the profession out of altruistic reasons, or simply they perceive nursing as stable employment often with good wages.

    Due to the tightening of academic standards for entry, retention and graduation from most nursing programs those with previous professional degrees often have a "leg up". That is they understand the hard work required and how "things work" both in school and after graduation. The boom in ABSN/second degree nursing programs has made this career switch easier for many than in the past.

    As for the Russian MD there are lots of physicians from foreign nations who became nurses in the USA. The medical profession does not make it at all easy for such doctors to practice here in the States, and rather than go back to medical school (which pretty much often is what must happen) it is easier to do an ADN or BSN program, then start working as a RN.

  • Feb 6 '13

    Quote from crazy&cuteRN
    Thanks. I'm an over achiever. Sometimes I hate asking for someone to help but I know I have to. Thanks for the advice.
    I'm a new grad too, and this is also something I struggle with. One night, for some reason, I had 3 patients and my pod buddies had only one each. I was running around and they could see that, yet I guess because of tunnel vision I didn't ask for help. My pod buddies had to prod me to ask for help. As for d/c vs new patient, if you're buddies aren't busy, I'd personally delegate the d/c, and see the new patient myself. I haven't developed the nurse spidey sense to know from eye balling a patient who can wait a few minutes and who needs attention now.

  • Nov 9 '12

    hahaha...get a plastic binder for it? Just remember the most important rule for an ICU nurse.....LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES and pray you don't make one that really harms a patient....In my 8 year career as an ICU nurse, I have made many mistakes and as a soon-to-be CRNA i'm sure i will make more. However, it's what you take from them that will allow you to practice safely....few other things to remember......keep em alive to have to swell to get well....and when your crazy patient tells you he sees bugs in the room, look around just to make sure..

  • Oct 19 '12

    Last night my Mom was taken from her long term care facility into emergency because she had a UTI that was not responding to treatment and they couldn't get her fever down. At one point my sister and I were helping her move in bed and I looked at her feet. (Oh yeah, she is 82 and a type 2 diabetic). Her feet were a mess. The skin on her feet and ankles was so hard and dry it looked like elephant hide. Her toenails were so long that they were starting to grow up instead of out. One nail was so long that it had obviously gotten caught on a sock or something and was basically ripped off, just hanging there by a couple pieces of skin. Her heels, sole and toes were cracked. (I have never had reason to believe that her feet were in this kind of shape or I would have been checking them. She alwyas has socks and shoes on when I visit so didn't kow the state of them.) When my sister and I left for the night, I asked the nurses if they could please put a piece of tape over the hanging loose nail so that it wouldn't rip right off (causing pain and thus making Mom miserable to deal with). They said they would see how the night went.

    When I went in this evening and looked to see if the nail was taped I thought I was looking at someone else's feet! Some kind soul had taken the time, in a busy urban emergency room, to scrub Mom's feet until almost all the dead and dry skin was gone. Her nails had been trimmed, and the hanging nail had been removed and the wound cleaned up. They finished off by putting some cream on her very dry feet. They looked so much better and Mom said her ankles weren't itching anymore and it was such a relief (she can't reach down to scratch so she had been just putting up with the dry skin itch).

    I do not know who took the time to take care of her feet, but I am so grateful to whoever it was. I know emergency is so busy that it is easy to miss an elderly lady who just needs her meds at the right time and help to turn when there is so much other stuff going on. But it meant the world to my sister and I that someone took the time to do that little bit extra that made such a difference. I will never know who it was to tell them thanks, but colleagues like that make me proud of my profession.

    I just had to share!!

  • Oct 1 '12

    Like hundreds of other nursing students graduating from nursing school I thought the job hunt begins! In nursing school our professors would tell us, “You can find a job anywhere and you can find a job in any specialty you desired.” They were wrong. Living in New Jersey / New York tri-state area where is the nursing shortage? There is no nursing shortage in the tri-state area. I am even happy to even get a call back and/or interview. Is this happening in all the major cites?
    As much as we were told in nursing school that the nursing profession was recession proof our professors were wrong. In New Jersey there were approximately eight hospital closing, what does that mean for the new graduate nurse. Well, it means we are competing with experienced nurses who do not need to be as thoroughly trained as new graduates. It also means the nurses that left the profession are coming back because they or their spouses lost their jobs and need to make a living to support their families. What is a new graduate nurse to do? We work hard to get out of nursing school. Then we work hard to pass the NCLEX. Then, we must work hard to get a job and then work really hard when we start work. I’m just venting. Am I the only new graduate that feels this way?

  • Sep 24 '12

    Tell your story to your congressman/woman. We need to tell everybody about how exceedingly hard it is to find a job as a new grad! Everybody I talk to, send letters/emails to does not believe me. Google "who is my congreeman" and you can start there. I have even written oprah, ellen, all the networks, president, etc. But until everybody does it, they will keep believing there is a nursing shortage. There is not a nursing shortage! Arrrrgggg maybe I should just be a pirate

  • Jul 18 '12

    Quote from DeLana_RN
    This bothers me, too. Especially since I have witnessed the kind of cheating that can go when someone "earns" such a degree...

    Of course, most student probably don't cheat, but it's clear that it's a lot easier to do than in a traditional classroom setting... plus the instructor/student interaction, etc. is just missing. But it's the future... get used to it.
    I am a recent new grad from an ASN program. I have a bachelors degree in psychology. I am also enrolled to get my BSN. My coursework is not online, and I do in fact have to take courses that require clinical hours... so lets not make assumptions about people in RN to BSN programs.

    That being said. I am so thankful for the education I received at my local community college. In fact, the education I received at the Community College was leaps and bounds ahead of the education I received while obtaining my bachelors degree in psychology.

    In addition- I feel so lucky to have been trained by my community college as I had such great experiences in clinical. I have met new grads from BSN programs who have NEVER changed a brief, who have NEVER heard of shutting enteric feedings when lying a patient flat, who have NEVER done an injection on a real person before.

    At the end of the day, we are ALL nurses. We should ALL try to strive to further our education, and we should all support one another.

    Wishful thinking? I hope not.

  • Jul 18 '12

    Quote from FlyingScot
    Oh come on! Are you saying that diploma nurses were invented in the 1940's as a management tool?!!!! I bet that comes as a surprise to all the schools that have been around since the turn of the century.
    No, but that was the first major shortage that brought them to the market as a staffing tool.

  • Jun 21 '12

    You know, I see a lot of bellyaching about the salaries of hospital administration on this site, and I find it irritating. It is simply a great deal more difficult to be a hospital CEO than it is to be a nurse. Even among MBAs and those with Master's in HCA, very, very few of them get to that level. In health care, as in everything else, the cream rises to the top. The fact of the matter is their job cannot be done by just anyone, while just about anyone can be a nurse these days. The antiestablishment attitude is really unbecoming and demonstrates a sad lack of understanding of the depth and complexity of leadership and health care management, IMO.

    As for new nurses who hold the same opinion as that expressed by the administrator in the OP, I say: "meh. The way things are is the way things are. Tough tooties. You aren't entitled to jack, and neither am I. I just got here first, and that is they way things are. Get over it."