jmiraRN (5,552 Views)
Joined Sep 8, '10.
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There's a couple of things that will change your attitude.... unemployment and un paid bills! I'm being completely honest.
Once you graduate and see what things are really like for new grads, you will start realizing that the opportunities that may be offered to you won't be like the fancy ones you did in clinicals.
I speak from experience and with empathy. I graduated in July and will be starting my first RN job in 13 days.. in acute psych. And you know what... I'm over the moon excited!! Any experience is good experience when you need it.
I wish you luck, it's really tough out there
I, like many of the other nurses who have posted, make recommendations to doctors frequently. Whenever the doctor is thinking something different, they simply give that order instead. I havent yet had a doctor get upset with me for making a recommendation
Volunteering in a foreign environment is life changing and lets you develop your physical examine skills as you do not have all the fancy tests. It opens your heart and eyes to how hard it is for many to just get basic care, how poor the education is in 3rd world countries and how lucky you are to live in USA. It can suck you and break your heart so be sure to allot time for your studying. I am a full time missionary FNP in Honduras. 10 years ago I went on my first mission trip and fell in love with nursing again. After 2.5 years I went back to the US to get my FNP and then went to Guatemala for 2 years and now am back in Honduras. I have been to Ethiopia, Argentina, Haiti too. It is a great way to see the world and give back. So go, experience and then remember how you have been blessed. Besides, if you have to wait to work and take the NCLEX you might as well do some good in the world, I can not imagine an employer would look poorly on this.
Yes I had a very unsupportive family during nursing school. When I failed a term early on it was an I told you so moment for them. I heard the words "I figured that would happen" straight out of my dad's mouth. I dusted myself off and got right back up and excelled the rest of the program once I re-entered. Didn't matter if they knew I had to be up at 3:30 am to make it to clinicals on time, they had the tv blasting til midnight. My parents did help watch my daughter while I was at school/clinicals but on the weekends she sat at Starbucks right across from me with books, activities, snacks etcetera. Some days 8 hours straight. In their defense, I do not come from an educated family. Education, especially for a single-mother, is simply not important in their eyes, just the way it is.
My best friend became very unsupportive & downright nasty as well. I cut her off about halfway through the program.
But funny thing happened, others did become amazingly supportive! My daughter's dad worked extra hours so that he could pay all of my bills for the last year of the program and I was able to quit work to focus 100% at school. A decent friend that I had become somewhat distanced with ended up being very motivating and encouraging. I would always vent about school/hw/clinicals and she always listened and cared. She would remember all of my test days and send me reminders in the mornings to encourage me.
These were the people I most wanted to see me get pinned!
There will always be people who won't support your dreams. It's up to you to achieve them. Don't let anyone's negativity get you off track, focus on you and the ones who do truly want you to succeed
I'd love to see someone with a bachelors in psychology and zero clinical experience step on and run a unit of acute patients in psychiatric crisis, all just informed of their 14 day holds. What a circus that would be!
Ahhhh the MR psych patient... When I first started I couldnt fathom how someone could be in an acute, locked psychiatric hospital for a few months, let alone 2+ years. Then I learned how things work and how extremely hard it is to find placement. Most of these MR?DD pts have burned every bridge in the book. Its really sad and eye opening when you realize the lives of these individuals. They, IMO are the abosulte hardest pts ive dealt with in psych. But at the same time, the most rewarding. As you might have gathered, I actually miss working with that population. I'll take a MR with absolutely no pending placements over an axis 2 malingerer any day
So what I don't understand about using Geodon in an emergency setting is that #1 have you ever tried reconstituting that stuff? your staff will be getting their brains bashed in while you are shaking the vial for hours and #2 the pharm company really pushed it as a great med because it isn't as sedating. Well news flash folks that is usually one of my goals when ordering emergency IM meds.
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