NevadaFighter 3,975 Views
Joined Feb 17, '11.
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I think this is common, but what do I know? I have anxiety, so I get butterflies, re-entry or no re-entry. I don't really get it because I think that I have forgotten everything. It's more of a fear of the unknown...like you don't know what lies ahead of you in the day.
The dialysis nurses will run ABs though the line after HD, at times. General floor (or ER) nurses at all of the facilities I have worked at were not allowed to touch HD accesses, in general.
Is there someone from infection control that you can speak to about this? Many places will have a written policy about who can room with who.
I probably had about 160 credits before I came to WGU. Only about 80 of them transferred. Every school will require you to get X amount of credits from their school before they will offer you a degree. This is to prevent people from just taking 1 or 2 classes and being able to graduate.
It will get better. Since you have only been a nurse for 4 months, I'm going to assume that you have only been off of orientation for about 2. At about 6 months you will start feeling much more confident. It is by no means easy, but you will get there. It gets even harder once you switch floors/facilities, because all the same policies do not apply everywhere. I have just 2 years under my belt, and still question things every day. It doesn't make you inadequate...it makes you a good nurse. Many people don't rethink any of their actions and can just continue about their day with no worries. I'm not saying that the stress should consume you, but it is definitely not a bad quality to think about work after you have gone home. Don't give up! Good luck!
Shadowing is a great idea. You have to think about what you want in the long-term. You have gained some very marketable skills in Neuro and ICU that can transfer to about any other department of nursing. Once you get into L&D, you are going to gain a whole new skill set, but you will likely lose your others if you are not practicing it for awhile. Ultimately, it is your decision, but you should take these things into consideration. Best of luck to you!
Honestly, buy a cheap one. I bought my first one on Amazon for $2.99 and it sufficed just fine through nursing school. I later got a Littman for much more, but I couldn't notice much of a difference. Now I use a $15 cheap stethoscope with a dachshund on it that my boyfriend got me, and I think it works better than my Littman.
Don't go back to school for nursing. You'll be sorry that you did. You will be starting from the very bottom again, and you've come too far for that. Work for a couple of years and reassess.
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