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  • Jun 21 '15

    Quote from NedRN
    There is nothing subjective about a year or two or three in a specialty. Either you have it or you don't. Sure there are a lot of internal and external factors that affect your chances of succeeding in any occupation. I think those could be listed easily as well but if you don't have the qualifications to get a first assignment then it is game over.

    Not having the basic reqirements to succeed means you are less competitive for good assignments, and more likely to fail at the bad one you are now forced to take. Yes, you might get lucky, but I don't think it is wise to set up others for failure. Why not just get the experience needed?
    Nobody is setting anyone up for failure what i'm saying is ther are many factors to determine if someone is ready to travel. There are some people that traveled that are shy of a year of experience and are doing fine. What you are stating may be true about not having a year or two of exp which is preferred. I didn't have two years of experience and started traveling within my specialty and I am doing fine. It all depends on the traveler and the assignment. If the OP doesn't feel comfortable than of course continue to get the experience or at least try to pick up extra shifts floating to different units to get a feel of what it's like to be on a different type of unit.

  • Mar 14 '15

    Quote from Elliot.Kane
    Good luck in your new travel position and congratulations! I've found this post to be extremely helpful, and have used it to pursue my first nursing job at St. Alexius (which I'll be starting next week). I've found your incites and information to be very useful, and I appreciate you sharing the information.

    Do you think you'll pursue a fulltime spot in Iowa or that you'll pursue travel nursing for a while?

    Iowa fell through, which I am glad about... because I signed a contract for a travel position at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, CA in Oncology which I am going to pursue as a perm.

  • Mar 3 '15

    North Dakota people

  • Mar 3 '15

    I'm going to Alaska! No joke.

  • Sep 7 '12

    I've gone back to school to get my BSN. I knew it would involve a lot of nursing theory and writing papers, but I figured I could handle it.

    After having to read and write about Watson and Ray and all this caring nonsense, I'm ready to pull my hair out. If I have to read the word "caring" one more time I might go off the deep end.

    After having been an RN for 5 years, I've seen enough to know that nursing is in trouble. Hospitals are trying to dumb us down, grind us down until we are nothing but broken bodies with broken spirits only to replace us with any one of the next 500 new grads ready to take our place. We are a necessary evil they must deal with to run the hospital. Nursing care is included with the cost of room and board for crying out loud!!

    Nursing does not need any more emphasis on caring! We have enough of that, in fact a little too much. What nursing needs is more emphasis on science, health care economics, and efforts to make nursing into a true profession. We need more autonomy. If we actually charged for nursing care and made money for the hospital instead of being included with the room rate, then we could start on the road to real autonomy. If we had autonomy, we wouldn't get "write ups" like we were children. We would have an active voice in the way the hospital runs. We wouldn't be short staffed and have no control over patient assignments. We need to recruit people who are not afraid to stand up for what's right, who want to learn the science of nursing, who are caring yet interested in furthering nursing as a whole. Right now we don't have that. Maybe it's too late and maybe we never will.

    I'm sorry for the rant, but I'm so frustrated right now. I care about nursing, I care about patients. This is making me re-think continuing my nursing career. Thank you for listening.

  • May 24 '12

    I think you have some more independent research to do, before deciding that you want to go to nursing school and you want to be a nurse. Good luck to you.

  • May 18 '12

    ]Subject: Nurses aren't supposed to laugh........

    Nurses aren't supposed to laugh........

    "Of course I won't laugh," said the nurse. "I'm a professional. In over twenty years I've never laughed at a patient."

    "Okay then," said Fred, and he proceeded to drop his trousers, revealing the tiniest 'man thingy' the nurse had ever seen.
    Length and width, it couldn't have been bigger than a AAA battery. Unable to control herself, the nurse started giggling, then fell to the floor laughing.
    Five minutes later she was able to struggle to her feet and regain her composure.

    "I am so sorry," she said. "I don't know what came over me.
    On my honor as a nurse and a lady, I promise it won't happen again.
    Now, tell me, what seems to be the problem?"
    "It's swollen," Fred replied.
    She ran out of the room.

  • May 7 '12

    I know that you are venting and probably not looking for advice, but if you will allow me to offer a few suggestions:

    So many of us have been in your position. It is SO frustrating! If you feel up to it, try to change the culture of your workplace. Most of the time, people with attitudes feel "victimized" somehow. Rational people with a clear understanding of their job duties don't react with an attitude when asked to do something, do they? So why is this person being irrational? Does she feel unappreciated? Does she feel like she has too large of a workload? Is her personal life in shambles? (and the reason I ask the last question is because sometimes when employees don't have a balanced/stable home life, they act out at work-not that this is OK, but it may help you to understand their behavior.)

    I had this same challenge with a particular staff member for almost two years. I finally asked her, "Mary, it is clear to me that you are angry because you reacted to my request to help Ms. X up to the bathroom by rolling your eyes and sighing. Can you tell me why you are mad?" Mary replies, "Why do you think I am mad? I just have to do EVERYTHING while you just sit around and play on the computer!" I state, "It may look that way, but I am charting, and it takes a while to get through all of it. You said that you have to do EVERYTHING, and I don't want you to feel that way. I do want you to understand that you are a valuable team member on this unit. We need you and rely on you. Do you feel that your tasks are too numerous? What can I do to help you?"

    She finally opened up to me and said that she was taking care of her dying mother by herself while her 3 sisters came up with one excuse after another regarding why they can't help her, trying to keep her daughter out of trouble, and trying to keep up with her pre-nursing classes at the community college. I had no idea. She felt under appreciated at home and carried those feelings over to work; hence the comment "I have to do EVERYTHING". She was simply at the end of her rope.

    To change the culture of a work environment is difficult, no doubt. But you can do it. In collaboration with your NM, compile a list of duties in a checklist form for the CNAs on your unit. Involve them as well so they feel like they have a voice in their job duties. Staff members are more compliant when they have some sense of ownership in defining their duties. Expectations are then clear cut. Try to open up those lines of communication and do small things to make her feel appreciated. A candybar, a coffee, an email to the NM pointing out the things she did well during a's the small things that make people feel good. However, if the CNA continues to have an attitude after your efforts to communicate, then she should be written up for disruptive behavior. You have to document each occurrence as it happens.

    I hope this helps. I know it's frustrating, and not very pleasant. View yourself as a leader in this instance and reach out to her. You might be surprised at how her attitude turns around.

  • May 7 '12

    Wow seems like no one likes to share their scores...

    I am a little different..

    1. Yes I will help you study even if I'm not an A student.
    2. I don't mind telling you my score because good or bad I guess I earned it. If your gonna ask I'm gonna tell you.
    3. I'm too old to care about anything except passing.
    4. I know stuff happens you can copy my answers but remember you probably should look them up when you get time. It did take me a while but who cares.
    5. If all of us were helpful to one another and a little more tolerant to the differences in personalities wouldn't the world just seem like a better place.
    6. If you can't deal with your fellow students have fun with your patients.

  • May 7 '12

    Please stop passing judgement on everyone in this program. Tall and blonde does not equal stupid. Over 40 does not equal over the hill and too slow to learn. Second career does not equal "I'm just in this for the money and job security." It may just mean, "I've wanted to do this for years but life wouldn't let me."

    And please know that your endless need to judge said people makes it really easy to diagnose your very low self esteem.

  • Apr 22 '12

    I'm going the ADN route. Hospitals in my area hire ADNs for certain positions, not the one I want. But, I'll get my ADN, get a job in the hospital I want to work in, get my BSN paid for by them, and then, get the job I want.

  • Apr 20 '12

    Hello, I wish the best for anyone who were not selected , just give it another shot next year, my friend got 66% for Teas V also got accepted too. anyone plan to take wst at csueb? Summer?

  • Apr 17 '12

    Omg, I wish they would either hurry up and reject or accept me. I think this means I'm on the alternates' list, which is what I expected.

  • Apr 17 '12

    Nope! No mail. I took my stalking status up a notch today. I was about to leave my house when I spotted the mail man. So I got out of the car and went back home and waited... and waited... and NOTHING .___.

  • Apr 11 '12

    Quote from Lauryen828
    I love being a Christian Nurse. I know there are many people out there that do not share my beliefs but, I care for them the same as I would someone who shared my beliefs. I did not become a Nurse to take care of people who believe the same as I do, I did it because I want to help people heal and make a difference in their healing process.
    Why not title your post "I love being a nurse"?

    By bringing your religion in to it you just know where the thread will head right?

    I love being an agnostic nurse.