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  • Mar 22

    How were you not in line with their values? If they're going to say that, they need to have specific examples, at will employment or not.

    You have a right to know why you were let go. You're probably the highest paid on your unit. Nobody wants to pay a lot for a nurse when they can replace you with a nurse that doesn't cost as much. Though this shouldn't happen, it does in some places, and that is true for any profession if management doesn't value the employee.

    Keep your chin up, and don't give up on nursing! Apply elsewhere!

  • Mar 21

    I wear sketchers shape ups, as well, They're comfy, and my legs/feet never hurt, but only you'll be able to find the best shoes for you like the PP said. I wouldn't spend the money on danskos if regular sneakers do the trick, though.

  • Mar 4

    after taxes and 401k money pretty much goes to childcare.
    i think you answered your own question. if the money truly does just go to childcare, then there's no point in working. if you just want the fulfillment of having worked, then just work one shift a week, prn, etc. that's just what i would do and am planning on doing in the future. i just wouldn't want to miss out on raising my kids, but to each his own, and if you love and provide for your kids, they will be fine. my husband's mom worked full-time by choice when he was growing up, and he said he didn't feel less loved, but to me, even though his family is wealthy (since my mom stayed home by choice), i feel like he missed out on some things that i got to do (like summer time, etc).

  • Nov 29 '16

    Thought I would throw my 2 cents in, as well. I started in an adult MICU as a newer nurse (only 1 year of exp when I started), and I think that is probably the best option for a new nurse who is unsure if they want to specialize in PICU/NICU. Also, you will more likely get hired into an adult ICU since many PICUs/NICUs require at least 1 year of ICU experience, though some will hire new grads if they have a good orientation program.

    I occasionally take care of PICU patients in my MICU (not really PICU, per se), but teenagers who may be 17 or those who have chronic conditions and are now 19 or 20. Having some experience with those patients and their parents will help you to know if PICU is something you would enjoy doing. (You would at least know if you wouldn't ever want to do it).

    PICU/NICU isn't something I considered for the reasons that many people elect not to do it. Those that do find it very rewarding, though, but I just would have a hard time leaving work at work if my patient who was 3 or 4 died, or a 3 weeker, for that matter. If you think you could leave work at work, and it's something you're interested in, go for it. But, like I said, those that do PICU or NICU typically enjoy that specialty because it's their niche, wouldn't want to do anything else. If you're wondering, I really enjoy adult MICU/SICU, and wouldn't want to do anything else. I may venture into another ICU down the road, CCU or something along those lines, but I've found my niche in ICU. Later on, I would like to get my MSN, and teach, as well. Best of luck to you. Just be open-minded at this point; I didn't think I would do ICU when I was in school, but kept an open mind, and here I am