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    Well my orientation is mostly on the floor. I am just going to hit the floor on my first day and then have a class once a week as far as I know. I am the only new grad orienting. It's a small community hospital that I don't think hires new grads very often. So I am assuming I am going to wear scrubs my first day. Thanks you for your suggestions CoopergrrlRN!!!

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    Hi all! I just got hired for my first RN job on a med-surg floor. I am so nervous and excited! I have been out of school for over a year due to personal reasons. Now I am so scared that I have forgotten everything! Anyways, this might sound like a dumb question...but what should I bring with me to my first day of orientation? Should I bring books, etc.? Also, I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts about whether I should review material first like some common procedures, meds, etc. One friend of mine thought that I should just start slowly and that if I try to review everything I will just feel more overwhelmed. But I feel like I maybe should at least review some things. I mean it's been over a year since I have done any nursing at all! Thanks for any suggestions!

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    I actually moved to Maine after graduation. I went to school in Vermont. I love it here though. And thanks! I am pretty much completely freaking out right now.

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    Hi all! I am the original poster. This post is old! I do know that the hospital where I did clinical's in school did not test for 2 reasons that I know of. Firstly, they believed it was an invasion of privacy. Secondly, they did not want to create an air of distrust between staff and management. They would only test if there was reason to believe that someone was working under the influence or diverting, etc. They had to have some cause first. Just thought I would throw that out there!

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    Hi! I am wondering what the starting pay is for new grad RNs at York Hospital.

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    Hi! A little background on me...I graduated with my RN last May. Right before graduation, my mother committed suicide. A month later my father had an MI and I somehow finished school. A few months after graduation, I moved out of state to be near my father and siblings. It was months before I could concentrate enough to study for the NCLEX. I didn't take it until October and thankfully, I passed. Since then I have been having problems with depression & anxiety that have held me back from seeking out a nursing job. I felt I needed to be in a better emotional space before embarking on such a stressful endeavor. Has anyone else taken time off after school for any reason? Did it hinder your getting hired? Did you feel like you forgot too much? I feel like the longer I let it go, the harder it has become to get out of this slump. Plus my anxiety problems are worrying me as I know starting out in nursing is already a very anxiety-producing situation for most. I feel like I might not be able to hack it on a med-surg floor right now, but I know it's hard to find jobs in other areas without med-surg exp. and everyone says you should start there. Any suggestions? Sorry I know this post is a little befuddled.

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    Hi everyone! I am finally graduating this Saturday. I applied all over the seacost area and most hospitals' new grad programs were already filled by April. Seems like there aren't that many opportunities for new grads at the moment up there. I do have an interview scheduled with SMMC in 2 weeks. Does anyone know anything about them? I'm moving to the area so I don't know too much about their reputation. It's looking like my only lead right now so I can't be too picky, but I'm not even sure if they have a new grad orientation program? Any info would be greatly appreciated!!!

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    Thank you everybody. I will definitely check out those websites. I just had an appt. with a counselor. She stood me up. I had my appt. card (that she filled out) with me but noone could find her after I already had been waiting 50 minutes. Sort of frustrating, but anyway thanks again, I appreciate the support.

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    Quote from elkpark
    Thanks for the update -- I had been thinking of you and your family, and checking back with this thread now and again to see if there was any new info. I'm glad to hear things are going ok with you mom so far. Best wishes.
    Despite the fact that my mother was seeking help for the first time in years, and in contact with a crisis team, and had an appt. with a psychiatrist, she did end up committing suicide 2 weeks ago. I want to thank everyone for their time listening to me and trying to help. I wish now I had done more, and had not been so emotionally conflicited about what to do in the situation I was in. She told me that she had told the crisis person about the OD a few weeks prior and about her ideation. They apparently didn't think she was in immediate danger or needed any inpatient care. I don't know what she really told them . She might have just been telling me what I wanted to hear. I did call the local hospital after I found out about the OD (next day) but they said they wouldn't send anyone out to the house at that time. Maybe I should've called the police. She told me she would hang on. I guess when someone is so chronically suicidal, you get this feeling that they won't really ever do it. Or you tell yourself that because you can't live every second scared to death. She talked about it all the time for years. Maybe if I lived closer and could have seen what was really going on, I could have done more. Anyway, just wanted to update this thread and thank everyone again.

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    Thanks for the advice! I will try to get on the ball this week. I have a job search workshop at school Friday afternoon, where I will get feedback on my resume and then I will start applying. Anyway, thanks again.

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    Hi. I am moving from Brattleboro, VT. I was planning on applying to W-D, Portsmouth Regional, Exeter and York. Where is Frisbie? I had my resume almost done and all that stuff, but my mom just passed away and so I have all this schoolwork to make up in not enough time and won't have a chance to even send out apps for a week or so. It's making me nervous but there's nothing I can do about it unfortunately. I grad in mid May and don't have much time to get behind. I'm excited to live near the ocean. My family used to vacation up inthat area when I was little. Now my dad is there. Permanent vacation! I know it is expensive, but it'll be worth it I think. Did you apply online and post your resume or did you send out hard copies?

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    Hi. I think I will be living more south closer to Portsmouth,NH or Southern ME. My father and brother live in York and I would like to be really close to them. Do you know anything about any hospitlas down that way? How long a drive is it from York to MMC? Thanks!

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    My mother has been seeing a counselor and also has an appointment with a psychiatrist. For her, this is a huge step. She is getting help. She also has been calling the crisis hotline herself whenever she feels severely depressed. I have consulted with my family that lives with and near her and they are now being hypervigilant and know what to do if she gets bad again. I have given them crisis numbers along with the dispatch number (no 911 up there). Thanks to everyone for their info and advice.
    I know it is weird that she will take xanax but not antidepressants. Although, she has now expressed an increased willlingness to try one. She has a lot of other health problems (poorly controlled HTN and kidney failure) that might interact and she has a tendency to have a LOT of side effects with any med she takes. She has also witnessed family members have a really bad reactions to ADs including increased ideation and worsening of symptoms. Well thanks again to everyone.

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    Quote from CAG12345
    If you call the hotline to talk about the situation and your feelings, I doubt they will automatically call the police to bring your mother to the hospital, especially given that they recommended an outpatient psychological assessment.

    I am not tx'ng your mother, and you cannot either, as you know, but what you're reporting sounds a lot like a "help me, don't help me" kind of dynamic that some people who are depressed and/or anxious can get into in their relationships with others, and which can be very hard, even for professionals to handle.

    I agree with your assessment that it's important for you to find someone for yourself to talk to. A suicide prevention hotline in your area might be one place to start, and they may have some local resources to recommend for inexpensive counseling to help you cope with this extremely distressing situation. There are usually sliding-scale therapy agencies available and your school may have some counseling at the health service center also where you may be able to get in quickly.

    For something free and superquick for support, you might want to check out an Emotions Anonymous or Codependents Anonymous meeting. And this is not to say that there is anything WRONG with you. It's just that these groups are really good at supporting people in taking care of themselves in really tough relationship situations. You can usually find these meetings by looking up Codependents Anonymous in the phone book, or Emotions Anonymous. Depending on where you live, there could be a meeting this evening where you'll be able to get some support from people who have experience struggling with difficult relationships. These are not professionally led, but rather self-help groups.
    Thank you for all your info and suggestions. Now I have to try and mentally prepare for clinical tomorrow! I will find someone to talk to about all this tomorrow. I just talked to my mom and she says she's ok right now. We'll see how the meeting with the psychologist works out tommorow. Thanks again!

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    Thank you. I basically just told her that she could refuse meds so she might consider being a voluntary admit. She has now told me that she is dead set against being admitted. She threatened that if she thinks that I'm going to call the crisis line and have someone go over there she WILL commit suicide. I'm sorry I know this may not be a suitable place for me to be discussing this. If I call a hotline to talk to them about this, will they automatically try to go find her? I'm just afraid that if I do this and she was really going to go see the psychologist tomorrow that she'll not trust me anymore. I'm one of the few people she can talk to and trust..I don't want to break that for her but isn't that better than the other possiblity? I don't know which direction to go in here. Maybe I should call someone to talk to myself to try and figure it out...anyone know a hotline I can call as a family member to get help for this?


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