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Joined: Feb 21, '12; Posts: 95 (40% Liked) ; Likes: 86
Critical Care RN; from US

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  • Dec 19 '17

    Quote from Rnfolk
    I highly recommend the AACN review course available for purchase on their website. I know it prepared me to pass the CCRN exam!!

    Good luck!!
    Thanks Rnfolk! Are you referring to the online AACN review course that's offered when you sign up for the CCRN? Did you use any other resources like questions from Pass CCRN, etc...?

  • Nov 21 '17

    There is a case management position open at the hospital I work at. I have always been interested in case management, but I was wondering if any case mangers who are employed in a hospital setting can tell me about a typical day? For example, how many patients do you see? What do you assist with (discharge resources, setting up home health, durable medical equipment, etc....)?

    I have my BSN and two years of ICU experience.

    Thank you so much for your help!

  • Oct 20 '17

    I am considering accepting two part-time positions versus maintaining one full-time job. The reason I am considering two part-time positions is because each position is in a different area and I would like the chance to work in two different specialties (Surgical ICU & PACU). Each position requires 2 12 hour shifts per week which would mean a total of 48 hours per week. I am on my husbands health insurance so I am not concerned about not qualifying for benefits being full-time.

    Can anyone share their experience and advice in the matter? I would appreciate any suggestions or thoughts! Thank you.

  • Jun 24 '17

    Quote from shelw067
    Hi everyone,

    Long time lurker on this site. Finally decided to make an account because I need some advice..

    I've been a nurse for 2 years, been on night shift a little over a year. Within the last few months I have began having major health issues such as fatigue, anxiety, depression, tachycardia, dizziness, you name it. I barely sleep anymore--I get on average 3 or 4 hours a day, and I barely have an appetite. It is concerning to me because prior to this I have never had any health issues. I have been to the doctor several times and accrued many many doctors bills. I've had lab work done at every visit and everything came back normal. My doctor recommended that I get off night shift and try to get my body back to normal functioning because of course, nights aren't for everyone. At first I blew it off thinking I would improve over time, but it has been about 6 months. Some days I feel ok, but most of the time I feel like complete crap.

    At this point, I'm actually considering going to day shift. The only thing I didn't like about days is getting up so early, but it beats not having a life on top of feeling like death on a daily basis.

    There is no opportunity for day shift in my current position so I would have to find a new job all together. I have been hesitant because I love the job I have now--I get along with all of my colleagues, and of course the other pros to night shift (more laid back, higher pay). I know that if I go to another hospital/day shift the pay won't be as great, and I might not get along with colleagues as well as I do now. However, I feel like I need to make the change to improve my health. I dread coming to work now. I just want a normal life again.

    Is there anyone that had health issues due to night shift? If so, what did you do? To those who haven't what would you recommend?
    I could have written this post word for word about a year ago. I was in an ICU I loved and had great coworkers, but night shift was causing severe health issues for me after 2 years. It was a tough decision, but I left my job and found an ICU dayshift position. I cannot describe how much better I felt within a few weeks! It was amazing and life changing!

    I still miss my old colleagues and organization, but you can't put a price on your health. Good luck

  • Jun 12 '17

    Quote from shelw067
    Hi everyone,

    Long time lurker on this site. Finally decided to make an account because I need some advice..

    I've been a nurse for 2 years, been on night shift a little over a year. Within the last few months I have began having major health issues such as fatigue, anxiety, depression, tachycardia, dizziness, you name it. I barely sleep anymore--I get on average 3 or 4 hours a day, and I barely have an appetite. It is concerning to me because prior to this I have never had any health issues. I have been to the doctor several times and accrued many many doctors bills. I've had lab work done at every visit and everything came back normal. My doctor recommended that I get off night shift and try to get my body back to normal functioning because of course, nights aren't for everyone. At first I blew it off thinking I would improve over time, but it has been about 6 months. Some days I feel ok, but most of the time I feel like complete crap.

    At this point, I'm actually considering going to day shift. The only thing I didn't like about days is getting up so early, but it beats not having a life on top of feeling like death on a daily basis.

    There is no opportunity for day shift in my current position so I would have to find a new job all together. I have been hesitant because I love the job I have now--I get along with all of my colleagues, and of course the other pros to night shift (more laid back, higher pay). I know that if I go to another hospital/day shift the pay won't be as great, and I might not get along with colleagues as well as I do now. However, I feel like I need to make the change to improve my health. I dread coming to work now. I just want a normal life again.

    Is there anyone that had health issues due to night shift? If so, what did you do? To those who haven't what would you recommend?
    I could have written this post word for word about a year ago. I was in an ICU I loved and had great coworkers, but night shift was causing severe health issues for me after 2 years. It was a tough decision, but I left my job and found an ICU dayshift position. I cannot describe how much better I felt within a few weeks! It was amazing and life changing!

    I still miss my old colleagues and organization, but you can't put a price on your health. Good luck



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