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Joined Feb 21, '12. DesertSky is a Critical Care RN. Posts: 63 (35% Liked) Likes: 57

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  • Sep 23

    WOW. Still a student and asking for the highest paid, lowest stress job. Perhaps you should obtain your licensure and work in a few areas while you figure that out.


  • Sep 20

    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!!

  • Sep 5

    What makes someone ready this is YOU. YOU are ready to go for it. You have taken it on yourself prepare for this.
    Trauma and cardiovascular ICU patients are not comparable. Choose where you want to go. You've got this.
    Best of luck, let us know how it's going.

  • Sep 4

    Quote from orangepink
    That helps a lot but work ethic is just as important. It doesn't matter how much experience a nurse has if he/she is lazy
    But someone who is lazy may get hired based on his/her RN experience on paper- you can't see laziness on paper; this usually gets discovered later.

    When I was searching for my first NP job, I got a lot of interviews based on my RN experience and many of the questions asked during the interviews focused on my role as a RN. No one asked my about my experience during my NP clinical rotations, other than the job I ultimately accepted and they really didn't ask either. I mentioned to them about my experience and exposure at a outpatient Diabetes clinic during my last clinical rotation.

  • Sep 3

    -Crash cart parked outside your patient's room

    -You have one patient. Everyone else has 3.

    -You can smell the stool as soon as you get off the elevator

    -You pass one of your most obnoxious frequent flyer's wife walking out in the parking lot. Without her husband.

  • Sep 3

    It varies but surely can't hurt to have experience and professional contacts in the specialty you will be pursuing. Personally I think it shows poor planning to have no experience or professional contacts in the specialty where you want to work as a NP. In my situation I have heard of opportunities and gotten offers due to my connections in this specialty which came directly from my RN experience. At one interview the executive director told me the medical director "drooled" when he saw my resume because I had years of inpatient psych experience.

  • Aug 31

    "It is your responsibility to take your breaks and to take care of yourself. "
    A fellow nurse giving me another responsibility! I already have responsibilities coming out of my ying -yang.
    The ability to get a break.. depends entirely on the individual unit. I have worked on units where I got 3 breaks in 8 hours. I also worked in a float pool, and I was pulled every 4 hours to a different unit.. a break was NOT going to happen.

    Please enter the real world.

  • Aug 30

    First and foremost, you did a great job. A first day post-op with TWO interventions and difficulty with weaning SHOULD have been a 1:1. Doubt that could have changed the outcome, though. I am not a cardiovascular surgeon ( I was a cardiovascular nurse for 3 years) but I am thinking one or both of his grafts blew. Nothing YOU could do would prevent his death.

    Not all surgical patients survive. For ME , researching the mortality rates on various procedures would reassure ME that I did all that I could.

    Let the emotions fade until reason can take over. Then, I am confident.. you will get back on the horse.

  • Aug 30

    I work in a Top 10 hospital in the country and I started on our CVT Step Down worked there for a year and then transferred to tour Cardiac/Transplant ICU. I feel that the 2 years plus 1 year of experience will prepare you very well for a Cardiac Surgery ICU. Orientation was like 4-5 weeks-ish which wasn't actually a whole lot of time since I never had ICU experience, but they gave me the tools that I needed to succeed and flourish.

    I absolutely love it on my unit. Reason being we get to take care of the sickest patients in the country and get to see some very fascinating and cutting edge things. I wouldn't work anywhere else as a staff nurse.

  • Aug 30

    Are you sure about this? Every place I've ever worked considered the introductory probation period as one where either party can terminate the relationship at any time. If so, you'd still want to be sure to give proper notice.

  • Aug 30

    Quote from GeneralistRN
    What does it matter? Leave the employer out of your work history. Problem solved. Or just don't mention being ineligible for rehire.
    Do NOT leave the job off future applications, etc. Getting caught in a lie is usually worse than the original problem. The Ryan Lotche situation is a great example of that. The "cover up" is worse than the crime.

  • Aug 30

    Quote from DesertSky
    Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I should have mentioned I do have another job offer lined up already. The new employer who made the offer knows about my short tenure at my present employer. Once at my new job, I would never consider leaving again so soon so would this balance out the short position?

    Thanks again.
    As long as you stay in that new job for a longer period (e.g. 2 years), then you would probably be OK. If asked, explaining that it wasn't what you thought was ... was a bad fit ... etc. would probably be sufficient. Most employers would be OK with that -- as long as it doesn't happen again and become a pattern with you.

    And do NOT leave it off future applications. Lying gets people in more trouble than the original "sin."

  • Aug 30

    The "new job" does not own you. Anytime you are seeking a new position.. find one before you quit the old one.

  • Aug 30

    I would not knowingly do this to myself. Make the effort to hang on long enough to get yourself out of this category. Being "blacklisted", no matter the circumstances, is no picnic.

  • Aug 30

    You never know. It's a gamble.

    Some people might look at that history in the future and be hesitant to hire you, thinking that you had made a poor choice -- or accepted a job as just a temporary gig until a better one came along, etc. and not want to hire you. If they have other qualified applicants, they might choose the other person. However other potential employers might might be less bothered by it and/or not have other equally qualified applicants to choose from.

    Let's face it: it's not going to make you look good and/or help you get another job in the future. But how much it will hurt you in the future is not knowable as it will depend on the particular circumstances.

    I recommend getting another job lined up before you quit. Then stick with that other job for a while regardless of whether you like it or not. Once you get a good track record from another job, then the one "black mark" won't hurt you much.