Latest Comments by DesertSky

Latest Comments by DesertSky

DesertSky, BSN, RN 2,067 Views

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

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    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...?

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    I'm taking my CCRN in November and have already bought the AACN review question book along with the PASS CRRN book. I was wondering if anyone who has taken the CCRN in the past year or so would also recommend the CCRN review DVD's from Laura Gasparis? If so, did her review really help you study and prepare?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote from Sha-Sha RN
    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.
    Sha-Sha RN - Good to know your impressive RN resume helped you to stand out to potential NP employers. Thanks for sharing!

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    Justanewbie, Savvy20RN, VanessaM, and 27 others like this.

    When the charge nurse looks at you when you walk in and says "I'm sorry..."

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    Jules A likes this.

    Quote from Jules A
    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.
    Thanks Jules A. I appreciate you sharing your experience. I agree that professional experience and contacts can only open more doors when transitioning from RN to NP.

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    Based on many of the threads I have read on AN and the anecdotal fact that it seems about 50% of my coworkers are pursuing their FNP, I am concerned about pursing my FNP only to find there is a glut of FNP's and struggle with gainful employment. I am perfectly open to moving to another area of the country if need be in order to find a good job.

    Because there are no uniform requirements for NP programs in terms of RN experience, do you find RN's with more experience fare better in terms of job outlook as new NP's? For example, would a RN with 5 years of critical care/CVICU experience who wants to work in a cardiology practice as a FNP have more opportunities based on their RN experience than someone who spent a year at bedside or did a direct entry MSN?

    Please understand I am not questioning a RN's ability as a NP if they had minimal bedside experience prior to becoming a NP, I am just trying to gauge if employers and the market would distinguish between the two.

    Thank you so much for your thoughts and opinions in advance!

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    cocoa_puff likes this.

    I just wanted to add that you will be thankful for your time in PCU because it really helps you perfect your time management skills! It really helps to be confident in your ability to handle multiple patients because then once you begin your orientation to ICU you can focus your energy on learning new material instead of having to also learn time management at the same time

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    Despite all my efforts, I was one of the poor souls who never adjusted to nightshift. I tried every trick in the book from blackout curtains, noise makers, aromatherapy, and prescription sleeping pills, but I just could not sleep during the day. I struggled through night shift for almost 2 years before the opportunity to change to dayshift came around.

    Physically I struggled with nightshift, however I loved my nightshift coworkers and miss them greatly! They were the best. I think you often see better teamwork on nightshift since there are less resources and ancillary staff available to help. I would never take another night positions though because my body just cannot adjust!

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    I know it's hard not to play the shift back in your mind and ask yourself "what did I miss?", but unfortunately sometimes there is nothing that you missed - some patients just have bad outcomes. You advocated for your patient at every opportunity and provided good, competent care. Be kind to yourself and realize you did all you could.

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    cocoa_puff likes this.

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    Here are my questions:

    [*]What experience did you have prior to specializing in the open heart/cardiac surgery ICU? Did you feel that it helped prepare you?[*]Would 2 years in cardiac PCU, and hopefully cross-training to ICU make me a competitive candidate?[*]Any other recommendations to eventually get into the open heart ICU?[*]How long of an orientation did you have, and was this based on how much experience you had?[*]Lastly, do you like working in the cardiac surgery ICU, and how does your job satisfaction compare to previous specialties you've worked in?[/LIST]
    Thanks in advance!
    As a new grad, I started on a busy cardiac progressive care unit myself. After about 9 months, I transferred to a mixed ICU where I was able to do a mix of surgical, medical, trauma, and cardiac including open heart recovery. After about 1.5 years, I moved and accepted a position into a busy CVICU.

    Depending on your comfort level and the acuity of your progressive care unit, I think 1 year is more than enough PCU experience to get you in the door to ICU. Take advantage of classes offered by your hospital. I took ICU classes while I worked in PCU that were offered in order to expand my knowledge base. My orientation to ICU from PCU was about 10 weeks. I took additional classes and oriented to open heart surgery after about 6 months in ICU. Best advice - work hard and gain as much experience and knowledge as you can! I was lucky and also had some great ICU nurses who mentored me and were great resources.

    I chose to move to a specialized CVICU because I enjoy cardiac so much! For the most part, most outcomes are positive and you can see patients progress and get better which is not always the case in MICU or Trauma ICU. Plus once you have CVICU experience, you can always move to cath lab or EP lab if you want a change of pace.

    Good luck on your journey! Seek knowledge and stay humble and kind to both patients and coworkers and you will do great

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    Quote from Been there,done that
    The "new job" does not own you. Anytime you are seeking a new position.. find one before you quit the old one.
    Been there, done that - Thanks for the perspective. I have another job offer lined up which is why I am considering leaving. I would never resign a position without another offer. I have received rave reviews from my current employer, however I have seen many red flags and the culture of the unit is less than ideal.

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    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.
    GeneralistRN - I don't think I would risk leaving it off a resume only to have it uncovered during a background check. It would make me appear dishonest. I've heard most background checks can see employer contributions/payments made to applicants.

    I would never mention being ineligible for rehire, but I think sometimes jobs old employers are asked that by new employers.

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    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    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.
    MrChicagoRN - I agree with your statement. I had always heard the employer or employee could terminate the relationship during the probation period for any reason without further issue. Being ineligible for rehire was mentioned by a staff member in HR which is why I posed my question. I agree with never resigning a position without proper notice as it is extremely unprofessional.

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    Quote from caliotter3
    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.
    Thanks caliotter for the response. I have another job offer on the table which includes increased leadership responsibilities. If I leave and take the new job, I would plan to stay there a number of years as they offer a generous reimbursement for grad school. Would this balance out with the short time at the other job and my otherwise long-term record?