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    icuRNmaggie and Curious1alwys like this.

    I'm one year out of school/post-licensure. Let's all face it. We are dealing with a broken system. Why set high expectations? Do what you can do within your sphere of influence. If you can't enjoy the work, why bother? There's a million different kinds of jobs you can do with nursing. I have a friend working at a blood bank. No stress, low-ish pay, but she loves her job and coworkers. I got psych part-time and thoroughly enjoy it. Again, low stress. Low pay yes, but I'm getting experience and that is what counts for later on down the road.

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    I am wondering, have any of you had to submit to back x-rays as part of the health screening procedure? I know this sounds strange, but I declined a recent job offer due to this invasive request.

    Quote from lyttlemomma
    Hi Everyone!

    I just recieved my RN in May! I feel so lucky to have already had an interviwe and been asked to work at a county Psych hospital here in San Diego California. New graduate nurses here sometimes have a very difficult time finding jobs because San Diego is very impacted, so I feel very lucky )

    I am very anxious to start and I REALLY love Mental Health nursing! I did really well on my Mental health clinicals in nursing school and I truely enjoyed this specific rotation. I was wondering if anyone could give this newbie some tips or advice. This is my frist job as a nurse and I would love to do my best and give it my all.

    Here are some questions I have:

    1). What should I expect?

    2). Anything that you like for new RNs to be doing?

    3). Any advice on what NOT to do?

    4). I eventually would like to transition into correctional nursing. Do you think Psych nursing will put me at a disadvantage?

    I appreciate any input, advice or suggestions! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. Have a great day!

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    itk3838 likes this.

    Sounds like a dangerous place. Things can turn very fast in psych as you probably know. You always need a safety plan to protect yourself and others on the unit. Maybe you are recognizing the potential for injury is there and you are looking to head this off early. Can you bring up your concerns with the DON and effect some change?

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    smily11 likes this.

    Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing by Frisch

    Good luck!

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    kabfighter likes this.

    ...but this may help some of us in light of all the disbelievers out there:

    Minnesota public radio podcast:

    Marketplace Money: "Finding a job is not easy for new nurses"
    http://www.marketplace.org/node/56280/player

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    cyntrim likes this.

    An update on this: I landed a job in the last month. Basically I learned a few things: It may be a long search or a short one for your first job depending. I may have made life tough for myself post-grad/licensure by looking far and wide rather than in my own back yard. Go with the network you have to land your first job. I think after you get experience 1-2 years it will be much easier to find jobs through the posts online. But don't waste your time. I probably sent in somewhere between 100-200 app's during 10 months of fruitless searching until I landed a job through a friend and his family contact at a psych hospital. In fact I got the job offer as I was filling out the application! It can be brutal for new grads right now as you probably know. Lesson learned: start from where you are and who you know.

    I'll be pedaling, but just short trips around my area for now as I learn the ropes of being an RN. Good luck to all.

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    I posted this for another with a similar q: It may be a long search or a short one for your first job depending. I may have made life tough for myself post-grad/licensure by looking far and wide rather than in my own back yard. Go with the network you have to land your first job. I think after you get experience 1-2 years it will be much easier to find jobs through the posts online. But don't waste your time. I probably sent in somewhere between 100-200 app's during 10 months of fruitless searching until I landed a job through a friend and his family contact at a psych hospital. In fact I got the job offer as I was filling out the application! It can be brutal for new grads right now as you probably know. Lesson learned: start from where you are and who you know.

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    Hi. It may be a long search or a short one for your first job depending. I may have made life tough for myself post-grad/licensure by looking far and wide rather than in my own back yard. Go with the network you have to land your first job. I think after you get experience 1-2 years it will be much easier to find jobs through the posts online. But don't waste your time. I probably sent in somewhere between 100-200 app's during 10 months of fruitless searching until I landed a job through a friend and his family contact at a psych hospital. In fact I got the job offer as I was filling out the application! It can be brutal for new grads right now as you probably know. Lesson learned: start from where you are and who you know.

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    Thanks for all the input here. !0 years ago the Irish courts outlawed this practice:
    X-ray exams: new rules you need to know - irishhealth.com

    One can argue the health risks, but no one can deny there are none. The message is: you wanna work for us? then you better obey. Is this supposed to be healthcare or is it joining a gang of sorts?

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    After a lot of searching I got a job offer. They want me to submit to a back x-ray among the pre-employment screening of my health. I feel like declining the offer for two reasons:

    A) I take x-rays for medical reasons, not to satisfy legal departments that want to screen out the rare case that takes a job while injured for subsequent worker's comp claim.

    B) My prospective employer doesn't trust me to be in a position of trust (RN) to the extent that they want not my word and medical history report, but an x-ray.

    How would you react to what I call this ultimatum?

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    Quote from AndyB
    Put a resume on monster.com and your phone will not stop ringing. Do it and tell us your results.
    Ok, done. I don't take much stock in web-based tools because I think they are mostly used for marketing and third party research purposes, but my info and resume is now posted at monster. Thanks for the advice.

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    Quote from runna909
    I love this idea! What a way to get out of the world of job searching and sitting in front of a computer! I graduate in May, do not have a job yet, and I would love to go on this ride. Perhaps I could join you for a leg of the trip, if you're coming anywhere near Tennessee. If I were not planning on moving right after I graduate, I would love to do this trip. Good luck!!
    That's great to hear! With every post like this the planning stage gets closer. How exciting.

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    Quote from madpeys
    Hey Debbie downer, I am sure she meant know harm by it.

    I am quite sure no one would intentionally compare umempolyment to cancer, GEEZ!
    I am sorry that I touched a sore nerve. I do not believe unemployment is like having cancer. I know what it is to be sick and it is not like searching for a job, having nowhere to use one's skill set and not having income. Good health is king, and I am sure nobody on this forum would disagree on that. What I maintain is that we as budding healthcare professionals are barred, gagged, and prevented from doing work for our communities in the role we spent 5,6,7 years of our lives preparing for. I don't think this is like having a cancer. Look, nurses and nursing play a critical role in the treatment of sick people. If we compromise nursing by refusing to train new ones for a 5-10 year period, what's healthcare going to be like with a wave of institutions scrambling to train new grads in a hurry? That day has to come eventually, no? I certainly hope I don't find myself on a sick bed when that day comes and there's a wave of inexperienced nurses. This just shouldn't be happening. I've contacted so many HR departments across the states these past 9 months. I've lost count. The new grad RN is a persona non grata. We know that nurses save lives. Who would dispute this fact? Are we jeopardizing the future of healthcare and people's lives down the line with this ludicrous policy of not hiring new graduates? And like a ticking time bomb, are we waiting for the day when 6-month nurses will be training newbies? In my opinion, yes. And would I like to be using this period of my life to contribute to my community through dedicated work while it takes care of me through earning a living? Yes. Sounds like a fair trade, but it's not happening for me and it's not happening for many many new and recent graduates. Rather than giving up, I endeavor to do something useful, healthy with my body, and if it raises awareness as well then that can't be a bad thing.

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    Quote from Pedal
    whoa, whoa, hold the phone! Are you talking about a different post? I never said such stuff. - The OP

    p.s. I would appreciate it if you would retract your message. Thanks!
    ...and by the way, if you are referring to my "relay for life" comparison, I ask you to consider this: what is the mission of relay for life? what is the mission of the RN? Are they both not about helping to heal and restore health to its optimal state? and an RN without a job...how can he or she participate in this mission? This is the basis for my comparison. Does this make sense? I hope so. The OP

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    Quote from OCNRN63
    As a cancer pt., I was repulsed at the OP comparing her situation to that of what cancer pts. go through. Believe me, not having job is not nearly as stressful as wondering if you're going to be alive in five years. I've been unemployed before, and that was not nearly as stressful as being seriously ill is.
    whoa, whoa, hold the phone! Are you talking about a different post? I never said such stuff. - The OP

    p.s. I would appreciate it if you would retract your message. Thanks!


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