Greenkji 1,281 Views
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Congratulations! I am also a new grad nurse (May 2012) and 12 weeks pregnant. I have applied for 100's of jobs and have gotten absolutely nothing except now that I am pregs I have had 2 interviews with one potential job opportunity. Ironic right? Anyways, I don't know where you live, but here in Northern California it is VERY hard to find a job anywhere as a new grad. I wouldn't hold off on applying, as it could take a long time for you to even get a response. Good luck!
Wow! Interesting discussion. I am a new grad (no job yet), but I am shocked that drugs are so often wasted without a true witness. In all of my clinical and preceptor experience, the drug was always drawn up, wasted (with a witness) and then brought to the patient. Always. I would be extremely uncomfortable signing off on anything that I did not actually see with my own eyes. Another point, even though it sounds like all of the nurses are practicing this, I highly doubt it is written that way in the hospital's policy and procedure.
As I was reading this thread I'm remembering my son at his 2 month appointment. He was 2 months early and came home 2 days before his due date. The only shot he received in the NICU was the RSV immunoglobulin. I was very weary of giving him vaccinations, even at two months as he had had many surgeries and other problems, but his pedi said as long as he was 2 kilos it was fine. I don't think they would have given him any if he was weighed less.
I love your article, but I am confused...why does having a calling translate to working for free? I absolutely had a calling after my son was in the NICU for two long months The nurses were amazing and I knew that I was meant to be a NICU nurse after that experience. The pay is great too! However, I have never had the urge to not get paid for my work, even though when I'm in the NICU it feels so right. Now if only this new graduate could find a job
Just wonderin gif your friend is connected at all to UCSF? Did they tell her why she as selected for an interview? Thanks so much!
Hi there! Good for you! First of all, there are many excellent nurses with many different personalities. I'm sure you noticed that when your baby was in the NICU
I had my 8 year old son when I was 24 and I had no health experience either. His 8 week NICU stay (in a level III, he had a few issues), inspired me as well. I started pre reqs after my second son turned one year, and I just graduated from nursing school in May and am hoping to start out in the NICU as well. After my son was born I knew that the NICU is where I belong. I was fortunate enough to do my preceptorship in NICU, which just confirmed what I already knew. You should absolutely follow your dream! Good luck!
First of all, Congratulations on getting a job! That is a big accomplishment in this economy. I am also a new grad (with no job), but I just graduated at the end of May, so I'm hopeful. From everything I have heard, what you are going through is completely normal. In fact, I copy pasted this advice for you from another post:
"Now remember...no matter where you work. YOU WILL BE OVER WHELMED. You will feel that you aren't cut out for this job and will probably cry in your car in the way home...a lot. YOU ARE NORMAL. It takes a minimum of a year to even think you might survive."
One piece of advice is work on what you can control and that is time management and prioritizing. Getting to work a bit early might help with this, but I think the more organized you are the less frazzled you will feel. Believe in yourself! Clearly you are already a strong nurse. It just takes time to feel like one
If you haven't aleady take NRP. Congratulations! Even if you don't get hired right away, you will have great experience for your resume and the chance to network with NICU people .
Simply_viki, your post also made me want to comment and I registered as well! I am curious why your resume "sucks." Do you just have nothing on it? My suggestion for your resume is focus on the subjects that relate most to the job you desire. For example, since you want to be an ob nurse, list the skills you did in that rotation. Same goes for your preceptorship. In your cover letter, make it personal. Why do you want to be an ob nurse? What feedback have you received that makes you know you will be a great one, etc. Another suggestion in case you haven't already done this, take classes such as Fetal heart rate monitoring, NRP, ACLS, PALS, S.T.A.B.L.E., whatever will make you look more qualified. Lastly, have more confidence and start to NETWORK! Good luck!
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