Julesmama28 5,512 Views
Joined Apr 25, '12.
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I lasted a year in ICU. I'm working L &D now, hoping to heck that I'm not too jaded to still be a good nurse.
I loved trauma/Icu, I hated the dying, especially the long, drawn out deaths. My last one was the day before I quit.
It still haunts me. A young guy whose family wanted everything done, yet couldn't believe he was sick enough to come be by his side as he died on full support, drugs and ventilator. Ugh. Horrible. I didn't get a debriefing either. I had 6 withdrawal of cares during that year, never did have any thing to support me during those times. It's the nature of the beast I suppose.
I got 12 weeks orientation to our ICU. I also had several amazing nurses teaching me all the time. Im sorry you've had such a poor experience. We also never have more than 2 patients.
$17,600 estimated cost for one year tuition and fees...holy crap! That's one expensive "accreditation pending" ADN school! No waiting list is usually not the best sign for a nursing school these days either...I'd move on, sounds like you won't get your money's worth there.
I did it. It's a good program and an amazing way to ease into nursing. I was taught by some great preceptors and had some really great hands on experiences. I was treated like a nurse, it was awesome. The pay doesn't hurt either. Downsides? Not great communication about the actual job status but that's something you can work around. I was offered a permanent job after graduation but I chose another direction. Don't regret my almost year there though, it was great!
I've had 6 miscarriages. Every one was awful. I'm so sorry for your loss. I found message boards very helpful, lots of women going through the same kinds of things. Take care of yourself physically and take time to grieve emotionally. It takes more time than the physical part for sure. Hugs.
We are opening a new unit and are super stoked to have it available to our laboring moms. We haven't started yet, so I'll have to let you know how it goes!
I haven't been a nurse long, but in the ICU I've had the privilege of experiencing some heart wrenching things.
One was a young guy in his 30's, had taken off his seatbelt to grab something on the floor of his car and accidentally drove off a cliff.
Needless to say he was pretty broken when he finally reached us. His family decided he would not want to live that way and removed support the same day he came in, only waiting for his young daughter to come say goodbye.
When she was standing by his bedside, talking to him about how much she was going to miss him...I lost it. Was bringing tissues into the room for the family and had to leave to get some for myself.
Western Colorado is around 23$/hr and I think that's for both ADN and BSN.
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