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  • Sep 29 '15

    Years ago when I first became a nurse I was so proud to be called a 'nurse' I would have shouted it across the roof tops. The reason I came into nursing is very old fashioned and you are now criticized for wanting to help people and care.

    Today if you admit you are a RN who came into nursing because you care about people and want to help them it is almost like you are blaspheming.

    I read that only nurses who came into the profession for financial and career reasons, or because they lost their first job and have decided nurses is the career for them are the ones who succeed in the profession.

    I don't believe it is true I think there is a place for both kinds of nurses, I also don't believe the ones who don't care are the most successful.

    In my company you wouldn't get far up the ladder if you said you were in nursing because you are a career RN and that you don't really care about the patient. You have to really want to be a nurse to succeed and it becomes very obvious when you don't care about the patient or want to do the right thing

    It is old fashioned to say why I came into nursing 24 years ago, although I didn't come into the profession initially as a career, I have had one heck of a career and have managed to climb the ladder to a dizzy height!

    So for all those RN's out there who are frightened to say they came into nursing for reasons of caring or helping people-stand tall and be counted!

  • Jan 14 '15

    As a cna you cannot administer medications. Doesn't matter if you are in school or not. You are employed as a cna. The triage nurse should have called hospice and came to assess the situation. This can be reported to the BoN. You can bet on being wrote up. I'm so sorry this happened to you. The same thing happened to me as well. Except mine was digoxin. I was a can going to nursing school. I called hospice and she told me to give a half of a tablet of digoxin. I did and omgosh I got into hot hot water. I was wrote up and taken off the case. I cried for three days. I never made that mistake again.

  • Apr 18 '14

    While flying home yesterday, I was greeted by a nice gift of candy with a little note in my seat. It brought a smile to my face, and thought it might do the same to you

    Attachment 14129

    What a genius way to change the mood of those around you!

    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! Especially all of the nurses who are working this weekend! Thank You!

  • Apr 18 '14

    I will be taking my NCLEX RN tomorrow after few months of study, it will be my 3rd time after being so much devastated and the feeling of discouragement over the last tries of taking the exam. Thank God I was able to get myself back on track again with the support of my friends and family.

    This site really helped me a lot. And i wanna thank all of you guys for helping us to be soon a part of your colleague. I need all of your prayers. Please help me pray that this will be the last time i will be taking this. I will do my best on my part. Crossing my fingers that I WILL PASS MY EXAM!

    i will be updating you guys with my experience afterwards no matter what!

    WISH ME LUCK!!!!

  • Apr 18 '14

    My Story in bullets:
    * Graduated w/ BSN 2010>>>>passed NCLEX>>>officially an RN
    * Applied for every RN position I could, including SNF/LTC positions
    * Tried to join military after being told by EVERYONE the following:
    1. "1-2 years acute care experience required"
    2. "Experienced RN'S only"
    3. "NO NEW GRADS"
    4. "Sorry, we are presently not accepting New Grad Nurses"

    * Failed Military physical and was denied waiver. (early 2012)

    I was devastated; Needless to say that I became severely depressed. I went through phases of severe depression followed by furious attempts to attain an RN position--anywhere. The same story kept repeating with the same result--me feeling worthless, rejected, inferior, jealous, resentful etc. . .

    I didn't give up. I always threatened to, but just couldn't. I kept applying---kept trying. I am pleased to say that I ACCECPTED AN RN POSITION this week. I start next week at a skilled nursing facility.

    It took almost 4 years. What a strange trip it has been. I can not even begin to describe the depths of despair I suffered over the last 4 years. Self-hatred, depression, suicidal ideation etc. However. . ..through that I have changed.

    I am so humbled and grateful for the opportunity that my graduating class would have scoffed at just 4 years ago. Am I nervous?? GOD YES! I have not assessed a pt. in almost 4 years. But, I know I can do it. It will be rough I know. . ..but I can do it.

  • Apr 18 '14

    I did what most new grads would do, take the first job available. It was a fortunate opportunity to start off in the office. I do paper work and check to see what we're charting is true with the patient. Sort of quality control. I'm not on the floor. I do hang or start an IV every so often and assess someone if the charge is on break.... But I feel my skills are going to waste. Sure I check everyone's charting and put in care plans, but idk if it's for me. Should I just be glad I get to bypass standing on my feet? Just sort of confused if I'm losing out on floor experience.

    fellow California RN

  • Apr 17 '14

    I got a job!!!!! Finally! I have been clean since Nov 2010 and took a couple years off to get my house in order as they say. But since last October I've been actively looking for a job, so for the last six months this has been my life. I bet I've applied to over a hundred different jobs, went on about a dozen interviews and was always turned away when I told them about my monitoring contract. But today (as I was going over my 5th step with my sponsor, no less), I got a job offer to work in a drug and alcohol treatment center. So don't give up hope, folks. I've been out of work for three and a half years after being fired from my last job for diverting. I'm living proof that with effort and consistency, we can do this. We can change our lives.

  • Jan 10 '14

    I used to train many of the new RN's when I was an LPN. Many of them I'm still great friends with to this day. I agree with previous poster- don't get hung up on the title wars. Learn the most from the ones that are skilled enough to teach you.

  • Jan 10 '14


    My first job out of school in the ER would have burned me out in a week had it not been for the most incredible preceptor. An LPN. I didn't even notice the title difference until one day when we had to give methotrexate and he asked me to do it because he couldn't by protocol. He'd been in the ER for 20+ years. Knew more than anyone and was always precepting new people.

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  • Jan 10 '14

    Some of the best things I have learned came for the LPN who had the experience, patience and kindness to take a very green and young RN and "show her the ropes".....Thank you Louise....((HUGS))

    They are not teaching you your scope of practice they are showing you procedural policies of your work environment.

  • Jan 10 '14

    I don't see what your issue with this is. This occurs everywhere. Be grateful you are getting any orientation anymore. I'd take an LPN who knows their stuff vs someone with a higher degree who doesn't.

  • Jan 9 '14

    There's something to be said about being professional. That one's conduct as a nurse is appropriate. There is a tremendous amount of undue stress and drama when a co-worker is less than stellar in action or words.

    To learn and apply what to do in these situations is difficult. More often than not, an earnest nurse with good intentions will transfer, or sever employment all together in response to being a target of a co-workers bad behavior.

    The Joint Commission has some strong language regarding conduct. This is not limited to nurses.

    So the question becomes, what to do? Is there really a way where we can all just get along?

    We can never assume a co-worker's intent. Someone "just joking" or "they didn't MEAN anything by it" is rarely a good excuse. The issue can be that information that is heard can be subjective. So it is really a double edged sword. It is hard to look at things objectively when you are a target. It takes a strong leader with zero tolerance to support a nurse's stance that they are the target of bad behavior.

    The Joint Commission's stance is that they are wanting to see Code of Conduct policy. Does your facility have one of these? Does your HR department support claims of unprofessional conduct?

    There are a few other avenues to take if you are the target of bad behavior of co-wokers. Most parent companies have ethical hotlines that one can call or report online if your leader or HR doesn't respond appropriately to complaints of poor conduct.

    Unfortunetely, we lose good nurses every day due to unsavory work conditions that can be controlled, but are not. If you are one of those nurses, make sure that in your exit interview that you are clear as to why you are leaving. It may not make a bit of difference, however, you will be heard.

    There are those among us who are the ones throwing the arrows. Sometimes, if conditions are less than ideal, it can get really easy to drink the kool-aid and join the conversation. I would ask you to "just say no"! People don't usually go into the nursing profession to make mistakes. We all don't know everything all of the time, so questions are a good thing--especially when we are talking about a patient's well being. Nursing school is not easy. Therefore, one can assume that someone who has successfully passed a program and the NCLEX has intellegence on their side. There is a part of every nurse that has to have some sort of compassion.

    It takes all kinds, and nursing is no exception. If you find someone's personality to be unsavory, thank your lucky stars that you only work with this person and they are not a friend (or heaven forbid family member) that you have to deal with outside of the walls of the facility. Personality not to your liking is very different than being a target of someone's actions towards you due to their personality. So never get caught up in "they are just so darn unlikeable". That is their issue, and unless they make it yours, it is their cross to bear.

    Finally, be mindful of the fact that patients can and do see and hear much more than one would think. Especially when they all receive a survey in the mail asking about their stay. With lots and lots of room for comments. So in this new year, we can and should be mindful of our actions and words, to report when we are targets of bad behaviors, and to know that we should be at work to do what we came to this profession for--take care of patients.

  • Jan 9 '14

    Figured I would let everyone know that I did get the job its a GI med surg unit with a lot of colon and rectal cancer along with GI surgeries. This hospital doesn't usually higher new grads prior to passing nclex and they only had about 10 open positions online. I applied online and didn't have a hook up or know anyone and I didn't do precept there and I've never been a tech. Also it is one of the best hospitals to work for in the area and they are close to getting Magnet status in the next year or two. I just feel very fortunate especially seeing all of these posts about people taking awhile to find jobs. The only bad thing is that if I don't pass NCLEX on the first try I am basically fired. I give credit to having a good resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation, good interview and being male gender to getting the job. I will be the only male on the unit including day and night teams.

  • Jan 9 '14

    So I get a call for an interview 12/31/13 for medical telemetry unit. Well a week later 1/7/14 I had the interview. It is a Catholic hospital and I was up against a Nun. Well of course the Nun got the job however the nurse manager said it was a very close decision and I had a great interview and she was impressed with me. Well when she called me to tell me I didn't get the job she also said that she called another nurse manager and gave her a recommendation for me and gave her my application and resume. She said because I would be a great asset to this hospital. Well later that day I had an interview with that nurse manager. I felt that it went really well and she was telling me very specific things like the pay scale how they do scheduling how many weekends I would be required to work the shift differentials etc. Then I had a peer interview with 7 female nurses all asking me questions. A little intimidating both the nurse manager and the 7 panel peer interview. However I believe I did ok and the nurse manager told me she would let me know by the end of the week. So in your opinion did I get the job? The only concerns she had was that I'm not taking my NCLEX until feb and also I am interested in psych but this is a med surge floor so I'm guessing she thinks I'm gonna stepping stone my way out of there. I gave her a verbal 2 year agreement as well. She sounded pretty interested but also sounded just desperate to have nurses as several quit around the same time for non work related reasons. I don't know what do you all think. BTW first interview was for medical telemetry floor (which I didn't get) and second was for med surge GI floor.

  • Jan 9 '14

    It seems almost unreal: in six days, I will don my scrubs, put my name badge on, and go to work at the nursing home like I have almost every weekend since last July. I will pass meds, listen to hearts and lungs, change a dressing or two, greet visitors, answer questions, and do admission assessments in much the same manner as I have for the past sixteen-and-a-half years.

    Only this time, it will be for the last time.

    After many months of having one foot firmly planted in nursing and the other foot testing the waters outside of it, my career as an active, working nurse will be over as of next Sunday. It's actually been over for some time; I simply wasn't quite ready to acknowledge the fact until a month ago, when I looked at my December schedule and saw that I'd been scheduled for only four shifts all month. The reasons for it are many and have no place in this discussion; suffice it to say that the reduction in hours told me everything I needed to know about where I stand in clinical nursing.

    They say everything happens for a reason. Just as I was surrendering to the inevitability of going back to Vocational Rehab and begging to be retrained for something that didn't require me to ask customers if they wanted ketchup or fry sauce, I got the call offering me the position that had literally been my dream job for years.

    First reaction: That call did NOT just happen.....did it? Second reaction: Omigosh, what do I do now that I'm not the loser I thought I was? You see, when I lost my assisted-living management job last spring, I'd become convinced that I was branded and would never again hold any position of consequence, in nursing or anywhere else. And when I tried to recreate the magic I'd made the first time I worked at this LTC, I crashed and burned, disappointing not only my superiors and co-workers, but myself. That's when I knew it was the end of the line for me as a nurse, and I could almost feel my entire life beginning to unravel.

    No one starts out in nursing with the idea of being satisfied with mediocrity. We don't throw ourselves against a wall every day for decades just because we want a paycheck. It's when years of physical and psychological stress wear us down to the point where we can no longer perform to our own standards that we lose what made us good nurses in the first place, and burnout occurs. I'd been through it before; it had always been temporary, though, and I'd always been able to recover and come back stronger than before.

    Not this time. I will be 55 in a few weeks; I'm tired, and I've run my course, though that has less to do with aging than with mileage. Some nurses can maintain the required level of intensity in their 70s, while others should've gotten out in their 50s or even their 40s. When I put my bandage scissors and hemostats away next Sunday, when I turn in my badge and collect my final paycheck, the sigh of relief will probably be audible in every corner of the nation. This career has been good to me in many ways, but it's nearly destroyed me in other respects and I am ready to be done.

    I'm just thankful that there's a second act for this "semi-retired" nurse. I'll keep my license active because I'm a specialist in this position and need the credentials, but there will be no more shifts, no more running the floor with my hair on fire, no more 24/7 responsibility for too many residents with too many care needs. I can't work like that anymore. I can't LIVE like that anymore.

    Even if something were to go haywire with this new job, my days as an RN in any vital capacity are over. And as with every other decision I've made at gut level, I'll never regret this one. I may wish I could still nurse the way I used to, but I can't, and walking away is the best gift I could have given myself---and my patients---this Christmas.