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    I felt the same way (still do a lot of the time!!) But I work in Long term care with some 30+ patients. I hate feeling like I'm just throwing pills at them (like you would a cookie to your dog!) But if u don't, u never get anything done in time and get spoken to "in the dreaded office"...kinda makes you feel like your in the principals office, all over again.

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    Mine was not A +P, but the second class in nursing (I honestly can't remember the name as it was a long time ago!), but I failed first try- fail was a C, I got a C -) anyway, it took a few semesters of a majority of the class failing and many students complaining that they were studying like crazy to no avail for the school to realize it was the instructor, not the students...after I took time off, I took the class with the new instructor and got an A. Big surprise, right?! (The original instructor was asked to resign, which she did. And it later came out she was intentionally making the class harder than its level to "weed out" who could and could not handle the remaining nursing classes...which was obviously not in her control). Good luck with everything!!

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    Fiona59 and SuesquatchRN like this.

    i never really understood this. Every time someone starts a new job, comes an orientation period, where the hiring manager will usually add "we'll see how orientation goes, then go from there". But in my experience, I've done orientation, where they threw me out on the floor after only 2 days of orientation, the third day, I was on my own (I know, most nurses can do that, but I just started working as an RN at a different per diem position, so I definitely don't have my routine down pat, yet! It's only been a couple months). When I realized I was unable to be free to them the entire week for a promise of 16 hours, I decided it would be best we cut our ties before I was off orientation. (I know, earlier I said I was off orientation, but I really wasn't. What had happened was they were short staffed, so they threw me on my own). For more reasons than one, I had decided it just didn't fit in my life at the moment (with young children still in elementary school and that I would have to quit my first shift job PLUS my other per diem position to be available to them). I spoke with them about how it just isn't working out in my life with my other positions, I got "well, will you still give your 2 weeks notice?"..I stated, "I don't understand why you would work me two more weeks on my own shifts, if I'm not even off orientation, yet!", "so you'll be resigning?", I suppose so, but I thought "we would see how orientation goes, then go from there"...oh, right, that means its all about your organization, not about whether or not its a good fit in my life! How could I be so naive to think they would actually consider me a person and the fact that I have a life too, how silly of me to assume that!!

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    Quote from ~*Stargazer*~
    I've been a CNA, an LPN, and now an RN. We all work hard.

    When I was a CNA, I worked my tail off.

    I cannot believe some of the patients I was given when I was an LPN. That was wrong.

    As an RN, I work harder than I ever did as a CNA. I would never have believed this if you had told me when I was a CNA. Back then, I thought I did all the hard stuff. I was so wrong, and I owe a huge apology to any RN I ever disparaged or thought was being "lazy".
    Ditto....except to the nurses who truly are lazy.....you all know the "wait til you graduate, you'll never have to wipe a butt again" and walks away from a you and an assist of 2 covered in number 2....(CNA, now RN, if wondering)....

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    ORnurseCT likes this.

    You earned your education as a service woman for our country. How's that free?

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    herring_RN likes this.

    To fedide: thanks for clarifying for me, I appreciate it!! Didn't mean to cut into the original post, but thanks for answering!

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    Why would you not be able to get a pardon for it. (Not sure if state related): but in CT, after 5 years of the offense and completing the requirements, like probation, u can apply for a pardon. People usually use them to erase felonies, so they are quick to allow the pardon for a misdemeanor. (Unless, of course, u have already used it..then no)

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    GM2RN likes this.

    Perhaps it's bc I work in long term care (or it's bc I was a brand new nurse-RN when they hired me, so they had to train me), but I don't get a "per diem" rate as u all talk about here. I get paid starting rate for a new nurse in the state of CT. Is that normal or did I short change myself?

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    When I worked on an oncology hospice floor of a hospital and a patient would pass and the family would cry, all I could do was put myself in their shoes and the tears would come. I would also think of those I've lost in my life and a time when I almost passed in a situation when I was younger. It would set me in a funk for a day or so. But at the same time, it would make me appreciate who I do still have in my life and that I am still alive and full functioning. On one hand, I would almost go through a bit of survival guilt, but on the other hand I would mostly just be grateful for all I have in life. I sometimes wish the negative people in my life could experience what we healthcare workers experience at times so they could see just how wonderful life really is and appreciate every minute of it without complaining of (what I see as very petty) things on a day to day basis. But then I remember, it takes a very special person to do what we all do day after day.

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    SummerGarden likes this.

    "But, I decided that it was too much risk to go to school and get a degree in a field where it's difficult to find a job."

    Really?!?! Definitely DO NOT go into nursing. It took me TWO years, my relationship with my boyfriend taxed and over, home in foreclosure, my car on its last leg, and $70,000 in student loans for me to find a nursing job (and pays at $7.50 less an hour than starting rate for new RN's."

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    Quote from vab229
    Ok you guys don't have to jump on me. But I know for a fact that a local hospital has nurses that are so old working there that they can barely walk up and down the hallways.
    What is it going to get to the point that you have a nurse coming into a patients room in a damn wheelchair with a magnifying glass to read the labels on the meds they are about to dispense?
    It is also terrible to promote nursing as career path that will have a steady need for employees and a promising job outlook. Don't you think it sucks that there are lets say 700 new grads and none of them can get a job anywhere? So what does that mean? That I am going to be stuck living at home with my mom supporting me (my mom who is an older nurse) and so then she won't ever be able to retire because I will be the monkey on her back for the next 5 years while I sit around waiting for a job? It seems like a viscous and kind of downright stupid circle.
    So basically this generation is screwed because nobody can/will retire. Then everyone wonders why there are so many people on the take.
    If I had to do it over again I wouldn't have even bothered. The whole scenario seems absolutely asinine.
    At least you have your mother to fall back on! I almost lost my house (My fault...bad choice in partner I bought it with, I know) because I was unable to find an RN job for 2 years after graduating. (I'm still on the edge of losing it....hoping time finally goes in my favor) I just kept applying and applying. Be persistent, something will come up! I was able to find a part time job (but with way lower pay than I should receive-better than NO job...I was over qualified for jobs I had worked before my degree and no experience for a position with my degree) and a per diem job (that isn't stable money, so not able to use it to refinance my home).

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    NurseJoy33 likes this.

    Experience is better than being unemployed (I can't say whether your current position is better/worse than the previous) but it is always easier to find a job when you already have a job. It seems nobody wants to bank on you when your unemployed, be it due to some preconceived notion as to why you're unemployed or just Murphy's law. Whatever the case...always work when given the opportunity.

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    Quote from on eagles wings
    Just sticking around to see the responses you get. I am still on orientation and I am having the same issue! Kinda nice to know I am not the only one who feels this way.
    Same here, just off orientation. I at least feel like I can actually do it now! But today I really felt like I don't know what I'm doing (when in reality, we just don't have the experience, yet)..OP explained it perfectly, going from task to task. It's just going to take time.

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    Yippee!!! I'm so happy for you!! I felt your pain when you wrote "fired after fifty" and I also wondered if that was what we have to look forward to at the end of our careers. Very happy to hear your going home!

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    Quote from RNmo
    Insane. I had this same type of job but with max 18 patients, I made a med error (ya think!!) and was thrown under the bus (not fired but I quit soon after). Insane. Not safe. Do you feel safe? It is not fair to those residents that the ratios are so bad. I feared for ny license every shift. I really admire any nurse that can make it work.
    It depends on the facility. Last year I got a job at an LTC (horribly organized and on strike-I realized why, really quick!) where I was thrown under the bus. I felt horrible for the residents and the workers were "for themselves". I now work at a great LTC, the residents are greatly cared for, the workers are "team players" and it's a great place to work. It's not easy work, as the OP is learning (I, too am a fairly new nurse). My only advice is try not to pick up bad habits. I took what I could from the different people I oriented with and found a few tricks from all of them that work for me! (It still takes me 5 hours to do my morning med pass!!! They say "I was the same when I was a new nurse" and "you're doing great! You'll be fine"). Just remember, if your doing well and you keep doing the same routine, you WILL get quicker!


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