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Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm sure that it will be helpful to many in the future as this is a question that arises alot.
This happened to me. I had to write a long description of how I worked and who I worked for and then get letters from the 4-5 agencies I had worked for. I was working with 4-5 different agencies and had been for about 4 years. Chase bank eventually said no, but a little mortgage company said yes. Of course I also had a fair amount in savings so that helped seal the deal.
We have been very happy with the little company that gave us a break.
Be careful who you make friends with, go at it slowly. Sometimes people will pretend to be your friend only to find out dirt on you and then share it with everybody. You have friends and support from all of us until you do make trustworthy friends.
Occasionally you will come across a place like this. I have. If you don't want to go looking for another job try to ignore the click and go about your business. What I have discovered is that nurses come and nurses go. I don't know how long you have worked here but if it's a level 1 trauma center it is probably a pretty big place with a pretty big turnover.
It won't be long before some of these nurses leave by going to new places or new units. One way to combat this is to make sure that you welcome every new nurse to the unit and are helpful to them. Eventually you will have a ton of new friends. Also, as new people start the "crew" will find another target to harass. Can you work on different days when these jerks don't work?
And I have seen lots of places do this to travel nurses.
I did PT before nursing. Graduated with 4.0 gpa. Graduated from nursing with 3.8. They are both very challenging programs and it is sad that she apparently has no respect for what your program entails. Did you help her get through high school?
You are both very young and as you both mature you may decide that being a close friend of hers is not worth it, esp if the relationship is all about meeting her needs and not considering yours.
They will most likely welcome your med/surg/tele experience. Almost all the ICU nurses I know started out in med/surg or sometimes ER. You will be able to teach them some things and vice versa.
1. Answer call lights fast.
2. Always be looking at something educational in your down time, not candy crush (until orientation is done) LOL
3. Be curious, ask questions and ask to see things. When there is a vent patient ask to go in and look at vent etc. Don't just sit and play on phone (true story) Probably not going to make it through orientation.
4. Talk to the other disciplines and learn as much as you can.
5. Offer to help when appropriate. There's no techs in ICU so we have to rely on each other a lot.
1. The BON is not your friend, not there for you and could care less about the trouble you are having.
2. This is why no nurse should ever go without their own insurance. I have had mine since before I graduated and used it twice with wonderful outcomes.
3. Thank you for your service. Nursing is getting scarier and scarier.
I always steer away from people who make statements like, "I always say." Mental health issues run the course from someone who is afraid of spiders, to psychopaths. I think we would be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn't have some sort of at least small fear or phobia. I work ICU, ER and psyche and have seen nutsy nurses in all these positions.
From my experience a person who is really mentally ill won't stay in psyche nursing very long because they aren't really there for the patients, but to help themselves. I've seen a couple who only lasted a few months. Just like all other types of nursing there are all kinds of nurses who work psyche, some are extremely well adjusted people from normal homes and some have issues of their own. It's this mix of personalities that make for a strong unit where everyone can learn and grow.
EKUGRAD, you sound like an awesome person and they are lucky to have you.
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