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OCRN3, MSN, NP 5,448 Views

Joined Dec 25, '12 - from 'OC SoCal'. OCRN3 is a Family Nurse Pactitioner. She has '16' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med/surg, Tele, educator, FNP'. Posts: 390 (48% Liked) Likes: 506

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  • Apr 4

    You know, when I was a new nurse, I ran into a unit secretary with a personality like this. (very bossy and assertive to the point of being a bit aggressive). But I did not jump on her and assert my authority as an RN. Instead, I stepped back and watched the dynamic of the unit and her role in it. I came to realize she was the glue that held it together. She knew EVERYTHING going on and kept us afloat a lot of the time. She was smart, wise and intelligent. I treated like she was all those things. And soon, she warmed to me. She saved my bacon on more than one occasion. She ended up being one of my favorite peoplen in the entire hospital.

    Don't get all caught up in the fact "you are in charge" as the nurse. The unit secretaries already know that. Try to be diplomatic and respectful. EVERYONE has an important role. Unit secretaries are often disrespected and disregarded in their positions. Some wind up defensive due to this.

    Any new nurse would do really well to step back, breathe, and get a lay of the land, so to speak, before asserting his or her "authority" over such people. It helps foster good will and believe me, that secretary is worth his or her weight in gold.

  • Mar 10
  • Mar 10

    My vote is for Clinic 2. It just sounds like a much better deal all around. Plus FQHC means you can apply for loan repayment.

  • Mar 10

    How is this even a comparison? Clinic 2!

  • Mar 8
  • Mar 8

    Always remember your long term goals! Clinic 2. Always push your self and strive for your next 5 - 10 year goal. By continuing with school you already demonstrate that! Think of your future and retirement, or retirement #2 etc.

  • Mar 8

    Clinic 2 is better deal in many resoectd

  • Mar 7

    I will graduate in may and was tentatively offered a NP position on a CT surgery floor (where I have been a RN for 6 years). The position would be 3 12's & 1 weekend/month. I thought about 5 8's/week but I have young kids and it would be impossible to take them to appointments and other activities. I actually do not mind the 12's shifts.

  • Mar 7

    Choice between good and better! Lucky you! I would take the one with a one hour commute and $55 per hour. Make sure you have enough admin time.

  • Mar 7
  • Mar 7
  • Mar 7

    I'd take the one closest to home for more money. You can always learn the EMR and you'll make new friends. Do you get another day off during the week for working Saturday?

  • Mar 7

    As ICU NP's, we still have the three 12-hr shifts, weekends, and holidays. We have a big group of our own (20 NP's and growing) so we do have that camaraderie. We also still have close relationships with bedside RN's because that's part of the job. We get invited to unit Christmas parties for sure so it doesn't seem like an "us vs them" dynamic.

    Working in an academic setting, you will have residents and fellows coming through and having a social relationship with that particular group of physicians can be optional...some of us have made long lasting friendships with these individuals even after they've moved on to other settings. Some of us also have close social relationships with attendings. I think as an NP, your social circle can get bigger depending on your personality...we do have close relationships with critical care Pharmacists as well and some of us extend that outside of work.

  • Mar 3

    I definitely miss the comradeship. I was an RN for 13 years before becoming an NP. With some exceptions, my fellow RNs were friends and supporters. In my own personal 2-year experience as an NP in 2 different jobs, my fellow NPs/PAs in the workplace perpetuate a toxic work environment with being hypercritical, forming cliques, giving silent treatments, and bullying that slides downhill from the malignant, micromanaging physicians that I have worked under. I'm sure I'm the only one who feels this way, but I wish I had never become an NP. I actually had more autonomy, was treated with more respect, and had more meaningful/satisfying/rewarding patient contact as an RN.

  • Feb 29

    Nope. Do Not Miss floor nursing. Not at all. After 20+ years on med-surg, no. The 12 hour shifts were one reason for returning for NP.


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