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Joined Jul 13, '05 - from 'Behind the Big Sequoia Sempervirens'. HeartsOpenWide is a "Birth Center" Staff Nurse. She has '4' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne'. Posts: 3,071 (25% Liked) Likes: 2,032

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  • Jul 27

    I became and L&D Nurse right out of school. You have to do more than just graduate to get an L&D position right out of nursing school: I graduated with honors, sigma theta tau; while in school I got myself known around the birthing community by becoming a certified labor doula; I also attended an ADDITIONAL nursing program through a separate university, taking two semesters of nursing preceptorship in a local hospital in the L&D department that I currently work at; I got NRP certified before graduation; when hired I was working on a grant for doulas, so that low income moms could have a doula at their birth that was paid for by the grant; I attended a Beginning Midwifery course outside of my college that I got created as a college course and got college units for...

    I did a lot more than the average nursing student, but I also got myself out there and known with the local birthing community. My first L&D job was at a different hospital than I am now. I was only there for five months before they had to do cut backs (and I was the last one hired so the first to go) but my old manager called my current manager and mentioned she had a new nurse that she was going to have to let go; my current manager asked "Is it Heartsopenwide? Because if its her I want to hire her!"

    Some people say "its not what you know, but who you know" for me it was both, I covered my bases.

  • May 3

    I will let you know when I find out. It finally feels like it is getting better, but every once in awhile I find myself feeling like a total idiot; but is it is better than when I started last year. I am hoping another year will be just right.

  • Oct 18 '16

    Ignore the comments about the LVN not using gloves. Can an LVN train an RN, legally, despite the fact that the LVN may have years of experience? Some of you are saying this is ok. I do not know the answer for sure, it would be nice to see it in a actual document. But, considering that the RN delegates to the LVN, it would seem that other than asking questions or guidance about basic skills that the RN and LVN share, and LVN should not be precepting an RN...this is an LVN training a new grad RN, not an LVN orienting a seasoned RN to a new unit.

  • Sep 20 '16

    Quote from CHATSDALE
    one foot after the other..most nurses say they have to be working 6 months to a year before they began to really have confidence in their own judgement
    ask questions, observe
    Maybe part of the problem is that I admit that I lack confidence, but everyone in my class has never admitted to it (except for my one friend who is practically a genius so I was really surprised that she said she gets worried around patients even though she Aces all her exams, and has experience). My class is full of a lot of younger students that all brag that they Ace their exams and never study...and of course are full of confidence; like they are trying to show each other up...the competition does not end once in nursing school....sigh...it helps to know I am not some freak, but that other people stress and have to work on their confidence as well; so thanks for your reply, makes me feel better.

  • Sep 14 '16

    Dear experienced nurses,
    please help!

    I know time management skills, lack there of, is really killing me as a new grad. I know my stuff, but my time management skills are starting to make me look bad! I know some of it is that I am not the most organized person in the world, not the worst because I am fairly anal, but learning how to be a nurse makes me feel like a "dysfunction Type A"; I am having a hard time getting my grove down.

    I have read several threads on there with new grads struggling as being new grads and many mention time management skills. Most responses are "it will come with time". Can any of you experienced nurses give us actual tips, tricks of the trade, things you do to manage your time?

  • Sep 1 '16

    Quote from Don3218
    Nursing school is supposed to be hard. If it wasn't, everyone would be doing it.
    Some one else told me this and I think it is so not true. Not every one is empathetic or has the desire to do so. Although nursing may be popular now, I think a lot of these people are going to find out that it is not for them and there is nothing more awful working at a job you do not like not matter how good it pays.



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