Dear new grad... - page 4

by smurfynursey | 6,531 Views | 35 Comments

Dear new grad, I am sorry (sort of) that you did not get your dream job in a hospital and you are here instead. I know it may come as a shock, but not everyone starts in the ICU/ER...nor does everyone want to. Just because I... Read More


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    Quote from cidneykc
    I am thankful I stumbled upon this thread. I graduated in May 2012, and I applied for literally hundreds of hospital jobs (med-surg, OB, ICU, ER, PACU). I finally ended up with a job in school nursing which I have grown to LOVE. My mother, who is a retired RN, often makes me feel as though this job is below me and that the income is insufficient to support me. I know she is not the only RN who feels this way, and I certainly agree with whoever mentioned how nursing schools hammer into their students that "real" nurses work in hospitals. Thank you for reminding me that I AM A NURSE.
    Ditto to that! I just got hired into a clinic and everyone looks at me like I've got a third eye when I say it's somewhere I can see myself for years, "but,but you really need experience in the hospital". I plan on getting an MPH so it's perfect. Go us
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    I started out in LTC as an LPN and then after 1 1/2 years got a job at a hospital. I worked in this hospital for 14 yrs. While there I obtained my RN and then my BSN. I worked on a busy Orthopedic/Med-Surg unit. I ended up leaving that job for reasons I don't want to go into and I got a job at the same LTC facility I started out in. I have to tell you that I have not lost any of the skills I gained in the hospital. LTC residents are much different now than they were 16 yrs ago. There are also many RNs working there now. It used to be only LPNs and an RN who was the DON. The acuity level of these residents is extremely high, they are being discharged from the hospital quicker and sicker. A LTC nurse has to be on their toes and know their stuff or they won't make it. The stigma that LTC nurses are not real nurses needs to end! I am a great nurse, my assessment skills are excellent, and I love my residents as if they are my own family. Yes, it is stressful. Yes, we are understaffed. Yes, we have to care for too many at once. But I did the same things in the hospital. This is just my experienced humble opinion.
    Last edit by LTCangel on Dec 7, '12 : Reason: grammar
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    I've got no problem with a person feeling disappointed that the only job that they're able to get is in a SNF. Just as many nurses would hate my job in the L-I ED, I would hate working in LTC... that's not to cap on those who fill that vital role but it's not for everybody.

    By the same token, I consider a new grad a fool to turn down any clinical job offer and an even bigger fool not to give everything they've got to that first job, in whatever capacity.

    I took the first job offer I got even though it had many more negatives than positives. It's taken three years of concerted effort and major sacrifice but things have finally panned out for me. I was quite disappointed that my first job but I didn't let it show and I gave it my all... from which opportunities slowly arose.

    Every job presents opportunities to learn and chances to demonstrate one's skill and work ethic... not to mention a paycheck.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    By the same token, I consider a new grad a fool to turn down any clinical job offer and an even bigger fool not to give everything they've got to that first job, in whatever capacity.

    I took the first job offer I got even though it had many more negatives than positives. It's taken three years of concerted effort and major sacrifice but things have finally panned out for me. I was quite disappointed that my first job but I didn't let it show and I gave it my all... from which opportunities slowly arose.

    Every job presents opportunities to learn and chances to demonstrate one's skill and work ethic... not to mention a paycheck.
    Exactly! Kudos to you! I hope when and if I graduate, I'll be strong enough to do the same. I'll take any experience I can get.

    Some friends of mine are always saying, "I want to work in L&D or with kids right out of school!" etc. etc. And I'm thinking...So does almost every other new RN + possibly some RNs with years of experience who are looking for a change. Unless you know-someone-who-knows someone. In other words...Fat chance.
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    Wow!
    I didn't expect such a response on this...
    I have done pediatric snf, adult snf, Pedi home health, peds hospice and adult hospice...its really interesting to see the looks I get when I tell people I've never worked in a hospital. My aunt is a nurse on a ACE/adult CF unit and there are things I can do really well (vents, trachs, ect) that she never gets on her floor.
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    Quote from rumwynnie
    People think I'm weird when I say I want to work MedSurg before going to ICU. A lot of nurses have told me "no no, go to ICU first! You want to work there anyway! You'll burn out on the floor." I already know where I'm weak, and before I start going into critical care, I want some of my basic skills like assessment and gathering my meds in order. I guess I'll find out after next week, after graduation, so I hope I'm not that picky new grad people complain about.
    Honestly ICU is so different from any other floor that it can be hard to go from MedSurg to ICU because you have to unlearn a lot of things while trying to learn all of the new things. This is why a lot of ICU's like to hire new grads, they have a blank slate to work with.


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