My Story / Mayo Clinic - page 2

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Hello my fellow nurses. It is great to finally find a message board and be able to discuss my new career with those much wiser than I. Let me start off by saying my story and what crossroads I am approaching. I am a student... Read More


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    Quote from Erlindathequeen
    Maybe you should research Mayo a little bit on the web. You'll
    see a whole different story. Mayo dosen't care about their patients. The
    nurses are unprofessional. My boyfriend went to their Scottsdale location
    in Phoenix. Not one of the nurses offered him any privacy while he was
    changing in his room. I complained to the state board of nursing about it.
    Believe me, I'm doing everything I can to get them fired! In december
    of last year a 5th year general surgery resident took a pic of a male
    patient's genitals was he was under anesthesia. Then show the pic to
    other people. He was canned. MAYO SUCKS!!! So does their nursing staff!
    Excuse me. Any place can have unprofessional people, no matter where you go or which organization you work for.
    As a former Mayo nurse, I have to say that at least at the Minnesota campus, which is where I worked, I was completely impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the physicians. I was a float nurse, fresh out of nursing school at that point. They took me gently, oriented me much longer than the typical float nurse to make sure I had my feet under me and wouldn't kill anyone, and then let me go when I was well trained and able to take a full load. They had every confidence in me and returned my confidence as well. I absolutely loved working for them there and if I didn't want my kids to be close to their grandparents I would be working there still.

    As to the OP, you'll get a great experience either way, but the critical care experience at Mayo is really not something to be missed. You can always go for ER afterwards if you find you hate it! Something else I discovered at Mayo is that life is too short to be doing something you hate. So, if you don't like your job, change it!!!
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    Thank you all very much for the advice. I have been assured that at Columbia I will recieve almost 16 weeks for orientation and will be able to handle myself when I am done. I, personally, love ER. It is terrific, fast paced and what I love to do. When I have had ICU experience it was at a smaller hospital with a rude and unprofessional nurse, so my reluctance may come from that. I am not sure which I will do, I am also focusing on which will have the best opportunities to continue my education. While I wish to become an M.D., there are many classes I still need to take. I would also like a DNP program to be in the area. I am just not sure if my heart is in ICU, I just love ER so much. But the ICU at Mayo seems to be a completely different ball game than the smaller hospitals, and if I did not enjoy it, I could transfer after a year or so.

    The big aspect to me is that Mayo is a chance to move away and really be on my own (I go to college 70 miles from home, while I live on my own I just don't feel independent being so close). A chance to be by myself and make my own name at Mayo is very attractive to me. On the other hand, Columbia is a Level 1 Trauma center and has all the academic ventures I would be looking for. The acute trauma and seeing acute patients is what I truely love doing. It is about 2 1/2 hours from home. There are positives and negatives to both, and when I recieve the results of where I have been offered, it will be a very tough decision. I also realize that I don't have to go back to school right away, so that lessens the load a bit in that I won't feel as tied down if I work for a while before returning to school. Keep the info coming, I really enjoy hearing from you all.

    As to becomeing an M.D., if it did occur, I would be very happy I had done nursing first, I feel I will become a better physician due to it. I wish to be an M.D. because I wish to help people (the same reason I wished to become a nurse).
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    Quote from Erlindathequeen
    Maybe you should research Mayo a little bit on the web. You'll
    see a whole different story. Mayo dosen't care about their patients. The
    nurses are unprofessional. My boyfriend went to their Scottsdale location
    in Phoenix. Not one of the nurses offered him any privacy while he was
    changing in his room. I complained to the state board of nursing about it.
    Believe me, I'm doing everything I can to get them fired! In december
    of last year a 5th year general surgery resident took a pic of a male
    patient's genitals was he was under anesthesia. Then show the pic to
    other people. He was canned. MAYO SUCKS!!! So does their nursing staff!
    I, too, encourage the OP to research Mayo. There are two sides to every story. At Mayo, as a new nurse, they want to razzle and dazzle to impress you to come to work there. As a young person, you've probably heard the "wonderful" reputation of Mayo Clinic. However, as the above poster says, it would be in your best interest to find out the good and the bad about any places where you plan to work, and make your decision based solely on it's own reputation.

    In my personal opinion, Mayo Clinic is riding on the coattails of it's past. They were once the best place one could go if they had a puzzling condition, or had a life-threatening illness and given no chance for recovery. However, in the last 20 years (or maybe even more), they have lost the luster and the attraction they once had.

    I have heard firsthand of so many people who were disillusioned by the Mayo system. They told my MIL that the pain she was having was all in her head. Regardless of what you've heard about the relationship with my MIL, I've heard other people say this, too. I have relatives in Rochester and flew there many times. Once, when I was leaving, someone on the plane was starting up conversation with me. She asked me if I was there for the clinic (a common question on airplanes departing from RST :chuckle). I told her no, that I was visiting family. Well, she told me what she thought of the clinic and it really tore my heart out. She was suffering, and I mean sufferingfrom her pain. She told me that she had been everywhere, and that the place to go to was Mayo Clinic for a research study. However, for some reason, she did not qualify when she got there. She was also told by Mayo that they had a treatment available for her. Again, when she got up there, she said that she was not a candidate for this treatment. She had all hope snatched away from her in the timespan of two days. She's going to live with debilitating pain for the rest of her life. This woman was in utter despair, and my heart went out to her.

    This is only one of the stories I've heard about Mayo.

    They may have shown you the razzle and dazzle in order to impress you, but the proof is not in the razzle-dazzle. It's in the patients who are treated and are happy with how they were treated. You want razzle-dazzle? Go to Vegas. Become a nurse there. But not at Mayo Clinic.

    Best of luck to you, and I hope that you investigate all the courses open to you before you leap.
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    Go with your heart. I would also encourage you to apply to other hospitals that interest you. Rochester MN isn't a very exciting place. If your heart is set on MN (I don't know why it would be) there are a lot of good level 1 hospitals in the minneapolis/st. paul area.

    Otherwise if you want to get out on your own and do your own thing, pick a city you've always wanted to live in and check out the local hospitals.
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    Whoa! I have to say, my first reaction to your post is, slow down!

    This is a very exciting time in your career. It sounds as if you're young, intelligent, and flexible. Enjoy having options, and don't feel as if you HAVE to make a decision *right now* that is going to set the course for the rest of your life.

    This is your first nursing job. It is going to be tough no matter which path you choose, and that's OK. Check out some of the threads in the "First Year In Nursing" forum -- no matter where you start, the learning curve is steep and it's absolutely nothing like school. It's a giddy feeling to finally sign "RN" after you're name, but it's also a hair-raising amount of responsibility. IMO, if you aren't humbled by it, you're not taking it seriously enough.

    Any unit or specialty can be heaven or hell. Even in the best of circumstances, it's going to feel like the latter sometimes. But a solid orientation and good teamwork is going to be your foundation. Remember that you are interviewing potential employers as much as they are interviewing you.

    Again, this is just my opinion, but I think you're getting way ahead of yourself by considering med school vs. CRNA vs. NP, etc. You have worked your tail off for your BSN. Get at *least* a year, if not two, of nursing experience under your belt. Not only will it put you in a much stronger position to apply to any post-grad program, but it will give you the opportunity to see what real life is like in any of the roles you're considering. Your RN license is a front-row ticket to the reality of health care. Use it to make wise decisions that are right for you in the long term. And if the first one or two or three doesn't work, you're not alone. Just don't burn bridges!

    Good luck in finding your niche, and enjoy the journey
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    Thank you very much Bluesnurse. It is great to hear words of encouragement, and that your career doesn't have to be done in a certain time span. I am getting way ahead of myself. But to be in all honestly, I feel that if push came to shove, I would choose the ER. ICU just isn't what God has me wanting to do at this time. I worked the ER at Mizzou last summer and enjoyed it. While Mayo is very prestigious, I feel the Level 1 Trauma at Mizzou great as well. I do plan on taking at least a year off from school, I want to go on, but I don't want to burn myself out... I also want to become very comfortable with wherever I am and getting settled and ready to go. I don't know why I feel in such a race to go on. It is just a very fast time and feel like I'm makeing a big decision. Thanks for the words Bluesnurse..
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    Quote from Erlindathequeen
    Maybe you should research Mayo a little bit on the web. You'll
    see a whole different story. Mayo dosen't care about their patients. The
    nurses are unprofessional. My boyfriend went to their Scottsdale location
    in Phoenix. Not one of the nurses offered him any privacy while he was
    changing in his room. I complained to the state board of nursing about it.
    Believe me, I'm doing everything I can to get them fired! In december
    of last year a 5th year general surgery resident took a pic of a male
    patient's genitals was he was under anesthesia. Then show the pic to
    other people. He was canned. MAYO SUCKS!!! So does their nursing staff!
    You are rediculous!! If it was so traumatizing to your boyfriend, why isn't he trying to get them fired? It sounds as though you were jealous of all the cute and intelligent women caring for your boyfriend. People go into the field of nursing to care for others and possibly save a life or two. Yes, it was inconsiderate and an oversight on their part, but maybe they were more focused on, let's see, his blood pressure or oxygenation!! Get a clue.
    whip65 likes this.
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    Quote from registerdin2006
    You are rediculous!! If it was so traumatizing to your boyfriend, why isn't he trying to get them fired? It sounds as though you were jealous of all the cute and intelligent women caring for your boyfriend. People go into the field of nursing to care for others and possibly save a life or two. Yes, it was inconsiderate and an oversight on their part, but maybe they were more focused on, let's see, his blood pressure or oxygenation!! Get a clue.


    The only positive aspect about Mayo is having it on your resume. I wouldn't call a nurse intelligent if she forgets to offer privacy to someone.
    That's fundamental to nursing. Many a patient consider privacy
    more important than the level of care they recieve. It's ingrained in the
    4th amendment, the right to privacy. In essence, they see it as a personal
    attack on them.
    Failure to provide privacy to a patient is considered unprofessional
    conduct by the nurse practice act and personally, no one is worth my
    license!
    58flyer likes this.
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    Quote from registerdin2006
    You are rediculous!! If it was so traumatizing to your boyfriend, why isn't he trying to get them fired? It sounds as though you were jealous of all the cute and intelligent women caring for your boyfriend. People go into the field of nursing to care for others and possibly save a life or two. Yes, it was inconsiderate and an oversight on their part, but maybe they were more focused on, let's see, his blood pressure or oxygenation!! Get a clue.
    I can't believe you said that! I don't think Erlinda is being the least bit rediculous. Providing privacy is basic, fundamental stuff. It's at the very core of earning the patient's trust. No matter how blase' a medical person feels about seeing the human body, there is no time in that person's career where they no longer have to consider privacy concerns. When someone gets to that point, it's time to retire and move on. I'll guarantee you that any nurse who is jaded about modesty, when it comes time for them to receive care, will want their privacy respected. It's a matter of treating others as you want to be treated yourself.

    And I don't consider any woman intelligent who has no regard for my modesty, no matter how cute.

    There is just no excuse not to provide privacy. Facilities are set up for it, with doors or curtains in any treatment area. Failure to use privacy measures is disrespectful, incompetent, and unprofessional.
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    Assuming that the post about the lack of privacy is unbiased... In regards to the post about the pt in pain not being 'qualified' for study- people go to Mayo to get miracles, and when reality hits people can understandably get frustrated. Ever heard of Kubler-Ross??? denial-ANGER-bargaining-depression-acceptance... I think the pt might fall into the anger category in the latter case. Just an outside observation. Its difficult to hear as well as respond to these isolated negative posts.
    Last edit by whip65 on Dec 14, '09
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