My Story / Mayo Clinic

  1. 0 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 at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. I will graduate with my BSN in May and am counting down the moments. For years I had the plan to become a C.R.N.A., it was my goal and pretty much what I had my heart set on. Then, last summer, I worked as a patient care tech in an ER and loved it, as well as the doctors I worked with. About 4 weeks ago I decided I wanted to try (after school) to go back, take a few classes and go to Medical School to become a Dr. of Emergency Medicine. If this did not come to pass I wished to go for my DNP. But, thinking I was going to become a C.R.N.A. I had applied only to ICU's, but with ER really what I was striving for. I scurried and applied to an ER and was left with two choices

    Thinking I wanted ER and didn't have much interest in ICU, I interviewed at University Hospital in Columbia, MO for an ER position. Having already scheduled an interview at Mayo Clinic from before, I decided to go on it, just almost to see the facilities. I was absolutely blown away by Mayo (even with not wishing to do ICU as much as I had before) I was very impressed by Mayo and how the hospital and staff worked. So (I have not been offered either job, it will be a few weeks before I know in either) I am really in a tough decision. I am between ER (which I love to practice and get great satisfaction from) at Columbia and the ICU at Mayo (which I loved, but didn't know I did until I went to see it).

    Part of the appeal to me for Mayo is that I've grown up my whole life in Missouri (SW Missouri) and Minnesota is like a foreign land to me, so it is very interesting and new. I am single with no children and have an adventurous side, so Mayo takes me in that interest. On the other hand, I love Columbia and Mizzou and have a true passion for ER. I am a trauma junkie who loves the fast pace and coming to work everyday unsure of what will occur. With both schools I need to be in a position to take classes in order to try my MCAT, as well as have access to an FNP school, in case I try for my Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner.

    I am sorry this was so long and given in so many details. I know in a few years I will probably look back at all of this and laugh, but as a newbie in the nursing world it is very confusing and scary getting ready to go into the big world by myself for the first time. I am just not sure what I want, and just have some strange feeling I will be forever stuck at the area I choose. Any advice or words of the wise would be appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you all.
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  3. Visit  buffscotty profile page

    About buffscotty

    From 'Pittsburg, KS'; 29 Years Old; Joined Mar '07; Posts: 35.

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  4. Visit  Indy profile page
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    You're only stuck if you choose to be stuck. ICU is good experience, ER is also good experience. Any nursing job you choose will be stressful, eat up more of your time than you think, and challenge you all over the place. It could also inspire you to continue your education, maybe help provide you with ideas of what you want to do later. I have not seen statistics on the subject but I'd be willing to bet most nurses change jobs at some point in their career, and a lot of us change what type of unit we work in as well. The question is not what will your job choice do to you, but what will you do once you are there?
  5. Visit  YellowFinchFan profile page
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    Quote from buffscotty
    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 at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. I will graduate with my BSN in May and am counting down the moments. For years I had the plan to become a C.R.N.A., it was my goal and pretty much what I had my heart set on. Then, last summer, I worked as a patient care tech in an ER and loved it, as well as the doctors I worked with. About 4 weeks ago I decided I wanted to try (after school) to go back, take a few classes and go to Medical School to become a Dr. of Emergency Medicine. If this did not come to pass I wished to go for my DNP. But, thinking I was going to become a C.R.N.A. I had applied only to ICU's, but with ER really what I was striving for. I scurried and applied to an ER and was left with two choices

    Thinking I wanted ER and didn't have much interest in ICU, I interviewed at University Hospital in Columbia, MO for an ER position. Having already scheduled an interview at Mayo Clinic from before, I decided to go on it, just almost to see the facilities. I was absolutely blown away by Mayo (even with not wishing to do ICU as much as I had before) I was very impressed by Mayo and how the hospital and staff worked. So (I have not been offered either job, it will be a few weeks before I know in either) I am really in a tough decision. I am between ER (which I love to practice and get great satisfaction from) at Columbia and the ICU at Mayo (which I loved, but didn't know I did until I went to see it).

    Part of the appeal to me for Mayo is that I've grown up my whole life in Missouri (SW Missouri) and Minnesota is like a foreign land to me, so it is very interesting and new. I am single with no children and have an adventurous side, so Mayo takes me in that interest. On the other hand, I love Columbia and Mizzou and have a true passion for ER. I am a trauma junkie who loves the fast pace and coming to work everyday unsure of what will occur. With both schools I need to be in a position to take classes in order to try my MCAT, as well as have access to an FNP school, in case I try for my Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner.

    I am sorry this was so long and given in so many details. I know in a few years I will probably look back at all of this and laugh, but as a newbie in the nursing world it is very confusing and scary getting ready to go into the big world by myself for the first time. I am just not sure what I want, and just have some strange feeling I will be forever stuck at the area I choose. Any advice or words of the wise would be appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you all.
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    Mayo is the most impressive hospital I've ever seen! I spent a week there with my husband when he had some cardiac complications - I can't say enough about it - From the doctors & nurses to the entire staff of the hospital - my husband & I actually kept looking at each other because we thought we've never seen a more efficient, friendly, professional, therapeutic place in our lives!

    We're from the East Coast and made the trip on the recommendation of a researcher friend who does work for the Mayo Clinic - it's a cutting edge place to work and put on your resume.

    You'll get terrific skills in ICU and you can always go to ER....

    I'd pick ICU-Mayo!

    Good Luck!!!
  6. Visit  RN1989 profile page
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    I don't believe that a new grad should be in the ER. You must have finely honed assessment skills which you will not have when you come out of school. ER is fast paced and there will be times when you don't even have a patient that can talk back and tell you what is wrong. Without experience it will be more difficult to properly assess and care for an ER patient - unless you are planning to work at a 20 bed rural hospital type ER that doesn't see much action. These days a nurse is expected to be able to pick up and run with little to no orientation. The ER is not the place to be learning about injury and diseases while dealing with life and death issues on a regular basis. You will find it much easier, and safer, to get some experience under your belt before going to the ER. You will also have an easier time of keeping your license if you have some idea of what a nurse does prior to going to such a fast paced environment where you must be able to work independently. You will not have the time to be asking another nurse about each and every case that comes in because you aren't familiar with caring for that problem.
  7. Visit  psalm51 profile page
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    as an old nurse in tne twilight of my professional practice, i say go for the 'adventure'.

    go to the the BIG medical centers in some 'exotic' place, such as seattle, san francisco, or even minnesota.

    learn ALL you can! then, if you really want to you can always return to MO or KS.

    this is one of my regrets i had always wanted to go to some of these "far off" places -- but settled for 'safe'. i did practice in the Chicago area for > 10 years and LOVED it. but then moved back home where i've been for the past 20 years. i would go back in a heart beat. wish i had tried out seattle and san francisco too.
  8. Visit  BethulieRN profile page
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    Quote from RN1989
    I don't believe that a new grad should be in the ER. You must have finely honed assessment skills which you will not have when you come out of school. ER is fast paced and there will be times when you don't even have a patient that can talk back and tell you what is wrong. Without experience it will be more difficult to properly assess and care for an ER patient - unless you are planning to work at a 20 bed rural hospital type ER that doesn't see much action. These days a nurse is expected to be able to pick up and run with little to no orientation. The ER is not the place to be learning about injury and diseases while dealing with life and death issues on a regular basis. You will find it much easier, and safer, to get some experience under your belt before going to the ER. You will also have an easier time of keeping your license if you have some idea of what a nurse does prior to going to such a fast paced environment where you must be able to work independently. You will not have the time to be asking another nurse about each and every case that comes in because you aren't familiar with caring for that problem.

    I think you are being pessimistic to suggest that new grads should not be working in ER.

    As a new grad, you are fresh from school and knowledge about diseases. Working in ER can be rewarding in practicing all those skills you have mastered in nursing school.

    Many ER are taking new grads, giving them a much needed orienttion.

    For example, my sister started as an ER nurse with a 6 months orientation and she loves it. She is still working there 2 years now. I myself will graduate in May 08 and already applied at Mont Sinai Hospital and offered to work in ER in the new nurse residency program for 12 months orientation.
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  9. Visit  Erlindathequeen profile page
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    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!
  10. Visit  buzkil profile page
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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 want the nurses to be fired for not offering your boyfriend privacy? That's harsh. Of course the nurses should have offered privacy, I'm not saying they were not wrong. To have them fired is a little bit much. Anyway, I doubt you will get them fired. You should focus your energy elsewhere.
  11. Visit  sharann profile page
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    Well, good luck. It sounds like you are more interested in being called "doctor" than nurse. I hope you are able to see that DNP and MD are completely different types of practice. You need quite a bit of nursing expeience to be a NP of any kind. I think the ICU is a solid place to start if offered a comprehensive orientation and supervision.
    Good luck in deciding
  12. Visit  withasmilelpn profile page
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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!
    The fact he was fired speaks well for them also, in my opinion. On this site you will find more than one story of the 'good ole boy' mentality where Doctors are protected and coddled vs nurses. I always have to remind myself these days to shut the door and pull the curtain now it seems. It seems the longer you are in nursing, the more you get that' I've seen it all before' thing going on. Many of my patients have encouraged this forgetting privacy matters on my part along the years, by exhibiting no modesty what so ever. One gentleman I recall regularly would walk out in the hall in his birthday suit to get a fresh gown. The only thing that discouraged him to stop this practice was his unfortunate demise. (Not even putting one in his room!) It is a challenge over the years to remain in tune to your patients need regarding the simple courtesies like knocking on the door, pulling curtains,etc. Not that this is an excuse, mind you. I think a gentle reminder is effective as well. The good thing is that along with years of experience comes years of skills. If your boyfriends overall health outcome was positive that should count as well.
  13. Visit  tiggerforhim profile page
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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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  14. Visit  buffscotty profile page
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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).
  15. Visit  BabyRN2Be profile page
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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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