Need some career advice. - long - page 2

by Nepenthe Sea

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I really have no idea what to do with myself, in regard to my nursing career. I graduated from school last May. The whole reason I even went to nursing school was to work in NICU (my kids are NICU grads). I was a student extern... Read More


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    shouldn't be too bad about being a new nurse with 2 different jobs in less than a year as they have been in different areas and nicu is completely different yet- it is what you want and it is a good excuse for the bs exit interview/reason for switch.apply now and keep your mouth shut!! if your unit's staffing is tthat bad and experienced nurses can't hack it, expect them to also apply and many will have connections after all those years to start applying to NICU, ICU, step down etc, anywhere with "less pts". yes they are more intense but it does make a difference. i work on a unit similar to yours and have seen ICU and step down nurses in tears and complete panic when pooled to our wonderful 6pt per nurse med surg floor with the dementia DTs and drug seekers on q1 dilaudid. Also this seems like the type of facility that would say, if you can handle 2 NICU pts you should be able to handle 3 and maybe a 4th who "isn't that sick!".....................................it will get alot worse before it gets better
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    Do not quit your job without another lined up. And it sounds like it is too late, but never give forewarning that you are looking for work elsewhere. They will seek actively to get rid of you so that the leavetaking is on their terms not yours.
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    I won't just quit my job. I honestly don't want to leave them on bad terms. As far as not letting them know that I am looking for another job, I am going to apply for a job at the same facility. On the application it asks if your employer knows that you have applied for the job. I feel like by not telling them that I am looking for another job that it will look bad to the department where I want to go. I do see what you are saying, though.
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    That's a conversation that should be professionally held between your manager and you though, not flipped at the charge nurse (or anyone else) on your way out after a hard day. One says "I have career ambitions I would like to pursue". The other says "Y'all suck and I am taking my toys to play somewhere else".
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    DON'T QUIT UNTIL YOU HAVE ANOTHER JOB LINED UP/STARTED!!

    With that said, we get it you're miserable on the unit ur on now but guess what they are still humans who need care, in a perfect world we'd all get to work in our dream depts or not work at all!

    But saying u hate it like that....I hope this "inner hate" attitude does get projected onto your patients. I'm thinking you're perceiving yourself as a crappy nurse because honestly you don't give a s****, so it comes out in your work.

    Just suck it up deal with it and be thankful you even have a job. The job market is a b*^*** right now.

    When the time comes you'll be in nicu but it's just not meant to be right now.


    This isn't an attack post.. It's just observation/constructive criticism
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    Pneumothorax, it's not that I don't CARE, it's just not the unit where I want to work, especially with the way things have been there. It's not just me -- even the nurses that have been there for years are frustrated and talking about going somewhere else. And no, it does not get projected onto my patients. I'm wondering if I'm a crappy nurse because although I have the patient care down, I don't always get my charting done and everybody else seems to get it all done so I have just been trying to figure out why I am still having trouble.

    How do you know it's not meant to be right now, when there are NICU jobs available? I have to just suck it up and hate my job when I could possibly go somewhere else? Just trying to understand. But again, no, I wouldn't quit until I have another job, that is for sure.
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    Quote from Nepenthe Sea
    Pneumothorax, it's not that I don't CARE, it's just not the unit where I want to work, especially with the way things have been there. It's not just me -- even the nurses that have been there for years are frustrated and talking about going somewhere else. And no, it does not get projected onto my patients. I'm wondering if I'm a crappy nurse because although I have the patient care down, I don't always get my charting done and everybody else seems to get it all done so I have just been trying to figure out why I am still having trouble.

    How do you know it's not meant to be right now, when there are NICU jobs available? I have to just suck it up and hate my job when I could possibly go somewhere else? Just trying to understand. But again, no, I wouldn't quit until I have another job, that is for sure.
    Just because the jobs are out there doesn't mean that's it's right for you at that moment...l.who knows what will happen & who u will meet that might change your life or theirs?

    I didn't adddress it in. My original post but the staffing situation is a bit harsh...
    & the charting..... I don't think will ever get better lol.


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