Really sad :( - page 4

by NOLAmommy3 7,777 Views | 37 Comments

Hey Everyone, I just graduated from nursing school in May and I am super excited to be a new nurse. Throughout nursing school, I saw myself as either a L&D nurse or a NICU nurse. I precepted in the NICU during my last semester... Read More


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    Double-like TstormRN!
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    Quote from nursie_nursie_415
    It's called "paying your dues".

    Is nursing the only profession where new graduates generally feel that they can hand-pick their "dream jobs" right after obtaining their license? I mean, I want to drive a Porsche 911 but I wasn't bummed when that wasn't possible right after I got my driver's license. Not to sound rude, but so many new nurses have this sense of entitlement & it's really annoying.
    In the OP's defense, it wasn't that long ago that new grads actually could choose their dream job as soon as they got their license.

    My advice to the OP is the same as many others; appreciate the job you have now, give it your all, and try to find a way to get into L&D.

    I currently work Private Duty. It doesn't pay much, and at times it can be excruciatingly boring. However, my agency treats me well, and I generally like the work. I have a steady paycheck and health insurance. I've held 5 jobs since graduation, none of them have been in a hospital, and I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever get a chance to work in one.
    Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Jul 21, '12 : Reason: more information
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    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person

    In the OP's defense, it wasn't that long ago that new grads actually could choose their dream job as soon as they got their license.



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    Not only that, but most people desire to have a choice in what direction they take their career. Lawyers, doctors, teachers, accountants, construction workers, business grads...who DOESN'T find areas of work they like and areas they hate? I really get sick of hearing the "entitlement" crap over and over again - it smacks of condescension.

    Accounts like the OPs help to spread the word...the nursing shortage is over. You can no longer be guaranteed to walk into your dream speciality, and you will have to do this new concept people keep talking about: paying your dues.
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    Hey Nolamommy3! I just wanted to give you some ENCOURAGEMENT. First of all, when I first graduated, I had two job offers: one in adult MedSurg and another in NICU. I eventually chose NICU because it was my dream. NICU is a wonderful, miraculous, challenging, and very detail oriented nursing specialty - love it! However, I recently decided to pursue a different avenue in nursing for various professional reasons, and, guess what...I really wish that I had a little adult experience thrown in the mix, both for my resume as well as for my own clinical experience. Now, if I had the opportunity to choose again, would I have chosen MedSurg? To be honest, probably not. However, adult experience is still invaluable, and I still wish I had it.

    Moreover, I just recently oriented a couple of non-NICU nurses to my NICU unit, and my last orientee was from MedSurg and had only been a nurse for about 6 months prior to transferring. AND, despite some other NICU nurses predjudices concerning the subject, will be a fabulous NICU nurse - she is brilliant. Good luck to you and know that your nursing experience is valuable, no matter where it is.
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    Be patient. I started out on a medical unit on advice from my preceptor.

    It was not the job I wanted but what it did was give me strong critical thinking skills, developping judment and practicing a much wider range of skills then what I use on my LDRP unit. For example we frequently had central lines and when one popped up on our low risj ldrp, everyone but me freaked because they had never used a central line.

    I worked ther for a year and a half, gaining experience while applying for a labour position and while it wasn't my dream job the experience was invaluable so no regrets.
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    I will probably hate myself for posting this.......BUT, honestly "really sad"!

    I hesitated to even read the post. I assumed it was going to be a "really sad" story about mother baby death, hydrocephalus, women with many miscarriages finally carries baby to term and it is still born. Sheesh it is so easy to go on and on and on with "really sad" ob/gyn stories.

    A new grad not getting right into her dream job!
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    Quote from brownbook
    I will probably hate myself for posting this.......BUT, honestly "really sad"!

    I hesitated to even read the post. I assumed it was going to be a "really sad" story about mother baby death, hydrocephalus, women with many miscarriages finally carries baby to term and it is still born. Sheesh it is so easy to go on and on and on with "really sad" ob/gyn stories.

    A new grad not getting right into her dream job!
    I agree. Did the OP not ever look at the job market? How spoiled is today's younger generation that they consider it "sad" that they didn't get what they wanted right away? Try laying on the floor and have a good tantrum.That should help.
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    you should be learning so much in med-surg - issues that will come up in OB/GYN care - look at it that way and when a position comes up apply for it and use your current work as proof to your dedication to overall health of mama's and babies.


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