I found my dream job in Public Health :) - page 3

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Hello Allnurses, It feels like only yesterday I was taking pre-reqs for nursing school and then going crazy trying to get through nursing school and pass state boards. Well, I learned really fast that nursing isn't anything... Read More


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    I will say that although I believe in the mission of PP -upper management in California has made some HORRIBLE decisions this past year. They laid off most of their RNs (over 65 in Southern CA about 20 in Nor Cal) and now the medical assistants do their job (not really). They are using only MAs and NP/PA teams. They also just decided to stop accepting presumptive eligibility Medical -(for certain sensitive services) which is going to have a HUGE horrible impact on our pts. I realize money and funding is a hot button issue but I feel upper management really has no idea what goes on the clinics. They've laid off some excellent NPs and RNs over the last few years -while the number of pts has only been increasing because of the economy and women losing their insurance. So while I support the mission I do not support what has been going on in California PP. Sorry -just had to vent!
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    Your posts have been so motivating for me!! I have worked night shift on a very busy med/surg floor for a year and a half (and worked in the hospital as a nurse tech for 3 years prior). I wanted to go into public health nursing right out of school but knew that floor experience was a must. I am now in school for my MPH and have an interview at the county board of health tomorrow! I am so nervous because this position would be a life-changer!!!! Thanks for your posts and advice, if you have any other advice, I would love it!!
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    I have just accepted a position with Public Health. Congrats to all of you.
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    My first bachelor's was in public health. I went into nursing thinking it would help me with public health. Accepted a job as an RN on a tele floor to get experience. Been working four months. I hate it. I cry a lot. The day before a shift I am depressed and have palpitations. I am terrified of making a mistake. I feel stuck because I have to pay off debt from nursing school by going to a nursing job I hate. I feel like I am wasting my youth...shouldnt have gone to nursing school or else I wouldnt have debt and be stuck working an awful job to pay it off. I am so depressed...about to turn 25 and already feel like I am having a midlife crisis!!! I just didnt expect this job to be that bad. I miss public health.
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    Updates: I've decided to leave PHN, the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to work for my dream system the VA. I've been applying to the VA for 2 years and stopped applying once I got the job in PHN. The position I've been hired for I applied to before I received my present position. Through prayer I've decided to take the position @ the VA. They were only hiring for midnights, but I told myself I would not return to midnights permanently. Through more prayer, I was offered day shift. I'm not sure if weekends are required. The Lord has found a way, that through my nursing career (even as a floor nurse) I've NEVER worked weekends. So, I have faith that HE will make a way with my new position. There were many pros with this position much higher salary, tuition reimbursement, student loan forgiveness, flexible scheduling, no cancellations, low nurset ratio, close to home, longevity and job security. The only con is that it is on a M/S unit, which I don't consider a con because I've always wanted to work M/S (I plan to return to school for my NP after a year on M/S). My present job does not offer tuition reimbursement, we have 6 days we r required to take per year with no pay, minimal OT, & the nurses have not had a raise for over 5 years and have just agreed to another 2 years with no raises. I work with a wonderful group of nurses, and my clients are amazing They are all extremely supportive of my new position and I've agreed to stay on contingent. So I will still be working in my same department, just not as a full- time employee.

    I wish you all the best & I encourage you to read the nursing & spirituality forum for empowerment & pray. All things are possible through Christ Jesus
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    Congrats on your perfect job for YOU! I agree everyone has a position that is just right for them. I really want to work in pediatric nursing but I hear it is impossible for a new grad to get..

    So I am just taking what I can get as long as its in the hospital! So far both interviews I have(nxt week) are midnight hours...uggh, and Im a morning person! BUT, I can do it if I put my mind to it! btw, my dad passed away while I was in Nrsg school, his spirit and memory are always with me.
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    I left the VA to work in Public Health. Work for VA and IHS for 6 years. Will never go back to the VA..at least the one here. All facilities are different. I loved IHS and will go back one day.

    My job now is wonderful beyond words.
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    Congrats on your dream job! Life is funny how it takes so many broken roads to get to where we need to be. God is amazing, and I truly believe that even if you don't pray, or even believe in Him, doesn't mean he's not there or doesn't believe in you.

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    Quote from pitaya
    My first bachelor's was in public health. I went into nursing thinking it would help me with public health. Accepted a job as an RN on a tele floor to get experience. Been working four months. I hate it. I cry a lot. The day before a shift I am depressed and have palpitations. I am terrified of making a mistake. I feel stuck because I have to pay off debt from nursing school by goiYyng to a nursing job I hate. I feel like I am wasting my youth...shouldnt have gone to nursing school or else I wouldnt have debt and be stuck working an awful job to pay it off. I am so depressed...about to turn 25 and already feel like I am having a midlife crisis!!! I just didnt expect this job to be that bad. I miss public health.
    I am pursuing a public health degree with a minor in psychology. I want to get my rn degree to go into neontatal or pediatrics nurse. I am going to pursue my asn degree. Any advice
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    I am a fresh graduate who just received my nursing degree and Malaysia licensure this year June. Meanwhile, I am working with a general manager in a private hospital to run a nursing home project. I never really like hospital nursing, and my boyfriend from California had Master of Public Health who works for APHA and WHO. I see what he is doing and I feel that it's very interesting. Next thing you know, I took an introductory course of public health in Chapel Hill University at North Carolina in July. I feel that it's my thing but I was very discouraged by my hospital nursing believers and lecturers. Your post just comes to me at the right time when I feel a little lost. Do I need to gain any years of nursing experience prior to taking my master in public health? I am juggling between US and Canada to get my nursing license to practice also. Any advice which is more ideal?


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