Anyone from Skowhegan/Waterville area?

  1. I just recently passed the NCLEX and still am waiting for my certificate. I have been working as a home-based MT (still am doing it part-time) and I admit that I find it daunting to make the first step in working as an RN once I have my certificate (which is, BTW, from Vermont BON, so I will have to seek endorsement). I would appreciate if anyone can give me advice about my options in the healthcare facilities around my area (I have been in Maine only for 3 years now as a Filipino immigrant, and I still do not know much about it because of the nature of my MT job -- always at home and never really got around the town often).

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   acadia
    manangmdrn, Hi and congratulations!!!! I do not live in your area, but some hospitals offer a preceptorship. It seems a way to get into this area (if this is where you want to go) get experience actually on people, but under the guidance of a nurse with experience and a willingness to teach. The preceptor can be a support and/or mentor, then coaching you towards more independent nursing, as you gain confidence in your abilities.Some are long, so you really get a good feel for everything before you are actually on your own. There are Long Term Care facilities, and in this setting many times there is a skilled nursing unit as well as residents that are living there.These are just a couple.. I hope you find what you are looking for! It is exciting just starting out, I wish you the best. Acadia
  4. by   manangmdrn
    Quote from acadia
    manangmdrn, Hi and congratulations!!!! I do not live in your area, but some hospitals offer a preceptorship. It seems a way to get into this area (if this is where you want to go) get experience actually on people, but under the guidance of a nurse with experience and a willingness to teach. The preceptor can be a support and/or mentor, then coaching you towards more independent nursing, as you gain confidence in your abilities.Some are long, so you really get a good feel for everything before you are actually on your own. There are Long Term Care facilities, and in this setting many times there is a skilled nursing unit as well as residents that are living there.These are just a couple.. I hope you find what you are looking for! It is exciting just starting out, I wish you the best. Acadia
    Many thanks for your advice, acadia (and the congratulations)! I know of one hospital nearby, and I hope they have good programs for newbie RNs like me. I will inquire as soon as I have my temp license at least.
  5. by   acadia
    Hi, your very welcome. I wanted to add, that in the beginning it can be frustrating, but if you stay focused on what you know you want/need for your best nursing experience, that will help. Being assertive, as in standing up for yourself is essential also. Not aggressive, just not being walked all over `cuz your new. There are many very, very nice, helpful, supportive, and wonderful nurses, that love teaching, and I think most are. Beware the tired, burned out, and unhappy ones, they are out there as well. Going in with this awareness, if you do run into a negative situation, it may not be as discouraging for you as a new nurse. Acadia

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