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    I took the NCLEX 3 weeks after I graduated, and I passed the first time. I really don't recommend waiting an extended period of time to take the exam, because you do forget what you don't use. Also, study hard, but don't over study. You made it through the program, so that is a good indicator that you are prepared to take and pass the exam. Good luck!

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    Hi. I have been placed on the Alabama state employment register for staff nurse and home care services nurse. If anyone knows what is an acceptable ranking, please let me know. This is on a continuous state employment register. They also gave me a score based on my training, education and experience. Does anyone know what acceptable rankings and scores are? I am about to start working as a contract nurse with AL state employment. In your opinion, will working part-time contract help me to get my foot into the door for a FT position, or are state jobs earned only based on the ranking system?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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    bcoaggiemom09 likes this.

    Quote from bcoaggiemom09
    WARNING!!! As much as I loved my job with BSL, it truly is not a good company to work for. I was fired because of attendance. Supposedly I routinely came in at 10am and left at 3pm. This is ******** and the RDO knew it. If you go back and read my first post here, I said that you must be able to get along with your ED. Well, my ED quit in September and for two months I was doing my job and hers, without any help from my regional leadership. I could go on and on, but I won't. Suffice it to say, consider yourself warned about working for BSL. I'm very seriously considering leaving nursing because of this experience. I am so sick and tired of working my ass off for companies and always being worried that someone is going to decide they don't like something about me and I end up losing my job, and then be concerned for my license. I have heard horror stories from other nurses who did things in the normal course of their job that most other nurses have done a million times, and then end up having to go before the state nursing board to defend themselves. If any of my children ever told me they wanted to go into nursing, I would tell them HELL NO!!!!
    I agree completely! I was so disillusioned. I thought I had found the place that I wanted to work for the rest of my nursing career. Then, along came the new ED-who has no healthcare experience. I have my administrator license, and she is making no attempt to get hers. She is firing employees without just cause, and I fear I may be next.

    I love the residents very much and all the staff for the main part. I just cannot stand being micromanaged. She is not treating all management equally. She definitely has favorites. I know I cannot trust her at all. I know the job market is not good, so I am trying to hang on a little while longer. I have only been in my position for 6 months.

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    Quote from bcoaggiemom09
    Nascar Nurse, you hit the nail on the head. Believe me when I tell you that things have not changed one iota. "Aging in place", management instability, etc.,.... bad place to work.
    I too am finding out about working for this company. I have been putting in almost double time the past couple of weeks. Well, I am salaried, and guess what, I am sick from exhaustion. My new ED is alienating all staff, and firing people without just cause. Everyone is stressed and walking on eggshells around her.

    I feel so "micromanaged" in this position of RN Healthcare Coordinator. I also have my administrator license, and was promised a salary increase upon completion, but that likely will not happen. This company wants their employees to work for as little as possible. I do not feel good about the company in the long run, because the stock is bottoming out. We'll see, but something has got to give!

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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    So am I! I'll see you there!
    What week are you going? I am going Nov. 3-7.

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    I just found out I am going to Milwaukee in November for "boot camp." I have heard it is very intense. Good luck to you. You may have already went!

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    So far so good with my new position at a Brookdale Senior Living facility. I am Wellness Director/Healthcare Coordinator of a 20 bed assisted living facility, and we have an independent community as well. I am an RN, and I took a huge paycut, but the hours are wonderful, and the staff I work with are awesome. I love the residents, and everyone is very supportive. I like my job very, very much, and I look forward to going into work most every day. I started over a month ago, and am getting more used to the job.

    I hope to stay with this facility for a long time. Good luck to everyone starting their new jobs with Brookdale.:heartbeat

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    I worked this shift for two years, and it was a struggle for me for all of those two years. Some people's bodies adjust to night shift better than others. My body fought it the entire time. I stayed sick, tired, irritable, and unhappy.

    Now, I have a 6:30A-3P job, and I am so happy. I make less money, but I mainly work M-F, with no holidays or weekends. I am Wellness Director/Healthcare Coordinator for an assisted living facility, and I LOVE it. I am very independent, and I love the elderly with all of my heart.

    You are young, so maybe your body will adjust better than mine did working night shift. Just remember it may only be 3 nights a week, but if you work 3 in a row, the next day will be devoted to sleep. You will need a full day to recover, or your body will let you know about it. Also, you will need to stay on your same schedule on your days off, or your sleep/wake cycle will be so confused, that you will suffer ill effects. It helps to have a support SO also.

    Good luck to you. I hope it works out well for your family.heartbeat:heartbeat

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    frumpter, beachbum3, leslie :-D, and 1 other like this.

    I grew up in a household where both parents and an older brother smoked. They smoked so much, that my clothes and hair reeked of it when I went to school. When I was in middle school, some classmates accused me of smoking. There was so much smoke in my clothes and hair, that I could see why they thought I did. My parents smoked while I was in the car with them. Windows were up or down, but that really did not make a lot of difference.

    I suffered from colds and asthma, and I missed a lot of school because of it. I have permanent lung damage because of exposure to the smoke. My mom even smoked when she was pregnant with me, and I was born premature and underweight.

    I know that it is an option to smoke or not smoke, but please parents, don't make your children suffer because of your habit or addiction. They are innocent. Some may not show the damage until many years down the road. Love them enough to not smoke around them.

    My dad died from lung cancer, and my mom still smokes, and suffers from every ailment imaginable, most relating back to her smoking. She has COPD, CHF, CAD, emphysema, peripheral vascular neuropathy, and AMD.
    So, I am not trying to preach, but I know what devastating effects smoking has on a family. God bless each of you.heartbeat:heartbeat

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    HM2VikingRN and 2klkds like this.

    I know that I am in the minority, but most people deserve a second chance. You seem to be a very caring person from your response to your former employer. I believe only a caring individual needs to be in the medical field. You did make a mistake, but it sounds as though you have matured, and that you have learned from your mistake.

    If it is meant to be, it will happen. If not, other doors will open for you. I have never been let go from a position, but I have quit, and really, really regretted my decision. But, the way I look at it, there is a bigger plan in place for each and every one of us, and at this moment it may really hurt you to not have that job back, but there is always a reason for everything.

    Take care and God bless! I hope your prayers are answered to your liking!heartbeat:heartbeat

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    Quote from withasmilelpn
    I have really good assessment skills, with a critical care background, so I guided the LPN's in the decision to transfer pts. out. Some LPN's wanted me to assess and make the decision, others did it on their own (which I don't approve of), and the one's who did the transfer with my input, were the ones I loved!!!

    2006RN, many of us LPNs with experience can tell by lookinhg at a patient whether or not someone needs to be sent out. Typically I like bouncing off "what do you think?" to my superviser, but I don't always need to. Afterall, it is my license on the line too. If I'm uncomfortable, out they go! (And usually end up on telemetry, etc.) The only time they usually don't get admitted is when we are pacifying a family who is insisting on sending them, or they have a head injury that should be evaluated...)
    I function as superviser alot, but I don't pronounce, do TPN, or bolus IV meds.
    When an RN or LPN supervisor is responsible for all patients and all staffing who are riding on his/her license, then yes, always all personnel operating under his/her license should ask their RN or LPN supervisor's opinion, and let them assess the patient before transfer out of the facility. In my former facility, it was in the policy and procedure manual to do so, and yes, I follow policy and procedure. I was not trying to start an argument, I was only stating what had to be followed in my former facility. Also, under my state board of nursing, I am responsible for all employees working under my license, so yes, I need to be aware of the situation. I have utmost respect for everyone that I work with. I know I can learn a lot from some LPN's, as well as RN's. But, out of respect for supervisors, LPN's, RN's, aides, etc... should consult with their supervisors and let them be aware of patient status. That is what is most important. :heartbeat

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    Quote from woody62
    When I worked in ICU, back in the 70's and 80's, I did total patient care, including baths and bed changes. I had to empty foley bags out and restock necessary supplies by each patients bedside. I didn't empty linen bags, garbage, count linen, wash equipment or beds down. And a year ago, when I was a patient in Charlotte Regional's ICU, none of my nureses washed bedside equipment down. They did basicall the same things I had done years ago. Washing equipment down or counting linen is not using a nurse's time properly, IMHO.

    When I worked ICU, we did total pt care, bed baths, linen changes, blood draws from lines, no EKG's, we restocked pt rooms, we cleaned the room, cleaned all equipment, restocked crash carts, had no unit secretary, had 1-4 pts per RN, and that is why I quit. The last 2 weeks that I worked, I had 4 vent pts. NO JOKE!! That is unsafe nursing. I loved ICU,but I love my license way more. No job is beneath a nurse to do though I believe. We are all in it together to take care of the pts. I am no better than anyone else, and I basically do anything I can to help others.

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    Penelope_Pitstop likes this.

    Quote from bluehenrn
    hey everyone!
    a lot of you know my story - about three months ago i left my 7p-7a job as a medsurg nurse in an inner city community hospital in wilmington, de.
    i left with aspirations to work in the perioperative field...and i start tomorrow at greater baltimore medical center in towson, md as an rn in the general operating room! i'm terrified, excited and still in shock!
    but most of all excited!
    congratulations jess! i too start a new job tomorrow. i will be healthcare coordinator in an alf! i think it will fit my personality just fine! i know you will love working in the or. that is what i wanted to do before i started clinicals, but i have a bad back, and the or would kill me. but, you are a lot younger than me, too!!!

    again, congrats! you will do a great job!:heartbeat

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    pagandeva2000 likes this.

    The most important question to ask yourself: Do I think being a nurse is what I want to do? Only you can answer that question. Nursing is tough. It is tough emotionally and physically. But, most days I am so glad I became a nurse. I graduated with my ADN at 38. I have been a nurse for 2 years. I am about to go back and get my BSN, and hopefully MSN someday. I am in management, and I just accepted a new job at a great ALF, with travel opportunities, and room for growth. My goal is to become a DON or executive director at an ALF. My passion lies with the elderly. I really want to make a difference in their lives.

    Some days are harder than others. I have had days where I want to pull my hair out. I have days that bring me to tears, of sadness, and of joy. I have days that I feel like I am making a difference, and I have days that I feel like I am going nowhere. When a resident reaches out and kisses my hand, or tells me they love me, or gives me a sweet hug, it is all worth it. Good nurses are soooo..... needed.

    If you really think you have been called to be a nurse, please know you will have good and bad days, but hopefully a lot more good days than bad. Maybe you can arrange to shadow a nurse in a hospital, or visit a LTC or ALF to see what interests you most.

    Let us know what you decide. Take care and Good Luck!heartbeat:heartbeat

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    It was 2 weeks for me from graduation to taking the NCLEX. I am a nerd though, so I thrive off learning all that I can, and I was doing the prep all through nursing school. The NCLEX was so unlike any test that I had ever taken. Just know your labs, study prioritizing type questions, know your meds. On mine there were a lot of prioritization, critical thinking, several medication questions (I purchased a flip-o-matic Kaplan med. book from Books-A-Million), no math questions,etc. The med. flip book really drilled the meds into me, and it has helped me retain knowledge of the meds.

    I wish you the best. The exam to me wasn't that bad. You'll do it!!!:heartbeat