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    leshph, Passion8RN, Yep, Me, and 5 others like this.

    I had a similar experience for my first nursing job. After 'resigning' from a small-town hospital (I was not from the small town), I took a job as a private duty RN for a quadriplegic for about 3 months in the same small town. The beauty of private duty night shift is they train you how to take care of the ONE PATIENT and SAME PATIENT every night. I put a lot of skills under my belt and on my resume from this experience (tube-feedings, vent care, etc.............). The skills from this job allowed me to apply for another New Nurse orientation at another hospital in a big town where they were more willing to actually train (& mentor) the new nurses. What you need to know is two things:
    1) Apply within the first year for another orientation as you are still considered a NEW NURSE if it is under 12 months.
    2) If you fail during orientation, it is generally not a reflection on you but rather more a reflection of a failure of the training process. I am very thankful that I left the small town (we also have no children, which is what small towns are all about!) where I was going to: 1) have no support, 2) have no friends, and 3) dealing with the "old boys club" (clicks which I didn't fit in with because I was not from there).
    Count your blessings that you get a new start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Overheard terms
    "gating the horse" = action when putting on nasal canulla tubing on patient's nose & around ears/neck to provide supplemental O2
    "litter box" = bedpan
    "turtle" = Toradol (= anti-inflammatory IV med used to decrease swelling/pain, i.e., the "magic bullet" if pain meds are ineffective)
    "hush puppies" = plexi-pulses on feet

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    Quote from markjrn
    I was there a few years back. HR was ignorant, as was the manager of the PCU/stepdown unit. It didn't seem like there was much to do in town, IMHO.
    There isn't much to do in town. And it is very difficult to get hired at this hospital unless you already have experience. The hospital is making it extremely difficult for newly graduated RNs to get hired. They put you through some difficult 20 questions (or more) in the interview---a lot of scenario questions, such as what orders would you expect to receive given this list of s/s, etc..., ...and if you did work somewhere else before coming to this hospital, be prepared for: "And why did you leave your last job?" questions. They really dig pretty hard.



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