MarcyRN3385 1,403 Views
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Thanks for all the replies and advice My first day on the floor was yesterday and it was an awesome day! I watched a c-section and then went with my preceptor to help with postpartum care. I know this is what I meant to do. The feeling I get when I am there is nothing I can explain. It is so nice to actually look forward to going to work and not watch the clock anxiously all day waiting for the day to end. I'm only 25 so I have many years of nursing ahead of me and this will be my main focus from now on
I've been an RN for 2 years now and just landed my first job in OB....my dream job! Before I even started nursing school I knew this is what I wanted to do. However, I didn't know how hard of an area it is to get into. After being unhappy working on med-surg units for the past 2 years I'm finally going to get to do what I've always wanted. I will be working in a smaller birthing center at a local hospital. I will be cross-trained in all areas and then rotate after I'm off orientation. I'm SO excited but also nervous because I know I have alot to learn. Any advice or tips for a soon-to-be OB nurse?
See I thought the same thing...I thought glyburide was more to help maintain blood glucose levels...kind of like lantus does. No...I will NEVER do that again!
About a week ago I had a patient came to our unit after a peripheral angiogram (I work on a med-surg unit). The patient was quite lethargic but began to come around a bit after he got settled in his room. He was diabetic (type 2). I got a set of VS and checked his blood glucose which was 83. The patient also had a dinner tray brought down with him from recovery. With is 6pm meds he had glyburide scheduled. I went ahead and gave it thinking he was going to be eating. Well, he fell asleep. I work 7a-7p so I reported of to the next nurse coming on at 7. Well, the patient's blood glucose ended up bottoming out and they had to give him an amp of D50 that night. Throughout the next day he was practically non-responsive according to the staff (I wasn't there the next day). Normally a peripheral cath patient is discharged in the am after the procedure but d/t his hypoglycemia he had to stay an extra day. This is all my fault and I feel TERRIBLE! I have been a nurse for 1.5 years and this is my first major med error. I am beating myself up about it and keep asking myself....what was I thinking? I also failed to check the order which stated to hold the glyburide if blood glucose if below 150! I feel absolutely horrible! My NM told me not to stress about it...it happens...but if I would have just doubled checked my orders it wouldn't have. From now on my orders will be VERY thouroughly checked before giving ANY med. Has this kind of thing happened to anyone else?
Thank you so much for all the replies...I know a wonderful person in HR that may be able to help, also a nurse educator who really likes me with ties to OB. I will look into AWHONN and getting certified in NRP and basic fetal monitoring...I am already ACLS certified. I have tried calling the Nurse Manager but I got her voice mail and she never called back . I've heard that she is VERY picky about who she hires...which is good all NMs should be...but I just want a chance! Hopefully soon I will be on here with some good news about a wonderful new job I have
Ok so here is my story. I am an RN and have been since May 2008. My first job was on a med-surg unit and I worked there for approximately 7 months, then had a baby and during my maternity leave was offered a higher paying job at a plasma donation center. I HATED the plasma center and worked there from March 2009-November 2009...couldn't stand being there any longer...I was bored to death! So I recently went back to med-surg...same hospital I was at previously but different campus (and unit). I like it...can't say I love it...but it's a job. My true passion is OB...any area...L&D, Mother/Baby, NICU...it wouldn't matter. I LOVED my clinical rotation in OB and once I set foot on that unit I knew that this was my calling. I loved every minute I was there. There are only 2 hospitals in my area that have OB units and both frequently have positions open. I cannot tell you how many positions I have applied for and have never even gotten a phone call. I'm so frustrated! What does it take? Then to top it off...I was in orientation in Nov for my new job and there was a women sitting next to me who was hired for OB (a RN). I began talking to her and told her how much I wanted to work in OB someday and asked her where she has worked previously and she stated "I haven't I just graduated"....I was furious!! Why would they hire a new grad over someone who actually has experience?? Please if anyone can give some tips that may help me get into this area I would appreciate it. Anything special I could put on my resume/application? Any special certifications I could get without having OB experience. I'm planning on going on for my BSN..possibly starting this fall which I know may help. Any other advice??
Just hang in there ok? I also agree that you may need to take some time off for yourself. Just one day could make a HUGE difference. I wish I would have done that. I was like you...studying all the time and was SO stressed out. By the end of my first semester I was a basket-case and I ended up dropping out of the program. I didn't think I wanted to be a nurse anymore. But now I realize what I BIG mistake I made and I really do want to be nurse, more than anything. I'm now planning on going back and this time I will finish..I'm determined! So don't let this tough time get to you. Think about how happy you are going to be on your graduation day and what it'll be like to be able to put RN after your name, how proud you will feel . Just don't do what I did and give up. Because I really, really regret it now. But now I have set my mind to it and I know I will make it and I will be a nurse. So just hang in there and it'll all be over with before you know it. Hugs!!
I also forgot to add I was getting a B+ in the fundamentals and I know that's considered pretty good. So I'm not too worried about being able to pass. I know I could do it .
Ok here goes....I started the ADN program in Jan of this year. I was so excited and so happy about becoming a nurse. Then about mid-semester I lost all of my ambition and felt as if I was in the wrong field. BUT I was also suffering from an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression. I was in terrible shape....90 pounds my hair was falling out, my bones were sticking out, I would cry at the drop of a hat....so I dropped out of the program 3 weeks before the end of the semester. It was just too much for me to handle and at the time I blamed it on me no longer wanting to be a nurse. So I went back to school this fall semester as a psych major. But now I'm thinking about nursing school again. I really miss it now. I've gained some weight back and my ED and depression are no longer an issue. I also seen some of my old classmates at school the other day and it made me feel really down. And about everytime I see a nurse it depresses me. I feel as if I do really want this. Did any of you drop out of nursing school only to realize later that you missed it and you really did want it and you went back? I know the first time was just a really bad time for me. Among all of my other problems I had a 6 month old daughter at home and I was still adjusting to new motherhood. She's now 15 months and my little angel . One thing I am worried about is I do have a part-time job now which I didn't work before. I'm worried about having the time to do my homework plus time for my daughter too. I know how the reading is....I would read until my eyes were practically bugging out of my head! I have another question for all of you too. Why did you decide you wanted to be a nurse? What inspired you? How did you know it was for you? The time issue worries me alot. How many of you also have jobs and children? I also keep reassuring my self too that it's only 2 years and then I'm done. I feel as if I've already made my decision...I think I am going back. I just need some encouragement.
I'm SS nervous!!!! I've never worked in a hospital and I have no idea what to expect. I'm still not completely comfortable with taking BP's. I just really hope I do ok. I'm going to be a complete wreck that day!! :uhoh21:
What was in your opinion the hardest/worst class you've taken in nursing school (med-surg, peds, OB, fundamentals, geriatrics, etc.). What was the easiest? I'm a new student and only in the fundamentals so I can't answer but I'm just curious to know from some of your that are about finished or finished.
I study 2-4 hours a day. Not as much as some of you do but that's all I really need. If I studied more than that my brain with be overflowing with so much info it would explode and I wouldn't be able to remember anything. These past several days I haven't done much at all. Our first test covered 14 chapters, our second 10 but our third which is over 3 weeks away only covers 2??? They are longer but still that is a HUGE break compared to what we have been doing! In case your wondering I'm in the fundamentals. So I've just been relaxing these past several days or so and it's been SO nice. I've done some reading and I'm actually ahead. Right now we are on infection control and our next chapter is medication administration. They aren't hard chapters. The fundamentals so far hasn't been bad at all. Our last test was harder but I think I did ok. I know after the fundamentals things get much harder though. Ugh...I'm not looking forward to that at all!! Happy studying everyone!
I'm so happy!! I got a 92%. I missed 7 out of 98 questions. The test was challenging but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. My next test is the 23rd. I'm not going to let my good grade get to me though and make me think I don't have to study as hard next time cause I know that isn't always true. But I'm happy that at least I got a good start and getting that A really helped boost my confidence. Wish me luck on my next test and good luck to all of you getting ready for a big test!!!
On Monday I had my very first nursing exam (I'm in the fundamentals). It was challenging but not too bad. I think I did pretty good. I know I over studied a bit. On Sunday I studied from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed so yeah I overstudied, hopefully that didn't affect me too much. I feel alot better now though knowing what the tests are like and having an idea of how to study for them. I was an absolute nervous wreck before this exam. The next one hopefully I'll be a little less stressed. I start clinicals on March 3rd, which also happens to be my 20th birthday!! I'm really nervous about clinicals! We start on a med/surg unit. I have NO idea what to expect. I've never worked in a health care setting and have no experience in that area at all. So I'm nervous. What was your first clinical like?? I would like to hear some stories. Anyway, I'll hopefully get my grade back on Monday. I'll let you all know how I did.
I'm feeling alot better now about school. At first I was so stressed out and overwhelmed that I just felt like locking myself in a closet and crying for a few hours (in case you didn't read my first post I'm a new nursing student just started the fundamentals). Now I've come up with a study plan that seems to be working. I don't read every chapter word for word...it's not possible for me. I look them over and read anything I think is of importance and also go by my study guide. That is MUCH faster and more effective than reading EVERYTHING. Yesterday I studied for 3.5-4 hours but I'm also feeling a bit behind since I haven't been able to study much the past few days because of stress. I talked to someone who just graduated last May from the program that I'm in and she was a very good student and she told me she never read all the chapters in her books and she only went through and highlighted what was important and she did fine. So I know now that my program doesn't necessarily require you to read everything even though my instructors told me the first day that it was necessary. I imagine most instructors would tell their students that. I'm feeling so much better today. I still have alot of studying to do but just knowing how to effectively study now has taken a huge load off of me. I know this is going to be a stressful next couple of years but I'll be so glad that I did it once it's all over.
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