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    I accepted the offer. I am excited that it will be a great experience! Although I have a feeling that work-life balance might be something that I will have to sacrifice...

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    I interviewed with HCR Manorcare this week and I am waiting to hear back from them. In the mean time, I read many posts on this forum and noticed that ADON is not 40 hrs/week type of job. Bummer!

    How many hours do you typically work each week as a ADON?

    And if you could also share what makes you enjoy your job, it would be great!

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    I interviewed with HCR Manorcare this week and I am waiting to hear back from them. In the mean time, I read many posts on this forum and noticed that ADON is not 40 hrs/week type of job. Bummer!

    How many hours do you typically work each week as a ADON?

    And if you could also share what makes you enjoy your job, it would be great!

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    1. Will MSN in NI better equip me as a NI compared to obtaining graduate certificate in health informatics?
    2. I see many job postings that prefer RNs with MSN in NI - what will be a job prospect if one decides to go for graduate certificate instead of a masters degree?

    I am basically asking which route will better prepare me as NI.

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    rninformatics likes this.

    Hi, I've been reading all of threads in this forum and they were very helpful.
    However, I am still unsure if getting masters in nursing informatics is more beneficial than going for a graduate certification in health informatics.

    Any opinions?

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    I believe a lot of issues are arising because people who shouldn't be managing are becoming managers.
    It almost seems like they are playing dumb when it comes to staffing issues and safe patient care. Whenever I hear a term "customer satification" during staff meetings, it makes me wonder since when did hospitals become "hotels?" Since when did patients become "customers?" We got new flat screen TVs in each of patient's rooms and yet we can't hire more nurses, techs, and other support staff because of low budget? Give me a break! I am so sick of hearing "we need to improve our customer satisfaction rate"! Our focus should be providing safe and effective nursing care to our patients, not fluffing their pillows!!!!

    Sorry, I just had to vent.

    Don't give up on nursing though. Think about what you can do as a nurse in different clinical settings.
    Or... you can go back to school to study nursing administration and become a true leader that we all want!

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    Hi there! Congratulations on getting through nursing school! Well, almost!
    Being a fairly new nurse myself, I don't think you need to start from med/surg in order to gain experience. I tell my friends who are still in nursing school to choose carefully where they start their first career as a nurse. I applied for critical care residency program and started working in PCU because I eventually wanted to end up in ICU. I recommend starting out in tele or step-down unit since you'll be able to get good experience in caring for maybe not "critically ill" patients but patients who are "sick enough" to be on different drips and need lots of critical thinking/decision making on your part to intervene in various situations.

    But you know, there are lots of other "variables" that play huge role in helping new grads become competent clinicians in ICU (or any areas in nursing). Just like MissBecky said in earlier post, you've got to have strong support from your unit - solid residency program for new grads (this is especially true for new grads starting out in critical care area), well-arounded preceptors/mentors, continued support from management and colleagues, nursing educator dedicated to your unit who REALLY cares about your professional growth, and etc. Make sure you do research and ask appropriate questions to recruiters before you make any decisions.

    Good luck on your NCLEX and job hunting!

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    PCU = telemetry in my dictionary.

    I work in PCU, not med/surg tele.

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    Hi! I've read a bunch of threads regarding CCRN examination but I still haven't found my answer yet.
    I have tele experience only and I'd like to know if I'd be able to pass CCRN without ICU experience.
    AACN's eligibility criterias sound somewhat vague to me as well. I know taking PCCN is more appropriate for me at this point but if I am eligible to take CCRN without ICU experience, I'd definitely take CCRN, not PCCN. Maybe this is a question that I need to direct to AACN...

    Has anyone without ICU experience taken CCRN exam?

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    celticgirl likes this.

    I completely agree with Bluegrass on taking "bottom up" approach. I've worked on tele floor and I know it's difficult to take full 30 minute break when you have very sick patients who keep you busy all night long and yet you just don't feel comfortable handing them off to someone while you are taking a break. Like a few people have already said, if something goes wrong with your patient while you are off for a break, you will still be liable for what happened. This was one of the reasons why I never took full 30 minute break when I worked on the floor.

    Try to listen to your staff and figure out what will work best for them instead of "pushing down" new rules. That way, you will be able to decrease resistance and make your staff feel like their voice is heard. As a staff nurse, I hate it when the management tries to implement new policies that are supposed to make our working environment better and yet they create more problems because they fail to listen to their staff!

    Good luck!

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    Wow. I never realized there'd be such a huge gap in pay...
    I work in Fredericksburg, VA and make $27/hr w/o differential. I am fresh out of school and with differential for working nights I make $30-31/hr with weekend night differential of $8...

    I feel that nurses are wayyyyyyy underpaid for the work we do.
    $13/hr??? come on!! give me a break!!! ;(

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    Thank you for your quick response Just_Cause!

    If you have 4 year commitment with USPHS and after 2 years you decide to join the Army. Can you do that?

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    Can you transfer to Army if you decide later on? If so, how complicated is the process?

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    Thank you guys for your responses. In speaking to my clinical instructor, she said critical care experience will definitely help a lot with preparing to become a FNP. She also added that although a lot of people may have different opinions but starting out on med/surg unit will give me confidence in time management and seeing patients with various types of illnesses with different levels of acuity will help me understand pathophysiology... do you agree with her?

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    Anyone?? :icon_roll


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