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Markis, ASN 1,131 Views

Joined: Aug 26, '09; Posts: 15 (40% Liked) ; Likes: 7
RN, ONC; from US
Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in Ortho, PICU

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    Accoriding to the Lexicomp here at work, they are not compatible.

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    The answer can vary greatly depending on the location of your new job and the facility you intend to work at. Some places pay more of differential for night shift than others.

    Good luck on your new career!

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    IMO, 3p-11p is the worst shift to work. Yous shift starts to early to do anything meaningful and ends too late to go out. Not to mention you have to work that god forsaken schedule 5 evenings/week. Plus as night shift, you get out of having to do your morning and evening med passes.

    GOod luck!:spin:

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    Quote from Mochafrap_RN
    Hi everyone!

    will i ever feel competent enough?? had other nurses felt the same way?? am i alone feeling this way??

    thank u for listening..

    Good News:
    All new nurses on meg/surg floors feel this way.

    Every thing you said sounded like it was coming from my mouth. I was only on orientation for 3 weeks before taking my own team. Every morning after I leave, I feel like I havent done everything I was supposed to or forgot to chart something. I work nights as well and I cant stand when I'm giving report and the seasoned nurses asked me if I did this or that paperwork or med rec or discharge summary. Of course they don't like me saying, "SUre I'll do it, just show me how real quick."

    After a month now things are still hard but I can feel myself getting a rhythm. My biggest step was to get organized and don't go offtrack (except for emegencies). Don't fret over asking questions, that is what charge nurses are there for.

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    sharpeimom likes this.

    Quote from Ted D
    I know it must be quieter. but what do you do all those hours while your patients sleep? file charts and just walk around?

    I'll let you know when all of my patients sleep, lol. Last night I was lucky and 3 of my 7 patients slept comfortably. At our hospital, patient load is greater for night shift nurses, and may times I have total care for my team.

    Your question assumes an ignorant myth about night shift, and has the tone that many day shift nurses convey about night shift.

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    Quote from daddysgirl19
    are there any free nclex review materials or sites that you can suggest?
    i just passed my boards and i found saunders q & a review for the nclex-rn examination book extremely helpful. i used the cd and it basically simulated the nclex. i did nearly 200 questions a day or so for a week. it allows you to choose questions from areas you want to study, and includes rationale.

    you may not see the questions on the test, but it gets you familiar with how the test is structured and if you take time to read the rationales you'll greatly expand your own knowledge base. best $50 ive ever spent. it's not free but it is worth it.


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    I am lucky enough to have a slow night here on the floor. I work on an orthopaedic med/surg floor and thurs/fri nights are always slow. Most of our surgeons schedule Mon/Tues surgeries so patients can go home by Friday.

    What area do you work in, and why do you love/hate it? Do you like late (or day) shift?

    I am new to hospital nursing and would love to explore the possibilities in the future, but I loooove 3rd shift. All you night owl day shifters are more than welcome to chip in.

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    Quote from kimby81
    I am a pre nursing student who is very excited about nursing. Yesterday I went to the doctor and had to have some blood drawn. I decided to watch this, being that I am going into nursing. The nurse was having a hard time finding a vein and was moving the needle around in my arm. It was uncomfortable, but not painful. All of a sudden I started to pass out. My mouth got dry and I was wet with sweat, and my hearing started to go. The rushed me over to the table and gave me water. I started to feel better and the doctor drew blood from my hand. My question is, Am I not cut out to be a nurse since I can't even watch them draw my own blood? This has never happened to me before, but I usually don't look. Please help!

    Thank you!
    I am a nurse and I:

    1) Can't watch sticks or surgeries (anything with blood + pain) on TV
    2) Pass out (you know - smelling salts) every time I get stuck
    3) Get grossed out by my dog's poop
    4) Cant's watch scary movies

    I have no problems when my patient's needs are on the line. I love nursing, and while I may be a baby off the clock, I am a beast at the bedside. You will amaze yourself as to what you can overcome when your passion to help those who need help is driving you

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    Erindel RN likes this.

    Ortho surgeon

    Elective surgeries only

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    Quote from mixedfruit
    a lot of them say RN license is required. Does that mean we don't have much of the chance because of it? Does anyone have any inputs? thank you!
    Nope. Go ahead and apply for the job. I got my job 2 months before I graduated, they just didnt let me start until I got my provisional license.

    For those of you still in school and participating in clinicals, get to know the nurse manager on the units where you are at. Sometimes just knocking on the door of the NM's office and introducing yourself can get a productive coversation going.

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    shana0 likes this.

    I wanted to be a registered nurse, but I opted to go to a career based school, get my LPN and then work as a nurse till I got my RN. Instead of sweating in retail for 40 hours a week, I was able to work as an LPN on the weekends and put myself through school.

    This route isn't for everyone, but looking back I think it was the best for me. I didn't have to wait 4 years to start nursing, only one. If I wanted to stop and work as an LPN for a year and see if it was right, I could have, but now I am working towards a BSN. It still will take me 4 years but my experience is vastly different than if I would have gone to a four year school.

    Good luck!

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    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.

    I worked as an LPN in LTC for a year while I put my self through school. 32 hour weekends (2 X 16 hour shifts) for a year. I had not one weekend where everyone scheduled showed up, not a single one. I think this policy you describe would have prevented this at my facility, and I applaud where you work for implementing it.

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    I work on an ortho unit at a hospital in downtown Louisville. We are right across the street from the big children's hospital in town.

    I will NEVER work peds. ever. I have never experienced a worse field in which to pursue my passion. The kids cannot be placated, the parents are nuts, and the tragedies are multiplied ten fold.

    That being said, mucho props to the good pediatric nurses in the house; the work you all do is tremendous and awe-inspiring.

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    I am a new grad from an ADN course, and I was curious the best route for me to become a Nurse Practitioner. I would say that in terms of personal priority, speed > cost > prestige of any college I attend.


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    I just graduated in June, and I got on at one of the better hospitals in town by going to the units and meeting the Nurse Managers in person. By doing this I was able to get a feel for the units and put myself out there.

    I stayed away from just hunting the online postings. I only applied online after I was directed to do so by the hiring NM. I love my unit, and I think by hitting the road and shaking hands, I was able to find a good match. Go back to some units where you did clinicals and maybe met the manager or made an impression on some of the regular floor nurses.

    Don't give up!