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  • Jan 13 '13

    Quote from isitpossible
    as i receive rejection after rejection for nursing jobs, i feel the need to apologize to nurse recruiters/managers who overlook my bsn because i lack patient care tech experience.

    i am sorry i could not afford to take a job as a tech making 7 an hour. you see while attending school part-time, i needed to maintain a home, equipped with mortgage payments, children and all the other responsibilities of wife and mother.

    i m sorry you cant see that i carried a gpa over 3.0 even with the all the responsibilities i have.

    i’m sorry that you cant see that for past 2 years of nursing school, i stayed up late each night studying or preparing care plans while working 40 hours a week.

    i’m sorry that you can’t see how i worked tirelessly in every aspect of my life to obtain a second degree.

    i’m sorry that you can’t see that despite a lack of patient care experience i am mature, driven, focused, ambitious and hard working.

    i’m sorry that you can’t see that i passed by nclex exam with 75 questions in under one hour. not because of exceptional knowledge, because i studied tirelessly!

    i’m sorry that you can’t see how i was complimented time and time again by not only my clinical instructors but more importantly the patients who i cared for. i wish you could hear the amount of times a patient or the family said “you are going to be great nurse.”
    i’m really sorry you can’t see past this lack of experience and have formed a judgment against me before knowing me.

    i’m really sorry you can’t see past this lack of experience and have formed a judgment against me before knowing me.
    all these things do not matter in the real nursing world. these things count in the nursing school and if you go on for your master's. sorry, you lack patient care experience. go get some then reapply if you want to. i would just go somewhere else. all that matters to this job is patient experience. maybe there will be other jobs, other places. you never know. if the job said experience nurse they mean patient experience, not what you did in school.
    it is sad, it is tragic. but the honors and hard work you put into getting a nursing degree doesn't matter. eventually, you will find a job. i wish you all of the luck in the world. i probably get blasted for this post, that i didn't say i'm sorry you didn't get the job and hugs. the one thing that i am sorry about is that your instructors didn't condition you for the rejection you will get when you go for a job. nursing schools are making a mint off of people that think there is a great nursing shortage. there isn't. there is a shortage of experience nurses but not of graduate nurses.

  • Jan 8 '13

    Quote from jules a
    lol, merrywidow46, i didn't even think to mention the fact that we are kind of ghetto here in b'more. it is an acquired taste. :d
    very true. it was even a bit of a culture shock for me to go from being a tech at a community hospital in the suburbs to being in a hospital that's actually in the city now.

  • Jan 8 '13

    lol, merrywidow46, i didn't even think to mention the fact that we are kind of ghetto here in b'more. it is an acquired taste. :d

  • Jan 8 '13

    Where are you coming from? Rural, Urban, City, Small Town? Many come to Baltimore and find that it isn't for them because of the INNER CITY ENVIRONMENT. Are you a well seasoned nurse or new grad who's never been away from friends and family. Will you have a support system in town? All these considerations should go into your decision making process. I came from Philly to Hopkins 25 years ago and it was "Culture Shock" even though I worked in a Large Medical School affiliated Teaching Hospital in the Inner City. Baltimore is just VERY different than other places.

    I've worked in both facilities, not ER at Hopkins but OR, PACU, IMCU, Transplant, Oncology. Worked UMMC and Shock Trauma. Both are inner city, trauma no longer is "TRUE" trauma, but now includes the "knife and gun club" gang as well. As a previous poster noted, both facilities have the attitude that you are lucky to be working there. Now that UMMC has achieved "Magnet" status they are much more uppity. VP of Nursing at UMMC came from Hopkins and brought their mileu with her, so either will be the same. Hopkins is a "TOUGH" ER gig. I've done ER since the 1970's and would NEVER do it at either Hopkins or UMMC. Good Luck in your decision making. Let us know how it works for you.

  • Jan 8 '13

    I have almost a year experience with cardiac and med/surg floors and the Hospice place that I've been wanting to get into since I graduated last year still is very reluctant to hire me. "We're worried about your lack of experience," even though I worked as an LPN for 2 & 1/2 years before getting my RN in a long-term care setting with Hospice residents.

    Their reasoning is that you are on your own. There is no one there looking over your shoulder and making sure you are doing it right. No one there to run to when you patient is agonizing because they can't breathe. Then there is the trust your patients will lose in you when they see that you don't know what you are doing, so they request for another nurse.

    The other issue is that new grads tend to burn out faster (or so they say) because they are not only emotionally strained but mentally have to learn what an experienced nurse already knows (i.e. patient is constipated what do you get them, patient is already on Roxinal put pain is not controlled what do you do next, pt has an open wound that has a very strong odor and you need something to minimize that smell, what do you order?) Then you got to deal with the psychological issues of the families who are not ready for their loved one to die, or the opposite: the family is ready but the patient isn't anymore and changes his/her mind about dying.

    I too went into nursing school to be a Hospice nurse. I never even heard of the word "Hospice" until my Mother passed away under their services 8 years ago. The Hospice nurse who took care of her is the reason why I went to nursing school in the first place. But I have a little less than a year of Med/Surg/cardiac acute care experience, is it enough??? I sometimes ask myself that same question, especially when I learn something new every day I work. I hate my Med/surg job and hate that I have to spread myself thin among 6 - 7 patients, but if this is what I need to do to be a better Hospice nurse so that I can give them the BEST nursing care possible, then so be it...I'll just try again next year!

  • Jan 8 '13

    Working hospice was one of the biggest blessing of my nursing career. As an LPN, I have worked both residental and home health hospice. My family and friends thought I was crazy; they thought it had to be the most depressing job in the world.
    I tried to explain what a privilege it was that the patient and their families allowed me to share that time with them. I literally got to love the patient to death.
    While working in some fields, no matter what you did or how much you gave it was never enough. Not so with hospice patients and families; they appreciate everything you do for them. You know that you have made a difference!
    I have helped them select what they would be buried in, helped them write their obits, held their hand when they drew their last breath and helped load them in the hearst.
    When I knew they were going to bleed out, I wrapped them in red towels just on the slight chance that in those few seconds it took them to bleed out, I didn't want them to be scared (I also didn't want their families tramatized by it either). Whatever they needed is what I did. My first obligation was to my patient and then to their families.
    Hospice isn't just a job. Hospice is a calling. You will either love or you will run screaming from it.
    Prior to working hospice, I thought death was the worst possible thing that could happen to a person. I know now what a blessing it can be. I have witnessed some of the most beautiful, loving passing. I never stood at the foot of the bed because I always felt that was the angels place.
    I pray that you will be as blessed by working hospice as I was!

  • Jan 8 '13


    I am a current Accelerated BSN student here at Hopkins and may be able to help a little. Just to give you a heads up, we learned in orientation this week that there is no on campus parking in the garages surrounding the hospital (which goes for somewhere in the $120- $160/month range). There is 'satellite' lot parking available for $70/month which is about 1-2 miles from the hospital and you ride a shuttle to the campus. There is very, very limited street parking but then you have to run the risk of vandalism, etc... However, if you are working nights or weekends you can park in the garages for free!

    Onto your question, you mentioned a couple of areas: Fells, Canton, and Fed Hill. Now these are all my opinions...

    Fells: Older area, still going through gentrification but would be my ideal spot to live. There are tons of row houses and the bar/weekend scene has many, many options with a tendency toward a more chill, mixed crowd. There is a pretty good farmers market on Saturdays in the warmer months. A lot of street parking because the older homes don't have garages and depending on how close you live to Broadway you can catch the CCC green line for free which stops right in front of 'the dome' (the old hospital). Has both 'good' and 'bad' areas so its essential to get the right location. The closer you are to Butcher's or Washington Hills means closer to the hospital and much more walkable if you choose to do so.

    Canton: Way more newer than Fells and much more upscale IMHO. More $$$ too versus Fells. There are a lot more chain type restaurants and places here too, but it borders right on Fells so it is easy to get to and from both areas. A lot more newer construction and that is why the prices are a little higher. Very little in the way of public transportation in Canton to the hospital, basically the MTA buses. Also probably a tad safer overall than Fells which can be a tad sketchy unless you are right on the water front where there are lots of tourists. Canton is probably the most 'yuppy' of the areas but has a pretty good nightlife with tons of bars around Canton Square (along with possible Michael phelps sightings since he lives in the area).

    Fed Hill: I am least familiar with this area but from what I've heard its the most "brah-y" (aka fratty) area of Baltimore, lol. Lots of bars and restaurants too but is the furthest from the hospital. You can always buy a monthly metro pass and take the subway into the hospital but you would need to take the CCC purple line to Charles station first.

    Also consider Mt. Vernon too. It is a lot more hipster than the other three areas and has an amazing art scene. In addition, you get the mix of old and new construction that is going on. There is the CCC purple line you can take to the Metro which has a stop in the basement of the hospital and is very convenient especially when it is cold outside. Also there is the JHU shuttles which are free for the staff to/from the hospital all the way up to Charles Village via Charles St.

    FYI I live in the 'student housing' right up the street from the hospital so I usually walk to class and the hospital whenever I need. It has some drawbacks but the proximity kinda clears the table here. Good luck with your search and new job. I don't have access to messaging since my account was deleted due to inactivity but pm if you want and I can give you my email if you have any other questions about the hospital or Baltimore.

    Happy New Year!

  • Jan 8 '13

    I'm a new grad RN (BSN) fresh outta school, not even a month, and I got offers at UMMC Shock Trauma and Hopkins. Did not have a problem at all, very easy process. While applying & searching jobs, I found many openings. I don't think you should have a problem!

  • Oct 11 '12

    Quote from CrunchRN
    How bizarre

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    Relax. I work for a university teaching hospital. We are a level one trauma center. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times. You will learn when it's ok to ask and the times not to ask questions. Follow what you advisor for each service tells you. Each one has a lot of tricks and you can learn them if you watch. Always remember you are working as a team for the patient. You have a lot of new book knowledge but now you learn how to put it to work. You will have some times that you will break down. You are not alone and everyone has done it. Talk with the people you work with. They will help. That is and should be our profession.
    You will do great. Relax and learn.

  • Oct 9 '12

    Thanks for all the wonderful questions!! I have interview tmrw morning for
    Case Manager position. I am leaving the crazy world of Dialysis in hopes of
    something more gratifying. Wish me luck!!!!!

  • Oct 9 '12

    It is very normal. I have been with close to a hundred patients in my 22 years as a nurse. Worked Hospice for a while, and I think it shows how much you care and I would MUCH rather have a nurse that is tearful an emotional than one that does not care.

  • Oct 9 '12

    For me ABSOLUTELY. The longer I am in it the more I love it.

    I am glad that I did med/surg then ICU , CVRU etc..and then moved on to positions that were easier physically.I spent about 4-5 yrs in each field. It kept me fresh and cheerful.

    I work in cardiac rehab now and do teaching in the hospital also.
    Now 20 yrs in I have found a place where I have the time to give the pt the type of teaching that you are taught to do in nursing school

    My focus now is different I try to empower pt,family and the younger nurses coming in.

    I am saddened that there has become so much paperwork pt are losing out. Yet,it can be done.

    Mostly I have learned to accept people as they are.

    I have mostly been in cardiac and I believe in the heart.

    I love also love to teach as it shows me the gaps in my own learning and for the most part students optimism lifts me.

    Dying pt have my deepest love and I look forward to ending my career in hospice.

    Nursing provided a forum where I could meet people at the level of heart and I express best my own spirit

  • Oct 9 '12

    Make a conscious choice to be there for nurses coming behind you and renew that promise annually.(that has helped me a lot )

    Explore all of nursing that way you will remain fresh

    When your getting hyper critical its the 1st sign of boredom or burn out. Listen to it,move to the next area and keep learning.

    Being an N/P would be fantastic. Go all the way if it speaks to you. Choosing N/P or MSN is more about 'What is your goal? "

    Choose not to perpetuate the myth nurses "eat their young" or are mean. Few people are their best self when tired.

    Be part of the solution make it a goal that neither of these things will be YOUR story.

    The very best of luck to you.

    Being resilient is profitable to your practice.: