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    1). Can someone tell me what it's like to be a dialysis RN?
    2). What are the positives and negatives of this profession?

    I am considering a change.

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    Can someone tell me what it's like to be a dialysis RN? What are the positives and negatives of this profession? I am considering a change.

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    Cookiechu90 and LadyFree28 like this.

    Great article, and great advice! I have seen this work over and over again. You absolutely do not have to work in a hospital after getting your license.

    My first job was as a RN coordinator for a clinical study. I still did some assessment work, learned their EMR systems and so much more.

    The more important aspect of wherever you work is "What are the transferable skills" i.e. assessment, time management, drug safety, communication with health team, labs, wound care, communication with family/friends, admission, discharge, and so on. All these skills are applicable when you present yourself for that hospital position dream job. Good Luck!

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    Yes, unfortunately there are some of these types of nursing instructors out there. My school had one of these. She would pick out a person at the beginning of clinical and would fabricate or embellish scenarios to fail them. The school was very well aware of her behavior and yet tolerated it with the attitude that it was very difficult to get clinical instructors at this level. She had a solid performance record of failing one student per session and made a point of telling students that she teaches at another college where only the best students are allowed to take her courses. It's curious to me that these types of instructors never question there own performance when failing a student each semester. Never question if they could have supported, interacted, instructed that student stronger to bring them to a place of desired performance. The students in my program were all overachievers with excellent academic histories. I will say that eventually something happened to get the Dean of Nursing involved and finally the situation has changed and that particular instructor is not longer teaching at the program. Most students don't push the situation up the chain of command where they may find a different outcome. I'm sorry you are experiencing this. I wish you the best. If there is a way to make an appointment with the Dean you may consider that. It worked for someone I knew and was just what she needed, to get out of the clinical group of this particular instructor and into another one, until that particular phase of the program where the instructor taught was completed.

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    Nurse2b7337 and NRSKarenRN like this.

    I remember that feeling. I'm so sorry you are going through this. The best thing you can do is continue to work toward your goal. For example, register for a CNA course and pass that exam. I also found some volunteering opportunities, retirement homes, hospice care. In these capacities you will be in a "volunteer" role but you will still be dealing with patients which will continue your familiarity and ease in working with patients. Whatever subject you did not pass find a tutor usually offered through your school. Keep yourself involved in the healthcare field in some capacity until you can get back into a program. Of the many veteran nurses I've spoken to I continually hear that some of the best nurses they've worked with had failed some portion of a nursing program and came back that much stronger. You have to really want this. If you do, then find ways to strengthen your process through the program. Reach out for help when you are struggling. I found a tutor for my ICU theory class that was so helpful. If you plan to reapply to the program see if there is a counselor at the school you can talk to. Perhaps they have some suggestions for reference books, websites to help you with understanding subjects you are struggling with. Ex: Ed 4 nurses you tube helped me understand ABG's better.

    Remember this is just the 1st challenge you will face. Nursing school is tough but you can do it if you want it bad enough. Don't give up!

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    Red35 likes this.

    I wanted to add that I did get tutors for any subject I wasn't really comfortable with. It made a world of difference. Many times they've even taken the course with the same professor which really helps because they know the teaching style, the material expected, and the testing style. Whatever you do don't give up now. Sometimes we are tested in life to see how deep our convictions are, how bad do you want this? You can do this. Reach out for help to get you through the rough spots and you'll make it.

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    I would urge you to reconsider the BSN program as this is the push in the medical industry. If you have a previous degree you may qualify for an accelerated program. These are often designed for students with a degree in an unrelated subject. They usually require several prereqs so will give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the new terms, subjects, etc…. The HESI booked helped. Most people like to review their math and earth sciences. Good luck, and don't let anyone spoil your dream. It's all you now.

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    RN2BKT likes this.

    I agree Jenn1229. I love getting both newer RN grads (they won't assign the really new RN grads) and I especially love the nurses who have seen and experienced so much and want to teach. I try to enter these situations like a sponge. I do whatever I can to help/assist my nurse, to anticipate ways I might be of help. I try to compensate for the time she is taking working/teaching me. This is a second career for me so I take nothing for granted. All the RN's out there that are the great teachers, thank you. We sign your praises at Post conference and on our group Facebook page (private).

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    RN2BKT and sistasoul like this.

    AtivanIM, I love your response.

    While I do agree "to a point" that all moments can be teaching moments, unfortunately, some of the teaching moments are an example of how to NOT handle a situation. I don't think seniority gives anyone the right to be deliberately mean, cruel, and rude. Why in the world would you go into this profession if you did not have a inordinate amount of patience and understanding? If anyone should "get over themselves" it is the nurses who are "eating their young." No excuse for this period! Frankly, I think some people are just burnt out and lashing out because they know they can get away with it. There doesn't seem to be any repercussions for their behavior and bad attitudes.

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    Thank you for posting these Brain Sheets, they are excellent. I am always grateful to experienced RN's who willingly share and help educate the students and new RN grads coming into the field. Your kindness and knowledge are so appreciated.

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    All good advise thanks so much. I am an older student and do work through lunches/breaks, participate in everything I can, ask to see and participate in everything they will let me. I am really looking forward to this rotation. I looked up 1/2 life of pitocin and most references say 3-5 minutes hope that's correct. I pray I get a buddy nurse like you who will allow me to do as much as they feel safe with. I love nursing, I've waited a long time for this (yes, second career). I make the most of my clinicals and have stayed over may times to see or finish a procedure I was allowed to watch or participate in. I want to thank all the great nurses out there that enjoy teaching new nurses. You absolutely make the difference in whether it's a great experience or not. I want you to know for those of you that take the time or give an appropriate push or word of encouragement, your praises are sung at post conference. So many times someone has said I want to be like this nurse when I get my license she was wonderful to work with and taught me so much. So thank you to all of you, we are very appreciate of your patience and your extra efforts.

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    I'm starting my Maternity Clinical Rotation and was wondering if you could tell me what kinds of things experienced RN's wish new nursing students knew before starting this rotation. I'd like to feel as though I was hindering my buddy nurse. Are there particular reference material etc... I could review before this clinical?

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    [font=times]i have taken the year to gain my cna, acls, and iv certifications. i held my head up and attended my friends pinning, graduation ceremony and parties. you have to reflect when this happens to you and be peaceful in the knowledge that we do not always understand what is happening in our lives, but it's happening for a reason. perhaps it will not be clear for years to come. i also firmly believe that you must never let "1 person" derail your dream. know in your heart that you are meant to be in this chosen profession. when i took my state board for cna the last state examiner said to me "you are going to be a wonderful nurse" i told her i had a horrendous experience in my mcaiii clinical. she was so kind and said that unfortunately there are a few nurses like this in the profession who make it their goal to crush the spirits of nursing students because it feeds their ego. she said to keep persevering and learn from those golden nurses who do love to teach and who have not forgotten that they too were once a nursing student.

    i do feel quite sad that the new batch of students who i have reentered the program with will go innocently into this clinical rotation with this icu clinical instructor to only be chewed up and spit out. i wish i had the power to derail this but i can't. i can only be there for these follow students and pray that they make it through this set of classes. i swear, god willing if i am ever in a position to stop someone like this from hurting another student i will. to all those other students out there, do not give up, dust off your nursing shoes and go back after your dream! study hard, do everything in your power to succeed and know that it is not 1 person's opinion that will determine your future. you have the power to make it happen, you have to keep the faith, believe and take another leap of faith that all will work out in the end. that you will come out the other end that much stronger a nurse because you had to try twice as hard to earn that rn. god bless and know there are others out there going through exactly what you are now. it gets better, you will graduate, and they will call you …. nurse.

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    I just found out I didn't pass the ICU Clinical portion even though I was holding a good grade in the theory. I have been through a the semester from hell with my clinical instructor. I was feeling so beaten down. No matter how much I prepared it was never good enough. When I asked other students about their experiences, no one was going through this kind of scrutiny. Keep trying to have a positive attitude, but it's hard seeing the rest of my cohort go on to finish this program. I have to wait until next year to restart the program at the ICU clinical rotations. I am going to try to audit a couple of classes to keep current on pharm, patho etc... Any advise out there how to handle difficult clinical instructors and how anyone has dealt with this situation?

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    mschris and tiredstudentmom like this.

    I wanted to thank all of you for these posts above. I just found out I didn't pass the ICU Clinical portion even though I was holding a good grade in the theory. I have been through a the semester from hell with my clinical instructor. I was feeling so beaten down. No matter how much I prepared it was never good enough. When I asked other students about their experiences, no one was going through this kind of scrutiny. These posts really helped. I can pull it together and go after my dream again. Thanks!