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    Quote from 2k15NurseExtern4u
    If it will last, feels good, and looks even better I'LL PAY FOR IT. lol thanks again, cracklin'.
    So, update on what worked for you in the end?
    I'm a guy, but have the same problem. Either too short our too baggy. Or fitted for female nurses :-(

    Any ideas out there?

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    Quote from BiotoBSN
    For all the inpatient staff at my hospital- If we are scheduled to work and there is a predicted major snowstorm, we are expected to sleep over the night before (for dayshift) or get there in the morning or prior to it getting bad and nap at the hospital (for nightshift). If we are back the next day or night, its a given that we will just sleep there.
    Call outs for snow/weather are not tolerated.
    Now! If we are done our shift and dont have to be back, you better believe every single person attempts to make it home so they dont have to sleep there unnecessarily!!!
    Administrators usually are there with food (or at least hot chocolate/coffee) thanking us for coming to work which is always appreciated.
    What if you are a single parent, or have dependants to take care off at home can't afford to spend an extra night before just available shift next day?

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    RatedR22 likes this.

    Quote from RatedR22
    I actually went to one of my clinical sites earlier today and they told me that because of their Union I would have at least needed 6 months experience... But what she also told me was that honestly their orientation is about a week long, which I know that I'd be very overwhelmed and probably wouldn't feel very comfortable for a long time. I guess some things happen for a reason.
    Sure, but any 'brand new' employee has to begin somewhere. years back as a CNA it took me 2-3 weeks to get 'comfy in my scrubs'. way past the orientation week. So guess what? the other CNAs have been very understanding, and picked up my misses and messes even though we were understaffed. But when I finally got situated, I was able to help them back, help other newbies, and we were a that much stronger team!

    When a place wants to hire, they do so. Many places prefer a brand new nurse, not yet corrupted by sub-par work ethics. I was actually interviewed to be a floor manager once. Me! A brand new lpn!! Without any stated experience of running subordinates!!! (well, I had done tons of other things in life, and my resume showed some. Basicaly Just sayin' that when pay's big , they will stretch themselves thin to invest. and brand new sometimes spells quality.)

    Unions do suk sometimes... We are digging our own bureaucratic grave.

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    arborguy likes this.

    It's one thing that one or 2 people commented as they had about students being lazy. But to have folks, one after the other line up and say the same one-liner? sometimes twice?? really???
    What happened to the 'Like' button? it stresses that One agrees with a specific post and saves One the trouble of restating the idea.

    Let's recognize that sometimes we (myself including) just like pointing out others' inefficiencies to (maybe) feel better. Kick that innocent dog because the boss poked at us.

    It also occurs to me that only ONE person apologized for having judged this wrong. So as OP has said, "Your responses alone have highlighted a cultural problem."
    But i may be mistaking. I'll re-read the tread :P

    from arborguy

    I get that students have asked for homework help. Why post if you have nothing to contribute. Move on. I graduated 16 years ago and intended on an adult discussion. A problem in nursing is cynical prudes.
    8:54 pm by roser13

    Seriously, what are you hoping to gain from your post?

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    We live in times of stress, I get it. But even when students make new accounts just to ask stupid questions... Well, if they took the time to make an account maybe the question is not so stupid for THEM.
    Times have changed, and while way back I'd spend a day in the library researching a topic, or a night with a chalk board trying to figure out how to solve a physics problem for an upcoming quiz, today challenges are different. Some teachers are less available to answer all questions. the schedules are busier. There's a greater need to work'n learn, and own a cellphone (or what not).
    It's easy for us to say that ppl should be X or Y or Z, but recall your own experience when someone made time for you, or 'nicely' explained how such or other behavior was inappropriate.

    While in RN school a few years back (change in careers for me) I was surprised to see that... mmm... +50% in a class of 30 had barely high-school knowledge of mathematics. and that, on the 2nd level of the program(!) many couldn't solve for X in "rule of 3" type problems.
    (we did that in 3rd grade in my country. But, mind you, we had a much better incentive to learn how to do it: got it wrong? you were beaten by the teacher)

    So for the above example, how do these guys can catch up? the prof is busy with the curriculum. every class has new stuff adding up. those students weren't as computer savvy as to google math helping websites to learn on their own... maybe they stumbled on allnurse. com and thought that birds of the same feather flock...

    Which brings me to the topic of cliques and bullying. coz hey, it's Us, the Sourdoughs of the forum vs Them - the new, 1-2 posts members...

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    RatedR22 likes this.

    I'm in Michigan. I've applied to many! places, but just like you never heard from them. And although everyone is screaming about nurse shortage, the only nursing home that replied to my application and interviewed me was offering a night shift (they actually have several night shift rn/lpn vacancies, and I know as a fact that it's a really hard one). I declined that offer, as I was working at that time In a different industry and wasn't willing to trade the comfort of an easier schedule to the dread of being a brand new lpn practically alone on a night floor... even if better paying.

    However I was luckier with Nome nursing.
    But I must say sometimes a little networking really helps: After a year of looking for jobs while working in that unrelated industry, I began volunteering 1 day a week at my PCP doc's office. The MA girls there were awesome and taught me tons of clinical (and non clinical, lol!) stuff... then one day the Doc refered me to a "in network" HomeCare company that was looking to hire.
    So yes, don't despair, and if you have time to spare, try volunteering somewhere where you ALREADY know people... at the very least that will look good on your resume.

    Someone also suggested rural areas... I think it's an awesome idea! even from the fact that folks, (patients and team alike) are usually much nicer, cheerful, and appreciative farther from cities. I know it first hand, and from being told by many healthcare professionals. Personaly I will definetly look into that as soon as my schedule clears out.

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    toekneejo likes this.

    Not usually but in times of emergency, it does happen. I've worked as the LVN, the tech, and the sitter: it depends on what the needs of the unit are and what the priority is. Patient safety always come first.

    It's also better to keep the RN free and tie the CNA to sitting...because should there be a crisis, the RN who is "CNA for a day" can act as a RN if needed; though the CNA is capable of doing a lot, they are unable to assume all RN duties. Also, a sitter is a 1:1 job, so should there be a code/incident on the floor, in most facilities the sitter will be unable to leave their post to help.
    Thank you for explaining the rationals behind the duty switches!
    This explains the OP's question really well and provides insight beyond the "it's ok, that happens sometimes" line.

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    twinkletoes53 and CT Pixie like this.

    This is awesome!
    Thank you for pointing out the good things those gals do for us, students!
    It's so easy to overlook these little things over our insecurities, programs' schedules, upcoming tests, homeworks and other running-arounds, and focus on the rough spots. But it's those little things that give us the so much needed practical skills and know how...
    Just at the last clinical, this nurse looked for me for almost 10 mins all around the rehab, to show me how to do the dialysis pt care (although we'll have it only next semester).
    They are awesome!

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    manim1 likes this.

    Awesome! great attitude, keep it up (and down with the distractions)!!!

    I haven't deleted my fb, I have too many pics on it that I want to be able to access from when ever I'm... Kinda like free storage. I only check in every 6 mos or so to update my privacy filters. But otherwise that's been 2 years and 3 months that I didn't set foot (or rather mouse) in there! I do miss check-chatting with my friends, but as busy as school gets now, I can hardly find time to answer to text messages; the less important ones, at least.
    And I can't remember when I last watched a movie. I prefer to bike in the park pulling the kids in their trailer... Can't do all at once, and as someone mentioned, with some things, you never get a second chance to do them. Prioritizing, they call it!

    Welcome to the community, GainSchool4LPN

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    A day to school easily costs me 20 bucks! (that's $100/week in gas)
    And I'd be lucky if I had a choice of public transportation, even if a slow one... I'd at leastbe able to sleep/study on the bus/train... here I'm just stuck behind the wheel, fighting off the "zzz's" on the highway.

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    ...we often madeout in various place up until my friend found out & reported him because he's no good for me. This guy goes after every female in my work, he truely is a pig & I recently found out he is married with children. Ive heard about him being with people from other housekeepers to nursing staff & how he would go to empty rooms or anywhere quiet to have sex with him. ...
    eww... I mean, even besides the HAIs, wouldn't one worry about STDs???

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    That is so true. It takes me more than 3 hours to get to my college. That's six hours every day.
    Gosh! How do you study then?
    I'm 65 miles from my school, that's about 1 to 1:30 hours driving depending on traffic, and by the time I return home i'm feel like I've been through a washing machine cycle... Sometimes, before a test I'd stay in a library near my school with a study group till 8pm. Then I drive home for a quick nap, pack a new lunch and go back...
    Still didn't burn out:flamesonbLOL

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    Quote from MN-Nurse
    They used to. In diploma programs.

    As opposed to in degrees programs?
    What do u mean?

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    JCast87 and RNintraining72 like this.

    Talk face to face to some nurses who work. Ask them to inquire to their DONs or assist DONs. Some of them may know nurses that graduated from that school and give you a more balanced answer.
    And DO talk to the last level students! ask them about their experiences. Nothing beats the advice from insiders that are in the same boat as you!!!

    You need to feel comfortable while learning and sure of yourself, however many have said that schools today seldom provide enough training for their graduate to feel comfy on a brand new job. That comes with experience. About 1 year of experience.

    If you feel that you can NCLEX with your current school, then stay and finish it. You'll be a year+ ahead in experience over this other college. You can always brush up on your skills and theory studying by yourself (even though there's little time)
    practice NcleX questions online and in KAPLAN type study guides... Really!
    It's a tough choice you have, pal, but stick it if you can. Please, do more research.
    And that accreditation point someone made, is a serious one. Find out; it's definetly worth considering.

    Much luck!

    (Keep us posted on how it goes, ok?)

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    Susie2310 likes this.

    12:12 pm by
    been there,done that
    quote from mn-nurse
    it's called paying your dues. pony up, baby! you'll get that caring job you want, but you have to dig a few ditches first.

    what, you wanted the whole dream laid at your feet 7 months in?
    sheesh,,, munch much?]

    been there done that i'm totally serious when i ask this-do you consider mn-rns reply to be a case of nurses eating their young and/or an example of bullying?
    to be fair, there's too little info here to tell us whether mn-nurse's bulling or just giving a fair advice. it's hard to see with written messages what mood she's been while writing it.

    although my initial reaction was of a puzzlement at how stern it's tone is, after rereading i felt she was just trying to cheer 'lohern'
    on the other hand, being a nurse i'd have expected 'mn-nurse' to anticipate how her message might be taken.
    that's what smileys are for anyway.