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Congratulations! I graduated from there a few years ago. For 101 (unless it's changed) you're in lecture Mon/Thurs/Fri and have clinicals every other week Tues/Wed (and things like sim lab, skills lab, medication skills check off, etc on the alternating Tues/Wed). If you have clinicals that week, you go to your unit Monday afternoon to get your assignment and do your patient research and then go home and spend several hours preparing for clinicals. Clinical days start at 0645 -- I can't remember when they end....maybe 1500 on Tuesday (off the floor earlier but then you have post conference) and a bit earlier on Wed. You're not in class all day Mon/Thur/Fri. It's an intense program but you will learn so much!
I worked as a new grad in a level 1 trauma center. Our ratios, depending on which area of the ED we were in, could be as high as 1:5 -- including ESI 1 and 2s. Our wait times could easily be 6-8 HOURS at peak times. If I had a couple of discharges pop up at the same time, another nurse would swoop in, d/c them, clean the room, and place another patient in the room before I even knew it. We had to take our own patients to ICU to give report, which could take 30 minutes. Meanwhile, my rooms weren't being watched. We didn't always have enough techs so I would take my patients to XRay and CT.
So yea, your ED sounds typical!
Since you don't have a job offer yet, I wouldn't say anything. I'm going through this now so here's what I did. I went on interviews and waited for offers. When I received the offer I wanted, I started their hiring process which included a background check. Where it asked "may we contact your current employer" I said, "No, I haven't given notice yet". I was hired contingent upon a reference from my current employer. Once I gave notice (I was required to give 4 weeks), I then contacted HR with my nurse manager's contact information. That way, my current NM found out from me that I was leaving, not by some random background check company and my new employer (which is actually a previous employer as well) knows that I'm decent enough to give the required notice. It worked out well for all parties. Good luck!
I'm fortunate in that my husband's salary has always been very generous so we've lived comfortably for many, many years now on just his income. My part time income prior to becoming an RN a few years ago was my spending money so we didn't rely on it for anything. Now that I'm earning a decent salary, I use my income to pay for our vacations (we take 2-3 big vacations a year), pay a couple of car payments, and put money into our retirement account. I'm not into purses and shoes and manis/pedis and expensive meals so I've never spent money on luxury stuff like that but I love our vacations!
I will never understand why an RN/ADN degree is not counted as a 4 year degree? Not only do they take 4 years to complete, but they have all that clinical as well.
In PP we often have 4 couplets so it can get overwhelming--especially if you have a sick mom or baby in the mix. !
None of this has been my fault. Life circumstances.
I started a new job in February. I already had a week's vacation scheduled for March as well as a 2 week trip for May. I told them upfront that I would be needing that time off. They agreed. Granted, I didn't have any PTO to use for the week in March. For the May trip, I'll have accumulated about a week's worth of PTO. No big deal!
Does anyone know what a sample class time
Is for Nurs 101 and Nurs 202 ?
What's it like being able to work whenever you want? I cannot wait to be a nurse. Working three days a week sounds like heaven. Although, knowing me, I'd most likely do tons of over time anyway lol. What do you like to do on your off days?
Who takes care of the babies when they arent with their mothers? Do the neonatal nurses only take care of sick babies? If so who takes care of the healthy ones?
I'm an ADN grad in NC and have easily been hired at 2 different hospitals; both have magnet status. None of my classmates had any issues getting hired without a BSN.
I had a positive PPD about 24 years ago. My CXR was negative. I took INH for 6 months and was told to never have another skin test because 1) it would always show positive and 2) it could cause a serious reaction. As a teacher, I was required to have a CXR every other year. Fast forward to a few years ago when I started in healthcare. The hospital never required any thing from me other than an annual form that stated I didn't have any TB symptoms nor was I exposed to anybody with TB. I started with a different hospital last week. They drew a quantiferon test and told me it was a new requirement for 2016 for all new employees with a positive PPD.
[QUOTE=elizabeast7;8862378]Yes - that is how we are, too. Things are grouped in two categories.
Non-scan - syringes, toiletries, etc.
Scanned - wound care, foleys, IV tubing, etc. ]]
I can't imagine scanning foleys and IV tubing! We only scan meds. That's it!
I graduated Dec 2014 and started Feb 2015 in a level 1 trauma center/adult ED. Now that I've been there almost a year, I realize it's not for me. I've always been interested in women's health (ED was choice #1 and Women's Services was #2) so when an RN position in an LDRP unit at another hospital basically fell into my lap last week, I scooped it up. Here's where I need your help...I haven't touched anything maternity/neonatal since school! I contacted my instructor who was gracious enough to give me a textbook to review since I've gotten rid of everything from school. What resources would be helpful as I make the transition from adult ED to LDRP? Websites, books, blogs....recommendations, please!
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