Nrsasrus, ADN, RN 4,473 Views
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It can be challenging to decide what career path is worth years of study and dedication. Not something to take lightly for sure. I encourage you to think long and hard about it and to research career paths of your chosen field carefully before pursuing it. Good luck to you!
Also, I think you are misunderstanding the meaning of the word ascertain...
I can sympathize, I have been in very similar situations in my personal life and my career. You will put yourself and your career back together in time. Everything may be at a standstill right now but life will go on. I promise!
Thanks for your insights Libby1987.
I'm not afraid of ugly neighborhoods and I am certainly not timid. I am however afraid gang violence and it is very evident statistically that bad things happen in this part of town due to a prevalence of gang violence.
So, how do you all think I should approach this if I talk to my manager?
I recently started my first job in Home Health doing home visits for one of the best hospital associated agencies in my area. So far it is a challenge but I'm really enjoying it and I could see it being my niche. Unfortunately I just found out that the territory they are giving me includes ALL of the worst parts of town. Seriously, my territory looks like someone took a crime map of my city and drew an S shape around all of the neighborhoods with the highest rates of shootings, burglary, rape, and assault.
I know nursing is hard and I expect to face challenges everyday. So far in my nursing career I have prided myself in being a person who doesn't complain about the assignments given to me but honestly I don't want to spend all day everyday in neighborhoods that I am usually nervous to even drive through. I also don't want to start my new job (that I love) as the complainer.
So here is my dilemma; should I tell my nurse manager that I'm not comfortable with this assignment and if so how should I approach it?
Wow, helpful advice nutella. Thank you. I am still in orientation at a large home care company (hospital affiliated). I am very excited but the more I learn the more my head is spinning. I hope I will be more confident about what I'm doing in 6 months!
I am in orientation for home health nursing right now and the OASIS SOC documentation seems like a lot to me, too. We have 17 hours of online training to complete and I was told that even though it takes an experienced nurse about 2 hours to get through the initial assessment we will have 8 hours to do it our first time.
I guess this doesn't really answer your question but it speaks to the effort it takes to learn the process! I think it is overwhelming at first but it is another one of those things that just takes repetition.
Thank you not.done.yet. I think I am going to try to stick with this as long as I can tolerate it. It may even inspire me to take more classes each semester in order to graduate faster.
Thank you both for your responses. I realize that there is a need for all types of nurses in all fields. My personal goals are the driving force for my career and being a leader in LTC is not my goal. The reason I want to leave my current position is complicated 1) the culture there has been really unhealthy for me. The DON treats me like I'm an imbecile and has offered next to nothing to me as far as professional guidance (which I am starving for). Although I am a nurse my position has me reporting to the administrator. Basically I just graduated nursing school and am not practicing being a nurse. 2) That's fine if the grass isn't always greener, etc. but I have had my goals from the beginning and I am not prepared to settle at this point. Unfortunately the job market here is horrendous for new grads and the best that most of us with ADNs can hope for is to work in a TCU while finishing our BSN, this is the highest acuity that is available to us. So it is not practical for me to think that I am going to go get a job in a hospital or an LTAC right now because I don't have the experience they require. 3) Money/benefits do not equal happiness. I didn't go to nursing school to sit in a windowless room M-F compiling lists for the administrator, I would rather be out on the floor with patients/residents, that is my calling.
My only hesitation is that it will look bad on my resume for having taken a step down from management and that it might hurt my eventual chances of landing a hospital job. I want to know what experiences are most valuable to hospital hiring managers.
Thanks again for your input, Esme12 and HouTx!
I graduated from nursing school with my ADN in May 2013. At the time I had been working a 0.5 on a TCU as an LPN and I continued to do so until a management job position opened up and I decided to apply. I was offered the position and in August 2013 I started this position which mostly involves being a project manager for our quality improvement grants, I also do some quarterly MDS and attend IDT, help with discharge planning, etc. It has been 6 months now and I have learned so much but I know that my real goal is to eventually work in a hospital and hopefully one day in ICU. My question is;
Do I give up my current Monday through Friday, high paying, good benefits job for a significantly lower paying job on the TCU in order to gain more floor experience, or do I keep my job and hope that someone will recognize that even though I lack significant floor experience, I am intelligent and posses leadership skills and will be able to pick up floor nursing again.
If any hospital hiring managers or anyone else who may have insight into my situation would offer advice I would greatly appreciate it! Keep in mind that either way I will continue to pursue my BSN which will hopefully be completed by the end of 2015.
You could try NCLEX-RN Flash Review. It covers concepts instead of just asking questions. It might help you remember what types of topics you need to study. It's only one resourse but it might be worth looking into. Good Luck
Something about this post is off. If you communicated your criticism constructively why did she "run crying" to the supervisor? Are you sure you came off the way you though you came off? Did your disdain for her poor writing abilities come through to her like it's coming through to us?
I don't know I wasn't there, but this story seems a bit odd.
Welcome to nursing school. On our first day they told us "be prepared for your GPA to go down and the numbers on your scale to go up". True and true.
Hang in there!
I'm a new nurse, too. Whenever I am confronted with a situation that makes me uncomfortable I remind myself that I know more than I think I do so my gut instincts are important. I also ask myself what is the worse thing that could happen if I screw up. If the answer is something bad or if I don't know the answer I ask someone. Sure I have had some more experienced nurses roll their eyes at me on a few occasions but I don't think there has ever been a nurse who harmed some one or lost his/her license by asking for help.
They aren't all crotchety, but I think you know what I mean
Good post! I personally love crotchety old nurses because I know their training was more strict and that they are going to teach me something if I prove to them I really want to learn. They are experienced and they have a legacy of skills and information to hand down. It's the stuff they don't teach in school!
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