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wcbembe, ADN, RN 1,542 Views

Joined: Nov 23, '11; Posts: 22 (36% Liked) ; Likes: 15
Nursing Student; from US

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    Thanks to NedRN, Dassit82, and wayemika for the advice. All great ideas I hadn't thought about before. I'm going to look into those possibilities. Much appreciated.

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    Hi everyone,


    I'm going to start my first travel gig in December and it's about two hours from my home. I want to negotiate a cheap rate at a hotel with suites and am looking for advice. Should I go to my travel location and talk to some managers at the suite hotels there? I can't be the first person to ever do this, so maybe there is some established protocol about how to go about this.


    Thanks for any advice because I don't have a clue.

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    Mr. Murse likes this.

    Oh. My. God. Are you serious? Women nurses are like little pigs. At the beginning of each shift I go into our break room and it looks like the basement of a frat house after a keg party. Doughnut boxes are everywhere, each of which contains just one little, itty-bitty half-bite, because nobody wants to be the person "who ate the last doughnut." The sink is stopped up and full of coffee cups. The communal bathroom looks like the worst Waffle House toilet you could ever imagine, its sink smeared with white goo of an origin no scientist would want to explore and its floor littered with toilet paper and wet paper towels. Inside the refrigerator, indescribable brown fluids puddle. The fridge is chock-a-block with fermenting smoothies, fraps, and yogurts that only have about 1 ml left in them, as well as Tupperware half full of salad but also half full of mold. I love my woman nurses. They're like sisters. And any guy who grew up with sisters knows how grody girls can be.

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    3aremyjoy and Emergent like this.

    Dude, just do it. I'm 46 and finishing my first year at the hospital where I work. I enjoy every day I go to work, even the most stressful, long, ***** shifts. When I went to nursing school I felt the same way you feel now and I thought I would never get a job at graduation.

    Yes, some people argue that there is no nursing shortage. But here's the bottom line that most people don't talk about. There's absolutely NO shortage of nurses with bad attitudes trying to get jobs. But if you have a good attitude, care about your patients, and work well with your colleagues, then you will find a job. Believe me that employers will seek you out even while you're in nursing school doing your clinical rotations. It has nothing to do with age, gender, race, etc.

    My advice? Keep working at your carpentry work while you do your pre-requisites. And keep working at your carpentry job part-time while in nursing school, or get a CNA job at a hospital. Then finish up school and get your hospital RN job. You sound honest and sincere. Just do it.

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    Mr. Murse, LadyFree28, mclennan, and 2 others like this.

    Hi barcode, no disrespect here...But I think that's EXACTLY what the OP wants -- to have someone give him the answer. A long, long time ago, when I was in nursing school in 2011, we had to rely on obscure resources called books, professors, and fellow students to help us solve problems. But, then again, why bother now that we can cut and paste our homework into an anonymous website and see if some kind sucker will bite and do the work for us.

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    Yo hairy dude, wear the undershirt. Nobody wants to see your chest pubes. As for laundry, consider it the cost of doing business. If you worked in an office and wore a suit every day, then you'd have to wash your undershirts and have the rest of your clothes dry cleaned. I love my job as a nurse and don't have any problem throwing a load of whites into the washer once or twice a week.

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    Thanks everyone for the comments. I agree with all. To BaileyRN, what you described is EXACTLY how it is with this rude nurse. Thanks for writing in.

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    Emergent and NurseNightOwl like this.

    I've been a nurse in my hospital for about six months and still dread giving report at shift change. This morning I finished my third night shift in a row. It was a tough three days, but the last shift was really great. I felt like I did well with my patients. The chemistry on the floor was wonderful.

    But then I had to give report to a nurse I respect but who is really nasty at shift change. There's nothing I can do to prepare for giving report to her because no matter what I say she will come up with specific questions to put me in my place. She is impatient and sometimes abusive. The funny thing is...on the days I RECIEVE report from her, she is also incredibly impatient because she wants to leave and get home. She won't even allow me to ask any questions.

    That 30 minutes with her at shift change this morning was so bad that it destroyed all of the good feelings I took from the good work I did during my shift.

    Does anyone else have a similar experience? How do you get through it? I really feel so low when this happens.

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    MaggieMae412 likes this.

    Hey MaggieMae,

    What a great post! I also felt like that so many times while in nursing school. I graduated in October 2012 and now work on a Tele/Cardiac floor. I can assure you that those feelings don't change as you go along

    Good luck, finish your program, and pass the NCLEX!

    Dave

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    Maybe now I can finally hear those lung sounds!

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    1. Three hospitals.
    2. Out of the three, two were new-grad programs and one was a job on the floor that I did my practicum before graduating with my ADN.
    3. I never heard back from one of the new-grad programs. I interviewed at the hospital where I did my practicum but didn't get the job since there was only one opening. Then I got into the other new-grad program. Yay!
    4. So I got a job. I was very lucky.

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    Quote from blueheaven
    Many of the common 12 step sayings are helpful to me. The serenity prayer is one.
    One day at a time. I modified this one to a second/minute/hour at a time depending on the circumstances.
    This too shall pass.
    Progress not perfection (I'm a perfectionist) As a new nurse this is a good one to remember.
    Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
    Minds are like parachutes, they only work when open.
    The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well-LOL.

    ‎"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
    Albert Einstein
    Thanks everyone for more quotes and I look forward to even more. To "blueheaven," I love your modification of the serenity prayer to the second/minute/hour. I sometimes find myself saying, "If I can get through the next second/minute/hour, then I'll be okay."

    Dave

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    Awesome poster!

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    Thanks for all the great quotes. I especially liked this one:

    "Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    Hope to hear some more!

    Dave

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    StudentNurseKitteh and SeeMel like this.

    Hi everybody,

    I'm starting my first hospital job and am in the training program right now. Since I started nursing school I've found myself collecting quotations that help me get through the day. For all you veteran (and new) nurses, I'm wondering what quotes help you focus, vent, relax, or whatever. Not necessarily looking for quotes specifically mentioning nursing, but instead about life in general.

    Here are some I've collected so far:

    "Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut." -- Unknown origin

    "To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others." -- Albert Camus

    "Don't let your limitations overshadow your talents." -- From a fortune cookie

    "My life has no purpose. My life has no direction. No aim. No meaning. And yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?" -- Snoopy from "Peanuts"

    Thanks!

    Dave


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