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    Hi Jonny,
    We're also moving to the Nashville area in May/June, will be a new grad ANP, let me know what you find out! Also looking in the same areas for living.

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    TimsRN and Sweetlillove like this.

    Second the headphones, I invested in a pair of Bose noise canceling headphones completely worth every penny. I also bought an anatomy coloring book to review before I started

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    Northeastern assigns preceptors for all of the specialties as far as I know.

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    azureblue likes this.

    Hi guys, just finishing up my first clinical semester it's been pretty busy! I graduate may 2017 so looking forward to next years clinicals I'm still working part time possibly reconsidering for the fall.. Nice to hear from everyone!

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    I'm working part time nights while in school full time. It's not the easiest thing especially with daytime clinicals but it's working for the moment

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    It also depends on the particular unit, we're moving more towards hiring straight night positions because most of the rotating shift people (obviously) want to go to just days if they've been there long enough. In general, we work rotating shifts for at least 5-8 years.

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    xoemmylouox and AnnieOaklyRN like this.

    Good luck! I moved to Boston 2 weeks after accepting a job offer and didn't know anyone in the entire northeast. It was really scary but I think it can teach you a lot about yourself and I think I'm definitely a stronger person because of it. I stayed in a hotel with my dog and cat for a week while I looked for a place to live and then rented a place for a little while. It helped to have a good work support system once I started and it was a blast to explore the city and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
    I'm from Ohio and would love to go back at some point. I hope it goes well if you end up doing it!

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    Do you find the job itself appealing? I'm still working on my MSN, but I truly enjoy the work and the role of an NP. It's a lot of work but will be worth it if that's ultimately something you see yourself doing. Good luck with whatever you decide!

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    Last time I checked MGH Institute and Northeastern University (both in Boston) provide preceptors for the Psych/Mental Health NP program.

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    Hi guys,

    Just wanted to see what everyone's thoughts were on clinicals if you've recently started. I had my first one on Tuesday and go again on Thursday. It was pretty fast paced to start and was really just observing for the first day. It feels pretty good to be in the new role though, and I think it really hit me how different the roles are this week! Now to just work on that whole work, life balance thing I feel like I want to study all of the time.. how does everyone else feel?

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    Dranger, thanks for the info I love the Bates textbook but didn't realize there was a pocket guide.

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    Thanks Boston! I'm also starting my first clinical rotation this semester, definitely a little nervous!

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    Hi ixchel,

    Agreed, rough week. Thinking about you, hope the weekend brings you a little quiet time!

    What I've learned:
    Nights are really exhausting me, and I find myself craving my early morning runs (now turned into late afternoon/evening runs).
    I can't wait to see my family for the holidays but the travel we've set ourselves up for this year really might be the death of me.
    It's really hard to please everyone.
    Early in the year, my husband and I are planning a getaway for just the 2 of us, we have got to get away!
    My dog is starting to struggle a little bit, and we may be making some hard decisions this next year.
    Again, not a huge fan of my husband's med school rotations this year...

    Have a good weekend everyone!

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    I've started using the sleepfan app on the iphone, it has a couple of different settings to mimic different types of fans. I recently switched to permanent nights (only 24 hours though), and it's really nice to not have to rotate every 2 weeks! I'll take a benadryl only if I have to work the next night. I was able to sleep for almost 8 hours today and wasn't drowsy at all getting up.
    Wish I could keep the pets off the bed... I woke up today with the rottweiler laying across my legs and the cat on my chest

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    ixchel awesome post again!

    I've learned that:

    1) I also love the night shift. I'm really glad I am transitioning to nights rather than rotating.
    2) I'm not a fan of my husband's new call schedule but we're making it work and it will get better!
    3) I will be forever grateful that I've never dealt with depression, and I've never had to experience a family member in crisis.
    4) A good PCA will literally make your shift. At the same time, not having a PCA overnight with a floor full of confused patients jumping out of bed is completely exhausting.
    5) Sometimes the best therapy for a crazy week is coming home and getting hugs from the dog and the cat and seeing a breakfast sandwich sitting on the counter waiting for me (and somehow it was not eaten by the dog who can easily reach the counter)
    6) I truly have an amazing and supportive husband.