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sarahdanielle14, BSN, RN 2,714 Views

Joined: May 6, '12; Posts: 59 (27% Liked) ; Likes: 66
Pediatric ED; from US

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    kelseykelsey4 likes this.

    I know of 2 who have heard today. I am just praying they still have a few people left to call tomorrow!

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    Hey guys! I'm in the same boat as you all, waiting to hear..I'm thinking taylor00 is right about Thursday, because nearly half of my graduating class had interviews at Cook and no one has heard anything. I feel like at least 1 or 2 people would have heard something if they actually made calls yesterday or today. I will keep you posted and y'all do the same! best of luck!

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    Emesis is my nemesis.

    The sight, smell, and especially that horrible wretching sound.

    I will leave the room until you're done, unless you want me puking along side you.

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    Quote from umcRN
    VERY hard to come by as a new grad and very difficult. I worked as a new grad in the NICU first (a level 3c with surgery/ecmo) and that gave me a great foundation to stand on moving into CICU. Personally I have always felt that new grads can and do belong in ICU's (only if they have a fabulous training program) but having worked in all three peds ICU's I would venture to say cardiac might be one of the more difficult ones to learn with kiddos who always have one foot off the cliff. It takes a strong person to start there. Good luck!

    Thank you, umcRN!

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    Peds cardiac ICU is my dream! I just hope I can actually find a position when I graduate..I know they are hard to come by.

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    finn55 likes this.

    Adult (medical/surgical) has been the hardest for me, probably because I had the clinical instructor from hell. There is just so much to know for adult and it can be stressful. Just keeping on top of things is the key, don't ever get behind, because nursing school will swallow you up.

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    Anyone in peds cardiac? That is my ULTIMATE love!

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    Quote from ~PedsRN~
    Your story sounds very much like mine. We had a split semester between OB and Peds, half of our class took OB first and half took Peds, and I signed up to do Peds first so I could "rip off the bandaid" and get it over with. I was dreading it, because who wants to work with sick kids all day? But the day I stepped foot on to the floor for my first clinical shift.... that was the day that I knew that this was where I wanted to be. It was the first time I felt like a nurse, and that this could be my job. When I had my senior preceptorship a year later, I was one of three students selected to precept at the hospital, a floor lower than the one I had done my clinical rotation on. Fast forward to a few months later, and I was hired back on that original floor..... Been there ever since. Love it.
    I hope to have that same experience! Thank you for sharing

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    SeattleJess likes this.

    Quote from Fire Bird
    The quote "nurses eat their young" was not true at all for me after i graduated. The nurses I work with now are all very intelligent and teach the new nurses/student nurses at a pace that they can handle. Nursing is a great field to be in!
    I'm glad you have had that experience, Fire Bird. Some nurses I have come across let it be known dramatically that they did not want a student. It's very disheartening when that happens, but then you get an awesome nurse and all is well in the world!

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    sergel02, grudgrime, RunnerRN2015, and 1 other like this.

    Pediatric nursing had never crossed my mind. All of my life, I had liked kids, but never really wanted to work with them, mostly because of having to deal with their parents as well. As I entered my 3rd semester of nursing school (Pedi/OB), I came in with the mindset that-I just need to get through this so I can be that much closer to graduation. That very first day at the children's hospital changed my entire life.

    I'm from Texas and I had the privilege to do clinicals at a major pediatric hospital in the state. I had been there before to visit my friends kiddos that have been in the hospital for various things, but I knew that being here for clinicals would be much different. I was assigned to a medical floor that sees mostly respiratory illness. We took a tour of the unit on our first day, and it was so different to see baby blankets and bottles in the supply room. This still hadn't sparked my interest, I was ready for the day to be over. Then, I saw my first patient.

    My first pediatric patient was a little girl who was born with every disease and problem you could imagine. She was at the developmental age of an infant but had been on this earth for several more years than that. Seeing the way her mother and grandmother interact with her and how their whole lives revolve around taking this little one to the hospital and keeping up with her treatments finally made something spark inside of me. I don't have kids yet, so I couldn't even begin to imagine what they go through on a daily basis. I had never felt such an overwhelming feeling of wanting to help this little family with everything inside of me.

    Oh, I hadn't even mentioned my nurse preceptor yet. This woman is the most incredible person I had ever met. Seeing the way she interacted with all of her patients (from 0 to 18 years of age) made me want to be exactly like her. She let me do everything, I even pulled a PICC line from an infant (what a rush!). She was there for observation and guidance, and that's exactly how she wanted it. She wanted me to learn and do all that I possibly could so that I could get a wonderful experience out of this. I will never be able to thank her enough for helping me decide my future path of life.

    Now I sit here, writing you all an extremely long post (bless you all who have made it to this point), and I just keep praying for graduation day so I can hopefully go back to that same hospital. I want nothing more than to be a blessing to those patients and their families and to my future nurse co-workers who will hopefully someday realize how they have impacted my life in an extremely positive way. Thank you to all the pediatric nurses who bless the lives of infants-teenagers. It is not an easy task and it takes a very special person.

    ~Sarah Danielle

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    SeattleJess, SE_BSN_RN, and Esme12 like this.

    Quote from Esme12
    I love students, I love orienting new employees. I LOVE TEACHING!!!!!

    I always have....thank you!
    No, thank YOU! Your passion truly shows and it is contagious. Can't wait to be just like you someday

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    Quote from silverbells_star
    I love nursing students, love having them on the floor, love having them work with me to take care of my pts.
    And we nursing students (well, most of us) love to be at clinicals and love to help the nurses out. We will do everything for you if we just have that opportunity. Thank you!

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    SeattleJess, yesnoyes, and Esme12 like this.

    Quote from yesnoyes
    I am also grateful for nurses that let me work with them during clinicals. Even aside from my clinical instructor, who, by the virtue of his/her job, signed up to work with students; I'm thankful for that RN that showed up at 7 AM only to be told "Oh hello! You're Susie? My name is Emily and I'm working with your patients X, Y and Z today." They don't know in advance they have students and I know for a FACT that some days we are EXHAUSTING. But I am so, so grateful for all of them, particularly those that take the time to show me how to do things, save me some skills on their other patients, and even THANK me at the end of the day for my help. My gosh. I get a little teary thinking about all of the nurses that have helped shape me into the (nearly finished) nursing student I am today.
    I know exactly what you mean. Nurses that take us in, whether they expected us or not, and show us how to do things step by step are amazing! I am in my 3rd semester and I'm in pediatric clinicals. I'll be honest, I had no prior interest in pediatrics before this semester, but now I have found my calling! Those nurses are awesome and I want to be just like them someday. Best of luck to you in your last semester(s)!

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    SeattleJess, SE_BSN_RN, and Esme12 like this.

    Quote from Can'tdragmeaway
    I am so glad you have come across clinical instructors that are passionate about the nursing profession! Nurses that have a passion for this profession have a passion for fostering good experiences and supporting student nurses in their journey to becoming an RN.
    I teach nursing clinical in an undergraduate program and have the same passion for education as I do as a nurse. You are entering a field that is incredibly challenging on many levels. Outside of becoming clinically competent, you will have experiences that make you think philosophically about the world, your relationships and your way of thinking and being. You begin to see the world differently... more brightly and multi-dimensional. You will question the healthcare system and how it makes it difficult to provide the holistic care patients and families deserve and you would want for your loved ones.

    You have days you may cry or have a flood of emotions and thoughts of, "I don't understand..." This is all okay. Always go toward those that are supportive, kind and willing to offer advice and their knowledge. Do not spend too much time thinking about or taking personally, those that do not have these qualities. Keep in mind, even those with "rough personalities" or a different personality than our own may have these qualities. We all express ourselves differently.

    Through nursing school and beginning your work as an RN, you develop a personal philosophy of what nursing is and means to you. Stand by this! Do not go along with the crowd. Dive into research articles, think about and practice evidenced-based practice. Further your education when it is the right time for you. If you at some point, leave the bedside, never forget where you came from and where the heart of nursing is. The bedside. Always advocate for our profession and not an institution.

    Keep your enthusiasm and never let any person or nurse take that away from you! I wish you the best in your studies and welcome you into our beautiful profession!
    Better advice has never been spoken. Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement, you must be a real blessing to your students!

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    dorkypanda, herring_RN, LadyFree28, and 32 others like this.

    Hello nurses and nursing students!

    I just wanted to take a minute and thank all of the nurses that help future nurses everyday while they are in the clinical setting. Nursing students can really tell who is passionate about teaching and precepting and it makes a whirl-wind of difference to our clinical experience. I can't wait until I'm a nurse so I can do that for a special student one day.


    ~Sarah Danielle