the last part of the nursing program you precept on an assingned unit, following an rn, and then she follows you. i was on med/surg, and liked it a lot.
now they offer a program after graduating, the apprentice program. you basiclly do some more classes "what they didn't teach in school" and then you start out slow on the floor with one or two patients. you get paid for it all, and the pay is higher than normal beginning wage. you get to work days/eve only, and usually m-f. but each week you have an assignment, and you still have to report to a mentour all the time. they say right from the beginning "do not attempt to apply if you need any time off at all" so a honeymoon would have been out of the question, and possibly not able to get the day of my wedding off. you have to get a bunch of letters of reccomendation and jump through a lot of hoops. after just getting out of school, the pay and days sounded good, but it is very similar to "school continued"
anyways.......enough of that
i love my job in assisted living (alf) my official tittle is facility nurse, but other places call it theirs nurse consultants. i make sure the facility is in compliance with the state regs, oversee the cargiving staff, and "assist in managing the resident's health conditions"
i get aggrivated with the caregivers at times. coming from places where you always have cna's, most of these people are off the street, with no official training, doing way more than a cna or even a cma would be allowed to do.
most of it, i love!
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sounds typical of so many hospitals to punish nurses for not playing by their rules. sure planning for your wedding was a lot more fun anyway. don't think i'm familiar with the apprenticeship program. we spent the last six weeks of the final term "working" on a chosen unit. didn't have any options about it.
remember st. catherine's. we did our geriatric training there. was one of the better nursing homes that i've seen.
how do you like assisted living? are you a resident care manager or what? haven't had any experience in that field although it sounds pretty good, from what i've heard. do you work day shift now?
i worked nights for 13 years and loved it. finally got tired though of living like a vampire, especially trying to change around on days off. especially difficult because my husband worked days but nights are more quiet and i liked having the opportunity to spend more time with my patients. one of the nice things in nursing - you can always find different options