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tropsnegRN has 2 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiac, COVID-19, Telemetry.

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  1. tropsnegRN

    Do not return list

    I knew I recognized this username! I think the best option here is for you to talk to the agency that you worked for to determine why you were placed on these lists. Can it cause you to not be hired at a facility? Sure. At the worst, you can apply for those positions and they can refuse to offer you a job. With that being said...being asked not to return to one job is frustrating. Two jobs, I imagine would be very upsetting. FOUR seems a bit excessive. Maybe some self reflection would serve you best in this situation. You’re not creating a strong track record if you’re wanting to create a solid resume by stacking up a list of facilities that have requested you to not return.
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    Should I quit my job

    Either way, your new employer is going to ask during your interview about where you presently work. If I read your posts correctly...you work PRN at a facility, you work in ICU at a different facility newly off orientation, and you have applied for a CVICU position at a facility owned by where you work PRN? If they're considering it a transfer, a lot of places have a minimum of 6 months in current position requirements. This could be different for your position, I don't really know. From my initial first review, it looks like job-hopping. You had a poor time on orientation because of two singular employees and you're not giving yourself time to adjust to the culture of the new space. However, just staying somewhere you're not happy isn't that great either.
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    Yes, You CAN Do This!

    Congratulations. You’ve embarked on a journey so many of us have trekked before you, yet in a crazy whirlwind of a pandemic. Obviously, you must have dreams and goals that pushed your desire to enter into the world of healthcare and conquer the beast that is nursing school. Remember why you chose this journey: you will refer back to it many, many times. I decided to go to nursing school as a second career student. Having received a Bachelor's in Political Science just 4 years prior to mustering up the courage to attend nursing school; I knew I had to buckle my seatbelt, grit my teeth, and just bear it. Oh, did I mention that I also now had two children, a husband, a dog, and a full-time job? I had none of those when I experienced college the first time. I learned so many things in those two (seemingly never-ending) years before I could officially call myself a Registered Nurse. Let me share some things nobody told me—or that I just didn’t listen to or find important until I was neck-deep in chum water. 1. YOU are your top priority. Period. The number one thing I hope you take from this is that you are important. After all, how can you be a good student, mom, wife, nurse, employee, etc. etc., if you’re running on fumes constantly? Believe me, it is hard to balance everything on your plate when the food is running over. I spent 6 hours in an ED with a stress-induced migraine the night before psych clinical during my fourth semester. I thought that my sleep came after everything else until my body shut me down. I was working two jobs, one full-time night shift, one PRN second shift, classes and clinical during the days, and somehow squeaking in about 2-3 hours of sleep a day. DON’T DO THAT TO YOURSELF! I missed an entire night of good sleep and was irritable in clinical until I was able to get the rest my body was screaming at me to have. Once I started prioritizing myself, I had more quality sleep, performed better at work, and studied better. It doesn’t take much to prioritize yourself: Make a routine and stick to it Eat more than once a day for the sake of your sanity Take a hot shower Listen to a podcast Make it a point to do something even if it is just an hour to appreciate yourself and recharge It’s the most important piece of advice I can give you. Then, carry that over to your first nursing job! Your career is going to feel like it is sucking the life out of you and you will be burned out very quickly if you don’t take care of yourself! It is perfectly FINE to let that discharge paperwork wait for 20 minutes while you eat something for lunch so you’re not laying next to your patient’s bed passed out while trying to pass medicine because you didn’t eat. It’s okay to tell your family, friends, and loved ones that you need some space when you get home to recollect yourself. You can’t be YOU when you don’t take care of yourself. 2. YES, you CAN work in nursing school (and be a parent, spouse, etc.). We have ALL heard the horror stories and the threats prior to starting school. “You can’t work in nursing school.” “You will have to sacrifice everything for this program.” “You can’t have a life when you’re in nursing school.” Granted, this little point depends on how well you are able to balance, but so often you hear that it is not possible and it is discouraging for those wanting a career change, but their budget doesn’t allow it. Let me tell you a good tip: try to find a job working where you may want to work as a nurse! This worked fabulously for me. It helps you build connections and may also open the door to scholarship opportunities. I started with my place of employment as a night shift nurse tech. I worked every weekend (SSM) through nursing school; my job paid for the remainder of my ADN, and again for my BSN. I learned a lot about the nurses that I would potentially be working with. I gained critical thinking skills for the department that I would join as a nurse. Once I graduated, I became a nurse on the unit I had been a tech in for two years. I already knew where the supplies were. I knew the codes to doors throughout the unit. I knew my colleagues and some of the physicians. This gave me a huge leg-up for those first few months of nursing that were some of the most stressful months of my life. Nursing school did NOT prepare me to be a nurse. It prepared me to take the NCLEX. The unit I worked on shaped me initially and continues to shape me today. Also, because I was seen as a future asset to the unit, my manager was much more willing to work with me if I needed to make changes with my schedule. I honestly don’t think I would have survived working during nursing school without my colleagues' support. Some of them became my biggest cheerleaders in nursing school. I did not have the option to not work, and this ended up being one of the best decisions I made. I’m now a charge nurse on that very same unit that I started as a tech in my first semester of nursing school. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 3. Reach out to faculty in your program. Is there an instructor in your program with whom you feel comfortable asking questions? I formed a relationship with some of my instructors that have carried over well after school. The former director of our program wrote my recommendation letter for graduate school. I’ve been asked to be a reference for instructors applying at other positions. These people have been invaluable to me during my education at their institution and also in shaping my career after graduation. A former instructor has served as an adviser for me during projects while obtaining my BSN. It is nice to know that they support me not only as a student but as a professional in the career field. Reach out to your teachers, show that you’re making an effort. Attend office hours if you’re struggling, and ask for assistance or guidance on how you can improve going forward. You won’t regret these connections that you’re forming early on. They could be writing you recommendation letters for future job endeavors. 4. Find a SMALL group of students to help hold you accountable and also encourage you. Nursing school is hard. It is cutthroat and competitive. Find some students that you can journey through this with. I didn’t really find my niche of friends until about half-way through my program. However, these two girls became my closest companions, and to be together at the pinning ceremony was very special. We laughed together. We cried together. We cussed together. We each taught the other something, whether it be class-related or personal. We encouraged each other when NCLEX was around the corner, and we pushed each other when a test was coming up. If one of us didn’t understand something, we worked together until we were all on the same page. Sometimes when the work was too heavy, we split it up and then taught it to each other. You can’t read everything assigned — you just can’t. It's far too much. We would divide reading and sections and then we would make outlines and review. Prior to tests, we would spend days in the study rooms in the nursing department writing on whiteboards quizzing each other. Once, we took a 5 hour day trip to the beach on a weekday to give our brains a break. We are still friends now. Even though each of us works in totally different places, we keep in touch. It’s a bond that will last a lifetime. In conclusion I hope these four tips help you to thrive during nursing school. It isn’t always going to be easy. I had times that I laid on my living room floor sobbing to my husband, asking, “why did I do this” losing all hope in myself to push forward. However, here I am…a year and a half later…workin’ it in a pandemic and pursuing a Doctorate. Not exactly what I had pictured my first year to look like, but I am so grateful that I never gave up. Remember your reasons, take care of yourself, network, make connections…then go be the nurse you knew you would be the day you applied to your program.
  4. Being a new grad nurse is difficult no matter what. Your co-workers need to be understanding of this. When I first started on my floor as a nurse last year (started out cardiac and now we are strictly COVID), I was shy and timid. Even though I already knew the nurses because I had been a tech all through nursing school. I was nervous that I would do something wrong. I didn’t really have any time management related to nursing — I would get so frantic trying to get all of the little things done and my meds passed on time and I felt like I was not doing a good job. I rarely ate lunch because I never felt like there was a “good time” or that I was “caught up enough” to be able to do so. This made me very tired, very quickly, and the burn out was real. One day I nearly passed out because I hadn’t eaten anything and admin was pushing me about discharges because the ED was crowded and the cycle continued BUT one of the nurses finally told me something and it kind of changed my perspective. “What are you doing right now that is SO important you can’t grab something to eat for 10 minutes?” I said, “well I have this discharge and another one waiting and I’m getting...blah blah blah.” She replied, “Can you do any of those things when you’re passed out in the floor? I always make sure that I have an opportunity to at least eat some crackers because if it is not life-threatening to any of my patients it will be fine if I stop for 10 minutes.” Something about that small conversation made a big difference in the way I looked at things. I do have days where maybe I eat a pack of crackers and that didn’t happen until 1600, but for the most part I always get to eat a lunch. I have become better at prioritizing my time and I QUIT PUTTING SO MUCH PRESSURE ON MYSELF. You are a person. You are a nurse. To be an effective nurse you must take care of yourself. Find some co-workers on your unit that you can lean on and ask questions and get help from. Surely one of them can help you out by answering your call lights if you know you’re going to be busy with a task for a while. For example, I would let the nurse near my section know I am getting an admission and I would be doing their Part 1 and Part 2 in just a minute - does she mind watching my other lights. I’ve only had one nurse have a problem with that and so I asked someone else.
  5. tropsnegRN

    My house is so empty.

    I’m a nurse. I’m a mom. I’m a wife. I didn’t get any option or any warning when they turned the med-surg floor I work on into the designated COVID-19 unit. I’m a NEW nurse. I will hit my year mark in the middle of a pandemic. This is NOT what I signed up for. I didn’t sign up to carry a N95 in a sack that I had to sign out and pray that it lasts me an indefinite time period. I wanted to help people, yes. I did NOT want to have to send my daughter to her grandparents for an indefinite amount of time. My house is so quiet. There is no Paw Patrol on the TV. There is no running down the hallway. There is no laughter on the couch next to me. It’s just me and my husband...in silence. Facetime sucks. I love seeing her and talking to her but I can’t hold her. I can’t give her night time snuggles and It hurts my heart when she says, “Mommy can you come get me tomorrow? I miss you.” I signed up to be a nurse. To help my communities. To help my neighbors. To help to heal the sick and to comfort those who are hurting. I didn’t know it would cost me my own comfort. I didn’t know I would wake up for work in an intense anxiety full of fear to go to work. To worry about my mask. To worry about getting sick and possibly infecting my spouse. I keep seeing things around here and in other places that say, “...this is what you signed up for.” Definitely not. I never in my life thought I would have to beg, borrow, cheat, or steal just to find ONE can of disinfectant spray. I don’t even live somewhere that is hit the hardest. I called around to several locations begging them to please just give me a call when their trucks come in to make an effort to disinfect my car. None of this gives me peace. None of this gives me sanity. All I know is my house is too damn quiet and my mind is too damn loud. I know I’m not alone in this but it sure feels like it. Honestly, I’m just really scared. Thank you to everyone that is helping battle this virus. Thank you for putting in your full effort. My heart goes out to those that have lost loved ones. ❤️ thanks for letting me vent.
  6. At my hospital you can call down to pharmacy and ask for something that is over the counter for personal use. I have had to do that before because a patient’s family member brought in flowers that triggered my allergies and I needed a Benadryl to function. Pharm tubed it up no problem. I also worked nights at the time, I don’t know if that’s a difference. Now, I just keep ibuprofen and Benadryl in my locker in case it is needed. I was an aide in a LTC facility a few years ago that would give employees Tylenol/ibuprofen from the cart, if needed. I would just ask management what the policy is should you be faced with that situation. Reporting would be a bit excessive.
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    Wait time for deficiencies for RN NCLEX examination

    My state board won’t let you apply unless your date on the application matches the date on your transcript. Has your school sent in your transcripts? That was a delay for some in my class.
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    NCLEX Time Frame?

    I just graduated nursing school — hallelujah! I am taking a Hurst Live Review this week and registering for NCLEX at some point this week. How long would you advise would be a good time frame to study? I have passed all the HESI exams throughout school, do reasonably well on questions (Saunders and Hurst), and I am typically a good test-taker. I don’t feel like I will ever truly feel confident in taking the NCLEX but would like to give myself enough time to feel prepared and I work FT at one job and PRN at another.
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    BON and alleged verbal abuse via pt

    I work as a CNA and I have moved, bathed, shaved, surgical prepped, etc. many many patients with the help of one other person on several different occasions due to short staffing ratios and that myriad of problems. I’ve never once made remarks of how many people I wish I had or needed. Sure, the issue should be able to be discussed, but there are ways of doing such without offending the patient — the nurse’s station or your supervisor’s office, perhaps?
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    Not Seeing Test Reviews

    We asked about being able to review in their office and they automatically shut it down. They will not discuss anything test related, period. Meanmaryjean - you're correct. They said that there was an issue where someone was hacking the rationales and thus this new policy was implemented. But now, the whole cohort is being punished for something someone else did. My issue with with not being able to see what I missed is that this past test, I missed 5 questions. I felt extremely confident in my answers. I have not a clue what I missed (other than one dosage calculation that I made a stupid error in and realized as soon as I submitted to the next question.) So, how do I improve my knowledge if I don't know where my errors were?
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    Not Seeing Test Reviews

    My school has implemented a new policy in which we will no longer be able to review tests. Basically, you get your grade and that is that. We do not get to see what questions we missed. We can write any questions or concerns we have on a scratch paper and turn it in and then they email questions to us with somewhat rationales. Such has "if a patient complains of calf pain you would check for redness and edema..." but there is no way to know exactly what YOU specifically missed pertaining to the test. Does anyone elses school have this policy? What are your thoughts? I am the VP of my class and the President of my class approached me about going to our director about it, but they seem less than willing to discuss the matter with us. I just want tk know what other other schools do and what other students think about this new change. Thanks!
  12. My program is a "concept-based curriculum," which means that the lectures for class are pre-recorded. You are expected to watch them prior to attending lecture and that time is used to reinforce the concepts with activities that you should basically already know. In a way, I have felt like this semester has been more of a "learn on your own and show what you know" type of program. This can be ultimately defeating if you haven't figured out a way to study that works for you. Here is what works for me: I read the chapters and other assigned readings prior to reviewing the powerpoints or listening to lectures. While doing this initial reading, I highlight what I think would be critical or important in YELLOW. Then I listen to the lectures and follow along in the textbook at the same time. Usually, my teacher will read certain points from the book. I highlight that material in ORANGE. If it is something I have already highlighted in yellow, I mark OVER IT in orange. After those, I review the powerpoints. If there is something that was touched on in the powerpoint but not so much in the lecture or my own personal reading, I will mark it in GREEN - but this is extremely rare. I don't really care for powerpoints to be honest. Finally, I review and skim over the highlighted portions and sum up concepts on post it notes that are left in my book and use these as an outline to study. It has proven to be very successful for me. However, with that being said IT IS VERY TIME CONSUMING. If you're willing to put in the work you may find it useful. I manage to find time to do it while taking care of my family and also working 36 hours a week. My secret to finding that time is to go to school early (around 8 am most days) and find a quiet study room to read. I will often stay late after class. My daughter doesn't have to be picked up from daycare until 6pm. So, that is my big secret and nobody ever likes to hear it. More times than not I am told, "Oh, you must have a lot of time on your hands." Not really; but I can confidently say that my current grade accurately reflects my time spent and my post-it notes have made studying for the comprehensive final simple.
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    Unprofessional Students

    I disagree with the texting theory - my program is very strict about your phones being out and they're not even allowed in the building during clinicals. I am allowed to have my phone on silent in my bag during lecture, that is it. As far as the annoying student goes - you have to learn how to tune her out. I had an extremely annoying student in my clinical group who talked overly loud about everything other than clinical matters and very loudly pronounced on the first day of lecture, "I will do way better than anyone because I have worked at the hospital for two years!" During clinical, she routinely showed up 5 minutes til meeting with her hair in a mess and not pulled up, she was never prepared for discussions, and she was a terror to have to provide any patient care with. During a patient's shower, she would literally stand there and talk about how some dude she knew in high school asked her out last week - or some other boring garb. Needless to say, I had to learn to ignore her, but I also told her to pull her weight when performing patient care or I would ask our clinical instructor to assign me with another classmate - that seemed enough to get her to at least help.
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    Nursing School Needs Repair (And Why I Quit)

    I'm surprised after quitting twice that it wasn't difficult to be readmitted a third time? My nursing program is no flattering experience either. There is miscommunication frequently that has been clarified literally 15 minutes prior to an exam via an announcement posted on Blackboard. It happens, it isn't enough to make me want to drop out of my program though. I think it's a user error, rather than a program error.
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    What do you think of 12 hour shifts

    I would talk to your manager or whoever does your scheduling. I used to work 2 on, 1 off, 4 on, 7 off. I absolutely loved it. I got an entire week off of work so I actually could go on vacations or trips and get to spend time with family. My job prior to that I worked 8's and only had two days off a week and I swear I never spent time with my family (I worked second shift -- because I'm currently in nursing school). Now due to school, I don't work my modified 7on/7off but I work three days per week, each week. The only downside to this schedule to my current situation is that I work every single weekend (Sat-Mon) but I remind myself it's only for 4 more semesters.
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    Nursing program, to go or not to go?

    Congrats on your acceptance! I know the financial struggle. Also married with two kids (2 & 6) and in NS. The only difference is I live in Alabama where the cost of living is not so bad, but I barely make above minimum wage. It is hard to work FT and go to school and parent and be a wife. REALLY hard somedays, but I find something on those hard days to keep me going even if it's just daydreaming about the beach trip I will take after passing the NCLEX! Determine WHY you want to be a nurse and think on that when you want to quit. It won't be easy but it'll be worth it. You've just got to want it and know sacrifices will happen.