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  1. nursex23

    C-EFM with no L&D experience

    Hi everyone. I’m a newer nurse with 6 months of experience in acute care. I’m trying to leave my current facility; it’s a sinking ship and it’s just getting worse and worse. I know it looks bad leaving after 6 months so I really want my next job to work out and be long term. The plan was to do 1 year med surg then go into labor and delivery but I think it’s better if I leave now. I’ve applied at a few places with no luck. I saw another post that suggested getting a fetal monitoring certification. The requirements are just an RN license so my question is, is this a good place to start? If so, what’s the best way to study for the EMF exam? Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!
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    Is this hurting my resume?

    Hi everyone! I was hoping someone could give me some insight. I'm a fairly new grad with 6 months of experience and it's time for me to leave my current job for reasons I don't want to get into right now. I took this job in a med/surg setting as I build my foundation as a new nurse but I'm truly interested in OB. I've been applying like crazy with no calls. I took a good look at my resume and I found some areas that I need to make stronger but there's one thing I'm not sure about what to do. I worked as a CNA at a LTC facility briefly while I was in school. They stopped working with my school schedule so I left and went back to retail for the flexibility. On my resume, I have professional experience which includes the 6 months I was a CNA and my current job which is also only 6 months. Those are the only 2 medical related careers that I have but looking at it, I'm thinking it's making me look like a job hopper. Should I leave my CNA experience off altogether or should I add more of my experience in retail or should I only leave my current job and put my clinical experiences from school? Any input on this would be greatly appreciated.
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    Is this hurting my resume?

    Thank you all for your input. I originally planned to be there at least a year and as I started getting more comfortable I began considering staying a bit longer. Unfortunately, a lot has changed since I started here. Management began to change after an investigation by the state a few months ago to the point where I saw a very ugly side of nursing. Anyway, the past month or so they've been putting more responsibility on nurses to the point where it feels dangerous. I was told I would have 5 patient, 6 on a bad day but I've been consistently having 7 patient while some nurses are having 8. They are also increasingly admitting patients that shouldn't be on our unit and subsequently code and/or need to be sent out to the ICU. I see the doctors less and less and I've learned that many of them aren't even rounding on the patients. I went from feeling those anxious new grad feelings to feeling comfortable and suddenly things have been changing and now I sometimes fear for my license. I thought I was being irrational but as I've spoken to many senior nurses, many of them who once told me this was a great place to work are now running out of there and advising me to do the same. I turned down another job that I didn't see myself at long-term because I want my next position to be permanent. I'm going to try to stick it out at this place for another 6 months as you all suggested but I also want to put my resume out there and try to get out sooner rather than later.
  4. Hi everyone! I'm in school for my BSN and I am doing an assignment to get a better understanding of informatics nursing. For this assignment, I have to interview someone with the title "nursing clinical information manager", "manager of clinical education", "chief information officer", "quality assurance or performance improvement", "nurse informaticist", "telenursing specialist", "nurse abstractor", "case manager", or "compliance nurse". It's only a few questions that shouldn't take up more than 20 minutes of your time and I would greatly appreciate it. Please let me know if you would be willing to help. Thanks!
  5. Hi, I recently got offered a school nurse position but this was a few weeks ago. Nothing has happened since. I followed up with HR and she said a decision hasn't been made yet. But this was last week. Is this a normal process? Is it because it has to get approval by the board? I know that the board has not met since I talked to HR. Thanks!
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    Oh my pay cut!

    I just got offered a job as a school nurse which I'm really excited about. I knew there would be a pay cut but I didn't expect it to be 25k less than what I'm making now. I still want to say yes but I can't afford to. I was wondering if anyone was in a similar situation and was able to find a way to make money on the side. Thanks!
  7. Hello, I'm a new grad who was lucky enough to land my first job at a long-term acute hospital. I'm 2 months into orientation and so far it has been going well. I feel that I have support from my preceptor, from management, and from most of the other nurses. During my short time here I feel that I've learned a lot but I'm still going through the new grad emotions of feeling overwhelmed and not competent but EVERYONE tells me that's normal and that I'm doing great. Sometimes I feel like I lucked out with this job, however, this isn't what I want to do. I want to be a NICU nurse but I took this job with the intention of getting a year of experience and moving on. However, I find that I'm completely miserable. I cry all the time before and after work. I see less and less of the ones I care about the most and it makes me sad to think that I'm not loving what I'm doing. Part of me wants to seek a position in labor and delivery, another part wants to seek a job in a larger hospital where I can eventually transfer to the NICU, but then another part of me says that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and to stick to my 1-year plan. But the thought of spending 1 year here makes me really depressed. I was just hoping to get some insight and maybe some advice as to what to do.
  8. Hello everyone! I took my NCLEX July 11th and I passed (whoo hoo!!). I got offered a job but they won't let me start until I have my license number. How long does the process take before your license posts on the website? I live in Illinois btw. Thanks!
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    Going to be dismissed from BSN program

    I don't know your whole situation but if I were you, I would assess what went wrong before doing anything else. I started out at a 4 year university doing prereqs and I was nearly dismissed for poor performance. At first I was discouraged and thought maybe nursing isn't for me, but I also didn't see myself doing anything but nursing. I figured out that what I struggled with was the commute between campus, work, and home. I decided that I needed a school that was local so the commute wasn't an issue and somewhere cheap so I wouldn't have to work as much to pay for tuition. I also needed a school that would accept me despite my low GPA. A community college was the obvious answer for me. I have 5 months left in my program, I've been doing great, and I feel like I've found my purpose in life (I know that sounds cheesy but it's how I feel). This is just my story and I want to let you know that you shouldn't give up if nursing is 100% what you want to do. Find out what went wrong first and then see what would be best for you to do even if that means you go the ADN route and then do an RN to BSN program later. Good luck!
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    MSN without experience

    Hello everyone! I'm in an ADN program in my third semester. I'm on track to graduate in May and immediately after I wanted to enroll in an RN to MSN program. Well I was talking to an instructor today who told me that getting an MSN without experience is going to make it hard for me to find a job at the bedside. I eventually want an MSN but I don't want to wait until I'm older and married with kids. What are your thoughts?
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    ADN in the NICU

    Hi everyone! I just finished my first year of nursing school and during my OB rotation, I fell in love with the NICU. I've always been drawn to babies and being in the NICU felt like that's where I'm supposed to be. I'm on track to graduate May 2018 and I've already been looking into requirements for jobs in my area (greater Chicago). It seems like they all either want years of NICU experience or new grads with a BSN or higher. I plan on enrolling in an RN to MSN (or at least a BSN) program as soon as I possibly can. I've seen other posts on here that say to get a job in labor and delivery or in peds to gain experience but many of those seem to require a BSN as well. I'm going to try to get into those specialties if I can but my question is what other options as an ADN grad should I consider? Thanks!
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    ADN in the NICU

    Hi everyone! I just finished my first year of nursing school and during my OB rotation, I fell in love with the NICU. I've always been drawn to babies and being in the NICU felt like that's where I'm supposed to be. I'm on track to graduate May 2018 and I've already been looking into requirements for jobs in my area (greater Chicago). It seems like they all either want years of NICU experience or new grads with a BSN or higher. I plan on enrolling in an RN to MSN (or at least a BSN) program as soon as I possibly can. I've seen other posts on here that say to get a job in labor and delivery or in peds to gain experience but many of those seem to require a BSN as well. I'm going to try to get into those specialties if I can but my question is what other options as an ADN grad should I consider? Thanks!
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    RN to MSN Resurrection

    Hello, Does anyone have information on Resurrection University's RN to MSN or RN to BSN program? Particularly about admissions. Thanks!
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