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    Need help on what to do!!!

    So I’ve been an RN since 2017. I started at the hospital (ortho/neuro/trauma unit). Was there one year and really disliked it. I felt there was no time to do anything and I always felt super stressed. We were also always mandated to pick up extra shifts all the time so the hours were bad too. After a year I started looking for another job. I found one at a family practice clinic 10 minutes from my house. I work Mon-Thurs roughly 10 hour days and love everyone I work with. This all seems perfect but it’s such a BORING job. It’s a lot of phone calls, Med refills, preventative care education, placing orders, etc. There is not a lot of hands on nursing which sucks. But otherwise it’s like the perfect set up! I don’t know what to do! I want something more challenging but I’m also getting paid more than at the hospital so it’s hard to leave a job with perfect hours and pay to be more challenged! I sound crazy lol. Anyone have any insight or similar problem? What would you do!? Thanks.
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    Chest tubes

    Yeah he transferred to me with no water in the water seal. Some nurses were saying it's okay bc it's just to gravity and said it was a "dry system". So we were curious.
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    Chest tubes

    What happens if you do not add water to a chest tube to gravity only? I had a patient with a hemothorax. Anterior chest tube draining well to gravity in an Atrium set up with no water in it.
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    Non-hospital jobs for ADNs

    It's true! I started in a hospital and still currently there! It's rough, and as a new nurse I feel the work volume is way over for the safety of my patients. I've been trying to stick it out for the experience. I'm 6 months in and it's been quite awful. My team is great, but the work load/ patient load is WAY too much I am always staying over to chart and I feel like the training was minimal.
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    Anyone work in a Urgent Care Clinic?

    I'm interested to talk with RNs who have worked at an Urgent Care clinic? Just curious if you like it, if it's something I should apply for, etc. There's a job opening for 3 12 hr shifts and rotating weekends. Right now I work on a orthopedic/neurosurgery/trauma unit at a hospital and work 3 days a week. I like it, but it's farther for me to drive and i'm not sure I like the huge hospital setting. I like clinic and office atmospheres. Just curious as to what a typical day looks like and if you recommend it? Thanks.
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    RN-BSN Feb 1 Start Date

    I start Feb 1st 2018 :)
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    What is harder- nursing school or first year working?

    First year of nursing!!!! It's kind of like this....Remember starting nursing pre-reqs? I remember A&P being SO HARD! I was stressed out, etc. and wasn't even in the nursing program! Then I started the nursing program and I remember thinking how EASY A&P was compared to the nursing program. Nursing school is HARD, it takes a TON of time and motivation. Not to mention the countless hours of clinicals. Well then I FINALLY graduated in May 2017...Started by new job at a hospital as an RN....Wow, totally thought about how nursing school is EASY compared to being an actual NEW nurse. I have wanted to quit, I've questioned by career choice, I've basically have been thrown in an environment where you learn as you go, basically. There's a ton to learn so it's hard to teach you everything in orientation. I can say that I learn A TON of information each day I work. But the hours are long and hard. I rarely get a break, I'm usually running for 13 hours strait. It's tough. Being a new nurse is WAY harder than nursing school, in my opinion. The only perk is you get paid :) It's SLOWLY getting better but I'm not going to lie it's been a crazy eye-opener.
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    Does anyone here like nursing?

    As a brand new RN at a hospital I can tell you I was SUPER EXCITED to become a floor nurse with my new job. Unfortunately, it's been super stressful and has made me struggle quite a bit. I think it's mostly because I didn't realize how nursing school doesn't really prepare you for the real world of nursing. I am in my 5th month at a hospital and I'm slowly beginning to like my job a little more often. I LOVE my patients and LOVE being a nurse but the job itself and managing care is a lot more complicated than I expected. I've heard the first year of nursing is the worst so here's to hoping i'm half way through :)