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  1. 0.9%NormalSarah

    Trigger Warning!

    Actually the people that insist on trigger warnings, safe spaces, etc are the ones who likely don’t really understand trauma. According to some recent research, this could be more harmful to those trying to cope with and overcome past traumas. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/happiness-and-the-pursuit-leadership/201808/harvard-study-trigger-warnings-might-coddle-the%3famp Also I know it’s coming, so I’ll go ahead and say that I have past traumas in my life, just so no one can accuse me of not understanding how it is to deal with trauma. If we are charged with caring for others, we need to be able to exercise effective coping mechanisms.
  2. 0.9%NormalSarah

    Job Search Anxieties

    Good morning, All! I have been lurking on this site for years but recently joined and began interacting, what a wonderful community this is! I graduated in December and passed my NCLEX two weeks ago, so I am an impatient RN trying to find a job and just dealing with general anxiety about my new life. I had an interview with a new grad program in MICU with a prestigious and nice hospital last week, and I do think it went well, so I’m really hoping I get that. However, that has been my only real prospect. Most of the hospitals close to me only hire new grads when they run their new grad programs, so not much else going on. I went for a walk-in interview at another place and the recruiter totally tore me apart, wanted to know why I didn’t remember just about every diagnosis I took care of in my senior rotation, why I didn’t know how many clinical hours I spent on each unit, etc. I really felt defeated and was nervous so totally blanked when she asked me if I had researched the hospital system (I had, but lost my mojo during that interview). I was concerned that every interview would be that way, so I went home and went through my care plans to write down every diagnosis and all clinical hours at each place and on each unit, only to get to my ICU interview the next day where the whole panel was super nice and didn’t ask me for any of that! I’m glad I was prepared, though. I guess I’m just looking for a little commeraderie here. Was it normal for a recruiter or interviewer to ask all of those very in-depth questions about my schooling? She also said the hiring managers would ask questions about meds and procedures, is that common? Also, if I don’t find something soon in acute care, would any of you suggest I go to LTC? I have experience in dialysis and am a caregiver now, so I’ve heard from many nurses I’ve worked with that here in SoCal, if you start in outpatient care or LTC, it can be incredibly difficult to break back into the hospital later on, and I really want to be a bedside critical care nurse so I don’t want to jeopardize my future in nursing in any way. I had the privilege of doing my senior rotation in ICU and graduated with distinction and honors, but am just so anxious I will still fail at getting a good first job and beginning my career.
  3. I was planning a quick “hang in there!” reply until I saw the comments derail a little bit, lol. I actually do think Ruby gave great advice, not all of us millennials enjoy the newer way of approaching conflict or interpersonal issues. It’s hilarious because I actually was just commenting about this on a different thread. I had a totally old school upbringing, so I’ve learned to “suck it up” more often than not, and it was really hard for me to do because I struggled with being sensitive to criticism for a long time. I can definitely understand why you’d be upset at Ruby’s response because you’re right in that not everyone wants to hear things put that way. But, I think there is so much value in what she said. My own personal reply to your OP is that I think you should give it more time at your job. You don’t want to be seen as a job hopper, and I actually think it’s too early to really tell whether you will be competent here. You are likely to feel upset again for the same or other reasons after making a change so soon. I really feel for you about the tough schedule with your significant other and the social issues, I have been there at other jobs and it’s not easy, but I think you will fall in better if you just give it time. And if you don’t end up ever feeling comfortable, at least you stuck around to build skills and get a longer job stay on your resume. Good luck to you, I am also trying for my first job to be in ICU and am totally nervous to go through some of these same feelings, but we’re strong enough to get through it!
  4. 0.9%NormalSarah

    Two weeks in-not sure I can do this!

    This stress is worth it if you really want to be a nurse. You are doing something incredible for yourself and your family and nothing this amazing will ever come easy. If you quit now how will you feel knowing you had only just started? It's hard, many people from my program had kids and it was really tough on them, but they pushed hard and made it work. You can do it! Just take it one week and exam at a time. It's overwhelming but when you cross the finish line you will be so happy you stuck it out.
  5. Right I have read that in some states "mature minors" can consent, so I guess that would depend. I suppose all of the advice here is going to depend on why she is not yet vaccinated, very good point!
  6. I saw some answers from people that look like they went to BSN programs, so I'll weigh in from someone who did an ADN program. You have time! Even if you can't start until you're 18, you will be taking at least 3 or 4 semesters of general ed and prerequisites before you can enter an Associates of Nursing program anyway where you will likely be doing clinicals during your first semester of the program. That gives you time for the catch-up schedule. That is if whichever community college you go to allows general students to take classes unvaccinated. One more point - do you still see a pediatrician? Or family doctor? You can always have a conversation with them and ask him or her to speak with your parents about this to advocate for you starting your vaccines early to prepare for college. Most doctors would be happy to do so and get you started.
  7. 0.9%NormalSarah

    Took My NCLEX yesterday 75 Questions - Help?

    OP, I'm totally dying to hear your update now that we're back online! I am also in CA, graduated in December and waiting on my ATT. Hoping for a happy update from a fellow Californian!!