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  1. CommunityRNBSN

    Sick Days?

    I’m also a new nurse, and because I’m paranoid about my reputation, I have never called out, and probably won’t unless I’m bleeding from the eyeballs, for the first year. That being said, a lot of people do call out frequently and I’m not sure it has the negative impact I expect. A girl I know recently “called out” of her job interview (car trouble) but it was rescheduled and she still got the job.
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    Medical Emergencies in Public

    I was on a plane when they called for “any medical professional.” I am a brand new nurse, and I don’t even work in acute care, but I was ready to offer! Fortunately for the sick passenger, several other health professionals hopped up before I went over and introduced myself. But I figure, if I really had been the only medical person on board, I could at least do some basic triage. I don’t have much to offer but I do have more training than the waitress or accountant sitting next to me.
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    I have trouble pulling up clear liquid into a syringe

    This was my first thought as well! Has it been a while since you’ve had an eye exam? I am a new nurse and struggle with a lot of things— not least with getting medication to go into the darn needle— but I do not struggle to see whether a clear liquid has gone in or not. Someone suggested getting sterile water to practice. I don’t even think you need it to be sterile water and a vial; just bring a needle home and practice with water from a cup. That way you can practice seeing what clear liquid looks like when it is in the syringe, vs. air in the syringe
  4. I took a lot of mine through a community college. Some of those were online (genetics was online). No one cared when I applied for my ABSN; they just wanted me to have had the classes. 7 years was the limit for mine.
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    Never feeling good enough, despite milestones

    This really is all internal, and it’s about being confident in yourself and your choices. I graduated last year from a well-regarded program. I can say without bragging that I was the top student in my class, or at least in the top 2 or 3. And not just in lecture— my clinical instructors said I was unusually skilled, gave me very top marks, etc. And I took a job in Community Health. I had also applied to do psych. And two of the other students did say to me— “You want to do psych/community? I thought you’d want to do [ICU/NICU/cardiac/whatever “prestigious” field].” And I always said with confidence and with a smile, “I LOVE patient education. This is what I want to do. I feel like this is where I can help patients.” My point is, it isn’t some particular specialty or some accolades from your peers that will make you feel like a “real nurse.” That comes when you find a field you love (and it sounds like you have!) and you keep at it long enough to be skilled at it, and you feel like you’re helping people. If you keep looking for affirmation from the outside that you are awesome enough, you will be looking forever.
  6. If it were me, I might say something like “When I had a serious health scare myself, I realized how important my nurses were. Now that I am healthy again, I really want to share that with others.”
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    Student Loans and Debt

    People use the term “Southern Ivy” a lot though, to refer to schools like Vanderbilt. (Old, private, prestigious Southern schools.) I think that’s what the OP was doing, not literally saying an Ivy League school in the south.
  8. CommunityRNBSN

    Student Loans and Debt

    As a person who moved 1,000 miles to attend college the first time around, in 2001, because it was free... I think this is a great plan! I've lived in 7 or 8 states and it's worked out well for me. Obviously I realize not everybody can up and move. The OP may have aging parents she is caring for, or an ex-spouse that she shares custody with, or a whole host of reasons to stay in California. But for those who CAN move to pursue better opportunities, well, that's generally a great idea! And on the idea of the debt: People do it. People survive it. However, I am extremely gun-shy on this issue. My husband went to a top-ranked law school, to the tune of $200,000. HE landed an amazing job and paid it off easily. He was one of a tiny handful who did. It was 2008, the economy tanked right as they graduated, and many, many of his classmates either didn't find jobs at all, or took public service jobs earning $50,000 a year.
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    Student Loans and Debt

    University of Connecticut!
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    Student Loans and Debt

    I did an accelerated BSN (one calendar year) program at a highly regarded state school. It was $30,000, which I was fortunate enough to be able to pay cash for. I am now working, earning enough that $30,000 seems like no big deal (meaning that even if it had been a loan, I’d be paying it off quickly). I plan to work a few years, then enter a FNP program part-time, so I will be working and taking minimal loans as I make my way to FNP. I entered the ABSN program at age 36 and still feel that I have PLENTY of time to have a solid long career.
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    why is an RN considered as an expense instead of an asset?

    Very true. In Community Health, we are able to bill for a 30 minute nurse visit for education (for uncontrolled diabetics) and it is a game changer. Instead of just being sent in to do whatever tasks the Dr doesn’t have time to do, I am able to see patients for these long education and support sessions. It is all about billing, unfortunately, or we wouldn’t be able to offer that.
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    Should I leave nursing school, even if I just started?

    I used to teach school. I remember getting my degree and going in for that first day of teaching. Standing in front of 20 little pairs of eyes and thinking “I may have made a huge mistake.” The thing is though, I ended up enjoying teaching. Sure, it wasn’t my life’s passion. I never was going to win Teacher of the Year. But it was fine. The kids were cute and learned a lot, I really got close to some of the other teachers, who became my friends. It was fine. At this point, you are certainly not “stuck.” You can quit easily if you’re miserable! But if you just have that fear of commitment, fear of “what if I hate it”... I wouldn’t put too much stock in it.
  13. CommunityRNBSN

    RNs giving patient lab results.

    This is not related to the OP question, but on the subject of giving results generally. I am a new nurse, and nurses are not supposed to give any lab results at our community health clinic. In fact, the providers are supposed to give all lab results IN PERSON at a follow-up visit. Not over the phone. Last week I had this conversation via phone with a patient. Pt: Hi, I am calling to find out the results of my recent HIV test. Me: (looking through his chart and seeing a negative HIV) Well, I see that you have a doctor’s appointment scheduled to “get lab results” in six weeks. The doctor will give you the results then. Pt: Okay... I’m assuming that if there was anything bad in those results, he’d probably call to tell me that sooner than six weeks, right? Me: That seems like a pretty safe assumption.
  14. I do community health nursing and there’s definitely no lifting! Nor is there really bending or even standing for long periods. It’s an office job. It’s not for everyone, but I LOVE doing patient education. If you enjoy it too, look into community health.
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    Non Narcotic Theft and Terminated

    Thank you for the context.