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    Burned Out or Just The Way It Is?

    Let's agree to disagree.....
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    The Worst Interview of My Life! Ever!

    Hopefully, this will help some nurses going through interviews. I found this on the Monster.com site: Legal and Illegal Inquiries Following are some of the key areas that are covered by fair hiring laws. You will see a trend in what is legal and what is illegal — essentially, you cannot ask questions that will reveal information that can lead to bias in hiring, but you can ask questions that relate to job performance. Affiliations: Do not ask about clubs, social organizations, or union membership; do ask about relevant professional associations. Age: Do not ask a candidate's age other than, "if hired," can a candidate produce proof that he or she is 18 years of age. Alcohol or Drug Use: The only allowable question relating to current or past drug or alcohol use is, "Do you currently use illegal drugs?" Criminal Record: Do not ask if a candidate has been arrested; you may ask if the candidate has ever been convicted of a crime. Culture/Natural Origin: You may ask if the individual can, "upon hire," provide proof of legal right to work in the United States. You may ask about language fluency if it is relevant to job performance. Disability: You may ask if candidates can perform essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation; and you may ask them to demonstrate how they would perform a job-related function. You may ask about prior attendance records. And you may require candidates to undergo a medical exam after an offer of employment has been made. Marital/Family Status: Questions about marital status and family issues are discouraged except as they relate to job performance, as in the child care example above. Personal: Avoid questions related to appearance, home ownership, and personal financial situation. Race/Color: No race-related questions are legal. Religion: If Saturday or Sunday is a required work day, you may ask candidates if they will have a problem working on those days. Sex: You may ask if a candidate has ever worked under another name. Be sure not to make gender-related assumptions about job capabilities. How to Deal with Information that is Volunteered Despite your careful preparation and question selection, some candidates will volunteer information that you would prefer not to know. The best way to handle this situation is not to pursue it nor to make note of it. You can't erase the information from your memory, but you can eliminate it as a discussion point and selection factor.
  3. I went through orientation and I did not see anything about giving serious thought to the current nursing environment (which is only getting worse) or issues involving a student's diagnosis of anxiety or depression (or any behavioral problem) and how these would affect your future employment/financial future as an RN or APRN or DPN. There was a list of criminal activities that will cancel out a career as RN. Also, this information should be given BEFORE orientation- in the application packet or on the school's website. There is a lot of info not given especially in light of nursing school being different than actual practice (which is constantly changing - do more with less). Nursing is vastly different than most professions/trades.
  4. It's tragic and unjust because the environment of nursing today actually creates these problems for all healthcare workers. I don't think a person should have to have the physicality and mentality of a Navy SEAL or IronPerson to be a nurse. With the current work conditions a nurse being pushed to take on 5 or more patients and pressured to "suck it up, buttercup" creates a very precarious situation for all involved. If this is the case, then schools need to be up front (and liable) about these prerequisites before taking money. Currently, many expectations and definitions for practice are nebulous at best.
  5. Imustbedreaming

    Next Day Off

    Exactly, Horseshoe. I start feeling the body pain and fatigue 30 mins after work or when I get home. It's like my body knows it's safe to relax. Unfortunately, I can hardly function the next 24 hrs. I try to do 2 days in a row too to cut down on the number of zombie days.
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    Next Day Off

    How do you feel on your day off after working a shift? Today is my day off after working yesterday. Throughout my career the next day off is brutal. My muscles ache and I have such fatigue. I heard of this "nursing hangover". I can work consecutive days and not feel it during work. But, always, the next day- on my day off, I feel like *enter your expletive*. How many nurses feel this way and what do you do to counteract it? Do you find that it is worse after a more emotionally stressful day? I find that after a difficult personality patient day, it's way worse no matter how light the team. I don't know if it's related to cortisol or adrenaline. I can deep sleep for 10 hrs and wake up late and still feel like this. It ruins my day, especially when I need to work tommorow.
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    Leaving federal job for nursing school

    Nursing has a lot to offer a young person with no children or dependents. They can travel and get paid more after a year in the hospital. The M-F cushier jobs are rare and rely on networking/politics. Otherwise.....Realize if you are sick or there is an emergency, it is a hassle to get a replacement and mgt will make you feel guilty about it and make you wonder about your job security. Don't make the mistake that the negative comments are just for those kinds of nurses and "it won't happen to me because I'm a hard worker". Realize your pay will shock you as a new nurse and it will take you time to increase even by $10. Realize that you will have new bills as a single mom: daycare, private care for hours not covered by plan A, and student loans. Realize the work is nonstop for 12 hrs: you eat and pee when you can and this is iffy. Realize there are politics and bullies. Realize the work and industry gets harder as you get older and people's lives are in your hands. Know the stress and the ugly before you commit to RN or NP. Don't do wishful thinking. You need great daycare and double back ups for dependents. The pay may seem high compared to other occupations but in analysis, nurses are waaaaay underpaid for what they do and the physical and mental costs are REAL. I want nursing to improve for nurses thus, patients.
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    Leaving federal job for nursing school

    I vote no, especially if you do not have childcare support. Nursing school is tough enough but nursing right now is too tough and frustrating. Im a single parent with little support and the energy it takes for 12 hr shifts to be paid the same pay will break your heart (BSN and MSN). Daycares on the most part are not set up to open or close during 12 hr shifts and holidays. The exhaustion after a 12hr shift is REAL. Sick days for kids and yourself are not an easy option. Private care is expensive. The mental and physical toll of these stressors and nursing is not worth it. So many students don't know what they are signing up for. The golden handcuffs of student loans is awful and will take your monthly income that you have hoped to gain. I wish I would have asked this question before nursing school like you have.
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    Safe Staffing Levels for In-hospital Nursing Units

    There needs to be more public awareness not just rallying nurses. There needs to be billboards in high traffic areas and online banner ads and campaigns educating the public on the problem, what to do and how to vote to improve this.