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Kyla RN


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Kyla RN has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Research, Neurology.

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  1. Kyla RN

    New nurse needs help finding a new non-bedside job?

    I transitioned from bedside to Research where I work in an office and clinic setting 5 days/week with regular office hours. When applying for clinic/ambulatory-types of positions, I would recommend you emphasize your strengths that are attractive to that position. Ambulatory care can require strong multi-tasking and time-management skills (but over the scope of the whole clinic, not a couple patients like you are familiar with), thorough documentation, autonomy, and customer service/assessment skills over the phone. If they look at your resume, they might be unsure if you truly want to commit to ambulatory adult care, so maybe shadowing a RN in that setting could demonstrate that you're serious about it. It can be so hard as a new grad to get your foot in the door in a new department, so ask around to see if anyone has a contact in ambulatory care that you can reach out to and maybe offer to buy them a cup of coffee during a meet & greet or conduct an informal interview. Best of luck!
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    Do you regret leaving bedside nursing?

    I worked in inpatient/bedside for 3 years and left due to always working holidays, never getting PTO dates I wanted, and physical and emotional burn out. Now I work in clinical research. I don't regret the decision at all, but after 2 years in research I'm starting to miss the clinical focus of being a nurse. So I'm now thinking about grad school to pursue the outpatient NP route. I do not miss the chaos of inpatient!
  3. Kyla RN

    dealing with stress response

    Wow, I am so sorry you had those terrible experiences at that job and are currently dealing with the aftermath as well. Whether or not someone calls it PTSD or stress reaction, I encourage you to talk with a professional about it all.
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    Any other options??

    I've seen others post about home health and home hospice nursing while in school. Apparently there are per diem positions in these fields where you a can make your own schedule and some people have said it's pretty low-key/low stress.
  5. Kyla RN

    New Grad Dilemma

    Got my first new grad position on a med-surg floor with GI emphasis. I was so desperate to get my foot in the inpatient door so I immediately took it. I was pretty nervous after hearing about the reputation of med/surg at the time and the thought of GI issues, I have to admit, grossed me out a little (C. Diff, GI bleeds, ostomies, colonoscopy prep, obstructions). Those years in med/surg ended up being the most useful years for me to develop my physical skills and mental toughness and I couldn't be more grateful! And I ended up really liking GI! Saw a huge variety of diagnoses, learned a ton. I definitely would not be the nurse I am today without that med/surg experience. Like others have said once you have some med/surg experience under your belt, you could be more attractive to other managers. Later, I transferred to a surgical specialty unit and they liked that I had med/surg experience.
  6. Hey Saniesen- Sure, they are Boise State (MSN AGNP) and University of Portland (DNP FNP). l live in Portland, OR. Thanks for your input!
  7. Hi, I'm curious to hear people's input. I am currently researching NP programs with the goal of starting late next year (so I have some time). I'm looking at several programs within my region and 2 stand out- I've listed the pros and cons of the 2 below. Here's some context: I'm in my late 20s. I have to do an online or hybrid program, and will have to continue working throughout the program. I also cannot move (mortgage, boyfriend). My employer is very flexible and supportive of my desire to pursue grad school. I am indifferent to MSN vs DNP at the moment. I'm more focused on quality of program, how flexible they are with working students, and price. I would also prefer to work with adults, but I know I can still do that with an FNP. Option 1: an MSN AGNP online program in the next state over at a well-known brick & mortar university. 3 years long, part-time (but they say full-time work load). Requires a week-long summer on-campus immersion once per year for hands on skills (I want this- I didn't want a 100% online program). I know someone who recently graduated- she recommended the program, but did warn me that it's very "self- learning"- more textbook education and less lecture focused. They have a 100% pass rate for boards. But, you are on your own for finding clinical placements in your hometown- my ex colleague said this was an extremely stressful experience in the city we live in. Price is about what I expected. But that's not factoring in the flights and room & board for the 3 week-long immersions. Option 2: a DNP FNP hybrid program at a locally well-known brick & mortar university. 3 years long, full-time. Monthly weekend immersions on campus. I know this school of nursing well- I got my BSN here and really enjoyed it, very good quality BSN program. They handle clinical placements for you (HUGE plus). Price....not cheap. Almost double the other program. However, I still can't shake this program off yet. Through my BSN, I realized that I really value having classmates for studying, bouncing ideas off each other, and supporting one another. And I like the idea of having more access to my professors. I am attending an info session soon where I'll ask about board pass rate, I expect it to be high. After writing this all out, I realized that I may be trying to justify paying a lot more money for a more traditional brick & mortar experience in a familiar environment, plus the advantage of not dealing with clinical placements. I'm hoping someone from a hybrid program will also see this thread and give me their input. If you were in my shoes, which program do you think you'd lean towards? Thanks in advance!
  8. Kyla RN

    Seniority and preferential scheduling

    The seniority vacation preference at my previous hospital job was one of the reasons I left inpatient. Don't get me wrong, I do think seniority nurses deserve some preferential. They have worked their butts off and have displayed loyalty to their employer. But I learned that there's different ways you can implement seniority vacation requests. At my previous employer, there was one large calendar and one at a time by seniority, each nurse would place ALL their vacation requests on the calendar for that quarter. One nurse could put down as much as 4 weeks off dispersed through the quarter before the lower tier nurses could even look. Then as a lower seniority nurse, it'd be my turn and all holidays were taken, most summertime weeks were gone. We, the newer nurses, were left with random scraps of vacation slots time every single year. Couldn't fly down to see my family for the holidays for years- I personally was fed up with it. On the other hand, my friend at another hospital nearby worked in a slightly different system. One by one, seniority nurse #1 and so on could pick ONE week-1.5 week slot of vacation at a time, then move down the list of nurses. Once the end of the line was done, it would start back up at the top with nurse #1 who would get to pick their second slot. I think this system promoted a more level playing ground where newer nurses still had a chance of getting some slot they were hoping for, but simultaneously seniority was respected.
  9. Kyla RN

    Need Advice for Clinicals

    If it's your first clinical, you will most likely shadow, practice some simple skills (i.e. vitals, hygiene), practice writing care plans. This is your opportunity to absorb as much information as possible in a fast-paced complex unit- so take advantage of it! Get the most out of your education! I can appreciate your sensitivity to not wanting to "slow down" the nurse you're paired with- that's how I felt as a student nurse as well. While there can be some truth to feeling slowed down while having to student, all nurses have been students in the past. Everyone has been in your shoes at one point- it's how we've all ended up where we are now. They should know this. If you get a nurse that's engaging and encourages your learning- awesome. If you get a prickly nurse who inhibits your learning experience- get what you can from the experience, there are other ways you can learn on the unit as well: -if you meet the charge nurse, as them to let you know if there's any interesting skills being done that day on the unit that you can shadow. I.e. wound vac change, NG tube insertion, ostomy bag change. -engage with the CNAs, they can be full of knowledge regarding day-to-day skills i.e. hygiene, ambulation or transfer with equipment, (and sometimes, they're looking for an extra pair of hands!)
  10. Kyla RN

    Jobs outside of healthcare after burnout

    Try Informatics. But instead of working for your healthcare employer, try the healthcare technology software companies. For example, my employer uses EPIC for EMR. I know EPIC hires nurses, although not at that title. They've hired nurses as project managers that go around to different institutions and implement the software, train employees, participate in software development, etc. Because nurses are familiar with documenting in EMR, it's valuable insight to have. Very "tech-driven" job, no direct patient contact. From what I read, no informatics experience required. Best of luck.
  11. Kyla RN

    Sacred Heart University online FNP program

    Good to know. I appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions!
  12. Kyla RN

    Sacred Heart University online FNP program

    Lauren- That's awesome to hear! Sounds like it's a rigorous and well established program. May I ask if you are currently working (FT or PT) and if yes, what type of schedule you work?
  13. Kyla RN

    Sacred Heart University online FNP program

    Hi Lauren- I was going to message you directly but looks like the OP wants to know more information too. I'm interested in applying next year, and enrolling in 2021 (so it'll be a while for me). How are the immersions? Are they useful? Do they focus on hands-on skills? I'm in Oregon, so considering the cost/distance, I'm hoping it's worth the trip out there. And how long are the immersions? Since Sacred Heart is a Brick & mortar establishment, do you feel that the program has a good "back bone" per se, or is organized and structured? Again, with being out here on the west coast, it's hard for me to gauge that or their reputation since I don't know anyone who's been there. thanks in advance, Kyla
  14. Look into Research Nurse positions. I am a RN Clinical Trials Coordinator. I work most M-F 8-4, but also take some on-call for acute stroke trials. I have an office, but also see patients in clinic and inpatient setting. The world of clinical trials is a beast in itself, but its exciting to participate in the newest investigative therapies. Pay can be good, especially going from 36 to 40 hours per week. I worried about the transition from 3 12s to 5 8s but theres something relaxing or reassuring (in my opinion) about being on the same schedule as the majority of the community. I worked on the floor for 3 years before my current role. As a research RN, I've also gained a lot of autonomy and independence, but have the support of my peers to fall back in if needed. Try looking for research positions in large specialty clinics and academic hospitals.
  15. Kyla RN

    I think I'm going to be let go from Orientation :((

    I'm sorry you're feeling so stressed. I can't tell you how many new grads I've known (including myself) who have felt overwhelmed and have struggled with the learning curve on the floor. It can be a very hard transition, good managers should know this. Sit your preceptor down when you both have a moment before or after shift, talk about your strengths/skills you could improve on. Ask him for tips, how does he handle 5+ patients? How does he manage his time/cluster his care? And encourage him to forward all calls to you. Please, do not assume you are getting fired, and please please do not jump the gun and quit because you think you will get fired. As all have said previously, managers have 500+ things on their mind (and some can be socially awkward and not give appropriate eye contact at times..). I think a sit down with your manager AND preceptor will also alleviate some anxieties and clear the air, so you have a better understanding of where you are in this orientation. It is expensive to train new grads, but its even more expensive to try to train new grads and let them go early/have them quit early on because they're overwhelmed and don't feel ready. It sounds like your employer is already trying to invest in and keep new grads with this classroom portion of the training (like a residency?) which is a huge plus- take advantage and reach out to those nursing educators who teach those classes- they are there to help you succeed! Best of luck and keep your head up, you got this and you will push through! We are all cheering for you 🙂
  16. Thanks for the input thinbluelineRN. Working the weekends sounds like a smart idea. Just spoke with my manager and there is flexibility with my schedule and she ultimately said "We'll make things work", so I'm feeling more hopeful and supported!

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