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SweetBabyJames has 1 years experience and specializes in CTICU.

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  1. SweetBabyJames

    Any advice on when to put in 2-wk notice??

    Yeah I guess it doesn't matter that much. I'll offer it and see what they say!
  2. SweetBabyJames

    Any advice on when to put in 2-wk notice??

    Thanks for your response! I'll technically still be employed until the very last day of my contract, I just won't have worked that week yet.
  3. Hey all, This is a bit of a strange question. I signed on for a 5K bonus at a hospital in PA, committing to a year. I was a NG and now have a year of experience. It was a bad experience and I wouldn't recommend a contract to any new nurse. I've almost made it to a whole year when I can finally leave without having to owe the hospital any money. My contract ends on July 14th. It's a Tuesday. I work Thursday, Friday, Saturday night that week, the 16th, 17th, 18th. So, if I put in my notice exactly two weeks before my contract ends, the 14th, I won't actually work the second week because it's at the end of the week. My question is if I should expect them to ask me to finish off that week? Would that be reasonable? Can I say no? Would HR give me a hard time for having not worked that full week? Is this a *** thing to do? I guess I'm wondering the meaning/extend of "two week's notice," with our irregular rotating nurse schedules. I honestly forget if I did this on purpose. I might have. All I care about is avoiding being accused of breaking contract in any way whatsoever. I don't want to directly screw over my floor, and my managers already know that I am leaving. I just can't wait to get away from this environment, which I feel is very toxic. Does anyone have any perspective on this; what I can expect to happen, so I can plan my big cross-country move the week after? Maybe this is a non-issue. They will have already given their recommendations by then. Thanks all. SBJ ❤️
  4. SweetBabyJames

    New nurse in ICU

    I am just starting in an ICU, and I had basically the same experience. Three months off of orientation, I was called into my manager's office and taken by storm about how other people have shared multiple concerns about me. I broke down and couldn't finish the day at work. They asked me if I wanted to go back on orientation, shadow with another nurse, etc. She asked me if ICU was right for me- and yep, that's what really got me. I thought I was doing okay, progressing, making some friends on the unit slowly... But this meeting contained no positive feedback, whatsoever. I met with my manager and the assistant manager the next day, to recap about the previous meeting and talk about what could be done. I requested this meeting. I intended just to talk about what could be done moving forward, but spent more time trying to defend myself and wrap my head around the situation. I could have handled the whole situation a lot better. We decided the manager will shadow me and my patients and assess where I need help. You shouldn't have discouraged yourself like that. Maybe that was your biggest mistake. Yes, your orientation seems to be unfair, with so much inconsistency (one preceptor telling you you're doing great/ no feedback, and another telling you that you suck). I was also on basically only nights for my entire 3-month orientation. Maybe 5 day shifts throughout. I definitely lack in my admission, discharge, going-to-tests, and contacting providers and families skills because of that. Okay- THAT'S A LOT OF THINGS! This is my first job, and starting in the ICU is like being thrown right into the pot. You have to sink or swim. Honestly, maybe you weren't ready, but don't continue to discourage yourself now!!! Just because you weren't ready doesn't mean you can't do GREAT on another floor in the hospital. My advice to you is to get a job on a step-down floor or something where the patients are a bit less sick and there's a bit less pressure. You'll make better money here than the clinic. You have about 6 months of ICU experience to offer them! You'll do great. Hone your skills and build your confidence, then maybe you can reconsider ICU in a bit of time. The hospital can be a very cutthroat place, and sometimes no one is in your corner but you. Don't let that corner be COMPLETELY empty. I'm no expert, this is an accumulation of advice I've gotten, mixed with my hopes and theories about how to grow in this profession. Just because I didn't lose my job this week doesn't mean it's I won't. I have 6 months left on my contract. A the end of the day, you probably did a lot of things right, too. You just have to have faith in yourself.
  5. SweetBabyJames

    right med, right dose, wrong route... ouchhhh

    I wonder the hoops you'll have to jump through as far as payment. I wonder how assertive the hospital or your insurance will be that you pay any extra for the med error/ sequelae of events. ER's are the best place to go for anaphylaxis, how did this nurse not know that epi is always IM for anaphylaxis? That definitely needs to be a teaching point for the unit. Very sorry for all the hell you must have gone through because of that, I can't imagine how frustrating that must have been.

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