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SunshineBaby has 8 years experience and specializes in NICU, School Nursing, & Community Health.

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  1. SunshineBaby

    Job you would NEVER do in nursing....

    ER! Boy, I have all the respect in the world for you ER nurses! I had to go to the ER last week- having major back pain, vomiting, diaphoretic, couldn't urinate. Anyways, turns out I had a kidney stone. I sat in the waiting room for 2 hours with people who were laughing and playing around. Seriously, can you be that sick if you're laughing, stuffing your face with chips, or joking with your buddy on your cell phone? I don't know how you ER nurses put up with all the people who use the ER for any run of the mill ailment. My hat's off to you all!
  2. SunshineBaby

    New Grad - Offering to Work for Minimum Wage?

    Where are you working that you need 6 months to 1 year orientation? I went straight into NICU out of school and only got 12 weeks orientation. I thought most orientations were only 6 weeks long. In my area, even experienced nurses precept with another nurse on the unit for 6 weeks. I guess I'm not understanding the rationale that hospitals aren't hiring new grads because of training costs- unless new grads are just quitting right after orientation? Are the new grads who are having trouble finding work in metro areas? Here in NW FL, we are hiring new grads. Also, have you tried networking? Almost every job I've had, I knew someone there first who was willing to put in a good word for me.
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    Quit after first day of orientation!

    I'm not going to flame you by any means but I do want to say that in nursing you need to be careful about burning bridges, even if you choose not to stay in this field. You never know who you might need in the future. I quit my first nursing job after 5 months. Now, looking back I wish I would have stuck it out. I wish you the best of luck in whatever field you choose.
  4. Sure, no problem. School health is really great! In my county, we have a nurse and tech in every school. The tech's main job is to see the children in the clinic and defer to the RN if it is something they are unable to handle. The RN is responsible for all the screenings, that includes vision, hearing, height, weight, and BMI. You have to do all the referrals and follow up on them. Another major portion is education. You teach puberty class, anti-tobacco, dental care, handwashing, etc. You also certify immunization records, create care plans, & train school staff in medical procedures. I loved it! The kids adore you and the hours are perfect, plus you get every holiday off, two weeks at Christmas, and of course, summers off. However, we get no pay in the summer. Now, if you're skilled in the hospital setting, you can just work there PRN during the summer or work with an agency. Do the nurses in your clinic get special training? We have some in ours that can do more advanced things, such as paps. I think you'll like the flexibility of community health. You can move around your health dept when/if you get bored with one area and you still keep your seniority.
  5. Hi there and Congratulations on the new job! I work for FL DOH as well. Will you be seeing actual patients in a clinic setting? My job is more like social work. I work in the Healthy Start program, doing home visits to at risk pregnant moms and infants. There isn't actual patient care involved though. We do weigh and measure babies but that's it as far as assessments go. We basically provide education and get clients hooked up with resources in town. We also field quite a few DCF referrals. Prior to this position, I was working in school health through DOH. I miss that job terribly, however, it was so hard for me to find work in the summer due to only having worked in the hospital less than 6 months as a NICU nurse. I require steady income throughout the year. I enjoy community health but I do feel that I've made myself a little less marketable as a nurse because I have so little hospital experience. I'm trying to work towards some certifications and maybe back to school for MPH. You will find community health to be very different from the hospital. It is much more laid back. Sometimes, the clients can be a handful but that is with any job. For me, the benefits are good but the pay is abysmal. We don't get raises either as we're under FNA contract, unless legislature votes a COLA. I find that very frustrating. You can't beat the schedule though and I get vacation whenever I want it! I think you will be well equipped at your job and I wish you the best of luck. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
  6. SunshineBaby

    question about school nursing

    In my area school nurses are contracted to be in schools by the health department. We have standing orders for things such as tylenol, benadryl, tums, ibuprofen, etc. All can be given with signed parental permission. I would definitely clarify these things before you filled in at that school again.
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    Orientation burnout, should I change units?

    I'm glad you are feeling better=) I have a similar story. I started NICU as a new grad. I was so excited but it quickly turned to dread. I was hired for nights along with all the other new grads and then told we would have to go to days or lose our jobs. Unbeknowst, to me 20 staff members had just left the unit which is why new staff was needed on days. So, I switched to days. It's a big unit- over 50 beds and most of the kiddos are very, very sick. My preceptor and I would be given assignments that we're almost impossible to teach with as it would take her doing half the work while I did the other half to make it through the shift. We wouldn't leave till almost 10 pm every night. My preceptor was wonderful and I still miss her. She would beg the admin to give us better assignments but since they were so shorthanded it was impossible. It's common place to have a HFOV baby and two other babies at the same time. If you work level 2, you get a 5 baby assignment. And these kids could still have TPN/lipids, which is a sterile change if it's a central line. I was told that they would work with my schedule. Instead, I had to work 4 12's in a row. I was exhausted. I had a brand new baby at home and I was bf during the night. When I came off orientation I would get level 2 type babies for a few months. Instead, my first week off orientation I was given a 24 weeker, a Trisomy baby with hour long feeds, and a baby with an unkown blood disorder (turned out he was in DIC). The other nurses would try to help but they all had assignments just as tough. I would cry when I went home because I was so scared of hurting a baby. I could not handle the assignments I was given. I felt like a failure and thought I made a mistake in becoming a nurse. I started looking for a new job. I was hired as a school nurse, which is what I'm doing now. I like my job alot. The kids love me and I love them too. However, I do get sad at times because I really loved NICU nursing. I felt like I could have been good at it if I would have had a better unit. I think about those babies alot. Plus, I miss many of the nurses. School nursing can be really isolating at times. Good luck to you!
  8. SunshineBaby

    Funny Names

    I work as a school nurse and I have so many names that I can't even pronounce. I called a mom once to pick up her child and the white card had the name Azvain, so I said "hi I'm trying to reach the mother of As-vein." The woman started cracking up. She said it's pronounced Aza-vi-on. Ummm ok :chuckle I also have a Shar'Radiant. That one still makes me smile.
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    Good luck to you!! I'm a brand new elementary school nurse and I made the transition from NICU. I love it! The kids are great, the schedule is awesome, and not working in the hospital is so much less stressful. Brush up on immunizations and community resources in your area before your interview. I had questions in both those areas.