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  1. callmetallcake

    New Nurse Feeling Miserable and Defeated...

    @llg THANK YOU so much for your kind words. I have heard by many that in 6 months, I will feel different. You made an excellent point about paying attention to how I spend my days off... I have been rather pouty and lazy on my days off, so maybe I will try to do some hiking and maybe enjoy some fresh air like I usually did before I started my job. Once again... thank you.
  2. Hey, everyone. I just need some insight and really just need to know if what I am feeling is normal and where to go from here... So I started my job a few months ago (I am still on orientation until December with a preceptor working at the same time as me to use as a resource). I am currently on a med/surg tele floor. I am taking about 3 patients on my own, in a couple weeks I will be taking the full 4-5 patients. My preceptor has told me I am doing excellent, that I am independent and everything. In fact, I feel like I am doing pretty decently, but one thing I cannot shake is that med/surg is NOT for me. I have always wanted to be an OB nurse...that area of clinical in nursing school was my favorite, but I didn't necessarily HATE med/surg then... but now...I DO. My problem is I feel so overwhelmed with the amount of drugs I have to give, the constant new orders, all the drains and tubes that I never really dealt with in nursing school and am just know learning how they work (Rectal tube, post-pyloric NG tube, etc). I realized that I don't even know how to change a freaking pressure ulcer wound dressing by myself... I don't know. And on top of that, I have had to rotate on both days and nights and I have to choose which one I want. And tbh, I am not sure because nights are definitely less stressful and I have more time to think, BUT I don't have a social life because my sleep schedule is totally wrecked... I guess what I am asking are a few things: 1) is it NORMAL to feel like this, or is nursing just not for me? 2) Is the messed up sleep schedule on nights worth the more easy-going environment for my first year? 3) Should I stick med/surg out for a year, then transfer to OB (per my hospitals policy) OR should I quit now while it isn't too late and try to get into pharmaceuticals? 4) Is it normal to feel nauseous and dread going back to work and looking incompetent...if so...WHEN DOES IT GET BETTER? Also, forgot to mention I sometimes have all COVID patients which adds to my anxiety and makes the shift worse, but I can't do anything about that obviously LOL sorry for the long post...I just really need some words of wisdom. *sigh* thanks, in advance.
  3. callmetallcake

    New Grad for School Nurse?

    I personally know a nurse who has only ever worked as either a school nurse or as a public health nurse. She started in a school nurse position, stayed there for a few years, worked as a family planning nurse, then has since returned to school nursing. Do what makes YOU happy! If you know your heart isn’t in bedside nursing, don’t waste your time! Definitely try shadowing a school nurse just to make sure you could see yourself doing it. Good luck.
  4. callmetallcake

    Summer 2020 ATL Residencies

    I haven't heard back either. I really wanted an interview with Northside, but I can't wait forever
  5. callmetallcake

    Summer 2020 ATL Residencies

    I didn't personally interview with wellstar but my friend did. She signed up for 3 virtual interviews I believe and hasn't heard back yet. From the looks of the sign up website they had for the virtual interviews, A LOT of people interviewed. Hopefully they are just still deciding and will get back to you soon. Good luck, I hope you get some offers.
  6. callmetallcake

    Summer 2020 ATL Residencies

    OK, cool! Fingers crossed!!
  7. callmetallcake

    Summer 2020 ATL Residencies

    If/when anyone hears anything this week from Northside Gwinnett, please post!!
  8. I know this is an old thread, but what ever happened with your situation? Did you get out of it?
  9. callmetallcake

    Summer 2020 ATL Residencies

    Nopee... got an email today saying they will be contacting people individually if their resume sparks interest. Keep an eye out for an email!!
  10. callmetallcake

    Summer 2020 ATL Residencies

    Did you have your interview? I was supposed to interview yesterday at a hiring event for OB, but it got cancelled due to COVID-19... They sent an email saying that they were "working on virtual options" ☹️
  11. Hey everyone! Okay, this is a long post... BUT. I'm a senior nursing student--I graduate in May (yes, I'm still graduating despite the COVID-19 situation)! I started applying to nurse residency programs in early Feb. I heard back from many! This past week I've had 3 second interviews with 3 different hospitals. I received 3 offers! The first one I turned down because they refused to tell me how much money they would pay me LOL and were just REALLY shady... So the other two hospitals are great. I'm learning towards Hospital A because of the location and pay , plus they seem to have a great nurse residency program... HOWEVER...I already know what nurse I want to be. I want to be an OB nurse. That is the only clinical rotation I felt comfortable, confident, and just in my element! Both hospitals that I received offers for are not OB positions and neither hospitals apparently have any positions left in OB.. I know OB is competitive and everything so I understand. Hospital A is a medical track residency, so I rotate amongst different med floors (renal, stroke, neuro, etc.), then I match at the end with the unit I liked, plus the managers that feel like I am a good fit (plus after the year residency- one year commitment to the hospital, but not necessarily that particular floor). Hospital B (the other offer) is a residency on an oncology floor, still med/surg but pays less and the location is less convenient (one year commitment to that unit). Like I said, I am leaning towards A definitely. BUT... here's the kicker. Before I received both offers (literally yesterday), I had a phone interview with a completely different hospital : Hospital C, and got a second in-person interview. Again--no OB positions... BUT the HR lady told me that they are keen on me meeting my goals if I get hired, and that if I didn't enjoy the floor I ended up on (the interview is for a stroke observation floor), then I could transfer to an open OB slot after 6 months (or any other floor that has openings.) The interview is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Here's the second kicker... I have to let Hospital A know of my decision to accept or decline by Tuesday at 5 pm. And Hospital B by next Friday. I just don't know what to do. I've talked to my husband and family and they all just say to follow my heart. I want to meet my goal as soon as possible but I know that as a new nurse, I shouldn't EXPECT to get an offer from Hospital C. Thoughts?? I want to be realistic obviously, but I don't want to be miserable for 2 years either. And I also don't want to be an a**hole and accept an offer then go back on it...I feel that's unprofessional. HELP ME!
  12. Hey everyone! Okay, this is a long post... BUT. I'm a senior nursing student--I graduate in May (yes, I'm still graduating despite the COVID-19 situation)! I started applying to nurse residency programs in early Feb. I heard back from many! This past week I've had 3 second interviews with 3 different hospitals. I received 3 offers! The first one I turned down because they refused to tell me how much money they would pay me LOL and were just REALLY shady... So the other two hospitals are great. I'm learning towards Hospital A because of the location and pay , plus they seem to have a great nurse residency program... HOWEVER...I already know what nurse I want to be. I want to be an OB nurse. That is the only clinical rotation I felt comfortable, confident, and just in my element! Both hospitals that I received offers for are not OB positions and neither hospitals apparently have any positions left in OB.. I know OB is competitive and everything so I understand. Hospital A is a medical track residency, so I rotate amongst different med floors (renal, stroke, neuro, etc.), then I match at the end with the unit I liked, plus the managers that feel like I am a good fit (plus after the year residency- one year commitment to the hospital, but not necessarily that particular floor). Hospital B (the other offer) is a residency on an oncology floor, still med/surg but pays less and the location is less convenient (one year commitment to that unit). Like I said, I am leaning towards A definitely. BUT... here's the kicker. Before I received both offers (literally yesterday), I had a phone interview with a completely different hospital : Hospital C, and got a second in-person interview. Again--no OB positions... BUT the HR lady told me that they are keen on me meeting my goals if I get hired, and that if I didn't enjoy the floor I ended up on (the interview is for a stroke observation floor), then I could transfer to an open OB slot after 6 months (or any other floor that has openings.) The interview is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Here's the second kicker... I have to let Hospital A know of my decision to accept or decline by Tuesday at 5 pm. And Hospital B by next Friday. I just don't know what to do. I've talked to my husband and family and they all just say to follow my heart. I want to meet my goal as soon as possible but I know that as a new nurse, I shouldn't EXPECT to get an offer from Hospital C. Thoughts?? I want to be realistic obviously, but I don't want to be miserable for 2 years either. And I also don't want to be an a**hole and accept an offer then go back on it...I feel that's unprofessional. HELP ME!