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Falcon RN

Falcon RN BSN, RN

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Falcon RN has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in med-surg.

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  1. Falcon RN

    facebook Group for State Nurses

    Thanks! I did notice that. It's helpful for sure. I just wanted to branch out to the stated platform because the usage is so great.
  2. Falcon RN

    Bellingham, WA

    Hi! I wanted to reach out and see if there are any Bellingham, WA RNs out there. Looking to network and get a feel of the job market. I'm hunting for my ideal, long haul job situation right now. Most importantly, I would love to connect with other nurses on their lifestyles, careers, family balance, etc. In general, I want to strengthen my tribe of nurse buddies in this little slice of the PNW. I hope that someone catches this post that's in my area! If so, let's chat!
  3. Falcon RN

    facebook Group for State Nurses

    Hey all! This is a repost because I wanted to put it in an area that receives more traffic. Here is goes: I have been wanting to do this for a long time but have been holding back because I can't seem to find another group out there for a state. This would be an informal chat and place for nurses to network outside of their nursing association. Is there something I am missing as to why this isn't a thing?? There are SO many other FB groups out there for nurses but I think having state-specific and informal ones can be significantly valuable for so many. Thoughts? Insights? Thanks!!
  4. Falcon RN

    Who qualifies as an essential worker?

    I am a volunteer with a food distribution (mobile- pickup and delivery foodbank) non-profit and was offered a vaccine through them yesterday so this is astounding to me.
  5. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    Thank you. I appreciate more discussion about this field. It's really piqued my interest. I've been planning out a ton of CEs that would help prepare me for this (at face value). It seems so strange that they would hire someone with not that much experience (well 5 years total, almost 2.5 as a nurse, the rest as an RN assistant in an SNF, many years as a home health caregiver for less mobile adult/geriatric folks & developmentally disabled adults). I took care of TONS of ppl on dialysis at the hospital, and have spent a lot of time in clinics. I always found the dialysis nurses to seem really sophisticated. They looked and acted a little rough around the edges (in a good way), all of them had a super sharp wit, and they were all REALLY smart. I could tell they enjoyed their jobs. Looking back, I think I've always been crushing on that job. The only worry I have is... my tendency to worry. I have GAD. It doesn't get triggered in previous work environments unless I have to deal with Nurse bitterness (the mean type that just hates everybody and wants to pick everyone apart in person and rip them to shreds even harder through gossip- all my nursing friends agree, this is a type who probably is likely burned out or just unhappy). This type was pretty much non-existent on night shift. I find night shift, in general, to be starkly different than day shift in this way. My experience is that all the nurses I have encountered in dialysis seemed to have a passion for it. If I correlate nasty behavior with burnout, seems like dialysis is a less likely place for that to lurk. It's funny. I can take a beating from a patient or a doctor, and an insane patient load, but I can't handle cruel nurses. They have no place in the profession, IMO, and dealing with them freaks me the -- out, BIGTIME. I would hate to have panic attacks for a year while I adjusted for the role but it seems like this wouldn't happen.
  6. Falcon RN

    Thoughts about potential vaccine?

    Hello everyone, I am wondering how people are feeling about a vaccine that is being rushed through the regular FDA protocols. I have yet to do some solid research on what corners are being cut but I do think that it is important to comprehend. On the surface, I have some anxiety about a vaccine when/if it becomes available due to the rushed process. I was wondering if anyone had any information they could share on what the FDA is letting slide and how that can impact the efficacy and potential hazards of the vaccine? Considering those facts, would you be accepting of this vaccine? Would you be willing to take it and have your family take it? I want to strongly support the vaccine, as I do all vaccines but it should be clear why I would want to know more and have hesitations. I will do more research and try to post something in the thread. Maybe someone already has info they can post? 🙂
  7. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    I realize that I unintentionally offended those working in nursing facilities. For that, I apologize for the lack of clarity. I do not think it is beneath me at all. In fact, I think that it takes a ton of hard work (which I'm OK with but at the facility I was working at, I was powerwalking 13 miles a shift and barely had a chance to eat), critical thinking skill, and excellent nursing judgment. I have tried to clarify this before but I will again here. Half of the covid cases in my county came from nursing facilities and I want to be able to maintain closeness with my father (as well as be able for him to see his granddaughter). So, my aversion to nursing facilities is 1) I know that I prioritize and look at patient loads in a way that isn't conducive to that type of environment, (not saying I think I'm better, I just think differently, those working in NFs are more likely to be more efficient than I am) hence why I am burned out on it (and I want to avoid burn out at all cost) and 2) I did not feel like my passion for nursing was bolstered that much when working as a nurse in a SNF because I had such limited amount of time 1:1 with patients considering the patient load. This might be different in other facilities but then there is reason #2) I have a lot of fear of having to isolate myself and my daughter from my father who has a very poor cancer prognosis. If these are the last years of his life, I have to take into account how safe the environment will be and I have heard horror stories about some facilities (I'd rather not elaborate, I don't want to gossip). 3) I feel like because I already have SNF experience, it might not look that great on a resume if I jump into that right now. I feel like if I try something new, then it'll show a more diverse skill set, which would be beneficial in the long run. Please don't be offended. I have an immense amount of respect for the work that NF nurses do. Some of my first nurse mentors are those from nursing facilities. Still, some of the greatest nurses I know. I apologize for not making that clear.
  8. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    I'll definitely look into that. Thank you! Oh! I feel that last part so much! That's why I would stay with my dad if I could. I don't understand the aversion to multi-generational homes in our culture. It has been very healthy for my dad and my daughter. He has told me multiple times, in tears, that he wouldn't have been able to get through this psychologically if I wasn't here. I am going to do everything in my power to ensure all 3 of my parents (including my step-dad) never end up in an LTC. I am my dad's only child but my half-sister lives with my elderly mom and my half-brother lives with my elderly (and sick) step-dad. We all have the same intention. We love them unconditionally and they will always be a huge part of our lives. There is nothing wrong with living with them (except in my case with COVID and immunosuppression w/my dad). I'm still going to make sure that I'm not too far from him like I was when I lived in Portland. Things are different now and I feel like once you have elderly parents, especially those with health conditions, it's really important to be there for them as much as you can. I know there are many reasons why elderly people end up living alone or in an LTC but if there is love and mutual respect in the family, I personally would want to stay as close as possible, if not living with them.
  9. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    I love this!! I heard of someone calling the DON and asking if they were hiring then having a brief experience. When her application went through the process the DON recognized her name and she was put on the short list. She ended up getting the job. I thought that I might be too timid to do this but now I'm considering it as an option... Thank you for all your insight!!
  10. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    To clarify, I never said I wasn't working during that time, I was when I could to provide for my family. I don't believe that it is your business how I provide and care for my family, anyway. Separate topic. Plus, when I was able to work, I scrubbed plenty of toilets! Read the thread before making negative assumptions. I have a gap in NURSING, not in employment. Also, I have no problem taking an entry-level job, or "putting my nose in the dirt". I would never use that phrase to refer to an entry-level position. All I said was that was burned out on nursing facilities and would rather veer away from that. Your "harsh"ness was not a reality check, it was a put-down. Please refrain from contributing to this post if that is what your intentions are.
  11. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    I am so sorry to hear about your experience. It sounds like you have been battling some scary stuff! I can't imagine the strength that you have to continue battling all of this! I genuinely hope it gets better for you. Also, please be kind to your back and yourself. You seem like a warrior and I pray that you are able to heal your spine. Thank you sooo much for putting time into writing that. That was one of the best pieces of advice I've seen. It helps me with perspective. It's not that I have a gap in employment. I worked the last year and a half as a nanny too, as long as I could bring my daughter with me. I just have a gap in nursing experience and I get now that the impact of COVID and having to resign when I did was really not the best career move (but who can predict the future? It seemed like I was only going to take a few months off of nursing at the time). I would like to branch out and a lot of people have offered great suggestions. I'm not super picky about pay, I just want to get my foot in the door and re-ignite my practice. Thank you again for sharing your experience and giving me some more perspective on how things are right now. Blessings!
  12. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    Thank you. I've been hearing about this but I wanted to know the reality and not rumors.
  13. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    You must not have read the whole post. I did work in that environment for almost 5 years. I felt that psychsoc connection when I was a CNA there for those many years for sure! When I stepped up as a nurse, the patient load was too much to really delve into that aspect of nursing (on the level that I would like). That facility worked differently than others though... I would have 22 patients per evening shift (if I remember correctly). I would have to chart head to toes in notation form (instead of drop downs like the hospital uses), and still many of those patients needed treatments. I ran around so much there! I actually lost a significant amount of weight from being highly physically active and unable to take breaks. Also, in my state, half of the COVID patients came from nursing facilities. I still want to be able to be a part of my dad's life. Believe me, I loved the place I worked when I was there, even during the challenging times. I just have a list of reasons as to why med-surg was my happy place and a list of reasons as to why nursing facilities would not work for me right now. I am not dismissing the work that is done in those facilities! I am well aware of how strong of a nurse you need to be to work in many of those settings!
  14. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    It's a year and a half. My dad had a liver transplant and needed a caregiver for a few months after. I was going to get a job again then but he developed really horrible complications from the vasculature not matching up. I ended up pretty much being a private nurse for him... while raising a then 7-month-old. He was fine by Feb of this year but then COVID happened and I was concerned about bringing that home to him being medically immunosuppressed (I have taken him to the ED several times for intractable n/v- prob food-borne despite me being a clean freak). I was talking to a couple of places but then he started getting this unbearable pain in his right leg and could barely walk. I had to resume helping him again. Turns out, they didn't catch a met that was on a lymph node behind and around his femoral artery. He's had surgery and is doing better now thanks to his strong perseverance which is good timing because I will have my BSN next week. I have money saved to move out and get my own place while I job hunt but that'll probably only float me for 2-3 months. I thought I explained the gap. Mostly it was to take care of my dad but it was also to raise my new baby (just worked out that way). Hope that clears it up. I think the story might help me. I've learned a lot about transplant medicine!
  15. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    I want to thank everyone for all your suggestions! I have a lot more hope now. I just need to back away from the local travel nursing companies. I wasn't thinking about a lot of these options. A lot of you folks have been so kind to lend some of your time to steer me in the right direction! Thank you!! ❤️
  16. Falcon RN

    I can't get a job!!

    Truth! I just never thought of dialysis nursing. But if it's a foot in the door that puts me in an environment where I can have more time with patients. What is the culture like, from your experience?