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  1. I really wanted to hear from nurses the truth about experiences or any feedback about which hospitals are good hospitals to work at and which ones that absolutely should be avoided. Looking at different jobs at different Centura hospitals in Denver and HCA, Denver Health hospitals. I know UC Health is very competitive to try to get a job out and am have gotten some interviews for Centura hospitals like St. Anthony North and Parker and wanted to know if anyone knows if these are good places to work at. Also Sky Ridge Medical Center and just any other hospital within these hospital organization. Would really appreciate any and all feedback, thanks!
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    UCHealth vs. Centura Health Residency Programs

    When I interviewed with UC Health for their new grad program in November I was told that you start out rotating, the 2 year contract being UNIT specific so if you leave the unit before your 2 years is up it is up to $7,500 fine. So if you're wanting to move up from med/surg to higher level like PCU or ICU or any other kind of specialized unit, that is very limiting. You also have to consider if you had a bad experience and wanted to leave, that would reflect on your resume and to other hiring managers that you left before your contract was up and that could have consequences possibly. UC Health has the big name, but Centura also has top ranked hospitals in Colorado as well, no contract and the ability to move up based on whatever your career goals are. Check nursing reviews on like glassdoor and indeed because I found that very helpful. I wouldn't go based off of pay because as a new grad anywhere you go pay is crap and living in Colorado the cost of living is high and nursing isn't quite well compensated. Hope this helps!
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    Centura Health Nurse Residency October/November 2020

    What units? For people that have gotten interviews, did they say that the first year would be rotating?
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    Centura Health Nurse Residency October/November 2020

    I got a call from Penrose yesterday for their ICU and have a zoom interview Friday. I didn't realize that orientation is rotating, the first year is all rotating and then second year goes to nights..
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    Centura Health Nurse Residency October/November 2020

    Has anyone gotten interviews with managers yet?
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    Centura Health Nurse Residency October/November 2020

    I applied for ICU as my first and step down as second preffing Porter and Parker. I started work in March/April on cardiothoracic surgery progressive and am from out of state, just curious if anyone else has experience applying for Centura? Or have applied for Centura before? I was emailed back the same day for the video interview but I've been working so I'm finally doing it today was wondering what questions they ask?? I had applied for UC Health back in November and found out at the interview that the whole first year at least is rotating days and nights and you have to sign a 2 year contract specific to just the unit you're hired on so if you were to try to switch to a different unit within the hospital before 2 years is up, you'd have to pay a fee of up to $7,500. Maybe that could make people who didn't get hired feel a little better. Do you remember what questions they asked? Sorry just very nervous for this 😅
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    New grad anxiety

    I'm a new grad and started end of March / beginning of April. One of the biggest things people come across is this, never having inserted and IV or a foley. I certainly have never ever inserted an NG tube and one day someone asked me if I wanted to do it (we were sharing the floor with a different unit) and it made me very nervous. In school we barely got any instruction or teaching when it came to IV insertion. The one good thing about being a new grad is that no one expects you to know everything. I also graduated with honors and passed NCLEX and not in a rude way, but this doesn't matter at all once you start working as a nurse. There's so many things we never got deep into in school like drains, wound care, different types of testing, drip protocols, etc. I'm sorry you didn't get as much clinical experience that you truly deserved. Take every day of work as a learning moment and your other nurses are usually happy that someone looks up to them and asks them for help or to show them how to do something. People will be very understanding of your situation. Use all resources available to you like a lot of hospitals have some sort of education modules, policies & procedures, etc. And remember, every shift you work is more experience that you have gained. Give yourself more credit than you have been and have confidence in yourself that you are smart, you know what you're doing or you are bright enough to figure it out. Because at the end of the day, there are still experienced nurses that see new things that none of us know much about, medicine is always evolving and there are always new things coming out. And sometimes, we just gotta fake it til we make it. As nurses we are constantly learning no matter what type of nurse or how experienced. So keep in mind all of your experience is valuable, you will only get better and more confident with each shift. You got this!
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    Night shift has changed my life for the worst

    I've thought about doing a clinic, but I'm not sure if I would be happy doing it and just extremely bored. I'm one of those people that likes to constantly be moving and wanted to avoid a desk job. In my population health clinicals we got exposure to many of these kinds of nursing and I didn't really like any of them. We did school nursing, home health, LTC/SNF, community health, and I think a couple others I can't remember. What I do know is that I love connecting with people and building therapeutic relationships as this is one of my strengths and a large part of what attracted me to nursing and the healthcare field. In population health clinicals we had more exposure to community health things, but definitely not all kinds of nursing out there which I'm sure I probably don't know about. If you have any advice. I really appreciate all of the replies!
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    Night shift has changed my life for the worst

    I'm trying to move to Denver Colorado as that is where my mom is and friends and just a support system there besides it being like my home. Right now I'm on night shift. Because of my medications, a few being stimulating, the only way I can function is if I stay up super late the night before the day I work, sleep in as late as I can take my meds, work, come home wait an hour because I still kind of have adrenaline, take my sleeping pills then repeat the next 2 days. After my third I take my regular meds and try to stay up as late as I can so that I can sleep in the evening and flip to a day schedule on my days off. I have to have at least 3 days off in between shifts otherwise I've noticed I really struggle emotionally and almost always have breakdowns. I try to work 3 in a rows so I can always get 3 days off in between but I tend to get moved so it doesn't always work. I'm just one of those people that can't do night shift 😕
  10. I'm a new grad nurse that just started night shift in May and I've become very depressed, my anxiety has never been worse and physically I'm down in the dumps. I've gained like 10 lbs and can't seem to get it off no matter how much I work out or what I eat, my neck pain has never been worse mostly because I went over a month without working out or strengthening exercises which always help but can't now because I never have time and I'm always tired. I have IBS but had it under control and hadn't had any problems for 1-2 years and now it's back and pretty bad. I already talked to my managers and they were very supportive and put me on the list for day shift but there's a lot of people ahead of me. I also know I'm going to be moving hopefully some time soon within the year which means I'm going to have to start out on nightshift all over again and then when I want to move on to ICU or a different unit it's going to be the same thing, start on night shift and wait all over again to be on day shift. I am one of those people that just can't do night shift and I just feel hopeless that I'm never going to have my life back. Looking for any advice, please.
  11. I really need help. I moved out of state once graduating nursing school because things didn't work out elsewhere and it was kind of my only choice. I started in late March/ beginning April and currently work cardiothor surg progressive at an amazing hospital and it's a really great unit and wonderful managers. However, since switching to night shift I've become really depressed, anxiety is worse than ever. I'm trying to move to Colorado where my mom is and I have actual support. I've tried to reapply to new grad programs but of course they don't consider me "new" because I have 4-5 months experience. And of course most jobs require at least 6 months to 1 year of experience so I feel screwed either way. I really need a day shift position but it feels so hopeless. I just interviewed for an ICU job in CO, it would still be nights but would most likely make it to days within 3-6 months, although this position is less than ideal because ratios got to 1:4 during COVID and probably will get bad again once inevitably COVID increasea again. My other thing is that when I go on to be an NP I know I want to work women's health and most likely should work OB as a nurse first. I was wondering what the best move would be? Do they want to see just a year of experience first or 1 year at the same job? I know a couple of nurses that went from cardiac to l&d and have heard they like to see cardiac experience or critical care experience. I'm just afraid of waiting to long to get into OB. I am passionate about cardiac but I just feel so hopeless right now being on night shift in a city I hate living in and have gotten so down I even looked at clinic jobs which I've always known I never wanted to do. I know this is a long post with a lot going on but I would truly appreciate any feedback or advice! Or maybe someone that has gone through something similar. Please I just can't keep doing what I'm doing right now 😞
  12. I currently work in cardiothoracic progressive and most of my background is cardiac even though I just started as a nurse in March. I know I want to go on to be an NP, but I always pictured myself working as an NP in women's health and know that's where I want to end up. I was wondering if it is possible to switch specialties once in NP school or if it is absolutely necessary and required to have experience in OB/GYN? Obviously the ideal is for me to work as a nurse in OB, but I was just wondering if it's still possible if I don't. I would truly appreciate any feedback or advice, thanks!