TKL

TKL

ICU, OB/Pediatrics, Education

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TKL has 11 years experience and specializes in ICU, OB/Pediatrics, Education.

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  1. Anxiety, depression and job hopping

    Thank you for sharing. It's hard not to question the what ifs and contemplate how our decisions shape our reality, both good and bad. Unfortunately, not everyone has control over how they can make these decisions. Your health is very important and sh...
  2. New Grad Nurse and New Mom

    Congratulations on the birth of your little one! I will jump right to your questions: -Yes it is manageable. Especially if you find the right nursing family to join. It won't always be easy. There can be tears shed of exhaustion and discomfort a...
  3. Can an RN Volunteer on the Floor?

    I agree with everything mentioned. Having a PRN/Per diem job can really be the best of both worlds. Each hospital system is different but some have little requirements for how many shifts you need to pick up each month or each pay period. Anoth...
  4. Vanderbilt NP Direct Entry 2022

    I'm another considering Vanderbilt for 2022, a lot of my research has put this school in my top 3. Block scheduling is a little scary due to the distance I need to drive/fly but the school is very highly regarded. Just a few more months before applic...
  5. How to find a shadowing opportunity?

    Some hospitals have shadowing programs you can apply for, they tend to have a list of requirements before you are allowed in due to HIPAA and health & safety issues. Obtaining experience as a patient care tech/nurse assistant, etc. can be v...
  6. Dealing with patient death

    It's a terrible feeling, loss. Some stick in our minds for quite some time. As others mentioned above, it's okay to acknowledge and have emotion. With time, it is still difficult but you will find different methods of coping. I always like to tell an...
  7. Does it get better?

    Everyone provided beautiful insight. You're human, and sometimes freezing happens. Panic, feeling overwhelmed; sounds like you hit fight or flight mode. Recall the good aspects of your care: you noticed the problem, you acknowledged it and began to l...
  8. How does your unit determine who floats?

    The first unit I worked for used the I've been here for x number of years approach, not approved by management or the nursing office, but oh well. When I went from FT to casual status, I also tended to be pulled every time I was working; it kind of f...
  9. Should apply to the ICU?

    Best wishes! As mentioned above, check with HR about transferring...many hospitals require 6 months to 1 year in a position before you move departments; unless you are moving from a PRN or PT position to FT. CRNA school is very competitive, so ...
  10. Rejected from job listings

    I just wanted to wish you luck! Apply for those med-surg positions, the ones in the hospital that has a NICU you want to work in. Build yourself up there, make connections and attempt to transfer once you gain RN experience.
  11. New grad advice please

    Absolutely use your experience, they will want to see you have leadership skills, communication skills, customer service experience, etc. Apply for any area you would like to be in, sell yourself. Let them know you are eager to learn, that you know y...
  12. First Position - How to not look dumb?

    It's better to ask then practice unsafe care as you guess your way through each task. Have a small notepad so when you ask, you can write things down. Remember to look up things you don't know later, get a full in-depth understanding of what you are ...
  13. TIME MANAGEMENT HELP

    The above was perfectly written. You will learn with time, you are still getting your feet wet. You can do this! Have a small sheet for each patient on the important notes from the prior shift, task items, MAR, labs and area of focus. What has ...
  14. Frustrated New Graduate

    I'm sorry for your struggles to get in. I don't live in California but my local hospitals are pushing heavily for BSN prepared nurses. Half of my unit went back to school to receive their Bachelor's, some nurses with exceptional experience and care t...
  15. L&D/ PP New Grad

    I'm sorry you haven't received responses yet but wanted to wish you the best of luck! I began working as a new grad in ICU and found I loved it. I worked there for 3 years before I transitioned to OB/Peds. My background helped to understand the ...