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Maevish

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  1. If I can do it, anyone can. It seemed like I had to work harder to retain things in nursing school and had to practice the skills multiple times before I felt comfortable doing them correctly. To this day, if I don't do something over and over again I have a tough time with it. I haven't had a Swan or a balloon pump in about a year so I would want a bit of a review before having either one again! The key, however, is speak up if you're not comfortable doing something. You don't want to be that jerk who acted like they could do more than they could and then injured a patient :) I think you can do it if you want to, but you have to overcome yourself first. Needing repetition doesn't make you unable or "not quick enough" to work in any unit. xo
  2. OOOOH comments like that make me so mad!! I sometimes hear the same things in ICU. Sure, a new grad isn't ideal for ANY nursing position in reality, but everyone has to start somewhere and even the best nurses knew nothing at one point! You can't rightly compare yourself to someone who has 10 years of experience and if other nurses are making you feel this way (and you think there might actually be a learning delay), GO TO YOUR MANAGER. Good managers and Clinical Nurse Specialists want you to go to them when you have a problem. Maybe the other nurses are right, but they could be very wrong. I know first hand that ICU is tough (and I was a nurse for a year before I switched) and I've heard good OR orientations are 6 month minimums and stretch to a year-and-a-half at some places! It's an odd, wonderful world in OR and things don't come overnight, no matter what other nurses there might say. If there's an issue, you want to know about it so you can try to fix it, but if you're just normal...they should be able to tell you that as well. When I first graduated, I was sick to my stomach for the first 6 months on the floor... you feel like you don't know enough for a reason: you don't lol xoxo
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    Trouble finding work

    It's the most obnoxious/stressful thing ever. There are jobs "everywhere" including cities I'd love to work in near me, but they either don't seem to look at my file or they have enough nurses (even though there are pages of jobs open and each hospital and I also apply for staff positions). I'm in the same boat as you. I have to stay in a certain area for family reasons and there are TONS of hospitals in this 45-50 mile radius, but even with all the jobs that are open at each one, I don't have any luck until JUST before my funds run out. I'm out of work for 2-3 months every 3 months, partially because of the hospitals not hiring and partially because my last 2 recruiters have dropped off the face of the earth after the first few weeks of a contract. I'm applying to at least 20 jobs a day, so I know how you feel. We've just gotta keep it up until we make it lol -xo
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    Should mean people be allowed to be mean at work?

    Is that a rhetorical questions? Of course they're not allowed to be mean at work! There ARE, however, nurses who get away with it because they're amazing nurses and other people say, "Oh, that's just so-and-so" and let them get away with it. There was a nurse like that at a hospital I worked at for about 6 years. People said that about her and she's still working there (and hasn't gotten better). I don't know how people are allowed to be like that, but of course it shouldn't happen and it's not right. xo
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    6/4 WILTW: Oui jete' du Nursing???

    Haha!! I do the same thing most of the time (I still have to use my nursing brain sometimes, though) cause it's just not worth it!! They're going to get the meds anyways, after they go home, (legally or otherwise) and if it's not gonna hurt them and it's ordered? Not a hill I want to die on most nights. xo
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    Are nurse's all that and a bag of chips?

    All that you say is true, but I also know very obnoxiously holier-than-thou people in other walks of life as well. I don't ever preach about my chosen career (because honestly, I feel like if I can do it, anyone can, and my job doesn't make me). I've never encountered anyone in my professional life who has thought that way either, or or expressed it so that I could see it from the outside. There were people like that in school though, so maybe it's just because I spent more time with them than I ever would my coworkers! On the other hand, I have people (one friend on a semi daily basis, probably because her mom's an ER nurse and she knows what we go through more than the average person) who tell me I'm a rock star. I'm uncomfortable with that because there are hundreds of thousands of nurses WAY better and more qualified than I'll ever be! If I did encounter a person like that I'd probably deal with him/her as little as humanly possible because I have a low tolerance for that blowhard (*cough* Trumpish *cough*) attitude. I have PLENTY of other faults, but being overly cocky isn't one of them (and it's genetic cause my mom goes around thinking she's stupid too, which she isn't! lol). I DO think nursing is special in the way that we (the techs, CNAs, RTs, doctors, and all the other healthcare staff) take care of people who are sometimes unwilling, physically abusive, confused, sometimes threatening, and rude in a way that wouldn't be tolerated by most out in public. However, we also get to be part of some pretty amazing moments too, so it evens out, even for someone like me who hasn't found her DREAM career! haha xo
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    6/4 WILTW: Oui jete' du Nursing???

    I learned that I'll actually miss the assignment I'm on now, even though I'm going back to a place I also loved for the next 13 weeks. This place makes me do minimal real ICU work (which, sometimes, is annoying), but I get paid better than I'd ever get paid on staff! I'll have to do some real work at the other place (but they don't do heart caths, hearts, trauma, etc) and get paid about $10 more an hour lol Should have done more OT here when I had the chance, but since it's my last night, it's a no go. I've also learned that the precious little old man I've been caring for all night is precious and made me miss my grandpa (so I got a bit misty for a sec early on). Love 'em while you have 'em, folks! xo
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    6/4 WILTW: Oui jete' du Nursing???

    Is that for LVN or RN? My mom's going to challenge the NCLEX-LPN (or whatever it's called) and she was asking me about a good course for that and I had no clue what to tell her, but we looked some up. Just wondering. Thanks! xo
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    Codes

    OMG the Lucas device!!!! #heaven:saint:
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    Codes

    Good grief! That does seem stupid (I was gonna say "silly", but no, it's stupid). That's how codes are run at a lot of places, but most of the time, when that happens, the house super will dismiss people after awhile (leaving 1-2 extra people for compression relief). It's the natural thing to do, when a code is called, to run in the room, especially if the hospital doesn't have a set routine/procedure in place. Once you've found out that you're not needed though, you should move on without someone having to tell you (like you did in your example). Some hospitals I've been to assign certain people to certain tasks, on the off chance someone codes, during the shift assignment and that's really nice (although if someone else's pt crumps it has to be rearranged a bit). It makes for less chaos, but lets other people run for them (outside the room!) if necessary. That's all I did for two codes at that facility: mix levo, mix vaso, communicate with pharmacy, prime CVP, ART, and PAP lines, label the tubing, get orders, etc. Hopefully they'll figure that out where you work and it never hurts to mention it to the director/manager because, even if it's not something that you do very often, there should be a protocol in place that actually gets followed. xo
  11. It also depends on where you live and the cost of living. The Bay Area nurses (and other nurses in expensive cities like Manhattan) make a TON more money than us regular folk, but the cost of living in those cities is INSANE. I had a friend who was a teacher (I know, different career) in Missouri and she made next to nothing compared to what she would have made here in California, but her rent was also $400/month. It's supposed to even out and if it doesn't, then you have a problem. xo
  12. That seems about right. Right out of school, I was making about $75,000 a year in Northern California. If I just did one contract after another as a travel nurse instead of having 1-4 weeks off in between assignments (sometimes unwillingly), it would be much more. xo
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    Unsure of what nurse recruiter meant

    If you didn't get anything from the hospital, which is likely, check the website to see if there are any form on there. Maybe she, like the other posters have said, forgot to attach them in an email. That happens often. Otherwise, bring everything you possibly can, ID, resume, etc and get there early in case you can fill out the forms there beforehand. xo
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    Will leaving this job hurt my resume?

    Your agency should back you up if you want to quit (I mean, don't just not show up for work one day, but you know...do it the right way). They may have even had other people who didn't like that particular place too, for all you know. If you don't like it and are feeling some kind of way every time you go in to work, that's not good for anybody. Just do it! xo
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    What type of nursing job can I get with ICU experience

    PACU is great! Wake 'em up, pack 'em out! Or plastic surgery...that's the dream. Worked part time at one office for years and it was the best!! xo
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