AZO49008

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Former PR/Marketing Communications professional making a midlife career change into nursing

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  1. My partner and I are seriously considering a move to Asheville, which would depend on me finding a job. I'm an RN with cardiac care and ER experience. It seems Mission Health is the only gig in town. I would appreciate if anyone could give me an insi...
  2. Hiring climate in Baltimore

    I'm a Cardiac RN, three years on a busy acute-care stepdown unit. I have been smitten with love and my soon to be fiancé has a job lined up at Hopkins on their organ procurement and transplant team after his boards in August. I am planning to relocat...
  3. Forced wearing of nursing cap.

    Oh good grief. This comes up every year. They need to just get rid of the caps, period. News flash: it's almost 2013. Nobody wears them EVER in practice so why some people get so strung out on the whole cap thing I'll never know. I'm a guy though so ...
  4. I have been dating an incredible man in DC long distance and although I love the frequent flier miles I have been building in the process, we have both decided that things are definitely pointing toward permanency. So, it looks like I may need to sta...
  5. 1.5 years in and at the end of my rope....?

    Well, I'm 1.5 years in as well and here's my 2 cents worth. First of all, I think your age is a big factor. I'm 47, started my 2nd career as an RN at 45. I look back at how I thought, acted and processed things when I was in my early-to-mid 20's and ...
  6. No more Mr. Nice Guy (New Year Resolution)

    Thanks for the comments, and even though I wasn't soliciting them, thanks for some of the suggestions. I was more or less just blowing off some steam. I hope I didn't make it sound like I was working in a den of misanthropes! It's just two RNs out o...
  7. Weeding out of nursing students

    Here's how I see it. In addition to studying hard and knowing your stuff, it's also all about jumping through the hoops. Some of those hoops seem ridiculous and pointless. I found that the students were "singled out" or "picked on" were the ones who...
  8. Why do RN's avoid LTC positions?

    I would rather eat glass shards then work in LTC. When we did clinicals in LTC I literally felt like running out the door at the end of the shift - couldn't get out of there quick enough. Mass chaos, mis-management, under-staffing, all sorts of bed a...
  9. New name for nurses who are men

    Meh. I used to have a thing about being called a "nurse" but I got over it once I actually became one. I refer to myself as an "RN" to my patients and when identifying myself to others on the care team. What others choose to call me is their preferen...
  10. What would you do?

    Newer RN here - 1.5 years as an RN, work on a busy cardiology unit on nights. My plan was to migrate to days but have since changed my mind. We have been required to take a 5th patient, which is a lot on a busy cardiac patient who have some pretty hi...
  11. Yesterday morning I accepted my last sigh, complaint, or roll of the eyes from a couple of the day shift RNs I report off to. I started a year and a half ago and these two were very unhelpful and unforgiving to a new RN. They clearly still think of m...
  12. Officially passed the one-year mark

    Well, I officially passed my one-year mark of working as an RN. From some of the stories I've read on here over the past year I think I have to count myself very, very lucky. I got the exact job I wanted (Cardiac) in the right hospital before I gradu...
  13. Just a reminder to watch what you say!

    How many stories do we need to hear about people being scrutinized for what they say about their employers/workplace on FB or other social networking before people realize it's not the brightest thing to do. It's a basic act of self preservation. Yea...
  14. I can't believe it!!!!

    Congratulations! So here's your assignment: between now and August, work on that self confidence. I'm a May 2010 grad and started on a cardiac floor as well, and am really enjoying it. I'm not trying to scare you, but cardiac can be pretty stressful ...
  15. Blood transfusions??? just say no...

    Exactly. I'm gay, and I'm agnostic. But ironically I work in a Catholic hospital. I have a huge list of reasons why I should not want to work in a Catholic hospital. They broadcast morning and evening prayers over the PA system, which I find pointle...