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  1. RN2be_07

    New to Virginia Beach, VA RN

    I moved here in January. I have 6 months of pediatric experience from 3 years ago and while here I have applied to about 30 positions and only gotten 2 interviews (one for a school nurse and one at Sentara med/surg/onco position). I might be able to do so substitute school nursing next school year but I am too looking to complete my 1-2 years of requisite experience while we are here. It is a tough market here due to the military and the overabundance of nursing schools here (Sentara, BonSecours, Tidewater, etc.). It is also really hard to get a hold of any of the nursing recruiters! I know that CHKD is currently under a hiring freeze due to low census and that is where I really want to work so its frustrating. No one wants to hire newer nurses here so I feel your pain. I have seen some new grad openings in Richmond though so if you dont have kids maybe you could work there. Obviously it is not ideal with your hubby being here but if I didnt have kids I would probably do it.
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    Do you include clinical sites and hours on your resume

    I've been told not to include clinicals since they assume that they are part of your nursing education. The only one I did mention on my resume was my capstone experience in which I spent 72 hours on a NICU with the same mentor. If you did anything like that I would include it and put the mentor down as a reference.
  3. I am considering applying to the NCP. I already have my BSN but I have not worked in almost 2 years (I have 4 months acute care peds experience). I havent worked because my husband is a submarine officer and we have small children. Once he is released from his current command (in about 18 months) I would like to go to OIS and start the process. Once he is on shore duty and my oldest is in school it will be a lot easier to schedule things and work. I have a few questions to help me clarify things OR can someone direct me to information? 1. Is getting accepted by NCP competitive? Will my lack of experience and time away from the workforce be a hindrance? Will they train me back into being a nurse? (BTW I have a current, active license) 2. Where are the training commands? My hubby can go many places for shore duty but only limited number of bases have subs. If he stays in past his shore duty then we could probably only go to Hawaii, San Diego, or Groton, CT for his next sea duty. 3. Has anyone done navy nursing with a spouse also in the military? Will they be willing to move me from a command earlier then normal to follow my husband to his next duty station? I would be able to do about 2 years right after OIS but then my hubby would change commands and might have to move. 4. How are they with scheduling at the hospitals? Can you get all day shifts? How do weekend shifts work? 5. I've heard of some people going straight in as an O2. What sort of qualifications do you need to get in straight as an O2? 6. I am interested in getting my masters either as a Nurse Practioniner (Sp?) or as a Physician's Assistant? How soon could I apply for these programs? Are they really competitive? 7. What is the best way to get a hold of the right person to talk to about the NCP? 8. Lastly, how long did it take you get accepted, get order for OIS, etc. I need to know so I can try to coordinate all this with my husband's release from his current command and deployment schedule. Thanks so much for any advice. -Megan
  4. RN2be_07

    Fired or Resign?

    Resign or ask for a transfer. Try somewhere else with new people in a new situation - you might thrive in a different environment. I went through a similar experience and I regret NOT resigning when I could because I feel that sometimes when they tell you that they already plan on firing you unless you do something extraordinary.
  5. RN2be_07

    new grad resume??

    I put down my practicum rotation because it was 72 hours in the same unit with the same nurse. You dont need to write down ALL your clinicals because most of that is just a learning situation and managers know what they teach in nursing school. SInce not everyone has the same practicum and you can have referrals from that experience I would write it down. I have seen job ads expressing interset in applicants who did a practicum in that field as it expresses interest.
  6. RN2be_07

    Transportation of the deceased neonate

    We always just wrapped them in blankets and did not let people look at the baby if they asked to while walking down to the morgue. I think an 'angel basket' makes it obvious and a plastic crate is disrespectful. Holding the baby is the most respectful IMO and then you lay them down on a bed in the morgue.
  7. A few of the girls who I graduated with had babies in their 1st year of nursing - plus if you get PG now or in a few months it will mean you will have almost all of the 1st year over with by the time the baby is born. Most hospitals are very good about granting maternity leave and then you go right back. Start your family - IMO your heart is always more important then career.
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    Are call backs HIPAA violations?

    Well 1st they are a big waste of time and if the hospital wants them done nurses shouldnt be made to do it. 2ndly I would worry about HIPPAA violations if you call saying they were at the hospital even because sometimes people dont want others to know they were even in the hospital. I would just say "Hi this is so-so, a nurse at so-so hospital and I would like to ask you a few questions, please call me back at . . . " It is very vague but even saying something about 'asking you about your stay/your child's stay, etc." gets slippery - I never felt comfortable doing it for that reason and more.
  9. RN2be_07

    I really dont know what to do

    Nursing school is tough and if you just want to work with kids it may be a great place to be if you also are interested in medicine. Otherwise there are a lot of other kid-centered jobs out there like teaching (another greatly needed position), nutrition (i.e. helping with childhood obesity which is a BIG problem now), counseling, etc. In radiology you dont have a lot of contact with patients (at least in my experience) so you would be lacking there. You can also get a 2 year RN with nursing and go into a position and eventually go for your BSN and your Masters if you would like. I dont see the point in getting your BSN if you dont plan to go above to get your Masters in some area. I have my BSN only because I do want to get my masters someday. Also if you get your 2 yr degree you could also change your mind afterward and go into something like being a physician's assistant for a pediatrician or something so it gives you options. Good luck!
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    Actual Nursing Vs Nursing school

    I found the difference to be practically night & day. NS teaches you the skills (i.e. IVs, meds, general patient care) but they dont teach you the daily ins and outs of being a nurse on the floor (when to call the docs, when to ask for help when not to, the pace, the paperwork, etc.). NS might give you a taste of these things but not the whole picture thus once you are thrust into real nursing you are in for a surprise. My only advice is to be humble, remind yourself that you dont really know anything and find a mentor and avoid the nurses who like to eat their young. Make sure when looking for a job you not only get interviewed but the supervisor and the facility get interviewed by you. Try to talk to the floor nurses one on one and ask them to be honest about their likes and dislikes about their job and the boss. Try to find out the turnover rates for new grads at the hospital you are looking for as this will give you insight into the quality of their new grad program and the acceptance of new grads in the hospital. Make sure you find a good fit - also dont be afraid to quit if you find it is not a good fit - dont wait until you get get fired like I did and then regret it.
  11. I was wondering if any of you knew if military hospitals ever hired civilian nurses? If so who or what agency do I need to go through? Does it help that my husband is military? We are being stationed to Bangor, WA and there is a Naval hospital in Bremerton. I only have 4 months pediatric experience so I am pretty much coming in as a new grad. Do they usually have a good preceptorship program? Thanks for any advice, Megan
  12. RN2be_07

    Getting into HH after a termination

    My issue is that I feel like I have a lot of trouble handling the fast-paced environment of a hospital even if the actual patient care is good experience and I just feel like I cant keep up and I'm constantly behind. I dont feel I can adequately learn in an environment where I'm barely hanging on. I need a place that takes things at a slower pace until I catch on. On the floor I never had time to take a minute and think and that really bothered me and made me worry if I was making bad decisions because I was forced to make them too quickly.
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    Arguments Disfavoring Hourly Rounding

    I found them to be a huge time waster and just another piece of paper to fill out. Many times we would sign ahead for upcoming hours or behind ourselves at the end of the shift. They want to increase patient satisfaction, but how is spending your time trying to get hourly rounds in conducive to effective patient care which creates patient satisfaction. Similar time wasters we had that was supposed to increase patient satisfaction included what they called "intensities" where we were supposed to log how much approxmiate time we spent doing different nursing skills for each patient and determing each patients acuity level and plugging all this into the computer at the end of every shift (this took about 5-15 minutes where I could be in a patients room spending time with the patient!) and the 2nd thing was that they made the unit call EVERY patient after discharge 24-28 hours to survey them on how they felt about their stay and if they were doing ok and had any questions. I am not against making sure our patients have good outcomes after discharge, but why make the nurses do it? BTW all 3 of these things were implemented within 3 months of each other while I was orientating as a new grad - lets just say it was not a good way to be introduced to hospital nursing.
  14. Hi, I will soon be moving to WA state and I am looking for jobs there. So far my story is this: I graduated with my BSN in Dec. 07 with good standing and a 3.35 GPA. I passed NCLEX in Feb. 08 and got my first job as a pediatric nurse in March 08. Four months later as a long, stressful, trying time I was terminated. I cant even remember what they said the reasons were as everything is kind of a blur to me now, but in essence I was not dealing well with the fast-paced environment of hospital nursing. I always felt like I could not keep up and I was constantly getting different feedback from other nurses on what my priorities should be. At first I went in with a egotistic attitude and was instantly shocked on the vast differences b/w nursing school clinicals and reality. After I finally humbled myself I worked hard to try to find my way, I asked and got a different preceptor who had a lot more experience and finally took the time to teach me. She thought I was ready to be on my own. The first week on my own was stressful, but I felt it went ok besides one med error (TB test on another employee). The 2nd week they put me on day shift and I was utterly overwhelmed and it showed. By the end of that week I was fired. In the end I realize I made mistakes not only in making charting and med mistakes but mainly in my attitude. I asked my supervisor at my termination meeting about my resume and she said I shouldnt even put the job on my resume. I've asked a few other people if I should and most say I shouldnt but I am still torn. On one hand I feel like I should because 1- it was experience and that has to mean something and 2- I dont want to have to lie about not having experience (even if I lie about it at first and get a job then I would have to continue having to lie by not saying anything). On the other hand I am worried about how getting fired from my first nursing job looks to potential employers and god forbid if they actually get a hold of my previous supervisor and she ruins my chances for getting another job. I am looking into going into home health as obviously hospital nursing is not my forte. I am afraid that I have already ruined my career as a nurse. Is there any hope for me? Please any advice you can give me on how to approach this issue would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Megan
  15. My family is going to move to Seattle soon and I am looking into jobs there. I graduated in Dec. 07 and worked as a pediatric nurse for 4 months before I was terminated (long story). I dont really want to do hospital nursing as I found it difficult to contend with the cliques, politics, and multiple patient load and all in admits/discharges. I found it really hard to keep up and I was exhausted and depressed at the end of every work day. I know I love nursing though because of those few precious one on one moments I had with the children and their families that made it all worth it. Because of this I am thinking home health is my place to be. There are a few positions through PSA Healthcare in the Seattle area and they say they have a training program if you dont have experience. So my questions are as follows: 1. What is the likelihood of a relatively new grad who has been out of school and the workforce for the past 8 months getting a job in home health? 2. Should I even tell them about my previous job experience. When I left I asked my boss at the time what kind of reference I would be getting from the hospital (not necassirly from her, just the hospital) - she told me not to even put the job down on my resume. I am torn on this account as I feel it was some experience, I dont want to lie about not having job experience but at the same time I dont want them to somehow get a hold of my previous boss and have her destroy my chances at ever getting another job. I am really unsure of how to explain that I got fired from my first nursing job. Can I really ever get a job again as a nurse - have I already ruined my career? 3. Should I just go ahead and take a hospital job for a year then go to home health? 4. How steady is the work in home health? If you dont have clients that means you dont work which means you dont get paid and that worries me that I may be out of work for periods of time - how common is this? Thanks for any advice, Megan
  16. RN2be_07

    Need advice for new grad!!!

    So long story short, I'm 9 weeks into a 12 week orientation and I'm 5 weeks away from a possible termination because I've completely messed up my first job. I came in with the wrong attitude and high expectations for myself that have come crashing to a halt. I'm in culture shock at how different nursing school is from the real world. When we were told at school that we were being prepared to be great nurses I believed it. I have only made a bad impression and I feel like I've lost any chance to gain respect. I came off as an arrogant know-it-all without meaning to. I went in there thinking they expected me to know a lot of things already so I did my best to be that way. I was talked to in April (5 weeks in) that I needed to change, but I tried to blame others and failed to realize any wrong in myself. Four weeks later I made a medication error, I fessed up to it and felt horrible for doing it. No harm was done to the patient, but I knew I had made a bad mistake that couldnt be undone. I was talked to again and given my final chance. I have 5 weeks to get my act together or I'm probably gone. After thinking this through and going to see my doctor and talking to the nurse retention lady at work, I realize my mistakes and I feel horrible. I want to make this right. I want to do better. I need to talk to my manager and preceptor and tell them I was wrong and I'm sorry. That is very hard for me to do since I dont usually have the humility to such a thing. I realize it is what I need to do though. I just wanted some advice from experienced nurses about what I should do and how I can work on fixing this. I want to be a part of the team and I dont want to make mistakes and hurt any of my patients - I love my patients and I would hate for anything to happen. What do I say and do to fix this? Please help!