bluesnurse

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bluesnurse has 11 years experience and specializes in Cardiology.

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  1. Requesting No Students During Orientation

    Not rude, totally legit. This happened to me, and it definitely shortchanged my orientation even as an experienced nurse making an internal transfer. Also, having three nurses tends to confuse and/or alarm patients, especially on a low-acuity OBS uni...
  2. What did you do before nursing?

    Nursing was my fourth career. I taught middle school for a year out of a Liberal Arts BA, then went to school to be an echo tech. I did that for about five years before burning out on the call. Then I took a few programming classes and got a job with...
  3. Yes. In the summer of 2001 I was 33 and working for a software startup that failed. My choices were to pursue a job offer with a larger software company, or fulfill a lifelong dream of going to nursing school. I only needed two prerequisites, so I de...
  4. Can employer change job description and demands?

    Especially if you're in a right-to-work state, the answer is yes. My job description has changed several times over three years my current department, and we just found our our weekend commitment is being doubled in the spring. I'm fortunate that ...
  5. What are great fields in nursing for a shy/quiet person?

    I'm extremely quiet and introverted, and have been a successful nurse for 8+ years. We did the Myers-Briggs Inventory in one of my BSN classes, and the overwhelming majority were strong Extroverts. I was the only INFP of 40 students My best advice...
  6. Cardiac nursing questions

    Hi a.caroline, I got my first hospital job in 1993 as an EKG tech, then became an echo tech, and finally an RN in 2004. I've tried to change specialties once or twice but have concluded that cardiac is my "thing." I love it. So my advice may be a ...
  7. How long have you been here?

    Funny you should ask -- I'm an on-and-off poster who just wandered back here a few days ago. According to my profile I joined in September 2007, but I started nursing school in 2001 and began lurking shortly thereafter. There aren't many sites I'm...
  8. Student Loan Defaulters ONLY

    I haven't defaulted but I came close last year when my hubby's small business tanked along with the local economy. I finally called the servicer, literally in tears, and explained my situation. I was less than a month from default and they were abl...
  9. Sir, you seem to be serious, so here's my First of all, RN is not an "accreditation." It is a professional license to practice as a nurse. It is not a dilettante certificate program in which you regurgitate any number of formulas and figures onto ...
  10. Tele vs. M/S

    If critical care is your goal then definitely work tele! I worked tele all through nursing school, from CNA-LPN-RN, and it was great experience. In places like ICU and ER, you HAVE to know your rhythms cold and you will get that experience on tele....
  11. Anyone NOT have trouble getting a job?

    I'm an old graduate, but my advice would be to start looking NOW for an entry-level hospital job. You don't have to wait until you're a new grad to get your foot in the door! CNA is always a good option, and it will teach you about real, Crocs-on-th...
  12. RN mother looking at options to work from home?

    With all due respect ... if there were a way for an RN/BSN with a few years of critical care experience to work from home, set their own hours, get great health bennies, and make enough to buy cool toys, don't you think someone here would have found ...
  13. After 17 years in cardiology, I've decided to follow my dream and transition into psych nursing. It's always interested me, and since turning 40 I've taken a hard look at my career direction. While I love cardiology, it's not something I see myself...
  14. Potential nurse with future limitations

    Absolutely, I agree that you should move forward with nursing. One of my classmates was a childhood leukemia survivor and is now one of the best oncology nurses you'll ever meet. A physiatrist at the same hospital lost a leg above the knee to canc...
  15. Changing specialties mid-career (long)

    Thanks to all for the encouragement. To update, I did tell my manager I was applying for a transfer, and she actually seemed relieved. They were in fact getting ready to eliminate my position, and although she was hoping to transfer me to another o...