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Kevin RN08

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Kevin RN08 has 2 years experience and specializes in Med-Tele, Internal Med PCU.

2nd Career RN

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  1. Kevin RN08

    Need Scrub Reviews!

    Cherokee Workwear Chest pocket on shirt Cargo pockets on both legs, regular front pockets, AND A ZIPPER!
  2. Kevin RN08

    I think I've decided to go the ASN route

    First, I am prejudice towards second career ADNs ... whether they have a previous Bachelor or not. As a working adult, raising children, paying mortage/rent, student loan(s), car payment(s), etc. it comes down to two things: cost and availability. Community Colleges offer a less expensive alternative than Universities. Time wise, in my case, it would've been about the same; provided you have all the prereqs completed an ADN is +/- 2 years and so is a Traditional BSN, Accelerated BSN programs are 12-18 months depending what the previous degree was (and prereqs). On the job search front, I think many managers appreciate the dedication we "Career Changers" have shown. You have a full resume: life experience, a work history, professional references and accomplishments to set you apart from the 22 year old new grad. Yes, the BSN may be preferred, but even at Magnet Hospitals ADNs are hired. That being said, I would advise someone without an established career to pursue the BSN. Many (Magnet) Hospitals may require that you complete a BSN 3-5 years after hiring, but that can be done ON THEIR DIME! Put your HR/ Managerial Hat on, applicant has a BS in XYZ and 5-8 years working in XYZ industry; now they are in front of you with an ADN. We can assume they probably have managerial (atleast supervisory) EXPERIENCE at some level. Management education is probably the biggest difference between ADN and BSN. Plus you may be able to hire them a little bit cheaper than a BSN.
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    New Grad...need help dealing with super negative staff!

    Not. done.yet has good advice. Personally, I let the vent go on if it's not in a patient area, if it is I speak up telling them to take it somewhere else. Make your own judgements, your own decisions as to what ills may be in the place ... as well as what strengths are present. As to your preceptor, IMO precepting is NOT teaching it is coaching. Presumeably you have demonstrated skills and knowledge to an expected point determined by your School, your state Nursing Board, and your Manager. Now you need some one to help you to take the next step and much of that requires getting comfortable with this hospital's policies and procedures, getting checked off in some tasks and establishing your own method of prioritizing and time management. And if turnover is that high, or attitudes are that caustic maybe it's best that you have some "new blood" as a preceptor.
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    New Grad, Need Advice!!!

    I'd be hard pressed to recommend signing a 3 year contract at a SNF. But if jobs are hard to come by in your area and you're unwilling to relocate then that may not be such a bad deal.
  5. Unsafe is UNSAFE, PERIOD. That said, I don't mind assisting others in turning, transferring, or cleaning "heavy" patients. I am 6'2" 195-205, I should be called on to assist with some of the larger patients. Just as I may call on others when I can't get an IV started, want a second opinion, need to clean the peri-area of a "shy" female, or to assist in turning, transferring, or cleaning my patients. It is called TEAMWORK, we all have strengths and weaknesses and we need to use the collective strengths to best care for OUR patients.
  6. Kevin RN08

    Time to call a duck a duck, part II

    Great summation. If we all aren't pulling in the same direction we are working against each other. Organizationally, bedside Nurses provide the broad (hopefully) stable base which the Hospital is built. If this broad base isn't properly represented in the board room they become less stable. Too often this occurs because of poor communication, unclear goals, and/or lack of desire from all concerned. IF we at the bedside are accused of "not getting the big picture", then that is a management problem. If the organizational goals are not clear how can it be expected to be supported? The problem can be on either side of the fence, the bedside nurse that chooses not to participate in Shared Governance, Staff Meetings, or Eductation ... worse yet, those who are too obstinate to try to understand or be constructive. Then there are the Managers who approach everything with a "my way or the highway" attitude, those that have lost touch with the bedside or (worse yet) lost touch with their Staff.
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    Relocating for the elusive first RN job

    I just looked it's about a 7 hr train ride with a price tag of $90-180 ... work nights and that's good sleep time. Though it would be like working 1 shift for free (travel costs).
  8. Kevin RN08

    Relocating for the elusive first RN job

    Another thing to consider is he remains in Boston while you essentially commute. If you have a 3x12 schedule, find a coworker to rent a room from work your three days and then go home.
  9. Kevin RN08

    New Grad- ER Position

    Take the job. One piece of advice is to COMMUNICATE!!!! Speak up if/when you feel you're in over your head. Let your preceptor know where your weaknesses are. If you and your preceptor don't click request another.
  10. Kevin RN08

    Time to call a duck a duck, part II

    I agree and understand much of what you are saying. And I would encourage more managers to come back to the trenches once in a while. It's like the "Undercover Boss", these CEOs normally walk away with a deeper appreciation of the work their employees do, how their policies effect the work and workforce. When I was an aide, my NM and the Educator would frequently (3-4 times/week) come on the floor during AM shift change and/or during lunch to help care for patients. They would help get water, toilet, clean-change, administer pain meds. We loved them for it, it also allowed them to get DIRECT feedback from the patients. The NM had scrubs in her office, if we were short handed she would work the floor AND attend her meetings. Where I am now, not so much. We have an Clinical Nurse Educator who doesn't leave her office, but will call you in because you forgot to chart a pain REASSESSMENT (sorry I was running a code ... on HER). The NM is routinely off the floor in meetings, writing evaluations, reviewing & submitting reports, setting policy, dealing with personell matters, it is all important stuff and in her defense it is a MUCH larger organization, but it is Business Administration not Nursing. We don't see her with her "Nurse Hat" on and that is where the rub is. I've worked nights here for a year and a half, ONCE the NM worked with us. Once recently the CNE told the offgoing Charge that the oncoming Charge would just have to "suck it up" when the day staff was 2 people short ... the oncoming charge had not finished her orientation!
  11. I took this from a former career advisor when comparing competing offers (in my former life) ... "you're gonna be the same size fish, but in a smaller pond you are MUCH bigger." I may take the reverse approach about politics, I think that we as young RNs are more insulated from the politics at large academic facilities than in smaller- private- community hospitals. Either way, I agree with sticking around for 18 months or longer, build some alliances and build a solid resume that cries to move to the "next level".
  12. Kevin RN08

    Would like info on relocating to Langley

    My understanding is if your child want School of the Arts or IB they have to (A) be a resident of the county/district they are applying to (York, Williamsburg, Hampton, Newport News) (B) apply and be accepted. For instance you may choose to live in the Tabb district of York County, your child want SoA so they apply and are accepted they will then be bussed (sp) from Tabb High to Bruton High for SoA. I would imagine it's the same in Williamsburg, NN and Hampton. I would echo the previous poster's comments, but would add select areas of NN. Personally, I worked on the Naval Station in Norfolk while living in Williamsburg and it was MISERABLE! I spent atleast 15 hrs a week commuting 45 miles door to door, the standard was 1.5 hours each way and frequently one trip of >2hrs (1-2 every 2 weeks). Though that traffic is much of the motivation to go to Nursing School. I now drive 50 miles to Richmond in an hour with a coffee-snack stop.
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    Would like info on relocating to Langley

    Here are some links to penninsula schools districts. http://yorkcountyschools.org/ http://www.sbo.hampton.k12.va.us/ http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/ http://www.wjcc.k12.va.us/ Schools that I've heard good things about include: (York County)- Bruton, York (Newport News) Menchville, Woodside, (Williamsburg-James City County) Lafayette, Warhill. Understand that my (or my daughter's) experience is only with Bruton which was positive though 5 years ago. Bruton is designated as a "School of the Arts", York is designated "International Baccalaureate", though you just have to live in York County and be accepted to these programs. Other districts probably have these programs, I don't know which.
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    Would like info on relocating to Langley

    Langley is in Hampton. To live I'd look in York County, Tabb, Grafton, York districts. I live in Williamsburg/York County (Bruton District) which would be 20-25 min to Langley. Personally, I would not recommend living in Norfolk/Virginia Beach and working in Hampton, there are 2 tunnels one with HORRIBLE traffic problems and the other is very inconvenient. As for working on the "Peninsula" (Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg), you've got 4-5 options in no particular order: Sentara Williamsburg, Sentara Careplex, Sentara Port Warwick, Riverside, and Mary Immaculate (Bon Secours). New grad pay last year was +/- $20.50-22 range, plus differentials for nights & weekends. There are also Hospitals on Ft Eustis, Langley, and a VA Hospital in Hampton. I can tell you that worked as a Carepartner and tried out an ER RN position (as a NG) at Careplex and it was a positive experience, I did clinicals and have friends at Williamsburg and Mary Immaculate to which they all seem happy. Options on the "Southside" (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth) would start with Sentara Norfolk General, Children's Hospital of the Kings Daugters (Norfolk), Chesapeake General (I have heard bad from a respected co-worker that did some part time work there), Navy Med Center Portsmouth. Sentara does have other hospitals, but I know little or nothing about them. The pay rate is also less on that side of the water. I am hearing that things are opening up at Sentara Williamsburg and Careplex, so you may start your focus there. All the best in your transition.
  15. I did the Hurst in person Course and their CDs along with Saunders. We also had to take the HESI, which was a pain it provided a good tool as to where to focus your study efforts. I found Marlene(?) Hurst to be a hoot which really made the "study until your butt falls asleep" process a bit more tolerable. Here was my approach: 1. Finished classes and had 1 week to prepare for HESI, I did Saunder's tests until I was consistantly >75% in all areas. 2. Graduation and 1 weeks off, then attended Hurst and worked through their review. 3. Did Saunders review of my known weak areas, ending with repeated Exams with additional practice using their "type of question" focus. 4. I then repeated the Hurst tests and listened to their rationales and test taking strategies. 5. My last 2 days were spent relaxing and resting, I did look up things that came to mind, but did not "study".
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    Who is hiring new grads in Virginia??????

    Newport News and York County Schools are rumored to have long standing positions open ... I don't know what their experience requirement may be, and it isn't hospital nursing, but it is a J-O-B.