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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    When I went to nursing school, I knew I didn't want to be a floor nurse. I had little interest in med surg. Now when I did my clinicals, and most were med surg, I enjoyed them for the most part. I like taking care of people. I don't mind the tasks. I have no problem cleaning up people, helping them to the bathroom or to eat. I like talking with and educating patients and family. I don't even mind the rudeness. But I can't stand being understaffed. High patient to nurse ratios. Very acute patients and little help from charge nurses or docs. I worked in a SNF full time for 6 months, and still do PRN work because I love the residents. And then I took a med surg position to get my foot in the door at the hospital. I have been doing this for almost 5 months and I'm just not sure I can make it a year. There has been such turnover. We are constantly pushed to discharge patients and do more admits. Its very task oriented, and I don't believe I am giving the best care that I should be giving. And still being a newer nurse, I'm afraid of missing something and a patient getting hurt. Plus I am seriously getting burned out. I work nights (which I like the flow better, but it is still quite crazy with half the staff and a higher patient load). With how rough it is, and knowing that I am not passionate about floor nursing, I'm wondering if I can/should look for another job. Now I can't search within my hospital system because you need to be in your 1st job for a year before transferring. Which I completely get. Should I just suck it up for another 7 months (at least) and try to apply elsewhere in the hospital. After all, I have worked hard to get where I am. Or can I start applying at other hospitals? Would they even consider me? I don't want to be someone who jumps jobs every few months. I want to find my home and stay there. Anyone else able to either not work med surg out of school or only do it a few months before landing a job that is a better fit? For reference, the areas I am and have been interested in since before school is OR (including periop where I did my senior practicum) or WIS (including NICU). I just feel like those areas are so specialized and so unlike med surg that I wonder how much med surg (besides time management) is really helping me.
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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    I'm in Colorado, not California. But for me personally, it is a little bit of both. Even if I only had 2 patients, I know I am not a med surg nurse. Its not the specialty I want to end up in. But I do think it would be a lot more doable having only 4 patients. Where I was working it was usually 5 patients on days (and with discharges and admits, there were times nurses could have 7 patients at one time), and on nights you have 6-7. Its not always safe.
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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    Update: I tried sticking it out for the year. But there have been some major changes lately where I work. Census has been low. Like we have had to close down an entire hall for over a month now. Med surg at this hospital is the whole second floor. Two hallways, while they renovate the 3rd hall to open up for a geri psych unit. So for over a month I get called off at least once a shift every week. Sometimes two. I can't make my bills. Its not picking up. Charge nurses were supposed to start taking patients themselves, but instead they call off a nurse or 3, and stick the ones there with more patients. AND they call off our CNAs almost every shift. So now on top of a busier workload, we have to answer every call light, help people to the bathroom, help them eat, etc. We end up staying late and missing breaks...for which we get written up for. And we have so many confused patients on bed alarms that we have had several falls in the past month (and several almost falls) because there isn't enough staff to run to 4 rooms at once. I decided I had had enough. I'm not learning anymore, and the environment is unsafe when I work. Which I'm not working enough. So I started applying to the other major hospital system in this area and got offered two positions. One was med surg....it seemed like a much better floor than where I was, but it was still med surg. And I'm so burnt out. The other position is on an ortho floor. Out of all the med surg patients I take care of, surgical and ortho are my favorites. And there is a bridge program to get from ortho to periop, which is one of the areas I'm really interested in. I think this will be a much better fit for me.
  4. I would definitely apply. I got one of those positions with only 6 months working as a nurse in a LTC. And I had classmates that got a position right out of school. I can't say you will definitely be hired, but they will hire new grads into those positions sometimes. Loveland is nice, though I don't know a lot of the area. I work on the med surg floor of McKee, and I do like where I work. Its a smaller hospital, which is nice when you are newer to working in a hospital setting.
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    Not adjusting to night shift

    I started on nights end of March. So it hasn't quite been 2 months. I am a night person and thought the adjustment wouldn't be too bad. Maybe I just haven't given it enough time, but I'm not adjusting well. I'm always tired. I have headaches a lot, my digestive system is messed up. Even my period is all of a sudden irregular. It doesn't help that I can't consistently stick to my night schedule on my days off. I have kids who have things going on. And being a newer grad, I often have classes or forums during the day. I'm beginning to wonder if nights really are for me.
  6. I work for a Banner facility in Loveland CO. I graduated a year ago. My classmates and I just applied to positions. I only saw one that specifically stated New Grad. They will hire new grads for general med surg and sometimes other areas. Just apply to what you are interested in. I personally live in Fort Collins. There, Loveland, Windsor and surrounding areas are really nice. There are nice places in Greeley, but I wouldn't want to live there.
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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    I am definitely afraid of burning out and leaving nursing all together if I have to stay on Med Surg for a long time.
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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    No, I work at a pretty small hospital. They don't offer an OR residency.
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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    That's incredible. NICUs around here will not hire you without experience. Some require 6 months of NICU experience, which is frustrating, because how can I get experience if I can't get hired anywhere in a NICU?
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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    Thank you. That's exactly what I was thinking. But I think I needed to hear it.
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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    No, its definitely not like that. I do think there are nights when I have an unsafe load (I think many nurses feel that way), but I wouldn't say my license is on the line.
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    12 hr night nurses-how many recovery days?

    I prefer to work 3 in a row and have 4-5 days off. The first day off (when I'm getting off my 3rd night) I will sleep all day long. The 2nd day I am still pretty tired. I don't think it would be so bad if I could just stay on a night schedule, but with kids, appointments, etc, I have to switch back and forth a lot. So if I only get a day or two off in between, its really rough.
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    Night Shift & Relationships

    I started on nights over a month ago. I thought it would be the perfect fit for our family. I would work nights and be home during the day if our kids needed anything, and he would be with them at night when I worked. I'm a night person too, and hated waking up to be at work at either 6 or 7am. I like the flow, less staff, and though it still very busy, I do have more downtime to chart and talk to my patients. And to be honest, I like the extra pay. But its only been a month and I'm rethinking it. I feel like I rarely see my husband or kids. My husband leaves before I get home and goes to bed early, and I often have to stay up late so I can handle it when I do have to work. I miss a lot of things or am super tired if we have plans during the day, which especially with kids is unavoidable. It is doable, but I find it very difficult to spend quality time together.
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    Doctors Say the Darnedest Things Nurses Week Contest

    Had a patient with dementia and a UTI getting increasingly confused through the night. All his meds were PO and he would pocket on them or start choking. He was on O2 and kept pulling it off, and he was desatting pretty bad. He was also getting very agitated, trying to fall out of bed, swinging at staff, even grabbed another nurse by the stethoscope around her neck. Called the doc to see if we could get something IV prescribed to calm him down. He was going to either hurt himself or a staff member. His only reply was "I'm not worried, he'll live" and hung up the phone.
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    StaRN Residency Program

    Sorry, I have not been on this site for almost a year. And I decided not to do the residency program because it would have been over an hour drive for me. So I don't know more about it.
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    FRCC Fall 2016

    For the hesi I borrowed some Hesi study guides from the library. And my weak point is math and chemistry, so I also picked up chem and math review books. And I did well.
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    If not nursing then what?

    I was a veterinary technician before becoming a nurse. But I make more than twice what I did then, and being a vet tech is a lot harder on the body. Even with good body mechanics, I often found myself hunched over in weird positions restraining big dogs. I loved it, but could never go back to it. I was in school for social work before I got into nursing school. I could see myself doing that time of work. Other than that, I have a strong interest in writing. I've written one full length novel, but have yet to even try and get it published. If I could eventually make money off of that, it would be a dream.
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    LTC vs Psych

    I am a new grad who has been offered two positions. One is in a skilled nursing facility and rehab. The other is behavioral health. I know a lot of people say to start med-surg, and I do eventually want to work in the hospital, but unfortunately I have not been offered a position in the hospital. Both are second shift. The SNF is 2pm to 10 pm, five 8 hour shifts per week, every other weekend. The psych facility is 3 12s, from noon until midnight. Pay is similar. And even though psych is only 36 hours, I can pick up hours to make it 40 when/if I want to. Benefits are also comparable. My main concern is what would be better for eventually getting a hospital position. Is there one that would be preferred to hospital managers? Does it matter? My dream was always to go into the NICU, but I'm also very interested in oncology, surgical, and ortho.
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    LTC vs Psych

    No, there is no medical unit. They don't do any of that except minor wound care and care of colostomies. Anything else medical gets transferred to a hospital.
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    LTC vs Psych

    Unfortunately the psych facility is not associated with a hospital, it's a stand-alone facility.
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    LTC vs Psych

    And that's exactly what my fear is. I really enjoy psych, but I don't see myself doing it long term. I actually like dealing with psych issues with my medical patients, and not doing just psych. Obviously I'm going to keep applying for med/surg positions. I just don't know how long that will take.
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    LTC vs Psych

    I had the feeling that SNF would have more skills that I would utilize, no matter where I wanted to work in the hospital. I have applied for all the women and infant services and even L&D in my area that will accept RN's (one hospital system will only accept BSNs, which I am working on). I know that I might never work in a NICU, and I am not able to move. I have a family here. My husband and his job, my kids go to schools they love, and my elderly dad is here. Moving isn't an option, even if that means I will never work NICU.
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    Front range community college

    I am at Larimer Campus, but for the most part we have weekends off. The only time I had something school related on a Saturday was for my psych clinicals. And that was just one Saturday. We do have winter break. The school is closed for over a month. And almost 3 months for summer. Though many of us take an online BSN class.
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    Front range community college

    I am in 3rd semester right now. We have lost at least one person every class. Sometimes several. I won't lie, it's been difficult. You need to stay on top of your studying. If you are struggling, there are great tutors. And many of the instructors are very helpful. Do lots of practice questions. Many times it's not a problem understanding the material. It's more about learning how to critically think and how to answer nursing style questions.
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    Online Prereqs

    I was wondering how many people did their prereqs (when possible) online as opposed to go to a school. I am trying to work for as long as I can, and can't really do that if I take regular classes. I could take night classes, but then have to worry about childcare costs. I've already looked into it, and the last of the prereqs I need to take are all online. Anyone that took any classes online, would you recommend it? Did you find it easier or harder to do the work independently? l

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