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  1. anniee

    New grad/bad economy, bend over and take it?

    I agree with rntim49. My own experience has been that I graduated from nursing school in May of 2009. Soon after taking the nclex I landed a per diem position as a blood bank nurse. Believe me, it borders on the worse of the worse. But, you know what? It helps to pay my rent. It barely keeps me from becoming homeless. Soon after I began working at this facility, I realized that I had been lied to. When I went to my boss to clarify my status as a team member he told me in so many words that, I was equal to the phlebotomists I work with. I went home feeling violated. But, I have learned to suck it up, put my best foot and attitude forward and I will stay there until I find better. Bottomline, I get paid a nurse's hourly salary and that is what is barely keeping me afloat in this horrible economy. I think that person (bend over and take it?) lives with her parents and she therefore has the time to "tantrum" about a job offer, then she doesn't even have her license. Ridiculous indeed. I guess she didn't learn any criticial thinking skills when she was in nursing school.
  2. Viviana, you said it best. you were short, to the point, and quite exact. It could not have been explained any better. Kudos to you!
  3. I agree with carliotta3. I am a certified phlebotomist and am IV certified. However, I am not aware that phlebotomists can do arterial sticks since that is something that as much as I know can only be done by MDs. I saw a laboratory technician get fired for doing an arterial stick when it was her turn to do phlebotomy rounds. Also, everywhere I have worked at so far it has not been permitted for a phlebotomist to do arterial sticks. However, if this is something new, I am really surprised.
  4. anniee

    Starting Nursing at 52 and Nervous

    Good Luck! Wish you the best.
  5. anniee

    First week of class wasn't what I expected.

    Hello Mrbojangles255, Welcome to the club. I truly believe most if not all nursing schools are like that. The one I went to was like a piece of 1960 that actually survived and was alive and well in 2006,07,08. It was disgusting to say the least. Alot of these people have no respect whatsoever for the student. I had one instructor that said some gossip about me to the hospital personnel and boy were they whispering for weeks. It was dehumanizing. I went to the head honcho to make my complaint and, it seemed like it was not big deal. They were racist, not only them but even some of the nurses at area hospitals. For instance, one day the students were waiting to be sent off to different areas of an obstetric unit and finally there were just me and a young man (I was 53 at the time) and the nurse came over and took me first as if she was giving me a chance first (to see a woman giving a baby) but she actually placed him with a patient that was actually having a baby like within minutes. my patient wasn't having a baby for another 48hrs. There was one instructor that at every chance would tell me that I was not doing well, but everytime she said that I would look at everyone else's scores that were posted and I would see each and every time that I was doing average or better than average. If I had to do it over again, I would not even have gone into nursing, not because I don't love nursing but because of all the politics and abuse. Put a bunch of woman together and you have lots of problems. Lastly, after graduating, I have read and heard of nurse to nurse violence and patient to nurse violence, it's scary. Good luck in your pursuit.
  6. anniee

    Starting Nursing at 52 and Nervous

    Hello Calico5, Thanks. one feels down for a moment or two but, then you keep on 'cause you know that not everybody out there that is interviewing are jerks. So, thanks again, and I will keep the faith.
  7. anniee

    Starting Nursing at 52 and Nervous

    Hello Jock, The interview sucked! For the second time I have been discriminated on. The first time, the discrimination was about age. How I wouldn't know how to use a computer ( even though I pointed out that I was a college graduate, etc). Also, delved into my family life. This time was worse than the first. This time it started with blatantly sizing up my breast (ugh) then asking me all kinds of personal questions (are you married, do you have children?), lastly saying a racial slur (not about the country my ancestors come from however, a slur like that is beyond words). To make matters worse, I came home to write a thank you letter because I am so desperate (no unemployment and a per diem job which will keep me from working for this whole month-don't know how I will be paying rent). I just felt so disgusted, not only with what had transpired during this interview but, also that I allowed it to happen. I wish I would have had the nerve to just stand up and bid that person farewell but, I did not. Furthermore, writing a thank you letter when what I should have been writing was a letter like I did the first time. I am at my wits end. I am in a crisis. If only I could get a job:crying2::crying2:
  8. anniee

    Starting Nursing at 52 and Nervous

    Hi Calico5, Reading your post was almost like reading about my own experience. I am 55 and graduated from school last year. Soon after passing my nclex I got a per diem job (horrible) working for a blood bank. I also, was injured when I was forty and have RA so just like you I am disappointed that I will not be working in clinical at least for one year and am looking at other avenues of nursing I can pursue. I am glad to know that I am not alone. Still a nurse. :)
  9. anniee

    Frustrated New RN looking for first job

    hello smileymimi, i agree with you 100 percent. you've made a realistic commentary.
  10. anniee

    Starting Nursing at 52 and Nervous

    Thank you, thank you so much, LPN e2010. It's what I was planning to do over this Labor Day weekend. I had already told myself, as a matter of fact, I wrote it down so that I won't forget- to review immunizations, where to place the vaccinations to peds, etc; because I will be working with that population and adults. However, I am so grateful that you responded, because not only does it give me reinforcement about what to expect (like you said, they may not be blunt, etc)but, you give me more of a sense of confidence. Thank you.:):redpinkhe
  11. anniee

    Starting Nursing at 52 and Nervous

    Hi Everyone, I was called for an interview today. I will interview next week. It is at a comprehensive health clinic. I am preparing because I reeeeeallllly want this job. So, any good tips you have will be well appreciated. Thanking all of you in advance,
  12. anniee

    Starting Nursing at 52 and Nervous

    hello Toni, Welcome! It is a great site and whenever I have a question/problem that needs solving, I know just where to come. We are all sisters in that regard. Also, it's just a great site for everything that is nursing. Have fun!!:)
  13. anniee

    Frustrated New RN looking for first job

    Hello, I am glad you set the record straight pertaining to this false info. I went there to the Manhattan site I interviewed and because I am a new nurse they barely gave me the time of day. So, when I read this post afterwards I just ignored it. Perhaps I should have responded as you did. People should not be posting what they don't really know or hearsay, or what they think is because the nursing profession in this area is in dire straits and to post erroneous info such as this puts those that are naive or not informed to waste money (tolls, etc) and time pursuing something that is not so. So I am glad to have read your post, although I knew better, there are those that don't.
  14. anniee

    Frustrated New RN looking for first job

    Hello Smiley, Thank you for your response. You are correct about applying across the country. I did apply for a position in Arizona (although it was not a typical RN position in the hospital, instead it was as a Blood Bamk RN -blood drives) and, although they gave me a quick response, I did not pursue it. The reason is family. Although I haven't any children or a husband, I have parents and a disabled brother, that without my help they would not do well. Anyway, thank you very much for your response.
  15. anniee

    Frustrated New RN looking for first job

    thank you for your advice. i actually was in the process of doing that. i live in new jersey and am seeking employment in new york, connecticut and pennsylvannia. i am willing to relocate. i am curious where did you move fronm and where to. thanks again for your advice.
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