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  1. whodatnurse

    11-7 "No-Skills" Argument, Psych/Detox Nursing

    You make career moves based upon where it is you ultimately want to go, and based on the path you've outlined, working in LTC sounds like it would amount to a detour. Trust your own instincts and don't concern yourself with others' notions of what you 'ought' to do. Invest your energy in preparing for what you WANT.
  2. whodatnurse

    A question for career changers.

    I second everything you said. When I worked in the corporate world you communicated honestly and directly, and IN THE MOMENT. So if people were annoyed or irritated about whatever, that got communicated (in a respectful manner), and then, it was OVER. What I've seen in nursing is that folks complain about their co-workers behind their backs, turning molehills into mountains in the process, to the point that the smallest matter that could have been addressed with a 2 minute conversation with the person, is turned into a ridiculously overinflated 'issue'.
  3. whodatnurse

    No Separate Psych Nursing Course in Undergrad Programs!!!

    I know that over a decade ago, my university's nursing program had not had a separate course in psychiatric nursing. When they were evaluated to be re-accredited, they were told that they had to start offering one if they were to continue to remain an accredited program in the future. (They complied.) I don't know if things have since changed with the accrediting body.
  4. whodatnurse

    This forum is scaring me!

    I'll present the case for going the ADN route and let you decide. Given your uncertainty, the financially prudent way to go may be the ADN. Given the astronomical costs nowadays for a 4-year degree, you should ask yourself if you want to pay 50K or more to obtain a degree in a field you're somewhat unsure about, and then possibly be faced with having to make student loan payments until you're 40 years old. On the other hand, community college tuition is still relatively reasonable. Were you to decide not to stay with the nursing profession, you would at least be able to support yourself while returning to school to complete a 4 year degree in a preferred area. And if you did decide to stay, it's very possible your employer would provide tuition reimbursement for you to do an RN-BSN program.
  5. whodatnurse

    Nursing Application Photos: Discrimination or Not

    I completely agree that this sounds like an appearance thing...more specifically, with regard to a certain 'image' the hiring body has decided it wants to project. I remember several years ago having read about a nanny agency that said it was not at all uncommon for clients to say things like we only want to interview people who are "presentable", and they definitely meant "not overweight" at a minimum. Heaven forbid YOUR children should be photographed being cared for by anything less than an Elin Nordegren lookalike nanny.
  6. whodatnurse

    What was I thinking

    But you CAN be an accountant if that's something you really want to do. Community college is still relatively affordable and you could even dip your toe in the metaphorical pond by keeping your well paying day(night) job while you taking classes toward a book keeping or tax preparation certificate. Congratulations on a successful first career. I have no doubt you can use it as a secure base from which to launch career #2. Best of luck!
  7. whodatnurse

    Anyone start their career late in Life?

    I'm a new nurse who graduated in August of 2009. I'm also a baby boomer, and being of that generation, have always believed that heading down the path of personal fulfillment superseded everything else when it came to making career moves. Then came the great recession of the 21st century. The realities of this new world are dramatically different from the ones that shaped our sensibilities during our young and middle adulthood. First hard knock: Jobs are no longer abundant in any discipline, yes even in that "at least you can always get a job" job of nursing. It took me 15 months from when I graduated to get a job, during which I drained all of my savings. There are many others on this site with similar stories, as well as many others who are still not working. Second hard knock: The cost of education has quadrupled since boomers were of college age. If a BSN is what you're after, depending on where you live, you could expect to shell out 30K or more for a second bachelor's degree. An ADN, of course, would be the cheaper route, but those programs too have been forced to raise their tuition dramatically over these past several years. I only point these things out so you can make an informed decision with your eyes wide open. They need to be considered so you can decide whether or not returning to school is a risk you can afford to take. Having said that, I love nursing and am very glad, despite the bumps, for having pursued this dream.
  8. whodatnurse

    I had an epiphany today

    How true! I'm all for giving not just patients but people in general plenty of space to be who they are. While I know how annoying it is to have your unit and crew casually called upon to provide 'taxi service', you were right to recognize that you weren't going to be changing this guy in the however many minutes it took to deliver him to his destination. Rising to the occasion here was about treating him well, and it certainly sounds as if you did so. Kudos.
  9. whodatnurse

    If you could do it all over.....

    I've only been a working nurse for exactly 3 months, but I absolutely would do it over again. I can honestly say that I love what I do (especially when there's all kinds of chaos going on). I also know that being fortunate to work for a facility with supportive, similar-minded people is a very big factor in my contentment, as well as the fact that we do 8, not 12, hour shifts from which we consistently clock out from on time. The things you described that are wearing you down would wear me down too. Perhaps you can parlay all your years of bedside experience along another nursing avenue? I would definitely attempt that first before proceeding with a major career overhaul. Good luck to you. I wish you much success in your pursuit of job satisfaction.
  10. I'm not quite sure from your posting...but she may have meant that nowadays you really aren't as expected to quite the extent one was pre-technology to have all the info 'in your head'. Where I work, the units are equipped with Palm Pilots so that anyone can look up any medication-related information they would ever want to know. The person you were speaking to probably wasn't suggesting that you 'cheat', but that when they test you nowadays, the objective is to demonstrate that you know how to utilize tools to readily obtain information. In the information age where the quantity of information expands and changes at an exponential pace, this probably is more important than having it all stashed away in the mental filing cabinet. You are a dinosaur, my dear. Welcome to the club!
  11. whodatnurse

    needing some advice, what would you do?

    You manage your desired career path and take the new job. Sometimes you have to give up something good to get something back that's even better, especially in the long run. Consider it a move that will bring you one step further down the path to where you really want to go.
  12. whodatnurse

    lacking motivation for Nclex.. :(

    FWIW, here's what I did. I scheduled the exam exactly one week from when I decided to start preparing for it. I then borrowed three NCLEX practice exam books and read the questions in them, taking some notes as I went on things I got wrong on areas I wanted to review. That was it. I was glad I didn't spend any more time on it. And I figured the worst case if I failed would be having to shell out an additional 200 dollars to take it again. (I didn't.)
  13. whodatnurse

    Commuting.....Need advice!!!

    Agreed. However, the high cost of commuting in her particular instance is actually the money-saving alternative compared to selling her affordable rural home and attempting to buy or rent in the very expensive suburban area where we work.
  14. whodatnurse

    Commuting.....Need advice!!!

    The one other person (RN) in the orientation I just completed commutes two hours each way 5 days a week (we work 8 hour shifts). This is not as unusual anymore as one would think. I would say it is much better than having to move.
  15. I see it the same way. It's a different way of saying, Don't you even think about giving up on you because "I" am not giving up on you. I too find the statement very encouraging and uplifting.
  16. Where have you been applying for LPN jobs around D.C? Except for a scattering in relatively small facilities I thought the only major employer that still hired LPNs regularly was Virginia Hospital Center. I could be wrong but that may be why you haven't heard back from some of the places you applied to in that area.