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Ella26 BSN, RN

Allergy and Immunology

2 years BSN, 6 years RN, 4 years LPN

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Ella26 has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Allergy and Immunology.

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LPN 2009

ADN 2012

BSN 2017

Experience in Chemical Health, Allergy/Asthma and Immunology  

MN to FL in September 2018.

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    Depression + Anxiety as a Nurse

    I was always one of the last ones to do check offs because I over thought everything and never felt ready. I also have performance anxiety. But, practice and more practice helped with my confidence. Even now as a seasoned nurse, if it’s a new skill and someone’s watching me do it, I get super nervous and tend to make mistakes. I hate it. Other people just exude confidence or are very good at the illusion of it!
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    Depression + Anxiety as a Nurse

    I'm sorry you are having a rough go! Hang in there, you do have a lot going on right now... You’re right to be thinking that you might not be able to handle it. I commend you for that. How much longer do you have for LPN? Perhaps you’re right in doing CNA first or just until you can get your mental health stabilized. Nursing school is extremely grueling as you have realized. It can break you if your vulnerable.
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    Depression + Anxiety as a Nurse

    I’m sorry that you have had to endure such a terrible upbringing. I know some days are hard and you think it would be easier if you weren’t here. I’ve been there. I get it. Continue to go to therapy and make sure your doctors are aware of those thoughts. I completely understand your point. Being a nurse does have a lot more responsibility than a CNA. I had those exact same thoughts. “Am I smart enough to be a nurse?” “what if I make a mistake and someone is gravely injured?” “Did I forget to give that Med?” The list went on... But, I also didn’t want to live with regret. And never have known my potential. So....I went for it! I did CNA>LPN>RN>BSN... I achieved my goals and it feels good! I too and am Zoloft and was seeing a therapist for 2 years. Don’t let anxiety and depression limit your SUCCESS!!!!! You can do this...
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    Depression + Anxiety as a Nurse

    Why do you feel you should drop out and do CNA?... What is the source of your anxiety and depression?... It is possible to be successful in your nursing studies and career despite having anxiety and depression. You just need to have a good support system, know your limitations (don’t be driven to a breakdown), don’t procrastinate, be proactive, and stay positive and organized. Also, seek medical care from a PCP or therapist and consider recommended therapies.
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    12-Hour Shift | Life of a Nurse

    My gosh... Wow... Thank you for sharing your work day! Very eye opening. I have not worked in a hospital as a nurse, so this gives me plenty of insight. I only saw a glimpse of it in clinical with just 2 patients and that terrified me! I thought: “how will I be able to complete everything”, “what if I forgot to do something”. It was endless ruminating... I knew it wasn’t for me. I was getting anxious reading it. But, you lived it! Ten minutes for lunch on a 12-14 hr shift!!! Luckily, no codes... I know I would not be able to handle all of that. But, you did with a positive outlook! Kudos! Thank you for your service! Much respect to floor nurses!
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    Tampa to Sacramento Nursing move. Is it worth it?

    Can you try taking a travel assignment to test out the waters in Sacramento?...
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    LPN to RN woes

    I went back right away. Like others have stated, if it is your goal to be an RN, it best to do it ASAP. That way everything is fresh and your pre-reqs don’t expire (sciences). The longer you wait the more competitive things will get, the # of student accepted, increase in passing score for TEAS tests etc... I know you feel no motivation because you failed the TEAS. It’s only going to get harder the longer you wait though.... So, pick yourself up, study up on what you did not do well on and prove to yourself and everyone else, you can do this! And...someone once pointed out to me, that the time will pass regardless. That was profound to me. So.... in 2 years.... do you want to be where you are now... or do you want to be able to upgrade your credentials and write RN after your name... On the contrary, if you can’t afford to go back for RN, that’s changes things. You have to do what’s right for you. Work a while, save money, then go back... Good luck in whatever you decide!
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    How to effectively delegate in nursing on a unit

    You’re welcome. I hope this helps!
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    How to effectively delegate in nursing on a unit

    I don’t work on a hospital floor and never have. But, I’m interested in finding out the best way to improve on delegation, just for personal knowledge. Also, something to add... and this is not to be rude to you, but genuinely real issues to consider... 1) Are the PCT/CNAs providing these same responses to the veteran/other nurses when they ask?... 2) Could it just be you?... I.e., your new, or personality clash... 3) You say you ask nicely, can you provide examples of how you ask them? Is it your tone?...Perhaps, your perception of how you come off is wrong?... 4) Speak with them privately and ask them “How can we work better as a team on tasks that need to be done to take care of our patients?” Meaning how would they prefer to be asked. Some people really don’t like being “told”... And are more helpful when asked... Just some points to consider....
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    2 years med/surg means nothing in job hunt

    Maybe try leaving your organization since your longevity isn’t as valuable as you once thought...And obtaining a job in the specialty you want in another hospital. Stay there a few years and go back to your old hospital (if you really like the company) to apply to the specialty you want?...
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    Why do RNs choose to work in nursing homes?

    My nursing instructor told us this as well "We should work hard in school so we don't end up stuck working at a nursing home" This quote is appalling! I can’t believe your nursing instructor said that to you...
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    Am I too stupid to be a nurse?

    OP, I agree with everyone of the above posters, especially the one about the name change... that just reinforces the negative perception you have of yourself! Think more positively! It can do you wonders... Also, I agree with seeking help with your anxiety. I went for a long time being undiagnosed. Don’t make the same mistake I did and wait until you have a mental breakdown to seek help. Do it BEFORE!!! I can’t emphasize that enough. I was diagnosed with panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder and little seasonal depression. It made a world of a difference when I saw a doctor and began therapy and medication. I was always anxious at work and school and had the negative inner monologue as well. Therapy helped me combat those thoughts. Negative self talk is extremely harmful and shows up in your everyday life as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Then you start to believe those nasty things that you said about yourself. My therapist once asked me: would you speak to a good friend the way you talk to yourself?... telling them they’re stupid and worthless and dumb?... I said no, I definitely would not, that’s very hurtful. So, it put it into perspective. I try to be a better friend to myself. I hope you find something that fits you. But, until you address the real issue... your anxiety, I think you may find you’ll always have an issue with your performance at work. Good luck to you!
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    Something Has to Change

    Hi AlmostThere19, Sorry you are having a rough go of it! You're correct about nursing school teaching us nothing. Nursing school teaches us only how to pass NCLEX! Not how to be fully functioning nurses on the floor, that only comes with time...unfortunately.... You have brought up some very real concerns. Hospital management does expect a lot from floor nurses with not much support in return. It’s an awful way to practice. And unfortunately, the patients suffer the most! But, they don’t care! They only care about their satisfaction scores and the bottom line! Oh... and their magnet status! Anyhow, glad you’re reflecting on where you want to go in the next phase of your career. It’s not easy to admit that your are not cut out for something. But, I commend you! Now... to answer your question... a little history on my 10 year nursing career... I started out as a CNA, I strongly disliked it... too hard physically. Not enough time to spend with the residents providing proper care. I once got reprimanded because I was “too thorough” in my care, by that, I took too long washing their face, helping them comb their hair, brushing their dentures, stuff like that. I was late getting them to breakfast all the time because I wanted them to... uh...you know...feel like a real person! The other aides told me they “never” brushed their residents dentures/teeth or did any of that other stuff because it took “too much time”. I was appalled! Management kinda just looked the other way... My goal was always to be a “clinic nurse”, I never wanted to be a hospital nurse. I went and got my LPN. Nursing clinical was hard. We did rotations at LTC and hospitals. I did OK in LTC, but in the hospital, I struggled with time management too! Being too thorough and cautious=too dang slow....which was not good! My first job as an LPN was at an alcohol detox facility. That was intense! It was hard to rehab the patients, they were far too gone in their disease process and they treated our facility like a bed and breakfast. They weren’t interested in getting better. We had many “frequenters“. I did patient intake(going over med, vitals, history) med pass, wound treatments, insulin injections, stuff like that. They were 12hr shifts on weekends. It was a 50 bed unit (40 males/10 females). I did that on-call for a year or so in addition to the clinic job. The specialty clinic job I worked at was M-F , 8-5pm. I did patient histories, vital signs, giving allergy shots, allergy testing, phone triage, Rx refills, prior authorizations (for meds not covered by insurance), neb treatments, pulmonary function testing, blood draw, injections for asthma and eczema. I liked the variety of skills, (different than hospital skills, but still skills). The pace was very manageable. I stayed there for 8 years. I climbed the ranks to nursing supervisor after obtaining my RN and then BSN (I worked there full-time while getting my RN and BSN). Don’t ask me how I managed that, those years were a blur! Lol. Being a supervisor is not my strong suit. It’s against my nature. I’m not assertive or bossy one bit, so although I was supervisor to only 4 LPNs, it became a difficult role in mostly “conflict management” in addition to my other duties. Which became extremely overwhelming! Everyday it was something new to resolve! Now, presently, I moved out of state. I work at another specialty clinic in Immunology doing the same things as above (even being a BSN nurse). I am not in a leadership role. I have decided, I never want to be again either. In the future, I would be interested trying other clinic specialties like GI, cardiology, or OB. But, for now, I’m content. Like others have mentioned it might be harder to come by a clinic job as many do require some hospital experience. Perhaps, you can stick it out for a year and see if that helps your future prospects! Anyway, sorry so long. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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    R.N. debating to pursue BSN

    Can you look for RN-MSN tracks?....
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    R.N. debating to pursue BSN

    For a nursing position, they’re going to want a BSN.
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    Who are the Scariest Nurses in Movie History?

    Ooohhh... that’s a good one!!
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