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  1. JamieLeeRN

    Nurses Under 30 Years Old

    Yes, I am a nurse who is under 30, as a matter of fact I am 25 and have been a nurse for three years this summer. All I have to say is that I am so sick and tired of people complaining about the "twenty-somethings" they work with. First, most people I see complain about the way other people work aren't very good at their jobs to start with, they are exactly what they complain about:lazy, entitled, incompitent...whatever the complaint may be. As a nurse at my age, I would say that the majority of lazy and entitled nurses I have met are older nurses who are not in their twenties. Nurses who have been in the career for a long time, and it appears they do not feel the need to do their job anymore. It is even worse in union hospitals, because then these people who are lazy and don't feel like doing their jobs, are "protected" by the union, and even worse, get extra benefits because they have "senority"...please please please, give me a break. Not only that, nurses who have been in the field for such a long time often stop educating themselves properly...yes of course we have to fullfill CEUs, but how many of you actually further your education??? If I have another nurse who has been out of school for about ten years tell me that it isn't the nurses responsibility to withold pain medication a doctor ordered, or it isn't the nurses job to do that because someone else shuold do it...I may want to pull my hair out. Nurses have more legal responsibility, we lose our licenses faster and easier than doctors or CNAs, LEGALLY as nurses we have a responsibility to ourselves and our patients to know our responsibilities, even if you are just trying to coast out of your career. So now that everyone who may consider themselves or be considered an "older" nurse can ask themselves how many of their peers they see behaving this way, maybe even themselves...and then you can ask yourselves how it feels to have fingers pointed at you and being labeled because of the way others behave. How about if people stop tagging others with social stigmas, and start focussing on themselves and doing their job the way they are supposed to?
  2. JamieLeeRN

    Nurses and your significant others

    It is always hard to go home and have to be around someone after a long day if you have to worry about upsetting them. Have you told him how you feel about needing to be yourself at home? If you haven't you really need to. It isn't fair of him to expect you to hide your feelings, tell him it's nothing personal to him and you will most likely be fine once you get a chance to wind down.
  3. JamieLeeRN

    New Grad with an offer at Magnet hospital

    It is very difficult decision to make to up and move to a new state, it is what I did when I graduated nursing school....only I did it alone and had no family in the state I was moving to. I think that as far as a professional aspect is concerned moving is the right choice, and as far as your child is concerned, three isn't an age where I think they would really know much of a difference, and having the chance to be with family may actually be great. I think the issue is really your husband...is he willing to move for you? It's time to talk, because from your post it seems you really want to move and know it's the best choice for you...good luck!
  4. JamieLeeRN

    Days you are glad you are a Nurse

    I had a patient who was starting chemo, and her hair was just beginning to fall out. She was so upset, it was devasatating to her...she didn't want her husband to see her with her hair falling out, and she was so embarrassed. When I had the time while I was working, I went into her room and I sat her up...and we shaved her head...we then put a scarf on her head...It was inspiring and wonderful to help her in that way.:redbeathe
  5. JamieLeeRN

    The Policeman vs. The Nurse

    That is rediculous! My guess is, he knew where she worked because she had probably just gotten out of work...she was probably tired, and a little flustered after being at work all day taking care of her patients...Work can be stressful and last time I checked, no accountant ever got fired for venting to cop for pulling them over after saying, "I hope I never have to do your taxes." Nurses get spoken to poorly regularly, by patients, family members, doctors, and whoever else feels like treating them like crap...it is something we deal with pretty much daily as professionals...lets call it a professional hazard...well...Cops will get crap from people for pulling them over...lets call that THEIR professional hazard...heavens forbid the guy stops taking a nap and sitting on his ass in car long enough to take his head out of ass to see that maybe his profession is a public survice...just like ours...and maybe..just maybe he should be a little more considerate. As far as him getting her fired...SERIOUSLY?! I guess no one ever taught him not to tattle...and quite frankly...if he had gone to the hospital and she was his nurse, he could have just refused her to take care of him saying that they had a previous encounter that he didn't want to discuss...GROW UP AND STOP TATTLING...
  6. JamieLeeRN

    I'm not an oncology nurse......but

    Has there been any progress or updates since the surgery? I hope everything is going okay...
  7. JamieLeeRN

    What is the most challenging part about working in Oncology?

    I find that it can be difficult, as it has been said and will be said to you time and time again, to become so attached to so many people who don't make it...I know that is what makes it difficult for a lot of my coworkers and friends. I think to become and Oncology nurse you need to be very passionate, it takes a lot to be a true Oncology nurse. I know some nurses who get into the field in hopes of just being able to get into outpatient so they can work Monday through Friday and have weekends and holidays off...it's not the right reason to do it...because the only thing that will make the patients feel your possitive energy, is if you have the possitive energy to start with...and the only way you will be able to make it through the heart break...is if you are there for a bigger purpose than yourself. I am fortunate, I have been working in Oncology since I started nursing, it was all I ever wanted to do...and I love my job. I hope that if you go into the field, you will find that the wonderful parts of the job, and the incredible people you meet...will show you so much more happiness than the sorrow you feel with the loss of certain people... Instead of asking what the most challenging part is...you should ask what the most wonderful part about working in Oncology is. For me, it is knowing that I am helping these people, even in a small way...and for me...it's having the opportunity to have my patients be a part of my life...:redbeathe Good luck, and I hope you make the best choice for you.
  8. JamieLeeRN

    I have no idea what to do

    Oh...I forgot...you can also get a hold of whoever your loans are from...you can get them put into a longer derfment period if you don't have a job yet...
  9. JamieLeeRN

    I have no idea what to do

    I am sorry to hear about your situation...have you been applying everywhere, even nursing homes?? It isn't ideal but it's worth a shot to do rehab. I would look into New York, and Boston too...I know that Mass General is building a whole new building right now, I am sure they will need staff to fill it; Boston is very competative, but it's worth a shot. Put applications in EVERYWHERE that is what I had to do. Try CT too...I hope that helps...and I hope you find something.
  10. I guess her school may not do background checks, which is unfortunate, because I am pretty sure you cannot get your RN if you have a criminal history, DUIs included. I know my school did background checks, but I am not sure what state you are in...and also maybe her school isn't even accreditted, which means it won't matter even if she gets through it?? As far as the state goes, they will do a background check before they let her sit for her NCLEX, and then willl decide if she can legally sit...which it sounds like she will have gone through school for no reason...and also, with that history and being fired from a hospital job like that already, there is a good chance she won't get rehired anyway.
  11. JamieLeeRN

    Well, No Nursing for Me

    Because nurses have to be on their game almost immediately out of school, however doctors get to have about 4-8 more years of having someone else tell them how to their job.
  12. JamieLeeRN

    Well, No Nursing for Me

    you may want to reconsider...as long as the school has a good NCLEX passing rate it would be worth it. My school did exit exams, and an exam to gauge how we were doing every semester, but they have an over 90% passing rate on the NCLEX...the honest truth is...exit exams are a good gauge because if you can't pass an exit exam you probably won't be able to pass the NCLEX.
  13. What specialty are you in right now? If you are feeling this overwhelmed it may have something to do with where you are working. As far as time management goes, it takes a while to start feeling like you even know what is going on, let alone feeling like you have it together, if you felt like you knew everything in your first year of nursing, that quite possibly could make you the scariest nurse ever; knowing your limits is important...however, limiting yourself with doubt is not a good thing either. Try to remember why you decided to become a nurse, try to remember the good things about being a nurse...and try to focus on the good things that happen while you are working. Maybe if you make a list while you are working, just quickly, and keep it in your pocket, and add possitive things as your shift goes along, and then go home and look at it, it will make you feel a little better... "All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming." ~Helen Keller
  14. JamieLeeRN

    hospice question

    The only reason I could think of in regards to the not wanting to use tylenol is the risk of masking the fever, as stated before. However, I do have to say that some kind of NSAID, may be very beneficial since it will most likely help a lot with the bone pain. And I also have to say I agree that the ER doc is most likely missing the whole point of hospice here...it is about making the patient comfortable, we have already come to terms with the fact that we won't be able to cure them.
  15. JamieLeeRN

    Oncology cover letter

    It is important to remember, that with Oncology patients the managers will most likely be looking for someone passionate about the field. You are going to be at an advantage of those other new grads applying against you because you have been in psych, so you know how to talk to, or "council" these patients if they need it. I would use that to your advantage in your cover letter. I would also use an example from nursing clinical experience, and how you used your psych skills to help a patient; even if it wasn't an oncology patient, or maybe even the family member. Remember that with Oncology nursing, the family is usually a very large aspect that will need to be focussed on. For example if you had a patient while you were in clinical who had just gotten diagnosed with something, or told they had a poor prognosis, and you took the time to sit with them and hear their concerns, and you reassured them and helped them refocus on something else, and gave them hope to get through, it would be a good route to take. If you want to send me a private message and send me your cover letter, I would be happy to proof read it for you. Good luck!