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    Hospitals, a necessary evil

    I just watched a documentary Food Matters. It definitely reminded me of some thoughts I've had about the medical system. I'm all for evidence based medicine, but it doesn't really happen that way too often. I'm a new graduate nurse and work in a large hospital, and I wonder, do any other nurses hate the hospital environment as one for healing? Personally, I would never want to have to spend time in one, unless as a necessary evil. Just one example... Research shows us the incredible benefits of movement and the deadly effects of immobility, and, yet, let's be honest, the whole hospital room/unit set up encourages patients to stay in bed most of the day. It's just easier on everyone. When will exercise be a prescription (and not 15 min with Physical Therapy once a day)? The diet offered is definitely deficient. The food should be as healing as the medicine (if not more). There is very little stimulation, fresh air, connection with nature, interaction with others. Why have we set up this horrible system? I know it's a product of our entire culture and all our values are out of whack, but can anyone else relate? Not to generalize too much, but it seems to me that from birth to death, staying out of hospitals as much as possible is much more conducive to health and wellness. (no, I'm not talking about acute conditions that need specific treatments unavailable anywhere else, I'm just saying the whole environment needs deconstruction).
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    New grad in L&D

    Every unit is different, but what happened to me is textbook workplace bullying. My risk factors were being non-confrontational, intelligent, knowledgeable, hard-working, very experienced with natural labor, inquisitive (especially since they often didn't know the answers), fluent in another language, and having a philosophy of birth that was different than most--even though my philosophy did not prevent me from carrying out orders. If you are wide-eyed and put them on a pedestal, they might leave you alone. Also, if you have a strong manager that takes the time to hear both sides and doesn't cater to certain parties, that would be ok. Not everyone was a **** but enough were to get me to leave. They even complained that I searched the internet instead of reading policies! I had actually read every policy the department had published, but they were threatened by the fact that I sought knowledge outside of them. I'm going to be a benefit to my new unit, and it's their loss. I have learned a lot about protecting myself. I hope you can learn from my experience.
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    New grad in L&D

    Have you ever heard the saying that nurses eat their young? Well, I experienced it firsthand in L&D, and I am never NEVER going back. It makes me sick to my stomach to think how I didn't stand up for myself until it just seemed too late. It is really disgusting the way they treated me as a new grad. The nurses made complaints about me to my manager and never said anything to my face! Then my manager bombarded me with a bunch of petty and often false information! I didn't answer the phone one time (nothing was said to me), I didn't "seem" like I knew what I was doing (um, probably because that nurse was too busy bossing me around!), I asked more than one person the same question (um, yeah, like asking, will you look at my strip? It is open to subjective interpretation!), oh, and I seemed too confident! ***** The key feature is that my manager said she was unable to summarize the complaints in any way. Of course she couldn't! It was pulled from anything and everything! I never once failed to meet a policy or standard of care; yet, my manager didn't even check the charts to find out the truth. I loved L&D patients (used to be doula, unlike any of them), but I'm not hanging around that horrible environment. I still have nightmares about it now 2 weeks later, and I just needed to vent. New grads, please watch your back! If somebody is giving you attitude, bring it up to them right then and there so they have to say their problem to your face. Also, insist your manager check the charts for what really happened! Poor leadership and a weak manager are a big part of the problem.
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    New Grad in the OB

    Are you sure you don't mean 400 births/month? 400 births/year is about the number that I see a single OB practitioner deliver at my hospital (the busy ones, but still). You could read up on OB emergencies, fetal monitoring, the labor process, terminology, etc. but the key is knowing the hospital polices and standards of care. I just started in OB as a new grad myself. Good Luck!
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    New Grad RN to choose L&D or ED?

    I'm starting my first RN job on Monday! It's hospital orientation. I took a job in the ED, but now the L&D might have an opening for me and wants to talk to me before I start. I have experience in both areas as a labor doula and an ED nurse extern. I love both areas. I've always wanted L&D, but my mind had kind of settled on ED as a good area to get a broad range of experiences that I could one day take with me to L&D. A friend of mine in the ED got me the interview, so I don't want to seem ungrateful either... It might not work out, but I just want some more insight if I do have a choice! One more point, openings in the L&D do not come often. I hear people love it there (at this hospital).
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    December New Grad GA board application

    Wow! God is looking out for me! I graduated Saturday, got my ATT Monday, and I am taking my test only 10 days after graduation in the city where I live :) I'm so nervous and excited!
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    Five more weeks left in last semester....

    OMG! I thought we were the only ones! My classmates and I are actually having a bonfire after graduation in which we will burn them. Our program changed the uniform style last year anyway, so we can't sell them to others. I just have to get it out. I just made a 104 on my last test before finals!! I think that my highest grade ever in nsg school. Also I was awarded a scholarship at the end of the semester to help me ad I get ready for NCLEX!!
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    Extern Interview Tomorrow!

    So happy for you! Congratulations! Let us know how you like it! I am a nurse extern too at the moment... graduating in about 3 weeks!
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    December New Grad GA board application

    OK, thanks, didn't realize about the transcripts part. My instructor said the earliest she has ever seen someone take boards is 12 days after graduation. I'll settle for that!
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    December New Grad GA board application

    Is anyone else having trouble applying to initial RN licensure on the GA Board of Nursing website? They say it will be available at a later date for December grads, yet a few in my classmates were able to submit applications a couple of days ago. My understanding is we have to submit this in order to get permission to take NCLEX. Do you all think submitting a paper application right now will help it get processed faster? I just want to take boards as soon as possible after graduation!
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    DEPRESSED New grad. What are we suppose to do?

    Have you considered moving? Do some online searches. I got an email recently about some healthcare system in Las Vegas. Hospitals will often pay for relocation fees if they really need some nurses!
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    Five more weeks left in last semester....

    I have 5 weeks left too! I just want to take my boards and be done with it all! Most of all I'm looking forward to more free time in which to finally exercise as much as I need to, and maybe read a fun book or watch a movie! We can do it!!
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    Extern Interview Tomorrow!

    Try to put yourself in their shoes. If they really are picking you for an RN job there, it's not just about smarts and skills (although I'm sure you have those, since they picked you)... At this point, they might just be looking for a good fit... they want someone that is enjoyable to be around, and someone that really wants to be there (yet still has realistic expectations)!
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    MIstakes New nurses MAke?

    I am a new nurse, graduating in December, and I have already seen many things I don't agree with. If I was a patient, I would be scared to stay in most hospitals. I plan on doing all procedures according to hospital policy, even printing the policies to take with me to the bedside if needed, until I get them down. If I end up working on a unit that doesn't respect patient safety, transparency, and teamwork, then I will gladly move on to somewhere else!
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    MIstakes New nurses MAke?

    Here is an informative website with true stories of medical errors: http://www.webmm.ahrq.gov/cases.aspx You can learn a lot from these cases!
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    Clayton State Acceptance Fall 2009

    Mrs. Lewis, Sorry, I was working on 8/5, but I will be a peer tutor this semester. Come see me week 1 if you need help preparing for the math test!