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QuarterLife88 MSN, RN, NP

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QuarterLife88 has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Neuroscience.

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    PASSED AANP Adult-Gero PC boards!

    Hi all! So this past Saturday I took my boards through AANP. I took the AGNP exam. It honestly wasn't too bad. I had three hours of allotted time once the test began, but I finished in just under two hours. I flagged/marked about 23 questions in total to review before I submitted. REVIEW For review I started with Fitzgerald's online review, but only made it about half way through. It's a lot of videos to watch and she doesn't cover everything in them, and you have to watch them all in order - no skipping around to just your weak areas. Towards the end as my exam date approached, I just didn't have the time or patience to keep watching them, and felt a lot of her information was somewhat confusing. She does give good tips on how to pass the exam though, and reasons people fail. Use Liek! Honestly I could have probably studied exclusively from Leik in hindsight. Everything that was on my exam, she talked about in her book and more. The book gets to the point and has great exam and clinical highlights that you need to know to pass. Read Leik twice cover to cover and you will be good. I took notes as I read through each section and did about half the questions from the book/app. I studied for about 2-4 hours/day for about 5 weeks. Some days I didn't study at all due to work/life. Not going to lie, I didn't do as many practice questions as some others. I thought it more important to focus on the content than spend days doing thousands of questions. I did take the two PSI retired exams though and got 76% on the first one and 93% on the second one. I took these both two days before my exam. I felt like most of my exam was assessment and geriatrics. Same diseases, just applied to the elderly. I don't think I had but one adolescent question. No pics or select all that apply. Those probably appear on the ANCC though. About two weeks prior to my exam I signed up for board vitals and did some of their questions. They are much harder than the exam and wayyyy more detailed, long-winded. The exam is much more general. Board vitals has great rationales though. I never took a break during the exam, I just went straight through. The beginning of the exam seemed slightly more difficult than the middle and end. Halfway through I just kind of knew I was going to pass. There's a survery at the end before the computer shuts off. The proctor then prints you off a sheet that lets you know if you preliminary passed or not passed. All in all, not too bad. Use LEIK. I'm glad to be done and can't wait to begin my job search!😀
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    Staff Nurses Who Refuse To Precept Or Teach?

    I hate precepting and I refuse to do it anymore after having done it on a continuous loop. In fact, I flat out told management that. I do not feel it is my job to educate new nurses, and quite frankly, I do not care. I am there to take care of my patients, and I do a good job at that. I do not owe anyone anything else. After burning out to epic proportions this past year, "it's all about me" has taken on a whole new meaning for me.
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    Should I tell my manager I'm burned out?

    Yes, the pay is not enough to motivate me, it's one extra dollar for extra stress. It's not fair to me, or my orientee to have a preceptor whose head is not in the game at the moment. I am not a teacher by nature as it is, I'm also introverted, and I cannot stand having someone glued to my side all shift explaining every single thing I am doing. I do my job because it's expected of me, and I will do it well, but I need a break.
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    Should I tell my manager I'm burned out?

    I'm a nurse that works on a very busy and fast paced floor in a hospital. I'm a good employee, know my stuff and have been employed there for several years. This has caused management to give me more responsibility than some of my other co-workers such as training new hires and being charge nurse on the unit. I have been training new hires non-stop for over a year now and I am mentally fried to a crisp. I'm also in school to further my education so my work and home life stress have doubled recently. I jut started training another person without so much as two week break in between the previous one and my head is not in it. I want to ask my manager for a break from it and to switch my orientee to a different nurse while it's still early on because she's not going to get a good orientation from someone who is over it (obviously I won't say it like that, but that's the general idea). Is this a good idea? I don't think it's fair for managers to lump 90% of the work onto 10% of their employees. I should have acted like a bad worker, then I'd have less work to do like some of my slacker employees.
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    Charge Nurse

    On my unit it's usually around 6-8 months, mostly out of necessity, and this is an occurrence on night shift. Day shift is full of experienced nurses so who's ever in charge will have a couple of years under their belt already. I work in a hospital on a med-surg unit. Don't expect prior training in order to be charge either.
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    Preceptor burnout

    Thank you for all of the feedback. I wanted to clarify that on my unit, only a small handful of us are "gifted" with tasks such as precepting and charge, and quite a few who have been there for years manage to skate by and not do their fair share every shift. So no, it is not all being spread around equally, and I'm doing a lot more work on average than some of my coworkers are. I would just like a break once in a while is all.
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    New Nurse Time Management

    The time management comes with experience. Are you going to nights after your orientation is over? The slow pace of nights might help to hone your time skills better. It's normal to be slower when you're new and learning. Cluster your care. Do your assessments, vitals, ask about toileting needs, and pain while you are in the room. Chart as you go. If you have portable computers, chart the assessments while you're in the room or shortly after you've seen every one -- don't save them for the afternoon. Especially on day shift, there is too much going on with admissions, discharges, new orders, patients off the floor for tests, etc. that you could easily fall behind. Good luck.
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    I can't believe I actually *like* night shift!

    I'm really glad you like it. It does have its perks, such as less commotion, less meds to pass, less people around getting in the way, (usually) less family, and sometimes the patients even sleep! And of course the extra pay. However, after almost two years on nights, I am over how much it ruins my sleep. Seriously considering day shift in the new year.
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    Do RNs get extra pay for working with students?

    My hospital does not offer extra pay when students are around. But it makes sense that they don't because clinical students are taught by their instructors, not the staff nurses. The students each have a patient or two that they learn off of, and ahead of time the instructor informs the staff nurse assigned to those patients what tasks the student will be doing (passing meds, baths, vitals, etc), but it does not fall on the nurse to do any teaching if they don't want to. Most nurses day shift nurses that I know like having students on the floor because they are extra hands, especially when it comes to ADLs. Actual precepting - one on one agreed upon ahead of time - does include a $1/hr diff. So if you're just talking about clinical students on the floor with an instructor, assigned to a patient, then, no, it is NOT the nurse's job to make sure the students are being taught. They have enough to deal with without having a constant shadow slowing them down. I'm on nights, and I'd be pissed if a student was thrust upon me. At the same time, I would love to grab an eager student (who didn't hound me) and show them a few things they may not get to see (IV starts, foleys, IV piggybacks, etc).
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    If you had a reset button, would you choose nursing again?

    No. I would have been a psychologist instead. That's what I really wanted to do. But I'm a nurse now, and while I do not hate it, I don't have a passion for it at all. At least not for floor nursing, so I've decided to go back to school with the ultimate goal of becoming an NP. At least that way the increase in pay and higher education, will help make up for my flop life choices.
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    Nurse to Nurse Bullying

    So...how exactly is she bullying you?
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    RN vs BSN, is a BSN really worth it?

    To me it's worth it even without a potential pay increase. There's nothing wrong with having more education, and I say this as someone who has an ADN. I am going back to get my bachelors. I was raised to have more education, so not stopping at an ADN, even if I never made one cent greater in salary with a BSN, is a must for me.
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    New Grad, work calling on days off

    Do you think THEY feel bad when they under staff you? No. So stop feeling guilty. You work what you signed on to work - 3 12's per week - and you don't owe anyone your time off. That's the hospital's problem, not yours. Don't ever feel guilty for calling off or not switching with someone. Your co-workers will take advantage of you because you are new and they will milk you for all that you're worth. When you start saying no, they will stop asking. Now, I only switch when it's advantageous to both of us involved.
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    Comparing myself/feeling inadequate

    Once you said you were introverted, that explained your problem right there. Sadly our society loves extroverts. Even the basic, mediocre ones will get more praise than an excellent introvert simply because they are the loudest. Keep doing you. I myself am not the greatest nurse ever, but darn it, I'm not the worst and I do a lot of the same "great" things at times my co-workers get praised for and wonder why they do and I don't. I'm also introverted and have just accepted this part of life. I once read in a book that introverts, no matter how good they are, are still more likely to be passed over for promotions even if the extrovert that beat them out is bad at their job!
  15. I've also been a nurse for about two years now. In the beginning it was very important to me that I was liked. So much so that it felt that part of the way I was acting was fake and sugary sweet. Even then I still would have a stray patient complain about something I did or didn't do, and even had one fire me (I was shocked as I thought we had gotten on well). I would be gutted in those situations. I felt that early on I was still too new to be a competent nurse skill-wise, but at least I could be nice and do that right until I learned how to be a better nurse. Now, I don't give one iota if they like me or not, and focus more on the job itself and their health care. The thing is, now that I've relaxed, and I'm more myself, it's easier for me to get on well with the patients and their families, go figure.
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    Late arriving Nurses

    Chronically arriving late makes you an a-hole. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. You are saying that you don't give a damn about anyone else's time but yours. You are saying that you give no cares to your co-workers who have already been at work for 12+ hours, who are tired, hungry, and frustrated and want to go home. You are saying that you are above policy and don't have to adhere to the same rules as everyone else. You are a jerk with a problem. Tardiness is my number one pet peeve in life. You CAN fix your tardy problem if you tried hard enough, but most people just don't seem to care and/or are SELFISH.