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    Advice Needed

    Hey Lance, Sorry to hear you've had the same trouble...it's very disheartening, isn't it? The first few days I felt like total crap, but the more I thought about it, I realized it was just the situation. I did have a wonderful job before I moved, and eventually, I hope to find another one that fits me that well. I don't know if that helps much, but hopefully someone will be able to give us some advice on this post-best wishes to you- "don't let the turkeys get you down"! :hngon:
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    Do you know your Blood Type?

    AB- I was told this was on the rare side, but also told I cannot donate because I have epstein-barr? Any truth to this? Also received Rhogam prior to a miscarriage.
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    key west, florida

    Hi- I recently moved from Key West after 20+ years there! LKMC is one of the largest employers, and I haven't worked there in some time, but I can say that the majority of the staff there is wonderful! Administration could use an overhaul, but other than that, I would recommend it. There is also Fisherman's Hospital in Marathon, about 50 miles up from KW. At LKMC, I believe the director of HR is named Donald, not sure who the D.O.N. is now. Also highly recommended is Hospice/Visiting Nurses of the Florida Keys-you'll never find a more loving bunch than these folks! Best of luck to you! It is a beautiful place! LKMC-305-294-5531, Hospice-305-294-8812. BTW, Hospice also has an office in the upper keys.
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    What was your job before you became a nurse?

    Well, this should give everyone a chuckle: I put the little brushes in nail polish bottles as they came down the line (a little Laverne & Shirley-ish)! I also twisted soft pretzels, made t shirts, babysat, ...all of this at a tender young age....my first hospital job 20-odd years ago, I worked as the ER admissions clerk. The nurses thought it would be funny to send the new kid in to get a newly deceased patient to sign consent forms.....funny, huh? It's been a strange road to get to this point! :)
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    Oh, and in response to this...having seen and been where I have, I would most certainly go out of my way to help a student who truly wanted to learn. (and NOT eat them alive)! I always reminded myself of this in nursing school. I know how busy it gets, I was a CNA on a med surg floor during school, but you can always make time later to explain something to a new nurse or student. They may be taking care of you one day, remember!
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    Hi Miami Nurse...it's funny, I just moved from Key West...I truly am in a different world...I think maybe it had something to do with my situation, but I sure tried to make it work...maybe you have a suggestion for another avenue of nursing besides med-surg/acute care? Thanks again for your response!
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    Advice Needed

    I am two years out of school, just moved to a new state and could use some advice. I went straight from school to doing the intake and referral for a hospice and home health agency (in hindsight I think I may have cheated myself a bit), but after working in a hospital for 20+ years as a unit clerk/CNA, (as you can see I was an "older" student) decided that was not the place for me. Anyway, my husband and I just moved, and the job I was offered was on an acute care ward in a very small (24 bed) hospital. I was very up front with the DON and told her I didn't have any clinical experience to speak of, and she assured me that I would have a preceptor during my 90 day probationary period. Well....let's just say she and I were from different worlds. (the preceptor, not the DON) I can get along with anyone, and believe me I tried! I'm sure she meant well, but she was very....blunt and aggressive towards me. After two months, the DON sat me down and we had a lengthy discussion, mutually deciding that acute care wasn't the place for me. She was very nice and actually offered to write a letter of recommendation because she felt I worked well with the patients, just didn't have the "speed" needed for that setting. (I agree, I'm 47 and not the healthiest thing) I didn't feel comfortable with my limited skills (aside from the unpleasant preceptor), and my priority is of course my patients safety. I truly love spending time with patients, hospital work just isn't my cup of tea. Does anyone have any suggestions? I feel I am more suited for paperwork, but after this (I basically feel as if I've been fired), I am quite down on myself and wonder if I should just give it up? Sorry this is so long, but it's good to get it off my chest...
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    I've often wondered about psych nursing, although I don't know much about it. I do like spending time with patients and talking to them. I am at such a loss right now! (Down but not out!) Anyone with ideas on this?
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    Thanks so much-and I hate to sound dumb, but what is MDS? I really appreciate your input- I hate to throw in the towel this soon!
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    Boy, I'm sure feeling that way right now! I am two years out of school, just moved to a new state and could use some advice. I went straight from school to doing the intake and referral for a hospice and home health agency (in hindsight I think I may have cheated myself a bit), but after working in a hospital for 20+ years as a unit clerk/CNA, (as you can see I was an "older" student) decided that was not the place for me. Anyway, my husband and I just moved, and the job I was offered was on an acute care ward in a very small (24 bed) hospital. I was very up front with the DON and told her I didn't have any clinical experience to speak of, and she assured me that I would have a preceptor during my 90 day probationary period. Well....let's just say she and I were from different worlds. (the preceptor, not the DON) I can get along with anyone, and believe me I tried! I'm sure she meant well, but she was very....blunt and aggressive towards me. After two months, the DON sat me down and we had a lengthy discussion, mutually deciding that acute care wasn't the place for me. She was very nice and actually offered to write a letter of recommendation because she felt I worked well with the patients, just didn't have the "speed" needed for that setting. (I agree, I'm 47 and not the healthiest thing) I didn't feel comfortable with my limited skills (aside from the unpleasant preceptor), and my priority is of course my patients safety. I truly love spending time with patients, hospital work just isn't my cup of tea. Does anyone have any suggestions? I feel I am more suited for paperwork, but after this (I basically feel as if I've been fired), I am quite down on myself and wonder if I should just give it up? Sorry this is so long, but it's good to get it off my chest...
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    schools for a transfer student?

    Does anyone have any information on two year RN programs in the NYC area? I have been on the wait list here for a year, and class sizes are limited to 35 students.....all pre-reqs are done, I'm considering a move to complete my education! Thank you!