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debbylet

OB/GYN, Newborn Nursery, Risk Management
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debbylet has 13 years experience and specializes in OB/GYN, Newborn Nursery, Risk Management.

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    Terminated from 1st job :(

    I'm so sorry this happened to you. Where was your charge nurse when all this was happening? She should have been helping you to keep this pt safe. How about your co-workers, didn't they see you struggling with this pt and offer advice? I think you were unfairly terminated. You mentioned that you were told during orientation that you were not to call the MD at night and that only the charge nurse could call them. It seems to me that you might have grounds for an unfair termination complaint. Have you considered taking your case to an attorney? Most hospitals would have just written you up and maybe have done some re-education with you. Sounds like they terminated you because the pts family made such a stink. There was no harm to this pt from your putting her in restraints, so I think its unusual that you were terminated. Maybe its a blessing in disguise that you were let go. It sounds like a very unsupportive work environment. I think you should always be honest on your application, it shows you have integrity. Keep trying, it may take a while but sooner or later someone will give you a chance. Good luck to you, don't give up!!!!
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    do u think i can make it?

    I used an interactive CD rom that was included with my NCLEX book. It simulated the NCLEX test and showed you what areas you needed to study more. Remember, always answer ABC's. (airway, breathing, circulation)!
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    Starting to doubt nursing....

    I posted once before, now I can't find it so sorry if I double posted! You might find your answer once you start your clinical courses and actually start taking care of patients. You will either love it or hate it. I really feel for you. Please don't feel bad about being indecisive. This is YOUR LIFE you are talking about here and you should be contemplative about your career! To address some of your questions, being overworked is universal, I think, in any career. Also you will always find difficult people in any job. As far as being underpaid, your salary will vary wildly depending where you live in the country. In my experience, the southern US pays the least. I moved from Texas to Las Vegas and got $10 more per hour and no cost health insurance for my whole family! Where I am at right now I feel compensated pretty well. It is true that you can transfer to different floors in the hospital until you find your niche. You don't even have to continue working as a floor nurse, you can move on to administration, home health, corporate health. Its a good career if you always want to be able to find a job. Good luck to you and I hope you find your way. Don't let anyone pressure you into making a decision!!
  4. debbylet

    Starting to doubt nursing....

    Wow! I really feel for you. Nursing school is such a huge investment. It may be that once you are in clinical courses actually taking care of patients, you will find your answer. You will probably either love it or hate it. Its true that you can transfer to other floors until you find your niche. Being overworked is universal, I think, in any job. Your salary will vary wildly depending on what part of the country you live in. In my experience, the southern part of the country is the lowest paying. I moved from Texas to Las Vegas and got $10 more per hour plus no cost health insurance! Its a good career if you want to always be able to find a job. Yeah, doctors yell and act like infants, but not all of them. I don't think there is a job out there without politics and at least one person who you really can't stand. Every once in a while, you take care of a patient and they really appreciate it. More often, they blame you for taking too long to get them pain meds, to the bathroom, etc. when its just that you are busy with all the other patients! But floor nursing is not the only place to work, you can move on into administration, home health, corporate health. I hope you find your way and don't feel guilty about being indecisive. I mean this is YOUR LIFE you are talking about! Good luck to you.