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  1. puppyluv1526

    Parents of young children do you prefer 12 hour shifts or 8s?

    Thanks everyone, good points all around, but ugh I still don't know what to do. There are a lot of moms working on my unit who only work weekends, so I am not able to get the Friday-Sunday Schedule. I have no seniortiy and in NICU most these RNs have a lot of time here, so I get scheduled to fill in blanks on the schedule. Like it or not I am 2 on, 2 off. The 8 hour shift every other week we have here really makes a difference in flexibility. I love my job here, but 2 on 2 off is killing me.
  2. I currently work 12 hour night shifts with an 8 hour shift every other week to bring the pay period to 80 hours. Nights is getting hard because my husband leaves for work at 5am and I don't get home until 8am. Early morning childcare has been a problem for us lately. My schedule always seems to work out to be 2 on , 2 off and the flipping back and forth between nights at work and days to accomodate my son's schedule is getting hard. An afternoon job from 1pm-9:30pm was recently posted for internal transfer. I am 8 weeks pregnant, so I spoke to the Nurse Manager and told her I am interested but pregnant and she told me it was not a problem and I should apply. What are your thoughts as parents? Do you think 8 hour afternoons 5 days a week would be easier with 2 small children or harder? I know that most the work force works 5 day weeks, but the 3-4 days off a week I have now is also a great thing as a mom (even though I am tired all the time). I just don't want to do something out of my desperation to get off night shift and then be stuck with another schedule that is hard on my family. Thanks for any advice!
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    i think i hate being a nurse?

    ClaraRn do not give up hope. I graduated in 2007 and also wanted to work in OB or NICU. I could not find a hospital job at all and ended up working in a nursing home just like you. I felt like everyone in my class had an "in" somewhere and got a hospital job but me. It made me feel like a lesser RN and very depressed and discourgaged. Every 90 days I resubmitted my resume to every hospital in a 50 mile radius from my house and after 11 months 1 called. I took a job working in ICU step down and although it still wasn't what I wanted I was thrilled that I finally made it to a hospital. After 8 months the L&D and NICU units expanded and posted for 20 nurses. I spoke to my manager on step down and said that NICU was what I really wanted. He was supportive and told me to go for it. It's now been 6 months and I am a NICU RN and love my job, but it took almost 4 years to get here. Don't give up hope and hang in there!
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    i think i hate being a nurse?

    To jayeldee- it sounds to me like the NH supervisor has been out of direct patient care so long he forgot to use common sense about a diaysis patient. You did nothing wrong, and your judgement on urine output was correct. Maybe it was insecurity on his part because he feels inadequate. I worked in a nursing home before getting a hospital job and always felt inferior to hospital nurses-in part because as far as experience and assessment skills I was. I bet this is why he came down on you. Don't let other people's personal hang ups get you down! As to the poster of this thread- sounds like floating has you in a limbo state where you just can't settle in and get comfortable. Maybe see if you can get assigned to one unit and try that out for a while? By not wanting to "suck it up" while caring for other people's kids shows you have the compassion and professionalism it takes to be a great nurse. I hope things get better for you!
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    Is it normal that being a nurse makes me worry about my kids?

    LOL that's a great idea, I"ll have to keep it in mind for when the boys are older!
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    Is it normal that being a nurse makes me worry about my kids?

    You certainly are a writer! Thank you for your thought out and extremely well written advice. All the moms who replied have made me feel better already.
  7. I work on a very busy trauma and neurosurgery unit at a level 1 trauma center, where the majority of my patients are men age 16-25 who have been seriously and permanently injured in car, motorcyle or construction accidents. Last year I had twin boys and ever since their birth I worry all the time that my kids will end up like one of my patients. I think about all the horrible things that can happen to them ALL the time. My husband says I am "too sensitive" to work SICU, but he doesn't see what I see and deal with the parents of these young men everyday like I do. Is this normal new mommy worry based on what I see everyday at work, or am I taking things to an unhealthy extreme?
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    Would you ever own a motorcycle? YES or NO?

    I used to love bikes and when I was younger I loved to date guys with bikes. However now that I work in the SICU of a level 1 trauma center I see my fair share of motorcycle accidents. Since working here I am terrified of bikes and forbid my husband and son from going near them. Thankfully they respect my paranoia and don't give me anything to worry or get mad about!
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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    My mother died last year in one of the ICUs in the hospital I work at. Our family came to accept she was not going to ever come back to us so we made the decision to take her off life support. I was there holding her hand as she passed and did not see any of the black shadow people or felt any presence like other people in this thread have. Just before she died a RN came in and said they needed the bed and my mom would be moved to a private room in the step down unit to pass. I work on the step down unit and said to my mom (who was in a hepatic coma) "please don't die on my unit because then I will forever have to walk in that room and be reminded of this". Well not 3 seconds later she let go and passed away, after she had been off the vent 13 hours and hanging on. An amazing example of how a mother protects their own until the end. Since then I sometimes feel a heavy feeling over my shoulder when charting at night like someone is standing right there. It sometimes makes me feel dizzy and there's always a cold spot that accompanies the feeling. I had a baby 5 months ago and have his pictures all over my Kardex binder. Many times late at night I feel that same heavy presence and cold spot around where I lay my book. It makes me want to cry because I always wonder if that is my mom looking at her grandson and if she is trapped here in the hospital instead of moving onto someplace better. I don't dare tell my co-workers they'd probably think I'm nuts or imagining it because I'm upset my mother died where I work. Before this job I worked in a nursing home and the staff there swears that ghosts are real. They often see residents who passed on walking the halls and hear people calling their names when noone is there. I guess you just have to be open minded to all of this to see and hear what is going on in another world around us.
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    Job interview while pregnant

    It's a little late but I hope you didn't listen to alot of negativity and went on the interview. I went on an interview back in February at 31 weeks pregnant. I didn't say anything and wasn't sure if they noticed-believe it or not they didn't. I freaked out about how to approach the subject with my new nurse manager and people on this site slammed me and questioned my integrity. With my raging pregnancy hormones it hurt alot and made me cry. Well, the hospital hired me, I worked up until 2 days before I gave birth, took 10 weeks off non-paid and am back to work with no hard feelings from my employer. It's a baby, not a on-going health condition that would keep you from being a long standing asset to a hospital's staff. If anything I work harder and appreciate this new job more for taking a chance on me. My employer saw my pregnancy as a temporary situation and a natural part of life. Anyone who wouldn't hire you pregnant better re-read the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
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    Who hires newly license LPNS???

    nursing homes are your best bet in this economy. Take whatever you can get, Per Diem, part time, full time, days or nights. It's just as hard for RNs out there. I live in NY, graduated in 2008, couldn't get a job until 2009 and ended up in a nursing home. I did 9 months there and finally got the hospital job I wanted. It was so frustrating!!! Maybe you could get on a subacute rehab unit in a nursing home and get some med/surg like experience that you could add to your resume. Good luck!
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    Anyone else with sacroiliitis?

    Don't panic Missy, you have enough on your plate. I am no lawyer but I don't think your employer can fire you regardless of your previous attendance history because you were hurt on the job. You have Dr's notes so what can they really say? I started my current job pregnant and right after starting my SI joint pain got so unbearable I couldn't walk. I had to go out on disability with 2 months on the job. They didn't fire me, I think they were too afraid of a lawsuit. Now that I am back at work the left side is killing me. I also have an L4, L5-S1 herniation from a car accident and the weakness there is what I think caused the SI joint pain. It is so hard, I understand how you feel trying to work and take care of a family when you can barely take care of yourself from the pain. I just had cortisone injections yesterday and am going back for trigger point injections in 3 weeks. I really hope it works. Just make sure you keep getting Drs notes and documenting everything and you should be fine.
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    8 months pregant starting new job

    First of all I do not expect the hospital to PAY me for time off, I just want to know if I can take a few weeks to recover from labor and delivery. Second of all I got a job in a nursing home after graduation and have been working there over a year. I put my job search on hold and decided to start a family since I am 37 and put it on hold long enough going to school and waiting to get established in my new job. Out of the blue I was called for an interview from a resume I sent a year ago. I went figuring I had nothing to lose and was hired. By the way I told them I was pregnant when they called to offer the job and they don't care. All I asked was if I could take off to have a baby.
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    8 months pregant starting new job

    I am a 2008 grad and could not find work until May 2009 and it was in a nursing home. I got pregnant and now at 27 weeks I got a call from my 1st choice hospital and was hired on the spot for an ICU position. I am so excited, however stressing because I am carrying small and the recruiter and unit manager did not even notice I am 7 months along. I know with the competition out there if I said something they would find some other reason to go with another candidate so I said nothing. I plan to tell HR about the pregnancy after I sign my official hire paperwork. I am due to start orientation 2/4/10 and by then I will be 31 weeks. I know they can't discriminate but by then I will of had to quit my nursing home job and be COBRAing benefits. We can't afford to do that for long. I am afraid this hosiptal will tell me they have to wait to hire me and then I will be unemployed until some other RN position opens up, or that they will let me go because I am due 4/4/10 and will have only worked there 8 weeks or so before I ask for time off. Orientation/classroom training is 6 weeks so by my due date I will still be in training but out working with a preceptor RN. I don't even want to think about what will happen if the baby comes early while I am in class. Can they legally fire me for taking off so soon? It is a government and union position so do you think they will then grant me a few weeks non-paid time off in fear of a discrimination suit? I also feel so guilty like I lied to the unit manager and HR by not saying anything and don't want to start out on the wrong foot making anyone angry. I am freaking out about this because I want this job so badly but also want time to recover from delivery and bond with my son (1st baby). Sorry about the typo in heading. website won't let me go back and edit my spelling error in the title.
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    20 weeks pregnant, new RN grad, will they fire me

    I was just wondering how it worked out for you with work and the pregnancy. I am a 2008 grad and in the same boat. I could not find work until May 2009 and it was in a nursing home. I got pregnant and now at 27 weeks I got a call from my 1st choice hospital and was hired on the spot for an ICU position. I am so excited, however stressing because I am carrying small and the recruiter and unit manager did not even notice I am 7 months along. I know with the competition out there if I said something they would find some other reason to go with another candidate so I said nothing. I plan to tell HR about the pregnancy after I sign my official hire paperwork. I am due to start orientation 2/4/10 and by then I will be 31 weeks. I know they can't discriminate but by then I will of had to quit my nursing home job and be COBRAing benefits. We can't afford to do that for long. I am afraid this hosiptal will tell me they have to wait to hire me and then I will be unemployed until some other RN position opens up, or that they will let me go because I am due 4/4/10 and will have only worked there 8 weeks or so before I ask for time off. Orientation/classroom training is 6 weeks so by my due date I will still be in training but out working with a preceptor RN. I don't even want to think about what will happen if the baby comes early while I am in class. Can they legally fire me for taking off so soon? It is a government and union position so do you think they will then grant me a few weeks non-paid time off in fear of a discrimination suit? I am freaking out about this because I want this job so badly but also want time to recover from delivery and bond with my son (1st baby).
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