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OSUgrad2010 has 3 years experience and specializes in OB Nursing.

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  1. OSUgrad2010

    BSN+2 years experience=Now What?

    Hello guys, I've posted on here before and I find it very helpful when people give their input so I wanted to see what advice you all may have for me... I obtained my BSN in Dec 2011 and since then, I briefly (and I do mean VERY SHORT time) worked in Cardiac ICU and I currently work as a NICU nurse in a level 3 NICU. I work straight nights (we dont rotate) and I just increased my hours-solely a financial decision. Lately, I've been struggling with finding the motivation to go to work and do my best. In other words, I am getting burned out. I've been looking into alternative options in effort to find other areas of nursing that suit my interests and I want better hours as well. I really do like the organization/hospital that I work for, however, Im no longer satisfied with what I'm doing. I'm BEYOND tired all of the time, missing out on doing stuff with family and friends, and I feel like Im severely overworked and underpaid! The noises are overwhelming (monitors, babies crying, ect.) and the little odds and ins of the job sometimes push me over the edge by the end of a 12 hr night! After researching, I'm finding that there aren't many jobs for someone interested in JUST babies. I'm not a kiddy person...kids require extra patience that I'm not sure I have. Also, I CANNOT STAND adults! I dont want to be an NNP because the hours still suck and I dont want to be hospital bound. I feel that I'm out of options and perhaps I should just leave nursing altogether??? Perhaps I should've reached out for an opinion BEFORE my thoughts, feelings, and emotions have gotten so out of control!?? Welp, I'd like to reach out to the nursing community and find out what my other options are... I worked SO hard to get my BSN and I think I'm giving up too soon. I also have a Bachelor's degree in Human Development which may/may not help me transition into a role... Any ideas??
  2. OSUgrad2010

    Cleveland State vs Kent State Accelerated BSN

    Hello all! Its nice to see my thread is still alive! Just to give you an update : I decided to enter Kent's accelerated BSN, graduated Dec 2011, and Im now employed in my desired area of nursing! I would definitely recommend KSU... they have more options for start dates (i was against CSU's January 2011 start date when i was ready in June 2010). KSU professors have a GREAT rep and lots of connections in the nursing world as well. Overall, i had a great experience at kent. I learned a TON in 15 mos (actually 14 because we had the full month of August off). Id recommend a BSN program because 2 hospitals in my area are no longer looking to hire ADN nurses after 2013. The good thing is; if you DO get employed as an adn nurse, many hospitals will pay for u to get your BSN within a certain time frame. Best of luck to anyone deciding to enter nursing. It's a GREAT field! Very rewarding! :)
  3. OSUgrad2010

    Ummm ... is this normal?

    Thanks everyone! I truly appreciate the comments and suggestions that everyone offered. I had a decent week @ work and I learned a few more things about myself, my job, and my career as a whole. Im taking these things and putting them together to come to a conclusion. Im thinking about requesting a transfer -as a position recently became available in a High Risk OB unit, which is a MAJOR interest of mine. It's not critical care,but it's still a more critical area that'll allow me to use critical thinking skills (which I like doing as long as I understand the big picture ). Im not 100% yet if this is what I'm gonna do, but it's a step in a better direction for me:)
  4. OSUgrad2010

    Ummm ... is this normal?

    Thank you so much for your comment. I've heard numerous times that Im being too hard on myself -even though Im not not really sure what that means. I simply want to do a good job and @ the end of every shift I want to be able to say "I did everything I could". This particular job that I have entails a lot of interventions and being so new; I don't see myself ever being good at knowing things like "Oh.. Maps are dropping. I need to do xyz". The amount of critical thinking and learning is waaayyy beyond stressful for me! I've literally shut down. I can't look up things anymore because I've hit a wall where my brain won't allow me to take in anything else! I've tried self talk, talking to others, and even praying (im spiritual and religious lol). Idk. Maybe I'm just having new job syndrome or something Hahahaha! But with every passing day, I get closer to wanting to quit n do something else with my life! This, right now, is torture! I appreciate your post. I need to look into taking a class or even talking to a professional about career goals n motivation techniques. Thanks again!
  5. OSUgrad2010

    Ummm ... is this normal?

    Hi everyone! Im a new grad and about Month n a half ago, landed my first job in Cardiac Intensive Care @ one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country. Though I've only been on the job for a small amount of time, Im afraid this isn't a good job for me as a brand new nurse. I like the staff, the hours, and the fact that we can self schedule, but the job is so stressful that I've developed a panic disorder! Every day/night before my shift, i get short of breath, my heart races, and I cry.uncontrollably allllll the way to work! I DREAD going there! Idk why I get so anxious and stressed out! I've already had 3 patients code so you think I'd be used to it, but I get sooooo nervous that it hinders my learning during the code. I'm currently working under a "coach" (aka preceptor ) so Im not alone yet I feel like Im drowning @ times. Pace Makers, Femoral sites, and drips scare the living crap out of me and I hate bathing n turning heavy, sedated patients @ 3am while making sure i dont rip out an Art Line or Swan by accident. I spoke with several nurses who've told me that Im not crazy : it's really just an intense floor. I even had one tell me she got nauseated every day before her shift nonstop for 6 months! I don't want to end up burnt out n depressed before my career has even started! That's how I'm feeling though and Idk if Im in over my head n should look for a new job, or if Im simply not giving myself enough credit and time to take it all in!?? Though ppl have said I'm not crazy, I'm thinking that these feelings are abnormal. I shouldn't need a Psych consult just because of a job, right? I don't want to burn any bridges @ this great hospital, but Im thinking about quitting! NICU was my first love, but Im scared that I'll feel the same level of anxiety with the little ppl as well! Is NICU a little better? HELP! Im counting on you guys to help me through! :)
  6. OSUgrad2010

    Accelerated KSU Spring '10

    I was able to see the application because I started it, but didn't have time to finish. I saved it and exited out. I haven't completed it yet so I haven't gotten past the page they ask for written responses. As far as the essay, I read online that there's a timed essay on June something...It's online, but you have to be at a computer when your time comes...(atleast that's how I understood it). I'm hoping that the essay isnt' too bad. I'm great at essays, but not impromptu...
  7. OSUgrad2010

    Accelerated KSU Spring '10

    Thanks for replying, jmlowe85! Yes, they definitely did change some things because I looked at the application for last spring and it was completely different! I have bad luck...things usually get harder when it's my turn to try! Did you have 3 short answers on your application? Like list any volunteer and health related experience? (I forgot what the last one was)...So you didn't have to do an essay at all? I'm very nervous about doing a timed essay. It usually takes me forever to think up something to write. I'm not going to do very well depending on exactly how long we get...I'm worried! Thanks for your help!
  8. OSUgrad2010

    Kent State Accelerated Fall 2010

    Hello! I am planning to apply for fall acceptance into Kent State's accelerated program, but I am very nervous! Has anyone gotten in recently? What can I expect? How far into the program does clinicals start? How long are the clinicals? I saw online that they're 1-2 times a week for 10 hours...is this accurate? Also, does anyone have any info about the UH Cohort? How does that work? I know it's on the weekends, but how long does it last? What are the benefits? Thanks in advance!
  9. OSUgrad2010

    Cleveland State vs Kent State Accelerated BSN

    Hey Karebear2717, How's nursing going for you? I need some advice on where to live in Kent and I was wondering if you could help me? I'm not sure how to privately send you a msg, so I figured i'd ask you on here and maybe you can tell me how to work this site! LOL! Thanks! HOpe to hear from you soon!
  10. OSUgrad2010

    Accelerated KSU Spring '10

    Hello! I'm really late considering this thread was started forever ago, but I have some questions! Do you guys like the program? How's it going? I plan to apply for fall 2010! Judging by your threads, the application process is rather stressful! I'm entering that phase as we speak! Any advice?
  11. OSUgrad2010

    Cleveland State vs Kent State Accelerated BSN

    HEllo Everyone! Thank you all for responding! Sorry I'm very late responding to this...I kinda forgot I signed up for this site! Now that it's time for me to apply, I am very afraid! I am applying for fall acceptance at Kent. I decided not to apply to CSU because I'd have to take another class which I can't afford right now. I have a new question...how often do you need to get Hep B immunizations? I had 3 several years ago, and I'm wondering if I need to get another series of am I set for life? Thank you all for your help! :)
  12. OSUgrad2010

    Cleveland State vs Kent State Accelerated BSN

    Thank you so much! My gut is telling me to pick Kent also. The only thing with that is, that I'd have to find a place to live because I live much closer to CSU. I know alllll about cleveland and the sucky weather and the even suckier economy! There's a noticeable difference in both weather and economy down here in Columbus, but the nursing shortage isn't as bad here (I've heard) because of all the schools nearby. Are you currently enrolled in CSU? Thanks so much for responding!
  13. Hello! I am a soon-to-be OSU grad getting my Bachelor's in HDFS (human development family science). I was originally a nursing major, but I was wait-listed then denied acceptance into OSU's nursing program. I'm not ashamed or upset about it because it is a very tough program to get into...I heard that I was one of over 600 applicants the year that I applied. As a result, I've decided to proceed with HDFS and enter an accelerated program. However, I am torn between Kent State and CSU...I've heard that they're both great programs and the success rates are equally high. I was wondering if anyone had any input that would help me? I currently have all the requirements met for Kent, but CSU wants me to take a computer literacy and another stats course. What do you all have to say about either or both of these programs??? Thanks so much!!!