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  1. azilliRN

    Press Nurse Extern Program????

    I work for Presbyterian but in an outpatient clinic at Ana Kaseman. Just as an FYI, I tried getting in as a nurse extern but at the time I looked there were no positions available. Did you apply online for the position? That was how I found out if there were any positions available. I found that the only way you get into the program was if you already had your foot in the door working as CNA. Getting on at Presbyterian is difficult - my suggestion is to keep persuing online and try calling Human Resorces. Also, driving down to the main office and speaking with someone face-to-face for information. Good luck!
  2. azilliRN

    ok which job would you choose?

    I work in a Family Practice Clinic and I deal with patients of all ages. It can be challenging at times but every day something new and exciting happens. There is never a dull moment! However, I am also lucky to work for two doctors. We all get along splendily but the main thing is that both are willing to teach and answer any questions I may have - they don't make me feel small and incompetent. There is so much variety that it can be challenging at times but overall, it is a learning curve. Our clinic as a whole, is fun, and we nurses interact with the doctor's at work and outside of work, which I find unusual and yet refeshing. Just make sure you laugh a lot and have fun in your job.:)
  3. azilliRN

    If you don't work at the bedside, where do you work?

    Family Practice Clinic (9 1/2 months). I do phone triage, patient triage, nurse visits, wound care, transport of patient to hospitals, and whatever my two Doctors need in the way of shots.
  4. azilliRN

    Funny Anesthesia Song

    Thanks for sharing this great video. It made my day brighter!
  5. azilliRN

    Flu shot tips

    I work in a Family Practice Clinic and I have been giving out the Flu shot to practically whoever walks in the door. As a way of giving the patient some control over their healthcare, I always ask the pt which arm they prefer to have the injection. For the most part my pt's like having it in their left arm. I for one am right handed and I like getting it in left arm - less pain I suppose
  6. azilliRN

    Dear nurses, I need some advice!

    I work in a clinic, Family Practice to be exact. Being a new grad as well, I find that I like working in a clinic. There are all kinds of experiences to learn from. Alas, I was not able to find a job in the hospital and I don't have any bedside experience, but I do have experience in starting IV's, phone triage, wound care, transporting patients to the hospital and doing my nurse visits along with working for 10 doctors. One can learn a lot working in a clinic. On a side note, I am looking into doing research but I think you need to have at least a year or two under your belt before you can go into that aspect of nursing. I will have been a nurse a year in January. Good luck to you and I hope you find something you like to. That is one good thing about nursing, there are all kinds of opportunities out there!
  7. azilliRN

    Support Stickie for New nurses who are not coping

    I just stumbled onto this...oh have there been days when I just didn't want to get up and go to work. After being a Registered Nurse for 8 months, I sometimes feel overwhlemed and stressed out. I work in Family Practice for ten doctors. There are only three RN's in the clinic and two LPN's and the rest are MA's. About two months ago, I applied for a job in the Pain and Spine clinic and of course my supervisor found out. Thankfuly she was not upset with me but at the same time she did not guide me through my unhappiness. My doctor works in the same area as I do and he was told by a mutual friend that I was very unhappy and that I was looking for another job. He asked me about this and I told him why I was so miserable. The real reason for my unhappiness what the fact that I was not acting as a "real nurse" because I was constanly being pulled in many directions. One day I was acting as a case manager and doing my job as well as, phone triage, transport to hospitals, and doing whatever the doctors needed at that percise moment. Other days I just roomed patients for a particular doctor and did all their messages - which is quite a bit. I go home some nights exhausted and frustrated because I can't get all the work done that is required of me. In fact, I take home my frustrations and unhappiness with me and take it out my family member. I have had to drop my membership to the gym because I have not haad time after work to go there because I am about to collapse from sheer exhaustion. Also, I have spent many nights worrying about what I did and didn't do that day. I find it really hard to unwind at the end of the day. Thankfully, I love to read but somtimes that does not help me much and I have fretful nights and the next day I am tired from lack of sleep. To end this thread on a positive note - my duties will be changing and hopefully for the better. Rather than working for 8 doctors I will be working for only two. One them happens to be my own doctor. He is going to take me under his wing and help guide me in career. So I am looking forward to a new step in my career.
  8. i have been a registered nurse for the last 8 months and i live in albuquerque, new mexico. our salaries here are competitive - can't complain about my salary and i am thankful to have a job in this tough economy. the salaries in new mexico range between 50k-60k a year. however, the cost of living here is expensive, as well. is anyone from portland, or? what do nurses make up there? i am planning on moving back to the west coast (i'm originally from southern and northern california) within the next year or so and i am looking into the oregon. bottom line: nurses are underpaid and overworked!
  9. azilliRN

    RNs, are ya stressed out? Need a good cry?

    That was absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
  10. Congrats! Take a deep breath, everything will work out just fine. You are lucky to land such a position. I would trade with you any day. I work in a Family Practice clininc and I don't like the job as much - would rather be doing what you are doing! Good luck to you!!!!
  11. azilliRN

    If med-surg floor is NOT for me, what else??

    With todays economy being bleak, I think you should stick to it for at least year. After a year you will have some experience and you can find your place in nursing that will make you happy. It is the same for me as I don't like working in a clinic -the hours are great but the work is not what I thought it would be. However, I have learned to make the most of it in the meantime. It isn't fun working when you aren't happy where you are but try and a look on the postive side (hard to do sometimes) learn all you can and in the meantime keep searching for other opportunities and I am sure a door will open for you. I live in Albuquerque, NM and there aren't many jobs to choose from out here either but I look on different hospital websites to see what is out there. I too am not thrilled where I work (been an RN for 7 months now) but I had no choice - couldn't be picky and I took what came my way. Med/Sug was my first choice but they werent' hiring new grads when I applied last December. Now I am beginning to think that Med/Surg is not for me after what I have read here. I've been thinking about looking into day surgery (this is the PACU?) because everyone works as a team. At least this is what I noticed while I was waiting to be taken in to surgery to have my gallbladder taken out in June. Everyone was friendly and curteous with one another, including the Dr's. Oh well, that is my two cents worth for the time being....good luck in your job hunt - hope you find somewhere where you will be happy.
  12. azilliRN

    Injection in buttocks: 1" vs. 1 1/2" needle

    I was told as well in school that injections were not administerd directly into the gluteal muscles. However, in an outpatient clinic we give injections in the U.O.Q (Upper outer quadrant) of the glut.
  13. I am a new graduate who has yet a lot to learn but I am a bit confused :confused:about giving injections in the buttocks. One of the nurses who trained me told me to use a 1 inch needle when you give Depo-Provera, Phenergan, Kenalog and B12 injections. The only time I use the 1 and 1/2 inch needle is when I give Depo-Testosterone and Rocephin. Last week I had to give a Phenergan injection to a dehydrated patient who came into our clinic for an office visit (I work in Family Practice). I started her IV and once she was settled I gave her anti-nausea medication in her bottom using a 1" needle. Another nurse (20 year veteran) who was working with me told I should have used a 1 and half inch needle instead of a one inch needle. Then yet another nurse (30+) told me I should have given injection in the arm with 1 inch. Who is right? Please help!
  14. azilliRN

    Unm

    i graduated from cnm last april (2009) - i have heard good things and bad things about unm and cnm. unm has always had a competitive nursing program and i knew it was hard to get into. it is true that you have to reapply every semester if you aren't accepted the first time. however, coming from cnm's a.d.n program with a ba in history, i found the program to be successful and i learned a lot from my clinical instructors. just ask lots of questions. i took some months off after i graduated from cnm to study for the nclex, which i passed the first time. every school is different in the way they approach the curriculum. stick it out at cnm - get the best grades you can and then jump into the unm accelerated bsn program. it's just a suggestion. in fact, i'm thinking of going to unm for a masters rather than at the university of phoenix. haven't made up my mind yet where i want to go. good luck to you in whatever you decide to do.
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