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WondeR.N.

WondeR.N.

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WondeR.N. has 1 years experience and specializes in Pediatric, Psych, School.

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  1. WondeR.N.

    Constantly rejected from OB...

    I think it's definitely worth calling the recruiter--or a few of them. Don't sell yourself short, though, by asking for a new grad spot. You're experienced, and it's worth a lot! Jeez...two years of med/surg is like gold. Why don't you sign up for some continuing education classes about L&D? Check out ce.nurse.com. I'm a big fan of it. Get additional CPR certifications, anything to make your resume more attractive to the recruiters.
  2. WondeR.N.

    Do you "allnurse" at work ?

    There is no policy against it where I work, I have my own office where patients come to see me, it never interferes with the work I do, and I don't take a lunch break. I don't take smoke breaks, talk on the phone or gossip with co-workers. Nobody would say "boo" to me for surfing allnurses, checking my email, researching new drugs/procedures or reading the news. I also pass meds, do treatments, talk to anxious patients and their family members, other care providers, consult with the docs and deal with the staff. I am also very good at what I do, and my employers respect me as a professional and as a human enough to understand that I know how to manage my time. Every nurse's situation is different, and just because somebody is able to read allnurses at work does NOT mean they're a lazy employee.
  3. WondeR.N.

    Tips for calling MD

    Wow--thanks to all the highly experienced nurses, the advanced practice RNs and the physician(s) for posting here. I am a nurse in my first year of practice, and this is all extremely helpful.
  4. WondeR.N.

    Mildred's Brand New Littman Stethescope

    Thank you, Ruby Vee! This was great!
  5. WondeR.N.

    Constantly rejected from OB...

    RNpandoraRN, is it possible you've only looked into post-partum doula programs or have spoken? I have a friend who was a birth doula, extremly knowlegeable and a nursing student at the time. She also worked as a tech in L&D. She's now in L&D, studying to become a midwife. Continue being persistent and explore all your avenues. Something will break for you.
  6. She is your supervisor and absolutely should at least acknowledge your resignation, unless she's completely unprofessional. If that's the case, it's no wonder you're quitting. You should mention this during your exit interview with HR. Congrats on the new gig.
  7. WondeR.N.

    Do you "allnurse" at work ?

    yep...I'm at work right now. I learn a lot on these boards! I'm not in a hospital, though, so my schedule allows me to take a few moments now and then to check the news, visit allnurses, etc.
  8. WondeR.N.

    Survey: Nurse Recruitment

    I agree. I am a newly employed RN with only a few months of experience, and there was no way to enter
  9. WondeR.N.

    Debt! I'm making the right choice, right?

    Okey dokey, I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Here's what you do. Quit figuring out how badly you're going to be mortgaging your future. First, if you want an outstanding nursing education for a fraction of the cost of what you are looking at, go to Westchester Community College. It is highly competitive to get into, but if you have the grades to get into Columbia or NYU, then you certainly have the ability to get a high enough TEAS score to get into WCC. Don't let the "Community College" name deter you; it is an excellent program, and their graduates ALWAYS breeze through the NCLEX-RN. Don't believe me. Look it up on the Office of the Professions website. WCC is consistently ranked very highly in the state among ALL nursing programs, including the fancy, schmancy Ivy League (i.e. Columbia and NYU). For instance, NCLEX-RN pass rate from WCC in 2009 was 97.3%; from Columbia University it was 90.4%; from NYU it was 86.1%; from Pace University's NYC campus it was 93.2%; from Pace's Pleasantville campus it was 78.3%. Once you've graduated from WCC (or another one of the outstanding Community College programs in the area), you can work and finish your Bachelor's for a perfectly reasonable price through SUNY or online from another excellent college anywhere in the country. Yes, it's very difficult right now for ADNs to get hired, but at least you'll have a good, fighting chance to be working as an RN and have your BSN at least partially paid for by your employer! If you're in a 4 year program, you wouldn't get licensed for another 2 years anyway! Think about it. It's common sense. Don't make the mistake of thinking that a nursing manager is going to fawn over a Columbia grad over you if you take this route and get a Bachelor's from SUNY; chances are your nursing manager will have done the EXACT same thing. Nobody cares where your nursing degree is from, and if you can't pass the NCLEX after you graduate, you're not going to get licensed. Paying more for a degree doesn't mean you're getting a better education.
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    Associates degree

    SPower, I live in the burbs, but I applied to the Visiting Nurse Service of NYC...at the beginning of this year, I think. VNS offers a great new grad training program, similar to hospital nurse residencies, but they had no openings for new grads at the time. I don't know about any other home health agencies in the city, but in the burbs there are lots of advertised home health jobs with agencies that say they'll train new grads. I never got a call back from any of them, though. My guess is that they're pretty well staffed with all of the experienced nurses that have recently lost their jobs.
  11. WondeR.N.

    "Why don't you just be a doctor?"

    Yes, tara, that overwhelming and exhausting feeling is completely normal. My personal experience was that it steadily got more and more exhausting and stressful with each passing semester. I hope that didn't sound discouraging. Just expect that you'll have some really difficult days, but that they, too, shall pass. Be sure you keep studying in advance of the lectures as much as you can--pace yourself--and take good care of yourself. Eat well, get plenty of sleep--and have fun! I loved nursing school!
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    "Why don't you just be a doctor?"

    allthaticanbe, I hope you didn't misinterpret my posting of that article from another area of the site as "doctor bashing." If you look at my earlier post, my point was exactly the opposite: I find it discouraging to see/hear every discussion remotely related to both doctors and nurses turn into a doc-bashing-fest. We do not need to justify the validity of our profession or defend our intellect...period...and certainly not by lumping all physicians into a "rude, degrading, demeaning" bucket. We wind up presenting ourselves like the insecure person who is constantly trying to make him/herself feel better by making fun of others. There are a$$holes in every workplace and in every profession. By focusing more on the occasional a$$ docs we meet and constantly defending ourselves against silly ignorance, we only give them more power. As I'm always telling my kids: "It doesn't matter what anyone says. You know the truth."
  13. WondeR.N.

    "Why don't you just be a doctor?"

    i have always been disappointed when i see/hear disrespectful attitudes/comments between or about doctors and nurses. interestingly, this was posted to the news section of allnurses today: "2009 survey: doctor nurse behavior--problems impact patient care bad blood: doctor-nurse behavior problems impact patient care by carrie johnson examine the eye-opening results of the acpe survey on doctor nurse behavior and learn how the problems can directly affect patient care. according to the survey results, outrageous behavior is still common in this country's health care organizations. more than 2,100 physicians and nurses participated in the survey, and some of the tales they related were surprising:[color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27] [color=#e36a27]* physicians groping nurses and technicians as they tried to perform their jobs. [color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27]* tools and other objects being flung across the or. [color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27]* personal grudges interfering with patient care. [color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27]* accusations of incompetence or negligence in front of patients and their families. according to the respondents, the fundamental lack of respect between doctors and nurses is a huge problem that affects every aspect of their jobs. staff morale, patient safety and public perception of the industry all suffer as a result. the electronic survey was emailed to about 13,000 doctors and nurses. of those who participated, about 67 percent were nurses and 33 percent were physicians. behavior problems are obviously pervasive: nearly 98 percent of the survey respondents reported witnessing behavior problems between doctors and nurses in the past year. responses were divided over how frequently problems arose. about 30 percent of participants said bad behavior occurred several times a year, while another 30 percent said it happened weekly, and about 25 percent said monthly. a surprising 10 percent said they witnessed problems between doctors and nurses every single day. what was the most common complaint? degrading comments and insults that nearly 85 percent of participants reported experiencing at their organizations. yelling was second, with 73 percent. other typical problems included cursing, inappropriate joking and refusing to work with one another. some of described behavior is criminal, and would appear to meet the criteria for an assault charge, such as throwing scalpels or squirting a used syringe in a co-worker's face. but according to some survey participants, it's the dayto- day putdowns and slights that can be the most harmful. "the worst behavior problem is not the most egregious," wrote one participant. "it's the everyday lack of respect and communication that most adversely affects patient care and staff morale." physician, heal thyself while there were complaints about nurse behaviors, both doctors and nurses who filled out the survey said physicians were to blame for a large part of disruptive behaviors. many of the participants accused physicians of patronizing and belittling nurses, a pattern some surmise may have been instilled in medical school."
  14. WondeR.N.

    What can a high school student do to get into....

    The Squire is right. Many nursing schools are highly competitive to get into, but if you're a good student in high school, you'll have NO problem at all. The TEAS is easy...EASY...and I took it almost 20 years after graduating from high school (got a 98%). Just do a quick TEAS prep course online with practice tests so you know you did everything you can to prepare. If you can start right into a 4 year program, that would be the best, but you can always earn your ADN, get licensed as an RN and then transfer into a university or do an RN to BSN program.
  15. WondeR.N.

    "Why don't you just be a doctor?"

    ekramona said what I was going to say. Doctors and nurses have completely different approaches. They perform two different functions that complement each other. A lot of people are still of the mindset that doctors are nurses' bosses, and that nurses just do the docs' dirty work--that's how it was just a few decades ago. I just changed careers to go into nursing with the ultimate goal of becoming an NP. Docs are so specialized these days, and they simply don't have the availability to develop relationships with their patients; that's why I think being an NP is a better choice for me. Nursing schools focus on treating the whole patient, putting all the pieces from different specialties and disciplines together and managing all of them so all patient needs are met. As nurses, we can become highly specialized later, but our background and training remain broad. You're not going to be able to enlighten everyone or change some old-timers' minds, but you can have simple canned responses that explain the difference without disparaging the docs.
  16. WondeR.N.

    New Grad Freaking out about jobs

    Oh, and I want to echo missyadams. When you send your resume and cover letter, include your list of references with full contact information as well as a couple of LETTERS of reference from your clinical instructors, professors, etc. It's easy to file a resume away, but when it's accompanied by letters oooohing and ahhing about how much of an asset you would be to their organization, it goes a long way toward getting the right pair of eyes to look at you.