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Lemon_squeezy BSN, RN

Geriatric care; Nursing edu & Admin; Wound care
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Lemon_squeezy has 12 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Geriatric care; Nursing edu & Admin; Wound care.

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  1. Hi all- anyone have any input on Marymount vs George Mason’s online program for FNP? (Flexibility, quality, etc.). I know what they say they offer, but interested to hear personal experience. Any input is appreciated! Thanks everyone!
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    Marymount BSN-DNP 2021

    Applied for the FNP/MSN program- still waiting. Have you had any luck finding info? Wish you all the best! 😊
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    Anyone who used to work for Genesis HC?

    Hello! So I actually just have a quick question for anyone who has left, (or knows someone who has left..) a Genesis facility. I'm an RN there, been about a year and 7 months, and have about 90 unused vacation hours (I did use some up over the past year; unfortunately when I put in my notice, It was too late to ask for vaca time before the fact without it causing issues with timing at my new job.. ) I looked up in the handbook about vacation time, but it was a little confusing. Has anyone left and know if they will compensate you for ANY unused time? Thanks for the help! :redbeathe
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    Anyone who works at Mercy?

    Guess not, lol :doh:
  5. LTCs get such a bad rep.. Seriously. I did it for a year and a half. I started IVs, did meds/tx for 25 subacute patients (15 on vents, tube feeds, etc), wound vacs, PICC line and PAC maintenance... you get a ton of leadership experience (RNs are often charges, so you learn to deal with patient families and direct staffing.) If you are evening or night shift, you are often only one of a handful of RNs, meaning no doctors, so you need to critically think when your resident's go bad, just like any other nurse. I felt like you did when I graduated from college, but i'm glad i did it. I got a job in a hospital just fine afterwords. LTCs are often overlooked, especially in RN programs, but they really are a great place to start out. (end rant.. haha)
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    What's your nursing kryptonite?

    Really wet wound vacs. I changed one tonight, and if you touched him, this mans sacrum would have purulent drainage leak out the wazoo... was sitting trying to fish out saturated packing about 4-5 cm into this dude's sacrum, and that smell is just.. AWESOME.. -gag-.
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    Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    Eh.. While i'd like to say it isn't true, (and a lot of older nurses i've met have been AMAZING and super helpful), there are nurses that "eat their young". I'm not saying it's as common, but i've occasionally met some that have some sort of superiority complex. I'd say it was a personal thing, but anyone new who was hired to our facility, these nurses would turn on. I don't think it's as common in a large hospital (Didn't see it so much there), but in a lot of smaller areas (SNFs, smaller hospitals, etc.), it can happen. No, I don't believe it exists with EVERY nurse, but to say it doesn't exist is also silly. It exists in nursing, as well as many other professions. C'est la vie. OH! And a special LOL to the article. Of course no one will own up to it.. can you imagine?! "Oh, me? eat our young? Yeah. I love treating the newbies like crap.. LOLZ!".
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    Transition from Nursing home to hospital...

    Hmm.. Shouldn't be too bad actually finding a job.. I've been doing LTC since I graduated ('09), so for about a year and a half. I played evening charge for a year or so, and for the past few months have been the only nurse for a 25-bed vent unit (aka subacute). It's still LTC care, but i've done a ton of skill-based nursing, as well as organizing. On your resume, focus on your skills. A lot of recruiters realize that the market has been insane (Some have even told me that), and realize that you can get a lot of awesome leadership skills and organization skills there. Also, in your cover letter, just emphasize that point. I just got two job offers from hospitals that weren't hiring when I graduated, and both gave me credit for two years of nursing (I don't think they'll "jip" your experience like someone mentioned, especially just for a year or two!). There is hope! Just wait to apply until after your "official year mark". It generally works out better that way when applying! :) As for the actual transition.. not sure about that yet- I don't start until end of Feb.. but if you find yourself in a great hospital, I doubt it will be an issue. You still have to go through orientation and preceptors just like everyone else! :) Best of luck to you!
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    Laurel Center Nursing Home

    Well i'm super late and wrong on this, but incase you never did actually get an answer, it is owned by Genesis, and the class is during the day, but you can work with them on shadowing and such to do evening shifts. That part can be fairly flexible. :) Did you ever end up doing it?
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    Anyone who works at Mercy?

    Hello everyone! After a nail biting process (Interview was right before the weekend, so it was like a weekend of watching grass grow.. or snow fall if that's more suitable ... while I waited for a phone call), i've accepted a position with Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. I'm sure i'll have time to ask these questions when I start in a few weeks, but wondering if anyone out there knows about holiday and weekend rotations. I'm sure they may vary by unit, but it's worth a shot asking! Also, anyone with some positive/negative experience to share? I'm happy to finally say i've made it alive out of this nursing "no new RNs, please!" movement fairly unscathed (I graduated in 09, the peak of it all). I moved to the middle of nowhere PA, worked as a charge nurse and subacute vent nurse for a year and a half- got my experience and now can finally start where I wanted to go originally.. Anywho- I'm babbling.. :) Also- - looking at some downtown areas. I know baltimore & the burbs fairly well, but decided to spend the extra cash and just go with the smaller room in a high rise around the hospital. Anyone have input on these? (Waterloo, Saratoga, Charles Place, etc etc). Thank you guys for any info! Again, i'm gushing, but i'm so excited to come to Baltimore!
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    One year of Nursing Down in a SNF--- Now what?!

    I suppose It was a favor simply due to the fact that there are still girls who I graduated with that have no job. After exclaiming to her the fact I had put in about 60 million hospital applications in the DE/MD/PA area, she simply said "Oh, you know I have a charge nurse opening if you're interested..". She pretty much arranged for what needed to be done, which was an amazing help. (The job was 3 hours from where I went to school, so it wasn't the easiest thing to arrange for interviews, etc..) Unfortunately, she doesn't really know any hospital nurses. Trust me, I asked - lol. Either way, I do agree with you. I was not planning on leaving until (like I said) probably September-November. As for quitting my job before I have landed another job- c'mon now.. I'm not that reckless- I have a rent and bills to pay, haha. Part of the reason I wish to find another job is not just getting out of the SNF, but because i'm planning to relocate. I'm about 2-2 1/2 hours from Philly now. More or less eager to get out of this area and closer to the rest of my family and old friends.
  12. So to start- I'm a May 2009 BSN graduate from Delaware who was one of the blessed few with job connections. My mother happens to be a Nurse Manager at a SNF in PA, and was able to help me get started in a Charge Nurse position which I began in July 2009. While I am greatly appreciative of this, and quite comfortable here (I adore my staff and residents)- i'm ready for bigger and better things. I was the charge nurse (Basically 3-11 RN on the unit), up until recently. I loved the position, and it was a great way to build confidence in my patient interactions and leadership abilities, but it was also a position in which I didn't often get to utilize my nursing skills to a large extent. Recently, they had asked me to start a new RN position they had created in our building's vent/subacute unit (It used to be LPN, and the nursing supervisor would come to do IVs and the like.) THe acuity shot up greatly the past few months, and a full time RN position was needed to join the LPN. While I enjoy this new opportunity (It's nice to finally use more skills, and it feels like a mini ICU considering the condition of some of these residents..)- I am still eager to get out of this area and the geriatric facility field. I'm planning on relocating to Philadelphia when my apartment lease is up (November). The first problem I am experiencing is one like the New grads.. no jobs! When I graduated college, everyone required a year experience, now that I have that- I feel like every app I put in requires 2+ years. I've been highly interested in Oncology and Psychiatric Nursing for a few years now, and through clinical experience grew to love both more and more. When applying for an RN position that I thought would be perfect (Cancer Tx Center of America, I Believe..) - I was given the same response I got for the first time around.. 'not enough related experience'- despite the fact that most of my clinicals had in some way dealt with oncology, I worked with long term oncology patients, etc.. I'm not really sure how to handle this. My second fear is that if I stay with the SNF too long, I won't be able to find a decent hospital position. I've heard about being labled the "Nursing home nurse"- does anyone have any input on that? SNFs are no piece of cake to work in, and have a ton of challenges I never faced in a hospital (through clinical, or being a PACU nursing assistant for 2 years)- but I know as well as any other that there is often a stigma there as it relates to nursing homes. Despite this, i'm trying to remain positive. I'm planning to stick to this new position for a few months (At least until mid-summer... that way I can have an official "year under my belt"- and not to mention not have to pay back vaca time, haha)- but any advice, or perhaps if anyone knew anything in the Philly/Delaware area? I've contemplated getting the nurse manager's number for that original job and sending my resume personally, but i'm not sure how to highlight my sincere interest and skills in hopes to cover for lack of "related experience". Any tips on how to stand out (Especially now that another batch of new grads is emerging..) Thanks in advance! :]