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  1. pitaya

    Night Shift For Newbies

    Nights are GREAT! More money, less craziness. What more could I ask for? For me, somehow waking up at 5 pm is not half as bad as waking up at 5 am! I could never be to work early on a day shift, but coming in early on a night shift is no problemo even though I sleep less.
  2. pitaya

    To those who have recently graduated and found a job...

    Did an accelerated BSN in Colorado! Got a job in Tucson.
  3. Similarly, I haven't been able to get any IV starts since I started working. I got them in nursing school with different teachers instructing me and in different facilities, but now since I've started trying as a graduate nurse, I can't get any!!! What's wrong? I would like to know how to get over this, too. LOL Good luck with your foleys!!!
  4. pitaya

    Ever feel unsafe in your job?

    I feel the same way!!! I'm still in training but my preceptors seem to think that if they showed me how to do it once (without even letting me do it hands-on), then I will remember how to do it correctly. If I ask a question, they say something like, "I already showed you this" or "Didn't you learn this in nursing school?" But I really need to do something by myself around 5 times in order to be able to do it on my own without supervision. Maybe I am just not a quick learner, but it's very frustrating to me.
  5. I work nights on tele and it is wayyyy easier than days. :) LOL I would be a lot more nervous about working days, haha, well, at least on my floor the days are crazier. Congrats!
  6. pitaya

    Bad day. :(

    Today's shift just made me feel incredibly incompetent. I have been a licensed nurse and working for three months now but every day I feel like the biggest bumbling idiot. I want to cry. And I do not wanna go back tomorrow for more feelings of humiliation and stupidity. I wish being an RN made me feel good about myself but lately all I feel is dread!!! Thanks for reading. I have no one else to cry to!!
  7. pitaya

    Communication Barriers with Preceptor

    Thanks for the reply!! You're right, lots of the doctors and patients have accents as well but it seems different since they are not my primary teacher. I feel like a jerk even complaining about it, but I have just never had such a hard time learning before and it is frustrating as I constantly have to find better ways to express myself or ask lots of questions because I didnt understand the first time. But I guess it all is part of the learning experience...today was a good day so hopefully it will get easier! The funny part is that I want to be a nurse in Latin America eventually...my Spanish is weak so I think I would have had a heck of a time learning in Spanish if learning in English is already this difficult for me.
  8. pitaya

    ORAL EXAM interview...HELP!! NEW GRAD!!

    Never heard of one either. Good luck, let us know how it goes!
  9. Is anyone else out there being trained by a nurse whose thick accent and grasp of the English language make learning difficult? I am a new grad RN on an intermediate care unit and I have always been one for diversity and both nurses who are training me are excellent, but there are a lot of communication barriers between us. For example, I will say one thing and my preceptor interprets it as another and vice versa. I feel like this might not be such an issue if I caught on quicker, or if I had already been a nurse and was just transferring to a new unit, but I am admittedly a slow learner and I really need things spelled out for me. With so many communication issues between myself and my preceptors, I feel like I don't get the instruction or explanations that I need to really learn things right. As a new grad, I am struggling with being a new nurse in a hospital I never did clinicals in and the communication barriers just make it so much harder. I probably should have said something about this issue right away, but we're a month into my training now and the clinical lead also has an accent and is from another country and I don't want anyone to take anything the wrong way if I request an American preceptor without an accent. Anyway, just wanted to vent about it and see if anyone else faced any similar obstacles. I still have 4 weeks left of training and I thought it would be getting better by now and I would understand my preceptor more with time, but every day just leaves me more and more frustrated!
  10. pitaya

    How can I know when a New Grad Program opens?

    Check the hospital websites you're interested in EVERY DAY. I applied for new grad programs and my top hospital only had the applications up for one week online, so I had to be persistent in my checking or else I would have missed it.
  11. pitaya

    Took a leap.....

    I don't think you're crazy. I would hate to work in the OR precisely because I can't talk to my patients. They are the best part of my day.
  12. Does anyone know when the next cohort for Phoenix Children's starts? I don't graduate until August, so I missed the last start date!
  13. pitaya

    Nursing Care Plan books

    Ackley's Nursing Diagnosis Handbook is by faaaar the best! I had another one before that and was super confused. Ackley cleared it up for me. :)
  14. pitaya

    Who else is studying on July 4th?

    Yup, summer school is in full swing, but I like summer school because that means I'll be done by fall! Just think of how much sooner you'll be done because you do take summer classes.
  15. pitaya

    Last semester! Don't feel any smarter??

    I am in my last semester and I feel the same way!!! I have good grades, but I feel like I don't really know anything?! It's quite terrifying.
  16. pitaya

    What do you listen to while studying

    Awesome! Even if I know the words to the songs, Owl City's music is still not as distracting as other music for some reason, but it sets a good atmosphere. :)

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