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    GN interview at Florida Hospital Winter Park

    In general, Florida has a much slower pace than NY. With that said, you might find the pace in a metropolitan area like Orlando to be a bit more like home (as it is FILLED with people from other places). It wouldn't be the same as moving to a tiny rural spot like Live Oak or Perry (not that those places have hospitals!) There are lots and lots and lots of ex-New Yorkers in Florida....and I haven't met one yet who wanted to go back!
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    New Grad Sticky Situation

    And if he does get transferred, you could still stay behind and keep working until you have landed a job in the new location.
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    I hate it :[

    You know what to do. Consider yourself lucky that you've discovered that this career is not right for you after only one week. Life is too short to spend the bulk of it doing something you don't enjoy.....take a look at the things you enjoy doing and figure out how to make a career out of one of your passions.
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    Was this unprofessional?

    Isn't it awful that our insecurities don't end with graduation? It sounds to me like she was just inquiring how are you feeling, maybe even to offer some tips......it may not have been a good choice on her part to compare you to your peer, and perhaps put you on the defensive; but I doubt she spent time agonizing about how her question would be perceived. Don't spend any more of your time agonizing over this. In the weeks that follow, you'll have more confidence and it will SHOW. That confidence will help you to see feedback for what it is: FEEDBACK. Its not always meant to be a criticism. I suspect that she was just telling you that you seem a little shy and perhaps wanting to know if there was any way she could help you come out of your shell a little more quickly.
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    New Grad Manager?

    I've spent the last decade or so in the corporate world, so take this with a grain of salt..... Really good managers listen to their staff and respect their staff's judgment. They are usually experts in MANAGING, thinking creatively and solving problems, not necessarily *doing* the job the staff does. Sure, it helps when you have a clue, but that's not necessarily the FOCUS of being a manager. You've been at this facility a long time, you know how things work and you're also an RN....maybe the LPNs have more direct patient care experience, but that is their primary role, so they SHOULD be good at it. Keep being respectful to them and LISTENING and ACTING on their concerns and you'll earn their respect despite your limited experience as an RN. Don't leave this job because you are feeling inexperienced next to the LPNs....leave it if its not want you want for your long-term career.
  6. slave_diverRN

    There is hope.

    Congratulations....and best of luck on your interview!
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    New nurse...hate my job...don't know what to do

    Wow....I'm sorry you are having such a difficult time in your new job. It sounds like there's three distinct challenges: 1. Coping with working nights and the impact to your life. 2. Time management at work and feelings of being unsupported by team 3. Dislike of ortho/neuro care Time Management is something you can DO SOMETHING about and that should improve over time. As you get more comfortable and efficient, you'll recognize when you need to pitch in and help another nurse on your team....this will open the door to more teamwork overall. This is a common stressor for all new nurses. The night shift is challenging, but there are things you can do to improve your life while you serve you 'time' on nights. You must PLAN IN ADVANCE to maintain relationships and get creative on this point. You may not be able to attend that party that gets going at 11PM, but you could plan to 'breakfast' with friends at the end of your shift. Make plans for your nights off...so you have something to look forward too...having concrete plans goes a long way towards removing that feeling of isolation. I'm not sure what to tell you about Ortho/Neuro patients. I can say that IF YOU ARE WHOLE, those 'broken' folks can really seem like demanding cry-babies. After spending some time as an ortho patient, I now realize what a significant accomplishment/task going to the bathroom is, and I'm guessing they are all needing to go at the same time because they all get fluids/dinner at the same time. You've got to anticipate what 'time' everyone will need to go and start that early. I hope that you can find some time to get to know one of your patients really well, learn about the dynamic wonderful life they had BEFORE their injury and see how challenging life is for them now. See this through THEIR eyes. I hope that this will help re-ignite your compassion for helping others and remind you of why you chose nursing in the first place. Best of luck to you!
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    Night Shift For Newbies

    Disconnect your doorbell! Or at least leave a laminated note that asks uninvited visitors to schedule an appointment prior to knocking. This has the bonus of ridding you of salespeople on your days off too!
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    Don't forget that the last question could have been a pilot question...and it might not count at all. Good luck with your official results.
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    Psych Nurse Tampa Florida (Veterans Affairs)

    There's also the Bay Pines VA in St. Petersburg. From a psych nursing perspective, that one may have more interesting cases and its closer to the beach!
  11. that figure accounts for a lot of things: 1. the new grad's salary while in orientation 2. the preceptor's salary while working with the new grad 3. the extra staff needed on a unit until the new grad is 'efficient' enough to handle a full pt load. i don't believe that needing the above items reflects negatively on nursing schools, any time someone moves into a new job, it takes time for them to be 'up to speed' with the experienced employees. the more experience someone has doing a similar role, the shorter the time it takes them to get 'up to speed.' nursing is not much different than any other career.
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    I have a question to nurse that smoke

    This may not be a popular answer . . . . . Nicotine is a drug and as the RN you should only dispense drugs that are ordered. The commonly accepted social practice of bumming/giving cigarettes does not extend to your legal responsibility as a health care provider. Sure, the patient could bum a cigarette from a stranger in the smoking area....but actually PROVIDING him cigarettes is like PERSCRIBING and DISPENSING the nicotine.
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    Kaplan vs. Hurst Review

    Both of those reviews are very different. I've very partial to the Hurst Review (since that's what I took and it helped me pass!) as its really a REVIEW. They go over the core content...and actually they give you JUST the minimum that you need to pass. They are outstanding at delivering this and their lectures are easy to follow, fun, and most importantly memorable. There's a bit of test taking strategy peppered throughout the review, but the focus is on the things you MUST know, not an approach to how to answer questions. They figure, if you know the material, you'll know which answer is right! I haven't taken Kaplan, but my understanding is that review focuses on how to interpret the question and the process of selecting your answer. You get some review, but the focus is on strategy.
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    ILLustrated Study Guide for the Nclex-Rn Exam

    I stared my NCLEX review with this book....but I don't think this is the best tool to use. There's a TON of great information, but that's the problem...there's TOO MUCH, you don't need to know EVERYTHING to pass. One specific thing I didn't like was that each disease listed the s&s separately...other materials I've seen group the s&s together, then list the diseases...for me, this was more logical and LESS PAGES! This will sound terrible...but the pictures were great...I noticed that so many of them were from the Memory Book of Nursing, so I got that instead (not that helpful either...all the good ones were in the Illustrated guide) What made me the most prepared was the Hurst Review...worth so much more than any of the several review books I purchased.
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    let go 6 wks into 10 wks orientation...is it fair?

    I'm sorry that this happened to you. The place you worked sounds very disorganized, short-staffed and horrid......but not unique. With the thought that every bad experience in life presents an opportunity you can learn from, can you share some of your thoughts on what you would do differently...if you had the chance to do a "do-over?" There may be many others who would benefit from your introspection.