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  1. LawyerRN2b

    Don’t want to work during Covid-19

    I quit April 4th so right in the very beginning. My son has bad asthma and we live with my mother in law who has colon cancer and multiple myeloma. I could not take any chances. I was heartbroken b/c I am new grad but being exposed to a new virus that is attacking the lungs was not in my career game plan. I worked mother baby for god's sake. Still--- we had no idea how this virus acted. I'm split 80/20 on whether it was the right thing to do. 80% fine with my decision and 20% overreaction. I have been trying to get a remote job but no luck. I qualify for unemployment b/c I had to take care of my son whose school was closed, but haven't seen a check yet. It's all been pretty depressing. But here we are!
  2. LawyerRN2b

    Covid RN quarantined away from family

    I feel you--- I started a new grad residency back in October on my dream unit. I worked incredibly hard in school and was so excited that it paid off. Fast forward to this virus nightmare. My 6 year old has severe asthma and my mother in law (who lives with us) is being treated for colon cancer and multiple myeloma. I resigned back in early April. Heartbroken is really the word. I didn't have a choice to quarantine myself away from my family--- nowhere to go really and my kids need me. They're young and definitely wouldn't cope well-- and me either! I would miss them too much. They're 6 and 3. My unit was "low risk" (mother baby) but the ironic part is the only two nurses I know from school who caught COVID were both on "low risk" floors--- L&D and psych. So goes to show I made the right choice. But I am floundering. I am trying to get approved for unemployment-- half way there. I've been applying to remote nursing jobs but that seems pointless b/c these jobs are competitive and you really need experience. I have been contacted to interview for the contact tracing investigator positions here in my state. If the department of health decides to go forward with my application, I would interview this week. But still---- so many "what ifs". I also had planned to apply for NP school after 1 year of full time work, but moved that ahead and am waiting to hear whether I got in. I was so late in the game....but we shall see. It sounds like your situation is not ideal but you are making work. If you can keep working, I would. This is going to go on for a long time and there are no guarantees of being able to transfer or getting a lower risk position. Maybe you could work and apply to other positions? Research? I wouldn't suggest remote unless you have more than a year or two under your belt (no calls at all after like 50 resumes and applications here). Wish you the best of luck-- I couldn't imagine being away from my family---so I understand how difficult that must be. Hugs!
  3. Bless your heart! I found this endearing. You'll be out there back in the dating pool before you know it. Rest assured. It is a weird time to be single I guess---- like video dates? No thanks. But you'll be OK! Just you asking the question shows how cute you are!!
  4. I am about to!! I thought I was alone in this. I am upset and feel so guilty but when I come home and see my sweet son's face, it makes me realize what really matters. The way to think about it (or at least I do) is that nursing will be there when we get over this pandemic. Will it be at the same hospital?/ Probably not, but that's OK. I literally started my job 6 months ago. I am a new grad. But my son---- he has severe asthma. When he gets sick with anything respiratory, he ends up either in the ER or the PICU. He is 6 and he's been hospitalized for a week at time on o2 about 5 times. The ER visits are too many to count-- maybe 25. And he's on maintenance inhalers. It sucks!! I can no longer take the chance. I thought maybe it would blow over and we'd be OK but I am wearing the same mask for days at a time and watching people cough on public surfaces. No thanks.
  5. LawyerRN2b

    L&D Orientation

    New grad here! I started my L&D new grad program back in October. Maternal health was the reason I went to nursing school and I was ecstatic to find getting hired so easy. I am a second degree student who graduated in summer 19' and have many "working years" under my belt. The hospital where I am is considered "high acuity" and busy, but I didn't think it was unmanageable. The new grad program seems pretty solid and I have a total of 12 weeks of orientation on the floor (although many of my 36 hours a week are spent on learning modules). Anyway-- my preceptor is fine. She's a little older than me and has been working in L&D at this particular hospital for eons. I thought we were creating a bond to be honest, but I am beginning to wonder if she has totally sold me out and threw my under the bus. I am currently on week 8 of my orientation and doing many of my tasks independently. We train with laboring moms, in the OR, recovery of C-section pts and their babies, triage, and antepartum. Hence-- it is A LOT of information all at once. I thought I was intelligent until I started this job. I have trouble remembering the simplest of things-- like what color vials are used for what lab draws and tests. I feel immense stress and pressure and I guess I just don't work well under conditions like that. Anyway-- I know I am slow, but I had not made any mistakes until last week. I forgot to correctly label a lab and sent it off. When they lab called my preceptor, she appeared very annoyed (as well as the nurse just about to take over the care of the patient). It's policy that when labs are mislabeled it becomes a safety incident and they must be redone. I get it. I effed up. Didn't help that we were talking about this particular lab that morning and how it can be confusing. UGH!!! I apologized profusely, ate my pride, and thought all was well. Until I got called into a "check in meeting". This is where I was greeted by my nurse educator, my nurse manager, and the patient care director. I felt sooooooooooo blindsided bc I had no idea what had happened was SO DIRE. The educator asked me how my week was going in triage and I told her I was still having trouble placing IVs on swollen moms. I also said (in all honesty bc we're adults having a conversation) that I found myself having trouble committing small things to memory. Fast forward 30 seconds and I am being told I am not where I am supposed to be in orientation, it a huge concern that I do not know how to place IVs or draw labs, I do not know how to organize my patient visits (?), I do not know how to organize my equipment for IVs and labs, and I am slow. I would have felt just a little better if it wasn't said to me so icky. It felt slimy and there was definite attitude behind the whole tone of the conversation. I am sooooo willing to learn with absolutely zero ego. Please teach me to be the best L&D nurse ever! Please. But some of these accusations seem bizarre to me. I made a mistake with a label, I AM SLOW b/c I am new, but I do not forget to bring anything to my rooms and the patients never know I am new nurse. I have been told to me face that "they are soooo glad they have a nurse who knows what they are doing". Not kidding. So when this conversation happened I was deflated and I have lost every ounce of self-confidence. I was placed with my nurse manager today who is actually very sweet and didn't say much in the previous call out meeting. I did all I was supposed to do and placed every single IV. My charting was impeccable and I didn't forget a thing. She told me I did a great job and managed my time well. Wonderful. But I really feel like there is a target on my back now. I came home and wanted to go straight to bed b/c I was so emotionally drained. I am beyond angry at my preceptor for putting me in this position--- why not tell me to my face what I can do better? Why tell the managers before me? Is it really that bad? Do I suck that much at week 8? My mistake hurt NO ONE...yes...I admit it was a mistake...but it was a label. I don't know how to bounce back from this and move on. All I want to do is quit. But is that silly? I feel like my educator watched me all day long. Bouncing in and out of triage..... not saying anything but just being there. Maybe I am paranoid. Sorry for the rant...but maybe there is someone else out there that feels the way I do as a new grad in L&D. It is sooooooo hard. So much stuff to remember. SO much stress. If I feel the writing is on the wall now, am I right to just cut my losses and go somewhere else?
  6. LawyerRN2b

    GMU ABSN program 2017 applicants

    I'm going to have to call--- I mean to be the first class in fresh new state of the art facilities is pretty tempting. Congrats to all!!!!!! It really is quite the accomplishment and we should be proud!
  7. LawyerRN2b

    GMU ABSN program 2017 applicants

    I'm in too!! But I am pretty sure I am giving up my spot. I had minor surgery and couldn't make it to the transfer day to tour the facilities. I already made my deposit at Georgetown but may think again if we get to be the first class using the new building (Peterson). Does anyone know any details about that? Did anyone go on the tour? Thoughts?
  8. LawyerRN2b

    GMU ABSN program 2017 applicants

    That's absurd!!!! Every other school has issued its decisions. Nice...and most have deposit deadlines in April.
  9. LawyerRN2b

    GMU ABSN program 2017 applicants

    Oh I didn't apply to GWU....just GMU and Georgetown. GWU was too far of a commute for me. I visited GT last week and it was awesome. Hope you get great news soon!
  10. LawyerRN2b

    GMU ABSN program 2017 applicants

    Neuro! That's so disappointing to hear! I am pretty set on Georgetown but haven't submitted my deposit yet b/c I want to see what happened with GMU. Could you go into more detail? Also, do you have an idea when that new building will be ready? It looks like it could be a year away from the pictures online.
  11. LawyerRN2b

    GMU ABSN program 2017 applicants

    Thanks! I went back to my email and somehow missed the one about visiting. I'm def going to check it out on the 4th. GU's is tomorrow so it will be nice to see them side by side within days of each other.
  12. LawyerRN2b

    GMU ABSN program 2017 applicants

    LOL I was doing a matrix to try and figure out if there was a certain day of the week the last couple of cohorts heard back....nope....all over the map. Question though--- has anyone visited the campus? My sister is a 2008 grad of GMU and she says the Prince William campus is new and nice and Fairfax is nice but older. I wish they had an admitted students day like some of the other schools. I haven't read or seen anything being offered like that--- am I wrong?
  13. LawyerRN2b

    GMU ABSN program 2017 applicants

    Anxious here too! I think we'll hear something this week, honestly. Most other cohorts did. I will say, though, I have not been impressed with the staff doing the main college admissions. They wanted VA state documentation and I received the most bizarre email from them with lots of spelling errors, no punctuation, and wrong information. It put me off totally. But we'll see....I know the nursing program is awesome....so I can't be too judgmental.
  14. LawyerRN2b

    GMU ABSN program 2017 applicants

    I'm really hoping we hear from GMU the last week of March or earlier (like the last couple of co-horts did). I got into Georgetown last week and my excitement for that has overshadowed GMU. I live in Arlington right across from GT so my commute would be 7 minutes. It's much much more expensive though and it's a 2 year masters. I like the 12 month and done program with GMU. I'm also a little worried about driving to two campuses.....that new building won't be ready in time for us to use I don't think.
  15. LawyerRN2b

    Georgetown CNL Fall 2017

    There's one started. Search georgetown cnl fall 2017.
  16. LawyerRN2b

    Georgetown CNL Fall 2017

    Well for me I already have law school loans. Most were taken right when Grad Plus started but I have a year of private. Those private loans are the bane of my existence. My Grad Plus were easily and neatly consolidated into one loan and I pay on an income based repayment plan. So it's a lot but manageable. I am also halfway through Public Service Loan Forgiveness b/c I worked for a nonprofit for those years. I will continue that at a hospital. All fed loans will be forgiven and it's not taxable income. Of course this is not possible for everyone so yeah bring on those scholarships!