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  1. Destin293

    Burnout...what to do about it?

    Anyone here ever experience burnout? If so, what did you do about it? I have been a nurse for almost 5 years...which is really not long at all. But, I am heading closer and closer to burnout, if I’m not there already. I used to look forward to going to work...now I just get such a sick feeling in my stomach every time before I start my shift. I used to work med/surg before making the switch to ER. I just feel like new policies are constantly being passed which involve never ending “audits” of nurses. Everything we do from bedside report to blood administration is audited...it either involves someone physically standing there with a clipboard watching you do something and then checking off it you did it correct, or adding a bunch of different paperwork to fill out that gets placed in the managers mailbox for an additional audit. I would occasionally pick up on the floor and vitals now became a part of the RN’s responsibility, not the aides, because there was no help (VS are q4h). They started making nurses go to something called SNAP rounds which take 45 minutes...which comes after having to follow a huge checklist of (an audited!) bedside report that takes an hour. It’s also in the middle of med passes (that are at 8am, 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm) that involve insulin...which, if it’s not given within 30 minutes, we’re audited and talked to! If we do blood administration and forget 1 VS (such as RR during 1 vital check, or are off on our time), we get audited and talked to. Add all this to patients becoming more demanding (and sicker!), census going higher, and wages staying lower, I just feel done...totally done. I have already cut back to 24 hours a week (my hospital started the Baylor program). I started counseling. I just don’t know what else to do...I feel like a giant bundle of nerves everyday, and I used to be so confident.
  2. Destin293

    What to expect during L&D???

    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who responded...the info really helped! I also want to say I have a whole new respect for L&D nurses and what you have to deal with...I can only imagine some of the patients you have that refuse to sway from their birth plan no matter what. I would have to think pregnant women (and their families) have to be the most fickle group of patients out there. I had in my head I wanted to labor at home, didn't want AROM, didn't want to have a lot of vaginal exams, and didn't want to be tied to a bed with monitoring. Well, all that was tossed out the window in a hot second! My blood pressure went up when I was 37 weeks, I kept an eye on it at work. At 37w 6d, I was at work and it sky rocketed. I called my provider and was told to head upstairs for an assessment (I work where I was delivering). I fully expected to be sent home on bed rest, but, nope...they started to induce me. I was totally unprepared. After 48 hours, 1 round of Cervidil, 2 rounds of Cytotec, 1 round of pitocin, AROM, 10 vaginal exams, continuous monitoring, 90 minutes of pushing, and 1 truly amazing epidural, my little guy finally arrived!
  3. Destin293

    What to expect during L&D???

    I am almost 32 weeks pregnant and starting to become more and more anxious over labor and delivery. I graduated nursing school 4 years ago and don't remember much from my maternity rotation (zero interest in L&D or having a baby...then an 'oops' happened). I'm just wondering what a typical experience would be in terms of amount of vaginal exams to expect, interventions to expect, what your "ideal patient" is like, what interventions can be declined, etc. I am older (turned 35 in April, due Sept 1st), but otherwise have been considered low risk (no htn, no diabetes, no placenta previa, weight gain has been perfect, baby measurements have been perfect, fundal measurements have been exact, etc.). The only thing I am absolutely positive about is an epidural. The one thing I do remember from nursing school is the vaginal delivery I watched of a first time Mom who went totally natural, no pain medications at all, and she moved around that bed like a dying animal. It was horrifying. That cemented the idea of an epidural. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Destin293

    Pregnant and working...how do you do it?!?!?

    Stupid answer, Sour Lemon. You're a moron.
  5. I'm an ER nurse and currently 26 weeks pregnant with my 1st child. My 1st trimester hit me hard with fatigue...my 2nd trimester has been absolutely amazing! I had all my energy back, I was able to get everything done that I needed to do, etc. I'm approaching the end of my 2nd trimester and moving into my 3rd, and, BAM, the fatigue is back with a vengeance...only this time I'm carrying around an extra 25lbs and dealing with sore, swollen feet, hip pain, and constant moodiness. Any tips on how to get through the day AND have my days off actually feel restful and productive? I feel like all I do is sleep when not at work.
  6. Destin293

    What's it like in maternity clinicals?

    I remember it being boring. I saw 1 vaginal delivery which was cool and 1 c-section. As far as actually spending time with babies, that didn't happen. We would see them briefly after birth, but once they were all cleaned and settled, they were sent for rooming in with the mom's. We pretty much spent the rest of the day getting vitals and changing bed linens.
  7. Destin293

    Mandatory Vaccine Waiver in Nursing School/Clinicals

    Thanks for posting! I listened to the podcast and it was really interesting. It did get me thinking about the whole debate and I looked at the schedule of childhood vaccines...they do have a lot of them out there compared to when I was a child! I can see where people are hesitant to dump that many vaccines into their child, though...that's a lot of vaccines for a little immune system to handle...but I sure wouldn't want to tempt fate by putting my child at risk of developing the diseases instead. However, in regard to the OP, it makes me even less sympathetic for his/her plight. I fail to see what could possibly be holding OP back from complying with mandatory vaccines. All "scary" information seems to be related toward the effects on children, not adults, so I can't seem to wrap my mind around why vaccinations can't be obtained.
  8. Destin293

    I need help!

    If it's SUNY Downstate, I can almost guarantee that is cumulative (including your SB GPA). Downstate has very tough admission standards.
  9. Destin293

    Is nursing for me

    The worst students can be good students, but it won't mean a thing if you can't pass the classes.
  10. Destin293

    When do nursing programs do drug tests?

    I was I only drug tested 1 time during NS and that was for the only clinical site that required drug testing. I was tested for each nursing job, though.
  11. Destin293

    First jobs as nurse?

    Whether you land a job after graduation all depends on the candidate you are. I went to school in NYC which is notoriously saturated with new grads. Every person in my graduating ABSN class (13 of us) landed a job within 1 - 9 months of graduation and professors regularly sent out emails stating they had open positions as their hospitals. So don't worry, the jobs are out there. Those that landed a job sooner headed upstate where the market isn't so saturated. Those that took some extra time all landed positions at hospitals in the city...including one in the PICU at a very well known hospital. But everyone was employed with a year post grad. However, it is an absolute MUST that you maintain GPA of at least 3.5 to give yourself the best chance. Major hospitals will often look at your GPA to make a decision. Residency programs are great and tend to give you a better chance at being hired. They really set new grads up for success, so, yes, pursuing a residency is a good idea. Most hospitals now don't even have an option to not go through residency as a new grad...if you're hired, you're automatically in the program. It's seems like it's starting to become standard. And that's ties in to your GPA. If you apply to a hospital with a residency program, they are going to want the best candidates with outstanding GPA's...especially in an urban setting. Some hospitals in less populated areas may not have such strict standards. The only thing that may hold you back is obtaining your associates first. In a large urban area, only having an associates will be like nailing jello to a tree with your job search. I would strongly encourage you to look into a BSN program and skip ADN. I wouldn't do an accelerated program, though...working full time as a single mom in an ABSN program is failure waiting to happen. Plus, they likely won't work around your schedule anyway. I know in NYC it's next to impossible, if not totally impossible, to be hired as a new grad or enter a residency program with an associates. That's not to say the same stands for hospitals upstate, but the more urban the area, the more a BSN is required. Best of luck and don't freak yourself out by reading horror stories of jobless new grads. Study hard, keep your GPA up there, and keep plugging along.
  12. Destin293

    Mandatory Vaccine Waiver in Nursing School/Clinicals

    I can only imagine how heated that debate must have been!
  13. Destin293

    Mandatory Vaccine Waiver in Nursing School/Clinicals

    You do realize "peer reviewed" does not mean a bunch of like minded individuals sitting in a room giving each other pats on the back for furthering their agenda, right? And you do know the driving force behind the entire medical field (nursing included!) is evidence based practice, right? And you do know EBP has its feet firmly planted in (guess what?!?!?) peer reviewed research! Entire policies are based on peer reviewed research studies. Using alcohol based hand sanitizers? Peer reviewed research. No gel tips or chipped nail polish (especially in a NICU setting)? Peer reviewed research. The list goes on and on. Hospitals are not just making policies because they need something to do to keep things interesting, there are entire committees devoted to sitting around reading peer reviewed articles and comparing them to current hospital policy. It's how and why the standard of care continually improves.
  14. Destin293

    Nurses, am I crazy for thinking I can do this?

    If you can stay organized and study, then you may be able to do it. Just be prepared to drop everything, EVERYTHING, and focus only on studying. You have a lot to lose if you mess up in the classes. Another option would be to take 3 of those classes and see if you could take 1 during the summer before you start? It will lessen the load a little for spring.
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    Omg I'm so broke!!!

    Where do you work? At $33 an hour with only $1300 every 2 weeks take home means you have quite a bit taken out either for health insurance or retirement. I make about $34/hr with night differential and my take home is about $1750 (no 401k or health benefits yet, that starts January 1st). Where I used to work, I was paid $24/hr and my take home there was $1300 every 2 weeks on days (no differential, no 401k, and $65 per pay period for health insurance). So, what you're making per hour is actually not too shabby for upstate NY (I work in Utica, used to work in Cooperstown). You also have to consider what other jobs in the area are paying and those are nowhere near $33/hr which is why nurses actually live pretty well compared to many other people in upstate. Now, what really sucks, is that nurses upstate also seem to "top out" at a certain level...and that's unfair. A lot of new grads are coming in making only a few dollars less than RN's with 10+ years experience who have already hit the limit of what hospitals will pay. And there's also a lot of hospitals that pay their med/surg nurses the same as their ICU or ER nurses. What seems to be the norm for a lot of upstate nurses is taking travel contracts. If you're willing to make that sacrifice, you can double your pay...it just means either commuting 50+ miles to get to work or staying somewhere for 3 days and going home the rest of the time. Upstate hospitals are bursting at the seams with travel assignments.