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    NICU Documentaries

    Call the Midwife. Take place in rural 1950-60's England. It shows how young midwives managed to care for moms and babies (and even older adult population) when technology and medicine still seemed like it was in archaic times. I love it and can't wait for next season. I also recommend getting the book, because it is much better and doesn't focus as much on the drama of each character.
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    Transferring to NURSERY/NICU from Telemetry

    Congrats on your new position! Hi, I just started NICU about 5 months ago. Time management is crucial, especially when you have few kids on the same feeding schedule. NEVER be afraid to ask questions, you do not want to answer for your mistakes with "I didn't know" or didn't want to bother anyone. I work in a level 3 and it gets crazy sometimes. We usually have 1:2/3 ratio, and sometimes I feel like a stepdown level 2might be easier. Less noises and craziness but higher pt ratio. So far I have not experienced bad parents, overall parents are very greatful and almost afraid, but there are always few nuts. Good luck and feel free to reach out with any other questions!
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    Cover letter, ok to admit wanting better hours?

    Hi Mrs NICUNurse, when I read your post, it hit home right away! My first job out of school was in adult ICU on nights (which I did not enjoy), so the entire time I was looking for any OB (L&D, PP, NICU) jobs, which is what I always wanted to do, but all openings were for nights and I was not thrilled about starting at the bottom in a new place. After not having much luck with finding an OB job, I decided to just look for any outpatient day jobs because I was so done with nights, for the same reasons that you listed. Then, this past May, I found a NICU nights position at a great hospital where I used to work as a CNA for a short time, so I applied. It was between that and a day shift neuro clinic (which I gained interest in while being at the ICU) and I picked NICU because I always wanted to try it and knew if I passed it up, the opportunity might have never come around again. The place is great, the staff is super nice, manager is amazing...but switching to a day shift I was told during the interview takes "years"....like, almost ten years because the turnover is so slow...I'm not sure if I really want to do bedside nursing forever, and wait to work days in a hospital either since it is crazier so the "boring" outpatient clinic/surgery/GI type of environment sounds great.So I am torn now. I am exhausted of working nights (going on my 5th year now) but I know that I have it good where I am at and I do enjoy it. I don't want to work holidays, some weekends could be manageable, but I am also worried about the difference in income since I wouldn't be getting shift differential anymore, and my loans still have a waaay to go. At my current place, one has to work 9 months before being able to transfer between positions within the system. I was thinking about talking to my manager that I want to cut back on hours because I can't do nights anymore (which she knows I do not prefer), and looking for a part time days position. I know the flip-flopping would not be great but that way I have a place to fall back on in case I don't like the day position and I don't loose my seniority, experience, benefits, etc. I could do 16 hrs somewhere during the day and 16/20 in the NICU at night... this is all a roughdraft in my head right not but I am seriously considering not being able to last on nights for much longer than another year. I also wanted to work in clinics ideally since I like patient education, especially in women's health, but as brownbook mentioned, clinics deal with their own stress/time constraints, issues. If anyone can shed some light on my situation I would greatly appreciate it!
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    My Experience With Burnout

    NRS86, i know what you are going through. I have only been a nurse for 2.5 years, first two years I suffered through as a night shift ICU nurse as a new grad (just because it was the only place that called me back after months of job searching and the pressure to get "great experience"). Well, I hated it. I always wanted to do something with OB/NICU so I accepted a job at a great hospital in a level 3 NICU, also nights. I'm not sure if it was working nights, the ICU, the disappointment in the nursing profession (the shifts, the holiday/weekend requirements, getting hammered about little things by docs or senior nurses)or all three that contributed to my burn out that I was ready to look for any outpatient doc office jobs, but I ended up settling for the NICU because I didn't want to pass it up and not have it come around ever again in the future. Well, I just finished orientation, and the job itself isn't so bad, but I feel like the passion I once had about the specialty is gone and at this point, I just want to work somewhere "easy and stress free" (which I know doesn't exist in healthcare!). I feel trapped too. I almost regret taking this position because I hate nights and now I am not sure I want to stay in a hospital.. I hate not seeing my fam and bf because everyone else works days and I never feel well rested. My 3 day work week turns into a 5 day misery of no sleep-week. I am always exhausted, have no energy to take better care of my health, and am depressed. Do I continue where I am and build up experience and seniority, and keep the great benefits or do i go work in GI or ambulatory, etc. and potentially committ "career suicide" since it's considered to be boring and robbing of skills and experience or do I do something else?? Nursing was my second career. I went to school for Anthropology but then the economy went down and I was looking for a middle ground, so I went back for nursing. I thought I could do Peace Corps or public health as a combination of both fields but those jobs are so scarce and pay is not so good, and with Peace Corps I did not want to dedicate so much time because I didn't want to be away from my family for months at a time. I don't want to regret going down this path (especially since now I have almost 80K to pay back in school loans for!). I admire the nurses that "love" their job and hope that I will feel that way too one day. It doesn't help that I am already 31 y.o.so I can't waste any more time jumping careers. NRS86, keep your eyes and ears and heart open. There's gotta be something out there for us! I wish I could get advice from someone in my shoes too haha! Sorry for the vent session..but that's what this website is for, isn't it?
  5. I also have a BA in Anthropology and am going for my BSN now. I love Anthropology and at some point considered joining the Peace Corps for the perfect blend of the two fields but found that getting a BSN has more interesting opportunities and career choices, that's why I decided to make a shift in my education. I believe that nursing students should have a stronger background in anthopological/transcultural nursing in order to provide better care in the multicultural society that we live in today. Also, it helps gain a better tolerance and understanding of people's cultural and religious observances so it would help a lot in a care setting. I think schools should make it a requirement to take a class or two in that subject.