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RN1485 BSN

Public Health, Case Management, Psych, Medsurg

BSN, RN, CCM

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RN1485 has 7 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Public Health, Case Management, Psych, Medsurg.

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  1. When I first read the title of your post, I thought well my friends send me pics of their surgeries or wounds or ask for medical advice LOL. I have this internal conflict because, at times, it seems I have no peace and I’m not living in the moment, but the future. I’m always trying to find new nursing career opportunities to pursue. I like continuously learning and obtaining certifications. I’ve never not had a goal in my mind that I was working towards. I’m married, but I decided not to have kids. It’s just not something I wanted to do or was passionate about. Some people are driven to be just a mother or father. Some people are driven to have both, but I do think one supersedes the other and maybe even flip at different times of life. Some people only want to focus on their career. I knew if I had kids, they would take a back seat to my career goals and aspirations. Not really fair to them or me.
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    Bombed my interview

    I’m just now seeing this! LOL! Too funny 😂
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    Bombed my interview

    Right, I’m use to behavioral questions too. This was just super weird!
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    Bombed my interview

    Both of the interviewers were nurses and yeah the questions weren’t hard, but my brain wasn’t functioning and I choked! I thought I was going to have a discussion about the job and how my experience could benefit them, not an oral pop quiz on medical terminology!! 😫 I stopped them midway through and was like look we can stop this if you want, it’s obvious I’m bombing this interview LOL.
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    Bombed my interview

    Hello, I’ve been away for a while, but I wanted to share a humiliating experience to see if anyone else has had something similar happen. For the past 3.5 years I’ve been working as a CM in an outpatient setting. Got my CCM in September so I wanted to start looking at new career possibilities. I’ve had 3 interviews this past week for a position in case management/utilization review. Normally, when I interview, I get a lot of fluff questions and situational questions. Those I am use to. However, I interviewed for an insurance company yesterday and holy hell I thought I was on a game of jeopardy. Here is an example: what does MRI stand for and what is it? What does CT stand for? What’s the difference? What is a carotid endarterectomy and who performs it? What is a CABG? What is hepatic encephalopathy? What the eff?! I was so flustered and totally unprepared that I literally could not think of what an MRI stands for! I said medical resonance imaging! 🤦‍♀️ I couldn’t think of what encephalopathy was! So I guess my question is, is this typical for an insurance company to ask these types of questions? I kind of get why they did, but damn! Anyways, thanks for reading my rant!
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    How much do we tx?

    Palliative gets consulted and usually sends pts home or to inpatient hospice but doesn't always write new orders to make the patient more comfortable and a lot of them don't make it by the time hospice is ready.
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    Letters of rec for a job

    I have maybe one I can ask this weekend at work but they want one personal and two professional on letterheads and signed. I emailed her back to let her know that I may not be able to provide them at the interview but could provide names and numbers. No one likes the idea of writing letters of recs. It's time consuming to write a thoughtful one. That's why adequate time to write one is needed. Ugh
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    How much do we tx?

    Thanks for your response. Even though you work peds, it's definitely applicable to my situation. Sometimes (I've noticed) that many of these pts don't have a central line. The physician doesn't want to have one put in so no TPN. No tube feeding. Still getting IV fluids. Fluid volume overload. No foley for comfort care. I just feel like there has to be a better way for our unit to take care of these patients.
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    Letters of rec for a job

    This job that I am interviewing for next week wants 3 letters of recommendation. Not just a list of names and numbers. I just set up the interview today and she emailed me things I needed to bring to my interview early next week. It usually takes months for people to get those when applying to grad school. This isn't even a new grad position either. So weird. I literally have 4 days to ask people to write me a recommendation. 😖
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    How much do we tx?

    Hello, Ive been working on an ortho/surgical floor for almost a year now an occassionally we will get overflow patients (a lot of them oncology with DNR) who are at the stage where they may need to be on hospice. Usually when our doctors consult our hospice doctor, the patient is deteriorating to the point where they may not even make it to hospice. Anyways, my question is at that point, how much are you intervening as a nurse? Are you just trying to make them comfortable with pain meds/anti-emetics, repositioning? What if they have poor oral intake or decreased urinary function? Do you advocate for tube feeds or catheters? I apologize for my ignorance. I just want to know the best way to care for them as I'm starting to see more on our unit.
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    Job security in public health

    Thanks so much for your input. It's definitely something I want to do, but very uncertain where things are headed with the new administration.
  12. Hello, I've been a nurse since 2014. Most of my experience has been in psych nursing. However, right now I've been working on a medsurg floor for about 9 months. Once I hit my year mark, I'll prob be looking into something else as medsurg is not for me. I'm really interested in public health nursing and would like to pursue it, but I'm worried about budget cuts being an issue with job security. Have any of you experienced a lot of lay offs d/t being in public health? Any info on GA department of public health in particular? Additional info on just pros and cons of the job would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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    Is medsurg worth it?

    Thanks again for all the responses. Truth is there is no end game in mind. My goal when I started nursing school was to become a whnp. I like the gyn part the best. I didn't have the best mother-baby experience during clinicals and I'm no exactly a natural around babies, so I decided to find something else that interests me. I found that I have always been interested in psych and was thinking of psych np. However, being interested in psych and actually taking care of psych patients are two different things. I don't even know if I want to be an NP anymore because I see what doctors deal with and it just doesn't seem appealing. So now I have no clue. I want to do medsurg or something similar like ortho or oncology to help me figure out what my interests are as well as be more marketable to other jobs. I just don't want a repeat of the cardiac floor. These people were always having to get transferred to the ICU or have rapid responses called on them because they were so sick. I just want a place where I can practice my skills and time management without pts getting rapids called on them every night, if such a place exists.
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    Is medsurg worth it?

    Thanks for responding! Yeah a lot of the nurses at work did at least a year of med-surg before coming to psych. All of them say how beneficial it was and recommend getting some med-surg experience.
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    Is medsurg worth it?

    Hi all, So I've been a psych nurse for a little over a year now and I'm really looking for a change. I feel like I should get some medsurg experience because all the job postings that I'm interested in seem to want some sort of acute care experience, plus having that foundation would be a huge plus. The problem is the last time I worked in medical was a complete nightmare. It was a cardiac step down and I only lasted 4 months. I was miserable. I cried every time I went to and from work. I don't hate where I work now the way I hated cardiac, but it's just not very fulfilling. I know I'm not an adrenaline junkie. I even hate psych emergencies when they come up, but prefer them over dying patients. (In cardiac I felt like my patients were circling the drain every shift). So should I try medsurg to be more marketable to other opportunities? Or should I just stay in psych and just maybe switch jobs? Are there other jobs out there that would accept psych experience as valuable experience? Other areas I've thought about include: public health, mother baby, and case management. Some of these do say they prefer acute care experience. Im worried about the horrific poor staffing that I hear about medsurg as well as a repeat of my past experience in medical. Thoughts? Thanks!
  16. 1:1 is definitely ideal but not realistic where I work. Most days I work as the only nurse on the unit where I have to chart on everyone as well as do care plans on top of the admissions I'm getting. Sometimes the only time I can talk with them is during med pass and even then I feel like I can't give them 100% of my attention because I'm constantly being interrupted in some way. Always understaffed!