You say your mental health conditions are well-controlled. I believe you. No reason to open a can of worms and cause your school to be wary of you, which they may very well be if they learn of your diagnoses. Depression is pretty well accepted nowadays, but PTSD still carries a stigma even though it's one of the few mental illnesses that can be cured. Don't disclose it if you can possibly avoid it. You shouldn't have a problem with meds if you're not taking any controlled substances. Best of luck to you.
I created a Facebook group for our cohort if you all would like to join! Hopefully we can get some students joining now and then recruit the rest of the cohort at orientation. I figured it would be a good way for us to share information during the program, talk about assignments, etc.
Here's the link!
I did my BSN at Stony Brook and when I was accepted into that program, I received an email from hscstudentservices with the official letter attached, and the SOLAR ID was provided within that letter. You are also given instructions for accepting the offer with the required tuition deposit.
I also received that same ambiguous email (dated 1/30 but sent on 2/14) and I just happen to have an active SOLAR account now from working at Stony Brook and whatnot. When I checked it tonight, there was nothing there for me to "accept." So what others are reporting in terms of the email being an unofficial acceptance is consistent with my own experience.
By the way, I called the School of Nursing and got the following dates for the summer and fall terms (in case others are planners like me and need to know these things way ahead of time): Summer term 5/28-7/19, Fall term 8/26-12/19.
So now, we just wait for the official letter!
Just spoke with student services from the nursing department. The email is pretty much an unofficial acceptance. It’s not official so don’t make any life changing decisions but you can have a glass of wine. Oh boy! 🙌🏻
Anywhere you will go, you will learn something. I had a student with me this past semester on my med surg unit and she learned a ton. Med-Surg is not boring. Med-surg is really busy and you will learn a ton. A lot of what you get to do depends on the policies of your school and of the clinical site. My student had some classmates with a med-surg preceptorship at a different hospital and they were not allowed to pass meds or put in IVs. By the end of her preceptorship, my student was passing all meds (but not IV pushes - not allowed by her school) on 4 patients (our ratio is 1:5) in addition to much of the documentation, including head to toe assessments. In addition, she got to draw blood for the first time, inserted her first IV, first foley catheter, hung blood for the first time etc. A lot of firsts. You will learn a lot whereever you go. Med-surg is always a good bet. Telemetry is also a great idea. My preceptorship was in PACU and my first job was in Telemetry. I was not happy about being in PACU initially, but I learned a lot and got to do cool things like an arterial stick and I made a great friend (my preceptor who I hang out with to this day). And I decided I will work in PACU one day when I want a less crazy job.
I would apply to ICU jobs, especially SICU positions in transplant centers, and who knows...they may take you. I would also apply to stepdown units. I understand the feeling of not being interested in a "regular" med surg floor. If you can find a job on a transplant unit closer to you then after a year you could perhaps make an internal transfer to the ICU.
Just don't be late anymore. Make it clear with your family that being late can fail you out of school. You getting there is just as important as your sister getting to her school. Refuse to risk being late. She's not your responsibility. With a teacher that responded the way yours did, it's just not worth the risk. It sounds mean, but you're not going to become a nurse by driving her to school, you have to let yourself be your priority. Everyone else can wait until you have the time. Don't take it as being selfish, you have a lot to lose.
And everyone is suprised when nurses are worried about losing their licenses for anything/everything.
She was right that it wasn't an emergency and probably wasn't impressed with the email (generally speaking that is not an appropriate way to give a notice of anything under a 24-48 hr time span or so - - people just don't check their email that often). In real life if you emailed someone or even left a VM about being late to work, you would likely be written up.
She went overboard in conveying her disapproval; the way she talked to you was disrespectful and unnecessary and is an example of how not to behave when you need to correct someone.
Work hard to form a rapport with her - but not by trying to kiss up; that for sure won't work. Get there on time, be prepared, show initiative and interest. Use your most excellent communication skills.
Good luck 👍🏽
Well saying you could lose your license is over the top ridiculous. I mean really, have you ever heard of any licensed professional losing their license because they were late to work? That's just a silly threat that makes it's difficult to take the rest of her comments in context.
On the other hand, you were admittedly late. In real world nursing stuff happens and being late occasionally isn't usually a big deal. School however is no where near real world nursing as you will eventually find out for yourself. In the school setting being late for a clinical is a very big deal unless and sometimes even if you have a great reason for being late. Providing a ride to school for your sister isn't a great reason by the way. What you should do is humbly accept that warning, apologize profusely and make darn sure it doesn't happen again.
She was clearly pissed and borderline inappropriate. You wouldn't lose your license over this. That's ridiculous. That being said you're off to a bad start with this one. The bets I can offer you is to keep your head down, do what she asks, be an exemplary student and don't be late again...ever!
Also, you need to have a frank discussion with your mother. You cannot take on parental responsibilities that put you in this kind of position.
It sounds like you are just adjusting to the ICU. There is always so much to learn, it is hard as a new grad. I started as a new grad in the ICU and felt like I was going to throww-up each and every day that I worked. By the time I hit 6 months, I felt ready to be separated from my preceptor and take care of a patient by myeself. And it is true... two months in you don't know much, that is okay, you have only been an RN for 2 months... You can't have learned everything. It takes time to learn procedures, tasks, diagnosis, etc. It will likely take a year before you feel some type of oh, I know some things.
Give yourself a little bit of credit, you are two months in, have learned a lot, and still have time to learn more. if you have classes as part of your orientation, ask questions about specific patients or diagnosis then and see how your fellow new RNs are.
Also make sure on your days off you do something fun , rest, and focus on some non-work related things. Take care and good luck.
I would shadow on all these floors to see the general environment of the floors and which floor would be supportive for a new grad. I would also inquire (while shadowing) about staff turnover and if they've had a lot of new grads (red flag) or a couple every year.
Inpatient Oncology - You will get patients in for chemo or patients who have other medical problems who also have cancer. May also be overflow for other med-surg units. It's a specialty and many nurses who work this specialty are very passionate about cancer care.
Cardiovascular Surgery - will learn a lot. Very interesting. Will have critical drips. Probably considered critical care "stepdown".
Cardiac - sounds like floor for chest pain rule outs, MIs, stable arrhythmias, and for those with other medical/surgical problems who need cardiac monitoring if your med-surg floors don't do tele. may see some critical drips (probably non titratable), considered "telemetry."
Neuro/Stroke - rule out stroke/TIAs. Any non critical neuro patients. Will have some/all tele beds.
Surgical - whatever surgeries other than ortho that the hospital does that needs to stay inpatient that does not need telemetry or critical care. I worked on a floor like as a new nurse. It also has ortho.
Medical - general medical that does not need cardiac monitoring and that is not sick enough for critical care. Medical patients will be seen on any med-surg unit.
Medical-Surgical Combination - Overflow of the other med-surg's most likely
Ortho/Surgery - mostly orthopedic, but probably surgical overflow from the surgical unit. Ortho teaches you how to move a patient and ambulate a patient. Pretty routine care. There are other units to start off on that will teach you more.
Since each of these choices could provide a great foundation for your nursing career, my advice is that you make effort to discover which of the units holds the most promise as far as healthy culture where patient care is prioritized and where others are willing to invest in your success.
Then, put your best foot forward and learn all you can knowing that it will serve you well for decades.
(I would avoid contracts/(financial or length-of-service commitments) if at all possible.
Best of luck 👍🏽