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Everline

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Everline specializes in public health, women's health, reproductive health.

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    Is it wrong to leave a job during orientation?

    Orientation is the time to leave if you see it's not going to work.
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    IM injections- to aspirate or not?

    I give a lot of IM injections. I do not aspirate. I try to give injections as quickly as possible.
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    Is this normal??!?!

    Yes.
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    New grad RN, absolutely hate nursing

    I can relate to a certain extent. I hated clinicals in nursing school and my first nursing job in a hospital really made me miserable and drove me to drink. I wish I was kidding. I hung in there about 7 months, networked and was able to move on to an outpatient setting where life got much, much better. Don't get me wrong, it was still stressful and I had to work hard on my self confidence and self care. But I was much more suited to an outpatient setting. I eventually got a job as a public health nurse and that is what I do today and what I will continue doing for the foreseeable future. I can say I've been successful in my work, but I still occasionally have days where I fantasize about suddenly quitting and going to work in a grocery store. Nursing is a stressful profession and I am a person prone to anxiety. It probably wasn't my best choice for a career. But I found my niche and can function well and, for the most part, I go home at night peacefully and not dreading the next day. You will probably have to go through a job or two that will be difficult but you could find a place in nursing that suits you. However, you have to decide how much you are willing to bear and whether you think it will be worth it.
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    Anybody else feel this way?

    Yup, I get it. Since I have a BA in another field and didn't want the expense of another one, I applied to graduate school. To my suprise, I got accepted. Then just before class was about to start, I realized I have NO desire to basically ruin all my free time and peace of mind for a graduate degree right now. I like to pursue my own interests, nursing or otherwise, on my own time and direction. Plus, I like to come home and relax after a stressful day, not write papers and take exams. Not to mention going back to school is not a requirement at my place of employment. All that being said, since my employer pays my tuition, I did ultimately decide to go for my BSN. If I had to pay for it, I would not be doing it. I really dislike having to come home and worry about assignments, papers and etc. I know it's only temporary but it's not fun and I don't see yet how this will actually help my practice. I could be wrong though. Hang in there. We'll both likely be glad we did it when all is said and done. But yeah, it's a drag, for sure.
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    RN, ADN being obsolete

    Oh, how people warned me that I would not be able to get a hospital job with an ASN. Put me in a bit of a panic. Turns out I had no problem getting a job. Not when I first graduated, nor any time since. My first nursing job was at a magnet hospital. I will say that I do have a BA in another field, but I doubt that has anything to do with it. I've never needed a BSN and therefore had no intention whatsoever of going into debt for it. The only reason I am taking classes toward it now is because my employer is paying for it 100%. Oh, and I, too, remember being told that practical/vocational nursing would soon be a thing of the past. That was 30 years ago...
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    RN's are you happy with your career, why or why not?

    I am proud and happy to be a nurse. However, I questioned my career choice nearly every day of my first year of nursing. To say I was miserable was an understatement. But something kept me hanging on. And I can honestly say I am happy with my career now and where it may go in the future. That doesn't mean I love every aspect of my job. For instance, I dislike the severe understaffing that has existed at my job for the last few months. It has really stressed me out. But it's temporary and will soon be over. In general, I love my job and my co-workers. I'm in a specialty I love. And I finally feel like it was worth it to go through the hell of nursing school.
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    Qualities for a nurse in public health

    I am a public health nurse who does direct patient care every single day. I have to chart, of course but I don't have an abundance of paperwork and there is not much that I do that could be called case management. The thing about public health nursing positions is they can vary a lot from one place to another. There are a lot of things a public health nurse can be doing. So you really have to read job descriptions and ask the public health nurses in your area what their jobs entail.
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    Are nurses and doctors equal?

    As has been posted, I am not subordinate to any doctor. I am subordinate to my nurse manager. In addition, doctors don't order me to do anything. They write orders for the care of a patient and I may or may not follow their plan, depending on its appropriateness and safety for the patient. I respect most doctors and their education and knowledge and look to them to use that knowledge to help our patient. They are not better than me and I am certainly not better than them. We are part of a team that consists of different people with different skills and abilities.
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    So TIRED OF IT

    I left hospital bedside nursing quite quickly, in part, because of the customer service mentality that I believe actually harms patients in the long run. I have not looked back or regretted leaving for one second. I do understand that being sick and hospitalized can be a scary thing and that people may act in ways that they wouldn't normally. I have empathy for their situation. That doesn't mean i have to be anyone's verbal or physical punching bag and management should make that clear to all patients who think it's okay to lash out at nurses. And on the topic of customer service, I did not become a nurse to recite scripts that a hospital thinks will get it better ratings or scores. No, I don't actually "have the time" to attend to your family members sixth request for beverages, blankets and tv maintenance. Nor do I "have the time" to fix your pillow back and forth seven times in a half hour period when you are perfectly capable of doing it yourself. People can have incredibly entitled attitudes that are far outside the realm of reasonable. I work outside of the hospital and we do not have to put up with patients abusive behavior. I am actually very tolerant of a lot of attitudes but if you start cursing, demanding and being abusive you will hear the phone disconnect the call or you will be escorted out of the building. Thank goodness my manager supports us. Nurses are not human punching bags.
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    This is Why I Love My Job

    Thanks for sharing! In my previous career I did this kind of work. I sometimes dream about going back again.
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    Finally done with the worst two years of my life

    I don't sacrifice myself to make other people's lives better. I go to work, do what I was hired to do and collect a paycheck twice a month. It is not a selfless profession for me. That being said, if you find it to be so for you and you love it, well rock on then. Congrats on finishing nursing school and best wishes.
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    New Grad Orientation Contracts

    Thank goodness I never signed one of these contracts. They are an absolute outrage, IMO. I have no sympathy for hospitals with high turnover rates who resort to trying to force new grads to stay when they don't want to, sometimes for very good reasons, which could include the hospital being a crappy place to work.
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    I miss The Commuter!

    Loved her posts and hope all is well with her and that she will come back here one day and post again.
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    So you're an RN - you must be earning big!

    I am employed by the state in a public health job. So I would just laugh heartily if anyone ever told me that. That being said, when compared to the salary of my non-nursing co-workers, I make a decent living.
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    I'm so lost :(

    My honest advice: Concentrate on your first year as a med-surg nurse and think about what you will do next later on. The first year of nursing can be very challenging. In addition, as you work you might get more ideas about what you do and do not like in nursing and you can use that to guide you. Congrats on your new job and best wishes as you enter the workforce. You will learn a lot about yourself and what you might want to do next along the way.