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

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    Is this normal??!?!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Did you leave bedside nursing?

    That's a very narrow view of nursing. One of the things I love about being a nurse is that it is a broad field. I didn't like working in a hospital but I love being a public health nurse. I am a nurse each and every day and never question that. I'm proud of what I do and I look forward to going to work. No regrets whatsoever.
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    I wish her much peace. Many thoughts go out to her and her family...
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    What did you do after nursing school graduation?

    I took the Kaplan review and also studied with the NCSBN review as well. I didn't apply to jobs until after the exam. Other than that, I truly enjoyed the freedom of being DONE with nursing school, as it wasn't my favorite thing, lol. I was so happy to have graduated, so I took a day or two to enjoy that feeling. After NCLEX I aggressively searched for a job and found one relatively quickly. I had no idea what was in store for me. Let's just say I'm glad those days are over and that I hung in there and worked hard to be where I am today. Congrats on graduating!
  9. Siwan said it well. I just want to make one comment. Please be aware that you will have to deal with children who, to put it lightly, don't want anything to do with getting an injection. I don't do immunizations but they are a part of the clinic where I work. On a near daily basis I hear children screaming as if for their lives. I think the immunization nurses get used to it after a while and learn how to work with a child who reacts this way so that they can give a safe injection. Just be prepared to have to deal with this at least sometimes.
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    RN Bridge to MSN?

    No, I don't plan to get my BSN along the way. Though, depending on your career goals, it might be smart to do so. I don't have a use for it in my situation.
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    Those Who Have Left Nursing

    In my first year of nursing I dreamed about this. I envied every cashier I saw and fantasized about quitting nursing and getting a job as a bus person at Sweet Tomatoes. I decided to figure out the nursing thing, though, since I'd been through so much to get that license and I'm very glad I did. I do know of a person who graduated and either never did work as nurse or had a very short career. Last I heard she is currently a manager at a supermarket and is happy enough. I have no idea what occurred to make her go that route.
  12. It can be done but I'm not going to tell you it will be easy. As a person with a tendency toward anxiety and worry, my first year of nursing was more than just hard. It was brutal. I had to do a lot of work on managing my anxiety, worry and bolstering my self-confidence. I also moved into an area of nursing that utilizes my natural strengths as a nurse and puts me in an environment that is well suited to me. I am doing well and I am very happy as a nurse now, but I continue to be self-aware and do the work to manage my anxiety level before it becomes a problem. So yes, it can be done if you are consistent with working on yourself, seeking help when you need it and being proactive. Best wishes!
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    RN Bridge to MSN?

    What is it that you really want? I have a very similar situation and I have just made the decision to apply to graduate school (RN-MSN). I have a bachelor's degree in another field and I was facing the decision of whether to go for another undergraduate degree (BSN) or go to graduate school. While contemplating this, I realized that getting my MSN is what I really want and I have nothing to lose by applying. Go for what you really want.
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    What is your opinion on calling in "sick"

    I did that a couple of times when I was a new grad hospital floor nurse. I can say that it was rare and that I usually pushed myself to go in despite my absolute misery. I did not feel guilty those couple of times I called out, though. At my current job, I never feel on the verge of tears and therefore wouldn't call out unless I was truly and very sick.
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    Workplace Drug Test

    I've only been a nurse for 3 years but I've never had to submit hair for a drug test. It's always been urine. I can say the same thing for jobs I had before becoming a nurse. At any rate, like someone else has said, I know they do not take chunks. You don't have to worry about that. I'm glad you got through chemo and have recovered. I wish you the best of health as you embark on your nursing career. Congrats!
  16. Yes, it has happened to me more than once in my lifetime. It was awful. No one cared. At those times, it was just "one of those things". You know, boys will be boys. Men will be men. It still makes me sad and angry.

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