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  1. GimiRN

    New Job- Odd Response From HR

    Two months ago, I was contacted about a job that I applied to, roughly 6 months prior to that time. And I was asked to come in for an interview. Even though I was already employed full-time by then, I was still very interested in this other job and agreed to come in. The interview went well and I had a really good feeling about everything. But after not hearing back from them a week later, I figured they decided to go with someone else. Then about 3 weeks after the interview, I received a call from HR saying that they were still interested in me, but had more interviews to finish. Finally after another 2 weeks, I was offered the position. But at the suggestion of HR, I opted to wait until after all my screens (drug test, background, physical, etc) came back, before giving my current job notice. HR also knew that I would have to take a personal day from my current job, in order to get everything completed that they required. Unfortunately, I was not able to do so until 3 days after the job offer. Then I found out that the HR contact would be out that entire week (was informed by another member of the interview panel, when I was at their clinic getting my physical). Anyway, it wasn't until yesterday at close of business, that HR finally called back and said everything was ok, and I could go ahead and give notice. They also requested that I let them know when I could start. So naturally I had to wait until this morning to give notice. And it wasn't until lunch time that I was able to call HR with my start date, because I couldn't sit there on company time calling my new job. I didn't think it was appropriate, nor did I want my current employer to overhear me doing this right after I resigned. When I got in touch with HR and told them when I could start (one day short of two weeks), the reply was that they would let the supervisor of the department I would be working in know, and get back to me if it was okay. I was a little taken aback, because the interview panel specifically asked how much notice I would need. I said two weeks and they said they completely understood. And I also told this to HR when asked. So now that I am doing just that, it seems as if it might not be okay. Other than the three days it took for me to get a personal day, I don't feel like I was holding anything up. I would think that if they had a deadline for me to start, they would have told me and maybe expedited the process. And now that I have already given my current employer my final work date, I'm wondering what this HR person will come back and tell me. Am I reading too much into her comment?
  2. Something about that commercial rubbed me the wrong way when I first saw it. I don't know if I felt it was sappy, icky, creepy, or just plain wrong. But my response was something along the lines of, "Oh please." LOL I only did Hospice for two years, but I would never have said something like that. I once had a patient who looked GREAT, and was set to be discharged within the next day or two. Yet she passed away about an hour into my shift. Just like that, she stopped breathing. I had another where the doctor even told the family that she'd be gone before nightfall, and she ended up living almost an entire week longer. So we can guess, and even be right most of the times. But I don't believe in making promises I might not be able to keep. True, it's only a commercial. But I believe it displays a misconception of hospice.
  3. I don't know that I'd want to get involved in that. What if he gets upset and confronts management, telling them that you told him it was posted, and they didn't want him to know yet? Then what if they start to look at you in a different light? People don't always play fair. On the other hand, are you sure that HE isn't the one who told them he's resigning? Or like someone mentioned, maybe they are hiring an additional person for the same job?
  4. GimiRN

    I got fired today

    Sorry to hear that you were let go, OP. I know it feels awful right now, but this will pass!! :heartbeat While I'm sure some will disagree, I'm with those who say not to list this job on your resume. Several years ago I gave two weeks notice during orientation (decided to try a new area of nursing and it ended up being a horrible fit). The next thing I know, I was called into the DON's office that same day, and told that I was being terminated. I guess they figured it didn't make sense to continue training me, knowing I would be leaving. I have never put that job on any application/resume, and it has never been brought to my attention. It's also not on my credit report or my employment history background check (at least not the ones I recently pulled). If I'm asked about it in the future, I will say that I didn't list it because I was still on orientation/probation. And I would also mention that I knew it wasn't a good fit, gave notice, and was subsequently let go. I know it's possible that it will come back to haunt me one day. But it's a chance I choose to take. However, if you do decide to list it, just tell them exactly what happened. That's all you can do. And if a future job is meant to be, it will work out. For the record, a friend of mine got fired a few months ago. She was devastated. Then after 6 weeks, she ended up getting a job she adores, making almost $10,000 more a year. And she even put her last job on her resume, that she was fired from. So being let go doesn't have to be the end of the world. Try to hang in there. Things will look up!
  5. GimiRN

    RN going back to work as an LVN

    If they don't hire RNs, how does she plan to pull this off? Will the two of you tell patients and co-workers you are an LPN? How will you be signing your name? I don't see how this will work. And the fact that she tells you she will lie for you, speaks volumes of her character. I wouldn't count on her keeping her word, once she got what she wanted out of you. Furthermore, if she is running a clinic, how does that give her the power to get you a hospital NICU position? If she has connections, why can't she try to get you in now? The whole thing sounds shady.
  6. GimiRN

    Will nursing grow on me?

    Your view on nursing is very negative. True, that's not to say that you can't eventually find your "niche" as someone suggested. However, many jobs that exclude some of the things you mentioned you dislike, require actual experience. For example, you can go to one of the main hospital or employment websites, type in/search for "RN case manager", and read what the qualifications are. So unless you can endure some of the things you absolutely hate for a while, I'm not sure how great your options are. That's not meant to purposely discourage you, it's just being realistic. In this economy, it's not so easy to pick and choose anymore. And for the record, there are PLENTY of unemployed RNs in Miami, especially new grads. Most of the time you have to take what you can get. And that often entails accepting a nursing job at "smelly" facilities, cleaning poop, dealing with trachs and bloody sputum, etc.
  7. There's nothing from your story that indicates your instructor was picking on you or singling you out. She asked you what you were doing. What's wrong with that? She mentioned that your patient was agitated when she saw you in the back. Again, I don't see the problem. It would have been more inappropriate if she didn't say something to you at that point. After all, it was your patient. And if your instructor knows you aren't aware of something that is happening with her, it makes sense to bring it to your attention. It's also to your benefit to try and resolve different issues as they arise with your patient. As far as her skipping over you, I agree that maybe she felt your patient would generate more discussion, so she saved you for the end. It happens all the time. Each instructor is different. So just because this one isn't praising you like the others did, doesn't mean she doesn't like you. She could just have a different style of teaching or hasn't had the chance to see you do a whole lot yet. Try to focus less on whether or not your instructor likes you, and more on making the most of your clinical experience.
  8. GimiRN

    on the verge of failing!

    I agree. I did this for every single exam when I was in school, as did many of my classmates. It really helps. And after you meet with your instructor, you can try speaking with some of the other students in your class, to see what has been helping them. It doesn't hurt to hear what techniques they've been using. Maybe you can get an idea or two that will work for you.
  9. GimiRN

    Are you looking at me?

    Thanks for sharing, OP. I have heard this before, but it touched me the same as it did, the very first time I read it. Regardless of the version, the message is still the same for me. It's a reminder of some of the things (and people) we take for granted, and just how quickly times flies.
  10. GimiRN

    Nursing students...I can't believe...

    Okay, well I didn't get the part about them thinking they were "too good" to be a floor nurse. It more came across as if they wanted to shoot straight through to NP, and you felt they needed to pay their dues. And my response was basically wondering why you cared. With that being said, I definitely feel it's a good idea to get experience before moving into a more advanced role in the field. I certainly have, and feel more prepared as I begin the next phase of my own education. But the point I was trying to make in my post that you quoted, was that it is possible for a person to do well as an NP, without working the floor first, just as it is possible for one WITH experience to be a crappy NP. And it really isn't up to us to dwell on another person's choice. I've worked with and also been seen by a few NPs throughout my career. And the majority of times I didn't know who had a ton of floor experience or who hadn't. Sure, I can make a guess by the care I've received or seen given, but I could be wrong. And in the grand scheme of things, if they are doing a good job and can handle the responsibilities, does it really matter?
  11. GimiRN

    Nursing students...I can't believe...

    Just because someone doesn't have the same goals as you do, doesn't make them wrong. I don't get why you find this so appalling. Time spent on the floor doesn't necessarily equal great nurse, or great nurse practitioner, for that matter.
  12. GimiRN

    This made my night last night...

    :hhmth: That sounds exactly like something my grandma would have said. Sometimes you just gotta laugh! LOL
  13. GimiRN

    Why are some nurses not grateful for my job?

    Try not to take it too personally. Like someone said, you will find ungrateful people everywhere. So don't take the negative comments to heart. And for what it's worth, she sounded more like she was making light of the fact that he actually had a sitter assigned (because he didn't appear to need one), and not so much like she thought you were useless. :)
  14. GimiRN

    Woman found fused to recliner in home

    Honoring someone's wishes is one thing. But to let a person sit in their own urine and feces for days, with maggots eating away at their flesh, is inhumane. Even when patients opt for DNR status, no life support, hospice, etc, we still make sure they are clean and comfortable, so they can die with dignity. There is NO excuse for what he did to his mother.
  15. GimiRN

    Trying to help a classmate that has NCLEX fail round 2

    i know that people learn in different ways, but i never thought studying multiple resources was a good idea. it can get confusing, and you tend to want to rush through one thing to get to the other. most of my classmates focused on one to two resources. and only one person failed that i know of (she passed on the 2nd attempt though). i only used saunders, did about 1500 questions, and made sure i understood the rationales. and i passed with 75 questions the first time. i also agree that you should do questions in the thousands, to be exposed to different ways/common topics you might see come up on the exam. some classmates did up to 5000 questions, either using saunders, hurst, kaplan, or the review on learningext.com. (again, not using all of them, only one or two.) she should definitely not schedule a date until she has gone through another review cycle. and she needs to identify the areas she is weak in, and give them more attention.
  16. GimiRN

    Will the stress of nursing be too much for me?

    I know it's easier said than done, but try very hard to let school be your focus right now. You've made it this far, and with only one semester left, it would be a shame to let it go to waste. I've worked in various areas of healthcare over the years (as a medic, LPN, and RN). And some are definitely more stressful than others. Other than my clinical experiences, I have never worked in psych. But based on what I did get to see and do, it doesn't seem to be as intense as some other areas (overall, anyway). And I have several friends who are psych nurses in different facilities, and they absolutely love it. Since you have an interest in it, you could very well end up enjoying it. Once you get your first job, you will no doubt receive some sort of orientation. So that should help ease your mind a little. As with any job, it's bound to be stressful initially. But once you get some experience under your belt, you'll become more confident. And if you find that a job is too stressful, you could always pursue other facilities (perhaps a clinic environment vs. hospital) that would better fit you. Also, if you haven't already, maybe you can post over on the psych forum to get a better idea of how stressful it is. I wouldn't throw in the towel just yet!

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