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  1. NoCrumping

    Can I redeem myself in NICU? HOW?

  2. NoCrumping

    Can I redeem myself in NICU? HOW?

    HI managers, I really need some advice/input. Here is how it is. I graduated nsg school 3 years ago, went right into a NICU, loved it, dove right into being responsible for my own learning of about this area, did excellent on my orientation, did well on my own for about 2 months.2 months plus the 3 on orientation. This was a top notch facility, and I knew it. Well, my personal life/ emotional issues (nothing to do with NICU nsg) forced me, or I should rather just say, I called in sick for about 4 days, then just never called back or went back. I was running from my problems in my personal life, and I was embarrassed to contact my managers. I actually left the state, to live with my friend. COMPLETELY UNPROFESSIONAL. I realize. I regretted it the minute I came to my senses. A few months go by, and I get a position in another NICU , in the new state I am in. I am there for 3 months. This situation , now, was less than ideal. I was commuting back and forth, staying at my friends on my days on, and driving back home to my family 3.5 hours away on days off. All the while, the plan is to permanantly move there. Well, this place was an absolute terrible place to work, they had every issue under the sun, and with my current situation of going back and forth, being tired, comparing it to the place I used to work at , etc.... well I left there too. So, I went home, took a position w/ a home care agency, taking only pediatric/preemie cases. I have been there for a year and a half. This is my problem: NICU nursing is the ONLY thing I went to nsg school for, It's all I want to do, ever. I cant even to stand to go near that first hospital, I start to cry, literally. I cant believe what I did, and I dont know how to fix it. I know I can never work at that hospital again.... BUT, I reallize I had issues to overcome, and I DID. These issues had nothing to do with any substance abuse, no performance issues, nothing like that. But I am fully aware that being a job hopper , or whatever I am, appears UNRELIABLE and UNPROFESSIONAL. I need some advice on how to overcome this . I need to get back into NICU and re-start my career. How do I do this? If you were a manager, interviewing me, how could I say/demonstrate my ability to now focus on my career in your unit, to convince you I am not a risk, but someone who made some mistakes but is ready to go back? What would make you want to even take a chance on me? This is such a big part of my life. I cant stand not being in an area of nursing that I love, and UNDERSTAND very well. I am simply a mediocre nurse in any other area. I was an EXCEPTIONAL NICU nurse, given my short time there, so I had been told. I take ceu's in that area almost daily, I am always reading and re reading the textbooks, clinical guides, etc. In my mind, its like I never left. My heart is there. I live in a small state, that first nicu is the only one here. Me and my family are hoping to relocate. How can I relay this to a future employer/manager ? Do I tell all, like I did here, and come off as a real nut job who has many issues? ( I DID, I dont now!!!) Or should I just feel lucky I have a nursing job at all, and forget NICU alltogether? Please, give me some advice. As you can read, I am desperate, and I dont know what to do about this. Thank you so much in advance for whatever advice you offer.....I cant imagine myself doing anything else in nursing, its my passion to be a nicu nurse... please advise and be honest.....this particular hosp is the ONLy nicu in my area......:imbar also, understandably, I am in the system at the original hosp as "do not rehire". Would you advice me to call tehm and ask what I would do for them to reconsider? Have you heard of that happening? I would really like to sit down and explain, minus a little drams, of course. This hosp really needs nurses as well. I did get in touvh with my mgr after a couple weeks leaving, she was worried abt me, I said I wanted to come back , she had to check with another dept. The answer was no. What now? Is this hosp a dead horse, or can i be able to work there again, and how do i go about doing this!!!!!! thanks so much in advance for any and all info!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. NoCrumping

    want to cry all the time.... can i make it in this profession?

    This is my advice, and take on your situation......you simply dont like med/surge or any other type of medical floor. And there is nothing wrong with that. I knew from my first yr at nsg school I needed to specialize, and those floors was no the right place for me, simply because I *hated* it, and because of that, I was not good at it. I dont want to be busy. I want to be using my mind, skills. There are areas where you can do this. You will still be busy in most, but a different busy. A manageable busy. PM me if you want to talk, I am an *expert* in this area, so to speak!!!:rotfl: You can do neonatal , or, labor and delivery, icu, tons of things. You just have to decide what you can andle doing, and then dive yourself into learning that area. Dont worry, pm me, I *was* you!!!!!:chuckle
  4. NoCrumping

    Verbal abuse in the OR

    question.......I am *gasp* starting in the OR in the beginning of FEb..... I am curious....what kind of verbal abuse are we talking about? can I have examples? Situations? If experienced nurses are going through this, I can only imagine what I am in for being new.........
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    OR Orientees

    Marie..... my program is the type where they train to circulate, the AORN periop 101 course, but they also have a new component of it where a tech school teaches us to do the scrub part...now, I am just asking your opinion... if a commitment was required, wouldnt they have allready made me sign something aknowledging that? ( like in HR)They havent, I am allready attending general nursing orientation, since its a new hospital for me.....
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    Got in, now more ?'s!!

    You, or anybody else know what this course is actually like? Its standardized, so there most likely is a curriculum, but whats it like? I guess I should have asked this specifically, huh? lol I was just happy my interview was going well, I probably would have agreed to anything, I wanted this job so bad.........:imbar :rotfl: Will we have books provided? (well, whats normally done?)
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    Got in, now more ?'s!!

    Mine starts FEb 6... right now I am in the general nursing orientation, ( I am new to this hospital) lasting about another week, then I think I have a little break b4 I start... cant wait... havent been working for a while, so I am ready to get back... what type of nursing do you do now? As I probably allready said, I only did NICU since graduating.... so its a BIG change for me....
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    OR Orientees

    No, I signed no contract, but when I asked if I was required to, the recruiter said "no, but you are "expected" to stay for the full orientation and keep a full time position for at least 2 years" I take that as no, I dont have to pay it back if I leave. Now you got me thinking, should I ask specifically? Wouldnt they make me sign something if that were the stipulations??
  9. So true. Unfortunately, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. My Mom kept going to different Doctors at Kaiser Hospital, complaining of abdominal pain and constipation. They reccomended fiber and excercise, and did no tests for 6 months. When they finally did a colonoscopy, it was too late, and she was diagnosed with colon CA at the age of 42. She died at the age of 45. Thats heartbreaking. Im so sorry. Just curious, is this a ,malpractice type case, failure to dx?
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    Got in, now more ?'s!!

    I checked the site out, they are bizarre!!! They do, however, look like they would be comfortable.....but I have never seen anybody wear them...plus, they do look like its easy to get tubes and cords stuck around that coil. How much are they? I didnt see a price anywhere on the website.....
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    Got in, now more ?'s!!

    Good... me too... I actually feel better with alot of classroom time during an orientation.mine is 9 months long........we have a local technical college coming to the hospital to teach the RN's the scrubbing part (the have a 2 yr long scrub tech program, that they are turning into a 3 month program for the RN's in this new program) I am a little nervous, as I said before, but more excited than anything. Is yours the "periop 101" program from AORN?
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    Got in, now more ?'s!!

    Well, Judy, currently I know NONE of what you said, as I am still in "general nursing hospital orientation" right now, BUT, when I DO learn those things, I will feel a whole lot better!!! :rotfl: :rotfl: ( I know what you mean, though :) ) Its just everyone has this perception of the OR being a "tough" place to tap into, people eat new people alive and things like that..so I am anxiously awaiting the first day when I can actually get in there!!!! I am prepared to be patient and have a thick skin, and not take things personally.....and dive right in...thats all I can do for now, right???:uhoh21:
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    Got in, now more ?'s!!

    Congrats to you too LadyT!!! I can give you a heads up!!! How long is your orientation?
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    Got in, now more ?'s!!

    smurf, missjo, marie, thanks..... I am "kiind of" a new grad, as in I have not worked the whole 3 years I have been out of school (and when I did , it was in NICU), so I am kind of "accustomed" to feeling stupid most of the time!!!! I was just so worried that I will be a bumbling idiot in there with the whole team pissed at me, and me knowing there is someones life on that table depending on my NOT being a bumbling idiot!!! I am prepared to have patience......and to come here for advice, etc... We are in "nursing orientation" , in a classroom, for 2 weeks, but my official OR orientation starts beg. of FEB.
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    Got in, now more ?'s!!

    MissJo, thank you!!! I, too, have a thing about being hard on myself, but I made an "agreement " with myself to be patient.I know OR is a dynamic place, and I will only hinder my success if I bog myself down with being too hard on myself.....I come from NICU, and thats a whole other story!!! I am "used to" working under stressful environments (as premies are trying to die every 20 min or so, maybe more!!!), so I can only hope this is a benefit to me. I just really want to be good at what I do, as everyone does I am sure. Thanks again, you'll be hearing from me again, no doubt... I love this place....
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