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    What are the stress level ranking for these units?

    I work on a neuro RNF and based on what we send to ICU and stepdown and what we receive from them, neuro is no joke, it's stressful, a neuro assessment can change in seconds and when it happens to multiple pts at the same time it's crazy. All floors are stressful, just depends on what's going on and how you handle it and what kind of support you have. I'm lucky to work on a very supportive unit, I couldn't handle it without my fellow nurses and aides.
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    New job RN. Overwhelmed

    I know how difficult it can be to have your first job, I also started at an LTC. I quickly realized how busy the day shift was and how overwhelmed I was. I switched to nights. I dreaded having to stay up all night, but the night shift was less busy and gave me a chance to get a routine down with med pass, dressing changes, charting and other responsibilities. Once I finally felt comfortable enough, I went to day shift and was much more successful. Neither shift is easy, and they both have their own unique challenges, but I really feel that a new RN starting on nights gives you a much better chance to get the feel for it and be successful. It may not work for everyone, but it worked for me, I now work on an incredibly busy neuro floor on day shift. I don't think I could handle it if I hadn't gained the skills and time management that I did on nights.
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    Indications for bed alarm use

    We also use Morse scale, it is also our unit policy to put a bed alarm on every new admission for the first 24 hours regardless of their condition. The unit I work on is neurology and most pts are at a high risk. Some are with it but have just had brain surgery or spinal surgery and don't need to fall and hit their head trying to get to the bathroom, so most people on our unit get a bed alarm, it has helped prevent a lot of falls on our floor.
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    New Grad RN in Skilled Nursing/Rehab...5 days orientation?

    My first job after passing NCLEX was at an LTC, I got 6 shifts of orientation and had 20-30 pts per shift to pass meds, do dressing changes, give treatments to and keep safe on night shift. I'll admit my first few weeks I was pretty overwhelmed, it would take me a really long time to pass meds and get all my other work done. It was all paper charting and the other nurses were not that interested in helping me, they would fight over who had to orient me. I learned a lot on my own, I got my own rhythm, but ultimately I realized it was not the job for me. When I was able to get into a hospital I gave them my notice and moved on. Some people love LTC setting and the autonomy, some don't. I would definitely give the place a chance and see if it works out for you. If nothing else you will gain experience and take that with you to your next job. Good luck to you!
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    PRCM 3250J starting 8/26..anyone in?

    I'll be there as well. I'm taking stats with it the first 5 weeks, I'm hoping the first few weeks of business comm. are not that busy so I can focus on stats. Thankfully stats opened a week early, but module 1 already seems so confusing! Let's hope business comm. is an easier class!
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    Non skilled to skilled nursing

    Going into a new nursing job, you should get some sort of orientation and that is your opportunity to refresh those skills. I was in one nursing job for over a year where I didn't really get to practice many skills, but when I moved on to a regular med-surg floor, I was in a 10 week orientation that allowed me to practice my skills with a preceptor and all those skills I learned in nursing school came right back. I was especially nervous about starting IV's because I didn't get to practice very much, but now I feel pretty comfortable with it. Getting practice and experience will help you get more comfortable, utilize your orientation, ask questions and take advantage of opportunities.
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    4560 Gerentology Fall 13

    I also just finished this class and also had a bad experience with a TA. She took off points for not bolding my headings, or saying that my references were not peer reviewed when they were, but she did not take off points when I noticed in one paper I had one sentence that went on for a whole paragraph because I forgot to put a period. She didn't even notice I used a different age for my pt. at least 3 times! It wasn't intentional, but I didn't lose any points for it, just for APA stuff that I never lost points for in the past. She made the class hard to enjoy, it should have been an easy "A", but I had to earn it.
  8. I've already been through Tri-C's program, but it is a solid program, it's tough, but I learned a lot. Good luck to you!
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    Junior comp

    PRCM 3250J Business Communication will fill the requirement, it is a full 15 week course though. It is the only one I know of that fills the RN-BSN requirement.
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    Hospital closing my entire unit.

    I have been through this recently myself, we were given practically no notice and they did not help us with a transfer, it was up to us to find a new opportunity. My advice is to take it as an opportunity to do something new, but I know how hard it is. I've been in a new unit for about 4 months and it's a constant struggle being the new one on the unit, learning a whole new way of doing things and just learning a new specialty. I wish you luck and don't give up!
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    Question about liability insurance for nurses

    I also have coverage through NSO, it is pretty cheap even after the first year, totally worth having even for peace of mind.
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    weekend schedule question

    I also prefer working every other weekend, it especially comes in handy when it comes to vacation week so you can "extend" it a little when you know what weekend you have off.
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    Training a new RN

    Wow, if that had happened on my floor that nurse would not have lasted through the night, if nothing else she should be putting patient safety first, my first med pass must have taken hours longer than it should have and sometimes still does, but I haven't made a med error yet and praying I don't. I've worked in LTC, I realize how "different" it is, but it doesn't make it right. Glad you spoke up even if they don't do anything about it, hopefully she will wake up and not kill anyone.
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    Can I have a job while in nursing program?

    In my own experience, I did not have a job during my own 2 year program and can't imagine how I would have juggled it all if I did, it was very demanding. However, if I could do it all again, I would love to have had a job as an aid like many of my friends did. Not only did they get offers as RNs on the floors they worked on, they got a lot of experience that you can't even get in clinicals. I would not have done it more than 1 or 2 shifts per week, but I wish I had looking back on it all. It is possible, I know many people who did, but they weren't able to work many hours and some people even failed a semester because they were working so much. It really depends on the person and how you can manage work and school, it all works out different for everyone, but good luck with whatever you choose and I hope you make it in!!
  15. In my own experience, I thought the same thing that the stress would be over, but after school ended and the real job began, it was a new kind of stress. My first job was in the hospital, but in a small unit with subacute patients on night shift, so after orientation and I learned to do things my own way, about 6 months in, it wasn't as stressful and I was more comfortable. I am now on a new unit about 2 months in on orientation again and I'm way stressed. This is a large unit and very fast paced, you start with 3 or 4 patients and you can have a whole new assignment before the day is over. The stress never seems to end because the learning never stops and there will always be something new to stress about. My best advice is take it as it comes and learn to deal with it and keep your patients safe. I've been a nurse almost 2 years, but I feel like a new grad. My advice would be to get on a med/surg unit and get some good experience. I told myself I never wanted to do floor nursing, but the experience I've gained is irreplaceable, I love it and see myself doing it for a long time. Good luck with the job hunt, I hope you find something great!
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    Question about experience required

    I also agree that getting a job as an aide could assist you in landing a job as an RN. Many of my friends who worked as PCNAs during nursing school were offered positions as RNs on the floors they worked on after passing boards. You get a chance to prove your work ethic and show that you are dedicated while working as an aide and it's great experience. Nurse managers that already know you are much more likely to hire you, but really the experience you will get is invaluable. As a floor nurse I'm constantly changing people, taking people to the bathroom, feeding, bathing, etc. Being comfortable with that stuff will be one less thing to worry about getting used to during orientation.