ashfost replied to Mrs. SnowStormRN's topic in Nurses
My ; I oriented on 7a-7p for four months during my residency then had to switch over to 7p-7a. The first 1-2 mths were kinda rough. I didn't have a problem staying awake @ work but my on off days ALL I wanted to do was sleep!!!. It was very aggravating because I felt I couldn't get anything done outside of working. Nonetheless, I stuck w/ it (about 3-4 mths in total after starting) and things are much better. I work my days 3-on/ 4-off and that really helps too. My advice is to try to work your days 3 in a row from the very start. You may be tired @ first but you'll get the hang of it. Your body will have a more consistent schedule to get used to.
Grady is going great! LOL. The learning curve is very steep. (IMHO) But I enjoy the challenge. The ECC is HUGE and we have tons of residents coming through. The best part about the ECC is EVERYONE is learning....so Im never afraid to ask questions or ask for clarification from other nurses, docs, pharmacists, etc. Do you currently work at Grady?
ashfost replied to RevolutioN2013's topic in Nurses
Im a new grad (May 2010). I took an ER Nurse Residency position at a Level I trauma center. As a new grad, any experience is going to get you going. A nurse is a nurse is a nurse. The angle of thinking may be different (critical thinking, etc) but putting in an NG tube or a foley is the same anywhere you go. The critical thinking and "gut instinct" comes with time in ANY area; CCU all the way to Med-Surg. My advice is to concentrate on getting the basics and learning how to THINK like a nurse first. To answer your original question, a new grad should start where their interest lies. You'll wake up a much happier person going to work on a floor that INTERESTS you rather than being there just to "get experience". I'd choose happiness over politics ANYDAY! Good Luck!
I start Monday Sept 13th so you may be in the class before me. Im working in the ER and I am TOO EXCITED! Good luck in the SICU! Im sure we'll be working together in some form or fashion. Are you working days or nights?
Hey all. This month has been such a great month for me. I have successfully passed my boards and I have accepted a job at Grady Memorial in the ER. I have been reading the threads in this forum on Grady and I have seen some posts on how Grady's benefits are not good. I do realize some people are angry with Grady and these opinions could be biased. My question is, do most Grady employees choose the non-benefits option and find outside health insurance? If so, why? Is it due to the increase in pay? Or are the benefits not comparable to other hospital's benefit packages. The independent insurance I looked into was the Tonik Plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. If anyone has this plan, let me know what you think! Thanks! :redpinkhe
ashfost replied to Silverdragon102's topic in NCLEX
I just took my exam at 8am today. Got 75 questions and the "good pop-up". I've been doing it over and over again just to make sure. Im trying to wait the 48 hours but its soo hard. I just hope the PVT is accurate!!!! LMAO!
Thanks Aussie. I cannot find the thread you replied to. Do you remember which thread? My email is email@example.com. You can copy and paste the same reply to the email if that makes it easier.
But thats good news they are hiring new graduates right now. Ill wait to read your reply before posting anymore questions. Thanks!
Hey August-Test Takers! I bit the bullet, put more on my credit card than I wanted to, but I have registered my app with the state, paid for my background check, and registered with Pearsonvue. Whew! We're getting closer!!!
I don't think theres a magic number of questions you can do to guarantee you pass. I think it boils down to a solid knowledge of nursing as well as being able to critically think through a situation. If it takes an individual 3000 questions to reach a level of comfort with NCLEX then ok! But its not a requirement. Hope that makes sense :)