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  1. L-ICURN

    Devastated and Disappointed

    In your situation, I would consider taking the NICU post. It's a specialty of its own, and skills learned there will be somewhat of an asset in a future L&D job. Of course, I say this as someone who never worked in women's health or maternal-fetal health. I understand your disappointment, though. My first new grad job interview was for a CVICU job at a community hospital. I was the only one out of all my classmates who had applied who didn't get a job offer. The other 4 students got the job. Years later, I am an ICU nurse, with cardio/pulmonary and neuro experience. I consider it that hospital's loss.
  2. L-ICURN

    Should I feel bad for not picking up shifts?

    No. You should not feel bad. This is life and business.
  3. L-ICURN

    Any Mormon/LDS nurses here? I need help?

    Had a former coworker who was LDS. Her schedule was TH-FRI-SAT night shift. It was a tradeoff with the employer so she could have Sundays off. As others have said, you could try trading. However, be forewarned that some people will expect you to trade off with them at some point in the future. Some employers will work with you. Others will say no. Good luck. Hope you find something you can work with.
  4. I have yet to see more money in my pocket. I had to take company housing, and it consumes a good portion of the pay. Gas costs and food costs aren't cheap either. I am looking at returning to a former employer, because I've made no more money at this than I did as a full-time employee. However, each traveler is different and will have a different experience. It depends on the contract, agency, and location of assignment. I can say this. On each assignment, the travel nurse is first to float (and these hospitals have no issue floating you to a floor where you're not experienced). I was floated to an oncology floor and then post-partum (I'm medical/surgical ICU). Also, as the travel nurse, you're expected to work any time they're short staffed. So plan on giving up every weekend. I've also found that we're the first to get dumped on during the night. You will also be scheduled for all the holidays. Like I said before, it all depends on the assignment. Some people have been travelers for years and they love it.
  5. I was fortunate enough to find a job after 6 months. It was a struggle, even with finishing a BSN. I've also had experienced nurses tell me that they are having a hard time finding work because hospitals don't want to pay for experience. I think it's time for schools and hospital administrators to be honest and stop telling people that there is a nursing shortage.
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    Why are new nurses treated poorly?

    It's not your gender. I'm brand-new, 38, and this is a new career for me. I started in a step-down unit in July. The nurses in that department were rude (and that's putting it mildly). It didn't matter if it was a woman or man. Snide remarks and nasty comments were what I got from them. There were staff members who were decent and helpful if you needed it. They showed you where your mistake was, or they showed you an easier way to do it. However, I got stuck with the nastier ones since one of them was my "preceptor." I asked for help from a supervisor and got none whatsoever. Firmly but politely tell them you're not tolerating it any longer. And talk to your unit manager. It didn't do any good for me, but you have to go up the chain of command with this.