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  1. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    AM I Smart ENOUGH?!

    I am a new grad with an ADN, working on BSN. I had a 3.2ish gpa in ADN, and plan on getting above 3.5 in BSN portion (if i dont, i dont think i will even apply to crna school!) I am having a bit of trouble, as a male, and as a new grad...I feel like I am being watched like a hawk, every move i make. I feel as if I will be eaten. Some days are so busy, I ask myself why the heck i went into nursing...it's THAT overwhelming *but with simple stuff that could be easily taken care of by CNA's...that's my beef....short staffing. I accepted my first RN job in a busy neuro med-surg floor, just to get experience and make myself more marketable. Time management, stress management, etc. I am getting burnt out after only three months! Not with THINKING, just with dealing with busy work that could easily be done by someone without a college degree...and i'm not being "one of those nurses" either...i was a CNA for three years...i know when I am being abused. I never had the intention of being a med-surg nurse or even a staff nurse of any kind forever, but i think it is in my best interest to get this experience, as I feel that starting at entry level (aka the bottom) is the most respectable way to the top. But man....med surg is DEF not me! Anyone else feel that way? ANYWHO...I hope to get a job in approx a year in ICU, in a perfect world it would be CVICU. I am taking my time with my BSN, getting good old fashioned floor experience along the way... My main question is...AM I SMART enough to be a CRNA? It is my ultimate dream. I think about it every day. I do not want to chase an empty dream, ya know? I have read this site almost daily for a couple of years. I have been told that if you want it bad enough, it will happen, but in REALITY....how can i determine my level of eligilibility without wasting time, money, and effort? I am an average to above-average student, usually a 3.3ish gpa. It sometimes takes me a while to catch onto things, i learn by DOING! But in the heat of the moment, i react...Without thinking. This is what makes me think i MAY be cut out for CRNA school/profession. Any input greatly appreciated!
  2. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    New Male GN with anxiety

    why cant i take ativan, if it helps, as a nurse??
  3. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    New Male GN with anxiety

    I just graduated ADN. I've been having severe issues with anxiety, and I think it is going to affect my overall performance and the way management looks at me....Our first two weeks consisted mainly of classroom work, and for some reason, this triggers my panic attacks. I've had to leave twice, and could NOT come back into the classroom. I am taking ativan daily. It seems to help, but i have no insurance right now, so ...well, I don't have access to medical advice or prescriptions. I am wondering if this panic disorder is going to send me into unemployment. I worry about it all the time... I've always had a moderate anxiety disorder, just a nervous person. But for the last six months, I've been much more anxious, drinking more, and having full-blown panic attacks. (I think perhaps aggorphobia, however you spell that) I wonder does anyone else have a similar disorder? I am constantly tired, and almost daily, have panic attacks where i just need to leave the room...hot flashes, trembling, parasthesias, severe dizziness. I know i need to see a doc, but i have no benefits until august, and I have financial obligations. Nursing is stressful, but so is life. It doesnt seem as though stress triggers these attacks. Any advice greatly appreciated.
  4. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    GN starting rate?

    wow. I feel great that i started at 23.00/ hour plus shift diff.....In central PA! Of course I only have ONE chance to pass boards, and I don't get a raise once i do. But working evenings, and assuming I pass boards, I'll be making 25/hour in my first year, which isn't too bad with an associates degree. I have 4-5 patients who are on non-monitored telemetry; the unit is mostly neuro med-surg. Most infectious diseases come here too. Yuck, but take the precautions, and no big deal. The nurse:patient ratio is one of the best, from what i have heard. Mandatory overtime though. But managable.
  5. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    You know you're a male RN when......

    ...You know you are a male nurse when... ...You are 'expected' to be strong, insensitive, and looking at her butt ...You feel as if you have to explain to patients that your spouse is actually a female ...You have to explain to your friends that you actually make more than they do, and all that money for just putting people on bedpans and giving people tylenol ...You sit by yourself at your first, second, and third day of orientation ...You have to remind your supervisor that "the girls" does not necessarily include you.
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    How much do u like nursing? Scale of 1 to 10

    I am a new grad, and prior I had been a CNA for over three years. One and a half LTC and one a half acute care. I must admit that prior to this nice long vacation that i've taken in between jobs, I would have rated it a 2/10 (burnt out with so much expected of a CNA, and also not being able to do what I had learned in RN school...) But now with a couple days off, I really miss it!! Even as a very masculine male, I enjoy the customer service, the helping people when they are sick or unable. The little things have disappeared for the time being, and I miss the big picture. Can't wait to start my new neuro-medsurg job! I'm sure i'll be semi-burned by six months, but ya know...so many places to go in nursing. I have so many options, and I am def considering each one...i.e., CRNA, NP, starting a home health agency (after saving the appropriate amount of capital and gaining the proportionate amount of experience and knowledge), etc. I pretty much know that I will not be able to handle (mentally and physically) being a med-surg nurse for 30 more years. I am already 29, and my back is giving me many problems. No offense to those nurses who are in m/s...many props to you! But just not for me...I am out to gain experience and learn as much as I can from my elders and/or peers. And...Help a lot of people along the way! So...right now...i'd say 9/10, cuz there aren't so many careers with this many options, who get that warm fuzz-ly feeling almost every day, and who make as much as an RN does with just an associate's degree!
  7. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    like everyone else...NEED ADVICE!

    I have recently graduated from ADN program, and begin working on a neuro-med-surg floor very soon. However, I've always kinda-sorta in the back of my mind wanted to be self-employeed. I've had a vision (a rather foggy one with lots of glare!) for a few years now...I'm not to the serious phase yet, probably just the R&D phase I suppose. I've had the vision to start a home health agency, or a healthcare business of some sort. I see a need for this in most rural communities, with the aging of the good ol' baby boomers and the trend of pushing patients out of the hospital sooner and home to rehab... So, I guess I'm looking for all the info I can get. Would a BSN be helpful in this potential venture, or should I look into finishing up my business administration degree? (I was in enrolled in BA program prior to nursing school.) How much real-life nursing experience should I try to obtain prior to attempting this or even thinking about attempting? Should I try to secure a job in home health, and gain some work experience that way? (obviously after I work in the hospital for a year or so...) I know all of these questions are relative and subjective, and all answers could really be considered "correct", but like i said, just researching a bit... How is the market for this sort of thing, and with it being highly-regulated, does it take the "freedom" out of being self-employeed? What kind of marketing has been found to be successful? Should I attempt to secure contacts while working? (i.e, do I need many contacts such as MD's, potential RN's/LPN's/CNA's to work with me, other owners, etc?) I think that's it for now! Thanks everyone!
  8. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    New grad, looking for advice

    I just graduated, and decided to take the "traditional" approach...which means I accepted my first job in neuro med-surg. I was told this would make me more "marketable", and I must admit that getting a good foundation will make me much more comfortable. So I am happy with this decision. Eventually I would like to get into CVICU or MSICU. When I say eventually, I actually mean "one year". Is this fairly acceptable and realistic? I could have gone right into ICU out of school, but I think I...well..I take time to learn concepts inside and out. It's just how I learn and adapt best. Perhaps it could be coined a "slow learner" but I really think I am more or less an anal person who likes to build a good foundation. If that makes sense. I learn more from doing. And I am kinda a perfectionist, and the first time I mess up, the next time is usually worse! So...with that said...am I headed in the right direction? And what steps should I take to help ease my way into CCU, CVICU, or MSICU? I have also been a CNA in MSICU/Telemetry for over a year and a half. It helps, a bit! Starting new job, first REAL job (GN), in less than two weeks!!!! Holy fregin nervous! Focker, out.
  9. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    Getting in an ICU

    This is interesting. I "blabbed" my aspirations of CRNA to the wrong people, apparently. Oh well. I will end up in the right place eventually! CaslaRN, not to jump the gun, but you "sound" like a very very strong candidate for CRNA school! I have confidence you will get in soon! Wish me luck, I have a long road ahead of me!
  10. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    What is the worst part about nursing?

    I've been a CNA for four years, almost two in a hospital. I am already burned out, and I havent even started my first GN job yet! I don't think I'll be able to handle bedside nursing for more than a handful of years. My biggest pet peeve is the whole issue of supply and demand. The supply of nurses is short, or at least the hospital superiority expects us to believe that (even though they are turning away four times the amount of nursing student applicants that they accept, and hire half of what HR posts!), and yet the demand is higher. Pt loads are unsafe, and I think insurance companies have WAY too much impact on the quality of care. Critical care is the only way to go if you are "ANAL" like I am, and I am not even close to being experienced enough to go there yet. And even there, the patients are generally heavy and very much dead weight...in the hospital I worked at as a CNA...the odds of the CNA's having time to go to ICU to help? Slim to none. But still DEMANDED to. Everyone is burnt. The whole way down the chain. On a positive note, with an associate's degree, I can expect to make about 5-7 dollars more an hour with steady work, contrasted to my cousin who has a bach. degree and is trying to get into state police! The work is there, the money isn't bad, but the respect we deserve and the autonomy we strive for is a LONG ways away. Then again, our government could use some tweaking too, considering the price gouging on fuel. Bottom line, stick up for yourself!
  11. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    Susquehanna Health, Williamsport, PA? Any good (hopefully not bad) advice?

    Wow. That sounds pretty negative, but I think I'll wait and form my own opinion...I am pretty sure that there is NO way ANY hospital could MAKE a nurse work 20-28 days in a row...Not only is that UNSAFE, but border-line slavery. If I were MADE to work more than 7-10 days straight, I would not only stand up for myself and say something, but probably refuse. An RN has a license to protect. I have not heard any horror stories of mandatory overtime like this, and I worked with a supervisor at my old CNA job, not mentioning hospital, who worked there. They have to rotate the mandation, or they would have no RN's left. It's just plain common sense. I mean, I HAVE heard that the RN's do indeed get mandated at times, but you know what...once or twice a month or so....I'd rather do that than work short all the time. I know Dubois hosp does a mandatory ON-CALL once per pay i think. The hospital can call you in four hours early or keep you four hours late during this on-call period, and every RN has to do an on-call period per month...this seems to be the best answer. And of course, mandatory ot should a disaster occur...But, i dont know...I'm not worried about it yet. Williamsport Hosp (Susq. Health) has been nothing but professional with me as of yet. Much MUCH more professional than the hospital where I was a CNA/Intern. And more money as well. I don't care, it's gonna be tough anywhere, but it beats working in a factory for 12 bucks an hour. BUT if it comes time where patients safety is at stake....then it is DEF time to intervene. Thanks for your input, and IF what you say ends up being true, then I will be back to thank you for the heed.
  12. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    CRNA Someday????

    Man, I'm SO with ya! I agree with someone who stated that there needs to be a standardized grading scale across the nation. It's just like nursing to be like this though...no fregin autonomy, no unity. I venture to state that almost all of nursing's problems would be solved with more UNITY and AUTONOMY, similar to physical therapists and other medical professions. Nursing needs a major major revamping, and needs to be federally regulated (to a point) and not mandated by states, budgets, and individual hospitals or schools. Nursing is no longer the Florence Nightingale lamp lit by a flame of hope. Nursing is real life, real people, real money, and equally men and women. Caring, yes, is a major factor. But the standards for the nurse practice act in most states are so out of fregin date that, well...we are not taken seriously. I went through more strain, mentally AND physically in an ADN program than most BS programs do, but still get limited autonomy, mandation to work, working weekends, holidays, no time with family...It's BS. There needs to be an even medium, across the nation. This equals safer health care, happier (and better paid) nurses, and insurance costs would go down because fregin law suits would be minimized. And to think...it all stems from that unfair grading scale!!!! haha I KNOW there are going to be people opposed to my statements, but ...it's worth it to vent.
  13. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    New RN Grad, need advice

    VERY encouraging! THank you! I am just like you, very motivated and determined. I need to quit bitching! haha Thanks!
  14. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    New RN Grad, need advice

    this ONE gets 93's and yes, a straight B (or 3.0)...it's TRUE!! Lock Haven University of PA. That's the culprit! AnD I JUST GRADUATED TONIGHT, thank GOD!!!! WHEW HEW. Keep the input coming. I'm already applied to a RN-BSN online program from a respected school in PA. Working the whole way through, Med Surg Neuro Tele for a year, then hopefully onto ICU or CVICU. I will end up having at LEAST two years of ccu experience before i even THINK about applying to crna school, plus a solid finanicial plan, and I'll also be a 32ish old family man! I hope that helps! haha anyways, I"M CELEBRATING!!! No school for the whole SUMMER! (just boards, eek!)
  15. Brad_RN_Student_PA

    New RN Grad, need advice

    Um, I am almost positive that the statement you have made is totally incorrect. PSU is 94-100 A, 90-93 is an A- (aka 3.5)...and that is all I have to say...cuz I always get above a 90. But my GPA has dropped because my 90-93 is considered a B, which is 3.0. I am telling you, it makes a SIGNIFICANT difference. PSU does NOT use this grading scale. If they do, it is BRAND new. I'm not against the fact that you need above a 94 for an A, but I AM against the fact that a student who gets an 88 gets the same grade as me for getting a 92....NOT RIGHT.