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MJH3483

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    Question for nurses that are male...

    or you could've taken time to read what i wrote earlier and know that all of that could not have been accomplished in a year. oooookayyyy
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    New grad in ICU

    If I were you, depending on where you live and what hospitals/health systems offer, I'd do my best to either obtain a job as a nursing attendant (preferably in an ICU setting) or apply for nursing externships. Both seem to be the way to get your foot in the door for a fellowship position. I am not sure where you are obtaining your accelerated BSN but in my experience, some universities produce better nurses than others. With that said, my advice is that as a nursing attendant you will gain more experience and have more chances to network. As an extern, you have these opportunities as well, but I find the attendants make for stronger nurses as they have a stronger base. I do know people that entered critical care and were given maybe 8 weeks of orientation, but you need to be able to hold your own and know what's safe because they had told me plenty of horror stories of new grads in the ICU. Best of luck to you.
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    My coworker was high and got away with it

    I think you should actively pursue this so your coworkers and HR can see what kind of snake in the grass you're acting like. If you don't have proof, stop being such a busy body. It is people such as yourself that hold nursing back as a profession constantly undercutting one of your own. If they were high and you had concrete proof then you might have a case, but clearly you are just acting like a child.
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    Question for nurses that are male...

    im not a new new nurse and have been nursing way longer than a year. don't let my incomplete profile allow you to draw so many conclusions about who i am. maybe it's time to stop being so bitter towards men.
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    Question for nurses that are male...

    depending on the acuity of the patients, i can promise you i am fighting to keep my patient assignments often. seriously i don't just make this up and i am sure it has a lot to do with unit culture. the difference is if a woman does not want me seeing her female parts, no one is going to force her to receive care from me. it's not like we just pawn off female patients to other females. however, i work 3 in a row often and so many times have 3 different assignments in 3 days. sometimes you get tired of being a team player when you're consistently taken advantage of. theres no rotation of the big fella like on your unit. someone being pregnant is not a good enough excuse. do pregnant doctors not see their patients? give it to another female nurse, not continually change my assignment. also its not just about size, i wrote a previous post about this. the sad thing in all of this, is that i am probably not portraying myself in the best light, but i am indifferent towards that. believe me, i know what kind of nurse i am and what i do on a daily basis. my accolades speak for themselves.
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    Question for nurses that are male...

    profile is old
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    Question for nurses that are male...

    You are lost
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    Question for nurses that are male...

    You keep referring back to this idea that you are the victim. FYI, I start IVs too. A lot of them. I lift, transfer, and ambulated pts, have my assignments switched constantly, and often leave much later than everyone else. I precept new cardiothoracic ICU nurses, I've received employee of the month, DAISY awards, hospitality awards, chaired collaborative care and quality councils, and as far as teamwork, yep won an award for that too. I champion multiple initiatives on my unit. Oh yeah and I'm in school for what will be my third degree. You want to call me a misogynyst because it plays to your argument. In actuality, nurses who are men are taken advantage of. And maybe it's upsetting you that men are receiving recognition. *hands back history book*
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    Question for nurses that are male...

    It has nothing to do with misogyny but the fact that I'm consistently fighting to keep my patient assignments with the excuses consisting of, "she can't have that patient, she's pregnant" or "she can't have that patient he's too big." Equal rights do not flow in one direction.
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    Question for nurses that are male...

    Call me whatever you want but we should be getting paid more for doing more lifting and taking on more difficult or high risk pts. I'm sorry but it's not my problem that a nurse is small or pregnant etc. those are not good enough reasons for not wanting to take an obese pt or one with HIV, hepatitis, or TB.
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    NY New Grad Jobs-anyone hiring?

    I hope this doesnt come off as condescending as that is the complete opposite of my intention, but you're best bet in getting hired is signing up for a cheap BSN program. I work with some people who were only hired to our fellowship program because they are in the process of obtaining their associates to BSN degree. With that said, I think it would also prove beneficial for you to volunteer in order to network. It simply is coming down to the fact that hospitals in NY do not want to hire AD nurses anymore as it does nothing for their statistics. I literally heard a director say that they want BSNs because statistically they provide better care. I don't necessarily agree with that but that's the rationale.
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    How do I land an ICU job in NYC?

    Absolutely do that. So many of my peers are in various fellowships with me as a result of doing externships etc. Talent Acquisition will offer te hot item positions to those they know and internal candidates well before some random person offer the street.
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    How do I land an ICU job in NYC?

    Get a job as an aide and transfer internally as internal candidates are considered before external candidates. That's how I got my Cardiothoracic ICU fellowship position.
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    Anyone do virtual ATI and pass?

    I am sorry to hear about the other attempts but hopefully 3rd time is a charm. How long did you wait btw exams? As I stated from my test plan above, I did about 5K of Qs in about 3 weeks time (keep in mind this includes retaking tests consisting of Qs I had previously answered incorrectly). I did a 4 day Kaplan session but did not use their videos or tutors (same holds true for ATI except for 2, 3-day mandatory sessions throughout the course of the semester). Each of my mentors told me to keep doing Qs and to know the rationales. If I got something wrong (and even sometimes if I got something right) and I didn't understand, I would just look that disease state, symptom, intervention, or situation up. The thing with Kaplan is that they state you MUST be strong in content to take their program as it teaches test taking skills, not content. I found that their Q bank and test trainers were invaluable resources. A friend of mine did Hurst with the videos and worksheets etc and others did ATI and passed, so that's not to say that Kaplan is the end-all-be-all but I found it to be mostly like the real thing. If you still have access to Kaplan, I would try it in conjunction with ATI but be aware that some of their rationales conflict in which case I went with Kaplan's (little things like to put on O2 or sit up the head of the bed first).
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