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    Got the dream job, not quite sure if I'm walking into failure

    Thank you. Seriously, thank you. I have always wanted to do ICU nursing and I can't think of a better place to do it. I also kinda have Asperger's so learning can be a little difficult as I remember things better by writing them down Thank you, I really needed to hear this.
  2. Hey y'all, I gotta back up a bit because I need to give this a little context: In 2016 I was a new grad and started a Neuro PCU residency. Problem is, that only lasted 6 months. A family member got sick, we didn't know how much time they had left, I quit and went home to help take care of them. 18 months passed and aside from taking care of a loved one I have spent 0% of my time doing nursing. Somehow God threw me a hail mary and I got a job offer for the ICU at the Mayo Clinic. Yeah, I know, I crapped my pants a little. Now my manager knows this AND she hired me anyways, saying the orientation process will give me everything I need to know and that I'll be successful. I'm not totally convinced and think I'm in for something way over my head. I really need either encouragement or cold hard truth because moving from Texas to MN is not going to be easy...
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    Good area to relocate to?

    So I've posted my story a lot on here and it's probably not worth repeating. I recently spoke with a nurse recruiter and she told me my chances at getting hired in my area (DFW) are extremely slim since I'm not a new grad & don't have a year of experience under my belt. Essentially I was told I need to leave home and seek out opportunities elsewhere. Problem is, I have no idea where else to look. I've considered doing agency nursing for a couple of months to reach the one year mark & hope something steady comes along - but I've never been that lucky of a person. Anyone know of places in the US that are in a big need for nurses? I've heard a lot about Minneapolis/St. Paul. Any advice is welcome.
  4. AesthesiaSeeker

    GN Residency Texas Health Resources- February 2019

    Applied for OR, had interview this past Thursday. I vaguely remember them saying I would hear something back by Saturday but no word yet. The waiting is the hardest part :/
  5. AesthesiaSeeker

    Do nurse residencies hire non-new grads?

    Thank you for the post @beekee, I really appreciate the advice. I've actually used a lot of what you wrote as a pitch to employers who ask me about my work gap!
  6. AesthesiaSeeker

    Do nurse residencies hire non-new grads?

    I like this, I really do, and I know at the end of the day that's all that counts. But these past 18 months have really been hell. My sister developed a drug problem and my parents wanted me home to help take care of her. I started eating right and exercising and I lost 130 lbs. I also found out the firing made me deeply depressed, I started going to therapy and I found out I'm bipolar depressive. I know at the end of the day I need a nursing job or a sign from God/hiring manager that would give me a chance. What I don't want is to give off the impression that I've only spent this time away from nursing sitting on my hands.
  7. So I've posted here several times about the situation I'm in (HR thought I bribed a patient for a DAISY award) and after taking care of a family member I've been on a nursing hiatus for 18 months. I've been looking at nurse residencies and new grad positions as a way to get me back into nursing/change specialties/get my skills back up to par. So far I've been unsuccessful but I'm still trying. Should I abandon trying to apply for these positions? Will new grad residencies only hire new grads?
  8. Hi y'all, So I've been on an 18 month hiatus from nursing. I lost my job, moved back home to help out my family and take care of my sister, and a lot of other stuff that's gotten in the way of me getting back into nursing. How do I make myself more hirable after not being a nurse for 18 months? I'm up to date on my BLS and ACLS, I've been practicing my skills, I've reviewed how to do Head to toe assessments, I'm NIH stroke scale certified, etc. I've thought about taking a nurse refresher course but in my area they cost between $1,000 to $3,000 which I flat-out don't have.
  9. AesthesiaSeeker

    How good are nurse refresher courses?

    I was in nursing for 9 months. My license is current. My state requires me to disclose my bipolar diagnosis but my doctor isn't entirely sure I have it. I do have Asperger's and depression but I don't have to declare those. I had a patient who was a pre-med student with cystic fibrosis. He was very lonely and deeply depressed. He thought his hospitalization would distract him from his classes and that he'd never get into med school. I gave a patient a $3 caduceus necklace from Amazon and told him to 'Never give up hope'. His mother was in the room and was in tears. She thanked me for "taking the time to really know and care about [her] son". She asked me if there was anything she could do to repay my kindness. I told her no, that it was just part of my job. She insisted and I directed her towards a stack of DAISY award pamphlets and said if she truly felt that way she could fill one out. Rumors swelled on my unit. A few days later I was called into my manager's office and a woman from HR was there. They questioned my motive and my integrity, saying what I did was "a bribe". I said it was all just rumors and a complete misunderstanding. I also have Asperger's Syndrome and see the world differently than others, which my manager knew. Nonetheless I was let go on the spot, with no chance to defend myself. That was my very first nursing job; I was fired and without a reference.
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    How good are nurse refresher courses?

    To make a long story short 18 months ago I got fired over an 'ethics' violation (pt's Mom wrote me a recommendation letter after I gave a hope necklace to her deeply depressed son; HR called it a bribe). I fell into a deep depression, lost all my money, had to move back home, went to inpatient psych for two weeks, found out I have bipolar depression and got a gastric sleeve leaving me 130 lbs lighter. Yeah, aside from the weight loss life hasn't been too good. Clearly I need a refresher course but I'm not sure if even that would be enough. I'm at the point where I don't know what to do and am actually kinda scared to be the only thing I know how to do. How good are these refresher courses? I mean how much do they actually teach you? I'm beginning to think I'm too far gone.
  11. AesthesiaSeeker

    5 Reasons Nurses Get Fired and How to Avoid Them

    I had a patient who was a pre-med student with cystic fibrosis. He was very lonely and deeply depressed. He thought his hospitalization would distract him from his classes and that he'd never get into med school. I gave a patient a $3 caduceus necklace from Amazon and told him to 'Never give up hope'. His mother was in the room and was in tears. She thanked me for "taking the time to really know and care about [her] son". She asked me if there was anything she could do to repay my kindness. I told her no, that it was just part of my job. She insisted and I directed her towards a stack of DAISY award pamphlets and said if she truly felt that way she could fill one out. Rumors swelled on my unit. A few days later I was called into my manager's office and a woman from HR was there. They questioned my motive and my integrity, saying what I did was "a bribe". I said it was all just rumors and a complete misunderstanding. I also have Asperger's Syndrome and see the world differently than others, which my manager knew. Nonetheless I was let go on the spot, with no chance to defend myself. That was my very first nursing job; I was fired and without a reference. I am still looking for work 18 months later Moral of the story: always care at an arm's length.
  12. AesthesiaSeeker

    How good is ICU nurse residency training?

    Long story short I worked as a nurse for about a year on a PCU. I had a family member become sick and my family told me they wanted me back home to help take care of them and watch them. I really don't want to go into details about it but they're back on their feet now. Anyhow it's been 18 months since I worked as a nurse. I have always wanted to do ICU nursing and I've been applying to new grad residencies since I kinda need a reset. My question: for somebody who's been out of the game for 18 months, would I be ok and have enough knowledge to be successful in an ICU residency training program?
  13. AesthesiaSeeker

    Please help me because I'm 100% lost

    @llg: Thank you, I hadn't really thought through it all in the perspective. It really makes a lot more sense, I just kept getting stuck in a circle.
  14. AesthesiaSeeker

    Please help me because I'm 100% lost

    So this is actually going to sound really stupid (I know that there are people out there who might tell me to search this forum and find answers on my own - I hear ya, I've got Asperger's/HFA so bear with me) but what exactly is nursing informatics? Under specialties for Nursing Informatics on this website it states "Nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing practice. I mean from what I'm reading it says nursing + computer & information science that leads to (->) nursing data/information/knowledge/wisdom. Data/information/knowledge/wisdom...aren't all four of those words synonymous to each other and describe one single concept?[COLOR=#454545] [/COLOR]What the heck does that even mean? I don't mean to insult anyone who is a nurse informaticist, I got my BSN and I'm actually thinking about going back to get my MSN in health/nursing informatics. But if you had to put it into words, what is nursing informatics? What do you do while you're at work? What does a typical day look like? Do I need to know how to write computer code? What should I look for in informatic school programs that will help me be most successful?
  15. AesthesiaSeeker

    Is it time to give up the dream

    Hey y'all (sorry from TX can't help it), I've got to ask for advice. Long story short I love nursing. I loved nursing school, I loved clinicals, I loved being with my patients and I loved the path I was on. I got into an awesome new grad ICU program and was over the moon. Oh and I also have Asperger's/HFA which may come into play later. And then it all went to crap. ICU new grad program went 'bye bye' when my HR rep sent the email about the final meeting to the wrong email address (I was in the ICU program, the different department heads wanted to meet everyone and determine who they wanted on their floor or not). I called, sent emails, everything I could do to figure out what was going on - I couldn't get through to anyone. it wasn't until the HR rep checked his outbox that he apologized for the 'inconvenience' I think was his word. So I went to a tele floor, the only thing I could find and thought it was something I could do; I hated it. And I wasn't good at it. So that floor sent me to the hospital's SNF - which was even worse. I could type out the whole long story about what exactly happened but it was the deadly trifecta - wrong place, wrong time and wrong circumstances - (I both acknowledge and accept that I had a role in this AND I took responsibility for my part) but that's tedious and too detail-oriented for what I'm looking for advice on. I've talked about it in previous posts before and if you're interested about the story it's there, I just don't want to waste anybody's time with it. I ended up getting fired from that first nursing job, after only 9 months of experience. Nine months means I'm not a 'new/recent/new grad' BUT I'm also not an 'experienced' nurse which where I live experienced = at least one year of experience. I lost my apartment, my friends that are 8 hours away, moved back in with my strict as crap parents who literally are still grounding me at age 26 - essentially my freedom. I'm working at McDonald's just to keep some money rolling in. I want to be an ICU nurse. I loved the environment, I loved the floor, and they loved me too. That ICU I applied to was the one that was going to give me my job. Realistically...do I even stand a chance at ever getting an ICU job or is my head just in the clouds? Not looking for sympathy or someone to magically say 'always follow your dreams', just want to know if floor nursing will ever be an option for me again or whether I should use my nursing degree for something else.
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