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  1. I have been working as an RN for the past year, and my LVN license expires in June. How exactly should I handle this? Should I write a letter to the BVNPT? I live in CA.
  2. I have years of food service experience, as well as 4 years of CNA experience in long term care. I'm well acquainted with the unreasonableness of people.
  3. I was considering any prison in CA where I could get a solid med surg experience and build strong skills. In particular, Folsom prison, or Salinas Valley Correctional, or Soledad.
  4. Thank you! I'll try to get a tour of the prisons if I can.
  5. Thank you very much! Any idea how I should go about finding out which prisons have more hospital like settings?
  6. Hi, I am a "new grad" RN (graduated BSN Spring 16, got my license May 17), looking to build a solid skill base for my career. I'm curious how prisons work: do they have an ED, med surg, ICU etc floor like a hospital would, or how does it work? I live in CA and the job market for new grads is tough right now, I've been applying for jobs in the prison and jail system and the descriptions of the jobs themselves seem vague to me, like I can't tell if I'm applying for an ICU job, a med surg job, etc or if that's even relevant. It is very important to me to build a strong, broad skill base transferable to many environments, would I get this at a prison or jail or would it be something highly specific to that environment? Thanks so much for your opinions ahead of time!
  7. Thanks for the words! I just want to be competent, and any advice for how to get there.
  8. Yes, the license risking patient overload is a fear of mine in SNF as well. I worked in a few as a CNA. I guess it depends heavily on which SNF you go to. Will this look decent on a resume for a med surg position?
  9. Thank you for the feedback, I'll look for subacute rehab then!
  10. I was struggling with both time management and nursing skills. My strengths were communication, SBAR calls, charting, and basic care (I was a CNA for 4 years.) I really want to improve in both time management and skills, that's why I wanted to start in med surg, but the manager flat out told me they just don't have much time to train, they pretty much need skilled nurses right off the bat, which is frustrating because my school always told me my first job would teach this stuff.
  11. Graduated in May 2016, struggled with the BRN and NCLEX for about a year. Started my first job at an acute care hospital in CA in September. Spent about 4 weeks in the ICU before being transferred to "med surg" (used to be a PCU, still has patients with drips, etc and some straight up ICU overflow), where I had 6 weeks before being told by my final preceptor that he was not going to recommend me to be on my own because I was still struggling too much. This is the end of the orientation, I'm out of time and have been given the option to resign rather than be terminated. I'll minimize the details of the experience being understaffed, not giving me the promised full time hours for training, poor resources, and having 4 different preceptors over 10 weeks. I tried to get my foot in the door in acute care by driving about 90 minutes each way to work 12 hour night shifts, and have come to the conclusion that this is not something I can manage safely. I'm pretty sure its too late for me to get into any new grad programs (I've applied to many), but in spite of this setback, I feel I learned a lot in a very short period of time. I do not want to give up on acute care nursing, but need a less chaotic environment with a slower pace to learn in. My senior preceptorship in school was on med surg, and my preceptor told me he was confident I was prepared to work on a med surg floor, but the private hospital I precepted at seemed much better managed than this one. Unfortunately, I have been unable to even get an interview at such a hospital so far. Are there any options anyone can suggest for learning at a slower pace? I wouldn't mind being paid less for a safer learning experience, I just want to build a strong foundation for my career at this time. I've had long term acute care (LTAC) facilities suggested to me as a slower paced learning environment than normal acute care. Can anyone offer experience about the truth of this? Would it look good on a resume to a regular acute care hospital or would it be more like long term care? If long term care becomes my only option, any suggestions for how to maximize my learning experience to give med surg another try? Thanks for reading!
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    Are new grads prepared for the bedside?

    I graduated May 2016, struggled with the BRN and NCLEX for about a year before finally getting my license, and could not make it through my first job's orientation. Just resigned (bowed out gracefully to avoid being terminated), I felt totally unprepared for my first job, but OTOH my managers said they lose about 1/3 to 1/2 of their orientees and the floor is very hard. Came on here today to make a thread about it actually. Writing this post made me realize I need to word my OP carefully before I post it.
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    New Grad looking for ICU review

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    New Grad looking for ICU review

    Thanks so much!
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    New Grad looking for ICU review

    Hello, I recently got my license and first job offer. It's part time night shift in the ICU, which is where they wanted me to work, but not exactly where I applied to or expected. I precepted in med surg and put all of my studying into med surg, because that's where I expected to be hired. Does anyone know of any review courses of any kind, in person, online or otherwise, specifically aimed at ICU nursing? I've been reading through my critical care book, but am not sure where to start. Any advice or links of any kind is appreciated! Thanks!