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  1. SteelGrey

    Is it like this everywhere now?

    We have moved so far away from critical thinking & patient centered care, and into computer driven, task oriented, box checking bullsh*t. How all of this isn't a national crisis, I don't know. The care is horrible and the expectations are absurd. Systematic overhaul is needed
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    New Graduate, Only one interview, Should I Be Picky

    I'll be the odd new grad out and say that If you can, I don't think it hurts to try to seek more opportunities. I know right now being May, everyone and their mother is applying and interviewing- so the job market is probably tighter. I interviewed over a period of time with many offers and happy I held out for a job in a field I really wanted and had done my capstone in. I have zero regrets. I've talked to about 10 other nurses so far who wish they didn't just take the first thing that came to them because they thought they had to- they end up wanting to leave 6 months in or hating nursing--which causes other problems down the road. If your open to anything, and just want to get started- absolutely take the job and enjoy building your skills and getting your nurse on! . If you have doubts, take a deep breath and asses the situation before rushing.
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    NICU Residency job status “closed”

    Every hospital system is different! I'd start by getting in touch with human resources if you want to better understand their lingo/terminology/application process. Personally, I found most HR places to be completely out of touch and disorganized. Also, see if that hospital has a nurse recruiter! Computer stuff can stink and be very impersonal. Getting a contact is key. Most residencies are part of a program for new grads, and the more people you can get in touch with the better! It may make the difference of your resume getting looked at and passed on to the right units/people. Also, If you did clinicals or a capstone or have any connections to the units of interest, I would also reach out to them
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    Kudos/Patient Compliments

    I agree with a previous poster...Any chance she directs patients to share in a specific way? Also, who runs the kudos/compliment board? Maybe look into the process and who determines what etc. Loving your job is freaking awesome! That should be the best reward yet--getting paid to do something you are proud of and enjoy doing. Keep rocking out!
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    How do you handle touchy/feely coworkers?

    Until we've outlawed every possible thing that could offend, upset or violate someone, I would just go ahead and let people know your boundaries. Being negative towards people won't be helpful, If they don't know how they have been offensive. If you have laid the groundwork and it continues to be ignored, then I would completely understand the feelings of negativity and also moving up the chain of command. I'm sure there are plenty of folks in various cultures that are also upset and offended that people reject hugging, physical touch, personal space etc.
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    After the Grad

    E. Coming to grips with the fact Nursing school and actually being a Nurse are two different worlds.
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    Applying for New Grad jobs with gaps in resume

    Short story: I had employment gaps, got offers from every job I interviewed for as a new grad, and it was never even discussed. Long Story: Soo I'm not sure where your from and I know it depends on region, but I have found the market to be very favorable of nurses and even new graduates- as in the ball as in your court. I would suspect in the business world that you came from or a tight market, it may be different and your concerns are different. Are any of the hospitals or locations you did your clinical coursework at discussing new graduate programs or hiring opportunities? Sometimes the hiring factors are geared toward just starting out students and not so much emphasis on your work history. I too had a career change, second degree, cross country move with employment gaps and it was never discussed. What mattered was passing your NCLEX, and your references. Use your clinical instructors and hospital networking contacts for ways to highlight your experience and motivation. Also, have your new grad resume reflect your education, certifications, coursework and relevant clinical experience/work experience. I found I didn't have room to list every job I've ever had or worked part-time as a student etc. Make it all about nursing. And if gaps are reflected in your application in some way and they are brought up, just speak honestly about them. We all have bumps in our life and they are unavoidable.
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    OR to L&D? New Grad Seeks Advice

    In my L & D we cross train for c-sections, as well as post op recovery, ACLS etc. I think your background is valuable! It doesn’t hurt to look into your hospitals policies regarding unit transfers. If you can tough it out for the next few months to get that magic “year” that would be great, but depending on your geographic area and hiring needs you may be able to get into a new grad program. Also, L&D is sooo specific. In my interviewing, I found new grads or no previous experience in Women's health was doable because you were a blank slate. Even with a trusty med surg foundation background, your not likely doing anything with laboring, vaginal checks, fetal heart rate monitoring & assesing, induction drugs, delivery, breast feeding, etc. It’s a unique setting. Best of luck! It is an awesome specialty, and you either love it or hate it! Good luck, and don’t give up! Keep us updated
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    Moving too soon?

    That is tough! I mean if your in imminent danger, thats a whole different story. Can you move somewhere else in a decent radius of your job that would better your mental health? Perhaps you could get a year of experience in and then go from there. With a significant other in the military you should look into travel nursing options. Some spots may take a year of experience depending on the specialty
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    What would you do

    I'm glad you have some interviews set up! I'd probably call in to go to the one in person, as opposed to quitting just yet. They have no problem with blind siding you, so I wouldn't feel too horrible with this employer. But I understand the angst! I had that old bait and switch happen with me as a new grad! I had a date to take off aka for my wedding and was upfront about it in my first interview. They were all smiles about and it said no problem. Then once I started it was like wedding what? You could switch with someone? It was all roses and glory on paper and interview, but when it came down to it, it was horribly dysfunctional. I had a shadow period before an official orientation started and I kindly put in a two week notice and was quickly able to recover. Hang in there!
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    How was your Nurse Residency Experience

    I'd look into the details of the residency program. Most hospitals in my area automatically put anyone with less than 1 year of RN experience in the program...so you don't get to advance yourself in pay by going around it. They can be great or be really just like a "title" for you. Some programs have great clinical support and training and thorough orientations, which helps people become confident and successful--especially if its in a "specialty" area like ICU/ER/ L&D etc that normally you would not be getting in as a new graduate. When it comes to pay, even if not in a residency program- I don't think it's guaranteed you would be paid more with no experience. If you need certain salary requirements look outside of the hospital- dialysis, LTC, etc can pay more sometimes but I am not familiar with your area. Also taking night shifts and doing weekends usually helps the bank account Good luck! Get interviewing if you haven't already and see what they say!
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    First RN Job in Float Pool?

    I think it's possible, however 3 months seems short for sink or swim. I have seen it done well with about a year of orientation. Starting with basic med-surg for a few months to get a foundation , then mini orientations in the various other units until basic competency is achieved. Also, depends what your hospital gives floats or even each unit-- are you getting more routine pt's that you are capable of or is anything fair game? Nights versus days? Ask to shadow!
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    Career Path - Help!

    Did you have any experiences during nursing school that caught your attention? Like you scrubbed in on a surgery and loved it? Melted over moms and babies? Have a passion for oncology? School nursing? Also feel out your personality type and schedule preferences. Maybe you would prefer an urgent care of ambulatory clinic where the day goes quick and the time spent with each patient is less. How about home health? Visiting nurses? Dialysis clinic? Cosmetics? Dental office/oral surgery? Also if you don't like hands patient care at all look into insurance companies, tele health etc. Some may require experience but you can at least get an idea of what goals you need to accomplish. There is more to nursing than the floor. Get researching! I hope you find something that fits
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    Job Advice for a New Grad RN

    I say network the shizz out of yourself. Contact people, reach out, be motivated--it never hurts to inquire. I had the best luck by "knowing people" and I did that through being pro-active and speaking up. Obviously not in an obtrusive or unprofessional manner, but if HR gets 89 resumes for a new grad position, but the unit nurse manager knows of you because your preceptor/floor nurse etc recommended you and is aware of your application in the pile of 89 resumes--you would likely get at least an interview. Not always the case, and I know every geographical area and hospital is different but I think advocating for yourself, doing a great job in your clinicals and being proactive is very helpful in the job world.
  15. I'm not a dude but I was an EMT with a previous bachelors I chose a community college ADN program. Much more affordable! It sucks to go back but if you can cut back or manipulate your scheudle its do-able , and its worth it in the end. Nursing is incredibly broad-there is something for everyone in every sub specialty.