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  1. Mixed Emotions: Not Sure If Nursing Is For Me

    Based on the brief glimpse you've provided into your life, I think you should go for it. You already work in a hospital. You see how fast-paced it is. You see how difficult some patients/families/staff members can be. Okay, your patients are ba...
  2. Quitting bedside nursing and don't know what to do next. HELP

    Have you thought about going into an outpatient setting or a procedural area? With your ICU experience, you might be a strong candidate for something like cath lab. There are also RN jobs in low(er) stress areas that can be located within the hospita...
  3. I think high vaccination rates are going to be the key. I recently had COVID, like a lot of people I know with Omicron surging over the past month or so. But it was basically a cold. That was the experience for pretty much everyone I knew. The only o...
  4. ...Was I being insensitive??

    I was thinking something similar. Grief is a funny thing. It just pops up where it wants to, sometimes when you're not expecting it at all. Or maybe you expect it, but the intensity takes your breath away. My guess is that this nurse "knew" she would...
  5. Are you a Nurse just for the money or do you do it from your heart?

    I think you take it one step at a time. Get the first hospital job. Med-surge or whatever is on offer. Some hospitals have the grad residency programs; others just have you on orientation for 12-ish weeks. Hospitals typically do one or the other, s...
  6. Nurse Help

    Sounds like a dumpster fire. Also sounds like a lot of shifts in a lot of hospitals these days. If you want to be helpful, then just help. Don't focus on getting in on a "big" skill. Show that you are willing to work, and you'll find things to ...
  7. Are you a Nurse just for the money or do you do it from your heart?

    I feel like the title of the thread posts a false dichotomy - either you're a money-grubbing mercenary or a selfless angel. In the real world, most of us are motivated by more than one thing. This job is time away from my family, wear and tear o...
  8. Are you a Nurse just for the money or do you do it from your heart?

    I just want to point out that you are almost certainly earning more than $60 for an extra shift. If you're not, it's because your pay is low, not because you taxes are high. The US has a progressive taxation system, so even if OT bumps you up in...
  9. Giving Report and IV Access

    I think the OP was more about floor nurse to floor nurse. ER is a whole different beast. Our ER doesn't even do verbal report to the floor. We use an SBAR form that has limited use, so I mostly look at the chart before a patient comes up. That...
  10. Accelerated 2nd bachelor's or direct-entry master's?

    Do the ABSN. It will get you prepared to be a bedside nurse, and from there you can figure out what you want to do. If you don't have any RN experience under your belt, going directly to NP is terrifying. Unlike MD/DO training, NPs are just kinda l...
  11. Leaving bedside as a new nurse, is it a good idea?

    The world needs good outpatient nurses, too. I think there's a misconception that only acute nurses are "real" nurses, and nothing could be farther from the truth. I'm usually an inpatient nurse, temporarily working outpatient, and it's been a really...
  12. Covid and Hospitals: How are things now?

    Yes, I'm also seeing the people who are not immunocompromised and are fully vaccinated (including booster for those immunized >5 months ago) are more likely to be admitted WITH COVID than FOR COVID. Unfortunately, we have to use the same iso...
  13. Covid and Hospitals: How are things now?

    I think the dominant variety is location dependent. We're seeing the northeast getting battered by Omicron. Fortunately New England has some of the best vaccination rates in the country, so the increased positivity rates aren't completely overwhelmi...
  14. Holiday Sick Calls From Self-Centered Staff

    That would really, really annoy me. I make plans based on the assumption that I'm going to be working my assigned shift. I would not appreciate being scheduled when I'm not needed. If you're scheduling extra people, that means people are not gettin...
  15. Is peds 15 weeks of material in 7 weeks for everyone?

    Peds, OB, and Psych were all jammed into a Summer in my program. I think we did 5 weeks each. It's kind of a blur. Having children definitely helped with Peds and OB for me, but I imagine it was pretty much all new for those without kids and some ...