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LoveMyBugs BSN, CNA, RN

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LoveMyBugs is a BSN, CNA, RN and specializes in Pediatrics.

RN in 2010, CNA since 2006, single parent to 2 boys, youngest has high functioning autism

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    LPNS AND RNRags to Riches 2016 almost 2017 stories

    Make it easier on yourself and use food stamps, I did. I was a single mom of 2 boys, my youngest was recently diagnosed with autism when I was working on my pre-reqs for nursing school. It was long and hard and used every government program I could find to help support us. I worked part-time as a ED tech, took my oldest to soccer, tae-Keon-do..etc multiple sport kid. My youngest was multiple therapists I had help from my parents as well for child care. My Dad would help when I had car issues. I was getting Medicaid for my boys, food stamps for all of us, SSI benefits for my youngest son. Special waivers for my electric bill by apply for low-income assistance. Help for paying for day-care. Those programs exists to help people get on their feet. I am not ashamed to have used those programs. Don't know why you don't want to use them, you will pay back in taxes when you are working. I have been an RN over 6 years. I pay my taxes and have owned my home for the last 3 years. But becoming a RN is no rags to riches! I am solidly middle class homeowner, but carry a debt and still have student loans to pay. I will still have loans when my oldest goes off to college next year. But I do make enough to support a family of 5, however we are not rich
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    Do you have to hate adults to love peds?

    I initially wanted to go in the ED right away, due to the market when I graduated I went into adult SNF. I don't hate adults, just don't care for them if given a choice I choose peds. I work peds ED at a level 1 Peds is specialized and while I have my CPEN and TNCC, I do not have ACLS. A few of my coworkers do as they have other jobs in mixed (mainly adults) EDs I think you have a good plan of full time peds and per diem adult med-surg. For me I grew tired of adults throwing tantrums and feeling like I could not do anything right. Like being 5 min late on their PRN oxycodone. Or being spread so thin with patients that one of my patients expired alone. Peds when my patient who is an actual 2/3 year old throws a tantrum, I can give stickers or blow bubbles or make it better with a special bandaid. ratios tend to be better in peds. When working peds LTC and my pt was dying. The pts family and myself were at the bedside. I can see the positive and negatives of both peds and adults. I don't think you have to hate one to work the other.
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    New FL RN grad - moving to OR soon after graduation!

    My experience with one of the systems was my application was auto rejected unless I checked the box that I was in a program. they can be very picky with 10 programs in the area. When I applied to a residency program 7 years ago it was approx 500 applicants for 40 spots with 7 programs in the area. Now there is at least 10 programs not sure if it has gotten better or worse for new grads now. The market is better for expirenced nurses. So even if you go the SNF/LTC route while getting your BSN that will get you some experience
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    New FL RN grad - moving to OR soon after graduation!

    I would encourage you to look at RN-BSN programs as most of the bigger hospital systems Providence, Legacy and OHSU and I think Salem are moving to BSN required. With your behavioral health background there is the new Unity Hospital that is opening in a few weeks and then the State Hospital in Salem At my last staff meeting we were told BSN required for all new hires, they will let the nurses stay who don't have a BSN That saying outside of the metro area, there is Adventist, Tuality, St Johns and PreaceHealth. Plus all the SNF and LTC facilities in the area. I started SNF and made my way to critical care, so it can be done
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    Do you have to hate adults to love peds?

    Well you do have to teach adults in pediatrics, you have to teach the parents. everyone is different, but I know a couple of nurses who work peds as their main job and then work a mixed ER, so they are caring for adults as well. Me personally I worked adults for 11 months and that was enough for me. I loved taking care of the little elderly but there was too much of the other middle aged angry crowd for me. Now working where I do and seeing the amount of child abuse I am jaded against adults. However that is just me. if your goal is family care then try to work in mixed areas
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    Is LTC a predictor of the kind of nurse you will be in a hospital setting?

    I went from a SNF to now working pediatric ED. SNF/LTC nursing is so much different than acute and critical care. There is much more resources and people to back you up in a hospital than LTC. Like you said LTC you are it and on your own. Hospitals there is more of a team environment.
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    TNCC Certification

    Interesting... I work a level 1 trauma center, all of our trauma transfers still stop by the ED 1st, because the trauma doc is there. Then they go to the unit. Does the trauma team then meet them at the ICU? I understand taking TNCC if you are a trauma ICU, but TNCC is starting to fall away. My system encourages ATCN instead, but we can get either one
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    TNCC Certification

    Trauma nursing. it teaches the systematic assessment of the 1st assessment and secondary assessment during the trauma resuscitation. If you are not working in the ED, I don't see how the class will help you. Other than to see how assessments start in the trauma.
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    Unable to leave building for lunch...

    My facility non Union required that our security officers respond to every call even while on lunch. the officers railed together and now they work a straight 8 hrs fully paid for and have been told to eat when they can, no more unpaid lunches for them
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    Why Are There Neonatal NPs When There's Pediatric NPs

    NICU is highly specialized. most NICU babies are not even supposed to be born yet, the way they are cared for is very different than a pediatric pt. Pediatric you have birth to 18-20 yrs of age and all of the development stages. NICU babies same idea, caring for a 24 wheeler to a 40weeker each has developmental stages most NICU nurses I know will not take care of a pt older than 6 months. The NICU in my facility dosent require the nurses to float to other floors. NICU is an entirely different world. Either you love it or hate it. Same I would think for NPs.
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    Oregon RN job market

    Don't know if you are still considering moving and doing a travel assignment. my unit used a traveler over the summer and she wanted to stay on and we wanted her too. my unit is currently hiring, however there are clauses in your contact and my company would have had to buy out or pay a fine if we would have hired her or we have to wait a year. after she has finished her travel assignment before we could hire her without paying a large fee. would hate for you to find a unit you like but then they can not hire you until the clause in your contact is over
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    ER Orientation

    My system has a residency program for new grads that is 18 weeks long with 3 different preceptors and classroom time, we were using the Versent program, but then we created our own. For a experienced nurse transitioning to a new specialty it is around 8 wks. Experienced nurse in same specialty it is tailored to meet their learning needs and can be as short as 6 shifts or up to 8 wks.
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    Night Shift Complications

    Do you stay awake when you get off on your last day of work? sometimes I will make appts on the end of my stretch and be forced to stay awake, then crash early and flip my sleep around. however after 6 yrs on nights I typically stay awake until 3-4 am even on my nights off.
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    Oregon RN job market

    With a BSN and 4 years of experience I don't think you would have a hard time finding a job. the job market tends to be tight for new grads
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    New Grad: Prestige Care

    I got my start in LTC the orientation is generally really short, you learn time management as you can have over 20pts I also learned a lot about wound care. LTC is hard hard work and much respect to the nurses who make it their career.
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    Still get anxiety with peds IVs

    I work in a peds ED and fluffy babies 4 month -18 month crowd is the hardest to get the line. Give me a 10 day old or a 10yr old no problem. Do you have help holding? We always take 2 people to start a line usually it comes down to a good hold, they will ever so slightly twist their arms and the vein in the AC will hide. Once you poke through the skin...wait a second or 2 or 3, let them cry and then wait for them to take a breathe. Veins will break or vasoconstrict when the pt holds their breath, adults you can poke through the skin and go right into the vein in one swift motion, most kids you can not. Scalp veins are great veins, it looks bad to parents but a vein is a vein. And if I see a scalp but do not see anything on hands or feet or AC I will go for the scalp. i tell parents I would rather do it once and get the vein I can see, than possibly having to go more than once. Feet are great on the fluffy non-ambulatory On fluffy babies, you most likely will not feel a vein but might be able to see one. hot pack the areas, hands, feet, AC and then take an alcohol wipe and wipe the skin and look for a shadow. Does your unit have a vein finder? Does your hospital belong in larger system that has a pediatric hospital? Ask to spend some time on a unit or with the IV team to get some hands on. We have done that in my ED to other Nurses from hospitals within our system. You will get better