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I am a new RN working on an oncology unit in MI. I enjoy meeting new people and making new connections, so feel free to shoot me a message.

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    Help! Landing Interviews, But Not Jobs

    It took me 11 applications, 4 interviews, and 1 offer to get my current job as a new nurse. Have you been looking at graduate nurse positions? These openings don't expect you to have any nursing experience, but you have to be able to sell yourself, so to speak. Practice before your interviews, and research the hospital. If you can find anything about the specific unit you'll be working on, bonus points. Good luck!
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    Nursing advice needed!!!

    Many hospitals still do hire ADN graduates on the contingency of obtaining your BSN within a certain time frame. It really depends on the job market and hospitals in the area.
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    Always being told to "ask questions"

    It only takes a few seconds to ask a question. Either the nurse can give you the answer or direct you to the resource where you can find an answer. I think when you keep asking questions about things that you could easily find for yourself is when nurses start to resent the numerous questions.
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    Surgical Oncology unit- New Grad

    No worries. I'm also new on the floor, so I'm kind of in the same spot as you. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Know the policies and where to find them at your facility. Surprisingly, all central line care, including dressings, is not done by the nurses at my hospital, which I wouldn't have known if I didn't ask. If you have any questions in the future, feel free to shoot me a PM.
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    Surgical Oncology unit- New Grad

    I just started on an oncology med-surg floor. Familiarize yourself with chemo Tx and ports. Also, review the administration of blood products. Know what S/S to look for in sepsis and septic shock, as well as Tx. Good luck! I had no intention to begin with oncology, but I absolutely love the floor I'mon. I hope for the same as you start out!
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    Am I good enough??

    As long as you pass nursing school and the NCLEX, it doesn't really matter if you're an average student or not. However, if you're interested in going to grad school, grades will matter.
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    Nervous about graduating

    Stop asking yourself, 'What if?" You're making up scenarios and psyching yourself out. Stop. If you need help with resumes, there are so many examples and resources available online. You won't be a competent nurse as you graduate nursing school. No one expects you to be. It takes time and experience, both of which you don't have yet. No one expects you to graduate and jump in the job without guidance. Focus on what you can do in this moment, rather than making up these scenarios about the worst situation possible.
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    Nursing options

    There are a lot of specialties, including med-surg, psych, ICU, etc. If you look through the forum or simply do a Google search, you can find all the options.
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    Which job should I take while in nursing school?

    I would take the Peds position if that's ultimately the area you're intending to specialize in and they've voiced that they're willing to work around your schedule.
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    No Senior Practicum?

    My program didn't offer a senior practicum either. None of us who graduated were hindered by our lack of a senior practicum.
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    Is This Normal?

    I just completed my 2nd shift on the floor yesterday. I absolutely feel the same way. My preceptor pointed out that it's different when you don't have someone to supervise and report to because, now, you ARE the nurse. Obviously, since I'm a new nurse, I still do talk to my preceptor about changes in my pt's status, but aside from that, she has placed the pt's care in my hands. Don't be afraid to ask questions. You won't know everything, and no one expects you to. Everyone knows that you don't learn everything in school. I have to keep asking my preceptor about the facility's policy with certain things (wound care, PICC line care, etc.) because it varies from where I did my clinical rotations.
  12. Pretty eventful day, as it was officially my first day with a patient load. I learned that an INR >10 is possible. I learned how to call a doctor and communicate my patient's needs. Luckily, the first doctor I called (twice!) was super nice and patient as I repeated his verbal orders over the phone. I do know more than I give myself credit for. I caught an infiltrated IV and set up a new line. LR can protect kidney Fx before a CT with contrast. My preceptor complimented me on how impressed she was with how fast I'm learning. I seriously have been doubting my abilities and feel like I haven't done much on the floor yet, but hearing her say that aloud was reassuring and made me realize I'm expecting too much of myself. Pts can't leave AMA with a mid- or central line in.
  13. Viva - I can't even imagine what you're going through. Hugs and support from my end. Today was my first day on the floor, and wow. It was unnaturally filled with craziness and drama, according to my preceptor (I absolutely LOVE her, by the way). 3 AMAs, angry residents arguing with our staff nurses, and nurses calling in are a few of things that happened. I learned that some residents actually value nurses's experiences and look to them for guidance. Oncology nurses are surprising upbeat and have a cheerful disposition. They have the same, dark sense of humor as I do, which is awesome. My family is no comparison to the crazy family dynamics that go on in these patients' lives. I love that I'm not the only one with a clueless look on my face with the new set of residents rotating in. Hearing the breaths of someone in the process of dying is terrifying and sobering. I've never heard anything like those death rattles. I just learned about Swabcap. These are freaking awesome. I was upfront with my preceptor about my current skills and what I want to learn. She was nice and understanding, commenting thst it just takes practice. She's been very supportive thus far, and I can't wait to see what else I learn from her.
  14. So orientation began this week, and my first shift on the floor is Friday. I have to admit that I'm feeling intimidated and unprepared as that first day approaches. I've met several of the new nurses/externs I'll be working with, and I feel like my program didn't prepare me as well. I know that I'm intelligent and retained a lot from nursing school, but the nursing skills that many people obtain through their program is something that I know I'm lacking. I guess I'll just have to learn a little more than the other new hires. Please pray that I have a patient, understanding preceptor. I learned that there are Power ports, where dye can also be injected. While technology is helpful and convenient for many things, it can also make the staff too dependent and careless. Pressure ulcers are now called pressure injuries because not all of them are ulcers. Yeast can look like a pressure injury but blanch when you put pressure on it.
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    hospital interview

    For the position I recently accepted, they gave me a verbal offer before running a background check. HR departments are notorious for mostly being slow with the entire hiring process. However, if I were you, I would not have kept applying for positions within the same hospital. It could look like you weren't really interested in the position, so you decided to try for something else, or that you're desperate for a job. Just my 2 cents. Either way, I hope you hear something soon.
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    How to get my Michigan Licence?

    RN by exam is that you are taking the NCLEX in MI to become a licensed RN in MI. RN by endorsement is when you already hold your RN license in a different state and are applying for another license in MI. I'm not familiar with the process of obtaining your license in MI when you hold a current license in Canada. Calling the MI BON might be more informative.