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  1. Lemon Bars

    Have to leave new job

    I'm a new grad, so I can't speak from much experience, but I think that you can include the one month experience on your next application. A month's experience is significant when you're a new grad; I've been learning quite a bit with each new week. You have a very valid reason why you had to leave the job in that your mother had a stroke and needs your help. If you are in an interview and an interviewer gives you a hard time about it, I would get out of there and never work for such heartless people. It will look odd on your resume, though. You might want to speak to a professional resume writer about how to best present that. Good luck to you and your mother.
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    Regret, depression

    I've only worked in a hospital for three months and I'm already searching for a non-hospital job. Workload is much too high for me, especially since we are often short on nurse aides. I wish that I had your two years of experience because I see postings for clinic jobs and outpatient surgery jobs that require one to two years of acute care experience. Do you see these kinds of job postings in your area? You may have enough experience to get out of the hospital and into a more reasonable job.
  3. My nursing career is off to a rough start. After unsuccessfully applying to a local new grad program, I grabbed a job at a rehab/SNF. This first job promised me extensive training and support, and I accepted it with the understanding that I would be working mostly with patients in short-term rehabilitation. Instead, they placed me on the long term care side of their facility, with just two weeks training, and assigned me 23 patients to care for and chart on, with additional supervisory responsibilities and responsibility for administering IV medications on night shift throughout the facility. Medication pass alone took me six hours, and then I was expected to do extensive charting on patients that I had spent no time with. I thought this was unsafe, so I resigned. My second job was on a Telemetry/PCU Unit at a hospital. I had only four patients, but they were mostly severely ill with CHF, COPD on BiPaP, and end stage kidney failure patients with heparin and cardizem drips. There were also patients experiencing withdrawal from meth, alcohol and heroin. There were no admit/discharge nurses, no resource nurses, no break nurses, and oftentimes no nurse aides either. I was learning a lot at this job and I wanted to keep at it, but there was too much work and I could not work fast enough to get it all done. I could not get the work done without a preceptor, so I could not get off orientation after three months, and I had to resign. I'm not lazy. I coffee up, hustle and try to be efficient, but this is just not working out so far. So, where can I get a job in nursing where the pace and the workload are not INSANE? Should I look at small rural hospitals? Should I try for a clinic job? Should I become a school nurse or a public health nurse? What about an ICU job with only two patients? Psyche maybe? I've just spent five years and lots of money getting a BSN degree. There's got to be a job for me out there somewhere, right?
  4. I am considering applying to the RN new grad residency at PeaceHealth in Eugene, OR. It looks like they train new grads for ICU positions, which is what I'm interested in. I currently have three months of good experience on a Telemetry/PCU unit, but I'm at the end of my orientation and I'm not up to speed yet managing four very sick patients. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to attain the speed necessary to succeed on this unit. Likely I will be let go from this position. Will some other nurses share their experience with PeaceHealth especially Eugene/Springfield? Has anyone been through the PeaceHealth new grad program? Thank you for any information or advice!
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