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  1. Basically, I left my last hospital job because of covid and other personal reasons. I recently got an emaik for a compliance exit survey. It has a specific ID so its not anonymous like I would like it to be. I wanted to report about this other nurse who would touch me inappropriately. Never reported while I was still there because I was afraid of any form of retaliation or unneeded attention. I don't want to speak about my experience and I don't want to be a part of the HRs investigation. I want to remain anonymous. I don't want to do nothing with them ever. I'm scared they'd want to involve me in their investigations, call me in, have me panel interviewed, become blacklisted or whatever. The hospital is a tenet hospital so I'm scared to speak up. Help need advice
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    Was my decision to quit wrong?

    I decided to resign at my job... I left properly, gave 2 weeks notice and everything. I was just fed up. The workplace already sucks to begin with, but then with everything associated with the pandemic, working through the pandemic and getting sick with it and survived it, going back to work and working alongside travel nurses who get paid more for doing what I do. I hated it most when I was the charge nurse of an ICU unit and other make shift ICU units because ICU had to expand... the PPE issue, reusing and recycling PPE, not getting compensated for risking my life and my family, burnt out to the max. When I got COVID I was stressed and scared and literally very sick. just felt everything was so unfair. I've had it and so I decided to quit. I also left believing in the promise of travel nursing. But I left after the pandemic rate has gone down. Fast forward to now, almost 1 month. I apply to travel nursing assignments but I always get rejected. I worked in a level 3 adult trauma ICU and the hospitals want level 1 experience. Also some travel assignments pay very little. I was told that it was gonna be bigger or worth it. Some agencies are tricky and try to put down big numbers but if you break it down and do the math, its not worth it for me. For example, 1500 (the usual I get, some even offer 1100) Gross. Gross per week. How is that better than 1700 - 2000 bi-weekly with benefits; insurance, etc... I don't see the point in driving far, sleeping in hotels, loneliness... etc The ones that I'm interested in keep rejecting me... I am happy that I am not in a stressful working environment but I am sad that I am unemployed and I need to start coming up with an income soon. I don't want to apply for another permanent position because I don't want to end up in another bind...I am sad and disappointed that the travel nurse positions I apply to keep rejecting me and the offers are not worth it. Now, I am starting to regret leaving my old job. I just feel so lost right now.
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    Is MSN informatics worth it?

    Nursing is my only degree. I am currently in a MSN Informatics program. Taking my first class. I thought I had done enough research but now I am seeing and reading negative things, especially with the current school I am in. It's all online. I'm not sure anymore. I am not a super user. I dont have any special computer skills LOL. I am currently in the very first class which is one of the MSN core class so, not yet the actual informatics course. I am starting to doubt myself because I read things like its too competitive, theres no job market, you need to have IT experience on top of nursing experience, where you got your degree matters... all that stuff. I actually like the idea of me being a nurse informaticist, but the negative things so far has me feeling that even after I get this online degree, it will not have prepared me for the job... Should I drop while its still early?
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    No Restraint Policy

    The gash is in his head. His hands are cuffed not his head. Unlike other hospitals in bigger cities, local ERs do not have a really comprehensive security system like scanners at the entrance and private police officers, and outsiders cant just get in they needed to be IDed and verified or stopped and guided by properly trained special personnel; not just the regular security guards. Anyone who has intentions to do harm with or without weapons, can just simply go in through the doors and commit violence. Guess what doors in hospitals are open 24/7 ???!! The ER.
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    Starting in ICU

    I started in ICU as a new grad. it was definitely stressful and difficult. However, it was WORTH IT, to me personally. I had a preceptor with a very "strong personality" it was an expert nurse who was very good at what she does but she was that somewhat cruise control type and she expected me to know what she knows, which is not even possible considering her years of experience. she was that popular and respected "amazing nurse" (both in good and bad way). Before me, she had a preceptee who surrendered and basically asked the director to be transferred and I didnt know until a staff have told me. I found myself getting eaten alive by her! I did not know a lot and I asked so many questions and get scolded and yelled at and all that jazz. she did not care if it was around patients, other staff and doctors and visitors. It was the worse because others would laugh and whatnot, it was just so humiliating. Even so, I was still asking, not just her, but the other staff and even the administrators who make rounds in the unit, which was funny because every staff usually avoids them. I was triple-double checking every single thing and it sometimes would lead me to being late with my treatments or not being totally aware of other important details besides just the basic stuff to do with a patient. It is ICU so you have to know everything my time management sucked and I would get reprimanded for it. After a few shifts she started to leave me to my own device, only checking on me every few hours to yell and critique in a negative way. It was like working in fear of making mistakes and losing my license which i worked so hard for. she had no patience for my lack of bedside skills and questions. I would not be lying if I say that there were times that I almost cried. It was horrible. I don't know if anyone would have stayed through months of that like i did, but eventually, like about at the end of my orientation, she started to be less of a witch. When I became familiar with the charting software and other basic stuff... she even became as nice as to teach me things nicely instead of making me look a fool in front of others. Funny enough, she told me that I was good enough but not "there" yet... which was oddly huge coming from her. She even wanted to help me to be a charge nurse eventually - she was often the charge nurse with patients. I still feel so strange about that. Honestly, I do not know what I learned from her. Maybe just being as half as mean as her. of course, my skills are still developing and i am constantly evolving. I am never going to be as mean to my preceptees. But because of what she did to me, I learned some skills, like to be more careful, be more confident, turn on my critical thinking cap better, assertive and be mean at appropriate times ; I remember having good comebacks for her insults lol. TLDR? My preceptor was a witch. Now, I'm an angel.
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    Graduate RN with BSN

    Im from South Florida too but Ive since moved after graduation and board exam, and I know that you are paid a fixed amount & no differentials yet, during your orientation and the length of orientation depends per facility. Usually its 2 - 12 weeks but some places just release new nurses off orientation earlier than they say they would. It is very competitive to find a job there in South Florida or an RN with no experience but for experienced RNs, theres a lot of hirings. I have friends who got hired in Mt. Sinai Hospital and they liked it. They said the pay started at 23 per hour. There are great hospitals to work for there like Baptist health system, Memorial hospital, and Jackson health systems which are usually hard to get into as a new RN but still apply cause you might get lucky. they are also at the top of the list of places that pays their employee higher than other hospitals in the region, and good benefits too. Jackson for example, receives at least 600 applicants for each of their RN residency programs. I got called for interviews but I didnt get hired and that was the sign for me to move. I also have friends who worked for some of the HCA hospitals and went through the STARN and it seemed like people dont work for long for those facilities. they couldn't handle the stress and they told me that they wanted to leave because it feels like theyre risking their license when they're working. Good luck with your job search! Just realized this thread is over a month old. hopefully you found a job.
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    Should I transfer to an LPN program?

    my suggestion is to stay in the ADN program if you can. it will be worth it. more opportunities as an RN and it will be less time and effort if you add it all up because if you transfer to LPN, you would have to go back to school again to become an RN and take another license exam. you should see if you can do the part time ADN path instead. Life happens, so evaluate your self life and your support system. It is doable but obviously every individual has their own limits. I went to nursing school with a classmate who was pregnant, she gave birth in a december and came right back to class in spring semester. She graduated with us, took the NCLEX and then worked as an RN.
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    I failed out of nursing school midway, now what?

    My friend failed medsurg and it wasnt until a year until that same class was offered again. she decided to become a phlebotomist in the meantime until it was time to go back to nursing school. try that instead of CNA
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    Nursing notes & legal stuff

    I dont really write much in the nurses notes or progress notes. Unless its is something that doesnt have some boxes and words that i can click in the assessments section and some other forms that are pre-made on the charting software. Another nurse told me to do this because he said I shouldn't under-document but at the same time I shouldnt over-document because lawyers are very good at english language usage. What you say can and will be used against you... I think there should be a box for "continue to monitor" or something of that category somewhere in your charting program at your facility.
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    What book or tool should I get to start preparing for the CCRN exam?

    Also would like to know of a book or tool that I can also bring to work to use as reference.
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    Would this be a good way to increase my chances at an ICU job?

    Im sorry that you havent found your dream, job yet. I went through a similar interview, there was a test and i went through panels of interviews. However, I'm sure i failed that test, and my answers in the interview were wrong too or I took longer than expected.My interview was non stop and lasted 2 hours. I was just smiley and social and talked about life and whatever with the supervisor, coordinators and managers who interviewed me. i guess they hired me because I was cheesy lol Im sure you have a brilliant mind, so besides doing more research and studying medical/nursing stuff, I think you should watch movies and shows about life or dramas. look and kinda dissect the likable characters like the social butterflies, understand the behavioral patterns or whatever. We know movies aren't real but there may be some things you can learn from them. then test the theories you learned from movies in real life. through this, you might be able to better manipulate social situations. watch some youtube videos too, there are motivational and inspirational people who post vlogs other video contents, and maybe you could take something from those too. you might also find a positive person who goes through what you're going through. some people on youtube may be not so smart too but you can observe their social messages and possibly learn or take something from that. Also you should consider relocating to a smaller town in texas. they are hiring a lot and you might find an icu position. try the border towns. just stay for like a year or so, just enough time to reapply to your dream hospital in dallas. dont tell the interviewers that you plan to leave like after a year though, cause they wont like that.
  12. I want to get the CCRN certificate but I dont know what took I should get there are many things that pop up on google when i try to search but I want to know if anyone knows the most recommended study tool that has recent info and reliable passing rate. thanks.
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    Hand Hygiene causing hand eczema

    I still havent gone to the emoloyee health cause i work nights and I tend to forget to go or I'm too tired to wait for them to come in. I'm sure it's not the gloves. I think it's more likely the alcohol foam and not the soap. After a few shifts of working, my hands started to harden dry and chapped even peeling. I've been avoiding using the foam cause it burns. I think I'm gonna start bringing my own hand sanitizer and a good hand lotion moisturizer
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    Hand Hygiene causing hand eczema

    i hadn't thought of that. I'm going to do that. this has never happened to me before. it is the first time ever.
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    Hand Hygiene causing hand eczema

    I just started working at a new hospital. 2 nights ago was my first shift on the floor. I noticed since that night and it even got worse later to even now, I started getting eczema in my hands. It is bothersome, dry, painful and annoying and disturbing. I dont know specifically what is causing this but Im sure it is associated with the hand hygiene. I wash my hands a lot and use the alcohol foams lot. i cant wash my hands and/or alcohol foam my hands less cause thats not "right" so I dont know. looking for suggestions... Does anyone experience this? Any advice??
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    Can you become an RN at age 19?

    I think you can. Other countries Do not have middle school in their educational system unlike the US so many of the kids graduate high school at around 15/16 years old. If they went straight into nursing school, they would graduate at 19. When i was doing my prereqs i met a fresh foreign high school graduate who was 15 at the time and full time college student but wasnt in college for nursing. Also, now high schools have dual enrollment programs. many high schools partner with colleges or universities and the kids can take college classes as they go to high school so by the time they graduate high school, if they were diligent enough, they would have enough credits for an associate of arts which makes college shorter for them.