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-knoxnurse- specializes in Oncology.

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    **POLL** New 1st Year RN Salary

    I was a little shocked at the pay rates in TN honestly. I moved here, this being my husband's home state. He is military and I am from Florida. Good thing the cost of living is low :)
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    How do you survive the first year?

    Thanks! I just saw where I probably should have posted this under career/ first year after license... I am still working on the navigation around here. Feel free to move it.
  3. I got hired a month before I graduated and I applied in March, when I graduated in May. I had not taken my NCLEX yet, it was conditional to me passing. Thank goodness I passed, nothing like extra pressure :)
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    What's the scariest thing you've ever seen as a nurse?

    During my preceptor-ship we had a middle aged man who got in a gun fight with his son over a card game. This is Georgia people. Anyway, he was shot in the groin and a month afterwards we got him for the aftermath of hydrocele testis resulting from the intial gunshot wound. His ball sack was completely split open and I could see his actual gray gonad hanging out. I mean it was just dangling there, the wound doctor said there was little hope for saving it. That was the creepiest thing I have seen yet, I mean he was in a lot of pain. The kicker, for whatever reason his son was not behind bars and his family said the son would be allowed to visit. Apparently the two had made up. I am glad that was nearly my last day of preceptor-ship. I have no idea how that turned out.
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    How do you survive the first year?

    I graduated with my BSN in May, passed my NCLEX with 75 questions July 1st and got hired back in April before I graduated on an Oncology unit. Oncology has always been where I pictured myself working, so I jumped on the opportunity without question. I came from out of state so I have only met the nurses on the floor I will be working with once as a kind of "working interview". Anyway, I start orientation Monday and even though I have my license, I don't feel like a nurse at all yet. I am actually even more terrified after reading some of the first year and orientation horror stories on here. I know they say nurse's eat their young, but I feel like I am able to get along with pretty much anyone. I just wanted to ask if anyone could give me a head's up as to what orientation/first year is TYPICALLY like. I know it will vary, but I could use some encouragement (not sugar coated) the truth. Also, advice for surviving orientation. I am sorry if this was posted somewhere before, I am still learning to use this site. I appreciate all the input in advance!
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    Social media in the hospital?

    I saw this article on my news feed today. An ER nurse from New York Med was fired for posting a picture to her instagram account. The photo simply showed the after math of an empty trauma room, no patient name or face. She apparently was fired for being "insensitive". I was wondering what the opinions are on social media in the workplace? Personally, I've learned to avoid it completely. I don't want to take any chances, I worked hard for my license. I just feel this whole thing was a little overkill. I feel sorry for the nurse, not to mention the fact this hospital is already opened up to being filmed. https://gma.yahoo.com/nurse-firing-highlights-hazards-social-media-hospitals-095759346--abc-news-topstories.html