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    Husband became a RN

    I think let the past be in the past. Have hubs work nights and weekends and get some good differentials and benefits and ride his coattails for a while now :)
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    showering: before or after work

    Peds float pool RN. Always shower before work. Its 5:45 AM and dark - I need it to wake up - and tame the crazy curly-hair bed head. Days I work in the NICU (unless it is a rare isolation babe) - no shower after work. Days I'm in general peds and especially PICU I always shower after work. I'm pregnant now and much more compulsive about it than I was - pre-preggo if I didn't have isolation kids I wouldn't always shower but now I'm cray-cray.
  3. Thanks for the feedback everyone! I'm most interested in float pool experiences for "cross ICU" staffing - i.e. you've trained MICU but are sent to SICU having never been on that unit, or you've oriented PICU but never NICU but are sent there. If staffing circumstances are preventing appropriate orientations to ICU settings as a float pool nurse is one type of ICU orientation enough to "cover" you so that you can realistically take assignments in other ICUs?
  4. Just wondering... 1) Do you ever float to a unit you have never oriented to? 2) What supports are there for you if you do? 3) Float pool specific nurses - have you ever floated to an ICU you hadn't oriented to if you have oriented in and worked in a different type of ICU? Thanks!
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    MSN at the bedside

    Oops. I somehow totally skipped that sentence. Sorry!
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    fanny pack fanny pack fanny pack :)

    I got one on Etsy and like it.
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    MSN at the bedside

    How about neonatal nurse practitioner? Not MSN per se, but an advanced degree that would have you working at the bedside.
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    Post ADN options "because" ADN isn't enough

    Thanks for the CNL option - hadn't realized that even existed. Today I'm leaning towards getting a BSN :) Over 4 years, potentially for free with tuition reimbursement...
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    8 hr Night Shifts

    My MIL has done that shift for years (35!). She comes home and sleeps for 4ish hours. Gets up, lives her life (when her kids were young she would get them from the bus, go to soccer games, etc) and eats dinner with her family and then goes back to bed around 7 or 8 PM for 2-3 hrs. She loves it because she is awake from noon until 7 PM most days which means she can have a somewhat "normal" life while still working nights. And like others have said - if you can make the essence of it work (meaning you can sleep during the day - which some struggle with) then it is only temporary. You don't have to do it for 35 years too :)
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    Post ADN options "because" ADN isn't enough

    Thanks for the feedback. I guess I'm hesitant to bother with a BSN and then stop. If I'm going to do anything a bridge program to an MSN seems like the best path but I don't (yet) have the interest in "being" any of the things an MSN will prepare me for. Which MSN would provide the most open-ended opportunity? I guess maybe that is my question... :)
  11. I'm a career changer due to a job loss (teaching). I have a BA and two MS degrees (one in an applied science field and the other in secondary education). I'm 37. I graduated last May (with a 3.8 I believe) and have been employed since graduation at one of the top local hospitals in a department I enjoy. BUT everyone says I need to go on... the problem is... I don't really want any of the jobs that seem to be available to me. I don't want to be a manager, do informatics or be a nurse educator. I also don't want to be a nurse practitioner (I'm ok with being told what to do - I don't want the responsibility of being a provider). So what do I do? Since I came to nursing a little older I can see that down the not-too-distant road I might not want to be on my feet 12 hrs a day. I'd like options when that time comes but right now, when I have to make a decision, I have no burning desire for any of the end points for my post ADN schooling... Any tips? Thanks!
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    Time Management Tips

    I don't have much more experience than you but I was in the same exact position (in peds too :) ). Here is what has changed and helped (though I'm still the one who never sits down...). Some of these may seem really stupid, I had no clinical experience prior to my job and had a preceptor with tons of experience who didn't need brain sheets, etc to make it through her day! Brain sheet - used well. For example, when I had hourly I/Os I'd always be checking to see which hours I had charted. It took me 4 months to realize that if just crossed that hour off of my brain sheet I wouldn't have to go back into the electronic chart to check. Duh. So now as I chart I "x" out that hour on my sheet. I'll still glance at the end of a shift to make sure I didn't skip an hour by mistake but not double and triple checking all that charting helps. Same thing for all the other random charting - I have 4 letters (Q, A, P, N) for the hospital specific charting that is required each shift - pt classification, assessment, nursing note, nutrition assessment. I cross them off as I do them - again, I spent a lot of time checking "did I actually write the assessment for this kiddo...?". Getting better at chunking care. I used to always forget to bring the 10AM meds in with the 9 AM meds... I was so "in the moment" I didn't look ahead. Got a baby who has PO meds? Try to give them with feeds - 10ml of formula in a bottle with the meds and then the rest of the feed. If its something like a vitamin and the admin time is flexible don't go in twice - chart it as not on time because it was given with meal/feed. Do you have computers in the rooms? Sometimes doing a daily assessment while you are in the pt room helps because then when you realize they looked like they had increased WOB with subcostal retractions and accessory muscle use but you can't remember if they actually had nasal flaring you don't need to walk back in to check. Delegate. Its ok. Don't sit on your ass looking at FB on your phone and delegate - but if you need to chart or see another pt - delegate - its ok. When you get better and have some free time help the assistant staff out - offer to do vitals, get equipment, etc - do so. Don't double chart. If you put in a long note mid shift about something, don't say the whole story again for an end of shift note. Say "see previous nursing note" for the details. Eventually you will just get faster at things too. You'll begin to learn meds and their appropriate doses and infusion times and what IV fluids are compatible with what meds and you won't need to check all the time. Just keep plugging away!
  13. Just be honest. Being an actress requires skills valuable to an RN - interpersonal skills, commitment, ability to take "feedback"... spin it however you want - I don't see it as a "flaw" (but I'm not management ). Be honest about your clinical skills. 6 mo in PICU probably has given you some clinical expertise that most general peds 1 year nurses still might not have - so I would certainly apply to the 1 year jobs. I bet managers decide all the time that new employees are worth training if they seem like a good fit - regardless of if the job posting was for 6 mo, 1 year, etc. Worst case - you send out a few extra resumes - you'll never know unless you try!
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    Making the Most of a Working Christmas

    I like working holidays. I'm still a new nurse (with 1 year as a PCA) so this is only my second holiday season... but I just think about it not being me on the other side of the bed pan. Who wants to spend their holiday season as a patient - maybe a select few but not many. So go in there today and tomorrow and brighten someones day :) And eat all the cookies
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    So glad I'm not the only one!

    We sound like we are in pretty similar boats (and our husbands are in the I-don't-know-how-to-help-you boat right next to us). I tried to send a PM but I don't have enough posts to do that :) If you ever need another total newbie to brainstorm with about how to make it through this first year let me know!
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    Do I take too long to learn new skills?

    Thanks for the tips everyone! A few things: I left out details to remain somewhat anonymous. The reason I changed floors is a bit complicated. Really it was a lateral move - the unit just has a different population that makes it a little higher acuity. But it is besides the point - wasn't really by choice but had to be done for staffing reasons (and the new unit knew they were getting a recent grad). HouTx I totally agree with you - these are muscle memory skills I'm talking about. I'm was a competitive dancer - I vividly remember having to think about every.single.step - now I don't even realize my legs are moving beneath me - they just go :) I suspect that some of the same type of learning is involved here. You just get a feel for things...