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  1. Hi all! I'm an RN BSN with a little over a years experience in the hospital. Lately I've been wanting to go back to school but I am stuck as to what for. I don't see myself working at the bedside for the rest of my career but at the same time am not exactly sure on what I'd like to go for. NP, management and/or something like informatics don't appeal to me. I was wondering if there are any BSNs out there who have gone for a second bachelors or even masters in a different field for example like RN who got a Masters in SLP. I would appreciate any insight :) Perhaps it'll help me think a little more about what i would like to do moving forward. Also do you regret the switch of careers/studying another field? Thank you so much in advance
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    New Grad in NICU - Advice?

    Hi everyone :) I got my BSN in December and was hired for a large hospitals NICU floor around April. Orientation began in June and I've been there almost a month now. I am doing rotations with another orientee in the Postpartum floor, then will rotate to peds, then PICU and back to NICU (don't ask why they are doing it this way as I have no idea myself). This is my first nursing job and I'm pretty scared/nervous. Any advice for a new Grad going into this speciality? Part of the deal is that I will sometimes be floated to picu although this will not happen until after orientation
  3. Hi everyone! I just got my BSN in December. I've had my Associates in Nursing and license since 2014. During the time I was enrolled in my BSN program my job hunt began but I now see this has only exhausted me emotionally as hospitals didn't consider me a good candidate w/o my BSN. Technically now I'm viable to be hired and the search has just been exhausting me. I don't intend to move out of state (ny) so I don't know what else I can do. My goal is to become a psych/behavioral health nurse. I've been doing everything I can: recently attended a networking event, been trying to network with recruiters to no avail, am going to a staffing agency's career day, etc I'm just at my wits end at this point. I'm so depressed and frustrated, I have such a passion for psych (although I should note I have been applying to other areas) and I just don't get what else I can do. Am I far reaching by hoping a hospital will take me on? Even I've been trying to get into outpatient centers ... Any advice? Does a breakthrough eventually come?
  4. How long have you been there? I think many new grads starting on their first RN job, regardless of the floor, can relate to you. You should not compare yourself to your preceptor because she/he has have years of experience already and obviously that is how come they can do what you described with that speed and efficiency. A few years down the line, that will be you as well but keep in mind even the most experienced RNs probably have things that they struggle with. You learn by struggling, and I am sorry for the attitude they are giving you now but try not to pay so much mind. It is always better to ask how to do a certain task, etc. then to not ask and just do things blindly. They should be more understanding that you are just starting out. I might be a bit biased because I am not usually one to tell others to just quit, I would give this job more time and if you truly still feel uncomfortable look into another job of nursing but keep in mind stuff is ALWAYS hard when you start off ANYWHERE. Perhaps in the meantime you can figure out how to de-stress as best as possible when you are not working catch up on your sleep, exercise, read a book whatever helps you clear your mind so you are not going into work with an anxious mindset. To keep track of stuff at work you can maybe carry a little notepad and pen and jot down things to remember and if you are ever feeling nervous step aside and take a few deep breaths, count to ten, whatever helps.
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    What counts as psych experience?

    That would be another goal, and I have applied to hospital inpatient settings, however it is just difficult to land that hospital job (I figure it is largely due to the fact I do not have my BSN yet and might be also related to lack of experience). I suppose I just need to do one step at a time, which is why I am really just eager to all the potentials I may have right now, just to get the experience in so hospitals will be more keen to hire me. A few months to a year experience doing any of this work, plus I'd have my bachelor's, it would probably be easier to land that sort of job. I appreciate your insight though and there is a lot of truth to what you say, a lot of people go into a field expecting something and then it is completely different and there is a let down. I believe I would still enjoy doing that as an NP even if it isn't discussing feelings. I am really drawn to psych because an immediate family member has suffered from severe schizophrenia for a long time, and I felt powerless and unable to help them in *any* aspect. Therefore, in any aspect, even if it is just giving out medications as an NP, I would feel a sense of pride in taking an active role in helping these patients get back on their feet. However I will keep what you say in mind! :)
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    What counts as psych experience?

    Thank you both for your comments so far, it does seem the most related would be substance abuse. I would definitely be grateful for any type of experience though, even if it is mildly related :) The correctional facility is in dire need of nurses and both the substance abuse (per diem) and the foster care are up to taking in new grads. I guess it is all a matter of seeing what comes through first. I am really working towards getting that first job as soon as I can, whatever experience earned is at least a starting point to working somewhere else.
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    What counts as psych experience?

    I thought I would post this in general nursing, as it applies to my career as a whole :) Hi everyone. I am a new grad (got my license December 2014) and only have two more months of my BSN program to go! I am excited for a lot of doors opening and have been looking into every job possible. I live in NYC and have been attending job fairs as well as browsing opportunities through Craigslist and recently had an interview with a staffing agency. Although I realize the first job I land may not be related to my ultimate goal (i.e. something in a different area of nursing), I was curious because I have a few potential opportunities that may lead me to it, and I was wondering for people experienced in the field/area what they thought. Basically I would love to be a psych nurse and eventually a psych NP. If not for nursing, my major would have been psych, but I choose nursing because I also liked the idea of having different options to go into. A few opportunities that were recently brought to me were: - A nurse at a foster care facility - A nurse working in correctional health - Working per diem at substance abuse facilities I was wondering if any of the above would count as "psych" experience. The NP program I have been looking into (for future reference) requires 2 years of related clinical experience before applying. I am looking forward to what you all think! Also I would like to know if you work in psych your thoughts about the field and what drove you to it. Thank you so much everyone :)
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    Help? I regret this career choice?

    A lot of assumptions: - I have actually not gone to many parties, I'm quite more of a bookworm then anything else. Idk what about my post made you conclude I was some lazy, degenerate club rat but m'kay - Wasn't expecting an 80K a year job - So because I want to take a different path, and try to ask for some suggestions on alternatives to either: A.) My education as a whole (i.e. something diff then nursing, but somewhat related or perhaps by the end of this I'll realize I want something unrelated) B.) Career alternatives with a BSN the answer I'm looking for is to CLEARLY work at Starbucks. Lmao, ok then. I'm not sure how my post makes you think I want boat loads of money for zero work, I am asking for suggestions of what else to do and half of the responders to this thread are blowing a gasket, although some managed not to lose their heads over this.
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    Help? I regret this career choice?

    Why so?
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    Help? I regret this career choice?

    I will definitely look into ultrasound tech, perhaps it will be useful to wait until I get my BSN to get the training. Thank you for the suggestion. In the long run I was considering a Master's in perhaps Nurse Informatics or maybe I could go for a master's in an entirely different field. I appreciate the advice.
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    Help? I regret this career choice?

    Thank you, I'll look into it.
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    Help? I regret this career choice?

    You're assuming a lot of things and creating a whole bunch of fallacies towards my case. ALL professions end up working or bringing home work on the weekends, it's a fact of life. I'm not crying over the fact that I'm going to have to work weekends, but I am opposed to every other weekend - and if people here chose to take issue with it, then so be it, at the end of the day: it's not their life. I wouldn't turn my nose to a job that would say "if we had to call you in a weekend to work, would you be opposed?" - so that's another assumption made. At this point I'm in a mess and am wondering what else I may do with a nursing background or a BSN so as to not waste the education. That's all I'm asking, and it's getting twisted into this huge deal.
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    Help? I regret this career choice?

    Notice how I was wondering if there was any suggestions in what other field to work in with a BSN degree, not to not work at all. Maybe before you go on and throw a condescending rant at me on how I don't want to be an adult, you might want to take a look at what the question entails (just a thought, you know). If this is the attitude fellow nurses display to each other, without considering what I asked to begin with, allow me to thank you for adding another reason for avoiding a job in this field like the plague. I do apologize that you feel my aversion to this profession is avoidance of responsibilities, I hope never in your life you have to go through what it feels like realizing you worked your ass off to get to somewhere and then decide you've made a mistake - I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
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    Help? I regret this career choice?

    You're completely on the mark, even mentioned it in the paragraph lol.
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    Help? I regret this career choice?

    That comment you're quoting was not in response to yours.
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    Help? I regret this career choice?

    Yes, I've passed my NCLEX. If you read the paragraph you would have seen that I unfortunately came to this realization AFTER nursing school.