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    5 Reasons Nurses Get Fired and How to Avoid Them

    Easiest way to get fired? Be old and injured. You’ll be out in some trumped up charge in no time!
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    Why Nurses Should Join the Gig Economy Right Now

    I’m all for people being entrepreneurs. However, the “gig economy” is dangerous for those who are employees or independent contractors for large corporations. A per diem nurse is likely less expensive than another employee, when you factor in benefits. A push downward in wages is already taking place in the world of travel nursing. For those of us who work for large corporations, STRONG unions are better for employees than three “gigs” with no benefits.
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    New grad only night shift available

    Acute care just may not be an option for you. New grads almost always end up on night or rotate day/night. Weekends and holidays are required. You will need to figure out childcare or will almost certainly lose your job. At my job, the wait list for days is several years. I’d start looking for another job, just in case.
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    RN career development path

    What about cardiac rehab, personal trainer or certified diabetes educator? None of those would be able to order labs, however. I doubt insurance would cover much of what she is looking at, which would make this a tough gig.
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    Can CNAs pass meds in assisted living in Arkansas?

    It probably would be helpful to look at the regulations. CNAs can assist, but not administer. https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/110531/15alcom-AR.pdf
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    Considering ICU.... among several other options

    You have been terminated from three positions. With each termination, you have been given the same feedback. You haven’t worked as a nurse for six months. Realistically, getting any job is going to be difficult. And, unfortunately, any bedside position is likely to lead to the same outcome. While the bedside may not be the best option for you, if you wanted to try it again, I would definitely not recommend an ICU. You may only have one or two patients, but that one or two patients have a myriad of issues going on that will require you to critically think and prioritize. Other than being a good test taker in nursing school, what are your strengths? Try to capitalize on those.
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    So we have enough nurses nursing supervisor, really?

    If they hire more nurses, how will they afford all the studies they do on how to improve patient satisfaction?
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    Millennial Nurses Have Issues

    Is this an opinion piece? Many new nurses tend to be chained to their computers at work. I don’t ever think it’s because they are avoiding patient care. It’s because they were taught that the box checking is more important. In time, they will discover the truth. I work with several lazy nurses/nursing assistants. Trust me, they exist in every generation. As far as education, the younger crowd seems to have more, not less, education.
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    You should never ask a nurse this question.

    I would welcome this question from my patients. Many people do not understand that a nurse is not a doctor wanna be. The system is complex and confusing. If I can help demystify any of it, I am happy to do so. If you take offense to the question, then perhaps you need to reflect on why.
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    Can a graduated nurse be a medical assistant ?

    I don’t know the answer to your question, but take a look at job postings to see what is required.
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    Private or State school?

    Honestly, if you are struggling that much with your generals, and using all your resources (tutoring, office hours, study groups, etc.), nursing probably isn’t in the cards. At least not now. It’s highly unlikely you even meet the minimum requirements to be considered for admission at state or private schools. It might be time to look into alternatives. I wish I could be more supportive.
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    Would you do that? New grad dilemma

    Chances are you won’t be able to move up. Many hospitals do not allow transfers for six months to a year. They aren’t going to want to train you for the LVN position for you to leave shortly after you come off orientation. I’d ask about the new grad program in February.
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    Trying to switch to ICU

    Step down/intermediate unit. They are usually stepping stones to ICUs.
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    Preceptor is SO BAD!

    You’ve had two shifts on orientation as a new grad in an ICU? Yeah, she may not be the best preceptor but this sounds pretty normal to me. You aren’t to the point where you can do much yet. You need to show initiative and confidence, and definitely less disdain.
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    My DON is harrassing me, can I save my job?

    I’m going to wholeheartedly agree with Nurse Beth. Your DON is creating a paper trail to fire you. Corporate, if they do anything beyond forwarding your emails to your DON, it will be to support your DON. While you may believe that doing your best is enough, it sounds like it’s not. What affirmative steps are you taking to get the education you believe you need? By “exaggerations,” do you mean things you believe are “no big deal”? If you are unsafe (and I have no idea if you are), your DON is going to intervene. Spend your energy wisely. If you are unsure of something, ask. If you are corrected on something, make sure you know why and what the correct procedure is. Know your resources. Know where to find your policies and procedures. Do you have a colleague you trust? Ask them for some perspective (but they may not be willing to get in the middle). Complaining that you are bullied because your clinical practice is deficient will get you no where except out the door. I would start looking for a new job now. It’s very unlikely that you will be able to save this job.
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    R.N. debating to pursue BSN

    Take a look at WGU. It’s affordable, all online. self-paced and all pass/fail. If you are self-motivated, it’s a good option. If you are a procrastinator, it may not be a good option for you. I finished my BSN in one term, for about $3500. You pay per term, not per class.