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JerseyTomatoMDCrab BSN

med-surg, IMC, school nursing, NICU
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JerseyTomatoMDCrab has 8 years experience as a BSN and specializes in med-surg, IMC, school nursing, NICU.

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    Reaching my breaking point with middle schoolers

    I shadowed a middle school nurse this past fall as part of earning my certification. She told me her students enter the school with their thumbs in their mouth and leave the school with the middle fingers raised.
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    a-hem...

    My classic friends! Thanks for all the warm re-welcomes.
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    a-hem...

    How about "vintage" or "original"? It wasn't even that long ago lolol it just feels like forever! I'm glad to be back!
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    a-hem...

    Hi. For those of you who don't know, I used to be *kind of* a big deal around here. Not really. Anyway then I went back to the hospital and fell of the face of the AN Earth. But for the COBs and dinosaurs around here who remember this old piece of produce, I wanted to let you know that I applied and was accepted to a school nursing certificate program and I start in July. I miss school nursing and you fine people and I am looking forward to being more present around here... ... do we still wear pink on Wednesdays? Hope you are all well.. It's almost June! xox
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    Enablement Overload

    The "whining" you see here is simply professionals who share an employment environment (one that you are clearly not privy to) and happen to be in the unique situation of rarely- if ever- having someone to talk to at work. School nursing is very isolated. My own AP told me I was "on an island" in my health office. We simply do not have anyone else to hear our vents. "Letting it all out" is necessary for mental health and something that's very difficult to do when you are the only medical professional in a building . If you've never ranted, complained about anyone or anything this far in life then I better light a candle and call the pope because you must be a GD saint. For what it's worth, before I worked in a school I thought it would be cake. I was very wrong. School nursing is one of the most demanding and lonely jobs I've ever had. My point being, it's very easy for you to accuse the OP of whining because I can say with confidence that you truly have no idea what you're talking about.
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    Working nights at the hospital that raised me (aka hired me as a new grad) Thinking about what I want to do when I grow up. Missing you guys!
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    *chirp, chirp* (hi guys)
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    Does anyone ever get tired of people thinking Nursing is easy?

    My concern is less with people thinking nursing is easy (although a member of my husband's family did tell me nursing was "just memorizing" and I was not happy) but moreso with people having unrealistic expectations of what nursing actually is. They might think, as some other posts mention, we are the endless fountain of free healthcare advice everyone in the family should turn to for everything. For example: my cousin said "my ankle hurts when I run on a treadmill. What should I do?" My response? "Don't run on a treadmill." I was still in college then and now I have over six years experience and that would still be my answer. Even a doctor needs diagnostics, not a random complaint or cluster of symptoms, to make a diagnosis. Then there are people who think we are the servants to physicians, "yes doctor"-ing our way through the hospital, while the MD passes meds, draws blood and does patient care. I blame TV and movies for this and I blame the idiots who believe it even more. For the most part, the people in my life think my job is gross, tiring and interesting. They're not wrong. But until you've walked a mile (or 12 hour shift) in my ugly but supportive shoes, you'll never get it. And I'm ok with that.
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    Is it best for the new nurse to start with night shift?

    I started on nights as a new grad and am very happy I did. While it's true that there are some nights when you are so busy and running around nonstop but typically the pace is a bit slower. It gives you a better shot at learning the flow of nursing, the nursing process as well as specifics for your hospital. The shift diff can be quite generous in some places as well! I worked with a wonderful team as a new grad and had a great experience. I suppose it depends on your faculty but I really enjoyed it.
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    Worried

    Helping them how? Like enabling them to not do what they are capable of doing themselves? Try using the "quote" button at the bottom of a post so we can know to whom you are replying. I can't imagine you would be terminated for falling asleep in a meeting if you worked the night before. I never had a manager who made us stay for a meeting that was any later than 7:30 AM.
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    LGBTQ Patient Care?

    This is a great-- and very important-- article. LGBTQ rights are at the forefront these days and with good reason; these populations have been marginalized and ignored for far too long. I am a proud ally and thank you for this information!
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    I miss you guys

    Ok... slight detour. I got my bill for my first class in the quest to obtain my school nurse certification. Grad school, as it turns out, is pretty expensive. Like, 5 grand per class expensive. They don't tell you that when you apply that's for sure. Mr. Tomato and I are trying to buy a house and that, too, is very expensive. So I came to the executive decision to hold off on school for a few months until we 1) have a place to live and 2) I am settled in at my new job. A little disappointing but nothing major. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. I am also going to apply to different programs because 5k per class is going to suck regardless of where I am in life!! But that's what going on right now in the Garden State.
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    What did you do after nursing school graduation?

    Immediately following: Went to dinner with my family. Went to my friend's house and got drunk. Recorded a video of myself whilst cutting my horrific clinical uniform to shreds. 1-2 Weeks after: Hung out on campus for 2 weeks while attending my mandatory NCLEX review with my classmates/friends/teammates/partners in crime. 3 Weeks after: Had right ACL reconstruction surgery Following several months: Went to PT, took painkillers, studied for the boards, hounded the BON for my ATT, cried while my classmates got licensed and found gainful employment. I eventually got my ATT and took my NCLEX. It took forever, NJ's BON is notoriously bad and slow. Then it was the holidays and I found a job the January after I graduated. Unconventional, to say the least.
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    I miss you guys

    I got in! Orientation on 1/10. This is exciting. Also exciting... I resigned from the "bit off more than I could chew" assistant director position. My mental health was going to wind up suffering and I can't do that to myself. I took a job at the hospital where I worked as a BRAND NEW nurse and I am truly so excited to be going back. My friends all still work there. The schedule will be better for when I am in school, the pay is less than what I make now but still very good and this director position really provided me with some perspective. I used to SWEAR I would never go back to the bedside full time but the grass really isn't greener on this side of the fence. The hospital will have its own struggles, of course, but I truly think this is the right thing for me. I feel good. For the first time in a while, I feel good.
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    Hung my own blood! :-)

    That's amazing. I love to donate blood, I do it as often as possible. Such an important thing that not many people do! You probably felt great about donating after using it on a patient!! That's awesome.
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    School Nurse Cert with DOE

    In Maryland you didn't need a certification. I had my BSN and was hired with no issue. We even had some LPNs but they were considered "team nurses" and had to work directly with an RN. In NJ you need a certification. I applied to a few schools just this past week to try and get in so I can start working as a school nurse again in a few years.
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