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JerseyTomatoMDCrab BSN

med-surg, IMC, school nursing, NICU
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JerseyTomatoMDCrab has 9 years experience as a BSN and specializes in med-surg, IMC, school nursing, NICU.

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    Help! Why is switching specialties so difficult?

    It might have something to do with your location/the culture in the hospitals where you applied. I switched from adult telemetry to NICU and several other nurses on my unit came from the adult world as well. Don’t let anyone tell you your experience in the ED won't translate to the world of little humans. Sure, the learning curve is steep but things like time management and ability to communicate with providers and other nurses can’t be taught. They come with experience which you have! I stayed in the same hospital, just switched units and things like knowing the charting system of how the phones worked made my orientation so much easier as well! I’m sorry this is happening to you and I echo other posters who say try getting your certifications to show your interest. Best of luck to you!
  2. I have Venmoed my 50% laid off sister some money several times since this all started. She gets mad and protests but I tell her if she sends it back, I’ll just give it to her again plus interest 😂 I received a “covid bonus” from my employer that I did not feel I deserved so I donated most of it to a local food bank.
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    Where to go as a nurse if you dont want to work with patients at ALL?

    This is a helpful way to respond to most situations lololol.
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    Bill Approved to Limit Treatment for Transgender Youth

    Using the term “enhance one’s appearance” implies these are cosmetic procedures which they are not. They are gender reaffirming procedures, not plastic surgery. Two different things. Individuals seeking these procedures aren’t simply dissatisfied with the shape or size of a part of their anatomy, they instead feel profoundly uncomfortable and “wrong” in their bodies.
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    Instructional certified school nurses

    It’s actually not although that would make a lot of sense lol. It’s one extra class that I am taking concurrently with another course that is required for graduation. From what I can gather they say it has something to do with having nurses certified to teach ensures we will always be placed on the teacher’s pay scale, resulting in better financial security as a profession. It just seems a little odd to me since I have literally never encountered a school nurse who teaches classes.
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    What Is One’s Opinion If You See A Man Wearing a Dansko Shoes?

    I have never been less concerned with a topic than I am with the footwear a fellow healthcare worker chooses. My dermatologist is a man and he wears them.
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    Instructional certified school nurses

    Hi everyone, I’ve been out of the school nursing game for a few years since moving to a state (Jersey) where a certificate was required. I am in my second to last semester of earning said certification and in the beginning of my “student teaching internship” for the instructional SN cert that is not required in NJ but was heavily pushed by my professors. I was wondering if anyone else here took the instructional route, either in NJ or elsewhere, and what the student teaching portion was like. So far it seems pretty disorganized (like the rest of my program but that’s a story for another day) with no clear expectations except for the number of hours required to spend student teaching. It’s still not clear if I’m supposed to be writing my own lesson plans, following the teacher’s curriculum etc. I’m not sure if this is typical, just curious about what everyone else’s experiences were.
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    Potential new employer trying to rush me into accepting job offer.

    The worst job I have ever accepted had an interview that felt like what you’re describing. I lasted 6 wretched months.
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    My classic friends! Thanks for all the warm re-welcomes.
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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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    Am I overreacting?

    I had some issues in my school, the first year with an AP who gave me lots of unwelcome/unwarranted/uninformed advice. The second year was with a new principal who just flat out disrespected me. Unfortunately, you are sort of under their thumb when it comes to work. It's very hard being the ONLY medically minded person in the building. Your focus is so off base from everyone else's and there is often nobody to commiserate with (that is where this forum comes in) I love the idea of "missed instructional time" or "out of seat time" when talking to parents and teachers. It lets them know that you truly are looking out for their wellbeing AND their education.
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    I miss you guys

    I applied! 2 applications in. We will see...
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    We are getting a therapy dog!

    If there were dogs at work all day, I'd never take a day off. We have therapy dogs at the SAR where I work and I honestly will get up and run down the hallway anytime I see one of them. I adore dogs.