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    Endorsement to PA from NJ- ugh.

    hi all, I am planning on moving to PA from NJ. I thought liscence by endorsement would be an easy thing-but it is so much harder than i thought. I have everything submitted and approved EXCEPT for my NJ College Transcripts. When i first submitted on 1/14 ...i got a letter 1/30/19 that my transcripts somehow did not get sent. i contacted the college and they contacted me back saying the transcripts were mailed 2/1/19. okay great....2 weeks later i call the PA BON to ask if they have recieved them and all i got was a rude lady saying she wasnt able to tell me that and when they recieved them they would be "uploaded on PALS" I explained nicely that I understand that but i have paid the money and the only thing stopping me from my lisence of endorsement is my transcripts and i want to make sure so i do not need to contact the school again...and she just said itll be uploaded and it can take many weeks.....now come today and i get another letter from PA BON saying the same thing that they didnt get the transcripts yet but it does take "weeks" for them to sort the documents and upload it...... did anyone else have this isssue?? and what should i do? im scared to wait and what if they lost the transcripts in the mail or something?? should i have the school resend it. Frustrating because i have done everything i have needed to and right now i am waiting on my college sending the transcprits and PA BON recieving it...
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    Need help..hate my job :(

    As I was reading your post..I kept saying to myself this is totally me 3 years ago! My first job was on a IMCU/stepdown/tele unit. And I was feeling the same way you were--I wanted OUT of bedside... I was working night shifts feeling OK during the night but then the day shift nurses would walk in and give me such hell in the morning that I always felt like I was doing a terrible job/stupid. I left many mornings crying while driving home I was so upset all the time. I would also be so hard on myself when I made mistakes. I never slept because I couldn't stop beating myself up. I was miserable (or so I thought). So, I left bedside altogether after 1 year.. I ran to a nursing office that was going to offer me to stay in the office for a few months and then would train me in endoscopy... Long story short, they never held to the promise -keeping me in the office for an entire year and (lost all of my clinical skills) and office nursing was not any better to me (and you get paid way less). It was less stressful yes, but I felt like I was no longer a "nurse" anymore. I had no more fun stories to tell my friends and my life felt boring. Fast forward--I ended up leaving to go back to bedside at an LTACH (day shift!). I have been here for a year and I wish I never left bedside. I lucked out here because the nurses here are always helping out if I'm behind and there's a "help everyone" attitude as opposed to a "nurses eat their young" atmosphere as I had been in.. I wish I had stuck it out and maybe asked HR to try a new unit or stuck it out to get on day shift..I didn't realize how much bedside nursing taught me and how I wish I had found out that the grass was not greener on the other side. I often find myself saying..why did I ever leave? I wish I stuck it out longer because it actually wasn't that bad. Its crazy and hectic every day of where currently work-- But with time I have learned to appreciate everything I learned in that stepdown unit. In conclusion, OP--I stress the grass is not only greener. I suggest if you have a good team stick it out for a little longer. Remember it takes a new nurse a little longer to really feel comfortable. but also it may be helpful to change your thinking a bit. When crazy things are happening. accept it, and realize EVERYTHING is a learning experience. If your day feels crazier than other nurses- say thank you because you will be a way stronger nurse after all of it. And when another patient has the same thing happen you will be a pro and know what to do. Another tip--take care of yourself OP! Be sure to eat well and get your rest! Also, you may be like me where night shift is not for you.. (you have more chances of getting to day shift if you stay). If you are absolutely miserable- then start interviewing elsewhere!! There's nothing wrong with interviews and you don't have to take a job if you get it. And do not feel bad for the manager--this is your life and your nursing experience and he/she will understand. Everyplace is different. And perhaps this isn't your "niche". Theres so many places for you to go, OP. and you are luckier than most having 9 months in a step down as a base! Don't give up!!
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    Medline University CEU question?

    hi all, I am realizing that my date to renew my license is fastly approaching. May 2017... I have time but i'm starting to get everything together so i'm not running around like a lunatic in April :laugh:and have it in a folder in my computer in case i get audited. However when i look at some CEU certificates i took from Medline university it says i am awarded one CEU for the state of NJ with my nursing licence # next to it.. Which all looks fine and dandy until i looked at the little words underneath it says "Provider Approved for state of CA and FL" and says " Do not send this certificate to State Board of Nursing. Keep it for your records for 4 years" .....Does this mean it did not count toward my 30 CEUs required by state of NJ? or are they just reminding you to keep a copy for yourself in your own records? I just need to know if I should be getting these CEUs elsewhere... if anyone can ease my worries that would be fab. Thanks all!
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    can i join AACN?

    Thank you!! The AACN seems to have better "benefits" than the ANA. I am currently at a LTACH (Long Term Acute Care Hospital) for one year so far, which i am using as a "stepping stone" to get my clinical skills up to par to eventually critical care which i would ultimately love to get into. and there are no organizations that are for LTACH ( i have one year step down tele and then 1 year outpatient office/ triage work--which set me behind and i lost a lot of clinical skills doing that)
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    can i join AACN?

    Hello all, For my current job i signed up for the clinical ladder and one of the "check points" is to join a professional organization. Is it possible to join the AACN but not be a critical care RN? I eventually want to be a critical care RN. And if not, any suggestions of any other professional organizations to join? ( I joined the ANA but then learned that they no longer provide free CEUs and the other benefits are not so great for the price you pay and I ended up cancelling my membership.)
  6. I am a young nurse (BSN) with about a little less than 2 years hospital experience, total of 3 years as a "nurse". [1 year step down on nights, a 1 year bad experience in an GI office, and now about 10 months a working days in a very busy and hectic LTACH (long term acute care hospital --not a nursing home,fyi. We get a lot of medically complex patients, trachs, PEGs, etc. you name it)] But recently I had a conversation with a travel RN the other day which has really gotten me thinking. She was asking me what I was doing here and why I wasn't doing something more than what I was doing now. She advised me to go find a bigger hospital and really learn and push myself since I am young. Which comes to my question…. If it is advisable to start looking for an ICU job now. I've always wanted to try ICU..i feel like it would be a good fit and I love the idea of organized chaos and being able to really push myself and learn things. I do not have much experience with code situations and drips (they sort of freak me out) but I feel like I need to push myself and once I get experience these things won't be so scary). What if ICU is my niche and I'm spending time here when I could be learning a butt load somewhere else? So…in all of my rant..I guess I'm looking for some advice on if it is too soon to be "job hoping" already and if i should stay in LTACH longer. Or just any words of wisdom from nurses.
  7. I am a young nurse (BSN) with about a little less than 2 years hospital experience, total of 3 years as a "nurse". [1 year step down on nights, a 1 year bad experience in an GI office, and now about 10 months a working days in a very busy and hectic LTACH (long term acute care hospital --not a nursing home,fyi. We get a lot of medically complex patients, trachs, PEGs, etc. you name it)] But recently I had a conversation with a travel RN the other day which has really gotten me thinking. She was asking me what I was doing here and why I wasn't doing something more than what I was doing now. She advised me to go find a bigger hospital and really learn and push myself since I am young. Which comes to my question…. If it is advisable to start looking for an ICU job now. I've always wanted to try ICU..i feel like it would be a good fit and I love the idea of organized chaos and being able to really push myself and learn things. I do not have much experience with code situations and drips (they sort of freak me out) but I feel like I need to push myself and once I get experience these things won't be so scary). What if ICU is my niche and I'm spending time here when I could be learning a butt load somewhere else? So…in all of my rant..I guess I'm looking for some advice on if it is too soon to be "job hoping" already and if i should stay in LTACH longer. Or just any words of wisdom from nurses.
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