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    Time off before grad school?

    Thanks for your thoughts. Benefits are not a problem for me because we are on my husband's insurance. I would be happy to work in a primary care setting and will keep my eye out, but I'm not counting on being able to find something that will work for me because my child care situation with my 2 year old has become more difficult so my availability would be limited. That is why I was thinking volunteering some at the free clinic might work out better. My career is not my priority right now but I know I will want to develop it more in a few years, so I appreciate the input from all of you because I don't want to utterly sabotage my future opportunities in the meantime.
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    Time off before grad school?

    Hi everyone. I have been an RN in a hospital for about five years. I currently work in a very specialized area that is mostly focused on patient education. Frankly, I'm kind of tired of it and feeling like I want to do something different. During my undergrad program, I always thought I would go to grad school, but that idea went on the back burner after working for a while, especially because there seem to be so many new grad NPs who struggle to find jobs. Now I'm thinking it might be time to start planning for it again. However, I'm not sure that now is the right time, since I have two small kids (ages 5 and 2) and I am currently only working part time. It seems that it might be better to wait until until they are both in school. If I quit my job and don't work (or only do some small things like volunteering at the free clinic or seasonal flu shots) for 2-3 years and then start an FNP program full time, would that hurt my chances of getting a job after graduating? I don't feel that my current specialty is very applicable to primary care, but I wondered if not having a job and staying home with family for a few years would just generally look bad. Thanks for reading!
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    New grad nurses- what did you do to get hired?

    I agree with Bobbkat. You must network. Think of anyone you can who might be able to help you, and contact them. If you really can't think of any contact (professor, preceptor, friend, classmate, coworker, church member, etc.) who has an "in" somewhere, then you need to make contacts by volunteering, joining a professional organization, attending conferences, etc. You need someone to be the little bird in the hiring manager's ear saying: "Hire bornthisway!" Other than that critically important step, you need lots of persistence and patience. Don't give up hope. It's frustrating, but you can do it. Eventually, it will happen for you. Really!
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    Nursing Diagnosis...the sacred cow that needs to go.

    I'm not even going to pretend like I use nursing diagnoses in my practice, because I don't. I haven't even thought about them since school, to be honest. I also definitely think that when you look at the lists in books, they can get into the realm of the stupid sometimes. However, I actually do think they are useful to students (even though I feel like I'm going to be hit by some tomatoes for saying so.) I think they are helpful in teaching the student how to think like a nurse. If your diagnosis is pneumonia, the only way you can really fix that is through medical intervention, and the nurse does the very important job of implementing the medical treatment plan. However, if the problems are stated as impaired gas exchange or ineffective airway clearance or anxiety or whatever, it requires the student to think: What can I do as a nurse to fix this problem? It encourages the student to produce independent nursing actions. The nursing diagnosis states the problem, or the thing that nurse is going to address, rather than just stating the patho. If a patient is diagnosed with stomach cancer, what is actually going on with her? We may know the patho, but what is bothering her exactly? There can be lots of problems, or nursing diagnoses, for something like that, and lots of nursing interventions for those problems. Of course, I think we eventually move beyond the need to express these problems in the form of the nursing diagnosis, and we identify problems without even realizing we are doing it. However, I think the nursing diagnosis gives students a head start on that process.
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    Okay, who *loves* their job, and why?

    I love my job! I work on a very busy mother/baby unit. I have only been there six months, but even on bad days, I am still so happy to work there. It is very interesting, and I feel like I am constantly learning. I love being a part of such an important time in my patients' lives, and it is very rewarding to me to make such a difference in the lives of mothers and brand new people through the care and education I provide. I am also extremely fortunate to work on a unit with a supportive and positive culture. I know that I can always get help when I really need it, and I always feel comfortable asking questions. Plus, we have fun. My nurse manager and charge nurses are wonderful. I also feel that the hospital I work for is an excellent organization in general. I even work the shift and number of hours that are ideal for me. I am very fortunate.
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    add future employer on facebook?

    I agree with everyone else. Bad idea. I understand your desperation though. It sounds like you've done everything you can at this point, and it's so hard to just wait. I really hope you get the job. Good luck!
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    Fired. Will I ever work again?

    It sounds like things are really rough for you right now. You seem very sad. I hope things get better soon.
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    Interview outfit--is this ok?

    I mean this in the most respectful way possible. :no: and more . On every level. OP, good luck at your interview! It sounds like you're on the right track. I hope you get the job! Please let us know.
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    Student caught stealing....

    This isn't a matter of people deciding how someone should live and learn. The student broke the law, and the OP has the right to press charges. It's not cruel or unreasonable. It's our justice system. That said, OP, I can understand why you may not want to press charges. You have worked with this student and so I think only you can decide if that's the right thing to do. Mainly, though, I'm just posting to say that this is unbelievable, and I'm very sorry that it happened to you.
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    "Don't get stuck in LTC"

    I love this! So sweet. This person must have cooked a LOT of Thanksgiving dinners in her day. OP: Good for you! Your patients are fortunate to have a nurse who cares about them and is so passionate about her job.
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    New grad being laid off :/

    :ancong!: Sounds wonderful! Is it an ER position?
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    Former nurse charged with felony Internet encouragement of suicide.

    Freedom of speech has legal limits. I'm no lawyer, but my understanding is that if speech is intended to cause "imminent lawless action," then it is not protected by the First Amendment. That is just one of several restrictions on speech in the US. From what I have read, this man is being charged with a Minnesota state law that prohibits advising and encouraging others to commit suicide.
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    PLEASE HELP I need Brutal Honesty!!!!

    If possible, it may benefit you to set up a shadowing experience with a CNA. That will give you a better idea of what the work is like and how well it suits your abilities. I'm sorry to hear that you were laid off, and I hope you are able to find something you enjoy. Good luck.
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    Is it just me or............?

    Even if someone does have good sleep habits, being in the hospital can disrupt them. I don't think this always requires medical intervention, but I can see how that might be the best course of action at times. When I was in the hospital, I slept for about two hours total over three days. I pretty much always sleep well at home, but I just could not sleep in the hospital. By the time I got home, I was actually hallucinating a little. I didn't want any sleep meds because I had to take care of my newborn, but I can empathize. As for the patients who nap all day and then complain: hilarious! OP, it sounds like you've had some really frustrating patients driving you up the wall lately. Maybe the stars will align and you'll get a break soon. :)
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    Looking for advice from working nurses on adn vs bsn

    How reliable are your sources? I think I would rather do an ASN program and then bridge than go to a bad school, but I would want to be very sure that the school was really bad first. I did some prereqs at a community college, and I found that a lot of the students there were very biased against the main BSN program here. I heard all kinds of crazy rumors about the BSN program. People said that it was on probation with the Board of Nursing, that new grads from there were actually paid less than ADN grads at local hospitals, that no one wanted to hire them, and on and on. I did a little investigating, and none of it turned out to be true. It was all made up by people who wanted to feel like the program they chose was better than the other program. I went with the BSN program and it was wonderful. I'm not saying that means that your BSN program is good. Just make sure your information is correct, if you haven't already. Good luck!