If you are looking to relocate anywhere for a job, i would recommend Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Cost of living great, nurses paid very fairly. Plus they will pay a moving truck to pack and move you. Lots of perks
back when i worked Neuro ICU, ED nurse brought up a pt that had fell and hit her head...she had a very swollen eye and that was painful to open...pt is drowsy but responsive....ask ED RN to do a bedside neuro with me. she tells me she hasnt been looking at that one eye because it's very painful for the pt. I peel it open to check...it was blown and un reactive.
off to the OR we go. i think one of the biggest "catches" i have ever had
I agree, some days are mentally and physically draining. I think that when the time comes where i can no longer continue as a bedside nurse, there are many other roles an RN can take on that doesn't require an advanced degree.
Currently, i work in transplant at a large academic center that has lots of other jobs in education or research that many nurses can transition to, such as a "transplant coordinator or on-call nurse to answer questions"
...and i've just started to realize that it's okay to continue as a NURSE.
At first, i struggled. After graduating, ALL of my friends seemed to go back to school for their MSN or ARNP; honestly, i felt like a failure.
All my friends/co-workers are continuing their education...and here i am working as a nurse. It almost felt like becoming an advanced practice nurse was something i HAD to do.
I started applying to NP schools and having MORE student loans on top of what i already have made me sick to my stomach. So...i've finally come to a realization that i WANT to be a NURSE. i love what i do (most days). I work in a state where RNs are paid fairly, so there is not financial incentive to continue my education.
Anyone else feel an obligation to continue their education?
We had a long term patient on my unit like this. Family was out of control to say the least. Family was to involved and if you told them no, you would be fired. finally, after firing over 10 nurses our manager had to lay down the law and tell them they can't "fire" anyone else
no, i have also seen pharmacists, doctors, CNAs all eat unhealthy things; it's not about status. I'm happy with my weight and my health and dont care about going out of my way to make sure i eat salads or fish for lunch at work. Thats great that you do, but dont look down on others who dont.
we sometimes have a potato bar potluck....baked potatoes....everyone brings a topping ==== heaven.
to defend myself before i post: I am by no means overweight
but i have ZERO time to make sure my lunch is healthy. My lunches generally consist of left overs, tv dinners, and yes...sometimes fast food. why?? because it's easy and fast. the last thing i want to spend time doing after being at work 13 hours is working on a healthy lunch for tomorrow.