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  1. Sour Lemon

    I feel like I’m being targeted please help

    That sounds like extremely harsh treatment. Either they want you to leave, or they're just completely unreasonable. Either way, this is not a situation that can be salvaged. Hit the road.
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    Peer Eval

    How does one micro-manage a charge nurse without their knowledge? And does this charge nurse even want you speaking on their behalf? The charge nurse should be able to speak for himself- and to the offending nurse directly. I think peer evaluations are a horrible idea. If I absolutely had to do one, I think I'd say something like, "Hey, Jill. I have to come up with an area that needs improvement for this stupid peer evaluation. What do you need to improve in?" Then we'd dream up something non-offensive together and everyone would know what to expect.
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    Peer Eval

    "Butting in" in what way? And what do you mean by not wanting it to sound like it's coming from you? Is this some sort of anonymous critique?
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    Leaving before 1 year? Don't know what to do..

    That sounds absolutely miserable and scary, but as a new graduate ADN in NYC, do you realistically have better options? The problem is any place that would hire a new grad who left their first job after six months will probably be just as bad- maybe worse. You might do better to stick it out in "survival mode" and hope for greener pastures at a later time.
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    New grad only night shift available

    They can absolutely let you go if you're not able to work nights. I'm sure you realize this by now, but schedule should have been discussed up front if you were only able to work days. The problem is that there are likely other employees on night shift who need days for a variety of reasons. Allowing you to jump the line would be bad business and create hard feelings. Orientation has always started on days for me, although I've always worked nights. It's less expensive because there are no differentials to pay, and new graduates tend to get more experience with admissions (and especially discharges) on day shift. There may be more senior staff available on day shift, too. I hope everything works out for you, but I think you should start coming up with a plan "B" just in case. Ask around and see what other people you work with are doing. Maybe they'll have some good leads.
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    Is Nursing a Profession?

    I think it's a skilled trade. I clock in. I clock out. I have to ask permission to take time off. I don't think of that as "professional" in the most traditional sense of the word.
  7. Sour Lemon

    I quit healthcare

    You didn't just quit, you flounced. Good luck in the future.
  8. Sour Lemon

    New Occupational Health Nurse! No experience

    Are you the only nurse there? If that's the case and you're a new graduate, it doesn't seem like an ideal situation.
  9. Sour Lemon

    Can CNAs pass meds in assisted living in Arkansas?

    Yes. Family members and non-nurse care-givers administer medication to stable people in all sorts of settings. I wouldn't be particularly concerned until I had a specific reason to be.
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    Am I too old to become a nurse?

    This topic comes up constantly and the answer is different for everyone. Physical health is certainly a consideration, but so is financial well-being. Things to consider: How much are you paying? If you're borrowing money, will you be able to comfortably pay it back before your working years are over? What are you doing right now and why do you want to change direction? You might also ask yourself if you're okay starting at the "bottom" at this point in your life. Be aware of what types of jobs are available to new graduates in your area, as well.
  11. Sour Lemon

    Sitter to escort patient during smoke breaks.

    I think it sucks, but it's not uncommon. It has less to do with them smoking and more to do with them not breaking their head open.
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    RN providing total care for 4-5 patients

    I don't know how it is everywhere, but when I worked in ortho, we'd send surgically repaired, hip fracture patients to rehab on the day of surgery sometimes. They were completely helpless. And even the ones who stayed a day or two left needing a LOT of assistance.
  13. Sour Lemon

    Davey Doo where are you?

    I have also missed Davey. Hopefully he just found something more fun to do.
  14. Let's practice with this post. What other information might we need to consider to have any clue about how to answer this question? Think "complete picture".
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    Feeling Torn on Nursing

    The fact that you're so young and already feeling it so much is the biggest red flag, to me. Alternative options matter a lot, though. Before I decide "should I", I need to know what I'll be doing if I decide not to.
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    Lost and stressed student...

    If there are, I'd bet one million trillion dollars that experienced nurses will be hired as opposed to new graduates. Low stress and high pay sounds like something that would attract fierce competition. If you're 65 and looking to "retire" immediately after graduation, look for a clinic job. If you want to be marketable, and have versatile options, I think acute care is the best way to start out ...even if it's tough.