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  1. Hey everyone, thank you for sharing about your experiences! I ultimately chose a position and I'm in Labor and Delivery. I've been off of orientation now for a couple of weeks but I don't know. It's crazy to say this but I honestly hate it, like completely and utterly.... Midway through my orientation I just started to feel like I really didn't want to do this anymore, I hate circulating in the OR and C-sections, I get so much anxiety on the unit in general, I feel like I'm always running around because we're constantly short staffed and under supplied and I'm still so new I also doubt my abilities and decisions. I've had some great experiences with the patients and the families and I love the babies, I had an unattended delivery and that was amazing and almost made me change my mind but by the next day the feeling just set in again, I just dread going to work every day. I feel fed up most of the time. Is this just a normal phase that will go away soon? Did anyone experience this too after starting?
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    New grad trying to choose between mother-baby and ICU

    Hi, I still haven't decided. I thought I had my mind made up more or less but I have to make an official decision by next week. I toured the ICU yesterday and spoke more with the manager, it's a huge unit and they receive trauma patients as well. It's very busy and I could have 2-3 patients and during night shift, there'll also be no transport, secretary or PCAs (which I didn't think they had regardless in the ICU). I think it would be brutal but I'm up for a challenge. I also spoke the manager for the other position as well and I would be very busy too, I'll be cross trained for L&D, Mother-Baby and OR which is a lot more appealing to me but I'm still undecided.
  3. lexxa25

    New grad trying to choose between mother-baby and ICU

    Thank you @Nurse87EM You really gave me a lot to think about and I appreciate how you broke the differences down. I'm definitely picking apart both units to try and decide. I think what I love about critical care is learning the pathophysiology and having to understand how everything is related and being affected and just being on your toes the entire time and I also love the greater autonomy that there is but I also think it would be really sweet to be with new mother's and newborns because I enjoy teaching as well.
  4. Thank you everyone for your responses, I really appreciate it. I've decided to accept a Mother-Baby position where I'll also be crosstrained in labor and delivery :)
  5. Hi! I'm a new grad who's been offered 2 positions, one in Mother-Baby and one in an ICU. My goal throughout nursing school was to be a labor and delivery nurse one day but I've been debating getting experience first such as in critical care before pursuing it. Has anyone gone straight into L&D/Mother-Baby/OB after graduating, do you have any regrets about it?
  6. lexxa25

    I NEED ADVICE.

    Hi! I had the same problem as you a few years ago. I was in the saaaaame situation, torn between the same options, and ultimately I decided to do the RN program over the LPN and honestly, I don't regret it for a moment! It was difficult, I had to take loans, I applied for every scholarship I could, cut and reduced my costs everywhere I could (I lived off of coffee and cereal and milk for plenty of meals ), I had to use credit cards but it was worth it. It's only an extra year. You'll make more as a RN after graduation, you'll have more opportunities for employment and more growth and you have everything done as you said already to begin! I say you do it and you don't look back. It's going to be one hell of a sacrifice but you'll reap a big reward, I promise you. Good luck and hang in there!
  7. Hey everyone, So I'm a new graduate who has been offered two positions. One is in the ICU and one in Mother-Baby where I'll also be cross trained in L&D and OR. I went to nursing school wanting to do L&D, I've had that dream for such a long time but after my clinicals, I graduated a little less sure about it, I realized I really love being on a critical care unit as well so now I have these two offers and I'm not sure which to go with. I'm torn. I've heard over and over again ICU isn't for new grads but I got the offer and I know it would be a great opportunity. Any advice?
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    New Grad with a Bad Back

    Hi everyone! I don't want to be long winded but a quick background before I ask my question; I'm entering my final semester of nursing school in a few days. I'm excited to be graduating soon but now that I'm so close I'm thinking more about the reality of what it will be like as a working nurse. I have scoliosis and had a spinal fusion with Harrington rods at the age of 17, from T3-L5 I'm fused. I have back pain but only take OTCs occasionally, clinicals are tiring and I try my best to be aware of body mechanics but moving patients with a bad back and petitie on top of that, is difficult. I leave with my back aching at the end of the day. All my professors and older nurses emphasize taking care of your back, but my back is already a mess. So I'm just wondering, if I'm at the end of the game before even starting it. This is a physically demanding career and I love everything about it but I don't want it to be short lived. I can't imagine how I'd be able to work though with adult patients especially those with mobility issues. I'd really like to pursue a career in labor and delivery but I don't know if that would involve a lot of bending over and moving laboring mothers. Maybe eventually even pursuing being a midwife. So my question is; what is it like for those of you who have back problems working? What areas do you work in? What do you recommend? Any advice would be appreciated.
  9. lexxa25

    Broward College Nursing Program January 2017

    Yay I just got my letter too! Best of luck to everyone and hang in there!
  10. lexxa25

    Broward College Nursing Program January 2017

    Not yet :)
  11. lexxa25

    Broward College Nursing Program January 2017

    PRE-ADMISSION! Sooo excited! Congrats to everyone!
  12. lexxa25

    Broward College Nursing Program January 2017

    Lol thank you, I hope so! I'm just worried about my dumb transcript being incomplete. I'm taking classes right now at FIU and wasn't able to register at Broward this semester because of that and they're still in progress so I'm hoping I'll be able to register in November for the nursing program although my FIU final grades won't post until December :/
  13. lexxa25

    Broward College Nursing Program January 2017

    Oh don't do that to yourself. The nursing department closes at 4pm, so I've been allowing myself to only check once a day at that time. I was getting paranoid too because I know one of my transcripts is incomplete although I have all my prereqs completed so I've been worried that I'll get denied because of that transcript or that I won't be able to register for classes if I do get accepted etc. but worrying really won't help except to make you paranoid and feel stressed out. You know you turned everything in, did you do it in person? You paid your fee right? So you are going to be a-okay :) They had a lot of applications to sort through. Try to check just once a day starting next Monday and hopefully by next Friday you'll be in review and have your points. I have my fingers crossed for you too :)
  14. lexxa25

    Broward College Nursing Program January 2017

    Hi Charmcd82, I applied September 7th and I just got points today and had my application moved to "in review." Before today it actually said "pre-application" and was blank for the most part. Nicole told me today actually that they were still going through applications and then mine got updated, so try not to worry. I'm sure by next week for sure, you'll have points. They're not going in any type of order.
  15. lexxa25

    Broward College Nursing Program January 2017

    I just checked, my application is in review and I got my points! So excited to get the official decisions soon We're almost there guys!
  16. lexxa25

    Broward College Nursing Program January 2017

    Hi Kingrn2018, My prereq gpa is a 4.0, and I got a 94 overall on the HESI. I have IB credit for ENC1101 so it's just my anatomy courses that I counted for the prereq gpa. Did you get points yet?
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