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    CNA - priorities need checking? Or is it the field?

    I am not the only aide on the unit (There’s three, all with the same amount of patients, but I know we’re all just about in the same boat. I was talking with another aide earlier and she spoke of wanting to quit. I overheard that they’ve recently cut the CNA staffing in the hospital too. We’re not short staffed usually, it’s the demanding patient load that makes it so much. And when you’re not answering call lights because you’re in another room, some of the nurses complain about having no help. They do have help; I just have triple the patients they do. I will speak to my charge nurse bluntly. I’ve brought it up a little before and she tells me I’m doing a good job. My DON told me that I was doing good as an aide as well, although this subject isn’t what we were talking about.
  2. I am a CNA at my local hospital. I have been just so overwhelmed lately, and I just have to know - am I doing something wrong? Or is this just not for me? I work on the cardiac/ step down unit, so our patients are usually semi to high acuity, three quarters are alert and oriented, and geriatric. Our patient load is 9-13. I find that I am just run ragged between q4 vitals on everyone, call lights, monitor alarms, and what I do within my scope of practice. I’m never idle (the amount of time for an automatic bp to finish feels like an hour sometimes), I’m always helping someone. But at the end of the day, I am only one human. And yet I feel like I’m not doing enough. My nurses are busy! They have so much more charting to do than me, administering meds, communicating with doctors, just to name a few. But when I’m helping that confused patient to the bathroom and the call light of the needy person that everyone is tired of, and the nurse is in another room starting an IV - what am I supposed to do? I can’t leave the patient and risk a fall. It's five minutes later, the call light is in overtime, and I go into that room and get yelled at by the patient and family for not being fast enough to help with xyz. I deal with some variant of this every day, and I’m so sick of it. It makes me feel that I’m not good enough, not fast enough, not something or other enough to be working at a hospital. The nurses are great for the most part, and when I inevitably forget something (like a set of vitals because I’ve gotten too many lights and now it’s two hours overdue and their bp is low, or a call light that I answered once on the phone, said I’d be right there, and had to stop someone falling and now they’ve called again and complained), it makes me feel like I shouldn’t be here if I can’t do everything. What if my failure to do that BP leads to harm? I understand that people in the hospital are always having a hard time. But when I’m getting talked to because I’ve been overwhelmed and someone is complaining... I hate it. Thinking about going to work gives me anxiety to the point I’ll only have 4-5 hours of sleep before work (on dayshift), and when I’m so overwhelmed that I do not have time to pee or have a drink of water for 9 hours, when I am going so fast that I am panting, when I am almost crying because I can’t do things to satisfaction, while trying to maintain a good face for patients - it makes me want to not even try to start nursing school. Am I prioritizing things wrong? Like trying to take vitals in between call lights? Is there something else I need to be doing? Am I just not cut out for this? As much as I loathed long term care, I was good at it. Had the routine down and I was the hardest worker on the floor. I’ve only been at the hospital for three months, and working healthcare for two years. I want to hear from you what you like to see from your CNAs
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    Pearson "Trick"

    The NCLEX is minimum 75 questions, and 5 of those are centered on learning for the computer program. I think anyone who only had to do 75 questions passed with flying colors :)
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    Are UK nurses underpaid and overworked?

    Well, that most certainly has endeared me to the UK. Mom works at the hospital and has 2 days a month off, and it accumulative. So if she used none for a year, she would get maximum of five weeks of payed leave. Two weeks worth of payed sick leave, certainly not unlimited. And they would pay for additional education, as well... In the US, I'm looking at 40+k to get a cheap BSN. They can go up to above 200K. Yes, Britain is looking excellent at the moment.
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    US NP moving to England

    I was looking at going to college in the UK, and they didn't accept international students. Their nursing programs were divided into specialities, such as peds, mental, and adult, which the US courses just teach a little of everything? It must be really different there.
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    How to become a travel nurse?

    I'm living in Hawaii and am really interested in becoming a travel nurse for several reasons. How can you become a travel nurse?
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    Hawaii - land of unfriendly nursing job opportunities for new grads

    What I've seen most people doing is taking an aide or tech job somewhere to get their name in the system and apply and reapply for new grad programs. Nursing in Hawaii is hard. It's certainly biased, both in the who you know department and the what race are you game. I intend to get out, but I have no idea what new grad programs are on the mainland. Best of luck!
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    NPs on Big Islan

    I wouldn't know about pay rates, but I would recommend living in either Waiakea Uka or Hamakua Coast. The vog and allergens are bad, so be careful if you or your family has any issues breathing. This island is nothing like Oahu, and frankly I'd recommend a visit if possible before deciding to move here. Happy to see more NPs here, though!

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