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  1. Do I have to include jobs I quit without notice? Dear Quit Without Notice, Giving notice when quitting is a professional expectation, but it is not a legal requirement unless you work under an employment contract. Likewise, omitting information on an application is typically not illegal, but there can be ramifications. Job applications often ask for your 10 year employment history. Read the instructions carefully. It's important to present yourself favourably, yes, but it's also important to be honest. Most job applications include a warning that misrepresentation (including omissions) on an application is grounds for termination. You may be fired, or your application may be rejected, but you will not be legally charged. How likely is it that it will be discovered? Not highly likely, but the consequences are serious if it does happen. Your options are to come clean and be prepared to explain the brief tenure as best as possible or omit the information and risk discovery at a later date. If you are asked to explain the short-lived job, do not cast blame on the employer. Best wishes, my friend, Nurse Beth Related article...
  2. Sweetlilcutie1998

    Super Unhappy New Grad RN, HELP. Advice needed.

    I am a new graduate RN. I graduated in the Spring, passed my NCLEX, and am currently looking for a job. A little background, I never wanted to be a nurse. However, I do LOVE helping people. I was forced into pursuing nursing by my parents who basically threatened me when I came to them sophomore year of college saying I was extremely unhappy with my major and wanted to change it. Ever since sophomore year of college, I have basically been guilt tripped into continuing and finishing nursing school to please my parents and other family members. However, at this point it is taking a toll on me. I'm emotionally drained and depressed and can't keep faking it. Getting out of bed is so hard and finishing my applications for jobs is even harder. I am not excited about getting a job especially because everything available for new grads is hospital related. I know the hospital is NOT for me. During nursing school, my autoimmune disease would flare up from the stress and anxiety. I spent every night before clinicals crying myself to sleep and tossing and turning in my bed... unable to sleep from the extreme anxiety and panic attacks. Then when I got to clinicals, I would have more panic attacks because I hated the environment so much. My friends and family keep telling me that "things will get better" when I get my first job and "build confidence" etc. But I do not see that happening... Maybe I'm wrong. The thought of going to the hospital and starting my first job on an inpatient unit makes me start having panic attacks. Literally. I'm sorry if this sounds dramatic but I seriously have so much anxiety over this 😞 The only thing I can see myself liking is outpatient. I need something slower paced and more predictable, if that makes sense. I really would like to work in a doctors office and help my patients maintain their health and stay out of the hospital. But the issue is NO clinics around me hire new grads. You need a year of experience to even be considered for outpatient stuff. I just do not know what to do at this point... I am not about to go get a job in the hospital and have panic attacks every other day. I don't think you should destroy your mental health over a job... right? Any advice would be appreciated. If anyone has been in my situation, please let me know what you did. Thank you.
  3. Had a conversation with a couple of retired nurses and a nursing student that got a little heated last night. Basically the retiree nurses were saying you must have 3 years of med surg before doing anything else as a nurse. I said that was not the way it works anymore, that you need to find a facility that hosts new grads appropriately with a residency… and that this is happening in home care as well as the hospital on various types of units. I pointed out that I went straight into psych and I’m competent. The retired nurses were saying that psych is a different animal and therefore doesn’t apply. As though I’m not an actual nurse. The whole thing was frustrating and I think each feels the other is out of touch. Please weigh in.
  4. RatherBHiking

    Which position would be better?

    I have two job offers from two different places and I'm not sure which would be better. First: Night shift, less pay and better benefits, 40 min commute, less turnover Second: Day shift, more pay, 20 min commute, more turnover The first job I'm concerned about the nights and a 40 min drive home. In the past when I've done nights I've been so exhausted I'd fall asleep at stop lights. I also would wake up after about four hours and not be able to go back to sleep and have a bad headache the rest of the night. That was many years ago so maybe it would be different now??? However the second place is notorious for being short staffed with a higher turnover and Dr's get away with yelling at the nurses a lot. ( I have friends who work here and this is what they tell me. ) However I know I'd handle the day shift better and the shorter commute would save me a lot of time. I currently work M-F but I'm bored and need a change and hate the five days a week. I'm always tired after work and don't feel like doing anything. Weekends I'm busy catching up on everything so I never feel like I get a real day off. I don't HAVE to change or do anything though but I get excited over the thought of something new and only working 3 days a week. Any suggestions or advice? Thanks!
  5. karesssi

    Am I being tricked?

    Hi everyone, I'm hoping to get some insight and thoughts I'm a new grad, and have been offered a job at a LTC facility. they offered me a FT day shift job. Which I was eager to hear because that's what I originally wanted. The next day after speaking with them and getting my offer letter out (which I have not signed) they informed me that day shift was completely full and if I would be okay starting out in an evening position. (I don't want to do evening position because I live an hour away from the job, and would have to drive and be gone from 1-11 pm. Leaving me about 4hours a day with my son and 0 with my husband. VS day shift 5am-4pm leaving me more time with my son and husband.) Anyway, I had declined and said I would not be able to do that shift. (I would be willing to do evenings closer to home or part time) and they messaged me the next day saying to continue on with the signing on process because they are certain a day shift would be open by the time I start. When the time comes do you think they are going to "trick" me into doing evening shifts.
  6. I started my career in pediatrics and was cross-trained (got floated to and picked up sometimes) on NICU I loved my job and stayed there for almost three years but then moved to a small town. The hospital I work at now doesn’t have a Peds or NICU unit but they do have a combined maternity/L&D floor and I thought with my experience that would be a great fit, so I applied and got the job. Thing is I’ve been here for 8 months now and it’s not my thing at all. It could be worse I love my coworkers and manager, I don’t mind the work I’m just so bored. L&D is exciting when it’s busy but repetitive and honestly not busy here very often. The post partum stuff I sort of hate, I don’t really care that much about babies and teaching new moms how to breastfeed or bathe babies is just not for me. Another then a huge negative is it’s a small town and more than half the time we don’t have any pts and then just get floated to the neighboring awaiting-long-term-care unit to do vitals and toilet pts all day. I've really been itching to try emerge. I want to be doing more and learning more. I really considered emerge in school but then when I got my Paeds position I loved it and stayed. Bu not I’m just so bored. But I also know l&d is a specialized unit and the hospital spent 6 weeks training me, I love my manager and we’re super short and I don’t want to be ***. How long do you think I should see it out so that I put in enough time to truly say it’s not for me and also not be too unprofessional to switch units? Thanks!
  7. newnursefall21

    What would you do?? New Grad 2021 Houston

    Hi yall. I’m looking for some career advice. The career counselor at my school doesn’t help at all, and I have no nursing mentors to look up to 😞 I recently graduated with my BSN, and will be taking my NCLEX in June. I am relocating from DFW back to Houston where I’m from. Because of this, I am unable to use my past clinicals as a gateway to get hired. I applied for residencies, with an interest in Women’s Services and Pediatrics, at multiple hospitals/locations in Houston for this past cohort that starts work in July. I have 3 letters of recommendation, 4 years pediatric home health experience as the primary caregiver, and 3.7 GPA. I applied to Oakland, St Joseph’s, LBJ, Ben Taub, Memorial Hermann, Houston Methodist, HCA, Baylor Scott & White, St. Luke’s, Texas Children’s, and more that I can’t remember. I followed up with HR after submitting my applications, yet I heard back from only 3 hospitals. The rest basically ghosted me, despite my attempts for contact via email and phone. I had 3 interviews- one with HCA, one with St Lukes, and one with Texas Children’s. I never heard back from St. Lukes following the interview despite 2 separate emails and phone calls to the recruiter. Texas Children’s chose someone with more experience, and HCA offered me a position in... med/surg. I have yet to accept. My question is.. what do I do? I know if I accept this position, I will be miserable but it seems like my only option. If I reapply to residencies, won’t I just get ghosted again? I’m worried the same thing will happen and I’ll be left jobless like I am now. Along with this, the next cohort start date won’t be until October, but I just graduated with my BSN. What do I do in the meantime if I wait? I can’t be a PCT or sitter since I’ll have my RN license... but I can’t find an RN position open for nurses with no experience. I really don’t know what to do and I’m so down about it. I feel like my hard work has gone to waste. please help 😞
  8. J.Adderton

    10 Signs You Might Not Have The Job

    I recently made a bold move by applying for a different job within my place of work. The hiring director (my current boss) voiced excitement at my interest and an interview was quickly scheduled. I was confident going into the interview, but midway … something felt off. Fast-forward three weeks, and I was not offered the position. I was disappointed, but it felt good to dip my toes back into the job hunt game. In hindsight, there were a few red flags suggesting I wasn’t going to be extended a job offer. Waiting Too Long I am ready for a change. But, I made the mistake of putting my job hunt on hold waiting to hear back from my manager. It’s an easy mistake to make. Unfortunately, you could wait weeks or even months when the decision has already been made to not hire you. Why would the hiring manager leave you dangling, even after a decision is made. Well, there are several possible reasons. For example: They are required to interview a set number of candidates, even if they already know who will fill the position. They may be fishing for new ideas and insights by scheduling multiple interviews. So what do the experts say? The answer is … don’t wait. Immediately shift your focus and efforts on getting the potential job interview. You Might Not Have The Job If ... As the clock ticked and days passed, I actually typed in “signs I don’t have the job” as an internet search. I’d like to share some of the signs I discovered and what made them relatable in my situation. RED FLAG #1 The potential employer told you they had an “urgent” need to fill the position and scheduled an interview within days. However, it seems the brakes are pumped hard after you interview. My experience: I was originally told the position would need to be filled within a matter of days. Two weeks later… still no word. RED FLAG #2 You arrive at your interview, but fewer people are sitting in than you were initially told. My experience: I was expecting 4 people to sit in on my interview, however, only 2 were actually present. One of the missing interviewers was from upper management and would give the final “OK”. RED FLAG #3 The interviewers share their concerns about your background, skills or cultural fit. My experience: During my interview, only a limited number of questions were asked about the actual job. I was asked several “sidebar” questions, such as “Will you be able to adjust to 5 days a week vs. three 12 hour shifts?” “Don’t you have a long commute?” “Can you adjust to working during the day?” RED FLAG #4 The interview was cut short. My experience: After about 20 minutes, one of the interviewers began to awkwardly check the time repeatedly. Even worse, she began to cut the 2nd interviewer's questions short. RED FLAG #5 The interview went great, but you’re seriously ghosted when trying to contact the hiring manager. My experience: My director became an apparition after the interview. Once I was able to follow-up with her, I was given a new “deadline” for their final decision. RED FLAG #6 You're told the hiring process has slowed down because “an internal candidate has come forward”. My experience: After 3 weeks, my director explained how shocked she was when a person who had previously held the position reached out to her. At that moment, all the red flags made sense. RED FLAG #7 The interview ends and you feel like you're being rushed to leave the building. RED FLAG #8 The interview abruptly ends and the manager seems more than ready to move on to the next meeting. RED FLAG #9 Your follow-up emails go unanswered. RED FLAG #10 You’re specifically asked for references, but they are never contacted. Hiring is a Process It’s important to remember that the hiring process takes time and patience. Even if you pick up on a few red flags, it doesn’t mean you are out of the game. Here are a few tips on what you can do after the interview to stand out from the rest. Send a thank-you email and outline 3 day reasons you're still interested in the job and what makes you a good fit. Don’t keep asking for updates. If you were told a decision would be made in 3 weeks and 4 weeks have passed… move on to your next potential interview. When you're feeling discouraged, remind yourself that every interview is great practice for continuing your journey towards a better job. Let’s Hear From You Tell us about a “red flag moment” you’ve experienced as part of the hiring process. Was the end-game worth the frustration? References 18 Signs You Didn’t Get the Job After Interview, According to 11 Experts Ten Unmistakable Signs You're Not Getting The Job 13 Telltale Signs You Didn’t Get The Job
  9. EDNURSE20

    What would you do?

    I had an interview today that went amazingly. They stated they will check my references and if they are OK he will be offering me the job. I get a call from HR shortly after asking for my references, but state I must use my manager! Here’s the problem. My manager hates me. She is so petty and passive aggressive. We have had a lot of staff leave recently, and she has turned around and told them to their face all the terrible things she said in the reference check. I know she won’t have one good thing to say about me. I know she’s been trying to get rid of me, but hasn’t been able to find anything I want this job so bad, and essentially I’ve got it. My manager has to be my reference, but she will ruin any-chance of me getting this job. What do I do?
  10. anewsns

    Venting About Leaving Bedside

    First, I need to safely vent. I've done my time at the bedside for over 11 years now and have had ups and downs in my mindset, but lately SOMETHING in my heart just changed. Truthfully, I've never really loved it, but liked it/tolerated enough to keep going. I just powered through most of the time. I got into nursing because when I was in my early 20s I figured nursing would be a secure job with OK pay and also would be satisfying . At the same time, I'm not even really a hands on person! I don't care for the hard skills of nursing except for a few very random things, (foley insertions and trach care, dilt drips, IM shots), but overall nursing was a strange choice . I AM great at this job, people tell me that in all sorts of ways. I always looked on the bright side of the job such as cute old ladies , making a visible difference, feeling valued, and working with a team. Lately my brain cant ignore all the bad stuff. The rude patients, overbearing families, condescending coworkers, politics, patient satisfaction obsession. decline in working conditions. Now, I know most workplaces have politics and some bad apples, but dealing with them in an already harsh environment is killing my spirit lately. Second part. I've applied for a transfer center nurse job recently and pretty sure I can get that job and am a good fit (for multiple reasons.) But I'm very scared to leave bedside. Has anyone been in patient flow/bed flow positions? What were the pros and cons of that job? I would like some encouragement!
  11. Hi all, curious about how many times most nurses have switched jobs over their careers. I know millennials are considered to be "job hoppers" who switch jobs about every 1-3 years, looking to try new things or for opportunities to move up, better pay, etc. I noticed most of my older nursing colleagues have stayed in the same job for their whole career or had few jobs. The older nurses at the county hospital set themselves up well for retirement because they earn a pension and lifetime health benefits. They deal with the stress and bureaucracy because it's worth it for them. I left the county before I was vested in my pension because I felt it was destroying my mental health. That is also something I frequently here my fellow millennials say, whereas some older colleagues had more "suck it up" mentality. Maybe it is a relatively new thing all the discussion about mental health and "putting yourself first." I don't feel I put myself first because I have "sold out" and work for a high paying nonprofit now rather than a community clinic or county hospital where I felt better about my contributions to the world, but I am doing it to provide for my partner and future adopted kids. We couldn't survive in the Bay Area if I kept working at more "charitable" organizations = ( How many jobs have you all had throughout your careers, and what was the rationale behind changing jobs? Thanks!
  12. Liorsasi

    Providence TIPS April 2021

    Hello! This will be the thread for all those applying to Providence SOCAL April 2021! I submitted my application today. This is my second time applying. I applied for the September (didn't have my RN lic at the time) cohort but didn't get selected for an in person interview. Last time I was requested to do a video interview. This time I received a self paced text only interview. Best of luck to everyone 🙂
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  14. NewbieNurseRN

    New Grad Job Searching without Referrals?

    I hope this is not a bother but as a new graduate, I am just wondering if there is anyways to find jobs that will hire/consider new graduates? I have applied to a handful of places and even got one phone call back (waiting to see if they will call about an interview, however, this was a referral from a current RN who works there). I am just wondering if there is any way to find positions that will even perhaps hire a new grad without a referral? I have filled out a handful of applications and am trying to not take it personally when I do not hear anything back as I know there are MANY more qualified, experienced RN's out there who deserve to get the jobs. Honestly, I am open to any hours and flexible for specialties (except OB and Long term would be my least favorite). All the other clinical locations and classwork I had I thoroughly enjoyed!
  15. martymoose

    Non-Patient Contact Jobs

    Is anyone noticing that it seems very difficult to find non patient care jobs? Almost every nurse I work with is trying to “get out” and we hear that request everyday from other nurses in the company too. Anyone else having this problem ? Was hoping not to waste the degree, but may have to to get out of patient care. Have applied, but then never hear anything back Any hope ? Is it maybe regional?
  16. Hi, everybody! I just got accepted into a BSN program and I'm trying to plan for my future as an RN. I don't have any specialties in mind but I do know that I want to be able to work per diem since I want to prioritize raising my future kids while they are young and then going full time when they are older. In your opinion, what kind of nurses or experiences will be able to help me work per diem? For example, is it easier to be per diem as a med surg nurse vs a pediatric nurse? I really want to hear your thoughts. Thank you!
  17. Sorry for all of my posts recently, I'm just struggling at the moment. I recently made a post about how much I disliked my current med/surg hospital job and wanted to quit. I have been in that job for a year and a half so feel I gave it a good chance. I tend to work night shifts weeks on end and it isn't sustainable for me anymore. I am looking into a position that allows me to have more regular hours. For over a month now I have been checking job postings every day and applying for any clinic position I felt was a decent fit. I have applied for 14 different positions and had three interviews. However, I am starting to feel really discouraged and am wondering if it is something with me or if I'm actually picking up some legitimate concerns for these postings. The first position I interviewed for was a clinic for an independent company. The hours were good but during the interview, the manager stated the salary which honestly had me baulking. The price he listed was the lowest salary I have ever seen listed for an RN. It was $4.5 less per hour than I make now at the hospital as a newer grad, $2 less than at my community position. I ended up politely turning that one down. The second was another clinic position in the community. Although it was listed as a clinic position, the hiring manager mentioned two or more times how I would make such a great community nurse doing home visits. I tried to as gently as I could mention I was just interested in the clinic, to which the manager stated that I would normally work in the clinic "but if the clinic is fully staffed that day we would need one of the clinic nurses to go out into the community." This wasn't at all listed in the job description. They also stated I would need to be available on call during some nights (1-2 a month) to answer phones about patient concerns and if I couldn't address it over the phone would have to drive out to see them in person. I am not sure if all of this is the norm for community nursing clinic positions, perhaps someone could shed some light. It also made $2 less an hour than my hospital job with little room for growth. I ended up turning down that position as well. The third position was for a hospital clinic. The hours were listed as 8 hours Mon-Fri on the posting. As we were interviewing the manager told me that although the posting said 8 hours, I was expected to be available for 10 hours should the need be there. Another hospital clinic is being renovated as well, so they have been moved into the clinic listed. So there is double the number of staff with double the patients in a very small space. I am thankful to the manager for being so open, but it is giving me a bit of pause now too. I have heard people warning about the 8-hour shifts that then frequently transition into 10-hour shifts day after day week after week and the problems with being paid appropriately if the posting is listed as 8 hours. I told my parents about my struggles and they feel that I'm being overly picky. My mom mentioned that no job is perfect. While I do understand this, I am nervous about what I perceive to be possible red flags. When I do transition over I want it to be for a job I see myself staying for years, hence why I am maybe being picky. My parents can also tell how miserable I am at my current job which is making me feel miserable about my life. They want me to find somewhere else asap now even if it is temporary. I guess I'm just concerned that I can't find any job that feels like it would be a decent fit. I'm honestly starting to wonder if I made a terrible mistake becoming a nurse since my health has declined so rapidly since starting my career. Any advice would be appreciated. Does it seem like I am honestly being picky? Or are there actual red flags in these interviews?
  18. Medic6940

    Concerned - New Grad from Excelsior

    I'm a little concerned at the moment. I graduated Excelsior's program and finally got my NY license in March. I am already enrolled in my online RN to BSN at Louisville in the fall. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am planning to move from New York to Maryland to be closer to family and friends at the end of this Summer. I have scouted around Virginia's nursing jobs (since Maryland doesn't accept EC's program) and took an interest in some of their RN Residencies. HOWEVER, I am terrified that they won't hire anyone who A) Has no experience or B) Attended Excelsior due to it's lack of clinical elements. I have been a paramedic in NYC for over a decade and can certainly hold my own in emergencies and I'm certainly used to stressful environments, but I have a feeling that won't mean much once I get down there. What should I do? Just apply to places and pray? And advice is appreciated.
  19. Hi there😊 I am new to posting so I’m sorry for the long read! I just recently landed my dream job in NICU/CCN. Previously I worked on a Medsurg/Renal transplant floor for a little over a year (I only have a little over a year of nursing experience). Working with babies and their families has always been a dream of mine. I have been on the floor for a little over 8 weeks now. I love the patient population but I am having a hard time adjusting to the culture on the floor and I am looking for some advise. I am currently working in the continuous care unit and will go to NICU In august. Since I’m used to working with adult I don’t mind starting off on the less acute side of the nicu with the growers/feeders to build a stronger foundation for when I do go to NICU. I was supposed to have two months of orientation but was cut after around 4 weeks due to staffing issues on the unit. During my orientation I never had the same preceptor. Most of the time the person didn’t know that they were assigned to precept me for the day. Almost everyone I worked with complained the whole time about having me with them for the day which didn’t make me feel great. There has been a lot of turn over on the floor the past couple of years because of bullying so I get that people are burnt out from teaching and I always feel bad when I am sprung on someone. I once was sitting right next to the nurse who was precepting me for the day and she was complaining to another nurse about how much she hates orienting new people. It has been hard for me to gain new skills with people who really don’t want to help you. There are still a lot of things I don’t know how to do. I always ask for help or ask questions if I can’t figure it out for myself but it is like pulling teeth to get other people to help me. My biggest problem has been the culture on the unit. All the staff spend most of their time gossiping about each other or complaining. People genuinely don’t want to help each other out and spend most of their time bullying others, especially the newer nurses. I had one nurse tell me not to expect to make any friends on the floor on my second day there. That statement itself doesn’t bother me since I’m there to help my patients and families and not make friends but I just don’t understand why anyone would go out of their way to say something like that. I come from a very busy medsurg unit where I am used to not having any free time. There is a lot of down time on this unit. I try to stay as busy as I can so I don’t have to listen to the other nurses complain but since cares are clustered it sometimes is hard to find things to do. I have noticed that being in this environment has started to effect my mood. I am usually a very happy/positive/bubbly person and I find myself feeling grumpy and dreading going into work. On my old floor I got along with everyone. There were obviously people on that floor too who weren’t as nice but I’ve learned to keep my head down and stay busy. My main focus has always been on my patients. However I’ve never had such a hard time making friends or connecting with other people at work before. Everyone is so miserable and hostile all the time there. I worry that it is impacting how I look at this job as well. I’ve always wanted to work in an acute care setting. I love being constantly busy and challenged at work. I find myself feeling bored while I’m there which feels horrible to say. I absolutely adore the babies and their families but since I work in CCN all my cares are focused on feedings and diaper changes. Babies there are on their way home so they are generally very stable and have no acute issues or changes in status. I feel terrible feeling this way. At least this is how I feel working in CCN since I haven’t worked over on the NICU side yet so I can’t speech to how busy/acute it is over there. I have heard from other nurses that NICU is relatively the same as CCN just with more lines/vents. I’m worried I made a mistake in accepting this job but I also can’t tell if my perspective of this job is being skewed because of the negative atmosphere or if it’s because it actually isn’t a good fit for me. Any advice is appreciate it! Thank you so much and sorry again for the long read!
  20. I need a pep talk or moral support or something. I'm an AGACNP-BC as of December and am having a horrible time finding a job. I've been a critical care/ER nurse for 9 years, teach PALS and mock codes, charge nurse, CCRN, all the things. Went to a public and reputable university and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. I live in the West and want to be in a smaller community, which I figured would work in my favor, but I am getting nothing. I have been a little picky about location because I want to be near skiing and biking, but even drastically broadening my search area I'm still getting minimal interest. I'm hearing back from some of the places that hopital jobs it took them over a year to fill in 2018 are having 10 applicants in 2 weeks. Jobs that used to have 5 applicants have 30. WTH?! How did things get this saturated so quickly?! I just got set up with several recruiters in the last week or so and am considering locums assignments if need be, but I'm just really frustrated. I feel like I shouldn't have wasted so much time "mastering" the nursing role and just gone to NP school quickly like most of the other people I know. I feel like my whole RN career means nothing and that I'm stuck in this weird place where no one will take me without experience but I can't get experience if no one will hire me. Anyone have any tips or positive stories or anything?
  21. Esanity

    Tired of Being a Nurse

    Hi, I have been a nurse since 2015. I worked a little over one year on Med Surg and realized it wasn’t for me. If it hadn’t been for short staffing and the fact that my job mostly consisted of passing pain meds I may have stayed longer. After Med Surg I went to surgery. I have been a circulator going on 6 years now. It worked for me for a while, but I am back to not being happy again. I can’t stand the hospital politics and I don’t feel respected in my job. I have recently been looking for new job opportunities and I’m stuck. I don’t know that I even want to be a nurse anymore. Has anyone had any luck in jobs adjacent to nursing? Any advice is welcome.
  22. Hi all, I graduated in May 2019 from a diploma program and have since also gotten my BSN. I LOVED nursing school and I excelled in both of my programs, graduating at the top of my class. I've wanted to be a nurse my entire life and only finally went to nursing school in my 40's. It was the culmination of life long dreams. And then, I started working and I am so disillusioned at this point. I have yet to find my "fit" and I'm wondering if I'm just too damned picky or naive. I was hired right out of nursing school into a level III NICU. I thought I was going to love it. During orientation, 2 babies died and I did their post mortem care and it was just too much for me. I felt sick going to work and dealing with grieving parents really broke me. I realized quickly that I was not going to make it as a NICU nurse, so during orientation, I asked if I could transfer to any other units. My background prior to nursing school was in psych so I transferred to a psych unit and stayed for the next 10 months. I actually liked that job, but I quit when covid hit because I felt our unit wasn't prepared or safe and I live with an immune-compromised spouse. Several nurses on that unit have since gotten covid, so I wasn't exactly wrong there. Immediately after quitting psych, I was hired into an outpatient dialysis clinic. I started there in May 2020. I like dialysis fine, and I like the schedule but I HATE my unit. The head nurse is mean, mean, mean, and undermines me and talks about me (and everyone else) to the patients. She will tell anyone and everyone that she hates her job and is only there to get health insurance until she retires. The techs run the show and do things unlicensed people probably shouldn't do, and the whole unit culture is just very back-stabby and toxic. I'm too old for toxic. The manager is a very nice person who is just not able to reign in the bad actors. Several good nurses have quit because of this tight-knit toxic crew. I've asked about transferring units and was given the option of only one clinic and it's the local covid clinic for dialysis patients. I can't do that because of my husband. I was just today offered an agency job making WAY more money than I was in psych or dialysis (50% more). I would be working contract in LTC facilitates for 4-12 week contracts and then I could pick up another contract, or take some time off or whatever. I'd never have to work another holiday because I'd just not take a contract over the holidays. The schedule is perfect for me, but I just don't know about working in LTC or how it might be different in LTC as an agency nurse vs FT staff. And I've made the mistake of thinking every job I've taken was the "right fit", and it wasn't. All I know is I haven't loved any job. And maybe that's normal in nursing? Maybe I'm expecting too much or think the grass will always be greener. I am also concerned with quitting my current job to take the agency job because that will technically be my 4th job in a year and a half. I have excellent references because my managers like me and I'm a very hard worker...but still. Maybe I get too tired of the crap in any nursing job so the contract thing might be perfect for me? As soon as I'm tired of their crap I can take another contract with new people's crap. I don't know. I'm disappointed...in nursing...in myself. I want so badly to find my niche but instead I feel like I'm just floating in and out of jobs without connecting to any. I can't keep trying new jobs, can I? I'm 48 - I'm working because I want to and to save for retirement. I'm not working to put food on the table right now.....this makes me much less willing to put up with nonsense or unit drama - but I'm also at risk of being a job hopper and I don't want to be that either. I love the actual job of nursing - what I don't like is all the extraneous crap from management, hospital systems, etc...And that's everywhere. I'm wondering if agency work will take me out of that? I'm venting. Nobody can fix me. I'm just wondering if anyone else has job hopped or whatever it is I'm doing and did you eventually find your place? Or should I shut up, suck it up and stick it out somewhere?
  23. FlameHeart

    Working Less Than 8-Hour Shifts?

    I was thinking about working 6-days a week, but for 6-hour shifts each day, in a schedule that doesn't change (working Sundays but taking Saturdays off) for a total of 36 hours a week as a CNA, once I get my Certification and a job, and continuing this practice all the way into my BSRN making more money, and I get Married with Kids, at which point I would decrease to 5 days a week, but keep the 6-hours a day. I know the standard is 5 days a week and 8 or 12 hours work shifts a day for Nurses. Do any you work less than 8-hours a Day Non-Rotating Work Shifts? or Do you know of anyone who does this?
  24. I have been under investigation for twenty months by my State Board of Nursing for twenty-four itemized complaints. One day at 5pm I was abruptly fired. No explanation was given. There had been no prior warnings, just “leave and never return.” (Seriously!) Repeatedly, since then, I have been approached to apply for a nursing job. Each time, I shared that I was under investigation with the BON, offering to share both the complaint and share why I was innocent. Each time this ended the hiring process. My question for you is: With the list of complaints alleged, (see the end of the post) especially the last one that alleges cognitive impairment, which of the following statements do YOU as a nurse agree with: I believe that I must ethically let any potential employer (if the job will be working as an RN) know that there is an impending, and as yet, unresolved BON complaint against me. OR I believe that I am not ethically bound to share with any potential employer, (if the job will be working as an RN) that there is an impending, and as yet, unresolved BON Complaint against me. Please DO NOT ask for any more information. This is imperative. Giving out too much information before investigation is finished could be interpreted as witness tampering (interfering with the investigation). My lawyer has warned me to be very careful about giving out information. Therefore, I cannot, at this time, give out any more information. I promise, that when the time is ripe, I will write, probably an article, sharing the entire story. Since you will naturally want to know what the complaints were, here they all are: Sent an unethical and unprofessional letter to a doctor. Fraud, four separate itemizations Mistakes administering medications. Failing to document. Failing to notify doctor of medical issues or medication issues. Failure to wash hands when handling medications. Failure to use gloves properly. Failure to properly assess. Failure to perform as ordered. “Creates a negative environment.” “Nurse was late.” “Nurse appeared scattered and somewhat sedated.” Re-injection of insulin with the same needle. Did not wash hands after injecting insulin. Not cleaning hands between patients. Inappropriate delegation to LNA’s Refusing to work as part of a team. Questionable assessment skills. RN “talked more than worked.” Neglecting patients. Sloppy or non-existent documentation. Violation of HIPAA (Keeping patient photographs on personal phone) “The way the RN acts with some of the female residents is cause for concern.” Engaging in nonsensical conversations causing interference with staff performing duties. Talking too much. “Medical or mental health issues (or a combination of both) that would prevent him from providing nursing care in a safe, professional and appropriate manner.”
  25. Aliceozwalker

    Not Sure What Direction To Go From Here...

    Hi everyone. I'm curious to hear people's thoughts from different areas of nursing about what direction they would recommend to me as I am a bit stuck. I currently am working two part-time jobs, one at a hospice and the other on a busy medical unit. I have been working as a nurse for a year and a half now. I don't like my job in the medical unit at all. The position has a high turnover (in the past year 10 nurses has left) and is constantly understaffed especially recently. Honestly, 90% of the nurses who work there have told me they want to leave the unit eventually due to the high acuity of care and short staff issues. This is made all the worse due to the fact that I do have a history of mental illness; specifically diagnosed moderate social anxiety and severe generalized anxiety with mild depression. I do have a psychologist and she flat out told me to quit the hospital job due to my symptoms until I explained my reasoning for being there. My goal has always been to make it to two years, at which point I have been told that a lot more doors open up. If I worked at just the hospice, I wouldn't have access to several specific skills such as IVs. I have definitely been in worse health the past year and a half due to the job and am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The issue is I'm not really 100% sure where to take my career from here. I am strongly considering becoming a nurse practitioner as it encompasses mostly what seems to be ideal for me; 9-5 (within reason), higher pay and while still bedside has less direct contact with patients. However, in my country you are required to have a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience before you can apply to be a NP. Factoring that in along with the university time and you are looking at another three years before I could begin practising as an NP. So I would need to do something else until then. I sort of see three main areas of nursing frequently come up; Hospital, community and LTC. LTC is immediately out for me due to several issues that would take too long to get into. Hospital is an option, but I am a bit concerned as to how much I have disliked bedside nursing on my current unit due to the feeling of dread on not knowing what I am walking into each shift, patient acuity and stress. I have put on an alarming amount of weight since starting the job and constantly feel sick (Also have diagnosed IBS) from the changing of days to nights and other stressors. Community is also an option, with the main concern being paid less and going into people's houses. I have actually found a community job I was considering but heard that it required lots of visits to patient homes which has always made me a bit nervous. I once went with a nurse to a home and the situation got a little...dangerous. The patient was being quite aggressive and normally you would be alone in their home. The whole experience kind of turned me off community nursing but I am considering it again. To all the nurses who have done both, or like one more than the other, what were your experiences with community nursing versus the hospital? For those RNs who have social anxiety (or anxiety in general), which roles worked best for you? Any help or insights would be much appreciated. 🙂