Post # 1
I have seen people mention they are nurses on various boards so I thought I would get a thread going to meet my fellow nurse bees!
I am a nurse on an adult surgical/trauma/neuro floor. It isn’t too bad, though we are getting more and more neuro patients which I am not a fan of. I like my neuroSURG patients much better! I am getting a senior nursing student which I am very excited about!
I hope to transfer to the pediatric unit within the next year once I am done precepting and a position opens up. People don’t leave very often and it’s not a huge unit so they hire new (full time) nurses like once a year.
Post # 4
Not a nurse yet but in my last semester of nursing school, does that count????? Haha I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, can’t wait till May. Once I am licensed I’d really like the get into psych nursing, I just find those patients really interesting and that was by far my favorite rotation, I just felt like it clicked.
Unfortunalte though lots of RNs are getting layed off in my area, so I don’t even know what the job front will look like this summer but I’ll be sending out resumes as fast as I can type!
I give you a lot of credit for wanting to do peds, that’s my rotation right now and I’m not quite sure I’d be able to separate myself but I really have a lot of respect for those that can work that unit.
Post # 5
@savealife: I’m a nurse! RN, BSN
My background is L&D, postpartum, nursery, med surg, a lil in OR and ER…..but now I am a nurse case manager. I’ve been a nurse now for 12 years….WOW where did the time go….I can’t beleive it!
Post # 6
@kaw2be: Congrats on being so close to graduation! Are you doing a final practicum anywhere?
It’s funny you say that about peds because I am the same way about psych (in that I could never do it) but hey it’s great we have people for all specialties.
The job outlook was bad when I was a new grad too. I did peds home health for a year before I moved to the hospital. It was boring but a job and the pay was good. Be open to all positions, you aren’t stuck anywhere. A co-worker just transferred to the psych unit after doing a year and a half on our floor.
Post # 7
@weddingbound: I know, I’ve been a nurse for almost 3 years now and I can’t believe it! It goes SO fast.
Post # 8
@savealife: I’m a night shift nurse on a med surg floor at at small size hospital. I have been a nurse since May 2011.
I’m not sure what I want to do with my career yet but my main goal right now is to get onto day shift and get two years of med-surg under my belt so I can get med surg certified. Since my hospital is so small (med-surg floor, ICU and L&D floor are the only specialties as far as floor nursing goes) and dayshift positions are coveted I have been considering applying for jobs at other area hospitals in hopes of getting days.
Did any of you ladies have to do nights? How long were you on nights? Did you love them or hate them?
My experience with them has been good and bad. I love my coworkers on nights and I like nights while I am at work, but when I am at home I’m so tired and just not myself anymore. I feel like for quality of life I need days I was not put on this earth to solely sleep and work!
Post # 9
Starting an ADN program in January 2014!!!!!!!!!! But am trying to bypass the ADN and get straight into a BSN program instead, keeping my fingers crossed, will find out in December. You bees are making me SOOOO excited…want to be a PICU nurse. Working in Peds now; definitely feel like this is where my heart is. <3
Post # 10
I am also a nursing student! Just started in September, actually, but because I have other degress I got into Canada’s fastrack program, so I will be done in two years! First rotation is in LTC. I actually enjoy it (unlike many of my classmates), and am thinking I’d like to work in palliative care eventually…but maybe the fast pace of ER/ICU or other environments might appeal to me too…just looking forward to more placement experience!
Post # 11
@happyheartbee: I rotate between days and nights, I much prefer days. I am just so tired after doing nights. I would consider moving to a larger hospital, there are a lot more opportunities.
Post # 12
@savealife: I’m a new grad RN, BSN (graduated March 2012) on a surgical floor of a Level 1 Trauma Center, full-time nights. My FI is also a nurse. We went to school together. 🙂 I did my senior practicum in the Neuro/Trauma ICU of the hospital where I work, and will hopefully transfer there in a few years.
Post # 13
I work full time nights at a SNF doing hospice/rehab. Definitely not my favorite type of nursing since I’m alone at nights and I do end of life care but it is all that was available to me when I graduated in Dec 2011. Hope all you new grads have better luck than I did/still do!
Nice to meet fellow nurses!!
Post # 14
I’m an LPN and I work nights in LTC/assisted living. I wouldn’t say I dislike my job – I do like it for the most part, but we have a couple of very lazy CNAs/aides who make it difficult. But I know there are lazy CNAs, RNs, and LPNs in any work place, so I’m trying to focus lately on the things I love about my job.
Eventually I would like to probably work in either home health, a doctors office, or a school setting. I think the 1 on 1 settings are more my thing.
Post # 15
I’m an RN too! I work in a small hospital, so I get the luxury of doing L&D, post partum, and nursery all in one. I LOVE it! It was my ideal job, and upon graduation I thought I would have to work in med-surg for at least 6 months to a year, but I got lucky and snagged my dream job. Only problem is since it’s such a small hospital, there isn’t much experience, so although I’ve been out of school since May 2011, I still feel “new.” I was hired for the night shift, but have gotten to rotate through the day shift quite a bit, and I like both shifts for different reasons. I don’t think I could do the night shift forever, though…
Post # 16
I am an RN also. I work in the Neonatal ICU at a big teaching hospital. I’ve done adult ICU as well- prefer my mini people:) Love my job.I work nights. Love the night atmosphere but hate sleeping days. Someday I’ll hopefully move to days but I am happy for now.