Stereotypical

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Lucky

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Job market is tough. Talking to one of my classmates that is still looking for one. I suggested looking further away, like I did… but it seems that positions have dried up here as well.

She’s thinking of volunteering now. She realizes she won’t really be working as a nurse, but it’s something, right?

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April 10, 2011 at 23:00

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Stamp of Approval

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While running around grabbing supplies, I pinched my finger between two doors.

Yeah… don’t think I’m ready to do that kind of case on my own.

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February 18, 2011 at 16:37

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The Never Ending Case

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My room has only had one case today. I left the room at noon for nursing orientation and came down during a break. The case is still going on.

We started at 7:30. It is now 13:30.
Hopefully it will be done when I get back.

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February 15, 2011 at 14:24

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Finally – Job Hunting

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I got a call back for an interview. Med Surg position at the local VA hospital. Not what I was looking for, but in this job climate, being picky is not an option.

A week after submitting my application, I got a call to schedule an interview. It was also suggested that I review some material, since it would be a panel interview using a specific interviewing style.

For those of you who are applying to VA hopsitals, here’s some things you should know:

  1. The person calling to schedule your interview may tell you to go to the VA website for info on how to prepare for the interview. Listen to them. Somewhere in there is a link to sample questions.
  2. Those sample questions? Know them inside out, complete with actual examples. None of the theoretical, “well if I were ever in that position I would…” They want “here’s an example of a time I did blah blah blah…”
  3. I don’t know if it’s true for all VA interviews, but I was given six questions and they let me look them over before the interview began. Good idea, because it gives you a plan of attack on how to answer them. I found a few questions where I could combined my answer with the next question.
  4. Eye contact.
  5. Smile, smile, smile.

According to my SO, the panel thought I had done a very good job in the interview and it was starting to look like I would be offered the position. But then two weeks flew by and still no word about the job. Finally, just as the holidays began, I got a letter from the VA.

A thin envelope.

I’ve been there before.

While you were interviewed for the position, we regret to inform you that you were not selected. Chin up… you’ll find a job somewhere!

Okay, maybe that last sentence was not worded exactly like that.

Turns out a few med-surg nurses from another hospital applied. And experience wins. So I moped for a bit, and when that was done, I went and applied to other hospitals. I ended up with a few more interviews. How did those pan out? Not sure… I should hear back after New Years.

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December 29, 2010 at 03:27

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Oh… the NCLEX?

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What can I say?

Spanked it, that’s what.

Now just call me Stereotypical, RN.

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August 31, 2010 at 11:18

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Something Pretty Cool

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The regional chapter of a certain nursing specialty did a spotlight story on my mom!

She’s been a nurse for ~30 years, and has been in the same hospital for the last 25+ years. The story goes on to say that she has covered so many different aspects of nursing during that time, and is loved by staff and patients alike.

I don’t doubt any of this. I remember one time I was waiting in the staff room when I started looking at cards that former patients had sent to thank the nurses for their care.

One card, as simple as it was, stood out the most. It was a white card, with the words “Thank You” on the front. On the inside was a picture of a little girl standing by a statue of a large dog in a park. She had shoulder length brown hair and zebra striped poncho, and a huge smile on her face.

Underneath the picture was a note:

Stereotypical Mom,

You are an angel! Thank you for making LG feel so special through all this! You were so sweet, kind, nice, informative, funny, and caring! We will never forget our experience at UMC. You are a fabulous nurse!!

Awesome.

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June 6, 2009 at 09:24

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The Morning Thought

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There is an interesting article I found while going through the New York Times this morning. I actually heard about it yesterday on NPR, and after seeing the article this morning, it got me thinking:

With society becoming more and more technologically depedent, what are the health ramifications?

Tennis elbow. Runner’s knee. Texter’s thumb? Don’t be surprised if that becomes a new term (if it isn’t already).  I am currently suffering from txtrs thumb, thanks in part to a recent purchase of an iPod Touch. I text with my cell phone, but I’ve never experienced pain like this… and I punch those keys pretty fast. But now with this Touch, my thumb (the left to be exact) is worn out. I wonder if it’s because unlike the keys on my phone, the screen does not give. Or it could be with each different device, a new typing method must be implemented.

The NYT article can be found here. It discusses both the psychological and physical changes texting is now creating, especially in teenagers… but can be applied to anyone tied down with any sort of portible electronic device.

Tell me what you think.

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May 27, 2009 at 07:08

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