Wear a uniform - I love a woman in uniform. Oh, nurse...
Not THAT kind of experience, Terry. I got plenty of that. :-P
CC, your internship will help you get a starting experience besides, nursing profession is still one of in-demand jobs here in the U.S. (Remember, they use to hire nurses from abroad, esp. the Philippines).
Don't worry, you will get a job, working nights on a medical floor :)
And you will be able to save up all your vacation days, because there will never be anyone to cover for you...You'll get experience working days, too, when someone from the day shift calls in...the dreaded night/day double. The evening/night double is not nearly so overwhelming. You'll learn how to do all the paperwork, because those administrator types who work days, think there is nothing else to do at night. You will almost always have some old person, posyed in a geri-chair to keep you company while you do it, because there really is such a thing as sun-down syndrome. Some of them will break your heart by asking for a knife (if male) or scissors (if female) every time you pass by them or look at them...to cut these strings they seem to have gotten tangled in. But you know that they can't walk more than a few steps without falling, and that they don't remember that they can't, and that if they fall, you'll be there at least an hour after your shift writing incident reports, and thats if they don't get seriously hurt. There are still IV meds to hang and q shift dressings to do at night. IV's still infiltrate and need to be restarted. People will code at night. People are even admitted from the ER at night. Their families go home, and the ER never sends you that sheet the family helpfully supplied with all their meds written on it. Sick people are usually not thrilled when you try to elicit their entire medical history at 3 AM, ask them if anyone has been hitting them, do they use any illegal drugs, and whether they want to be revivied if they stop breathing. But you had better ask that last question, and don't guess, because it could happen before the end of your shift.Ah, those were the days...Susan Peterson
Cut your fingernails...that nurse looks absolutely wicked with those pointed claws!!I would scream bloody murder if she as much as tried to touch me without getting them cut!!Just a though:<)!
Internship,... and then LIE THROUGH YOUR TEETH!!!!
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