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Old 09-20-2007, 06:58 PM
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Exclamation What did you do after you finished school?

Hi all. I'm just curious to know what you did after you finished school. Did you decide to start working right away? Did you take a break?
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:26 AM
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I had a contract with a local hospital. They gave me a scholarship in exchange for working for them for 3 years after I graduated.

So I did. I started working before I even took boards. I stayed for pretty much *exactly* 3 years and then I moved out here to the West coast. I did have to take a break then - getting one's license in CA takes quite a bit of time. As soon as I got it, I started working again.
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:56 AM
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I trained in London and after I qualified I stayed there for a while even though I had moved to out of the city and had to commute by train. I worked in a ward that wasn't part of the NHS but pretty much treated 'health tourists' who were often either Arabs or Greek. We did everything, since the people were both medical and surgical patients. There was however alot of neuro surgery, since one of the consultants used to holiday in cyprus, hold clinics while there and then on his return they and their brain tumors and aneurysms would arrive!!

It was busy and slightly stressful as they were all private rooms and you could see no one from the nurses station, but I found it valuable experience for later. I stayed for about 9 months then moved closer to home.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:31 AM
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I graduated on a Friday, and I reported to work at my local hospital on a Monday. The biggest break that I've ever had from nursing was a two week stretch after the birth of each of my children. I had kids before the establishment of the the Family Leave Act. I would have lost my job if I had been off longer than two weeks. Thank God some things have changed.

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Old 09-21-2007, 01:00 PM
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I got a job lined up while still a student. I graduated in December and was offered a job in December, but I wasn't able to start working until the end of February because they wouldn't let me even schedule orientation until my NCLEX results came through.

It was nice to have a little break between school and work, though.
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Wow, MJ. I was in absolutely no shape to return to work 2 weeks after having my son. I don't know what I would have done.

Gone back, I guess, but I would not have been a very good nurse.
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:07 PM
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It was very hard going back to work. I also had to work right up to my due date. The whole thing added up to a huge case of postpartum depression after the birth of my second child. I wasn't a psych nurse back then, and I didn't know anything about postpartum depression. My next door neighbor was a nurse, so I turned to her for help. I told her about all the crazy thoughts that were running through my head, and she got me to a doctor STAT. I'm glad that people are talking about this stuff now, so other woman don't have to suffer with postpartum depression like I did.
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:17 PM
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Wow MJ I am not surprised. Just like Geena I would have been in no fit state to work 2 weeks after delivery. I went back to work when my son was 5 months old and that was hard enough - leaking breast milk while standing in the office speaking to patients on the phone. I was allowed to work part time for 3 months as at the time there were no part time jobs for district nurses. Things have changed now thank goodness!
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:28 PM
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Wow! As a student, it's great to see that I'll get a job right away. I kind of already knew that when I was going into nursing since, well, there's a nursing shortage, haha.

Great stories everyone! Keep them coming! I think my plan after I graduate is to maybe take a year off and just relax. I'm not sure if I want to go traveling but maybe just relax at home. I guess it all depends on if I find a job during my last year of nursing or something. However, right now that's my plan after I finish school. To relax.
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:14 PM
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Geez MJ, I can't believe that you only had 2 weeks off! Deplorable by today's standards.

Since I worked as a CNA through Nursing school, I felt I owed my boss (Who was soo great about school) at least a year. So I stayed 13 months and was just so burnt out by the hours,commute, etc. I started "looking" at the 12 month mark.

Jess, It was amazing to me, when I started applying, that after submitting applications online they were calling me back the very next day! That's never happened to me before. They made me an "offer" knowing I could turn it down and go elsewhere. It's kind of a nice feeling being in high demand.

My last semester we had recruiters from the hospitals buying us lunch in between lectures to try and get us in. Most of my classmates had positions secured before graduation.
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