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A common theme I’ve heard among new grads is the lack of jobs out there for us.  Now, I do live in the heart of a major city, which is absolutely saturated with many nursing schools.  In addition, I’m assuming a lot of retirement-age nurses aren’t able to retire because of the economy.  In addition to that, I’m assuming a lot of hospitals/agencies aren’t able to hire and train new grads, given the demanding cost of doing so.

However, I’m learning that it really is all about who you know.  You can apply online for all the jobs in the history of the world, but the people I know who have gotten jobs as new grads are either a) former externs who were hired on by their units, or b) knew someone who worked in the department and was able to sort of “bypass” the online application.

I’m sure the online application method just gets you bogged down in the morass of dozens and dozens (hundreds, maybe?) of other people applying for the same job.

However, I have to remember that I’m the type who isn’t really all that interested in working in a traditional hospital setting (for reasons I may or may not divulge later on).  A NICU?  Yes please.  An OR?  Maybe.  An ED?  Could be perhaps maybe sorta kinda.  (TorontoEmerg and Shrtstormtrooper, convince me otherwise!)

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So.

The last time I posted here, August 10, 2010 (over a year ago), I mentioned I was going on a little hiatus.  A hiatus is usually a very brief delay, but in this case it lasted … over a year.

However, I’m back!  You’ll notice the title of this blog is no longer “Adventures in Nursing School.”  That’s right — I’ve since graduated, passed my boards, and am currently looking for a job, either a) in a NICU (neonatal), or b) in a Community Health setting.

Anyway, since we last talked (or interacted, or saw each other’s comments, or whatever), I’ve become a member of a growing community of fitness/nutrition enthusiasts, and have started researching and trying to understand (key word, trying) the paleo/primal way of living.  As a part of this, one of the people with whom I’ve become friendly is Jenn, and she and I will be holding each other accountable for the month of September, which we are treating as our own personal 30-day Ancestral Health Challenge.

These 30 days will include eating primally and moving primally, and we can’t wait.  I’ll link to Jenn’s blog at some point soon, but in the meantime, keep an eye out for more blog posts to follow.

I’ll be writing more about my job search, living in Philadelphia, and of course, nutrition (maybe even with photos).

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So this week starts the last 6 weeks of the semester, and subsequently, my junior year of nursing school!  Went by so fast, it’s ridiculous.

The next 6 weeks (9 days total) I’ll be spending at a suburban hospital in my Maternity rotation.  That means I’ll be hanging out with laboring women, women who’ve just given birth, and little teensy-eensy babies!

I believe they’re splitting us up into 3 sections in our various days on the floor:  Labor & Delivery, NICU, and Postpartum Care.  I don’t think they have a nursery at this particular hospital, so the newborns are kept with the mother in Postpartum Care.  We’ll be responsible for performing assessments on the new mothers and new babies, and (hopefully) observing a ton of vaginal births and some C-sections.  I’m actually really looking forward to this!

Part of the reason I’m excited is because it’s very much out of my comfort zone.  First, as a man, I’m required to have a “chaperone” with me at all times when I’m with a mother.  I can’t examine or assess her by myself, so another female student will have to be with me whenever that’s happening.  Secondly, I was never very good with babies.  They just usually cry when I hold them.  Some people claim it’s just because I’m tall and have a relatively deep voice, so maybe the babies are frightened.  I’d like to imagine it’s something much weirder — like I emit some strange aroma only babies can detect and it really scares them.

Well, now that I think of it, maybe it’s an aroma only babies and women can detect.  Hehe.

Been very much M.I.A. lately here on AiNS.  Been working very hard as Co-Chair of a local Relay For Life, as part of the American Cancer Society.  It’s a lot of work, and it’s been taking up all my free time, unfortunately.

Hopefully I’ll start posting regularly again.  Maybe nothing long, just small tidbits that people can read quickly.

Hope you’re all well!

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