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My first job

Posted Aug 23 2008 3:21pm


I did not get the “job of my dreams”, but rather the job any new grad typically gets stuck with: a night shift med surg floor. But I needed to be employed as I was the only one working in the family. The hospital was an older one that had double occupancy rooms and older equipment. They did not have the automatic “nurse on a stick” that I was used to having while in school. (this was a little skinny cart that had an automatic BP, temp, pulse, Oxygen saturation machine.) This all had to be done manually (which I later found was far more accurate!) But the one thing that this place had was a computer system. Everything that I was used to writing out by hand could now be done in the computer. I was impressed and a little intimidated too. But I figured I’d get the hang of it quick enough. Little did I know that the population of patients would be the thing I’d hate the most.

So, the day came to start the computer training. I actually CRIED at the lunch break stating that I was either going to have to quit my job or get fired because I could not learn this freaking computer system. My poor husband, scared, kept reassuring me that if I could make it through college, that I could probably learn their system. Well, when I came back from the lunch break, there was this older nurse who was learning to transition to the computer system. The instructor for the class said “Okay, take your mouse and click the black box on the screen.” Well, the poor older lady picked up her mouse and put it up on the screen on the computer (literally) and began clicking it. Everyone began to look after a long silence and the instructor trying to figure out what the hell she was doing! After that, I KNEW I could learn this system!! :)

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