Anyone applying for the PHCC Spring 2013 RN/LPN program - page 10

by rnwannabe75

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Just wanting to connect & be/get encouragement from other hopefuls who are applying to the program. Anyway, who's up for stalking the mailman with me?... Read More


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    About about we start new discussions instead of driving ourselves crazy waiting on the letter. Like Jazacmom said it may not be here for weeks.
    Why does everyone want to be a nurse??? Any idea where you want to work?

    Jazacmom: Can you tell us what clinicals are like? What kind of places? What do you do?
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    Jen, brilliant idea!!!

    I think I would want to work in Oncology or with the elderly.
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    Good thinking I started working in a psych hospital after graduation so mental health field will always be near and dear to my heart, however, I'd love to work with new borns and little kids as an RN.
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    Jen-G,

    We have been in clinicals at the hospital for two weeks now. Before that we were in lab. They have changed the curriculum this year and instead of learning skills a little at a time, we learn a bulk of them right up front, which can seem overwhelming if you have never been doing this sort of work. We work in groups and have our peers sign us off and then the faculty signs us off for skills. Plus, you also have to be signed off again in the hospital by your instructor.

    We have observations starting this week including wound care, rehab, OR, and ER. All we do is observe there.

    Being in the hospital is intimidating at first, but it is getting better as we go along. We will be doing everything from making beds to inserting Foley catheters and changing dressings on wounds. We also have to make care plans at the end of the day on Thursday for the patient that we took care of during the day (this can take a long time).

    There is a lot to learn and you have to get comfortable fast because it is a sink or swim type of feeling.

    Hope you hear soon as to whether or not you got into the program.
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    Jen-G,

    We have been in clinicals at the hospital for two weeks now. Before that we were in lab. They have changed the curriculum this year and instead of learning skills a little at a time, we learn a bulk of them right up front, which can seem overwhelming if you have never been doing this sort of work. We work in groups and have our peers sign us off and then the faculty signs us off for skills. Plus, you also have to be signed off again in the hospital by your instructor.

    We have observations starting this week including wound care, rehab, OR, and ER. All we do is observe there.

    Being in the hospital is intimidating at first, but it is getting better as we go along. We will be doing everything from making beds to inserting Foley catheters and changing dressings on wounds. We also have to make care plans at the end of the day on Thursday for the patient that we took care of during the day (this can take a long time).

    There is a lot to learn and you have to get comfortable fast because it is a sink or swim type of feeling.

    Hope you hear soon as to whether or not you got into the program.
    I love reading this type of stuff. It almost makes the dream a reality. Thanks for taking the time to share, Jazacmom!
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    I am hoping to work in hospice. I've wanted to do this since 1996 & finally had the opportunity to go back to school. I'm afraid if I don't make it I don't know what to do with my life. I have no backup plan and feel like I'm too old to keep trying to get in. Sorry to ramble on, just really nervous.
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    Jazacmom- thanks so much for info. I'm really looking forward to it. They can throw as much info at me as they want. I've never wanted anything as much as I want to be a nurse I dont care how much work it is- I know I can do it

    I decided to go into nursing while I was working as a veterinary technician. I was trained on the job to do draw blood, place IV caths, prep for surgery, wound care etc. I really liked the job and enjoyed working with animals but I'm more of a people person. Also, I wanted the rules that nurses and doctors have to follow (the Vets I worked for pretty much did whatever they wanted- even if it wasnt in the best interest of the animal).
    I've worked in an office years as well and I'm good with paperwork (and dealing with difficult people & doctors ) so I really think nursing is for me.
    I think I want to work in the ER but the great thing about being an RN is the ability to work different places. That was another thing that attracted me to being an RN. I have friends with degrees but after a few years they want something new and dont have many options. With a nursing degree there are so many places to work!
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    In my last post- I was trying to sound confident not conceited
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    Jen-G, I don't think you sound conceited at all! It sounds like you will have a fabulous resume when it comes time to start your job search. dlf0304, You're never too old! I know what you mean about being ready to get the show on the road though. It's like the clock is ticking and there's nothing you can do but wait to get into a program.
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    Just want to do something that is truly rewarding beyond money. I have a backround in sales. Don't dislike money, but it doesn't make me happy or motivate me. I believe I would like to work in the ER. However I am keeping an open mind until I have more exposure. Ready to get started.
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