How to Survive (and Thrive) in Nursing School - page 4

by 86toronado

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as a new(ish) nurse, i still like to browse through the "student nurse" section of allnurses.com from time to time. what constantly strikes me is that i see the same questions and concerns over and over again. "i'm failing, and... Read More


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    This was a really nice article and it sounds like you are really on top of things. I've been reading a lot of comments on the site that it is pretty hard to get a position as a new grad RN (bsn). I'm just now applying to an accelerated program and these comments were pretty discouraging. Do you think that getting a position is still possible for a proactive person? I'm an older student making a career change and really want to do this career. I appreciate any input/insight you might have.
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    Quote from 24newbie
    This was a really nice article and it sounds like you are really on top of things. I've been reading a lot of comments on the site that it is pretty hard to get a position as a new grad RN (bsn). I'm just now applying to an accelerated program and these comments were pretty discouraging. Do you think that getting a position is still possible for a proactive person? I'm an older student making a career change and really want to do this career. I appreciate any input/insight you might have.
    I too have been reading a lot of posts on this site about new graduates having a difficult time finding that first job. But I think the issue is very geographical. Places with lots of nursing schools, and places that are highly desirable to live (California, and some of the bigger cities on the East Coast come to mind) are experiencing a worse glut than places like Texas, areas in the midwest, and smaller cities here on the east coast.
    If you live in one of the new graduate glut areas it might be more difficult, but to answer your question; yes I think getting a new graduate position is very possible if you are proactive. Some advice that might help you with your job search: in addition to getting a job in a hospital before you start school, use your clinical time to network. Don't be afraid to leave a resume with the nurse manager of each unit you go to for clinical experiences, and get his or her business card. If you are able to relocate, do your research ahead of time and plan on getting licensed in the states where you are applying to jobs.
    Above all, don't let others' negativity influence your attitude both in nursing school, and in life. If this is really what you want to do, you can make it happen!
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    Awesome article full of straightforward advice! I am a pre-nursing student, awaiting news of acceptance into ADN program for Fall 2011. Timing of this article is perfect. OP, thanks for taking the time to share! I will pass along to all my pre-nursing friends. Would also be interested in an article about surviving as a new grad. Any thoughts on writing one?
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    Wow this article is a master piece. Thank you for all the wonderful advices. I'm hopefully going to start nursing school this Fall and your article pretty much summed everything up.
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    this was a great post and very informative ~ thanks for sharing and i will share with my fellow nursing students as well. i will be starting the bsn program in spring 2012 and i know these tips and books will be a valuable asset in getting through nursing school.
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    Thanks for the pointers everyone! That makes me feel better. Three more exams to go!

    On to another subject. Would working at a MedExpress be a great way to start off as a nurse? Is there an average GPA that you need in order to have an easier time getting a job?

    And does anybody know abour Problem-based learning? My nursing school is switching teaching styles and I am not so happy about it.
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    took me awhile to say but i passed nclex..im a nurse now!
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    congratulations!!!
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    I cannot stress this more. Please do your NCLEX questions study them over and over again. When you do them go through them one by one and read the rationale. I promise you it will pay off nobody ever said nursing was easy but you will be so proud of yourself when you look online and see your name with the title next to it.
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