Welcome nurses from Massachusetts! - page 6

Although I live in New York, I commute just 30 miles to work in one of the smallest hospitals in Massachusetts as an ICU/CCU nurse. It's small. . . it's really, really, really small! Why just the... Read More

  1. Visit  DDRN4me profile page
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    Quote from zen_arcade
    This might be a bit off topic but I'm looking for specific information and I do live in Boston so I figured it might be appropriate. I am an EMT-B in Boston thinking about going to nursing school. I really enjoy the emergency aspect of my work and I am thinking I would enjoy working as an ER nurse. Both parents of a close friend of mine are RN's (one later become a PA) and their advice to me was "Go anywhere, get your RN and get some experience." Basically they told me "When you're working, nobody cares where you went to school, all they care about are the initials after your name and how hard you work." I have very little in the way of financial resources so I feel that my options are limited, but I also feel a bit lost as well. I was thinking of trying to get into the nursing program at UMass Boston and go for a bachelor's degree as well as the certification, but I don't want to be on a waiting list and I'd like to get certification sooner rather than later. I am supporting myself on meager EMT wages and have no idea what sort of program I would need to get myself on track to be an ER nurse. Just tossing this out there to see if any local folks could steer me in the direction of some help. All thoughts, recommendations, opinions, very much appreciated.

    Zen, look into local community colleges like Bunker Hill for your preqs first... then you can go on to one of the many other colleges around for your BSN and cert. You might also want to look into some cc ADN programs ane work as a nurse while obtaining the BSN and cert. good lluck!!!
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  3. Visit  mollie profile page
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    Hello everyone,
    I am from Brockton, Ma but have lived in TN for 25 years. I am interested in finding a travel position in the Cape cod area near sandwich. I am an RN currently working in a hospice position. Do you guys know if this would be possible? Any hints would be greatly appreciated. :spin:
  4. Visit  nursingstudent29 profile page
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    Quote from Berta
    Hi Gang,
    I'll hop on this thread too...I'm located south of Brockton..
    Headed down to plymouth today, what a glorious day it was. Going back to the beach tomorrow.

    Glad to meet all the other MA people.
    Berta
    Hi Berta-
    Love the plymouth beach, my family spent our memorial weekend at my husband's aunt in Plymouth, can't wait the July 4th.
  5. Visit  luvpeplrn profile page
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    I'm a Maine Girl! Spent 2 years in Peabody Mass, and Lynnfield Mass. I liked it there, but have only worked in Maine.
  6. Visit  RNJR profile page
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    Just joined the forum as I am a wanna be RN. I am 26 and feel like I started late. Though everyday I dont go is a day earlier I could have been done. I am taking Pre Reqs at Middlesex Community College. I will then attempt to get into one of the 2 year RN programs. Newburyport is nice. That was my first visit to the ocean here in Mass. New York is nice too. It's almost the same when you live on Lake Ontario. Looks the same as the ocean. Nice to meet everyone and advice is always helpful.

    Take care
  7. Visit  carrie13 profile page
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    Hi everyone -

    I've been a member here for a while but figured I would stop in and introduce myself. My name is Carrie and I am a new nurse. I passed NCLEX in March 2007 and just recently found a nursing position. I live in the Framingham/Natick area. I lived in Boston for about 5 years while I was at Northeastern for my business degree. I love the city and I really miss living there. Hopefully after I get a little nursing experience I can find a job in the city that pays enough to afford living there . But for now I'll stay in the suburbs and work at a community hospital.
  8. Visit  stef77 profile page
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    Another Mass native saying hi

    I just started my RN program in August and love it so far. I'm going to Brockton Hospital School of Nursing (in Brockton, of course). They have an excellent NCLEX pass rate so I'm sure I'm going to learn everything I need.

    Any graduates from bhson?
  9. Visit  Nurset1981 profile page
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    Just saying hello to my fellow MA nurses! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Wishing everyone health and happiness in the New Year!
  10. Visit  Latebloomer51 profile page
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    To current nursing professionals willing to provide advice and share your thoughts...

    I have been accepted to a few MA nursing programs and would be grateful for any info (and I mean any) to help me to decide where to commit my time and energy. Nursing will be a second career and expansion of my first in the health and exercise sciences.

    Please consider questions and info below...

    If you hire or work with new nurses are there schools and programs -RN, BSN, second bachelors accelarated BSN, accelerated RN/MS that you feel prepares higher quality nurses than another from those that I have mentioned below? Its such a hard choice and I am grateful to have it to make. The schools I need to choose between are numbered below.....
    ANY FEEDBACK, THOUGHTS, INSIGHTS, 2nd HAND INFO,
    +,_ EXPERIENCES ARE APPRECIATED
    1. Regis College's second bachelors BSN to MSN program starting Fall 08. I can sit for the NCLEX in 16 months and complete the second BSN in the following months. I can leave with a BSN or continue on to the MSN program fulltime or part-time without re-applying or taking GRE's since I have a masters degree. I can work part-time while in BSN program at Regis- and their courses are 100$ less a credit than MGH or Simmons. The commute is a 30 minute drive with free parking.

    2. I also got into Simmons 18 month second bach BSN nursing program which starts summer 08. The College, faculty and resources are great- Though they do not approve of working while in their 18 month BSN program. I would need to reapply to be accepted to their MSN program and re-study and retake GREs even though I have a masters already.
    Commuting is more of a challenge. Driving is too costly (10-20$ a dayto park). The train commute is 250-300$ a month with station parking and it can take an hour or more to commute each way to sit thru a MWF 50 minute class.
    3. I also got accepted at Quincy college for an AD RN to begin fall 08- It is the least money, but is still two years to complete- I'm not sure if an AD RN plus my first BS, M.Ed.and all the new completed science prereqs (24 sci credits including org chem and stats) are seen in as favorable a light as an RN with a BSN awarded by a nursing school.

    4. I'm on a waiting list at MGH for fall 08 for their new second bach 14 month BSN
    - but think its unlikely to get a seat.
    5. Still waiting to hear from UMass Boston BSN / UMass Worcester RN/MSN program (no BSN)

    Forgive me if this sounds picky or confusing- This is an important decision personally and financially and I need any advice you've got. Please help if you can!!!!!!!

    Warm Regards,
    Late Bloomer 51
  11. Visit  DDRN4me profile page
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    I really cant compare the jobs that you would be offered when you finish school, but from what you posted i would think that the Regis option would give you the most flexibility. good luck!!
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  12. Visit  ERICA57 profile page
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    Hi Late Bloomer:

    While I'm not someone who hires nurses, I am a career changer, a bit older than you, who's spent the better part of the last year mulling over the questions you raised. I too have a Bachelor's, and an M.Ed.

    I've been told numerous times by numerous people in the field that I need a BSN to have the kind of career flexibility and leverage I'm going to want and need. I'm guessing you'll want to maximize your options upon graduation as well. I don't imagine going back to school again after this go around..thus my first choice is the BSN program at UMass, although I am applying to one AD program as well.

    You don't mention cost of tuition as a major obstacle, but those MSN programs (and even the BSN at MGH) are extremely pricey. I'm reluctant to take out extensive student loans in my 50's, as that would mitigate whatever economic advantage I'd realize in this new field.

    Good luck!
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  13. Visit  pamc217 profile page
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    Quote from ragingmomster
    We live very close to PI and go frequently.

    I actually work in Middleton, this setting gives an LPN lots of autonomy. I have learned tons there. Much different than the geri and geri-psych I had been doing for the previous 8 years, Corrections is not for the faint of heart. You must have a strong backbone to avoid being taken advantage of.

    SSC's LPN to BSN is working well for me. I started in 99, taking 1 class per semester and started going full time last semester because the program requires it when you get to the clinical portions. I also had a few credits from my first time at college in the late eighties. I can PM you more thoughts on the program if you liike.

    Let's just say my GPA will get me into the nursing honor society next semester, but wasn't good enough for junior year admission!
    hi I live in middleton also, How do you like your job? I am searching for a new rn position, ive done vna and OR.
    New nurse as of 2006, Trying to find the right fit for me, any suggestions.
  14. Visit  Latebloomer51 profile page
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    Quote from ERICA57
    Hi Late Bloomer:

    While I'm not someone who hires nurses, I am a career changer, a bit older than you, who's spent the better part of the last year mulling over the questions you raised. I too have a Bachelor's, and an M.Ed.

    I've been told numerous times by numerous people in the field that I need a BSN to have the kind of career flexibility and leverage I'm going to want and need. I'm guessing you'll want to maximize your options upon graduation as well. I don't imagine going back to school again after this go around..thus my first choice is the BSN program at UMass, although I am applying to one AD program as well.

    You don't mention cost of tuition as a major obstacle, but those MSN programs (and even the BSN at MGH) are extremely pricey. I'm reluctant to take out extensive student loans in my 50's, as that would mitigate whatever economic advantage I'd realize in this new field.

    Good luck!
    Thanks for the comments! I got a call to interview Thursday at UMass Boston for their new accelerated BSN. I'd love to get in, but they are only taking 25 students for their first summer launch. If I do not get in to UMass, -then Regis is the one I'll Choose- They told me I'd be able to still work part-time (the other BSN programs told me they were much too rigorous to work while in their programs). I gotta eat
    regards,
    Latebloomer51


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