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Joined Nov 25, '05 - from 'Texas'. EricJRN is a Nurse Educator. He has '10' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'NICU'. Posts: 8,742 (11% Liked) Likes: 1,676

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  • Jan 17
  • Jan 17

    I would look at pedi, preferably at a hospital that also has a PICU. I know that in some nursing programs you'll get a lot of encouragement from faculty to only start in adult M/S, but I don't think that's always the best route for a person interested in a specialty area, particularly with how common nurse residency programs are these days to support new grads or specialty-changing nurses.

  • Jan 16

    Quote from Jules A
    Lol, 1st you freaked me out, I almost never use my credentials and couldn't remember so I checked a recent cover letter. Phew, yes I added the comma behind my last name and the few letters I care to use for my designation. 2nd I have the same visceral reaction to seeing all those letters without caring about the extra comma. It makes me think the person is either insecure or of the cluster B flavor if they need to add every initial going back to the badges on their Girl Scout sash.
    Sorry to scare you! For sure, the alphabet soup issue can be a problem in itself. Not sure why I focus on the comma part.

  • Jan 16
  • Jan 15

    Quote from Jules A
    Lol, 1st you freaked me out, I almost never use my credentials and couldn't remember so I checked a recent cover letter. Phew, yes I added the comma behind my last name and the few letters I care to use for my designation. 2nd I have the same visceral reaction to seeing all those letters without caring about the extra comma. It makes me think the person is either insecure or of the cluster B flavor if they need to add every initial going back to the badges on their Girl Scout sash.
    Sorry to scare you! For sure, the alphabet soup issue can be a problem in itself. Not sure why I focus on the comma part.

  • Jan 14

    Quote from Jules A
    Lol, 1st you freaked me out, I almost never use my credentials and couldn't remember so I checked a recent cover letter. Phew, yes I added the comma behind my last name and the few letters I care to use for my designation. 2nd I have the same visceral reaction to seeing all those letters without caring about the extra comma. It makes me think the person is either insecure or of the cluster B flavor if they need to add every initial going back to the badges on their Girl Scout sash.
    Sorry to scare you! For sure, the alphabet soup issue can be a problem in itself. Not sure why I focus on the comma part.

  • Jan 14

    It might be petty, but how about people who leave the "s" off of plural -st words? (Two psychiatrist, two dentist...)

    Oh... and on your email signature that says "John Doe RN, MSN, BSN, AAS, EMT-P, ACLS, PALS, PFCCS," please put a comma between your last name and your first credential. Don't know why that bothers me so much, but I almost can't focus on the actual email when I see that.

  • Jan 14

    I would think about the impression that you want to make - the few qualities that you want to highlight about yourself - and then build actual examples that back up those traits. Remember that anyone can add flattering adjectives to a personal statement, so the more you're able to back up your assertions with specifics or actual examples, the better.

    To me, the first part (about saying hi to everyone and things like that) isn't very focused. It goes between the idea of you staying happy, being optimistic and really just being nice to people, so it's not 100% clear what the take-away message is. I would pick one of those ideas and provide more detail. Don't focus too much on the idea of ensuring your own happiness. They do want happy, pleasant and well-rounded people in nursing school, but to be honest, nursing school is probably going to get in the way of your happiness on a regular basis if you are a good student.

    I agree with a previous poster who says not to focus on failing A&P at this point. That's actually your most detailed example, so that aspect might really stick in someone's mind - and not necessarily in a good way. If you decide to address it, I would rephrase it so that it doesn't look like you have difficulty with fast-paced learning. Nursing school is going to ask you to learn a large amount of unfamiliar material in a short time, so you don't want to cast yourself as someone who couldn't do that in a prerequisite course.

    Right now you still have typos (peoples' lives, Bachelors of Science), sentence fragments (Whether you are a random person...) and run-ons (I see the difficult road...) in your statement. People fluff up their personal statements a lot, so someone might naturally look for inconsistencies in what you are writing. If you say you are detail-oriented but you have these proofreading issues, you might not present yourself as credible. You may decide to rewrite some parts of this based on what people tell you here, so I would just make sure to read the final version over and over and get more opinions.

    Also think about the fact that there are endless ways to help people without going to nursing school. What makes nursing your perfect path? Every nursing school applicant since the beginning of time has written about wanting to help people, but what is it specifically about nursing that makes you want to help people as a nurse? That would be a good chance to stand out a little bit and show that your volunteer work really helped you to understand nursing and its challenges.

    These things are hard because you have limited space to present just the right side of yourself, but I think that with a little more focus you'll be on the right track. Good luck to you.

  • Dec 28 '16

    I merged the two threads on this topic into one, in keeping with our Terms of Service, so that no one gets confused.

    Carry on!

  • Nov 26 '16

    Dang... At commencement in July, staff seemed optimistic that he would be back next year after completing treatment.

  • Sep 16 '16

    I'm sure a lot of us get nervous around adult emergencies, but just about any nurse is going to be a little out of their element during a community emergency. Other than basics like calling for help, keeping an airway open, direct pressure for bleeding, compressions and maybe an AED, you're not likely to have the equipment to do anything else. In most situations, additional equipment is going to arrive at the same time as the personnel who are trained to operate it.

  • Jul 19 '16

    Quote from blessed02
    Everybody says its to prevent fluid overload but iam not satisfied with this answer.
    An inquisitive mind is an excellent quality! It may not seem to make a lot of sense to expect fluid volume excess with the volumes that you are administering. However, a patient receiving blood products is more likely to develop FVE because of the high osmotic load of the blood products.

    High osmotic load basically means that you have a high electrolyte concentration, in part due to normal constituents of human blood and partly due to additives like sodium-containing anticoagulants added to donated products. Since water follows salt, IV infusions of this type of product will draw fluid into the intravascular space and predispose them to fluid volume excess more quickly than we might expect.

  • Jul 15 '16

    First of all, you will run across a few "recruiters" who are looking to wheel and deal you into going to their school.
    admissionsRep,

    Believe it or not, we even run into wheelers and dealers here on Allnurses. Sometimes we're skeptical when people come to the site representing a certain school or product, but it sounds like you're open to discussion of some doubts I have after reading this post.

    The school I work for offers the Medical Assitant Sciences program, which when completed, will certify you as a Medical Assistant.
    Nursing programs definitely cannot make similar claims, as RN or LPN/LVN licensure requires that the student pass a rigorous exam even after completing the degree. I thought that the same was true for CMA or RMA certification though.

    Schools such as the one I work for, offers you an Associates Degree in Specialized Business, which is always much higher than a diploma or certificate.
    I think this is a great stretch. In fact, when I worked as a medical assistant in multiple clinics prior to my nursing career, I found just the opposite to be true. Take two students who start MA training at the same time. Student A gets a diploma and goes into the workforce for several months while Student B is still in school working on the AAS. If both applied to our clinic, the experienced non-degreed student would get that job just about every time.

    Basically, you can earn your LPN licensing in about a year, and RN in a little over 2.
    This is some good information. Many students need to hear it, because most are currently finding that it takes at least a year to complete prerequisites, whether for LPN/LVN or RN. However, I can flip open the paper any day of the week and find MA programs graduating students in six to seven months.

    If you've heard of a CMA or LPN or RN, you've heard of obtaining your BSN then. Basically, that is the top of the line in Nursing today.
    Nurses are currently being educated up to the doctoral level. A minimum of an MSN is generally required for entry into advanced practice, one of the most common forms of advancement in nursing today.

    There is a prestigious private institution here in PA called Alvernia College that has a BSN program and accepts our MA students in at JUNIOR STATUS!
    There are eighty-four approved RN programs in PA, but less than 10% of those programs had lower NCLEX pass rates than Alvernia College did during the last reporting period (10/06 to 9/07). I understand that program quality can be a matter of opinion, but would prestigious be a little bit of a stretch?

    Please understand that our members appreciate unique viewpoints. We're just constantly on the lookout for potential misunderstandings or inaccuracies, as this information can literally change the course of a member's career.

  • Apr 25 '16

    I'll echo what the others have said: More listening, less talking is the way to go. You might say something like, "Looks like you're having a pretty rough time (rough day, etc)." Usually they'll take it from there and talk to you if they're ready.

  • Apr 18 '16

    Quote from shhnay80
    Well.. all my nursing instructors told me that your computer shutting off at 85 is usually a good sign.. you need at least 75 questions right and the other 10 are usually free. My and my 2 of my friends computer shut off at 85 and we all passed.
    A lot of nursing instructors have a surprisingly poor understanding of how the NCLEX works. This is a good example of it.

    On the NCLEX, both passers and failers tend to score around 50%. What determines pass/fail is the difficulty level of those questions where you're hitting that 50% mark. Do they have to give you really hard ones or really easy ones? That's the determining factor.

    Jcarro, 'select all that apply' questions are generally considered to be harder, which is good news for you. Good luck on your results. Let us know how it turns out.


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