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EricJRN, MSN, RN 26,667 Views

Joined: Nov 25, '05; Posts: 8,741 (11% Liked) ; Likes: 1,687
Nurse Educator; from TX , US
Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in NICU

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    Pixie.RN likes this.

    I wish I could remember what I got on the self-assessment, but it was over a year ago. I'll tell you that I passed the exam without any faculty experience (now I am an adjunct but at the time I wasn't). I didn't think the exam was too bad, but I tend to do okay on tests.

    I remember looking at a detailed test blueprint on the website and then taking the self-assessment. After that, I knew there were some areas that I should go back and study. For example, I knew from the blueprint that there would be some item analysis questions and we had discussed that only briefly in my master's program. I still had access to a lot of my grad school textbooks, so that helped.

    As I understand it, there's no set minimum score on the actual exam because there are multiple versions of the exam in circulation at any one time, so it's a fancy psychometric calculation that determines the passing score for that test form.

    Good luck to you!

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    I've seen it go both ways, depending on the individual. Some people (even if they are being treated for it) have to be really careful to choose a specialty or setting that doesn't create a lot of distractions. Multitasking can be a really difficult thing to do with ADHD and most jobs are going to require the nurse to keep several balls in the air at once, so to speak.

    On the other hand, plenty of people function well, whether through medication or other means. People with ADHD have definitely been known to seek out novelty, and in my experience, many of them end up in critical care settings.

    I feel like I have been on both sides of the coin here: As a new grad, I had a very hard time with organization, multitasking and prioritization. With time I learned some strategies to deal with those things. Now I think that my curiosity and openness to new experiences are actually benefits when it comes to working in a high-acuity setting.

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    Here are the links to the Alabama and Texas BON websites. The first one lays out the process for initial licensure in AL and the second one is about endorsement to TX.

    Page not found | Alabama Board of Nursing

    Texas Board of Nursing - Endorsement

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    TriciaJ, Jules A, and sevensonnets like this.

    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.

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    poppycat likes this.

    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.

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    Wiggly Litchi likes this.

    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.

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    sevensonnets likes this.

    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.

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    I did the CPNE way too long ago to give you any helpful advice, but I just wanted to wish you the best of luck. Do they still mail you a hard copy of the study guide? Back in the day, we called it "The Car Jack" because it was so big and it seemed so intimidating.

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    BSNbeDONE likes this.

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

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    Excelsior College will admit RNs with non-nursing bachelor's degrees directly into their MS Nursing programs. Since this is different from an RN-to-MSN program designed for nurses with no bachelor's degree at all, they do not automatically confer a BSN along the way. The Excelsior MSN program offers specializations in education, informatics and leadership/management.

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    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.

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    It's not outdated, but I think one confusing thing is that it has been deemphasized in NRP for many years. (Bicarb was a standard code drug for a long time, but now it's known that in coding neonates, there is usually respiratory acidosis, and bicarb will just raise the pCO2 and lower the pH in that situation.)

    In metabolic acidosis, bicarb is still often indicated, but it's also important to look at correctable causes of metabolic acidosis, like whether the baby is cold, fluid-depleted or perfusing poorly.

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    Just wanted to wish you guys good luck. I'm a December 2005 EC ADN graduate who lives in Texas and I recently completed the requirements for a master's degree at EC. Excelsior has opened a lot of opportunities for me over the last ten years.

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    TexasRosiee90 and sailornurse like this.

    The Texas BON website has a fairly new feature called the Education Dashboard where you can view some details about any BON-approved program in the state. You can see a school's contact info, BON approval status, types of accreditation, recent NCLEX pass rates and things like that. To get to this search feature, go to Welcome to the Texas Board of Nursing Website, click on the Education heading and select the Education Dashboard dropdown choice.

    When I do that search for LSC Kingwood (easiest way is just to go to the city field, change it to Kingwood, then select the RN program), I see the "Full w/ Warning" approval status and I notice that there are two years of NCLEX pass rates of <80%. When that happens, there's a board rule that requires that a program is issued a warning. What should also happen is that the program submits a "self-study report" that describes some of the suspected causes for the dip in scores, along with a plan to address those factors. For example, maybe the program went through a period of high faculty turnover or something along that line.