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    You might want to double check that. Most places will list that you took a course more than once on your transcript, but only include the last grade in your GPA calculation.

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    Have you looked at the admission requirements for OHSU? They require that you have a 3.0 in the pre-requisite courses and you can only retake a class once. Usually, nursing programs get far more applicants than open seats. The easiest way to cull the pile is via GPA. You will want to get A's in the remainder of your pre-requisites.

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    TriciaJ, rn1965, and Pjones71 like this.

    Have you done the math to figure out much the monthly loan payments will be? It's around $900 per month for 10 years if you borrow $88,000. That's $900 per month you are not contributing towards retirement. Depending on your wage when you start, that could be one week a month or more you'll be working for that loan payment.

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    nrsang97, TriciaJ, rn1965, and 6 others like this.

    I paid less than $15k for my ADN, BSN and MSN. And I started my ASN after age 40 and did all three degrees in 3 years. At your age, and really, at any age, $88k is way too much.

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    llg, mt9891, audreysmagic, and 9 others like this.

    Well, it'd probably help to know what you do like, what interests you and what you are good at. People who graduate with degrees in English or history have to think outside the box because most job titles don't say "English" or "history." In the same vein, just because a job doesn't have "nursing" in it doesn't mean you are not qualified for it. You just need to get more creative.

    Sales and insurance are two options. Management is another idea; perhaps in a treatment center, fitness facility, health food store, chiropractic office, etc.

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    Irish_Mist likes this.

    I'm not an ICU nurse, but if ICU is what you want, go for it!

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    buffalobilly and Apple-Core like this.

    Quote from ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    Admittedly it's not fair but the scope of the problem is many orders of magnitude greater when directed toward the paired X's compared to the XY's and hence a much higher priority.
    Men have just as much of a right to not be harassed, assaulted or raped as women do. The gender of the perpetrators and the victims does not matter. It all needs to end. It's not too much to ask to feel safe at work (or school, the bus, home, or anywhere else you might want to venture).

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    applewhitern and Crush like this.

    Are a lot of nurses on your unit newer? When I'm on a floor with a great deal of "institutional knowledge" (aka experienced nurses), I feel so supported and safe. But when I go to a floor manned by a bunch of newer nurses, well, it can be much more chaotic. Sometimes, newer nurses don't even know what they don't know. Everyone of us was (is) new at some point and we make mistakes, miss things, and doubt ourselves. However, it's not ok to be nonchalant about it. Keep asking question, researching and being the best nurse you can be.

    But, I would try to find a unit full of experienced nurses.

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    Yes, that type of information is important. Sometimes, we get a "second chance" with change of shift. I often will try to approach "challenging" patients/families differently than I might otherwise. Often, I find a new approach and a new nurse helps whatever situation that has arisen. Obviously, some situations aren't going to get better no matter what I (or anyone else) do.

    However, there is a way to phrase this information in report.
    BAD: The shift was utter hell. Patient A is a bombastic arse. Patient B is on the call light incessantly and has ridiculous demands. Patient C is a drug seeker who will do everything in his power to manipulate you.

    And a more constructive way:
    BETTER: Patient A does best with choices (do you want your pills first or your eye drops). Patient B needs some extra TLC and time. It probably is a good idea to set boundaries with Patient C early.

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    Orion81RN and Noctor_Durse like this.

    By the way, I would encourage you to memorize when to hold (and call the provider) medications. Some instances when you'd want to consider holding a medication: elevated creatinine, heart blocks, low potassium, low heart rate, low blood pressure, loose stools. I'm sure there are tons more, but I'll let you figure out what medications you'd hold if you had a patient with any of the above.

    I've seen plenty of nurses dole out the senna without looking to see if the patient has diarrhea. Or milk of magnesia to a patient with poor renal function. Do you really want to give an albuterol new to someone with tachycardia? Maybe, but it might be worth asking about an alternative. What about giving warfarin with cranberry juice?

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    Here.I.Stand and CardiacDork like this.

    Congratulations! Enjoy the new journey. I hope it brings you happiness.

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    sevensonnets and Sour Lemon like this.

    Change your user name to something anonymous. The best position? Sometimes, it's the one that hires you. If you have choices, I'd say the best is the one that most aligns with your interests, skills and goals.

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    Quote from Noctor_Durse
    As I understand it neither poster thus far has any specialized knowledge to impart on this highly motivated nursing student, eager to learn.
    Nothing stopping you from doing it your way. The information you seek to memorize is all in a book and online. There's nothing I can add to the resources already available to you. When you are working as a nurse, you will see certain drugs over and over again and others rarely or not at all. I think I've given maybe three of the drugs you listed in your original post in IV form, ever. Why would I memorize the others?

    Drugs that I give every day, I pretty much know them so I don't need to look them up anymore. For the drugs I give infrequently, I'll look them up before I give just to refresh, especially if it's new to the patient. However, I do look up or call the pharmacy for IV drug-drug interactions every time.

    There are far too many drugs and far too few brain cells in my head to memorize everything. I'm also fond of printing out the drug handout and giving it to the patient with the first dose so the teaching is both verbal from me and written for later reference (with the added benefit that I have a cheat sheet when I'm doing my teaching)

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    I prefer to not trust my memory on these things. I look it up. Every time.

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    llg, Everline, ProperlySeasoned, and 1 other like this.

    When I was new, I helped everyone too. Then, I realized that no one else responded to bed alarms, call lights or other needs. I quickly became burnt out. I'm not saying that you shouldn't help, but you need to make sure you have enough in the tank to take care of your own patients.