blisstarr 813 Views
Joined Jun 16, '07.
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i graduated in jan and became licensed this past feb. i was already working as a nurse intern at a local hospital. im in ocala. i was laid off. i have applied to every hospital in marion and citrus county and have had zero call backs. luckily, while i was at the hospital as an intern, i was also a cna at a local rehab. so... i went full time at the rehab (sub acute). i love it. i am getting everything i would if i were in a hospital on a med/surg floor. iv's, picc lines, wounds, tube feedings, passing tons of meds, etc/ not only are hospitals not hiring new grads...at least in my area, they are shipping patients out a lot faster. alot of the time, after 3 days these patients are either discharged to sub acute or sent home. i deal with alot of ortho.
so for me, right now, the experience i am gaining in invaluable. you have alot more patients when you work sub acute so your assesment skills and time management is essential, and delegation. you end up delegating numerous tasks to cna's and lpn's (within thier scope of course) but i am still the responsible rn on my floor.
so, just be prepared. out of my graduating class, only one has secured a position in a hospital. others are doing md offices, home health, and rehab. by the way...i am making about $4 more per hour than the hospital was going to start me out with, had i not been laid off, which is an added bonus. im also able to do 8 hr shifts, which i wanted in the first place, and i can do doubles whenever i need/want extra cash, as anything over 8 hrs is paid as overtime. by the way, when i say rehab im not meaning psych, its physical rehab. and more and more, we are getting younger and younger patients. rehabs arent just for the elderly. i dont know if its the economy or what, but we have several younger patients now in for various reasons. give it a try...it may surprise you.
And to answer your question, yes you should be finished by August of next year. It is only 3 semesters for you, which would put you at August of next year.
well, i prefer to keep a positive attitude towards life....i don't think that's tempting fate or god's laughter....it's how to survive in a hard world! if i weren't optimistic about my future, then i may as well roll over and die now, right? LOL LOL
anyway, just because there are only 5 or 6 attending some pinning ceremony doesn't mean only 5 or 6 made it.....i know that many do not make it, but i'm quite sure the numbers aren't THAT bad! hahahaha....MDC wouldn't be a very good school if they were that bad. :-)
that still doesn't answer my question, though, which is, when does the AO program that begins this August (wednesday!) end next year?
i am starting the accelerated program next week. Does anyone know specifically when/which month the students who start the AO in august will graduate?? for some reason, MDC will not give me this info. when i asked an instructor, i said, well, it's three semesters and we go during the summer next year too, so, that means we graduate in august, right? and he said, "oh....yeah, something like that i guess....maybe."
why so evasive? is there something i should know? i'm planning on moving out of state after i graduate....that's kind of why i'd like to know at least the month the program ends! :-)
can't wait to start.....good luck to all of you in all programs and hello to any fellow AOers! :-D
yeah! the lady from Jackson has been really nice at least with me, and it seems like they are really working in the organisation of every detail, today I received another email about the schedule and orientation...so far, I'm happy with my decision.:heartbeat
Hello to all past, present, and future MDC Nursing Students,
I, too, will be going into the 4th(and LAST) semester at MDC. I am so anxious to start, it is all I can think about. I am part of the Jackson Scholars program, but I think i know you akspudus (we spoke after psych care plan test). You are giving some great advice, and you are describing this past years experiences so accurately.
I remember being as nervous as these newbies. My advice to all of you who are starting this fall is to relax!!!!! The biggest problem is that some people do not know who to balance thier life. By no means am I saying that you should take it lying down, just know that ecerything works out for a reason. Not all the teachers are the best, in fact, most of them dont really care about your complaints. Just go in and work hard and that is all you can do. I cant believe and entire year has gone by already. It feels like yesterday I was walking into Health Assessment. Also, dont make a big deal out of things. Blood pressures are not that difficult, PAY ATTENTION IN HEALTH ASSESSMENT,it is one of the only thing that semparates us(RNs) from LPNs and you will need it throughout the program. STUDY LIKE YOU NEED TO KNOW THE MATERIAL FOREVER, DO NOT STUDY TO PASS THE TESTS! I have class mates that have done that and they are eaither out of the program or having to retake classes. Get to know your classmates early on and make groups, dont go it alone, you will need the support. That's all I can think of for know.
I too just finished the 2nd semester going into my 3rd next week at MDC. It has been such a rollercoaster, so if you think that you are going crazy now just be sure to keep in mind that it gets even worse. Of course, I mean that is the best way possible. I have not loved every minute, but for the most part it has been, and continues to be, am amazing journey.
I hope nothing but the best for you!!! Keep your fingers crossed!
By the way I am in the Jackson Scholars program, so if and when you do get in, feel free to ask about that option.
I got my accpetance letter about a week and a half ago. I have been going crazy with all the forms and stuff. Has any one heard about the orientation?
I wish everyone luck that applied and look forward to meeting everyone in the fall!
I had a 3.6 when I applied. I got in and I am starting this fall!
My best friend works for Kieser in Miami(I don't want to say where), and trust me you do not want to go to that school. I have gotten to know the people who work there, especially in admissions, and when someone compared them to a used car salesman, it is so true. They are pushed to recruit as many people as they possibly can using whatever tactics necessary. My friend was telling me that until very recently Kieser was not even SACS accredited. Even worse, before they were accredited the staff and faculty where told to keep the fact that they were not on the hush-hush. They would take advantage of peoples ignorance and would sign them up and have them pay 4 or 5x the regular amount that they would pay at a community college. And what is even worse they would not even be able to transfer any credits to another institution.
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