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  • Jan 23 '14

    Be careful. People have found out that they can not get licensed in a state because the school where they originally attended is not accepted by that state. Made no difference that they went on to obtain a BSN somewhere else.

  • Jan 15 '14

    Wow, that's rough. We can get rotating bariatric beds with LAL mattresses, but what I was told is they're not a substitute for turning. The rotating feature is more for pulmonary hygiene than for the skin. Most of our rooms have ceiling lifts, and lots of times we'll put a full-body sling under the pt, hook one side of the sling to the lift, lift that one side several inches, and stick the pillows under the pt. I don't know how well we're actually offloading...when someone is so heavy they pretty much flatten the pillows. Just do the best you can, and also don't hesitate to get the help of every available staff member--even if it means you have to wait until they can all spare five minutes.

  • Oct 1 '13

    While I can appreciate you want those uninformed students who may be considering nursing, to know the truth about the current climate and the lack of job opportunities, this post is discouraging for us new grads. We have worked so hard to finish nursing school and achieve our RN status and spend most days applying for positions and trying to keep our spirits up, so reading this type of post is disheartening. I know first hand it is truly an emotional roller coaster and a fight to keep your chin up! As an older nursing student and now new grad (48 yrs young who was active in SNA and also a class representative and I was fervent to encourage my classmates when they were down and have continued to do so since they are many of us, including myself that haven't found jobs yet. After 4 semesters of hospital clinicals I honestly feel more than anything, that is what is needed in nursing and among some nurses is a positive attitude and one of encouragement and empowerment, rather than nay sayers who start telling you how you should really choose any other field than nursing. I realize we all need to vent to each other because nursing is a damn hard job and 2 of my best friends who have jobs vent to me often, to let out their daily frustrations. I just wish I could read more positive posts on here sometimes that encourage current nursing student and new grads. I was ill on a Saturday and visited the urgent care clinic near my home a few months ago right before I graduated and when I shared with the RN that I was a soon to be RN she immediately began to tell me how awful being a nurse is right now and that she is getting out of the field ASAP I sit there thinking, why in the world is she telling me this, what can it possibly accomplish? On top of it being inappropriate for a nurse to tell a patient she is caring for how she felt about nursing why would you do it all? Even if I felt that way I would not tell someone who is about to graduate how horrible it is to be nurse. It's like telling a first time mom who is pregnant with her first child my horror story of being in labor for 24 hours and then having a c- section and telling her what a bad idea trying natural childbirth is. I vow not to be that type of nurse and no matter how bad it may be I won't tell other students how awful nursing is. I know we can't be positive all the time but I can sure as heck try

  • Aug 24 '13

    LPN:19; RN:45; BSN:48 (graduate hopefully shortly after 49); MSN: forget it!!!! Had a change of heart!

  • Aug 24 '13

    Actually, I started the RN-BSN at 46 but really became determined to stop letting life interfere with my finishing this degree at 48.

  • Aug 24 '13

    Started my LPN program a month before I turned 38 graduated and licensed a few months after turning 39 My children were 5 and 15 when I started.

    Started my LPN to RN program a few months after turning 42 and graduated and licensed a few months after turning 44. My children were 9 and 18 when I started.

    I'm going back now for my RN to BSN, should graduate at 46. They will be almost 14 and almost 23 when I finish.

  • Aug 24 '13

    Even though I started when I was 54 and had been out of school for 35 years I was disappointed at the others who took it for granted that if they were to not pass a class they could always take it over again. I did not have the $$ to take over again and made it through in three years missing only one day. I do admire those who have children at home and those who even have to work too. My husband was my saving grace. This to all who manage to graduate and love what they do as much as I do!!!!!

  • Aug 24 '13

    I was 18 when I started nursing school, but my mom became a nurse at 50

  • Aug 24 '13

    Graduated LPN at 40, now 44, and in RN school

  • Aug 24 '13

    Thanks Proud Nurse! I tried to go to school back in 1997 when I was much younger but something about "guaranteed" student loans weren't guaranteed lol. So life happened to me as well. It was my current husband who afforded me the opportunity to realize my dream. I'm also glad I now can role model for my daughter the importance of an education. Not getting my degree in nursing is something I had always regretted. I cried when I got pinned partly out of pride for my accomplishment and partly because my mom wasn't there to witness it. I can't wait for about 6 mos to pass and start to feel some routine and hopefully confidence

  • Aug 24 '13

    I went back to school at age 50. The first year, my son was in Afghanistan, was in a suicide bombing, and lost 10 friends. Somehow I passed my classes...although, I don't really know how....anyhow, I am a registered nurse of the best things I have ever done. I only wish I knew how to cure his PTSD...

  • Aug 24 '13

    Congrats NurseNanci1, and happy early birthday!

    I graduated last year shortly after turning 43. I wanted to do the program earlier, but life happens. I could've been an RN 5 years ago, or 1 year ago...but either way I'm an RN now. Your husband is totally correct. Time waits for no one. Sounds like you have a great support system.

  • Dec 7 '12

    Have a little fun with your name,try introducing yourself as Uglesha and watch the pt try to keep a straight face. Works like a charm!

  • Nov 10 '12

    When my plate is full: Job, school, work I set aside a 30 min hard workout to help work off steam. Even if you just walk for 30 min you can listen to vocab recording for school. Helps me feel double productive!

    It can be done:

    Add veggies
    Drink water
    1 Cup of coffee a day
    take the stairs
    add fruit
    If you have a day off do Yoga!
    Drink more water
    Vending machine are evil ( it may be hard but stay away)
    Plan, Plan Plan ( I save money by bring snacks to work and school)
    Drink water

    Smile No regrets, if you have an off day or meal acknowlege it then move on.

  • Nov 7 '12

    I wrote this to share with an upcoming graduate class and thought I would share it here with you all as well! Good luck as you graduate and start your new career!

    5 things you need to know as you graduate nursing school:

    -You don't know what you don't know- keep learning, keep growing, and never feel too comfortable in any situation.

    This statement cannot be any truer. As you graduate nursing school you feel you have conquered the world. That if you can make it through the grueling adventures of being a nursing student that you can do anything! It's a great feat, and certainly not one that just anybody can pat yourself on the back for that. But the knowledge that you get in nursing school only skims the surface. It gives you a sense of what nursing is all about and the skills necessary for critical thinking but most of what you will learn will be on the job. Be open to that. Don't shy away from new and sometimes scary situations. This is when you will grow. When you are uncertain of something, ask questions. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask. Empower yourself and never stop learning.

    -Nurses can and will eat their young.

    This is true. Being a nurse can be very intimidating and often trying. A new job is stressful in itself but being a new nurse in new and scary situations brings this statement to a whole new level. Nursing units have a set of social rules that aren't written down anywhere and sometimes they are so hard to figure out. Don't give up. If you want it, I mean really want it; you will survive. Find yourself a mentor on the unit, someone you can look up to and trust. Someone you will have your back in any situation. Keep your eyes and ears open. Don't get too comfortable too fast. It takes a long time to develop trust but if you are patient and willing to stick with it, it will come, I promise. Just remember, in 10-20 years from now how you felt as a new grad...and treat your young the same way you wanted to be treated. We need to stick together. Strong relationships make strong teams.

    -Teamwork is an essential for survival.

    It takes immense responsibility and commitment to dedicate yourself to a place that never closes, where fragile lives hang on the line, where you can celebrate life and grasp for it all in the same day. But you cannot do it all alone. Don't try and be a soul hero. It takes a team for things run smoothly and it's essential to have each other's back in every situation. Never shy away from another nurse or co-worker who is overwhelmed with a sick patient. You will be that nurse one day and you would want others to have your back too. It takes courage to conquer fear. Do it early and often in your career and you will grow to be everything you wanted, imagined and dreamed you'd be as a nurse.

    -Take time to be a nurse

    As nurses we get caught up in numbers, statistics, and pathophysiology. We are often so focused on the medical aspects of our job that we overlook the actual experience of being a nurse. The moments that can only be claimed by nurses. Step back and pause for a minute and put these moments into perspective. Take time to focus on the now and be clear and present in your specific task. I promise you there can be peace found in even the most hectic of days, the kind of peace that can't be seen by the naked eye, but felt by the heart. Look for these moments and celebrate them. They exist in every day.

    -Nobody cares how much you know until you show you care.

    You WILL leave an impact that can last for years to come. Decide whether you want this to be negative or positive. It really is a choice. Remember why you wanted to be a nurse to begin with. Ask yourself the question- if everyone I work with interacted with patients and family member the way I did today, would it be a better or worse unit? Answer it, and if it isn't the impression you want to leave then make sure you make an effort to change it. Stay grounded and keep asking yourself this question. Remember being perfect is never the goal, but being aware of your attitude and your interactions is. Never lose site of its importance.

    Being a nurse you have the insight and opportunity to see change in people. But more importantly these same people will change you. Your career will have moments of intense happiness coupled with moments of sorrow, love, and sometimes loss. Celebrate and acknowledge all these moments, learn from them, tuck them away in your heart, and refer to them often. They are what will make you a great nurse.