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    No, I'm not on my own yet. My clinical manager is there with me. Although at this point I am trying to use her only as a resource. I find that I learn better by doing instead of watching. I do ask her a lot of questions especially when it comes to setting goals for pt's and interventions. I won't be "on my own" for quite a while. I believe it is policy to have at least 6 months on the floor before you are alone. I think having a manager that is open to answering questions and explaining why things happen the way they do is very important. I hope that you find you have the same experience!

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    I started with FMC a couple of months ago as a new grad and have really enjoyed it thus far. I did have a couple of years of experience on a med-surg floor working while I was in school. I think your clinical manager makes all the difference in the world. Mine is very helpful in helping me think through situations and understanding dialysis. Hope this helps a little.

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    What matters is what is in your heart. If you enjoy the dialysis setting, go for it. I have known people that have started out in dialysis right out of school and have ended up retiring from dialysis. They loved it. I have also known people that have tons of Med-Surg and ICU experience and can't swing it. Do something you enjoy and you will do fine. Listen to your heart and go for it.

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    Annieee likes this.

    I chose nursing because of the hands on care I can provide. Physicians are seeing so many pts and only have a limited amount of time to spend with each one. I on the other hand, depending on the number of patients I have, have the ability to sit, talk, hold a hand and even sometimes cry with the pt. I am the drs. eyes and ears when they are not around. Sometimes I am able to make a difference that no one else would be able to make for that pt on that particular day. I have yet to see a dr. sit down at the bedside, hold a hand, and just let a pt. vent.

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    {While taking pre-reqs for nursing, an advisor asked me why I was going for a BSN and not the ADN that they offered. It all came down to the fact that I already held a baccalaureate degree, and could not go for anything less than the same. I was accepted into one of the accelerated BSN programs. I'm now working on my FNP degree without having to go the RN to BSN route.}

    Why is it that you could only go for the BSN since you already had a bachelors degree? I have my bachelors and the only thing that I couldn't do with the ADN program was take out federal loans due to going to a Community College and exceeding their max number of credits allowed. I'm not disagreeing with you I am just curious. I know a lot of people in my program that are going for their ADN in hopes of finding a job that will pay for their continuing education. Everyone has a different path to follow.

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    When I was taking A&P I had just had my son. It also helped me as we were cuddling to think about the bones and muscles on my son. It helped me study while spending time with my son. If you have young children you are probably short on time as well. This always helped me do two things at once.

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    I don't think many advisors recommend it, but it can be done. Don't worry. For me as I said before time management was key.

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    Just remember you have made it this far. I think it is scarey until we can get in there. Fear of the unknown. I'm sure you will do fine. Good luck and hopefully we can all help eachother out.

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    I know I am really nervous too. I am worried that I may be giving up my current career and time with my family for something that I may fail at or be bad at. I guess we have to remember this is temporary and when we get started we won't have time to worry anymore. We can't get our books until August 27th and then we have reading that has to be completed before our first day. So from the 27th on I guess I will be reading. I can't remember the poster, but they suggested having the text book debound so you can take out the chapters that you are focusing on. I think I like that idea and may try it for my semester. At least then carrying 13 books won't be quite as heavy.

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    lizzyberry likes this.

    I am in the same boat. I have to talk with my boss about reducing my hours. He is kindof rude about me going to school to be a nurse and always has a comment to make, but the pay is too good at my current job to give up all together. I have a 7 and 3 year old. While my 7 yr old is in school full time my 3 yr old only goes 3 mornings a week and will be home with me the remainder of the time. I have been very anxious and have debated over and over if I should reduce my hours and pay the bills I can or quit all together and go further in debt. I plan on trying to work a reduced schedule and if it doesn't work I will quit altogether. I have waited too long to give up the opportunity.
    Good luck to everyone, we all have a struggle, and we all have the fight to keep going
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    I'm sorry about the change in your clinical site. I always get frustrated when anything changes. I know it is something that I will have to work on. I hope you enjoy your new site and it all works out. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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    I took Anatomy and Chemistry at the same time. It sounds like you have been successful in your classes in the past. For me time management and organization were very important. I also looked for websites that would help quiz me for Anatomy. It gave me a break from reading the text and the practice I needed for the quizzes. Good luck to you!

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    Congrats!! Keep your eye on the prize and don't let anyone take you away from it. With your determination I'm sure you can handle anything. Good job!!

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    I'm with you GottaGetIn, my classes start September 4th. I wish that my orientation would be sooner. I don't think my orientation is until August 23. I am ready to find out what I need. I have already purchased my uniform, steth and pen light, but other than that I know I am going to have a lot more to buy.

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    phillies likes this.

    Thank you for your reply. I have been wondering the same thing. If I could have things my way I would really like to go into L&D. My long term goal is to be a certified nurse midwife. But the L&D positions are hard to come by. I have had many dreams that I get put on a floor that I can't handle or don't enjoy. For me that is terrifying. I think if I couldn't be in L&D I would like the ER.


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