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Write yourself a wonderful reference, with a statement about how you have worked in "X" capacity over the years.
Take it to each manager and ask them to sign it, or tweak it and give it back to you.
You can use that as a reference at your next job.
I CLEP'd my Sociology, and tested out of Public Speaking via Dantes.
I also took an accelerated three-week Developmental Psychology class.
I am not aware of many higher education universities that easily accept online "ologies" classes, including Chemistry.
I worked two jobs for a total of 44 hours per week as a floor nurse while obtaining my clinical MSN degree.
I'm now full time faculty, and think that it would be similar to be part time faculty with a full time job and obtain a MSN degree versus the route I took.
It all depends upon the degree of laser-focus you can maintain with your assignments.
Does the Chancellors office know about this?
What does your State Board of Registered Nursing list as minimal qualifications to teach?
Is this Instructor the “instructor - of - record” with the BRN?
Does this particular college do “co-teaching” or “team-teaching”?
[emoji768]Nurse means just that; Registered Nurse.
I was an LPN for 15 years before I became an ADN RN. Not one single place, to this day, ever gave me credit for that 15 years experience.
I really wanted to work ICU. I was burned out on M/S, however, I was seen as not having had any prior experience.
I even got put into a "new grad" program for a year. It was a job and a paycheck. I figured if they wanted to pay me extra to teach me how to take a blood sugar and transfer someone out of a bed and into a wheelchair, there was a lot worse things that could happen to me.
I applied for ICU, but there were no positions that were going to any new grads.
So ~ I spent a ton of money on my own to learn as much about critical care as I could. I paid over $600 for a 7 week critical care training course. I paid for my own ACLS & PALS. I took a TNCC course. I took beginning, intermediate, and advanced hemodynamics. And so on, and so forth.
When I finally got an interview for an ICU position, I was able to demonstrate that I had all the bells and whistles, and the facility didn't even have to pay to send me to training. I got hired and have worked in ICU ever since. (Now on-call).
My area was saturated with nurses wanting to get into ICU. I barely stood a chance as an inexperienced RN without training.
If you can get hired straight away ~ I say go for it. If not, then just "fake it till you make it"!
(Get your own training)
I have a MSN/CNL. I have had decades of experience as a RN.
In my experience, the CNL is very versatile. I was able to articulate my CNL degree into a full time nursing faculty position at a college for RN students, and the ink had barely dried on my graduation certificate.
Others in my graduation cohort have gone on to fill many varied positions. The CNL is a clinical-based advanced nursing degree, and does not pigeon-hole you into any certain area. A CNS is an advanced practice nurse - a specialist - and is very, very good at the area that is chosen as a specialty focus.
If you want to have options, I would recommend the CNL.
My facility utilizes bedside report in a uniform manner throughout each floor, including Mother Baby.
The purpose of bedside report for our hospital is to introduce the patient to the oncoming nurse, and to discuss pertinent information, as appropriate, at the bedside to allow the patient to participate in their care.
It is considered inappropriate to discuss obviously sensitive information at the bedside, and the off-going nurse is a good judge of what the patient will desire (in most cases).
As with any tool, the blind use without allowing the RN to use their critical thinking to determine how to best implement on each case is the wrong way to use the tool.
Valium and Ativan were not counted in the drug count
Glass IV bottles were the norm.
Reyes Syndrome was new.
You actually had time to feed a patient.
Heat lamps were used on decubs
Treatment and med pass 1"X1" cards were color coded per shift so you would know what was due and when.
Shift report was given by the head nurse who read through the patient names on the kardex along with their whole life history in a nutshell.
The patients hairdresser could walk in and inquire about the patient and no one would bat an eye.
You could score a breakfast tray a lot easier if you were hungry.
The hospital provided coffee, toast, butter and jelly for the break room.
Central processing would try and resterilize anything they could get their hands on.
They would Not tell you the sex of the baby if you had an ultrasound. (Just a bunch of Killjoys)
It cost around $3000 dollars total to have a baby!!
Confession: Sometimes I put ice in my wine.
Will I still be allowed over for a drink too?
A few problems with that; Dr. William Thompson never reported that the "CDC had lied to world", data had been intentionally omitted from a study he had done because actual ages of some of the children the data was drawn from could be confirmed, which made it unusable for the purposes of the study. With or without that data, no link was found between MMR and autism and no link has ever been found between the two.
There is no arguing that Wakefield fabricated his data, it's a bit ridiculous of the producer to suggest that because there were other authors involved in the study he couldn't have possibly have included fabricated data, actually there is nothing that prevents him from doing so, the other authors contribute their own data, they don't evaluate Wakefield's data.
As for the unnecessary procedures, if he had simply been guilty of using faulty scientific methods, which would leave open the possibility that he actually thought his research was legitimate, then one could argue he was only guilty of something mildly horrible. But we now know that's not what happened, he simply fabricated data, which means he knowingly subjected autistic children to procedures and tests that had no purpose.
Or unit secretaries who believe they literally run a unit. These people have no medical training at times and are not certified or licensed, yet they feel they have the authority to tell the RNs what to do.
I don't get it, why????
[url=http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/02/vaxxed-film-premieres-new-york-anti-vaccination]Controversial Vaxxed film premieres in New York despite scientists' outcry | Society | The Guardian
...."The film is directed by British former doctor Andrew Wakefield, whose retracted and debunked study of a dozen children asserted that there is a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism."
....Film-makers hope the first showing of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe will stir enough interest to warrant wider release"
...."The film was screened despite a lack of scientific evidence to buttress its conclusions: that vaccines are dangerous and responsible for rising autism rates."
Wakefield invited the children of the parents over to his house who were suing the manufacturer of which he stood to gain tons of money with a guilty verdict.
He held a party for the children and paid each $5 to let him draw their blood for his study.
He ran a pathetically disorganized lab, which sought to prove that the vaccine linked the MMR vaccine to Autism.
Numerous scientists have tried in vain to replicate Wakefield's study-EVEN USING THE EXACT SAME LAB AND PROTOCOLS - as Wakefield did without a lick of success.
There ARE scientists out there who desperately wanted Wakefield to be correct.....and could not come up with the same results as Wakefield.
Wakefield violated so many ethics during his study that the Lancet pulled his study and the medical community finally roundly drummed him out of medicine.
It is inconceivable that anyone who has an ounce of knowledge about the scientific process, would want to waste their time and money to see a film put on by the very man who disgraced himself so soundly.
Post note: I did my OWN research into Wakefield sloppy study through a real literature search that did not include "Google" as my engine. (EBSCO, PubMed, etc). This information is easily obtainable should someone (a vaccine skeptic) like to wander into validated and accurate information.
My class got to learn how to start up and shut down a computer. (This was before the Internet). We received instruction on how to type something on screen and to then print. (On a dot-matrix printer).
Hoo Boy, was that cutting edge stuff! LOL.
Nursing school is about 4 years.
Children are about 18 years.
Would you rather wait 4yrs to have children, 18yrs to start nursing school, or combine the two somewhere between q2 hour feedings, and daily errands, trips to music lessons, soccer practice, and working around whatever employment situation that you are in at the time?
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