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I just completed the Nurse Refresher Course at Montgomery College in Maryland. It is Maryland Board of Nursing approved. It is a 3 1/2 month program. You can take the theory and clinical or just theory. I think it is a little more difficult to take the clinical alone.
Thanks so much for the advice what steps did you take to acquire your contract? Do you still work with this company and do you recommend this as a possible option for new graduate nurses? I am trying to find as many alternatives as possible as it is hard to acquire work as a new graduate nurse.
Hi, I worked there on a contract, and it depends on where you will be working, I guess you might be considering Sidra Medical Center. This one is an upcoming new Hospital, state of the art. The salary is great, plenty of vacation time, lots of travel opportunities around the middle east, asia and Africa as the country is in central location.
It is expensive to live there, cost of living is high however depending on your purpose of going there, one can save a decent amount of money. ( that is one reason people go to any middle east country I think) There are no cultural restrictions - as you don't have to cover your face being a female as in the case of working in Saudi Arabia. You can drive, The city of Qatar is small, limited entertainment. Local arab population is smaller than other nationalities. Overall a great experience if you are looking for good work experience, good money and travel opportunities.
I am also interested in nursing in Qatar and this is the first time that I actually considered going overseas. Doing some research it looks as if you will need to apply for a license overseas and then pass another medical licensing board for particular hospitals and that is if they consider you
I just took NCLEX examination on Thursday and received my unofficial results that I passed. To be honest with you the best advice that I would and could give to anyone is to not make it complicated when it comes to studying. Honest to God, I spent 3 to 4 months preparing myself using the following. First, my school had us sign up for Kaplan online tests and reviews. At the end of the program we had access to the Kaplan RN Prep for the NCLEX. It helps a great deal to go through the entire Q bank for testing all areas and their question trainers. Their question trainers consist of 7 tests that get harder in content and the last two are the closest to what the NCLEX examination will be like with Question Trainer 7 being 6 hours and 265 questions. Take your time when going through these and review the rationales and make sure you understant. Second, I recommend that students invest in Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX. I purchased mine over a year or so ago and used it to help me understand pediatrics and maternity nursing and Medical/Surgical I and II. It really is detailed takes you through most if not all the medications, major disorders, legal and cultural aspects, and breaks everything down. It comes with a CD Rom that can easily be uploaded onto any computer or laptop. I spent days on end going through chapters a day and doing the questions on the CD Rom. Any given day I went through upwards over 150 to 200 questions a day. Finally, I recommend getting a Kaplan NCLEX-RN Medications You Need To Know for the Exam and Handbook for Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. They both came in handy when I wanted to focus on certain medications, diagnosis, s/s, assessments, interventions and evaluations.
Also, do not go in there cocky. I prepared myself to sit for an entire 6 hours and utilize my time. If I needed to I would take my time no matter what and if necessary I would just guess and move on. Do not be afraid to spend some time on a question to get it right and think it through. There really are no tricks to it. You will need to dedicate yourself and time to get a passing score. And yes it is hard. I found myself not getting as many select all that apply questions but more questions recognizing signs and symptoms, necessary interventions, and prioritization questions.
Great thanks for the information that is what I am doing now. But if you are not doing consistently well on the Kaplan Review online is that an indicator of how you will do on the NCLEX. I tend to find the NCLEX Saunders Comprehensive Review book to be more helpful than Kaplan and the best scores that I get on my own are 66%. The highest I received was a 78% when doing the unused and incorrect questions to do more review. I just took a RN Sample Test with 50 questions and got a 50%. I just feel I need to trust in myself more and I can pass on the first try. The time is coming quick so I plan on doing as many questions as possible with some breaks in between.
1. Why some of the nurses will leave the patient's room and ask me (because I am a still aide waiting to sit for my nursing boards) to get a urinal or a hat for the patient to urinate in, instead of assiting the client to the bathroom themselves. Not to mention putting me in harm's way when lifting a heavy client who they darn sure do not assist to get in and out of the bed or on or off the darn stretcher.
2. Body able people who I understand may or may not be in pain but insist on lying in their own filth and not washing their own behind. I will never understand people who lie in bed all day and do not wash themselves for days at a time. Then complain that they are not being offered bed baths and a.m. care by the staff when they can clearly do it themselves.
3. Pts who are discharged within a matter of days after having nothing or barely anything done along with the patients who have had major surgery. I understand that a lot of procedures are going same day surgery and if you can be discharged within 48 hours they are going to do so. But goodness unless the pt is complaining or refusing do something besides a few minor medications they can get at any local cvs or walgreens and IV infusions.
4. Finally, studying for the NCLEX and not understanding why some questions will tell you that a particular diet must be maintained and followed for a certain disorder and then in a matter of a few questions that same disorder has a completely different diet and ingredients that are the complete opposite of what you were originally told should be the adhered to diet SMH. Even now I find myself wondering why I am choosing the answers that I am choosing and getting some of these scores when I know the answers.
What baffles me more is the simple fact they ask questions about medications with very detailed side effects of what to and not to expect and I have not heard of half these medications or even some.
Congratulations and these do help a lot. Please send me notes as well at DKNY16_2@msn.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
NYC at a major hospital is 15-18 starting. Night differ 1-2 dollars. I'm a PCA and I do EKG and phlebotomy. It depends on the hospital if they train you for it.
Are you in NY?
Where I work at I am known as a Patient Service Associate and our job is a union job. The first three months at my particular hospital is $14.12 then once you pass the probation period (God willing you do) then you are tapped out at $14.82.
Now the other people in my class get paid on average $16.00 or more because they work at night and at bigger hospitals
My professors have always put at least 1-2 numbers behind the decimal point...they usually just round up once you hit a .5 or better.
If I have already answered this forgive me I have been so tired lately. My dream job would be to work in mother/baby as a labor and delivery nurse or neonatal nurse.
The sad thing is due to stereotyping and racism we are being taught to have neutral names and more White sounding/less ethnic sounding names. I just feel that this is another way to conform because lets face it those of us who fit the description that is hindering us are not in charge in the hiring process or coporate world
Yes names will hurt you when you are a good worker and are willing to do the work that someone with a less ethnic sounding name may or may not do. In my case, I wanted to go by middle name (which was listed as an 80s name) because my first name, to be honest, is too Black sounding. Terribe I know, but I cannot control the image and stereotypes that pop into people's head. On the other hand, names that lead to certain cultures or groups of people can be helpful for those that are foreign. As a Black American, we are not seen in the best light compared to other non Black American groups, so it works out better for them than for me
Even though I have my worries, the newly graduated nurses (many of whom will be White) filled out 100s of applications, went for several interviews, and spent almost a year or more without work in the field. Maybe things will be different for me but I can see my first name being a hinderance instead of viewing my actual skills and education, which is par for the course
Now let me take it a step further. The studies have proven that resumes with ethnic sounding names, once changed with more Eurocentric names and pictures, got more call backs for interviews and job opportunities. Besides my name, racism, sexism, stereotypes, and whatever else I cannot think of, will work against and I have already experienced it.
Yes because I still have that urge to get my neonatal nurse practitioner but first I have to look at Master's programs and getting experience before I do anything
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