Latest Comments by strawberryluv

Latest Comments by strawberryluv

strawberryluv, BSN, RN 6,067 Views

Joined Oct 8, '09 - from 'New Jersey'. Posts: 694 (32% Liked) Likes: 394

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    I would do it again as well.

    I think whether or not nursing is hard is subjective. Some people study better than others. For me, it was hard. It
    was the hardest thing I've ever completed so far. The material was a lot and the pace to master the material was
    very fast. I spent a lot of my time in the library or in my room studying. I had no social life...

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    I used the Hurst review and I combined that with book learning with Saunders comprehensive review for nclex-RN

    I made sure I practiced answering at least 75 questions per day since the minimum amount of questions is 75 to pass

    good luck

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    That is so crazy! Are you sure it takes two months for them to verify the hard scan fingerprints? I sent mine like within a week of receiving the fingerprint scans. Its been 2 months but no word yet. My status is still pending.

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    1) Are you applying for license-by-exam/endorsement? Endorsement
    2) Date application was filed? 05/25
    3) Number of weeks since you applied? 10
    4) Electronic/paper? electronic
    5) For those who are applying for license-by-exam: school you graduated from California/other in the US N/A
    6) Your home state of residency: California/other US state NJ
    7) Hiccups with the BRN you've experienced? None, I just wait painstakingly
    8) Remedies you've tried to get your application processed None
    9) Do you have a job/contract with a deadline that you need this license for? Nope, I plan on applying for jobs once I get my license!

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    I am eagerly waiting for endorsement too. I'm from NJ. I applied for endorsement online on May 25, 2016. I got my fingerprint hard card
    about within 10 days. Sent my 2x2 identification photo with a letter like 2 weeks after applied online because I forgot I needed to send the 2x2 photo. I was wondering if I need to send the 2x2 photo with a print-out of my online application or is the letter I sent with my photo okay? I provided my social security number in my letter. If not, I will just send the photo again. I noticed one week ago they started to process applications from March 16-31! Its been two months but I'm patiently waiting. I hope it doesn't take to 5-6 months like someone hear says. -_-

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    I think the "putting my license at risk" is so overdone. If you go to work and do your job right, you should have no fear of losing your license. If you go to work and you get the supervisor involved in any issue you have at work, you should be okay. I always bring the attention up the chain of command and make sure I document anything that goes on and leave many FYI to doctors on their answering service. I try to cover my butt always. LTC is not perfect and it can't always be a good ratio for nurses since most patients are stable and just confused. Have confidence in yourself and do your best or start looking but most nursing home are run the same way

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    freedom92 likes this.

    Okay that is terrible! I can't believe that is the practice at your facility. Quickly, apply to other places while staying at your job so you can be paid. Try your best for the patients and by the way, if supervisor tells you to do something and you think it's against your judgment as a prudent nurse, don't be afraid to go right over her head! It's your license at risk! One trick I use is when the supervisor Advise me to do something I don't think is right I tell the family what is going on with their family member and get the family riled up to demand to bring their family to hospital and then connect the phone line to supervisor to speak to them. After the supervisor speak to family member they have no choice but to be okay to sending patient out of facility. Of course after that you call the doctor to get the real order for the hospital evaluation but that's how it works. The supervisor would never go against family wishes because they know their butt is on the line in a lawsuit if they go against family wishes

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    xoemmylouox and IowaKaren like this.

    It's actually pretty normal for 11-7a nurse to work 1:60 patients in LTC facilities in NJ. At my second job that is the ratio for me. I don't do any direct patient care though. I think your DON wanting no aides for such high amount of patients is just wrong and unsafe! Most of patients need incontinent care and or assistance to toilet at night. With no aide, they will work that nurse to death. People are not going to be toile ting in time or not at all! At my job, at night I have at least 3 nurse aides for a floor of 60 patients which is okay. I can't imagine not having an aide at all for my assignment. I would just resign...

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    Maybe consider looking outside of acute care. I got my first job at a long term care with short term rehab. It was a horrible three months in that position that drove me crazy but I learned a lot. It was almost having the acute care vibe working rehab. It is definitely a challenge to work rehab. If you want a taste of acutr care, try short term rehab a.k.a subacute.

    Nursing homes generally seem to take new grads quickly and I am loving long term care even though I looked down on it while in school as not being the specialty I wanted to be in. Well, look at me months post passing nclex and I am still in this speciality. Try some other areas to see if it's a fit.

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    NurseKari likes this.

    A big congratulations on passing this road block on your journey to be a caring nurse. Give yourself a pat on the back and maybe a glass of wine because now your journey begins!

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    Oh my gosh. I applied to endorse to California from NJ May 25th and it's now July 14 and still nothing. Now the time line is 16 to 18 weeks?

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    That is not right. I am a charge nurse in a LTC floor and I do it right. Injections with gloves. Hand sanitizer in between giving meds from a medicine cup. Blood sugar checks with hand sanitizer pumps in between patients. I think I would definitely report everything to your supervisor because she is promoting infections and harm to patients by her poor use of judgment and infection control practices.

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    smiley581 likes this.

    Don't give up. I had a second chance in my nursing program and graduated in 2015. You can do it. Now that you have failed, this is your opportunity to really take your time and study the material you weren't able to grasp. Take a break from the rigors of being a student and work while slowly studying on own to understand what you didn't get the first time. Things will fall into place. Be patient. Look within yourself to see what went wrong and take steps to correct it. For me, I was weak in clinical so I took a job as a nurse aide and worked with patients to get the hands on care while observing and understanding the patients clinical appearance like in my lectures at school. It helped me a lot with patient care and also calming my nerves during clinical. I passed clinical and went on to graduate. You can do it too. Keep positive.

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    KCMnurse likes this.

    Don't feel bad. You are not obligated to work for the, just because they trained you. You didn't sign a contract. You should be selfish for yourself and value your time and mental health by working in an environment that suits you. If you are miserable at work it is reflected in your care. Focus on you.

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    Don't read all the information in the text books. Focus on the key points. Read something, think to yourself if you understand what you read and if you don't understand seek for the concept in another form like YouTube or through alternative study material. In the beginning I thought I was suppose to read everything too but I found out that was impossible. What you need is a good cliffs notes and to skim read. Focus on definitions, key concepts, graphs, charts.

    Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN(R) Examination, 6e (Saunders Comprehensive Review for Nclex-Pn): 978323289313: Medicine & Health Science Books @

    also would recommend this book. This will help a lot with understanding what key concepts that your professor may focus on since they are preparing you for nclex style tests