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    Not being snarky but reply to her email and ask her. Can't go wrong that way

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    Started my prerequisites when I was 40 with 4 children (3 months, 21 months, 5, and 6). Entered an ABSN at age 43. Passed the NCLEX at 44 and started working full time at a pediatric hospital. I love my job and have zero regrets. I am not going to say it was easy but it sure was worth it! You can do it!

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    We only use sterile water in our immunocompromised population or if the parents request it. Otherwise, tap water.

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    Orthostatic vital signs?

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    I went into my local Dunks and they said they would be honoring this.

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    cardiacfreak and loriangel14 like this.

    Quote from mugs
    Need some tips

    How to crush medications finely so that they are not stuck in the syringe and flow freely in the peg tube? Please advice. Any tips to dissolve the powdered medications would ne highly helpful and any technique to administer the medications would be highly appreciated. Thanks
    I have had the most success using a pestle and crushing right in the packaging. I then pour into a medicine cup, mix with warm water and draw up. I've never had problems with tube getting clogged.

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    lindah10 likes this.

    Quote from SML456
    Here I am considering nursing school at 25 after already completing one bachelors degree in Health Science (that I have yet to find a job with). I feel sometimes like I waited too long to decide but then I read other post and think otherwise. I just don't really know if my Health Science degree can benefit me alone.

    So here are my questions...

    What age did you decide to go into nursing?

    When did you graduate?

    AND... what field were you in prior to that??

    Thanks in advance!
    I decided at age 39. Graduated from an ABSN program at age 44. Now working full time at a Boston hospital. Former litigation attorney. Considering going for my MSN in a couple of years. Trust me, you have plenty of time! And to the poster whose naysayer ex said they won't hire you over a young new grad nurse, I'm living proof to the contrary

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    Kaybee0525, chelli73, canoehead, and 5 others like this.

    You should plan accordingly and go to work if you are able. I live in the Boston area and we have been buried in snow this winter. Myself and my coworkers are essential employees and people have been sleeping at the hospital and nearby hotels so they can make it into work. I always leave myself plenty of time for my commute if I know I will be going in during a storm.

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    Quote from IVRUS
    Agree KelRN,
    Standards say to always use the lowest amount of Heparin Flush solution in a catheter, except, as you said in implanted ports, then 100 units/ml is used. But, some organizations do not know, much follow standards.
    I am wondering if OP meant to write 30units/3ml? That would make more sense.

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    Thanks for the article! I am trying to download a copy and when I hit the printer-friendly tab, it keeps bringing me to a Mediterranean boneless pork chop!

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    KelRN215 likes this.

    I do see PRN bp meds in my setting (pedi acute care) But there are always very specific orders with very specific parameters. Hydralazine is the one I see most often. I agree with PP and would address this directly with prescribing MD.

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    dorkypanda likes this.

    Time management for sure and not trying to cram it all in before exams. Cramming is just not possible imho! I did my best to keep up with assignments/reading every week. I also utilized quizlet which I found extremely helpful. Studying all the time is just not feasible. You need down time for sure or you will burn out quickly. Because of my home life, I did have to study during off hours (later at night or early AM) but my preference was shorter sessions throughout the week versus longer 7-8 hour stretches. I usually shut down at the 3-4 hour mark. Everyone is different so you just need to figure out how you learn best (I am a visual learner) and what works best for you.

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    MamaRN 9187 and BanannaFish like this.


    2014 grad here. I will try and offer some insight. First, to BananaFish, I cannot comment specifically on someone failing out and then being accepted into an Accel program. Curry is extremely competitive because their cohort size is the smallest in the area. On average, they accept around 35 students and usually receive between 300-400 applicants. My advice to you would be to write about your undergrad experience in your one page statement.

    I highly recommend going to the info session. It is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and meet some of the faculty. At the time I was in the program, the cost of tuition was approx $42000. It is a very vigorous program. If you have to work, I would try and only work part-time. I did not work until Fall semester and did 20 hours a week. To be honest, Spring and Summer were really intense and I do not know if I could have pulled it off (caveat: I have four young kids at home and they take up a lot of my The program was great! I have no regrets with my choice. I was also accepted at MGH and Simmons but chose Curry for its small cohort size, affordability, clinical placements, schedule and location. The schedule was definitely a huge plus because of my family. All clinicals were during the day and I knew exactly what my schedule would be from day 1 of the program. The faculty, for the most part, was top-notch (sans 1 or 2 I could have done without). Clinical placements were outstanding: MGH, BCH, BIDMC, BMC, B&W, SSH.

    That's all I have for now. If you have any specific questions, let me know and I will do my best to answer them.

    Good Luck!

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    I passed with 75. Majority of my test was SATA. My last question, too, was a softball and I walked out convinced I failed. Happily, that was not the case. Hope the same for you

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    I think it is useful for practice and also helps with content review but I did find the SATA in Saunders easier then NCLEX.