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Joined Apr 5, '11 - from 'New Jersey'. Double-Helix is a Nurse, Children's Hospital. She has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU'. Posts: 3,072 (52% Liked) Likes: 5,715

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    That will depend on your state. Usually you'll get a packet in the mail detailing your score breakdown within a few weeks.

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    Did you use a valid credit card?

    You can only get quick results from Pearson Vue. Otherwise you have to wait to get the results from your state BON. Honestly, it's $8 to get the quick results. Just pay it and find out for sure.

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    It sounds like they just move very slowly. They may have had turn over in management or HR that resulted in a temporary freeze on hiring. I've pretty commonly heard of employers contacting applicants several months after the application was submitted- and not just in health care.

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    Here's a link to a website that breaks down learning domains in more detail. Reach through it, and think about which parts might best apply to a 6 year old.

    Learning Domains - Student Life Learning & Assessment | Emporia State University

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    A citation can, and will show up on background checks. Even after it's sealed, the BON will almost definitely still have access to it, and it may still be part of several private criminal record databases. It's very possible hospitals will be able to view it. You will also be asked on any application if you have ever had a criminal conviction or civil judgment and, whether the record is sealed or expunged, you do have to legally disclose this.

    Whether or not you will be granted licensure with this conviction will depend on the details of the case, the amount of time that has elapsed since the citation, any other red flags on your application, etc. These decisions go both ways. The licensure with a criminal history forum may give you more insight into the experiences of others. And whether you will be hired with this conviction, if it appears on a background check, depends solely on the discretion of the employer. Consult a lawyer in your state to see whether you have to disclose a sealed record on an employment application.

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    Just to clarify, the OP is using "NP" as an abbreviation for 'nursing program' not nurse practitioner. He/she does not yet have a bachelor's degree, but is on the way to completing a degree in biology (using the pre-requisites from the nursing program he/she is withdrawing from.)

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    It sounds like you're looking at becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist. But while a CNS can specialize in any area of nursing, most degree programs you'll find will offer only specific concentrations like Geriatrics or Pediatrics. An alternative would be to enroll in a MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program. This is an MSN degree for nurses who wish to remain focused on bedside clinical care.

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    I'm so sorry for your loss. It is always difficult when a loved one dies, and even more so when they die unexpectedly in what is supposed to be a "safe" place. It's also normal to want answers. It sounds like your family members are trying to "let sleeping dogs lie" and not search for details surrounding your father-in-law's death. That is normal too. Both are methods of coping, and I encourage you to respect that, for now, your family members don't want to seek more information. While it may be therapeutic for you, the process may be quite traumatic for some of them at this point in their grief process. For you and those members of your family that feel like you would benefit from additional support, your family physician or the hospital's social work department may be able to provide referrals to a grief counselor. Also, if your employer offers an Employee Assistance program, you could take advantage of those benefits- they aren't only meant for job-related stresses.

    Generally, if they family has questions about a loved one's care, the next of kin would need to initiate a discussion with the primary physician caring for that loved one. Of course, this can be very difficult to do when the family is still reeling from the shock of the loss. If the questions aren't sufficiently answered by the physician, the family can request to speak to additional members of the care team, request a copy of the medical records, and involve an attorney if it feels warranted.

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    poppycat likes this.

    Why was she given an enema if she had just had a large bowel movement?

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    Quote from AJJKRN
    I think hypotension and bradycardia are on a bit of a different level than mild nausea or say drowsiness...
    Or an allergy to fentanyl because it causes "itching."

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    I think all of us- student or licensed nurse- go to work thinking, "I hope I don't hurt anyone today." The fear may not be that we give the wrong patient orange juice, but that we program the wrong drip rate, miss an important clinical sign of a change in condition, inadvertently contaminate a sterile field, etc. It's a normal concern, in our profession. This fear is what drives you to be cautious. To read orders carefully, to check (and recheck) your dosage calculations, to look up diagnoses and medications you don't know well, to ask a seasoned nurse before you perform an intervention. The worry you describe is not only normal, it's healthy.

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    NICUismylife, poppycat, Kitiger, and 7 others like this.

    Did you fail the NCLEX? If you were granted a temporary GN licensure and then failed the NCLEX, that licensure would be revoked.

    If there is is no reason for this prohibition explained in the letter, you need to first figure out why you received it by calling the BON. If you're sure it's some kind of misunderstanding, I would still go to work, but bring the letter and immediately discuss it with the charge nurse or nursing supervisor on call. They may allow you to just stay and observe, do online learning, etc. so you aren't practicing but you don't get penalized for missing an orientation day.

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    One of my biggest pet peeves is documented “allergies” that are actually expected side effects. When clinicians try to order these medications it triggers a hard stop in the computer system. Then pharmacy has to call the ordering doc to clarify. It creates delays, extra work, and sometimes ends up with the patients not receiving the medications that would be most effective for them.

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    missklaas likes this.

    CRNA programs require a BSN degree plus 1-2 years of ICU level experience as an RN. What university you graduated from is not weighted as highly as your GPA, GRE, and experience. But I could also see students who graduates from well known universities being given preference, if all other things are equal.

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    Cat365 likes this.

    LPN and RN are different degree programs. Yes, you can become and LPN and then enter an LPN to RN bridge program. This is a good option if: 1. You can’t afford an RN program or 2. Your GPA doesn’t qualify you for an RN program (which tend to be more competitive). But if your ultimate goal is to be an RN, it may be better to enter an RN program directly. You can either enter an associate’s degree (ADN) program (about two years long) or a four year baccalaureate (BSN) program. The BSN degree is preferred among major hospital systems and in some cases required for hire. You will be a more competitive applicant if you have a BSN degree. However these programs take longer to complete and cost more money

    LPNs have a narrower scope of practice than an RN. That means that while many of the skills and knowledge is the same, they can ultimately do less than an RN does. For example, in some places an LPN cannot administer IV medications without additional training/certification. For this reason, LPNs have been phased out of most hospital systems. They still can find employment in long term and skilled facilities and some clinics.


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