RunnerRN2015, ASN 15,023 Views
Joined Jul 6, '11 - from 'NC, US'.
RunnerRN2015 is a ER nurse.
Posts: 817 (36% Liked)
Congratulations! I graduated from there a few years ago. For 101 (unless it's changed) you're in lecture Mon/Thurs/Fri and have clinicals every other week Tues/Wed (and things like sim lab, skills lab, medication skills check off, etc on the alternating Tues/Wed). If you have clinicals that week, you go to your unit Monday afternoon to get your assignment and do your patient research and then go home and spend several hours preparing for clinicals. Clinical days start at 0645 -- I can't remember when they end....maybe 1500 on Tuesday (off the floor earlier but then you have post conference) and a bit earlier on Wed. You're not in class all day Mon/Thur/Fri. It's an intense program but you will learn so much!
Y'all is not a word, or even a proper contraction.
I graduated from CCHS in 2014 so my experiences are still fairly current. Yes, the acceptance rate is low. That's because they get hundreds and hundreds of applications but only start 60-70 students in NUR 101 twice a year, and that's including those who earned guaranteed admission by doing their pre-nursing program. (I did their pre-nursing program, earned a 4.0 and guaranteed admission to the nursing program.) There may only be 30 spots open for direct nursing admission if there is a large number of pre-nursing students who earned a spot. There's a reason why it's difficult to gain admission -- the school is small, the program is extremely rigorous, and graduates are highly sought after, even before they graduate. It's affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System, which is a HUGE bonus. We get the best clinical hours and the best clinical sites. Class size is small, clinical groups are no more than 8 per instructor, and every single faculty and staff member are there to make sure you succeed. When it comes time to find a job, we have our own HR rep and our students are always placed before any other school, including the BSN programs in the area.
PM me or post here if you have more questions!
In school, out of 65 people in my class, there were 8-10 guys. Only 1 was gay...but we also had 2 lesbians, so not sure how that fits into your equation. Do they cancel each other out?
On my old unit, there were at least 15-18 male RNs -- and only 1 or 2 are gay. On the flip side there were a couple of lesbians there as well.
Until you have a firm job offer somewhere else, an RN job there is better than no RN job. The only way she can make you commit to 2+ years is if you sign a contract that states you "owe" them a certain amount of time. Don't sign anything. LOL
I worked as a new grad in a level 1 trauma center. Our ratios, depending on which area of the ED we were in, could be as high as 1:5 -- including ESI 1 and 2s. Our wait times could easily be 6-8 HOURS at peak times. If I had a couple of discharges pop up at the same time, another nurse would swoop in, d/c them, clean the room, and place another patient in the room before I even knew it. We had to take our own patients to ICU to give report, which could take 30 minutes. Meanwhile, my rooms weren't being watched. We didn't always have enough techs so I would take my patients to XRay and CT.
So yea, your ED sounds typical!
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