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Travel Nursing/ER/Trauma; from US
Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Adult/Ped Emergency and Trauma

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  • Jan 16 '13

    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    When you've gone back to a daytime schedule and STILL need a fan 10 years later for 'white noise' to help you go to sleep........
    OMG this is definitely me! Luv my box fan!

  • Jan 16 '13

    You get a new job that's on day shift and everyone says "Oh you must be so relieved/excited to go back to day shift" and you are thinking MEH MEH MEH.

  • Jan 16 '13

    When you've gone back to a daytime schedule and STILL need a fan 10 years later for 'white noise' to help you go to sleep........

  • Jan 16 '13

    How can I be a successful nursing student??

    Study. A LOT.

    Tips to get hired soon as I graduate??

    The only tip I can offer is to make connections during clinicals and/or work as an aide somewhere. If you have an in, you're more likely to get hired but nothing is guaranteed.

    What type of experiec I need?

    For what?

    Should I do cna?


    Best places to work, most in demand area for new nurses??

    Those are two different questions. "Best place to work" is subjective. I worked for an employer that was often ranked as a "best employer" in the list that the city's largest newspaper put out every year. Having now worked at other (unranked) places, I can say it did not deserve its place on this list. It got on said list by paying to participate in the survey and distributing it to select employees.

    Amazon I likely to be hired first since I'm a male??

    No and I'm not sure why you would think that. There are laws about gender discrimination in hiring practices.

    Average starting salary for new grads??

    This question has been answered 10,000 times on all of your other threads. There is no "average starting salary." It varies by location and by employer.

    How to have a good life as a nurse??

    Find a job that you enjoy, work hard and leave work at work.

    Tips to get into RN program??

    Look up the programs you're interested in and see what their entrance requirements are.

    Best classes to take?

    The classes for the nursing program are decided for you. For my entire BSN program, I had three electives.

    What classes offers point for RN program?

    I don't understand what you're asking here.

    Does schooling for nurse go by fast?

    No. It goes by in 2-4 years, depending on your program.

    Is 19 years old a good age to start?

    If you feel ready. I was 18 when I started.

  • Jan 16 '13

    In the OP's defense, someone in another thread suggested he repost all of his questions in one thread. I'm not sure if that person realized how many posts the OP had already made, or why they thought more repetition would be helpful, but there that is.

    To the OP: I agree with the previous posters- look at local schools of nursing. What are their requirements? How do they rank applicants for admission?How do THEY suggest you make yourself a more desireable candidate? There's a fair amount of variation on admissions requirements and processes so looking directly at the schools you're interested in will give you the best information that is most specific to your case.

    I think being a CNA first is a great idea. You are so early on in this process, as folks have pointed out in other threads, by the time you get to the point where you are looking for jobs, the economy could be very different and the market for new grad nurses very different as well....or it could be more of the same. Do your best to avoid/minimize debt while in school. Look in to scholarships and grants and ways to minimize your expenses while in school. Consider if this is something you really want to do. There are a lot of reasons to go in to nursing- doing so simply to have a guaranteed job is setting yourself up for disappointment.

  • Jan 16 '13

    We already understand that you have ALOT of questions. You have had ALOT of answers to your questions already. Yet you continue to ask the same questions over and over.

    Best advice: Start following your dreams, which will no doubt include enrolling in some basic writing/communications skills classes. Those classes are desperately needed in this case. Communication is key to a successful nursing career.

  • Jan 16 '13

    After looking at your other posts, I would recommend you begin by helping yourself. Nursing takes a lot of self study, so you should begin by contacting some colleges near you that have a nursing program to get most of the information you need as far as what the education part is. Most of this is not at all about opinion, it is about rules and regulations. Most colleges have a website and you can easily begin there to find out about programs and requirements as well as who to contact for questions.

    All the other things you ask are just more of the self study part. Search this website and you will find answers to most of those questions. Search is at the top right of the page.

  • Jan 16 '13

    Quote from Lucidity
    "What do you hate about clinicals? Clinical will be like when you get a job in the hospital except you are on your own as far as how you do things and in what sequence."

    It sounds bad but I don't like dealing with the patients. I'm scared of working with them. :/
    ((HUGS)) as you gain confidence and knowledge you will feel better about being around the patients. If you never end up being comfortable ....there are areas of nursing that you don't have ot have "patient contact" when you are through. You could go be a Drug rep, Clinical specialist for medical companies.....research.

    What scares you?

  • Jan 16 '13

    I dreaded clinical too. To me it was that I didn't truly belong there yet. Once you get into nursing and feel you belong at a workplace it will be different.

  • Jan 16 '13

    I don't think clinical a are like the real world at all. I hated clinicals. I thought the nurses were mean and I was scared of the patients. That was four years ago. I love my job, I feel like I am at home at work.
    Nursing school is not always the best predictor of what type of nurse you will be. Stick with it it does get better.

  • Jan 15 '13

    CC: hair not growing. Pt said Dr. Oz said this might be sign of cancer. Sigh.

    40 something year old woman with no significant medical history...CC: constipated. Last BM: today. Huh? She stated 'I usually go 6-8 times a day, don't you?'. Meh.

    Pt with obvious arm lac asks to be seen for 'neck swelling' x 3 weeks. No visible swelling, no dental complaints, no trouble breathing. Totally oblivious to lac and states 'oh, we can take care of that anytime.' Hmm.

    Fifty-something female with armful of records. Uh oh. Asks for second opinion on 'what's wrong with her prostate.'

    Group of men *and* dog in tow. Uhh??? CC: scabies and we all need to be seen and treated together since we live together (including dog please.)

    Via EMS: female with a 'minor wound' to torso. Pt upon arrival: 'oh, I set myself on fire, they didn't tell you?'. :P

  • Jan 15 '13

    Honestly, unless I was required to (e.g., if they specifically asked about substance abuse issues, if I had disciplinary actions/restrictions on my license, or if I was in a diversion program), I would err on the side of NOT disclosing it for three reasons:

    1. It may make the employer wary of taking a chance on you, especially if they've had bad experiences with staff CD issues. Fair? Not really. But they will be scrutinizing you and weighing the benefits versus risks.

    2. It will not guarantee you the job, no more than my having given birth would guarantee me a job as a L&D nurse.

    3. It could be used as a weapon against you. Could that happen? Yes. How likely is that to happen? Don't know. Some places are very welcoming of nurses in recovery. Others are not...and yes, this also includes some addiction/psych facilities. You may find that whenever you have a bad day, people will wonder if it's related to your addiction. Should narcs or meds go missing, you may always find yourself one of the initial persons of interest even if you were nowhere near the hospital that day. In addition, your coworkers may hold their own beliefs regarding CD and may judge you unfairly.

    However, it is your recovery and your decision, and you need to do what is best for you. If you do feel the need--or are required---to disclose your own recovery, be sure to stress your sober time, how/what you do to help maintain that, and if you have completed any BRN/diversion program requirements. A character reference or two couldn't hurt either.

    Best of luck whatever you decide!

  • Jan 15 '13

    One of my best friends is an ER nurse, and she once told me about an adorable little 82 year old lady who came in complaining of upper back pain, stating "I usually work out my kinks with my hand held vibrator but the darn thing quit on me!"

  • Jan 14 '13

    I'm always hoping my laziness will be mistaken for efficiency.

  • Jan 14 '13

    Helping co-workers is great, but if someone is arriving late often, or falling behind because they take extended breaks, the Charge nurse should be alerted. Let them deal with that, as it is a performance issue. I will often help my coworkers, and the help is reciprocated. However, I have no interest helping someone who is chronically late or lazy. We all have a job to do.