Latest Comments by CherylRNBSN

Latest Comments by CherylRNBSN

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Joined Mar 30, '12. Posts: 184 (56% Liked) Likes: 347

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    Hi everyone,

    I am looking for any advice from all of you who have applied. I rec'd by BSN from UAB and want to apply for Spring.
    Here is my concern: my overall undergrad GPA is only 3.02. However, my last-60-hrs is 3.62.
    I am concerned that I may not be very competitive!

    Does anyone have any data on their admission statistics? Dare I hope any preference would be given for alumni? ( I have a sense that is a no...)
    I applied at Univ. of Southern Alabama and was denied. The admissions counselor informed me that they looked strictly at overall GPA, and I was not going to get in without a 3.5.
    So I am looking at other programs.

    I would appreciate any thoughts or advice.

    Thanks, and good luck to everyone!

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    Quote from Nik3rn
    You have a set number of patients that are assigned to you but if a fellow nurse constantly called on you to do their task it would infringe
    on your boundaries and inhibit the care YOUR patients receive. The teacher can put the earring in. Let the nurse eat her lunch for once this week.
    This happens EVERY DAY. I work on a floor with LPN's who are not allowed to do IV pushes, hang blood, TPN, or start chemo.We each have 6 pts., but I must do those tasks. And the LPNs usu. leave work before I do, as a result.
    My girls have some male teachers.
    I doubt they would be comfortable inserting ear rings.

  • 9

    Quote from nisteber
    Are you kidding me? A Nicki Minaj quote? That is awful haha. But in all seriousness, I think the older ******* nurses only discourage the new ones because it makes them feel better. If they are still on the floor at age whatever 50 or 60. They have probably applied and not gotten a few management positions. Those are my thoughts after 5 months in as a new grad on a med surg floor.
    Dear Brand New Nurse,

    Allow me to address your ill-conceived comment.

    I will be 48 in one month. I have 7yrs. med surg experience and 6 yrs. critical care experience.
    I MANAGED a medical practice for 2 yrs.

    But after staying home to raise children (much like you, child), I returned to floor nursing after a 12 yr absence d/t divorce.

    I am VERY happily back at work on the floor. And doing very well, thanks to my years of experience. Can you imagine returning to work after a 12 yr. hiatus?

    Will I remain on the floor forever? No. I will return to school for post grad work and move on. But for now, I am VERY thankful for the opportunity to resume my CAREER. I ENJOY nursing, I enjoy my patients, and I enjoy colleagues of ALL ages.

    Your comment about being "on the floor at age whatever 50 or 60" is extremely arrogant, ignorant, and ill informed. It smacks of ***entitlement***. My dear, you are precisely why new grads get a bad rap!

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    Quote from rnlily
    I've never seen any older nurses "running circles around the younger ones." The only people who say that are the old nurses who should have retired 10 years ago.
    Ha, I'm calling b.s. on that.

    It all depends on the individual nurses.

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    I can't believe they said that to you!
    It's none of their business. You are job searching, and you have every right to cast your net far and wide!
    I would NOT want to work at that hospital.
    Remember, YOU ARE CHOOSING THEM AS MUCH AS THEY ARE CHOOSING YOU! You are interviewing them, too!

    I'm stunned.

    Good luck!

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    HazelLPN, OCNRN63, LockportRN, and 6 others like this.

    Quote from A.B.123
    There is an issue going on at health care facilities about nurses who are still working as nurses well into their 60's and 70's. Assuming everyone ages differently, consider the effects of aging (such as decrease in vision, hearing, unsteady gait, ect.) do you think they put their patients and themselves at risk for injury? If so do you think there should be a mandatory retirement age for nurses?
    Not sure where you are going with this, but it smacks of ageism.

    Any nurse should be evaluated on her PERFORMANCE, not her/his age.

    I am in my forties, and need glasses. A friend of mine, a psychologist, wears a hearing aid.

    You are prob in your twenties to pose this question.

    I know some great surgeons in their sixties and seventies. How long did Michael DeBakey work before he retired?

    Most nurses retire themselves by sixties, and prob only a few work til in their seventies.

    Management assessing EVERY nurse on their performance. 'Nuff said.

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    So many avenues open to you.

    Becoming an EMT is quick, and will get the adrenaline rush of being a first responder. Lots of valuable experience in emergency care that you can use while attending nursing school and then for job applications, which will protect you against the dreaded "exp. required".

    My path: LPN, then ADN, then BSN. I have never had trouble finding work, even after being out for 12 yrs. to raise kids.

    My point is, that you can gain experience in healthcare immediately. Work as CNA, EMT, or paramedic. Get your feet wet.

    I got BSN with ZERO in student loans due to CNA/LPN.

    Good luck!

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    Quote from Moko5327benedict16
    Thanks for the article I am not a nurse but want to be one here is a example
    My mom has 2 diseases wegners disease and ms she was rushed to the hospital and I found out on Facebook when I found out I started crying and I was on the school bus on the way home when I found out and I felt like I could not stop crying
    please understand that you LOVE your mother. While you will care about (some!) of your pts., you will never love them as you do your mother. So that emotional vulnerability will not be there.

    Rather, you will likely find comfort in helping others who are navigating grief, sickness, and loss. B'c you know firsthand what that feels like. You will hopefully appreciate and realize the opportunity to pay it forward.

    Nursing will provide you an opportunity to do that work from an emotional distance. You will not feel that emotional when it comes to caring for strangers.

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    AnonRNC and joanna73 like this.

    Quote from Nurseadam
    Lol at everyone assuming it was sex, we just made out, so chill out.

    well then I'll quit nursing and work at McDonald's , maybe they'll give me a chance.

    Oh joy
    If you were only making out, they should NOT have fired you, IMO. A reprimand should have sufficed.

    If that is all you are guilty of, I wouldn't give this another thought.

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    Gold_SJ, CareQueen, and BSNbeDONE like this.

    Let's not make this into some catastrophe for nurseAdam.

    Was it poor judgement? AbSOLUTELY.

    Who here has not been guilty of that? Perhaps not in this way, or even in our professional lives, but we those of us who have lived long enough and are introspective enough, will realize our own failures and shortcomings and mistakes.

    If his behavior is a PATTERN, then it merits a tongue lashing and repeated terminations. Time will tell.

    Adam, you made a mistake. ONE mistake does not render you un-hireable, a bad person, a bad nurse. It renders you...human. Just like the first Adam. Welcome to the club of human foibles.

    Learn from your mistake, forgive yourself, resolve to move forward.
    I hope you will follow the advice of Tina, RN, b/c it is spot on.

    I can almost guarantee you the very worst thing your ex-employer will say is "Not eligible for re-hire". They will v likely leave it at that. And Tina's response covers that v nicely.

    All these strangers on All Nurses can judge this one behavior, but they CANNOT judge you. YOU MUST DO THAT YOURSELF. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE (or maybe not, that takes time, some people never know who they are, use this to find out. Take a good look in the mirror. Do you like what you see? If not, get going, and get growing.)

    Use this miserable, embarrassing experience to answer those questions. Who am I? What do I value? What do I contribute? What are my goals, my motivations, my strengths, my weaknesses?

    If you do that, you WILL be okay. Better that okay. This too shall pass.

    Best,
    Cheryl

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    Quote from Tina, RN
    I haven't read all of the replies to this thread. But, maybe you could tell future interviewers, "I had a relationship with a coworker, and that was frowned upon at my previous employer. I will never make that mistake again." I doubt the person would ask for all the gory details, so why tell them? Keep it simple.

    Good luck!
    Out of all other posts, this one has the very best and simplest advice.
    And it's honest.

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    Sorry, guess I'm just from med-surg, where EVERYTHING is your responsibility.

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    Sudsy, somenurse, and TopazLover like this.

    Earrings that are not replaced can cause the piercing to close, necessitating a re-piercing.

    New piercings can become infected, easily. To me, this is personal hygiene. Unlike make up, or clothing or "accessorizing" . It involves a disruption in skin integrity, and potential for infection.

    Patient teaching is a cornerstone of nrsg practice. I would therefore teach the child how important it is to keep earrings in place, until healing is complete. I am guessing this would take a solid yr. for children.

    I would inspect ear for s/s of infection, disinfect earring, and reinsert. All the while teaching student/pt. how to do this for herself.

    I am not a school nurse, or a teacher. These are just my opinions about the matter.

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    Sudsy and TopazLover like this.

    Quote from DSkelton711
    I did a year of school nursing. If you don't set boundaries with the students, teachers and parents you will be doing all sorts of crazy stuff EVERYDAY. I don't understand why the teacher didn't do it in the first place. Next time maybe have the student wash their hands and talk them through inserting it themselves, that way they are learning.


    OK, well, I have to speak up for teachers here. They are EDUCATORS. They are busy EDUCATING. Personal hygiene...SCHOOL NURSE.

    They are just as busy as we are...

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    Hoozdo, poppycat, jnkgal, and 3 others like this.

    Are you serious? Who the &@#( has time to SLEEP?

    You must be working in some podunck hospital in the middle of no-where, where nothing is happening.

    Seriously, who has time to sleep?


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