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Joined Apr 20, '12 - from 'Hollywood, FL, US'. Fearless_leader is a Full Time Student. She has '7' year(s) of experience. Posts: 350 (44% Liked) Likes: 271

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  • Sep 7

    I am a graduate of ITT Tech and I can tell you my classmates and I had no trouble finding employment within the healthcare system. Yes I agree it is a scam school but once you have take your NCLEX hospitals really don't care where you got your ADN from. The only issue I ran into was trying to transfer my credits to a University when I went to complete my BSN.

  • Sep 7

    Quote from Rose_Queen
    This is a discussion board. Once you hit the post button, you no longer have control of the replies. It's how message boards work. No, you aren't going to hear only what you want to hear. Opinion based on reported facts are perfectly valid responses. If you can't handle the replies you receive, perhaps a message board is not the way you should be seeking advice.
    Smh. I didn't ask to be coddled. I ask for guidance. Not some ragdey comments about how my school is subpar.

  • Sep 7

    What's funny is that I came asking for advice/guidance. Not ones opinion of the school or what they think they may know from what they've read online. As with any review made online one must question the validity-disgruntled employee/student? What's even more ridiculous is the fact that nurses are supposed to be empathetic individuals-most who have commented have been condescending and made me feel more like a failure. So the next time you wonderful nurses decide to give some "advice", take your bias out of it. A simple "I have no expertise in this, good luck to you", or "from what I've heard you'll more than likely have to start over".

  • Aug 22


    That's a girl with a plan. It's not by any means solid, but, it's a plan.

    Also, some docs do remain hot even after the stress of everything. They basically stay in a cave that whole time so the sun can do no damage.

    I wouldn't worry about this chick. If she needs an agency to do her homework, she won't really come correct with the chops on the entrance exams to actually get in to a program.

  • Aug 22

    She may be able to pay an agency to do her homework, but she won't be able to pay them to do her clinicals or take her NCLEX. It's students like these who, if they even make it into the nursing program itself, will weed themselves out pretty quickly.

    Focus on yourself. Don't let others affect you.

  • Aug 18

    ^^^These replies are a part of why men "bottle it up" folks.

  • Aug 14

    Quote from Been there,done that
    The answers to your questions are entirely subjective and individual.
    I specifically mentioned my understanding of the widely differing experiences everyone will have in order to avoid the stating of the obvious, given fact by others; hence, I claimed to be seeking a general idea.

    I am sorry that you may have had a terrible experience, nevertheless, thank you for sharing!

  • Aug 14

    Quote from shermrn
    Congratulations on getting hired in the NICU, it's a great place to work. I do have to take issue with the above comment though. I can imagine how scary and stressful that delivery was, my wife worked labor and delivery for a long time and I've heard of some really scary stuff. Consider though that the 25 wk infant survived to make it to the NICU, during the time he/she was there the NICU team is fighting to keep that baby alive. That's 8-12 hours of "scary" for whoever has that assignment. Not to mention the family will likely be there the entire time needing almost constant teaching and emotional support as they struggle to figure why this is happening to their baby, what are we doing to their baby, is he/she in pain, will the baby survive and if so will he/she have any long term problems.

    My point is that with most of the deliveries such as you described the scary part doesn't end when the baby leaves the delivery room/OR, it's only just starting. But a great part about working in the NICU is that you will see many of those scary situations resolve. The situation will go from coming to work and wondering if that baby will survive your shift to coming in and wondering how well he/she will breast feed or bottle, or if he'll still get fussy when you put him in the tub and wash his hair. The NICU is an incredible place to work and with your L&D experience you'd make a great addition to the delivery team. I wish you the best of luck.
    I think you've misunderstood the OP. I don't think she's saying that delivery is scarier than working in a NICU, I think she's saying what's scary is being the lone neonatal nurse with a sick 25 weeker.

  • Aug 13

    I'm sure the courses do make more sense if you take them when hired .. but again, the point is to get hired in the first place and stand out .....thank you gabesmommy2014 and dalmatianmancer for understanding this !!!

  • Aug 13

    Quote from H4ywii
    I'm a Dec 2014 grad. I've grown exceedingly interested in the nicu and one of the new grad residency programs I applied to does include nicu as one of the units they hire new grads into. Obviously, I want to spice up my resume if there are indeed any openings for new grads there.

    I've read about NRP, PALS, and STABLE ..... which would be best for me to try and obtain this month in regards to spicing up my resume while being cost effective and considering I'm a new grad? I just want to show that my interest is serious .... and I've got the passion part on lock! I get happy butterflies thinking about working in the nicu!
    I also am looking at volunteering in the nursery or nicu this month as well.
    Hi H4ywii,

    I wasn't interested in NICU but did want L&D; like you, I wasn't able to do my preceptorship there, so I knew I wasn't very competitive for the L&D jobs I applied for. I did take as many cert classes as I could (including NRP, STABLE, Cardiac STABLE, EFM, etc) because I wanted to gain as much relevant knowledge as possible and I thought it would make me at least a little more competitive. A lot of people also told me it would be a waste of money because an employer would pay for them during orientation, but I felt that that was a moot point if I couldn't get an employer in the first place lol. Also I really loved the courses and considered them a worthwhile investment - I know that I would have gotten more out of them if I could apply them immediately to real life experiences, but I also felt that they helped to build a good initial foundation of knowledge for the future. And I could always retake them later when I did get a job and get even more out of them since I had many of the "basics" down. (In fact the place where I took the courses allows you to retake them as much as you like for free for 2 years.)

    Soon after taking the courses I did land an OB job - and my hiring manager told me it was specifically because I had taken the initiative to take all of the courses.

    So I think if you love the field and love learning all you can about it go for it! It is not cheap, but I think it is definitely worth it. Good luck!

  • Aug 13

    I have interviewed new grads at my old job in Florida. We asked them how they would handle a conflict with a coworker or with a physician. What were their strengths & weaknesses. Tell them that one of your strengths is your enthusiam to learn as much as you can to be an excellent NICU nurse. They will love that. Your weakness is your lack of experience which of course you will overcome. I would emphasize that I was a TEAM PLAYER & that if you did not know how to handle a situation that you would ask your charge nurse or more experienced coworker. POSITIVE attitude is very important. Of course look crisp & clean. Not the time to wear fake nails (which are strictly banned in NICU) or tons of makeup/jewelry( big dangly earrings are also not on NICU dresscodes). Everything else being equal the professional looking candidate will make a better impression. Go read a current edition of Neonatal Network so you can mention it. Feel free to tell them how excited you are about working in their unit. Oh yes, google that unit & know how many NICU beds they have & know something about the unit before you go. Do they do cardiac surgeries or ECMO? Are they a level III or IV? That shows you care enough to research them. Ask them about their internship/orientation/preceptorship program. Good Luck.

  • Jul 28

    Just a thought: what about doing an RN to MSN/FNP? Or whichever kind of provider you want to be? ACNP? There are programs that go from RN to MSN, and some do award the BSN at that point in case something happens and you don't finish the MSN portion.

    In any case, I keep seeing commercials for Southern New Hampshire University: Accredited, not for profit, tuition seems reasonable. RN to BSN Online Program | Bachelors in Nursing | SNHU. I also recommend Excelsior College for the same reason: accredited, not for profit, and the people I know who have attended loved the program (as much as you can love school, lol): Excelsior College | Bachelors Degrees Nursing | Nursing Degrees, Programs | Online RN BSN

  • Jul 28

    You should look into Ohio University. Congrats on graduating and don't worry so much about the next level. Just complete where you are now and enjoy it.

  • Jul 28

    Quote from aspiringrn1987
    I just started on 6/13, also after lots of research and I really like it. I think it will be a challenging program but very doable. I JUST graduated on 5/13 and obtained
    my license on 5/20 so I don't have any work experience yet. I'm obviously still in the introductory class. How are the nursing classes after that?
    All courses follow the same format for the most part....2 Discussion questions (DQ) each week, and then u have to reply to fellow students as well. And then a paper due on Sunday....some times 2, but normally only 1. And most classes have a group project (CLC) and its usually due week 4 or 5!! They are normally a Powerpoint presentation...should be very easy, but you may find some are slackers....want to argue on topics.....dont show up to the group for awhile.....dont do anything...some plagiarize....good times,lol I actually had pretty good groups....recommend you take the lead and ensure u keep ll communications in the group forum----as the prof can see the forum comments!
    When looking for info, don't be afraid to ask the librarians for assistance in finding material. Ensure u look over the RUBRIC to see what has to be covered in the not all the info may be in the instructions!! Look over the Assignment requirements early in the week and ask questions....Some profs are slow to respond and had 1 prof state to the class that its a little late to be asking questions on the weekend.
    Its a pretty straight program....PERRLA is a great program for APA, well worth the $30.....And u can request profs for classes! And if you want to drop class, DO NOT post anything on the classroom..nothing!! As soon as u have done that, you will lose a certain % of the class tuition! And if u have student loans, taking breaks between classes differs than those paying out of pocket...Much more restrictive if u have student loans! SAVE,SAVE, SAVE ur work numerous times while doing it and save it in multiple places (thumb drive, cloud) As your computer will die at the worst possible time! Enjoy

  • Jul 24

    First, I'd call Nsg Supervisor to intervene.

    Then, I think I would document it somehow as an 'incident report' type of occurrence and submit copies to your nsg management, dietary and your facility's Public Relations Dept (unless your supervisor has other directions). In this day & age of those 'satisfaction scores', I think someone might be VERY interested in this family's satisfaction - considering that the family was witness to dietary's response.

    This situation also points to a greater facility need - how can a unit provide for a late, late admission. I'm sure that this happens often enough that there is most probably a need.