Whts_Ur_Emergency? 1,701 Views
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Im a diploma prepared RN looking in to going back to school to get my BSN or MSN. All the hospitals in my area have instituted a policy that requires a minimum of a BSN within 5 yrs. I am broke as H$ll because ive been only working 1 day a week for 1 1/2 yrs and out of work 1 1/2 before that due to health problems. Ive got 45,000 in unpaid credit and a 10,000 dollar student loan in forbearance. Im sure i can get financial aid but do you think i can get more student loans?
I want to go to UNC Chapel Hill but they only offer RN to MSN and tuition is about 30,000 for the 2 yrs. Does anyone know if you can take as longer than the 2 yrs or do you have to take a whole load and be done within the time frame? Also if you can take as long as you'd like to complete the program does it affect the cost?
Do employers care where you went to school as long as it was an accredited program? As far as online programs go how much cheaper are they and does anyone know of a good one?
Lots of questions....thank you for any info you can provide
ok, im diploma prepared and interested in going back to school because ive been out of the hospital now for a few years and all the hospitals in my area are requiring minimum of BSN within 5 yrs of hire.
I want to go to UNC Chapel Hill but they dont offer RN to BSN only RN to MSN. Now this may sound like a stupid question but how does it work? Do they hand you a BSN and an MSN at matriculation? Im assuming you get the BSN sometime but i would imagine that they dont just give it to you once youve gotten enough credits otherwise people would just quit if they are like me and want to go to UNC but dont have the BSN option. Anyone Know?
this is going to sound stupid but when putting a patient on a non rebreather should you inflate the bag? why is the bag important
My nursing school assisted in getting us in as new grads into the hospital. If you need money I'd stick to what u have because nursing school is very demanding and u would have time to study on the job.
I dont see how that was a heroic measure but maybe your facility has a policy in place that states what a heroic measure is or that you need a doctors order to suction. I would demand to see the policy that backs up her claim. Policy can work to your advantage. If she can not produce it then take it to the DON and if not resolved there say you will contact the board of nursing.
As a CNA in the ED i was often the first staff member in a room to meet EMS if it was not a critical case. After transfering a patient an elderly lethargic man to the stretcher the medic asked me to sign for the patient but his partner realized i was not a nurse yet and he made this really offensive comment to me. He said," oh she just a C.N.A. You know what that stands for right? Cleans nuts and a$$! they had their little laugh. I was mad and also relieved the patient was not with it because it was so unprofessional. Another time I had to attend an inservice for CNAs with the Chief Nursing Officer about reporting skin integrity issues to the nurse. After being spoken to like a kindergartener, she opened up the floor for discussion on any issues and one of the aids asked why nurses got pull pay when they were sent to another floor than their own and CNAs didn't (i was in the ED so i never got pulled). I couldn't believe my ears when she flat out said, " its because you arent as important as the nurse is". Yep she actually said that!
I have been applying for jobs with them for over a year and I have only had two calls for interviews. When I lived in charlotte I had no trouble getting calls for CMC. Its crazy!
Id have to say my biggest pet peeve is when someone hands you a medicaid card as they pull it from their Louis Vuitton handbag with bling on their hands after having rolled up to the ER in their Mercedes Benz! After that I'd say when someone comes to the ER for a UPT. Dont they know they are available at the dollar store now adays?
The ER is an excellent place to prepare for critical care because you get experience with drips and things as well as learning to read telemetry, but in critical care you need well developed assessment skills where as in the ER you are using a focused assessment. As an LPN you may have trouble getting an ER position as they are replacing LPNs in areas like the ER with RNs because it is not efficient to hire both due to the fact that LPNs can't IV push or make initial assessments or triage. I dont recommend going into the ER as a new grad for anyone because you need well developed skills to practice well in there. Med surg is your best bet because you get a variety of diagnoses, and can perfect your skills while learning to juggle 5-6 Patients. What ever you do don't do LTC if you are ultimately wanting to go further with your education because you have upwards of 50 patients and no time to develop assessment skills all you do is pass meds and it's hard to get back in to a hospital after that. Even though the pay is better, be smart! Good luck
I would not suggest becoming a ER nurse as a new grad. Although you may find managers to hire you it would not be in your best interest. You really should get a year of practice on a med surg or Tele floor first because as an ER nurse you are expected to think fast and work fast. I worked in the ER as an aide and I did EKGs and phlebotomy and assisted with procedures for 5 yrs prior to graduating. Believe me that's all I wanted to do when I graduated, but my manager told me to get a yr of experience first. Guess what happened... The valedictorian of my class was hired in my ER and she couldnt handle it. She broke down having a panic attack and staff had to five her oxygen and treat her patients. I went back after the year was up but I found myself nervous where in the floor I was confident. That first year is critical! In school you only have 1-2 patients and you may only oversee part of their care because the instructor has so many students and we all know that is not the way it is in reality.
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