First, I'm 45 and this will be my second career. I graduated with my ADN last May, passed the NCLEX in June, and I will graduate with my BSN in early July. I'm living on the E. coast, but have always planned to relocate to the Pacific Northwest once I had my BSN. I've got family in the Bellingham and Seattle area and I'm moving out there late July. I'm in the process of getting my license endorsed for WA. I will renew my BLS in June and I've got the online review for the ACLS and I plan to take the skills test early August, then start looking for work. My sister-in-law has a friend who is a long-time nurse at a local facility and has offered to let me pick her brain, and to put in a good word for me. I'm single and my kids are grown, so I'm up for any shift, pretty much anywhere to get my start.
I feel like I've got all my ducks in a row, but after a year in the BSN program, my confidence in my ability to do actual nursing is a bit shaken. I've woken up from nightmares where I'm being tested on vital signs and have forgotten them all, much less EKG or pharma. Horror stories of being charge nurse after a week from some of my nursing school cohort who landed in LTC hasn't helped either. I plan to buy a tablet small enough to fit in a scrubs
cargo pocket and load it with the Nursing Central package: drug guide, lab ref, procedure ref, etc. as a support, both confidence and logistical, but still...
Any advice on a good way to refresh my basic nursing knowledge if studying for the ACLS doesn't feel like enough?