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  1. First Choice Nurse; Second ???
    Join a circus troop as a partner acrobat. Lifting people up in the air, and also playing on aerial silks/flying trapeze. For now I help organize local circus meetups as part of staying sane in...
    Jun 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. hard of hearing
    If you have trouble hearing patients speak, you need a hearing aid. If you only have trouble hearing through stethoscopes, look into electronic ones. If I haven't had my ears cleaned recently I have...
    Apr 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. AWD vehicle for nurses
    Snow tires would be my recommendation if wanting to pay for an improvement in snow driving performance. In practice I drive a front wheel drive (much safer on snow than rear wheel drive) Saturn sedan...
    Apr 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. CNA as a career
    I would not describe working as a CNA to be low anxiety, even when you have good management. I've been a CNA for 7 years now, first in assisted living, then home health, and for the last 18 months in...
    Apr 7
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  5. Nurses: You’ve Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics
    I'm happy to see other long term weight lifters on here. I'm a 30 year old student nurse (having worked as a CNA for 7 years now) and have been lifting weights since age 7. Hearing NPR talk about the...
    Apr 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. What did you give up to be in nursing school?
    Delaying having kids. Reduced social life. My wife and I have been together 7 years, I'm 30 and she's 28. We're trying to wait on having kids until I'm done with nursing school, hopefully May next...
    Feb 18
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  7. RN program with no pre-reqs?
    Agreed. The program I first went into had only 1 official prereq, but then there were 10 courses that gave points toward admission depending on your grade, and if you didn't take most of them and...
    Sep 30, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  8. I failed my Blood pressure assessment
    I have a cardiology III and found that I still had trouble hearing well through it until I realized I needed to get my ears cleaned ;-) My doctor has me put a mix of half hydrogen peroxide half...
    Sep 23, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  9. How old were you when you started Nursing School?
    I'm 29 and have ~8 months left. At clinical some of my classmates were regretting having waited so long to start nursing school. Both were in their early 20s ;-) Another classmate is 59 and seems...
    Aug 31, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  10. What do you so to relax from nursing school?
    Crossfit, partner acrobatics, and aerial silks. Moving my body gives my mind a good restart.
    Aug 31, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  11. New Grad Job Market: A Game of Chance
    You say you have not landed a job in an acute care setting, what about other settings, such as home health or retirement centers?
    Jul 30, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  12. New Grad Job Market: A Game of Chance
    If I understand you correctly, it seems that while you realize that experience is what counts, each time you've started to gain experience after finishing a degree you've then switched careers so...
    Jul 29, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  13. How much do they let you customize your program/select your clinicals at your school?
    No choice. We can't even trade sites with classmates. You may end up with a site 5 minutes away or 45. We might be able to opt out of precepting, but that's it. The first semester is the only time we...
    Jul 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  14. Will being a CNA increase my chance?
    In my clinical group, those of us who have worked as CNAs/Med Techs were seen as much more competent by our instructors than our less experienced classmates. There's so much that will be new to you...
    Jun 3, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  15. Pre- CRNA
    Some programs like Duke look at your overall GPA for all college courses you've ever taken. Others like WCU look at the GPA of your last 60 credits, which would be particularly beneficial if your...
    Feb 20, '13
    Forum: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  16. You're so smart, you should be a doctor.
    I've heard this from family members, coworkers, and even family friends that are nurses, with the reasoning of the latter being that if I'm sure I want to go for being a nurse practitioner and I...
    Feb 19, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  17. Working and nursing school?
    I work 3rd shift as a med tech at a retirement facility and have a few hours down time during most 8 hour shifts where I can study if no emergencies come up. I'm in my 2nd semester in an ADN program...
    Feb 19, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  18. How much is your nursing school expenses?
    Tuition ~$1,000 per semester over 4 semesters at my community college program, books ~$150 per semester getting mostly older editions online, parking for clinical ~$60 per month, food while at...
    Feb 14, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  19. NPs...Would you do it again?
    I'm curious what has you so dissatisfied with family practice, as I'm looking at either family nurse practitioner or CRNA school.
    Jan 30, '13
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  20. What tape recorder do you prefer?
    I used to use a $100 olympus audio recorder, but found I actually get better results with the Hi-Q MP3 recorder android app on my Nexus S phone. I have much more control for adjusting gain levels so...
    Jan 9, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  21. Unbelievable exam question
    You must be new to nursing school if this is the first such infuriating question you've had (or you're in a better program than me). They've been par for the course so far in my class. Easily 10% of...
    Nov 20, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  22. Are clinicals flexible?
    With my program the clinical site changes once or twice per semester. We have no say in what clinical site we get, and can't trade with classmates. This semester I lucked out and got a spot 3 miles...
    Nov 13, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  23. Anyone pass the NCLEX without study/preparation?
    I could see passing without intense studying after graduation, as I've been studying for the NCLEX since the beginning of my first semester, mostly with LWW's NCLEX-RN 10,000 question online program....
    Nov 13, '12
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  24. Guys, do you take this personally?
    I'm fine with individual patients having their own preferences. It's more problematic when males are excluded without the patient ever being asked. As an undergrad, before I'd gone on to nursing...
    Oct 11, '12
    Forum: Men in Nursing