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    Notice how I did mention that it depends on the patient's condition? Of course I have no problem kicking people out if I think it benefits my patient and I have no problem sending people home if they're being too loud, have too many people in the room, etc. But it can also benefit some patients by letting people stay a bit longer. I'm not always talking about overnight, or even till 10. My concern is more about people who never, ever bend the rules despite extenuating circumstances. Even with healthy postpartum patients who've only been delivered for a few hours, I've seen new grandparents turned away at the unit door at 8:15 after flying in to the area as fast as they could. I just don't think stuff like that is necessary.

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    I'm a new RN on an OB floor - postpartum and antepartum. All the postpartum patients are in private rooms. AP usually is private unless we are full then we will start to double them up. Our visiting hours last til 8PM...some people are strict enforcers of this and it really bothers me for some reason. I let my patients know that they officially end at 8 but as long as their visitors are quiet, I don't mind if they stay later. They are also allowed to have one person spend the night. We have some nurses who will refuse to let people's family come up after 8 and make the baby's dad go say hi in the lobby. Totally unneccessary and awful for our customer service scores. Anyway, so I had one patient recently who experienced the loss of one of her twins, the other was in the NICU (28 weeks). She wanted to have two people spend the night (mother from out of town and husband). I did not have a problem with this, though when I gave report to the night nurse @ 11, she totally had a cow. Absolutely no way could we break protocol and let her have 2 people spend the night in her private room, even though one of her babies had died. Policy says 1 person and that is it, she tells me. I guess I just don't get why some people are so strict about this and how she could be so callous about it. This patient had no meds but PRN for pain...fully ambulatory, no foley, no IV, etc. She just needed her family. I ended up calling the nursing supervisor who said it was fine of course, so then that nurse was ok with it too...She needed permission? Are we really supposed to get permission to do things like this for our patients? I guess I see the policy as more of guideline that we can interpret depending on the condition and needs of our patients, and not a set-in-stone, black and white kind of thing. Any thoughts?

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    palee likes this.

    I started at the end of January at $22 as a new grad. Got my first raise (promoted to RN-1) and now I am at $24.64.

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    Found out today using Quick Results...immediately after that I checked my BON and my license was there already! So I wasted the $8 but oh well!! LOL and I was at work when I did it...and so my charting changed from "GN" to "RN" on the same day!

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    Good luck!

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    Hey guys. I'm bored, still waiting for my results, and just curious to see what is the "average" number of "select all that apply" questions that people get. I had at least 10!

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    Yeah the waiting sucks!! I took it yesterday and I'm in FL so my quick results should be available tomorrow. I was so hoping they would have shown up today though!! I also had 75 questions and of course everyone tells me that's good, but I can't help fearing the worst. It's so ridiculous they make you wait. The computer knows if you passed or failed because it shuts you off! They should just display the results and say they are "unofficial" until you get further notice, just like the GRE! I'm so impatient! The waiting is worse than taking the test!!

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    lol. i am like 26 hours post-nclex right now (75 questions) and i too find myself staring at "your exam results are not available at this time." over and over again, all day long, i go back to the pearson site!! eventually i will go and they'll be available!

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    OMG now I understand how it feels!! I took it this morning and it stopped at 75. I was hoping it would but still it's awful when it finally does stop. When I was at 74 my heart started pounding. I swear my HR increased at least 20 BPM! I only had 1 calculation question. I had at least 10-12 select all that apply and I hate them. Then I had a ton of teaching questions. No delegation, just a few "a nurse is floating to a different unit" questions. A bunch of drugs, some of which I had never heard of. Now I obsessively log into the Pearson site like hourly to see if for some crazy reason, the quick results are available sooner than in 2 business days.

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    Hi guys! I started orienting as a GN on my unit on Monday. I had been a unit secretary for almost 3 years on a busy postpartum/antepartum unit. When I started my BSN program I was almost positive I wanted to do peds, most likely NICU. Then in school I really liked the ED. So I did my preceptorship in the ED at a children's hospital. But that made me realize that as much as I loved working with kids, it was too hard for me to see the really sick/injured ones. So in the end, after a ton of consideration, I decided to stay and work on my unit that I've been on all along! Everyone is just so wonderful and they're all very happy for me. I did a 12 hr shift on Monday doing antepartum and learned a ton and had a lot of fun. It went by so fast. Tuesday I did postpartum and did some baby assessments. It's so much better than nursing school!! And I'm getting paid! I am so happy with my decision to stay. It's a really good unit with a great team and usually good staffing. I still have a ton to learn but I think it's going to be really great.

    NCLEX on Monday!

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    Yep!

    "Candidates in the following jurisdictions may access 'Unofficial' results via the NCLEX® Candidate Web site or through the NCLEX® Quick Results Line:
    Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia-PN, Georgia-RN, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana-RN, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina , South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands (web only), Washington, West Virginia PN, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
    Your "unofficial" results will be available two business days after taking your examination."

    I plan to use it next week!!

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    I got my ATT on Monday so I'm signed up for the NCLEX on the 28th. I was very lucky to get that appointment, I think someone rescheduled theirs as I was looking at the times. I don't have my eligibility letter yet that says I can work as a GN though. So I'm just a unit secretary w/ a BSN until then! I'm really hoping it comes by Friday...I'm in Florida...does anyone know if that is something that comes via email like the ATT or is that a snail mail letter that comes from the BON? My manager said it usually comes a few days apart from the ATT...I just don't know what to be looking out for!

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    I'm taking it the 28th, and I've not started studying yet either. I feel like my school prepared me well. I got 99.99% on all but 2 of my HESI's (and the other 2 were 92% and 96%). My school made us do the Kaplan online program in order to graduate so I did a lot of questions then. I plan on reviewing some stuff soon but I've never been the person to study for hours a day, everyday.

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    Journey_On likes this.

    Hey. I remember rushing to try and get the stuff done before orientation but it really wasn't necessary. A lot of people hadn't even started getting their stuff done by the time orientation came around. You can always call and double-check but I think there's really no need for them to have your PPD results or CPR card until the semester starts.

    And I think the CPR certification is about 4 hours. My class ran at a fast pace and I think we finished in under 3.

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    Thanks...yeah you're pretty much telling me what I was thinking. Sigh...well I'm going to call the recruiter at one of the other hospitals I've not applied to yet. Everything I've heard says they won't hire new grads into the units, but it can't hurt to ask. At least the recruiter for a different hospital in the system said she had never heard that, and she was the one to give me the name and number for that recruiter, so I'll see what she says. I'm not writing off the hospital w/ the 60+ bed NICU yet, but I do really wish I could get a good position in one of the other hospitals.


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