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    Otessa likes this.

    My hospital makes physicians, PAs, RNFAs, and CRNAs pay a fee each year(about $500.00) that covers all their meals, drinks and snacks. Although they don't stand in line to pay, they still have to pay for all the food that they eat.

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    I agree with the other two posts. I faced a similar situation. No one wanted to hire a new grad unless they had their BSN. I took the first and only job offered to me and began working on my BSN. I am in the operating room. Some nurses that I have met frown upon me working in a specialty so early into my career but that was the only job offered to me. Doctor's offices, nursing homes, home health and agency/temp work have been alternative jobs that many of my nursing school friends have taken just to get a year's worth of experience. Keep looking, don't give up and good luck.

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    GadgetRN71 likes this.

    Thanks for your reply SquirrelRN71. This is for a project that I am doing at work to guage if nurses understand wound classes in situations like the one I listed.

    We do ask the doctors for their wound class but we all know that some are not 100% honest. For example, even with a break in technique (like a hole in their glove) the doctor will still consider the wound class as clean, which is incorrect. The doctors and staff at my facility change gloves after draping as well when it comes to cases like these and in ortho cases.

    We also have people that look over our paperwork and make us correct wound classifications that they feel were put in the wrong class. For example, I did a rectal case. There was feces present around the incision site (the case was for a fissurotomy) so I put the wound class as contaminated like the MD instructed me to. I later received a note that I should have put the wound class as clean/contaminated. The nurse reviewing my chart did not know that feces was present, nor was their an area for me to justify my wound class. It is problems like these that we are trying to correct at my job.

    Thanks again.

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    How would you classify this wound:

    Scenario: your patient is scheduled to have a right BKA. The doctor's pre-op DX is gangrene of the right foot. The patient is draped out for a normal extremity case with extra care being given to the patient's foot which is draped with an impervious stockinette that is wrapped with coban to create a seal around the foot. The actual incision is not made on the foot, rather it is made just below the knee where there is no sign of gangrene, inflammation, infection or open wounds.

    The debate:

    1. some people feel that the wound class is contaminated because of the pre-op DX. Is this because it is assumed that somehow the set up/sterile field was contaminated by the gangrenous foot?
    2. others feel that the wound class is clean because the area in which the actual incision was made was free of infection, gangrene, etc. Also, they take into consideration the fact that the foot is covered and wrapped up.

    So I ask. How would you classify this wound?

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    mari55 likes this.

    I got accepted to both the bridge and generic MDC ADN program options with a 3.26. I just got accepted to the BSN program with the same GPA. I am not sure about all the criteria that they look at when selecting students. I can tell you that my math and science grades were very high and maybe that helped. I would not give up hope just yet. Just apply and see what happens.

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    I completed the online bridge program at MDC in December 2008. What did you want to know about the program in particular? I can tell you that it beats having to drive to the campus, but it is a lot of work. You have to read a lot but the work is doable.

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    I did the nursing program online (I was in the Bridge Program) last year but I think that Leadership is the same for all. You can expect to be more on your own. You will still have a preceptor, but you will be given more responsibility. You may start off with one patient, then two then, then three until you are taking care of all of your preceptor's patients. This is only if you are on a med-surg floor. If you are assigned to a unit or a specialty department like the ER, your assignments will be different. Also you will have to do the following:

    1. Make a journal entry that outlines what you did in clinical due weekly.
    2. Choose to do a project that will give you either an A, B or C in the class. They will give you more details on this. The project is due at the end of the semester.
    3. You will have to do a certain number of NCLEX style questions each week. You can either use an NCLEX book or ATI questions. A print out of the questions completed are due each week.
    4. You may have to do a group project that focuses on leadership.

    I hope this helps. Good Luck.

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    Is $23.50 an hour average, above average or below average for a brand new RN in South Florida? I would really like some insight into to this because I don't know what other new grads are making.

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    Quote from sirI
    suzanne's plan is no longer available:
    Wow, I had no clue about this.

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    Quote from StrikerRN
    Good for you and congratulations, I still haven't passed it and have taken in the 4th time, and wow your result was fast.

    Yeah was hoping I could do Suzanne's Plan, but I think she already stopped doing it.

    If I knew I should have taken her plan before taking the 4th one, what a bummer.
    I was going to do Suzanne's plan but I did not have enough time to do it. I believe that once you send her your information correctly via PM, you will be added to the mailing list. It may take a few weeks, but you should hear something soon.

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    I took my NCLEX exam yesterday and just found out this morning that I passed. True to form, I felt like crap after the test was over. I really had no way to gauge how well/awful I was doing during the test but I remained focused on choosing the best answer I could. Needless to say,I felt that I didn't study enough. This is a normal feeling and I knew that it would be impossible to learn/know everything. The testing strategies I learned did not apply to most of my questions especially the harder priority/delegation ones. I had a lot of priority/delegation, psych and infection control questions. I had 4 SATA and one calculation.

    If I can offer any advice to anyone, it would be to take the earplugs that are offered to you even if you think you might not use them. I happened to be wedged in between two people with colds that sneezed, sniffled, coughed and blew there nose the entire time they were in the testing center. I lost my focus and had to resort to using the earplugs and headphones I was offered.

    The one book that I would recommend to anyone that can't afford to take a review course is Saunders 4th edition. It is the most complete review book in my opinion and I own quite a few review books. Another recommendation is the Hurst review if you can afford it. I must admit that throughout my test I heard Marlene's voice talking to me about the NCLEX Devil. I highly recommend the online review option. Don't let the sample video fool you, it is a great program. I used a combination of Hurst lectures with the Saunders CD and made sure that I did 100 questions each day.

    Good luck

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    jjhunt likes this.

    I think that the Hurst review was really great for content review, I felt very confident about my abilities to answer questions. With a good foundation of content, you can answer questions without having to memorize a bunch of strategies. I also used the Saunders CD to help reinforce what I learned. However, I do recommend taking the NCLEX exam a week or two after the review while the info is still fresh in your mind.

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    [quote= they only hire new graduates in certain months into their programs and I applied for the opening in Feb back in October and wasn't accepted because they said it was full already. There are currently no GN positions listed. [/quote]

    I thought that this was only happening in the hospital that I work for. We only hire new grads twice a year and unfortunately the time frame in which they recruit does not coincide with graduation so applicants must wait 6mths or more. Furthermore, the program at my hospital requires that new grads have license before starting the program which leaves a lot of people out.

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    I believe the generic program is 16 months, just 4 months longer than the transition and accelerated options.