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Casey, RN, BSN 3,415 Views

Joined: Mar 26, '08; Posts: 70 (17% Liked) ; Likes: 23
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Specialty: NICU

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    I just read your post and I kind of felt like you answered your own question with these statements:

    Position 2: "Honestly, the only benefit I see to this position is the money." and
    "My personal life...a spouse that with job #2 I would only have 4 days/month off with"

    Position 1: "I could always pick up more time at a sister facility and have actually had a PRN offer from a small rehab hospital local to here as well."

    Personally, I wouldn't take a job only for the money. Usually, you end up being miserable that way. You mentioned you can pick up PRN or more time from a sister facility so that might fill in some gaps with job #1 as far as money is concerned. I think you have to look at the whole picture, family life, you own happiness, etc. Just from what you posted, it sounds like you'd be happier with Job #1.

    Although, it's great to have multiple offers, especially in this economy, I know it's difficult having to choose. I've been in that position and you just hope and pray you pick the right one. :-)

    What does your husband suggest? Definitely ask him what he thinks, if you haven't already.

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    My husband is deployed right now and I'm in my 2nd year of nursing school and have a 6 year old in 1st grade. My son has a lot more homework this year so that's been more difficult - keeping up with both of our schooling but on the plus side, although I miss my husband I don't have time to think about missing him. I can't say I've even been lonely in the past 2 1/2 months because I've been so busy. I'm not going to say it's easy but it's doable :-) Message me anytime you want! :-)

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    Quote from utadahikaru
    For all the people out there trying to get into nursing school, all I can say is find any other option if at all possible.
    You shouldn't discourage others based on your experience.

    I happen to be in a nursing school with instructors who aren't witches and who genuinely care about us. It can be a little disorganized at times but overall I have had a really good experience. Yeah, it's hard, but that's to be expected. Our program provides a very supportive environment and our instructors want to see us succeed.

    Hang in there!!

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    pagandeva2000 likes this.

    I wonder if the same goes for people with who have names that are more often used for the opposite sex. For instance, a guy named Kelly or Shannon? Or a girl named Charli or Alex.

    I never really thought of my name as a "guys" name but over the years I have gotten more emails addressed to "Mr." than I can count. My name is used for both males and females (probably about equally) but each usually with a different spelling ('K' typically for girls and 'C' for boys) and mine is with the more typical "male" spelling. It makes me wonder, when applying for jobs in the Nursing field, if I should include my, very obviously female, middle name. Just a thought.

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    I can't speak about the pay, as I'm still a student, but I live in Fayetteville and if I had a choice (I don't, my husband is military) I'd choose Charlotte over Fayetteville. It's a bigger city with more to offer. I would imagine it pays more but the cost of living might be more, as well. Hopefully someone will be able to give you some info on the pay. I'm doing my clinicals at Cape Fear and I like the hospital, but then again, I'm not an employee so I can't offer any input on that. I was probably no help at all, huh. :-)

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    I had 93 points when I was accepted but I think some were accepted that had high 70s. The number of people accepted will be dependent on how many slots they have. If they have 90 then the top 90 will get in so it will depend on who you are competing with, as to what number of points you will need to be accepted.

    I don't know anything about the TEAS. We didn't have to take it. They have revamped the program starting with Fall 2010 so I know there are different requirements, for example, you must be a CNA and they dropped Micro from the program. You should be able to find most of what you need on the website. The cutoff date for application is usually January 30th so everything you've taken through the end of this year will count so I'd just take as much as you can handle and do the best you can so you can get the most points possible. If you don't get accepted this year, you will have a whole year to knock out those other courses and then you'll stand a really, really good chance of getting accepted. I had all of my other coursework completed and it's made the program much more manageable, especially with having a family.

    Hope that helps. If you have any more questions, please ask. I know I had a TON!!


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    Technically yes, the high school courses are the only pre-reqs required, however the program is so competitive that students are admitted based on the number of courses they completed that are required by the nursing program (bio 168, 169, eng, psy, and so on. I don't think they require micro any longer.) and their grades in those classes. They are then ranked by the number of points they have and the students with the most points are accepted. The better grades in those courses and the more of them you have completed the better chance you have of getting in. Those classes are not technically pre-reqs but its unlikely to get accepted without having completed some of them so most of us refer to them as pre-reqs. Hope that helped.

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    PatMac10,RN likes this.

    The program is being completely revamped starting this year so I can only speak for my class. I believe there were about 103 accepted. You can only apply once a year - in January for the program which starts in August. There is no "waiting list" like you will hear people say. Acceptance is based the number of quality points you have accumulated from your pre-req coursework like A&P I and II, Micro, English, etc. The people with the highest numbers get accepted so the more coursework you have done the more likely you are to be accepted. I have a BS in another field but still had to complete A&P and Micro so that took 3 semesters (I took one each semester) so it took about a year to be accepted. Hope that helps.

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    sunkissed75 likes this.

    Interesting thread, I'm glad you posted because I've been curious how people come up with their names. I'm obviously not that creative :-) mom2ethan because I'm a Mom to Ethan... original, huh?! :-)

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    Do you already have a LPN? I don't think there is any school to get an online RN degree if you don't at least hold a LPN license.

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    I've been researching schools for an online RN-BSN degree. I currently hold a BS in another field so Slippery Rock seems to be a good choice because their website states that I would only have to complete the 39 nursing credits.

    Is anyone currently in the program or recently completed it? I'd like to hear your thoughts about it.


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    Thanks, I appreciate the info!

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    I was wondering if anyone could give me some information about hospitals within driving distance from Ft. Hood? I'm not sure which side of town we will live on, yet so I guess any information about hospitals within 1 hour would be great.

    Are there any hospitals to completely avoid? And what does hiring look like now for new grads? I know some areas of the country it's hard to find work and others is not. Also, can anyone tell me what a new RN starts out making in the area hospitals?

    Thanks in advance!

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    AMSnurse likes this.

    My sister-in-law works for PSA and she's gets paid very well (compared to the local hospital)--twice as much, in fact, and she doesn't do housework, etc... She didn't have trach experience aside from school but they trained her upon hire. I think it depends on the area because she seems to be satisfied.