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    I don't know how many of you had the chance to watch the Oprah show yesterday; it was a special on South Africa. It touched my heart to see the effects of the AIDS epidemic on millions of people...and those poor children. I was also very impressed with U2's Bono, who is doing so much to help with this plight. I don't have his money or influence, but Oprah listed a number where we could contribute one dollar to help. That number is 1-866-614-6664. If we all called and chipped in a dollar, perhaps we can make a small difference.

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    We get a really nice Thanksgiving meal, as well as time and a half. For Christmas, our department holds a party off-site; we also get another nice meal from the hospital, a $25 gift certificate, and time and a half.

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    On our floor, when we need to transfer a patient from bed to stretcher, chair, etc., we overhead page for "lift team" and whoever is available to help out goes to that particular room. We also make use of sliding boards and lifting equipment.

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    I would definitely recommend working as a PCT. I had absolutely no hospital experience going into nursing school and took a job as a float pool PCT. It helped me to learn some of the basics, such as bed baths, turning pts, emptying various types of drains, and most important of all, it helped me to feel comfortable around the patients. It also gives you an appreciation of how hard some of the PCT's have to work and knowing that it is never "beneath you" to have to go back to doing some of the basics when you're an RN.

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    I just graduated from North Georgia College and State University; they have a great RN program, as well as a LPN to RN bridge program. I don't know what the pay scale is for LPN's but starts off at about $18-19/hour (base rate) for new RN's. Good luck!

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    I have a few weeks left; but feel so unprepared. Right now, I feel like I don't know anything. I've only been assigned a few patients but will eventually have to take the full load of six. I don't feel organized; I feel like I take too long doing things, like giving meds. There's a lot of stuff I haven't done, i.e., insert an NG tube, taking care of PICC/Central Lines, and feel very nervous about these things. I got yelled at by a patient's family member the other night because I took too long getting to their room (I was in with another patient). Also, the nursing assistant seemed to have a problem with me not doing my share of work. I'm not sure why because I continuously asked her to let me know if she needed help. Anyways, I feel very frustrated and wondering how long it'll take me to feel like I know what I'm doing. Is it just me or does anyone else feel this way?

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    Dear Peaceful2100 - I am so sorry and sending a big hug your way. Please don't give up. I, too, know of nurses who failed the first time around and after passing the second time, are some of the best nurses on the floor. Just take a couple of weeks to relax; enjoy time with your daughter, take long walks, etc. Then hit the books and CD's again. Before you know it, the three months will be over with and you can test again. We're all behind you and are here for you.

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    I totally agree with the above posting. I walked out of the testing center thinking to myself, "What the heck just happened? Did I completely bomb the test or did I ace it?" Of course, I convinced myself that I completely bombed it! Luckily, two days later I found out that I did pass!

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    You sound like me, Jessjoy! I kept checking the testing board to make sure that it still said, "Passed"! You really are an RN, believe it or not! Congratulations and enjoy!

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    Don't break your own back...call for lift team!!!!

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    Congratulations! Now get used to writing that "RN" behind your name!!!!

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    I did take the Kaplan class; but I also studied using Saunders and Mosbys. I would recommend using the CD's for both and doing at least 100 questions/day, which is what I did. There are some sites on the internet with sample questions that may help you, as well. Good luck!

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    Praise God - I passed; I can't believe that I'm an RN! My prayers are with all of you'll who still have to sit for the test. Do lots of praying, take your time (but not too much) to think about what the question is asking you, and by all means, know the directions to the testing center!

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    I just took the boards this morning and feel quite numb. First of all, pay attention to their advice about knowing where you are going for the test! I drove all around the city before I found it; as if I wasn't anxious enough! My machine cut off at 75; so I either didn't know "jack"; or I passed. All I can tell you is that I am so relieved it's over. If I failed, I'm taking at least a two-week break before I hit the books again because I am just tired of staring at a computer and clicking that mouse! Good luck to everyone and keep the faith!



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