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    I'm not a nurse. But here's what I know.

    To get a job in most of healthcare you pretty much have to know someone. So, volunteer. Nursing homes LOVE REGULAR volunteers. You will get noticed if you are attentive and consistent. Then watch for an opening and ask to apply.

    You will also be able to put it on your resume. You might be able to get where you volunteer to give a good reference. But, at the very least you can add it. It show's you are not just sitting around.

    Ask around at clinics if they are participating at health fairs and need any help. Tell them your situation. The worst they can say is 'no.'

    Whatever you do, don't just sit behind your computer screen and feel sorry for yourself. It does you no good. It won't get you a job. You're gonna have to put yourself out there. You can do it!

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    pinkiepieRN likes this.

    I got the job!

    They have to do the background checks. So, unless someone lies, I get to work as a PCA in Pediatric Oncology. I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

    The interview question that really threw me for a loop was, 'why would you want you as a caregiver?' I thought of so many great answers after the fact.


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    I've had the opportunity to interview for 2 great jobs at a Children's Hospital as a PCA. Just to get the interview is amazing. They are so kind an gracious listening to me babble. In the moment I think I'm doing good. Then through introspection I realize, THAT WAS STUPID AND WASN'T WHAT I MEANT! Or horrible example or unintentionally saying something negative....

    I hate it. All I've ever been is a mom and work odd jobs. How I do in interviews is NOT a reflection of who I am as an employee or person. I'm great with people. People love me because I just have a compassionate tender personality. I'm amazing with kids because I have 7 of my own. I've had a hard crappy life and can relate to people on so many hard deep levels.

    I don't know how to say it in an interview. Or even if those qualities are even what they want.

    It's so discouraging. I wish I could say please give me a week to show you how hard I work. But there are "so many qualified candidates". (I do have hospital experience) I wish I was one of those people who always seem to know the right thing to say.

    Anyway. Advice for if I get a next time, would greatly be appreciated.

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    I'm not there yet. But, it blows me away when people put this stuff. (I have no tolerance for lazy people) I'm working hard for my grades. It just seems crazy to me! I'm sure Nursing school is intimidating and overwhelming at times. But, if you slack during school and cut corners there, you're going to be a lousy Nurse.

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    I've considered doing this. Since you only work 3 days a week, you could feasibly work a couple days a week as a therapist.

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    It's for BSN. Chemistry is just a required prerequisite course. A&P are separate. Thank you for your help.

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    I have these few prerequisites left:
    College Algebra

    How would you split them up? I don't mind taking summer courses. (nice that I saved the best for last,hu?)
    Thank you.

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    TeeZee likes this.

    I haven't taken micro yet. But on a pre-med video I watched he said this book was a life saver: Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (Ed. 6): Mark Gladwin, William Trattler, C.Scott Mahan: 9781935660156: Books

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    BioChic likes this.

    You pretty much have to know someone to get on at the hospitals in KC. At KU only 5% of the people who are hired are not from an on staff referral. My friend that works at CMH said there is is an in house joke about "Who did you know?". And the "coveted" positions are almost always filled in house. Not to discourage you from applying. Just trying to give you the reality of our market. The hiring process is also very long. It can take 3+ months. Just so you can plan ahead.

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    britt85w and kakamegamama like this.

    I get where you're coming from. There are some tough ethical issues muddled in the healthcare profession. We have come so far in our knowledge that we are able to sustain life almost indefinitely.We are able to control pain to the point of producing addicts. There are so many other issues.

    I would challenge you to consider something. God placed those chemical combinations in our world for a purpose. He ALWAYS ALWAYS "works it together for good". Lives are saved and people are healed and live much better,longer, healthier lives. He gave us very amazing brains to figure our world out. Diseases that were a death sentence or excessively painful are now manageable or curable...

    So. My final challenge to you. Jesus himself healed many many many. I know he did it the "easy" way and could just reach down and touch someone or spit in the dirt and stick it on or command them to just get up. We are not super human and can't do that. But we can share Jesus with our patients through compassion, attentive care, offering the best of what we have to make their lives better.And we can physically heal them (even though it's God doing it through us but through the intelligence He provided). Ask the Lord to show you what's best for you and talk through this with another believer provider.

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    mfuentes likes this.

    " Ive explained to my boss that i need cut back, but she keeps insisting i keep up my hours." Do you have to work while in school? If you do and they are not willing to work with you,then I would be looking for a job elsewhere. Are they paying for it? They may have a certain amount of hours you need to work. Although,this is about you. The time you are in school will pass regardless if you are working toward your goal or not. I think it better to strive toward the goal than have to worry about pressures from an inflexible boss. My guess is,if it's anything like where I work,your running on a skeleton crew. If you are a good worker that can be manipulated to work more they will take advantage of it. I'm also finding more and more they are really only interested in their bottom line. Good luck.

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    India, I let a boyfriend side track me. I'm now 38 and into my second semester of pre-reques. I don't regret every decision I have made. But as you can see, the decision about the boyfriend had a longterm impact on my life. How important is your relationship? Do YOU think you are smart enough to be "just a nurse"? Do YOU think you are smart enough to go beyond nursing?

    What if you started with just one semester? There are classes that are required for just about every degree. Speech, Comp I and II, Algebra. Most higher level science courses (required for nursing) have pre's that you have to take, biology, chemistry. Could you started with some of these and go from there?

    What is it that you like about your boyfriend? We only got a few lines. I think you maybe looking for an excuse to move on. Otherwise why would you come here and share such personal info? What if you got pregnant by this guy. Is he they type of person you would want as your babies daddy? Being a grown up requires the tough decisions.

    Who you want to be when you grow up is a very important decision. I have told my kids I do not want them making this decision the first year after school. I want them to go on a mission trip or to another city to live volunteer for an organization anything. I think that first year of being a grown up is tough.
    Nick :heartbeat

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    I use this I pulled an A in all my writing classes.

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    misslo and leslie :-D like this.

    I think that is wonderful! I tired to volunteer at our hospice. Unfortunately, the nurse had just quit and there was no one to train us. I'm moving and going to look into this at our new location. I sometimes feel bad that so many people on here say I want to work NICU or OB, or any other area besides geriatrics and hospice. Because they are the "cop out" careers. Almost contradictory to why we went to school too because we are preparing them to die, not to live. I also think most people (even in health care) are afraid of death. We have so far removed it in our society that people don't know what a wonderful, beautiful thing it can be. Congratulations.

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    We are moving "home" to Tecumseh in July. I currently live in Kansas. I was so disappointed at the wait. I have been working hard to get my pre-requisites done. Where we live now it would have only been a year wait for the RN. I'm really lost over this. It seems there are just a handful of colleges that offer the RN program up there. Omaha would be a bit too much of a drive. (it's about 80 miles. But, I'm beginning to think it may be worth it.)