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ReWritten, BSN, RN 2,865 Views

Joined: Jun 21, '08; Posts: 70 (27% Liked) ; Likes: 49
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  • Apr 30

    It definitely depends on the applicant pool. I'll let you know my GPA was in the gutter (around a 2.9) and I did mediocre on the GRE. I applied to a couple schools and in my letter of intent, addressed my low GPA (in my case, horrible test anxiety), and even discussed it when I interviewed for my NP program with the director. She was very kind and understanding about it... I was actually accepted into the program minutes after my interview. Don't let your GPA discourage you (I know it's hard, trust me). Gain some real world experience, perhaps take some classes to help you and show intention of taking things seriously.

  • Jan 9

    Don't become too focused on what others say. I don't know anywhere where there isn't day shift vs. night shift. I work nights on Med-Surg and I don't know when there is a shift where we don't make a negative comment about days. But for what it's worth, they're so crazy busy I can't imagine keeping up with all the admits/discharges and keeping up with orders. (When I visited my ER, there was also day vs. night, which I found kind of hilarious)

    That being said, time management and critical thinking kind of come with time. I'm almost at a year of experience, and there isn't a night that goes by where I haven't learned something (which is the biggest reason why I love nursing). I typically have time management under control, but when I'm given an admission it throws off my "schedule" I've set for myself. You just have to adapt to what's given to you. There's only 1 of you and about 5-7 patients that you're responsible for.

    My advice is, even though you may feel like you're a burden to your coworkers, they rather have you ask questions then to just do something that may potentially be wrong/harm your patient. You're never going to learn unless you ask. Even the most experienced nurses on my floor ask each other for advice/opinions.



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