LaCana 1,584 Views
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I got my RN license last year and my first (and only job so far) was at a psych unit, similar to your position. I had different advices when I was a new grad, the most common one being, "if you start in psych you'll be in psych forever." I find it to be "truer and truer" now that I am approaching my first full year as a psych nurse. Overall I love it; talking with patients, IM injections, discharges with somewhat full recoveries... but the only thing is that, if I get laid off, or hospital shuts down, i could only apply for psych jobs, and if I had started with a med-surge for a year I would be a little more marketable. I had the choice to work for an oncology unit or a psych unit, something told me to go with psych cause I loved my clinicals during school...but when I think about it putting today's market into account, the medsurge/oncology experience would have made me way more marketable. But hey, any job is a blessing these days, so enjoy your journey in this crazy world of psych nursing. If it's an acute unit like mine, you'll be drawing IM injections all the time, remember, it's medication that they need, so don't feel bad... cause you wouldn't hold out on pain meds for a post op patient. Good luck!
I was a teacher once too and now im almost done with my nursing program... the job market is so bad, if i can't get a job at hospitals... i can't even go back to teaching (even teachers are getting laid off) ... man... sometimes i think about what if I had just stayed...
I agree with EachTeach...her words are so true... come to this school if you think you won't get in into CUNY's or your gpa is horrible, or you are missing pre-req for a BSN (my case)...sometimes I wish I took one more year to apply to BSN programs... the school doesn't have room numbers...cause there is only one room...ha!
Patience...LICH is slow at everything.
my gpa was really high... but don't worry about gpa, it should be around 3.0, worry about doing really well on the exam. I think they sell TEAS practice books... but you can use any other nursing exam books because the TEAS doesn't have a science section, so it's alot easier for you.
Get a good gpa...but worry about the test more... get over 90s.... you can take 5 diff subway trains to come to our school.
I think the entrance exam is what counts the most. People might say they look at everything...but that's not really true. They really go by the exam number. I got in the high 90's and that's all they talked about. Plus the test is really easy, it's high school Math and English...the only problem is the time, you gotta solve each problem and move on to the next...
Did you guys get the uniforms??? I am so gonna dirty those BRIGHT white pants...
Hey guys, those who still use this forum and got accepted to LICHSON starting 2009... let's write some insight stuff here. Like today, the health clearance...the waiting was worse than the DMV... Hello you all!
Scoot, is yours an associate program?
I think the interviews are over... accepted students are setting up appointments for financial aids. But the response due date is july 1st, so if people decide not to take the seat, a few will open up. But you should def keep checking with them
Why did LICHSON switch from NLN to TEAS exam? is it because their accreditation expired? When I went to the school i saw the accreditation award on the wall that said NLN Accreditation from 2004 to 2008... Anyone know?
It's two pages, one to congratulate and one to send the deposit. The school seems a little pricey~ For those still waiting: i had my interview a little late, but i think because of my high test score I received the letter, therefore I think the process is mostly based on the test scores...not your essay, grades, letter of rec, etc etc etc...
I MIGHT BE WRONG! but it's just....that we talked mostly about test scores...
I got an acceptance letter... it's just a one pager...i thought i would get a packet.
I went on an interview... it was very laid-back... but at the end they wanted me to write in a piece of paper why they should take me. She told me to make it short so i wrote really little. I don't know if that was the right thing to do. My teas scores is high 90s so they were telling me that i have a good chance...but i hope that writing won't bring me down...cause it was really short.
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