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    Quote from fnimat1
    I applied to Bloomfield College, Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing, and Rutgers. I didn't get accepted to Rutgers, and Mountainside had already accepted their desired amount of applicants. I did do very well on the NET, and they told me that I would be accepted to the school with my test scores. They are going to be interviewing again in the Fall of 2005. (so I'll have them as a backup). Bloomfield College told me that I won't be accepted for this year, but I would definitely be accepted for Fall 2006. The thing is I like Bloomfield College, but I'm not sure if it's the school for me...it's very, very small. I have also been hearing great things about Seton Hall and William Paterson University's nursing programs. I decided to start the paperwork, for each school. Are there any Seton Hall or William Paterson nursing students out there????


    Fatima
    my sister goes to william paterson...the only thing she complains about is that there is no social life there (which is good if you're in nursing school).

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    do you have to be a nicu nurse for 2 years to test for rnc? or does it only have to be a certain number of hours that you've worked in nicu?

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    Quote from healinghand
    Does anyone know which hospitals in NJ hire new graduates in critical care?
    Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick is hiring for NICU. I started in NICU in August along with a girl that graduated last May. I'm still pretty much a new grad too.

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    Hi everyone,

    I bought a Thomas Medical Cardiocare stethescope last year at a student nurse's convention. I am now going to start working in NICU next week and need the pediatric head to my stethescope. They were selling it at the convention last year, but I didn't buy one. Does anyone know where I can buy one online? Thank you!

    Michelle

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    thank you for all the advice!

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    Quote from melly06
    You mean I'll have to camp out for both 130 AND 132? Wow. I want this so bad, I think maybe I'll get there the night before - like midnight or something. Maybe sit in my car until the line begins to form.
    Two of my friends were also trying to get into 130. They actually camped out around 12:30 until the school opened and they still didn't get in. I couldn't believe it. When I started at Trinitas a few years ago (it was still Elizabeth General), we didn't have to go through any of that stuff. All we had to do was fill out the registration form and put it in the counselor's mailbox. They would just put the registration in for us. But then again, there weren't that many people in the school yet. But yeah, Tower is right....there are a lot of people who start out in NURE 130, but then by the time 232 comes around, it's good if there are 20 people left in the class. There were only 11 people in the days class that graduated with me last January. I think there about 30 of us that graduated - days, evenings, and LPN to RN program.

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    So...I just graduated from nursing school in January. I started working at a hospital on March 1. General orientation lasted about 2 weeks, then I was on the floor with a preceptor. I was originally hired for the night shift, but I was told that I would be on orientation on days for a few weeks then I would switch to nights for the last few weeks of orientation. Well...about two weeks into orientation, my floor closed. I ended up floating with my preceptor for about a week before I got put on another floor to finish orientation. I was there for about a week, then I got switched to nights. I started nights this past week and had only 3 days of orientation. Only 3 days of orientation. Monday, I start working as a regular staff nurse. I'm still not comfortable with that since I only had 3 days of orientation on nights, but they can't extend my orientation. Plus, I might end up floating to other units, since that is what all of the other nurses on my unit are doing. I don't know what to do...should I look for a different hospital? Please someone give me advice...I don't know what to do. I'm dreading going to work on Monday.

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    damode: I bought Saunder's NCLEX Review book when I was in 132. It was pretty helpful. I did a lot of the practice questions and that helped. I also liked the Lippincott Review Series. I pretty much studied from those books and my text books.

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    Quote from lee1
    RWJUH at New Brunswick does NOT allow you to put in foleys or NGs, those are for RNs only. They may allow the removal of foleys. I am not even sure about the NG tubes. Yes, they do draw blood on pts. They can do autolets, intake/outputs etc. They also do frequent VS documentation with a dinemap or similar electronic device---they do NOT teach how to take a manual B/P anymore. Our intensive care unit CCTs can also set up A line equipment, SWAN equipment, set up tube feeding bags, check code carts, check equipment, restock some emergency equipment. Nothing however, can be attached to the patient by the CCT. Personally as a CCU nurse I did not want the tech to be doing those things unless it was a true emergency and I was NOT able to set it up myself as I always had to spend the time to trouble shoot what they had setup anyway so the time saved was very negliable. My biggest need was that they help wash, turn, answer call bells, and give that personal care--like shaving, washing hair, putting on TED stockings, recleaning soiled patients etc. Drawing blood was also something they could help with BUT many patients have lines that can be drawn from and only the RN could do that. Running errands to the lab, pharmacy was also a big help. Now, mind you as a critical care RN I do absolutetly all of the above also BUT if I have one patientwho is requiring the majority of my time due to acuity (chest pain, titrating drips, ventilators, IABPs, CVVHD, etc) and the other patient (because we generally do have more than 1 patient) is more stable but it only requiring personal care than I appreciate the CCT to help me with that.
    oh ok...i must have misunderstood her. that makes more sense. so how long have you worked at robert wood? do you like it there? i just started orientation and i'm a little nervous about working in such a big place. i've already gotten lost a few times.

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    I graduated from Trinitas this past January. I did an extern program at Rahway Hospital last summer. It's a nice small hospital. I know St. Barnabas, Christ Hospital, Hackensack offer extern programs. You should try calling around to different hospitals to see if they offer an extern program. If you're looking for a job while you're in nursing school, you should try for Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick if it's not too far from you. If you work there as a CCT (Clinical Care Tech), you get a lot of experience. I met a girl there who was working as a CCT while in nursing school and she said that they let you do foleys, NG tubes, draw blood, and a lot of other things. She said that a lot of the CCT's are nursing students, so that sounds pretty good.

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    Can anyone tell me how the BSN program is at Kean? Or any other recommendations on where to go for my BSN?

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    Hi...I just graduated from nursing school last January. Nursing school is hard and you have to do a LOT of studying, but it's a good career that's really in demand right now. I think the best way for you to see what it's really like is to volunteer at a hospital. Try Christ Hospital or JCMC since those are in Jersey City. There's also St. Mary's in Hoboken. That way you can kinda see what it's like in a hospital. That will also give you a chance to talk to some nurses there. Also, there's a lot of male nurses in hospitals now. There were a few guys in my classes, and my manager is also male. Don't buy into that stuff that male nurses are gay...that's bull. Well, good luck with everything...

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    I just graduated from Trinitas this past January. Trinitas is a great school...it's a really hard program and we complained a lot while we were going through school, but in the end, while I was taking the NCLEX I was sitting there thinking "Wow, these questions are easy compared to the ones we had at school". They prepare you really well for the NCLEX.

    As far as the pre-requisites, I recommend taking those first before you take the nursing classes. With NURE 130 and 131, you could possibly take some other classes with it, but once you get into 132 there's no way you can take any other classes. It's a LOT of work. Some people can do it, but I personally wouldn't recommend it. Also, try to do really well in your pre-reqs because Trinitas offers a scholarship for when you start 231. If your GPA is over a 3.0, your tuition for 231 and 232 will be paid plus they give you $500 for books from the bookstore (you can buy anything that has to do with nursing). I did hear that there is a waiting list to start, but I'm not sure how long the waiting list is, though...

    Hope this helps a little bit. Good luck!

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