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  • May 28 '13

    Most importantly...Take it one day at a time. But also, don't be afraid to ask questions or go to your instructors for help. Find a select few friends you can turn too for anything. Study, study, study. Read the textbook. Take time for yourself!!! Nursing school has been the best time of my life so enjoy it... it's also the most frustrating indescribable time (I developed an eye twitch my first semester....but it went away during winter break!) Enjoy and good luck!!

  • May 27 '13

    --->kaiamc- do you have a link or info for the insurance plan thru CNSA? I cant seem to find it and am interested because it is considerably cheaper than general Sac State insurance for my age group thru wellsfargo. Thank you!!

  • May 16 '13

    I am never a better nurse than when I have just been a patient. A recent ER visit highlighted this fact. I was in pain, anxious, and very very tired of being sick for the past year. I will stress quite clearly that I do not like being on the gurney side of a hospital bed and that, coupled with my pain, made for very bad vital signs. The next few hours were what I had expected as a former ICU nurse-EKG ,blood work, etc. However, what struck me the most (probably because I DID expect those things and had time to think about the other stuff) was how different I was treated between my doctor and the two nurses who cared for me.

    Now, I want to make a very clear distinction here because I don't want to get into a conversation about doctors vs. nurse. I want to clarify that it was THIS doctor and These nurses who I was comparing. All of them did assessments and history and monitored me for the hours that I was there. All of them were competent at their jobs. The doctor had more knowledge base but was neither congenial nor friendly and truly looked at me as vital signs, symptoms, and orders.

    The nurses did their assessments, talked to me about my year long struggle, and cared why I had chosen to come in on that day at that hour. They advocated when I didn't want a particular pain medication due to a bad reaction in the past and requested we try something else-the ultimate outcome of that little adventure.

    As we go into the next chapter of nursing I wanted to take a minute to capture these two very different approaches. Nursing is changing. A whole new role of Nurse, and more specific to this case, Nurse Practitioner is developing across the country before my very eyes. The scope and practice of this new nurse will be different. I don't know what the parameters will be but I for one am very excited to see it unfold.

    Having said that, this new knowledge base brings with it a new set of responsibilities as well as a very new set of challenges. As we move into this new era of nursing we need to be very cognizant of our foundations. We are nurses; we chose nursing school for a reason. We have been taught the codes, ethics, and beliefs of nursing. They were drilled into us at the same time as those new IV, blood draw, and suctioning skills were being practiced.

    If this new brand of nurse and nurse practitioner does have more of an independent role and voice in the upcoming years, as I suspect, we will all have a say in the shaping of what that new nurse will be like. Not only of what is expected of him/ her but also what they will stand for and represent. A new paradigm will be created and I, for one, hope that our old codes and ethics evolve, not change. Evolution keeps fundamental components and adds to them, making them more adaptable to their new climate while keeping the best of the core individual intact. Evolution, for the most part, is an improvement to an already functioning thing. Change is like a mutation, it could be good and it could be bad- favorable or deadly.

    So, as the medication infused through my IV line on that gurney I began to imagine a day when one of those two nurses might choose the path of more autonomy through education, all while keeping to their listening abilities, their full assessments, and their great advocacy skills.

    For one calm, pain free moment I was much like Don Quixote in his madness; I saw the windmills, the knight, and the world not as it is but as it should be.

  • Apr 30 '13

    It's not the nurses fault that patients are not being cared for appropriately. That is what this post is about as well. It's about nurses who just want to be nurses but feel so overwhelm by the management that focuses on bottom lines that they are forced into positions that are unsafe. That is what is sad. I'm scared about being admitted or one of my dear ones being admitted because I know that nurse is trying her best and yet it will never be good enough in the environment in which she/he practices. When you make healthcare a commodity it is treated like one and nurses know better. I could have a patient who needs much more of my time after getting news about cancer and another who is a total care and 3 others whom are hanging tight to get results. All the tests and interruptions and the liability.... I would love to just have 3 to 4 patients to focus on all shift long. No revolving door discharges and admits. See, ratios are not just about how many you receive when you start work. It's how many you d/c and admit along with their core measures and allll the details. One slip and whoa. I would like to see realistic workloads that make me feel safe and my patient safe. If there are positions out there that are more protective of my patient and my practice then, yes, I would love to hear about them. I support the bill that has been presented recently. How can you just be ok with the environment that can hurt nurses and patients? Why bash when nurses are going through such environments? I would never trash med/surg, those nurses are taking on sooooo much right now! They are handling acuity equal to intermediate care. That is the nature of the beast right now and it's not right. Intermediate is handling patient ratios of med/surg and i hear icu is increasing ratios too. It's about safety and the future of nursing.

  • Apr 28 '13

    Alright new grads, I am a straight shooter and a bit of a cynic (I like to call myself a realist, personally) - but that is possibly why I scored myself an RN job with a residency, before I graduated, on the floor that I wanted and chose. This is geared for people that know how to get down and dirty, will be great new graduates, and know that a little hard work can go a long way, and aren't scared to put some effort into the job search. Not for those of you that are halfway through nursing school and still "hate" giving bed baths (buck up!)...

    Come to terms with reality and what you have to work with.

    My boyfriend of three years lives in SF, and I went to school here in the Midwest because it was much more economical; I simply couldn't afford to live the CA lifestyle while in school. Therefore, I of course set my sights only on getting to the Bay Area while in nursing school. And sights started getting set on anything in California...and towards the end of school (and after a few close nabs at a CA residency spot, dangit!), I realized if I wanted employment right out of school, it would mean having to stay here in the Midwest to get some experience. And I have to, because I don't have a roof over my head if I don't have an income, I was living off loans through school. No rich mommy and daddy to hand me things here. Note though, that I am in a pretty big urban city that is still quite competitive - so this article is definitely applicable, I wasn't handed a job in some Kansas farmtown. Anyways, this is sort of a new grad analogy to the first step in AA...come to terms with what you have and things will start to be more realistic! It is 100x easier to get a job where you are going to school.

    Be flexible, but have some goal ideas as well.

    Just like a diet or exercise plan, it's a lot easier to gets things accomplished when you have specific goals. I started to realize during clinicals that I was flexible, but really didn't have interest in OB or Peds (which is great, since these are so popular...not sure why, hehe). I really liked working with older populations, I liked more acute and sick populations, and I liked roles where there was a lot of teaching involved (I like to get up on my soapbox and preach about diet, nutrition, and mind-body health...yay, Medicine floors!). From here, I picked a few specific floors and went from there.

    Stalking time! No, not really.

    If you're going to only read one part of the article, read this. But this is where new grads dip out and no one steps up to the plate. Like, out of 50 classmates, I was the only one that did this. I have no idea why because managers for the most part were very receptive of it. So how to do this? If you are lucky enough to do any kind of clinical work, even for a day on the floor, introduce yourself to the nurse manager. Ask your nurse if the manager is there, and have them introduce you, or if you are courageous like me - walk right in the office! Put on a big smile, extend your hand, and start telling them how great your experience is on this floor and that you would really like to work here in the future. There are definitely weirdos and crappy management out there, but for the most part, nurse managers are going to love this. It's a win - win really. If you have the personality and showed them, you're putting yourself ahead, AND you're making a future hire easier on them. They don't have to sort through 50 applications of new grads when they know that you are genuinely interested and you have the great personality, open attitude, and readiness-to-learn that you have showed them, face to face.

    Don't have a clinical? Start using Google. If you don't know how to, you're SOL on this one, no internet tutorials here folks. But, yes, Google! Start with the specific floor and then also enter "nurse manager". This doesn't work ALL the time, but usually you can find some linked website, LinkedIn profile, or something else that will show the nurse manager's name, and if you're lucky, their e-mail address. My advice is to e-mail them a few months before you can formally apply for the position. Tell them you are specifically interested in their floor, and just use this as your shot to voice out. Don't make it too long (like this article) - they don't want your life story. Be charming and honest! Convince them why you'd be a great investment.

    How I got my job, in a paragraph: introduced myself first day of clinical to manager of a floor I knew I was interested in. Confirmed interest over 7 week clinical. Re-introduced myself to manager last day of my clinical and asked for a business card and said very directly "I love this floor. I would really to like to work here when I graduate. Can I shoot you an e-mail when I apply, so I'm not just in the giant HR pile?" Nurse manager thought I was funny and said "please do". E-mailed her midway during school to tell her that I was getting great experience on other units but I still just loved hers, how it ran, complemented her staff, etc. It was true, and she appreciated. It was my way of holding onto her as a contact. E-mailed her again when I applied months later, referring her back to our e-mail chain so she was reminded who I was. HR called me out of over 500 new grad applications and I got an interview the next week. Then scored the job. It was a bit too easy. But why? Cause I stepped my game up. Oh, and sent a hand-written thank you card after your interview! Duh.

    Hiring managers are not looking for new grads with 4.0 GPAs and who were the president of their school and NSNA.

    If they are, they're missing out on a lot of great hires. They are looking for someone that is a positive person (SMILE BIG), a professional, and most importantly: can easily integrate into their team, is honest about their strengths and weaknesses as a new nurses, is accountable for their actions, and genuinely has a strong desire to learn much more everyday than they were taught in nursing school, to build their nursing foundation, and genuinely is compassionate and wants to truly ease the suffering of their patients, and help better their lives and health. I myself got into nursing after dropping out of undergrad to help a very sick parent and the rest of my family deal with the illness. I got into nursing because of this; I have an innate desire to really serve sick people and their families, and it naturally shows.

    Write a cover letter.

    Put effort and thought into it and don't make it too generic. Don't believe people that tell you not to waste your time writing a cover letter. You need to write a cover letter. Have a great resume. Make it different, somehow. And not with hot pink paper or Comic Sans font. Always be ready to be a professional and meet someone. Always. Look for networking everywhere you go. Use your nursing school contacts to help you get a job. Tell people you know that the nursing economy is rough for new grads and you are trying to step up to the plate early. While you may have to wait until you're licensed to formally apply, you do NOT have to wait to make connections. If you are quiet, don't like doing all the above stated advice, it's time to balls up.

    Lastly, realize that getting a degree as a nurse does not guarantee you a job (not matter what Yahoo! News tells people). Not even close, in this economy. I graduated in May and more than half of my classmates didn't get jobs. Guess what? Those were the people that sent in their applications online...and that's all they did. They sent out a generic electronic form and resume into some electronic world. They didn't get in touch with the people who really make things happen. If you think you are going to get a job because you have a BSN; have a previous Bachelor's in Biology, Psychology, whatever; graduated with honors, etc. - THINK again.

    Know that I tried VERY hard and spent literally weeks worth of hours to try and get a job in California, and all over the rest of the country. I am estimating I put in at least 500 hours of work during nursing school that was dedicated to my job search and researching the market. Be willing to work very hard, and something will happen for you.

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  • Dec 9 '12

    Congratulations y'all!!! I got in the program this semester with Kaiamc and she gave you guys great advice. I was in Section 5 and did my clinicals at Sutter Roseville. It was a nice hospital to do your first semester in.

    We have two final exams next week and after that I can help you guys out with any questions you may have. So, good job everyone give yourself a big pat on the back because it was not easy to get to where you are right now.

  • Nov 18 '12

    Thanks so much for answering all my questions! I'm super excited. I am excited to start but I have to remember to enjoy this break I have before the madness begins!

  • Nov 17 '12

    I missed all the excitement on here. I got in! I was at the laundromat and starting jumping up and down. I got some strange looks, but I have been waiting for this day for a long time and just couldn't help myself. To those on the waiting list, stay positive, Ive been there. Ok, congrats to everyone that got in.

  • Nov 17 '12

    Quote from inspace
    I missed all the excitement on here. I got in! I was at the laundromat and starting jumping up and down. I got some strange looks, but I have been waiting for this day for a long time and just couldn't help myself. To those on the waiting list, stay positive, Ive been there. Ok, congrats to everyone that got in.
    Congratulations!!!! Look forward to meeting everybody!

  • Nov 14 '12
  • Jul 28 '12

    Hi everyone, I just found out yesterday I got in to the program!!! I don't know what section I'm in just yet but was advised to check the orientation site daily until I see my name listed. I'm so excited!!! I was wondering if any of you have ordered your uniforms yet and if you had tried on a sample uniform at the school beforehand? I want to order mine but noticed the sizes might not be what we think so I don't want to order the wrong size. I'm 5'1" about 145 lbs....anyone here about the same size? Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at orientation!

  • Jul 28 '12

    hey! congratulations!!!!! i have ordered mine already and i tried on the sample uniforms so i wasnt so stressed about my order not fitting. can't wait to meet you!!!!!

  • Jul 14 '12

    My advice to you would be to hit the books hard so you can get into nursing school right away and party it up once you're out of school. If you're going into nursing, you will be too busy with pre-reqs and nursing classes to be partying all of the time. You may not have as much "fun" in college but once you graduate and land yourself a nursing job, you can do all the fun stuff you want on your days off. I didn't take some of my pre-reqs as seriously as I could have so it took me a little longer to get into nursing than I had originally planned. I went to community college, then CSUN, a commuter school, for my first Bachelor's (while on a wait list for an ADN program) and now will be starting the BSN program at CSUCI (which is about 35 mins from where I live) and have lived at home the whole time. I did visit friends that went to other schools and partied with them a few times. Do I wish I had the "full college experience?" Sometimes I do but I wouldn't trade my ER Tech Job and the volunteer experience I have had for it. Because of my job, I have been able to travel to Europe and go on international medical trips not to mention plenty of trips to Vegas ever since I turned 21 haha. I'm not saying be completely anti-social while in school but your education should be your priority, it'll all pay off in the long run.

  • Jun 22 '12

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    To current/former Nursing students: I have a few questions in regards to equipment. Would you recommend the 3M Littmann classic II SE or the Master classic II stethoscope? Should I purchase one or two uniforms for the first semester? Would you recommend the nursing propack, stethoscope hip clip or nurse's clipboard w/ built-in calculator?
    I chose the classic II and never had any issues with it. Those who chose the master classic had to get used to/find out how hard to press to switch from the bell to diaphragm. If you're looking to save a little money, don't be worried about choosing the cheaper one, as it does work well. As for the uniforms, be sure to try on the samples at the SON before buying them. I got by just fine with 1 set for the first semester. After first semester, it's probably a lot easier to have 2. You can buy them used from other students for cheaper as well - they post in the discussion forums. I never used the propack or the hip clip - the propack could be useful but the hip clip I don't know if I would want my steth dangling. Plus, because of how the uniform tops can fit, it might not work well to have something clipped on your waistband. I also got by just fine with a $1 clipboard. A lot of people bought the special clipboard, but I didn't hear them ever say they used the extra info on there, and the plastic can break if you drop it. You can always order these later as well if you decide you want them.

    And for the couple of you I saw were in section 4 (or the 2nd section that is also at S.G. hospital), I think you'll really like it! I was on their neuro/tele/med surg unit last semester, and it was great

  • Jun 22 '12

    I spend too much time reading old posts on here. But I just read one that said clinical's could end up going anywhere from 6:30 am to 7:15 pm and vary through out the semester. I think I'm most worried about clinical's but in general it seems the inconsistency of the schedule is going to make it really hard to secure childcare or for those who are planning to work. A big part of me is wishing I had chosen San Jose State's 3 year program instead. A friend that is a doctor keeps reminding me that we will all need to just power through and that nothing lasts forever. :uhoh21: