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Joined: Jan 17, '13; Posts: 2,361 (56% Liked) ; Likes: 4,826
Registered Nurse; from US
Specialty: 31 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health

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  • Aug 13


    This is why I only work two days a week and even those are spaced out until I find a way out altogether!

  • Aug 3

    It makes me so **** angry to see veteran nurses taking advantage of newer ones, especially when they should be teaching them that employers will never hire enough additional staff as long as the few work-horses still have a half-a** strong back and a weak heartbeat!!!!

  • Jul 20

    There are so many resources that have study materials. Excelsior has its own bookstore and provides a list of recommended texts for each exam. I knew of some students who simply googled the necessary topics from the free study guides provided. I would recommend keeping your distance from publishing companies, though. That costs thousands of dollars and you still have to pay for the exams from EC. Lots of students supplemented their studying with materials from Study Group 101 and various resources found on eBay.

    As far as the exams themselves, if you prepare well and study hard, you should have no issues. One of the main issues encountered by students with a medical background is the fact that they, (we) tend to rely on real-life experiences during test time. The thing to remember is that EC exams are based on textbook theory; not on how we addressed that issue on the floor last night or out in the field yesterday. If you can separate the two and rely upon what you studied based on the EC content guide, then the exams are extremely doable. Mind you, Excelsior College grants many degrees and my ASN is proudly displayed in the front room 'for your reading enjoyment'. But on the same token, they darn sure are NOT giving them away! By the time you receive yours, you will have DEFINITELY earned it! And I can hardly wait for this time next year to display their/MY RN-BSN next to the ASN for more reading pleasure!

    Good luck with your decision!

  • Jul 9

    Racism knows no boundaries. Any one race can form an alliance and decide to 'payback' any or all others. I believe African-Americans are more verbal about racism because we've endured it for so long. But you have to have more proof to claim racism other than the obvious. Perhaps there is something that your former charge nurse was doing to the Filipino group of nurses that you did not see or was not a recipient of since you were not Filipino. Perhaps your former charge nurse used that opportunity to 'pay them back'. You would not know this because the Filipino group (or any other group, for that matter) would not share certain things with groups who they feel are different from them.

    There is too much to speculate about, and not enough evidence collection to take to the suits to end this kind of crap. People simple place their labels and move on and instead of fighting these illegal (discriminatory) practices. In the United States, discrimination is against the law. Gather your evidence and stand up for yourself; your rights as an employee. Employers have to address allegations of discrimination and head it off or risk losing federal funding. But, if it's just he-said-she-said as your proof, you're as mobile as a double amputee....no leg to stand on. Pull your assignments and be prepared to show how compare to others' assignments and behaviors and how it places the patients as risk for harm. If you can prove this, you won't have to quit your job. Your managers would handle this according to the policies of the facility. You are protected against racial and other discriminatory practices, hostile and harassing work environments, etc. Otherwise, the witnesses to these illegal practices are leaving and no longer available to say, yes, this group of nurses did/is doing this to us.

    You said so yourself that they approached management as a group. So, why are you guys not doing the same if you feel they are wrong? At the very least, ALL of you should be able to come to the same table as members of one community (NURSES) and work this out for the good of the patients first, and each other second. If you took actual documentation or others with similar experiences as what you described to your managers, I dare say something will be done.

    I'm here in the Deep South. Either it's not happening at my job (which is a strong probability), or I simply am too focused on my patients and don't give a s*** about much else (also a strong probability). In any case, I'm sorry this is happening to you but you do have recourses other than leaving.

  • Jun 30

    We had to do this a few years back. One of the patients blew a gasket after being hospitalized for a few days and hearing the same thing over and over and over....his response? "Why the h*** do you people act like d*** robots? I'm an individual; talk to me based on me! Get the h*** outta my room"!

    Of course the manager that would stand outside the door eavesdropping with the script and clipboard to make sure we were "following the protocol", went scrambling back up the hall when she heard the patient's reaction. So much for treating the 'individual' patient.

  • Jun 30

    We had to do this a few years back. One of the patients blew a gasket after being hospitalized for a few days and hearing the same thing over and over and over....his response? "Why the h*** do you people act like d*** robots? I'm an individual; talk to me based on me! Get the h*** outta my room"!

    Of course the manager that would stand outside the door eavesdropping with the script and clipboard to make sure we were "following the protocol", went scrambling back up the hall when she heard the patient's reaction. So much for treating the 'individual' patient.

  • Jun 30

    We had to do this a few years back. One of the patients blew a gasket after being hospitalized for a few days and hearing the same thing over and over and over....his response? "Why the h*** do you people act like d*** robots? I'm an individual; talk to me based on me! Get the h*** outta my room"!

    Of course the manager that would stand outside the door eavesdropping with the script and clipboard to make sure we were "following the protocol", went scrambling back up the hall when she heard the patient's reaction. So much for treating the 'individual' patient.

  • Jun 29

    We had to do this a few years back. One of the patients blew a gasket after being hospitalized for a few days and hearing the same thing over and over and over....his response? "Why the h*** do you people act like d*** robots? I'm an individual; talk to me based on me! Get the h*** outta my room"!

    Of course the manager that would stand outside the door eavesdropping with the script and clipboard to make sure we were "following the protocol", went scrambling back up the hall when she heard the patient's reaction. So much for treating the 'individual' patient.

  • Jun 28

    We had to do this a few years back. One of the patients blew a gasket after being hospitalized for a few days and hearing the same thing over and over and over....his response? "Why the h*** do you people act like d*** robots? I'm an individual; talk to me based on me! Get the h*** outta my room"!

    Of course the manager that would stand outside the door eavesdropping with the script and clipboard to make sure we were "following the protocol", went scrambling back up the hall when she heard the patient's reaction. So much for treating the 'individual' patient.

  • Jun 26

    We had to do this a few years back. One of the patients blew a gasket after being hospitalized for a few days and hearing the same thing over and over and over....his response? "Why the h*** do you people act like d*** robots? I'm an individual; talk to me based on me! Get the h*** outta my room"!

    Of course the manager that would stand outside the door eavesdropping with the script and clipboard to make sure we were "following the protocol", went scrambling back up the hall when she heard the patient's reaction. So much for treating the 'individual' patient.

  • Jun 10

    Quote from ineedachange1
    oohh nnnoo I'm so sorry for him - I know he worked so hard! I'm happy to know that you are doing great! - AWESOME! AND SUPER HAPPY FOR YOU! i will continue to keep Bill in my prayers....this is exactly why I am afraid to take the CPNE - its like playing Russian Roulette....
    No, it's not. You just really need to have those critical elements down pat.

    What I do hope to see one day soon, though, is that if and when EC recognizes that a CE was partly responsible for the inadvertent failure of a student (in the case of Bill's first account of his CPNE experience), the powers-that-be would reverse the failure to a pass instead of simply allowing a free retest. This retest, in my opinion (aka nursing judgment), only places undue added stress to an already stressful experience. This is, after all, one of the areas that we are taught and asked to address when formulating our patient care plans. Not only that, only the exam itself was free; not the expenses associated with traveling and lodging for a second experience.

  • Jun 9

    Is it just me or is there truly a rise in the amount of poop posts here on AN lately? OMG! Is the world finally going to oop:??!?!?!!!? Is it time to head for the bomb shelter???

  • Jun 5

    Quote from NuGuyNurse2b
    I always like the stool specimen orders for an NPO diet.
    Or the urine specimen order for an anuric end stage renal dialysis patient.

  • Jun 5

    I had a fresh post-op ortho patient who had orders to ambulate in the hallway 3x/day. Pretty simple, right? Try doing this on a double BKA!

  • May 2

    ASN and BSN here.

    Accepted into Masters program.

    Passed NCLEX on first attempt in 2010.

    Did all exams...courses were not offered back then.

    Accepted a cancellation date. Tested 2 months after all requirements were met.


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