Looking For Other Pa Nurses!!!! - page 2

Hello all, I'm taking this chance to meet other nurses in PA. Who knows, maybe I've meant some of you. I graduated a year ago, and meant a lot of other nursing students in clinicals, and such. ... Read More

  1. by   EmeraldNYL
    I'm a nursing student (grad Sept. 2003) in Philly, and I'm originally from York. I eventually want to go to CRNA school. Right now I'm looking at hospitals I want to apply to in the Philly area, anybody have any recommendations?
  2. by   jdomep
    A student here in Lancaster County
  3. by   Pete495
    I thought I would resurrect this discussion. I'm still looking to meet other nurses in Pennsylvania. Any of you nurses or students have aspirations to go to graduate school, either anesthesia or anything else?

    Anybody work in critical care right now? I'm in a cardiovascular surgical unit. I love finding out what others are doing differently, such as prevention of post operative arrhythmias. We give amiodarone basically. some facilities pace the patient post operatively.

    We have done two esophagectomies on our small cardiovascular surgery unit. They are interesting to say the least, but very cumbersome also. These patients often do not do very well. The surgeons at my facility model the plan of care after Hershey Medical Center. That's right, Hershey, the home of the Hershey Bar in Pennsylvania.

    Anyway, what hospitals do you all work at. I"m at the Susquehanna Health System in Lycoming County, pa.
  4. by   Pete495
    Please help me resurrect this Forum
  5. by   colleen10
    Hi David,

    I am in Pittsburgh and will begin nursing school in a few weeks.
  6. by   oceanblue
    I'm in Pa. too, don't let the name fool ya, "oceanblue" is just wishful thinking. Anyways, I am about 40 minutes away from Pittsburgh (New Castle).
  7. by   EricTAMUCC-BSN
    Hey David, have you taken or are thinking about taking the GRE? Have you been taking any classes lately?
  8. by   iliel
    I was born in PA, but moved to Ca. when I was 11, I lived in the Pittsburgh area. My step sister is a RN, I think she's working in managment at the Pittsburgh Hospice (?) Didn't realize so many people from PA
  9. by   Gator,SN
    Hey Pete!
    I am from PA, born and raised. I just graduated from Penn State Unversity in May. I am working in CCU at a local hospital. I went to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for some of my clinical rotations. (NICU and PEDS, and outpatient psyche) I was able, last summer to "ride along" with Life Lion too. Several of my classmates have started their in the MICU and SICU. I worked until very recently for Wellspan.
    PM me if you want.

  10. by   Zee_RN
    I'm a PA nurse too. Working in a community hospital's ICU, Pittsburgh suburbs. I graduated nursing school in 1995.
  11. by   Pete495
    Yes, I have taken the GRE. It was not very nice to me, let's put it that way. Since it wasn't that nice to me, I've decided to get my CCRN. I figure this might help my chances better for anesthesia school when I decide to apply. When I took the GRE, I did not study for it, simply because it is impossible to study for. Many of my psychology professors gave me the advice of simply doing some of the prep. questions to become familiar with the testing. I did spend a lot of time on this, but I've never done very well on GRE, SAT, yada yada yada. Those tests are a bunch of hogwash in my opinion. Just another excuse to see how dumb we can make you feel. Funny thing is I know people who are smarter than your average bear, but just don't do well on these tests. I believe I fall into that category.

    I am not taking any classes right now. I'm enjoying the time off from classes actually. I spent 5.5 years in college to get two degrees, so I was tired after I got out. It wasn't exactly the easiest college. I'm trying to grit my teeth, and just go back to school, but most of me knows I cannot go until I'm really ready, or else I won't be able to tolerate it at all. Problem is, graduate school is becoming more competitive every single year, and it is getting increasingly hard to get into, and get through it.
  12. by   EricTAMUCC-BSN
    Have you thought about taking the MAT? I know alot of grad schools here in texas accept that instead of the GRE. I hear it is easier. Yes, I don't like the idea of taking those type of tests either.
  13. by   Jen2
    I'm a student in PA. I will be starting my first semester of the ADN program this fall. I'm about an hour South of Pittsburgh (20 minutes from the WV state line). I will be doing a few clinical days at Children's Hospital in Oakland this upcomming Spring. Anyone familiar with the staff/learning atmosphere of this hospital? I am so excited to get some clinical time at a facility with a reputaion like this. The next biggest thing in clinicals for me will be Ruby Memorial in WV. I also lived in Pittsburgh for a year when I went to MA school. I love it in "The City". We should all get together and hold an allnurses dinner or something. That would be really cool.