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    Bedside Nursing and Pregnant

    Hey all so I am currently 35 weeks with my first surro-babe (now measuring at 36) and work full-time nights on an increasingly heavy med-surg floor. My plan was to work right up until labor just as I did with my two keepers (38 weeks and 40 weeks) but I have been noticing that any intense movement of longer than 10 minutes I start to get really debilitating Braxton Hicks contractions that don’t stop until I lie down for a while. This is concerning because, again my floor is super heavy and it often requires constant movement and heavy lifting with minimal support staff. I’m not sure what to do at this point 😱 the thought of having to do admin/secretary work may be more painful than these contractions hahaha (kidding) but if I can’t work effectively through the pain do I really have much choice? Has anyone experienced this?
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    Can’t Find A New Job!

    I have over 3 years of medsurg/telemetry experience at the #1 level 1 trauma center in my city. Over the last year several things have happened: I graduated from a BSN program and am in the throws of applying to several NP programs which has me considering where’d I’d like to end up at a NP, the conditions on the unit I currently work on have progressively worsened I.e there’s no support staff, management that is not supportive of staff and showing favoritism, an alarming increase in staff injuries at the hands of patients, etc, and last but not least I’ve rediscovered my desire to be in the OR. For all these reasons and to maintain my sanity I have been applying to every OR job/internship in my area and have either not been gifted an interview or just rejected post-interview. I started loosening my standards (still with the hopes of entering the OR at some point) and have been applying to jobs such as pacu, same-day surgery units and have even applied to independent practices. Needless to say I am becoming really disheartened and feel ill forever be stuck in this horrible work situation 😭😭I cant quit outright right now bc I have a family to support otherwise I would. Any advice is much appreciated.
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    Periop 101 Schedule

    Hello all! So lots happening on the career front! I have been working in various MedSurg settings for the last 3 years and have always known I would move on to do other things. One of those things that I am currently applying and waiting to hear back about is NP school, which made me start considering what I actually wanted to do if I was able to obtain my NP license and I decided I really would love to be in the OR. Fast-forward to now, I applied to the Periop101 program at VCU and just received an email with more details about the program. Besides the fact that I have to pay almost $800 up front to even participate (which I'm willing to do, but seems weird) I am confused about the actual schedule requirements. Aside from the regularly scheduled shifts there seems to be other requirements such as so many (I believe 6 4-hour on-call shifts in a 6 week period as well as something called off-shifts and relief shifts. Does anyone have experience in this program and can offer any insight to what this actual looks like on a weekly schedule? My concern is that currently I work 3 12's a week which is rotated with my fiance's schedule that is also 3 12's which helps us make sure someone is also around to watch our two small kids. The only saving grace is that we only have self-scheduling so there's flexibility in whatever schedule we have. But do you think that an OR program requiring so many additional hours would stretch us in the childcare department? Thanks for the input.
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    Should i postpone the NCLEX exam?

    Update: Took my readiness this morning, 4 days away from my NCLEX examination and scored a 70%. Am feeling soooooooooo much better going in!
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    Should i postpone the NCLEX exam?

    I've gone through the analysis of every singe test/quiz I've taken which is probably the only reason my scores have slightly improved. And I will be finishing up watching the rest of the content video this weekend before my exam. I don't really get to "one point" where I start to lose focus and usually take a break after every 75 questions or so, but i have been looking at the content areas and should probably review those more before taking the test. I'll definitely feel better or worse tomorrow after taking my Readiness Exam to truly see where I'm at.
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    Should i postpone the NCLEX exam?

    Yea one of my worse fears is overstudying. I actually was testing better on a lot of test prior to me taking the Kaplan course {facepalm}
  7. I am scheduled to take my exam this coming Monday and so far I have done all of my question trainers about 91% of the qbank questions, the diagnostic exam, the 4 sample tests, and the practice test with the following scores: Cumulative Qbank: 53% Sample Test 1: 50% Sample Test 2: 52% Sample Test 3 (Priorities): 87% Sample Test 4 (Alternative): 28% Question Trainer 1: 59% Question Trainer 2: 55% Question Trainer 3: 42% (rushed because it was due last day of school) Question Trainer 4: 55% Question Trainer 5: 60% Question Trainer 6: 59% Question Trainer 7: 58% Kaplan Practice Exam: 57% Diagnostic Exam: 67% I know they say to aim for at least 60-65 on all the tests, but i have never been able to get that high. I plan on taking my readiness exam tomorrow and hopefully that'll give me a better idea of where I'm at, but as of now I am freaking out! I really don't want to have to retake the NCLEX as I start my new job in 3 weeks.
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    Should i postpone the NCLEX exam?

    I am scheduled to take my exam this coming Monday and so far I have done all of my question trainers about 91% of the qbank questions, the diagnostic exam, the 4 sample tests, and the practice test with the following scores: Cumulative Qbank: 53% Sample Test 1: 50% Sample Test 2: 52% Sample Test 3 (Priorities): 87% Sample Test 4 (Alternative): 28% Question Trainer 1: 59% Question Trainer 2: 55% Question Trainer 3: 42% (rushed because it was due last day of school) Question Trainer 4: 55% Question Trainer 5: 60% Question Trainer 6: 59% Question Trainer 7: 58% Kaplan Practice Exam: 57% Diagnostic Exam: 67% I know they say to aim for at least 60-65 on all the tests, but i have never been able to get that high. I plan on taking my readiness exam tomorrow and hopefully that'll give me a better idea of where I'm at, but as of now I am freaking out! I really don't want to have to retake the NCLEX as I start my new job in 3 weeks.