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  1. nursex23

    Oh my pay cut!

    I just got offered a job as a school nurse which I'm really excited about. I knew there would be a pay cut but I didn't expect it to be 25k less than what I'm making now. I still want to say yes but I can't afford to. I was wondering if anyone was in a similar situation and was able to find a way to make money on the side. Thanks!
  2. Hello, I'm a new grad who was lucky enough to land my first job at a long-term acute hospital. I'm 2 months into orientation and so far it has been going well. I feel that I have support from my preceptor, from management, and from most of the other nurses. During my short time here I feel that I've learned a lot but I'm still going through the new grad emotions of feeling overwhelmed and not competent but EVERYONE tells me that's normal and that I'm doing great. Sometimes I feel like I lucked out with this job, however, this isn't what I want to do. I want to be a NICU nurse but I took this job with the intention of getting a year of experience and moving on. However, I find that I'm completely miserable. I cry all the time before and after work. I see less and less of the ones I care about the most and it makes me sad to think that I'm not loving what I'm doing. Part of me wants to seek a position in labor and delivery, another part wants to seek a job in a larger hospital where I can eventually transfer to the NICU, but then another part of me says that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and to stick to my 1-year plan. But the thought of spending 1 year here makes me really depressed. I was just hoping to get some insight and maybe some advice as to what to do.
  3. Hello everyone! I took my NCLEX July 11th and I passed (whoo hoo!!). I got offered a job but they won't let me start until I have my license number. How long does the process take before your license posts on the website? I live in Illinois btw. Thanks!
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    Going to be dismissed from BSN program

    I don't know your whole situation but if I were you, I would assess what went wrong before doing anything else. I started out at a 4 year university doing prereqs and I was nearly dismissed for poor performance. At first I was discouraged and thought maybe nursing isn't for me, but I also didn't see myself doing anything but nursing. I figured out that what I struggled with was the commute between campus, work, and home. I decided that I needed a school that was local so the commute wasn't an issue and somewhere cheap so I wouldn't have to work as much to pay for tuition. I also needed a school that would accept me despite my low GPA. A community college was the obvious answer for me. I have 5 months left in my program, I've been doing great, and I feel like I've found my purpose in life (I know that sounds cheesy but it's how I feel). This is just my story and I want to let you know that you shouldn't give up if nursing is 100% what you want to do. Find out what went wrong first and then see what would be best for you to do even if that means you go the ADN route and then do an RN to BSN program later. Good luck!
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    MSN without experience

    Hello everyone! I'm in an ADN program in my third semester. I'm on track to graduate in May and immediately after I wanted to enroll in an RN to MSN program. Well I was talking to an instructor today who told me that getting an MSN without experience is going to make it hard for me to find a job at the bedside. I eventually want an MSN but I don't want to wait until I'm older and married with kids. What are your thoughts?
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    ADN in the NICU

    Hi everyone! I just finished my first year of nursing school and during my OB rotation, I fell in love with the NICU. I've always been drawn to babies and being in the NICU felt like that's where I'm supposed to be. I'm on track to graduate May 2018 and I've already been looking into requirements for jobs in my area (greater Chicago). It seems like they all either want years of NICU experience or new grads with a BSN or higher. I plan on enrolling in an RN to MSN (or at least a BSN) program as soon as I possibly can. I've seen other posts on here that say to get a job in labor and delivery or in peds to gain experience but many of those seem to require a BSN as well. I'm going to try to get into those specialties if I can but my question is what other options as an ADN grad should I consider? Thanks!
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    ADN in the NICU

    Hi everyone! I just finished my first year of nursing school and during my OB rotation, I fell in love with the NICU. I've always been drawn to babies and being in the NICU felt like that's where I'm supposed to be. I'm on track to graduate May 2018 and I've already been looking into requirements for jobs in my area (greater Chicago). It seems like they all either want years of NICU experience or new grads with a BSN or higher. I plan on enrolling in an RN to MSN (or at least a BSN) program as soon as I possibly can. I've seen other posts on here that say to get a job in labor and delivery or in peds to gain experience but many of those seem to require a BSN as well. I'm going to try to get into those specialties if I can but my question is what other options as an ADN grad should I consider? Thanks!
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    RN to MSN Resurrection

    Hello, Does anyone have information on Resurrection University's RN to MSN or RN to BSN program? Particularly about admissions. Thanks!
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