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  1. I started researching more about that, and that does seem like a good place to start rather than diving into an MSN program! Thank you for your suggestion! I'm looking at a local school with affordable tuition to do non-matriculation status for 2-3 of the undergraduate classes I had lower grades in. C+ was passing in my program, but I think I would benefit to retake the classes I had C+'s in and study hard for A's. I'm also trying to see if maybe I can take 1-2 graduate level nursing classes (I saw patho and health assessment) after the retake classes to show other programs my interest in attending graduate school.
  2. Sorry if I come across as being fixated on ranking. My biggest goal is looking for quality programs with accreditation like you say, and of course affordability in terms of tuition. It just so happened my alma mater has accreditation and quality, and I was very happy and proud of the education I received there. It is a public state school which also provides affordability. In no means am I affixed with "ranking" per se, but it is a decent overall way of determining a program's quality if you're doing research on a variety of programs. It just so happens that a lot of the NPs I work with graduated from my alma mater, which leads me to believe that the program I am looking at does produce quality. I am choosing to stay local and in-state because that is the only state I have my license in. The state I live in only does licensure by endorsement, and is not a compact state. Attending an FNP program in another state that requires me to have that specific state's licensure usually means more fees/costs for me. Hopefully you understand where I'm coming from! But I am currently looking at 5 other programs in the state I live in. Again, I seem a bit "focused" because I really liked my alma mater and would love to attend for graduate school. I also chose my alma mater for my undergrad when I was applying in high school because I did look at "ranking," NCLEX pass rate, and best overall reputation of graduates within the state's hospitals. Reputation of the program does matter in the state/area I work at. All the nurse practitioners I work with or who work with other practices graduated from the local programs I am specifically looking at. Thank you for your response!
  3. Thank you Tiffy for responding! I am trying to find out currently from Admissions from my alma mater what they mean by 3.2 GPA. For now, the Admissions page offers a post-MSN certification for FNP if that is the route I choose to take first. Here is what the actual page says: - Bachelor’s degree in nursing and advanced practice degree (MSN or DNP) from nationally accredited programs - GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale - Successful completion of an undergraduate descriptive/inferential statistics course and physical assessment course. - Completed online application including personal statement, resume, and proof of RN licensure - Official transcript of all prior college work - Two scholarly papers in which you’re the main author, like a published article, book chapter, or paper completed for school - Two letters of reference from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty I'm having trouble figuring out if the GPA 3.2 specification is for the undergrad nursing degree, or for the advanced practice degree, or both. I'm waiting to hear back from my previous advisor, who is trying to find out who to ask regarding this. But if 3.2 is what they need for the advanced practice degree, I believe WGU wouldn't be the best place to go for an online MSN in Informatics? Soprano, Good luck to you on your MSN! Thank you for your response. I am definitely leaning toward getting my MSN in informatics, especially since you believe it could help me increase my chances for the FNP program. It definitely sounds like WGU isn't the way to go since they only give graduates a 3.0 GPA, which does not even meet the minimum 3.2 GPA to apply to my alma mater. I'm trying to find affordable programs to go to, but maybe I should look elsewhere other than Walden or WGU? Walden, I know, has a certain reputation here, which I'm scared could also hurt my chances in the long run!
  4. Hi, I apologize in advance if this is not the right section to post this question. To start, I went directly from high school into a BSN program at the #1 undergraduate nursing program in the state I live in. I didn't do particularly well in the first two years of nursing school, and spent a lot of time just enjoying college. I ended up graduating in 2017 with a 3.08 GPA but with a slight upward trend once I started becoming more serious about school. I was super lucky and landed a position in a nurse residency program in the #1 at the time (now #2) ranked hospital in the state and worked 1.5 years in telemetry before transferring to a smaller magnet hospital in the area to get critical care experience in CCU and CTICU. I was lucky enough that the hospital cross trains for both. I want to attend a "brick and mortar" FNP program in the state I live in. My goal would definitely be to attend my alma mater, which only has DNPs, but I know my chances are impossible at the moment because the DNP at my alma mater requires a minimum 3.2 GPA at the time of application. Does anyone know if I get an MSN in Nursing Informatics first at an online school and excel, if I would be able to increase my chances of acceptance into an FNP program at my alma mater, and if the 3.2 undergraduate minimum GPA requirement would be potentially overlooked? I am specifically looking at WGU or Walden. Also I don't mean to offend anyone who holds an MSN in nursing informatics. I am genuinely interested in the field and am hoping a degree in informatics would also open other potential career pathways if I end up deciding NP is not the career path for me. Thank you all in advance, and I apologize for the long post!
  5. nurse528

    4 shifts of orientation for new grad

    4 shifts?!?!?! I had 4.5 months on floor! Granted it was 10 weeks in a med-surg unit in a comprehensive new grad program and another 8 weeks on the cardiac/tele unit I eventually transferred to. In my opinion 4 shifts is NOT enough. I was not at all prepared to be by myself by the end of my 2nd week of orientation. In my opinion either try to advocate for a few more weeks of training, or get out of there and find another acute care hospital that will be able to give you the proper orientation and preceptorship a new grad needs!!! 4 shifts is what a experienced, per diem nurse gets. 4 shifts for training is very unsafe for a new grad. Don't jeopardize your license!
  6. nurse528

    Any report tips out there?

    When I receive report from ED onto the floor, I like to know what they came in with and what was done for them. Like what medications you gave, what tests/labs they did and what were the results, and why they're being admitted upstairs. Is it for observation purposes, or are the doctors planning to do a procedure or run more tests? I like to know their orientation and whether they ambulate. And of course primary history and surgical history if it's possible. And most definitely if they're on important medications, like an amiodarone or heparin drip. Or librium tapering, and where you're at in the librium tapering. If they're on telemetry, what their rhythm has been. Like if they run NSR, but had several beats of asymptomatic vtach, are the doctors aware and if there's orders to call only if they run say more than 20 beats the next time. Code status is soooo important. I don't expect much in terms of skin assessment from the ED. Oh one biggie is if security took any of their belongings! Belongings ALWAYS somehow get lost in the ED or en route to the floors and it can be a big pain to track down missing glasses or a cane.
  7. nurse528

    Did they ask for your GPA, yes or no?

    My new grad residency asked me for my GPA during the interview. They also required my transcripts when I got the job offer. But I really think it depends on facility/who's interviewing you too?
  8. nurse528

    2nd Jobs for a New Grad

    Hey there! So I'm a pretty new graduate too and just started my first job. I agree with the above that the orientation, especially for ED, can be very very constraining. However, it doesn't mean you can't do jobs on the side until you start in Feb, or even a few weeks into orientation when you're feeling more comfortable. Just some ideas on what new grads I knew did... - One is a sub school nurse. It doesn't make a LOT but it's something, and it's a per diem job that's comfortable and requires very minimal training so look into that. I applied initially but the app process is long and takes quite a few weeks because they make sure to verify you and set you up with an interview, etc. - Home care requires a bit more training. My friend had 2 weeks in class orientation full-time and then for each case she was put on, she had to train with the nurse for at least 3 shifts before she could be on her own. So a little less convenient. - Another did a bunch of flu shot clinics. If you look on Indeed a lot of places hire people to give shots during flu season. This could be a 1-4p job in a company building, a few hours at some health convention, etc. Some need people to just do blood pressures and blood sugars for a day so that's also something. It paid okay and you honestly needed no training, just your RN license. - Another worked at a not-so-busy urgent care. I think she mostly took vitals and documented, did some light triaging and drew some blood and gave allergy shots. - Another worked at a doctor's office. Not sure what she did, but it didn't pay very much - I think it's a lot of light office work, etc. I wouldn't recommend anything more than PD. You won't be able to work out a schedule if you picked up a PT or FT side job, so if you're going to find something, just search for jobs with very minimal training and that will be PD. Good luck!
  9. Hi all! So to give some background, I just graduated May 2017 from a BSN program. I took my NCLEX beginning of July, which was almost 3 months ago. I will be starting a new grad job on a busy med-surg floor, but it isn't for another 2 months. I feel like I have already forgotten some stuff from the NCLEX and from school because it's been so many months Basically, my question is, what should I brush up on/materials I should look over to prepare myself for a med-surg position? Basically I want to try to refresh on some things I learned from school so I don't go in forgetting everything! I am planning on looking over the Kaplan 300 most common meds and going over a full head-to-toe assessment. I'm going to brush up on lab values I may have forgotten over the past few months. I was considering reading over all the adult sections in the Saunders NCLEX book, but would that be overkill? I'm not trying to re-learn everything, but I do want to make it a bit easier for myself as a new nurse so I'm not as prone to mistakes :) And so when I do start training, I can focus on my weak areas or things I didn't learn in nursing school (inserting IVs) instead of everything, especially since my training period is only 10 weeks on floor. Thank you all!