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    NCLEX-RN; Terrified

    Just watch out you dont get test fatigue. I found that if I studied for a large part of the day that my scores dropped towards the end. Make sure you take breaks!
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    NCLEX-RN; Terrified

    I used uworld but took no notes. I read and remembered the concept. I read all rationales right or wrong. I was pressed for time and only completed 625 questions of the 2100 qbank. I did the 1st assessment and scored a 73% very high chance of passing, answered a lot of questions and took the 2nd assessment 2.5 weeks later (with a week long vacation in the middle) and scored 91% very high chance of passing. Finished the NCLEX in 75 questions in about an hour. It's really going to be very dependent on your learning style. Reading the rationales took me long enough, I would have never had time to write things down, too. Good luck!
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    Lost in NCLEX resources

    How much of uworld did you use prior to the test? I was slammed for time and only completed about 600 questions (plus the 2 assessments) but I loved the rationales they gave. I passed in 75 questions but I feel that my strategies were pretty sound. We had ATI in school and I absolutely hated everything about it. The rationales were weak and those in my class that need to get the green light still are having issues with correct answers not being what we were taught or what's in the book. Did you score passing or almost passing in categories or was it all below? Depending on how many, you may want to hone in on those categories more. If it's all areas and testing or general content is weak, I'd possibly pick 1 content review resource. Good luck!
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    NCLEX: expectation to pass

    hahaha same! Except I was very unprepared feeling (600 out of 2100 uworld done in the qbank and the 2 assessments) but the start date for my new job and the sporadic testing dates they gave me left me with no option but to take it right then. I was like well was it so easy because I kept getting them wrong? I had 0 math, ekg, drag and drop, audio or hot spots. Strictly multiple choice and SATAs and I didn't know what that meant either. But I figured if I finished in 75 and did well in school and the pass rate is like 87% nationally, I MIGHT be ok. (I passed) WOOT!!
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    Nursing Equipment Kit from school- worth it?

    The kit for my school (which was not mandatory) had a bp cuff, stethoscope, and a penlight maybe? The stethoscope ear pieces fell off of everyone's that bought the kit and the velcro for the bp cuff was atrocious. Everything would be better bought separately. If it's a kit like that, I'd advise against it based off of what I saw. Our sim labs and such always had what we needed (also obviously rolled into our tuition lol).
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    I've heard of test anxiety, but taking almost 6 full hours to do 75 questions boggles my mind. Not including any breaks you may have taken, 5.5 hours is 330 minutes. With 75 questions that's 4.4 minutes a question. What would have happened if you needed to go past 75? You gave yourself no time to go further. That's far surpassing text anxiety and knowledge deficit. I'm not even sure what realm I would place that in. I'm sorry but it may be time to try another profession.
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    Why did you choose that nursing program (current or past)?

    I chose mine because it was the only school that offered evening and weekend clinicals and I need to keep my full time job for bills and insurance. It's more expensive than the community colleges, but for the trade off in still getting to make money, it was worth it to me. I would have probably preferred an ASBN program since I have a previous degree, but there was no way to make that possible. The interesting thing is I was talking to an APRN one day who said the people with the associates starting alongside those with BSNs come out of the gate stronger due to the usually more hands on training they get in clinicals. Then after 6 months, the BSNs move ahead in skill because they have done the work and have the background. Obviously anecdotal but interesting just the same. I'm going to get my BSN after I pass the nclex but I'm just looking at online schools.
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    advertising your nursing services

    Are you talking about something like care.com? I believe that site is something similar for home care, babysitting, cleaning etc. I have no experience, I have just seen it advertised.
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    Discouraged New Grad

    Even if you were in school, you wouldn't need to disclose a thing to this person. Now that you're out of school (congrats!) just block him from all contact and social media. You haven't taken the NCLEX yet, put your attention there and don't give this guy another minute of your thoughts. Look for a job, but as you can probably see from these forums, it isn't just 22 years olds that can't find a job easily, nor those without much training. It's a lot of people from a lot of walks of life all over the place. Again, you haven't taken the NCLEX yet and only just recently graduated. Be easier on yourself, we will all find jobs eventually (hopefully!! ) And, you were a CNA, that's experience. Go from there. Good luck!
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    Working with a fracture

    I think hers is a sprain? It did not happen at work and she was still having a full patient load. She seems fine though.
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    Working with a fracture

    I'm not sure about how easy it'll be to land a job in a boot, but a nurse where I'm doing clinicals is in a walking boot. Shes always on the move, too.
  12. I did not have any medical background. I have a psych degree and another in addiction counseling. The only class where CNAs were better off was the first semester because they were used to bed baths, turning, etc. Once we got past that, we were on even playing field. Someone just pointed out that we are now past LPN skill status, too, (not that we are licensed) since they are now in our class and we are all in the last semester. There is no difference between their skills I have seen and the skills those of us with no experience have and there are quite a lot of us (most maybe) that have no prior medical background and we are all doing great. If you're interested in it and have great people skills, I think you'll do just fine! Good luck!
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    that's not how most schools are...yours lets you do tutoring if you are failing at a 75 lol. Ours is 77 to pass, 76.99 is failing, no rounding. Clinical is pass/fail so all grades come from tests, quizzes, etc. The "easy" assignments and papers only count towards your grade if you already have the 77. So a 76.99 and a 100 on 2 papers which would boost you up don't factor in and you fail. You can fail 1 time, move to the cohort behind you; fail again, you're out. Fail clinical ever, fail the class. Consider yourself lucky!!
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    Vaccination for clinical

    I am so confused by all of this. No one would/should administer penicillin to someone that is allergic. That's not what happens. Vaccines have been proven effective and the only reason that measles is rampant again is due to the people who believe in what you believe in. Patients are also able to refuse medication, it's not illegal. It's not even illegal for you to refuse to be vaccinated; it is against your company policy and you chose to work for that company. Nurses DO advocate for their patients, but they also educate. And proven science is something nurses sometimes need to educate others on. And there is no informed consent for vaccines but when I go to the doctor and say "I'd like (insert vaccine here)", I know what I am asking for. If not, or if your doctor is stating you should get whichever vaccine, you can ask your doctor what is it for and decide if you want to get the vaccine. Doctors and nurses aren't running around willy nilly stabbing people in the arms with the MMR vaccine. That would be battery. And you work in healthcare? I feel like you don't seem to understand how any of this works.... Again, the benefits of vaccines ARE founded. There are decades of research on how well they have worked and eradicated diseases. Stating science and requiring someone who is taking care of sick people to be vaccinated to reduce the possible exposure to patients isn't bullying, it's common sense. A parent who doesn't vaccinate his/her kids and brings her exposed child to a dr's office where babies and sick children and parents who are unable (not unwilling) to get vaccinated are now at risk is more bullying than telling someone that vaccines work and look! here's proof!
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    Joint Commission and Ligature Points

    When the person is the door, are people allowed to go into the room? If there were no doors previously, I would assume so. So are they just a gatekeeper/watcher of the chairs? It reminds me of the movie Labyrinth where the adorable Sir Didymus was in charge of the bridge. He said no one shall pass this way without my permission! She said well, may we have your permission? And he said ....yes? and they crossed.
  16. I just started my last semester (thank goodness) and we have had math questions on almost every test. We also have to pass a math test the first day of clinicals to be able to pass meds. The passing score increases each semester and sometimes count towards our actual grade. If you can't pass the math test, you can't pass meds and you'd fail clinical. There are people in my cohort who describe themselves as HORRIBLE at math, but the teachers work with them. Haven't lost any yet but God only knows how they will do with calculations on the floor.

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