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    School Shootings

    These shootings break my heart every time I hear about them. I'm certainly no expert in the field of mass-shootings, but here's what I've gathered from all of this: There are many people who want tighter gun restrictions, etc. I understand this point, but I just don't see it working unless a mass amount of guns are confiscated by the government (something I don't advocate for). As a person who owns three guns, and have bought and sold several more, I can tell you that it MANY guns are sold person-to-person, without background checks. Cracking down on this is almost impossible, hence the reason I don't believe tight gun control laws will do much good. People also cite mental illness as a cause. I generally agree with this statement, but I don't like the idea of blaming "crazy people" for all these shootings. I do, however think we all could be more supportive of people with anxiety and depression. More support, more kindness, more caring will be helpful. Other people suggest arming teachers- I don't mind the idea of having more protection in schools, but I don't think teachers are the answer. I live in Montana, where almost everyone owns firearms- but I wouldn't trust my kindergarten teacher firing off rounds at shooter. It's not in their job description, nor are they qualified. On the other hand, hiring additional armed security could be an easier fix. Doing lockdown training, and educating students will also be helpful. (Unfortunate that this is the case) While all these topics are possible ideas, there is one cause that I believe is the universal cause for an increase in mass shootings. I believe the breakdown of the family is the boiled-down cause. Our families in America are more stressed than ever. Poverty, increased desire for material objects, drugs, divorce, social media... they all inject more stress into our families. We have more kids living at home with abusive family members. We have more kids being raised by daycare centers, because both parents have to work just to scrape by. From what I can tell, most (not all) of these shooters came from broken, or abusive families. Some came from the Foster Care system, others were in abusive families. Just an observation, not trying to offend anyone. I think the best things we can do are to strengthen the family unit. More parks, and access to nature. More affordable, family-friendly attractions in cities. Less social media, less drugs, less poverty. If we start chipping away at these things, we may create a better society- a safer society. Just my thoughts!
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    2018 Mayo Clinic Nurse Residency- July 2 Cohort

    Hi, sorry I didn't see your message. I did write a cover letter. My nurse recruiter highly suggested it because they want to know exactly what you're looking for in a job. Your cover letter should address three questions: 1.) Medical or surgical floor? 2.) What body system? (cardiac, thoracic, vascular..) 3.) ICU, PCU, or Regular unit? If you can let them know what your ideal job is, then you're golden. You probably already have a job by now, but I thought I'd share with you what they told me! Thanks! Andrew.
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    Nursing school isn't preparing me for the real world

    Great post! I think it's very common for nursing students to feel the same way. I'm graduating from a traditional BSN program, and I don't feel ready. Most programs are transitioning towards an educational model, and moving away from a "skills" model. It's a weird transition that not everyone agrees with. But basically the premise is that schools want to teach the skills, but focus more on the critical thinking aspects. A lot of that is done in classrooms. Schools are expecting new grads to get into a good residency program at a hospital to help cover the "skills" that haven't been emphasized as much. So yes, I think it's completely normal to feel that way.
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    Mayo Clinic 2018

    Congratulations! That's so exciting!
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    Mayo Clinic 2018

    Okay guys, I made a facebook group!! Here's the link! I'm excited to meet you all. Andrew. Log into Facebook | Facebook
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    Mayo Clinic 2018

    That's awesome! I'm on the Medical Cardiology PCU.
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    Mayo Clinic 2018

    That's my start date too! You're the first person I've met that starts on July 2. What unit did you get hired to? We will probably be in orientation together!
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    Mayo Clinic 2018

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the encouragement. I feel the same way; just so lucky to have a job at Mayo.. but I feel like I'll never live up to the high expectations. Thank you for the encouraging words. My wife and I are looking into buying a house. We actually just submitted an offer today on a house in the Norther Heights area. Are there any neighborhoods that you would stay away from? We are having a baby this May, so some place safe is important to us. Thanks so much for your help!
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    Mayo Clinic 2018

    Congratulations!! That's so exciting. When is your tentative start date?
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    Mayo Clinic 2018

    Thanks for your help! I'll be working 8's days/evenings. It's nice to know that Mayo doesn't low census you often. In the hospital where I've done my clinicals, it happens quite a bit. Nurses burn through all their PTO without even being able to use it for vacations. Have you enjoyed working for Mayo? It'll be totally new to me (coming from Montana). I'm excited for it. My wife and I are coming out next week for my POPA, and to look at houses. I can't imagine a better place to work! Thanks for your help!
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    Can Somebody Explain NCLEX Process?

    Just register with Minnesota by exam. I think it costs $137. Then register for the NCLEX on Pearson Vue. After you send you fingerprints to Minnesota Board of Nursing, they'll approve you to take the NCLEX. You use the code they give you, enter it into Pearson Vue, and schedule your test.
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    Mayo Clinic 2018

    That's awesome! Thank you!
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    Mayo Clinic 2018

    Thank you so much for being willing to answer questions! I have a few! I recently accepted a job on a medical cardiac PCU, and I'd love to hear more about Mayo. 1. What unit(s) did you work on? 2. What was relocating like? Did you rent or buy a house? My wife and I are looking into buying a house. Just wondering what your thoughts are on the housing market. We will be moving from Montana with a 3 week old baby! 3. What shifts did you work? My shifts are 72 hours ppp, 8 hour shifts (days and evenings). 4. How often do you get low-censused? Do you get sent home if there aren't enough patients, or do you float to other floors? It's so good to hear that you've had a good experience. It's hard to relocate and uproot yourself! I think the experience at Mayo will make it worthwhile, but it's stressful to have so much change!
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    Can Somebody Explain NCLEX Process?

    Thank you for the help! I think nursing students should all be assigned free personal coaches to manage the stress of school!
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    Can Somebody Explain NCLEX Process?

    Thank you!! I registered with my state, and paid Pearson Vue. I really appreciate the help!
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