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    Considering hospice

    Hey there, I'm a new RN of about 4 months working in med-surg at my local hospital. I used to work Hospice as a CNA before I completed my degree, and I loved it. I loved being one on one with my patient for an hour or so and being able to focus solely on them without worrying about the 9 or 10 other patients I'd been assigned to that day or running for call lights or that patient who's about to fall. I don't plan on leaving med-surg just yet. I want, at least, my year of solid acute hospital experience under my belt, just in case, but my mind keeps drifting back to hospice work. It was such a great job, and while it could be sad, I always felt really good about the work I was doing and rarely ever stressed and anxious. (Not that bedside hospital care isn't good work too, but I'm sure you know what I mean.) I know being a CNA is different from the RN aspect, and I really do love only working 3 nights a week as opposed to the 8-5 Monday through Friday work I did with Hospice. But my anxiety is through the roof to the point I'm having trouble sleeping and getting heart palpitations every night I have to go in. Every job has its issues, I know, and being a new RN makes that worse, of course, but I'm wondering if anyone here would be willing to tell me how being a hospice RN is like? And what they love about it? The beauty of nursing is that if I didn't like it, after all, I could always do something else, but the fact I keep thinking of going back to hospice more often than I think about advancing here at the hospital I feel like should tell me something.
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    Question about licensure requirements

    So I'm planning to move to New Jersey in the next year and a half or two to be closer to family, and I was trying to look into requirements to get a New Jersey nursing license. I saw something about SANE certification. Is that a requirement to have to be licensed there, or did I read that wrong? I just want to know what my timeline should be because it looks like you have to be a nurse for two years before being able to take a SANE certification course. Is it as simple as just passing a background check, submitting your transcripts and other documents, or is it more difficult to be licensed in NJ from another state? I'm from Maine, and naturally, I decide to move to a state that isn't involved in the compact state agreement. Also is it better to have a BSN for the job market there, or have you found that hospitals are employing ADN nurses? Here in Maine ADN/BSN is legitimately only a small difference in pay, and hospitals take both. The plan is to get a BSN soon, regardless, but I'd like to know if I should be getting it before I move or if I can work on it while working there. Thank you so much for any help!
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    Question about licensure requirements

    I didn't realize it was so uncommon! I thought it was a little weird to require anyone trying to get a license in this state to have that certification, but I've never tried to apply for a license in another state, so I figured I'd ask. I definitely didn't find that document you linked, so wherever I read it, which I don't remember what the website was now, I think the wording was just off and I read it wrong, that's all. But thank you for the info!
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    Question about licensure requirements

    Perfect, thank you! I knew it was a sexual assault examiner so I thought it was a little weird that it seemed to imply you needed that before you could be licensed in the state, so I definitely read it wrong. But thank you for clearing that up for me! I definitely want to be more competitive, so I'll have to put in for my BSN soon, then.
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    Feel like I don't know anything

    I didn't see a specific new grad forum, so I'm posting this here. I start my first job in two weeks, and I'm absolutely terrified. My first month of orientation is going to be on the same floor I worked on as a CNA, and I'm scared they're all going to think I'm a terrible nurse. I'm scared I'm not going to know what to do. I'm scared I'm going to somehow kill someone or not recognize something vital. I've been in school for two years, and I feel like I don't know a damn thing. I'm pretty sure you could ask me a nursing related question, right now, and I'd tell you I don't know. Two years of school that I managed to graduate from, managed to pass the NCLEX exam, and I feel like my brain is full of nothing but 90s song lyrics and every line in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Should I keep studying while I'm waiting to start? Go through my Saunders book? I keep envisioning showing up to my first day of on the floor training and winding up fired or my preceptor hates me because I don't know something I should know.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Okay, this is all.... mostly me being WILDLY paranoid in the suing culture of our current time. I know no one here has a law degree, and I'm mostly just looking for opinions to calm my wack ass down even if it's someone just telling me to chill the eff out because I'm being ridiculous. My mom and I are having a garage sale. There are some items we have in a homemade wooden crate box. A gentleman poking through it scratches himself on a nail that IS nailed down and not sticking up but was apparently lifted up over the years just enough that somehow he scratched his finger. I run up to the house and grab some bacitracin, hydrogen peroxide and a bandaid and patch him up. Should they decide to sue for a scratch, if it perhaps got infected or what have you, could I lose my license for helping him in what little way I could?
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Damn, for a second there, I was thinking oh okay, then the tetanus bacteria would have been killed off since it was just a light scratch. I'm going to cross my fingers and hope for the best. It wasn't a deep puncture wound, thank god. Just a light scratch across his finger. The thought of him getting tetanus was my biggest concern. Thank you for the information!
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Ah, thank you so much for this info! I can relax, now. I still really hope everything turned out okay. I'd hate for someone to get an infection because of anything I did or tetanus which was the worst thing I could think of, but I'm glad I'd be covered in this situation. I just hope they don't change their minds and decide to sue because he got a scratch on our property.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Honestly, this made me feel a lot better. If only because I felt really dumb after everyone told me that I shouldn't use bacitracin or peroxide. Which is fine! I'm glad everyone told me because now I know. I just felt like duh, I should have known not to use those. I'm glad I'm not the only one who would have! And yeah, I really wanted to avoid bringing him up into the house. It just felt weird and uncomfortable to do.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Thank you! I was most worried about him getting tetanus, but I haven't heard from him since it happened, so I have my fingers crossed everything turned out alright.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    I definitely did take a look at the BON, and a lot of it was medication diversion and being drunk or high while working, so for sure, way bigger fish than my possibly giving a guy an infection by accident. I'm a worrier, though, so I'm always thinking what if I end up being that one person who loses their license over something like this. Thank you for the thoughtful response! There's a lot of good information that I'll remember, though I hope nothing like this happens again. I think this will be the last time we do a garage sale. I do not want the liability.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    I definitely am going to get rid of the bacitracin. I didn't realize it could cause so many problems. The little packets are even still available at my hospital in the supply closets because I'm pretty sure that's where I got it from. At least, it was the last time I checked. I haven't seen him again since Saturday, so I'm hoping everything turned out alright. I was most worried about him getting tetanus, and I know it can take over a week for symptoms to show up. I'm just hoping he was up to date. He was so not worried about it when it happened. I think I was more worried than him. Thank you!
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    Could I have my license taken away

    I guess it's just easier for me to think that when I have barely two months experience. My confidence for adapting to an emergent situation, right now, is next to zero. I still don't even feel like a real nurse, honestly. It's like I managed to scam my way into an RN position, and I'm just waiting for everyone to realize I don't actually know anything. Thank you for the encouragement, though. I definitely appreciate it. I did end up checking the BON website, and it did make me feel better. The majority of what I saw was practicing under the influence or stealing meds, so a lot bigger deals than accidentally giving someone an infection because a cut was bandaged up the wrong way.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Honestly, I don't think my school taught us about it either, but at this point, I second guess myself so much that I think what if they did, and I just wiped it from my memory? This did make me feel a lot better about it, though, so thank you. I was just learning at work a few weeks ago that they no longer want us to carry flushes around in our pockets because our body heat could alter the temperature, so medical knowledge constantly changing is something I need to keep in mind, for sure.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    I try not to, but I should have known better. I mean, yeah, I wouldn't have thought any different as a civilian, but I've been through nursing school and am currently working as a nurse however short a time it's been, so I should have been better about it. But now I know! And thank you for the kind words. It means a lot. I've been constantly struggling with feeling like I'm too dumb to do this job and all my schooling was for nothing because I clearly don't remember a lot of it. I feel like I'm just faking knowing what I'm doing at work, at this point, and it's terrifying thinking of being in an emergency situation.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Yeah, it was me being a dumb and thinking about what I could bring out to them instead of dragging them up inside. Hopefully, it doesn't happen again, but now I'll remember to leave the peroxide and bacitracin inside. I had no idea there was a rise of allergies to bacitracin though. I'm glad you told me that! I feel super dumb for it all. I'm a new nurse who's been thinking about going into the ER or CCU eventually, and I think I'm going to rethink that, since I can barely handle thinking quickly about what to properly do over a scratch.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Thanks! I kind of panicked and was just thinking about what I had available quickly. It's not like it was a deep puncture wound, just a scratch, but it happened on our property, and I wanted to do something so I wasn't thinking about it very well. I probably should have taken him up to the house and just washed it out instead but hindsight.
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    NCLEX not at all what I expected

    Honestly, I'm sure just about everyone did. I certainly had some expectations going in that were completely shattered. After taking it myself, I think people should just go into it as prepared as they possibly can be but with the expectation that they're going to have to, in the iconic words of Samuel L. Jackson, hold onto your butts. I don't really think there's any way to "figure out" the NCLEX. Some people think they've got it and maybe they do, but you can't prepare for it in that way. Good luck! I hope you get a pass!
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    PVT (Pearson vue trick) update May 2018

    I'm not sure, honestly, whether the PVT is real or not or just a mind game we all play with ourselves. However, I never got a declined message. I just plugged in my debit card, changed the CCV code on the back by one number so it couldn't charge me. I would assume if it were going to decline you because of your card being wrong/having insufficient funds, you'd get a straight up declined message about your card being invalid. But I didn't. I got the "good pop up" that states you've recently scheduled an exam, another registration cannot be made at this time blah blah. I don't know if that's different from what you got, but that's the message I got and I got a pass. EITHER WAY you passed! Which is good and really all that matters out of the PVT thing.
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    Feel like I don't know anything

    Thank you!! I've been trying to find nurse brains that I'd like to use on pinterest, but I haven't been successful. I'll have to see what the nurses at work use and see if I like any of them, but I know a couple nurses have just flat out made their own. I don't know if I'm that skilled, but I'll have to wait and see. I'll definitely be sure to look things up that I don't know. I'm struggling to give myself a break and not read through my books again before I start. Thank you for all the tips!!
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    Feel like I don't know anything

    That's true. At least, I'm aware that I have a tendency to let things like that get to me. If I have to walk away to cry in a supply closet, I will! I definitely know I'm not the only one who has. Thank you for the advice!
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    NCLEX "Good" popup?

    The good pop-up is part of the Pearson Vue Trick. There's tons of posts about it. It's not something that comes up on the actual NCLEX. It's something you can do on the Pearson Vue website at home to, if you believe it works, check to see if you passed.
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    NCLEX Review!! How to study for NCLEX

    I'm gonna have to agree with Sour Lemon. Most people seem to pass without a ton of effort. A couple of my classmates took the exam a week after we graduated, didn't study at all and just relaxed and passed. I studied off and on, doing 75 questions here and there that also took me like an entire day to just complete and read over rationales while being distracted by everything and the kitchen sink. I passed. I wouldn't worry OVERLY much. Study but don't go overboard.
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    Feel like I don't know anything

    Thank you for the advice! I think the unit I work on will be okay, for the most part. Nights are usually pretty chill there, and I've got along with MOST if not all the nurses that work nights. I'm more worried about other floors because my unit is known amongst the hospital as being the best unit to be on, and I've been hired for float pool so that's not going to be my full time home, anymore. I'll definitely remember the index cards. I was thinking of getting one of those storage clipboards to keep all this stuff in, but I'm worried that'll be too bulky to be hauling around all day.
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    Feel like I don't know anything

    I'm not even going to lie, I'm worried about overhearing that type of talk. I try REALLY hard not to take things personally, but I'm one of those people who values intelligence while also feeling like I don't make the cut. So I get super hurt and defensive when I feel like my intelligence is being questioned, and those types of comments I'm worried are absolutely going to succeed in getting an emotional response out of me. There was a post on here recently about a new grad overhearing a coworker say "how did even let her graduate nursing school? How did she even pass her boards?" And even just that post made me upset because 1. that's an awful thing to say and 2. I can so easily see myself in a situation like that. I'll do my damndest to ignore it.
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