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shyviolet78 LPN, LVN

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  1. shyviolet78

    What do you use to carry books?

    I bought a cheap one from Target. Regular price $20, but I found it clearanced for $11 after school started. It's lasted a year with no problems, it should last another year, I think.
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    What do you use to carry books?

    The rolling backpacks are not my style either, and I really don't like them. However, I only made it a week in nursing school with my over-the-shoulder regular backpack, before I caved in and bought a rolling backpack to give my aching back a break. It's ugly and it's awkward to maneuver in some places, but my back doesn't hurt, so I don't care!
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    What is everyone taking this fall?

    Summer (now!): Mental Health Nursing - Lecture and Clinical Fall: Pediatric Nursing - Lecture and Clinical (1st 8 weeks) Maternal/Newborn Nursing - Lecture and Clinical (2nd 8 weeks)... and I guess I'll have to finally suck it up and take that darn P.E. class I've been putting off for 2 years . My school is the only nursing program in this area that still requires P.E. Of course, I could push it one more semester, but I'd better not - hate to have that backfire and not graduate because I failed P.E.!
  4. Initially it was for job security, steady income, and flexible scheduling. We are planning on moving to a rural area and having children as soon as I graduate, so I wanted to know I had a job that was in demand wherever I went, allowed to keep my kids out of daycare, and still be able to pay the bills. Then, when I started school, I got a job as a tech in an ICU to see how "bad" nursing would be. I loved being in the hospital and working with the patients, and most everything about it. So, now, I can't imagine doing anything else but nursing.
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    When are YOU going to apply for a RN job?

    I graduate in May and I was doing some research on hopitals in my area the other day. I was told by the nurse recruiters at the hospitals to apply between late January and early March.
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    ICU Salary

    The pay, the cultural attractions, and the entertainment of this area are very tempting. However, we're moving to be closer to my DH's family. We are trying to get pregnant, and we want our child to grow up close to his grandparents, aunt, uncles, and cousins. Plus, my MIL will watch the baby on days when both DH and I are scheduled to work, because I would not be comfortable leaving my child with someone who is not family. LA public schools are really bad, but we are choosing Catholic school regardless of where we live. And the Catholic schools there are excellent, and half the cost of the school in my parish here. We may actually homeschool. I plan on only working prn or part time after 3-5 years experience so I can stay home with the kids more. I don't mind being in hurricane country, I grew up in tornado country, spent half my childhood in the cellar it seems like :) . On a side note, wonder how long those Rangers will be in 1st place? :chuckle Then again, the Mavs used to be an embarrassment, and look at them now! I don't really follow sports much anyway, except for NASCAR, which I am now very hooked on thanks to my DH! By the way, for anyone else interested in the pay in the Lafayette area, I spoke to Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette. They offer $16.08/hr for new grads, $4 diff for evenings, $5 diff for nights. They have the weekend plan, so if you work Mon-Fri you are not required to work any weekends and if you work 24 hrs Sat and Sun, you are paid for 36 hrs. You are eligible to work weekends only after 1 year experience. They also offer student loan repayment of up to $12,000, they add the monthly payment amount to your check each month as long as you work there. They offer internships in every nursing area, and have every service line except transplant. They also pay for a NCLEX review course, and pay you for attending. Finally, they were just granted Magnet status, which means the nursing staff is happy there, supposedly. Baylor has Magnet status and I'm not happy with them right now, but that's another story . I also spoke with Hamilton SW Medical Center. They also offer $16.08/hr, but the diff is $4/hr eve/nights, $1.25/hr weekends. They do not have the weekend plan, student loan repayment or Magnet status. They offer preceptorships in every service line except rehab.
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    nursing diagnosis help

    I know it's probably too late to help, but I have a "filler" diagnosis I use from time to time. Anxiety r/t change in health status or Anxiety r/t hospitalization. It's good for when you honestly can't think of one more diagnosis but have to have one listed. Plus, psychosocial diagnoses seem to be underused (at least in the clinical groups I've been in), so the instructor always likes it.
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    Marriage to a Nurse-- Need HELP

    I believe nursing may be considered "dangerous" because of the risk for back injury. But you will find this in any job that requires you to lift or stand alot. Probably as dangerous, or likely as carpal tunnel syndrome for an office worker, I'd think. And nursing is not the most dangerous job! I copied this list from the US Department of Labor statistics, nursing didn't even make the list: 1. Truck driver 2. Farm worker 3. Sales supervisor/proprietor 4. Construction worker 5. Police detective 6. Airplane pilot 7. Security guard 8. Taxicab driver 9. Timber cutter 10. Cashier 11. Fisherman 12. Metal worker 13. Roofer 14. Firefighter [source: U.S. Labor Department] And about working holidays... My facility has a list where you make out your "dream schedule" of 3 holidays off each year out of 6, and they try to accomadate that. After that, they go by the previous year's schedule, so that noone ends up working two Christmas's in a row, for instance. I've never had to work Christmas or Thanksgiving once in 3 years, because I work a weekend only shift. This year I may have to work Christmas, but we'll simply celebrate the day before, no biggie in the grand scheme of things. The only thing I mind about it is having to miss Midnight Mass on Christmas morning.
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    ICU Salary

    Thanks so much! The homes are very affordable. My BIL and SIL have a 1400 sq foot, 3 bedroom home, brand new, and their mortgage payment is almost $300 a month less than what we pay for an 800 sq ft, 2 bdrm apartment! I appreciate you getting the details for me, that'll really help us in our decision. When the time comes closer to moving, I'll talk to the hospital, but I don't feel like listening to their "recruitment speech" just yet. Can you ask your friend how she likes LG? Do they treat their employees well, etc. Also, can you ask her if she's heard good or bad things about SW Medical Center, if you don't mind? Thanks again, I really appreciate it! You can go ahead and post here, that way if anyone else has a similar question, they can find it.
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    ICU Salary

    Thanks so much! The homes are very affordable. My BIL and SIL have a 1400 sq foot, 3 bedroom home, brand new, and their mortgage payment is almost $300 a month less than what we pay for an 800 sq ft, 2 bdrm apartment! I appreciate you getting the details for me, that'll really help us in our decision. When the time comes closer to moving, I'll talk to the hospital, but I don't feel like listening to their "recruitment speech" just yet. Can you ask your friend how she likes LG? Do they treat their employees well, etc. Also, can you ask her if she's heard good or bad things about SW Medical Center, if you don't mind? Thanks again, I really appreciate it! You can go ahead and post here, that way if anyone else has a similar question, they can find it.
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    ICU Salary

    DH and I are considering a move to the Lafayette, LA area to be near his family. The starting salary here [baylor Medical Center in Dallas - CVICU] is $19.50/hr. I will have 1-2 years experience depending on when we decide to move. I'm wondering if anyone has a salary comparison for LA? I'm specifically considering Lafayette General or Hamilton SW Medical Center in the ICU/CCU/CVICU. Also, what are the differentials, here it is $4 nights, $6 weekends. Thanks for your help!
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    Floating

    When NICU nurses are floated, what units are they floated to? In my hospital, we don't have a pediatric floor or unit. ICU nurses only float to ICU's and floor nurses only float to floors. I'm curious where the NICU nurses are floated to in hospitals like mine.
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    I got in!!!!

    Books, not sure but at least $300 CPR class - free thru work Nurse pac - $60 Uniforms/stethoscope,etc - $160 Drug screen/background check - $36 Syllabus - $40
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    How Long?

    Our deadline was Feb. 28th and we received letters the first week of May.
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    I got in!!!!

    I haven't posted on this bb for a while. After 2 years of taking pre-reqs and waiting, I got accepted to the only nursing program I applied to for the fall! I can't wait to go buy my books next week!!
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    Nursing instructors who don't give a S***

    Document and present your information to the dean. Make sure that you guys present a united front and that no one in your group will chicken out when confronted with questions. Don't make it emotional, stick to the facts. Hard not to let emotions get involved with something as important as this, but the dean will take a factual approach more seriously. Don't make personal attacking statements about the instructors, instead focus on the problems of their teaching style. BTW, which school are you going to? Just curious, as I also attend school in Ft Worth at TCC, but I am still taking pre-reqs for the time being. Good luck!