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  1. As the title says, does anyone know of any direct entry MSN programs that can be done remotely, with monthly-ish travel to the site for clinicals (didactic online)? Doesn't have to be an NP program. I know this is a long shot, but I thought it couldn't hurt to ask. Thanks!
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    LPNs Working on Acute Care Floors

    I work in a float pool at a hospital, mainly on PCU and med-surg. My duties are what the prior nurse on here said (everything but a few, very specific things like starting blood), and my support/training was what every nurse here gets, 6-12 weeks of orientation plus a new grad residency program.
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    NP schools without an RN license

    PA might be faster for someone who is not already a nurse, and the training doesn't necessarily assume that you've put in as much time in a medical field as an NP education might. A year or two of prerequisites (if you are very devoted) then two years of school. But that assumes a person could at least quit working for two years. Just tossing that out there.
  4. I would take the chance with the ortho job. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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    Pursuing Nursing - Need Direction

    If you want to work as an RN for a while, I would highly recommend going for either an associate's degree, or, if you have an affordable option in your area, an ABSN. I know that coming from your background you may view having an MSN as a bigger plus than it really is in nursing (NP MSNs aside). Coming from a similar background as yours, I thought the same. But in nursing, it is more about the license than it is about the number of years you spent on your education. In many places, an RN with an ADN will earn exactly the same salary as an RN with an MSN. I know that's tough to picture coming from a business background. Once you get an RN, increasing your education to a BSN or MSN can be done online (again, excepting NP, which can be done mostly online save clinicals), and you can finish a BSN very quickly once you have your RN. I would recommend taking the least expensive route to the RN, then evaluate from there what you need for where you want to work. In some areas, hospitals will require a BSN, but a BSN versus a non-NP MSN will not make much (if any) difference in your salary or ability to get a job.
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    LVN to patient ratio California

    Just tossing out there that you shouldn't be doing any charting on your own time. Not only is that completely unfair to you, it could have legal implications for your employer if any of that charting came up if they were sued for whatever reason. As for your ratios, I guess it depends on your patient mix and what other duties you may have. I generally have only 14 residents (a mix of rehab and LTC), but also only one CNA. We have to help feed residents during all meals (no dietary aides/restorative aids - and only a few residents don't require full assistance or nearly so). We also assist the CNAs with all two-person transfers and hoyers (which is nearly 100% of our residents), and when they need help with changing a resident and such (since there is only one CNA and one nurse per hall). I still rarely get out exactly on time, but I am getting closer most days. Since we don't have float/charge nurses and I'm running all day doing meds/treatments/wound care/etc., I usually end up with most of my assessments to do at the end of the day. (So. Many. Things. To. Assess.) But I'm only a few months in. I know I will continue to become more efficient. And despite (or maybe because of!) the craziness of it all, I'm really enjoying the heck out of my first nursing job. P.S. Point being, give it some time and you'll get the hang of it (especially if you're a new nurse or new to this type of nursing). And please don't work off the clock.
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    Colorado New Grad BSN pay?

    The pay doesn't sound bad until you compare it to the cost of living. It's getting very expensive in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas. But it might be doable for you on a starting salary if you don't have kids and a bigger home because of it. The median cost of a home in Denver is something like $425k now. $300k in the Springs, so maybe more doable a little farther south.
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    Federal Financial Aid for 2nd Bachelor’s Degree

    If you have not already received student loans for a bachelor's degree, you should qualify for the 54k or so you can get by filling out the FAFSA.
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    Question about lack of LPN - RN Programs

    It's bad in Colorado Springs, too. They did not run their LPN to RN program last year, and have not yet decided whether they will do so this year, either. On the front range, that pretty much leaves Pueblo, Otero (in La Junta), and Trinidad. All of which are far, especially from Denver. 😞 Maybe Fort Morgan? Not super close to Denver, but the closest I can think of.
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    Am I washed up?

    I’m honestly not sure. Is there a refresher course you could take? That might mitigate the number of years out of the field.
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    Starting in Home Health - Is the Experience Viable?

    Ok that totally makes sense. For some reason I was reading that as a new LPN grad would be okay going right into home health, and as a new grad LPN I was wracking my brain for why that might be. Thanks for clarifying! 🙂
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    Should I go from LPN to RN at age 60?

    I say go for it. If you work in LTC, going from an LPN to an RN is a big pay increase (around $10/hr in my area) for doing the same work (at least in the facilities I've seen/worked in). Sure, it also opens up possibilities in hospitals, but new grad programs and such aren't the only option if you find your age to be a difficulty (assuming you can do this work as I think it's the most common type of job work as an LPN). Also, practically speaking, social security benefits are based on your highest 35 years of earnings, so bumping it up for 10 years or so could be beneficial for you into retirement, too (if you are not already maxed).
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    LVN JOB ( no experience how do i get hired)

    Have you looked into long term care? Even if it isn't your jam, a year there might make it easier to get into urgent care or subacute.
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    Accelerated LPN Programs

    The program I am finishing up in a couple of weeks was an accelerated 10 month program. I can't even wrap my brain around a 6 or 8 month program, especially if prereqs are included in the program. Don't do that to yourself if such a program exists.
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    How many people made it to the end of the program?

    Updating mine now that we're 3/4 of the way through (LPN program). We are now at exactly 50% of the original cohort set to graduate on time. My school allows for one term repeat if anything is failed, so keeping my fingers crossed that most will get through, even if it takes them a little longer.