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Sahara311

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    Clinical hours short of NMC suggestion?

    OK, I am currently in an ADN program. Specifically, a Transition ADN (I'm an LPN). I plan to do the ADN-BSN afterwards, and the only University in my area only offers their ADN-BSN as an online class. So, I have had 1 year of PN school, 1.5 years of RN, and possibly, 1.5 years of BSN. What are my chances to qualify with the NMC? I would really love to work in the UK...I'm too old for a Working Holiday Visa (32) to even get a job waiting tables, and this would be the only way, really, to work and see the UK. Any thoughts?
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    Daytona state transition program

    Just got my acceptance letter!!!!!! i start august 30 2011!!!!:w00t::yelclap:
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    Daytona state transition program

    Same here, I am all set to apply in September! A friend of mine just got into the Fall'10 program, she says her first semester will be tues/wed about 7-4 then the rest online. I guess we can only expect the same but evening times for Spring? I am so ready to start! Do you know when the next info session is? I need to go see my advisor soon!
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    Turned in my Resignation

    LOL! I was just logging in to this section to write a similar post.. I have been MDS/PPS/Care Plan Coordinator for over 6 months now, and just MDS for about a year before that. I am starting my last week of resignation tomorrow. I have been doing all skilled, sig changes, annuals, and half of the quarterlies in a 120 bed facility. I am currently fulfilling 3 different job positions per our job descriptions from corporate. I do have a backup, but due to being "staffing challenged" she has been pulled to the floor 1-2 times a week out of her 3 days she is with me. My ADONS/Unit Mgrs do NOT do any MDS, and the week before I resigned I was told they would no longer be attending care plan meetings. During a recent audit, I found that they are not updating their care plans with new orders, incidents, etc. Am I wrong to feel overworked? Might I mention that I only got $1/hour raise for the position (would have made more with shift diff on 2nd or 3rd shift) It's a real shame, I really liked MDS, and was very much looking forward to 3.0, but oh, well.
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    nursing ratios in longterm care

    Well, let me tell you about the genius that is my LTC... I work on the "sub acute" / rehab / Medicare unit. These people are younger, yet their conditions, recent surgeries, unstable pain/labs require more critical thinking, not counting the individual time I try to give everyone of them. Oh, don't let me forget about Mrs. Soandso, whose sons don't realize she has no will to heal, eat, drink, take meds, allow me to perform treatments to her aquired wounds from her noncompliance, and the sons are screaming at me because we can't get to her having to pee quick enough (low and behold mom has a fc...) My ratio is approx. 30:1 depending on snowbird season/census. The long term unit in the SAME building, which most of the patients are extremely stable, don't ask for anything much, have taken the same meds for so many years...... their ratio is about 18-20:1. Wow.... seems a little backwards to me, does it you? And let me point out that Florida Medicare/Medicaid just got cut by something like, oh 70 million or so? (idk the specific number, but it is outrageous.) So maybe my 30:1 isn't too bad. Months from now, I my be replying about my 40:1 ratio w 15:1 CNA hours...:uhoh21:
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    Do you say you're a nurse...

    ...Are you trying to say they're dumbed down? I am an Licensed Practical Nurse,I usually just refer to myself as nurse, but will clarify when prompted further. I have been a Hospital nurse up until recently. I work side by side with RN's. I understand the difference in roles, but there was only a handful of skills that the unit RN's could perform that I could not. No, I don't remember ANYONE in my LPN class ever saying, "I'm in LPN school." And when I get into the LPN-RN bridge... I'm not gonna say, "Oh, I'm in Registered Nursing School!" I will probably say, however, "I'm in the LPN-RN bridge program" or simply, "nursing school" However, while doing clinicals, a moment stands out in my mind, even today. Our class was in the lounge of unit we were on, when a Staff nurse came in. She revelled us with her memories of Nursing school, and was giving us all little helpful tips, when suddenly she got a confused look on her face. She leaned in to look at my badge that read : "SPN" and she rolled her eyes and started to walk away saying, "Oh well, you're only LPN students." she never spoke to us after that. On the flip side, today I was taken aback by a new CNA working on my subacute unit. He was going on about how he is in PCT school. Someone asked what that entailed, and he replied, "Oh I'll pretty much be an LPN" :uhoh21: I just walked away.
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    Any Volusia County FL LPNs out there? Please help!

    Hi Shelinea, I came across this thread just now, looks like it was posted a few months back, but no one replied. There is PLENTY of work for LPN's in Volusia County, LTC agency, homecare etc. And with your acute skills, you wouldn't be hard pressed at all. Hospitals around here DO hire LPN's, some anyway, and our scope of practice is generally close to the floor RN's. Most in this area allow us to do our own IV pushes with proper certification. . Payscale wise, it is possible to make a decent salary, working LTC or agency, around $16-24/hr, but don't expect more than $15/hr in a hospital staff day position. Pool you can make more, but no benes. Patient ratios in LTC can be horrendous, as a new grad with a couple days orientation, i was responsible for 30 patients on a subacute wing. When i moved to Med/Surg night position, I had 5-7 patients, and now CPCU I have 4-6 patients. Good Luck:balloons:.
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    Florida nursing salaries - seriously????

    I live in Central Florida, I am an LPN, with ACLS and all IV certifications... I work full time in a PCU unit, and I make.... wait for it.. $13/hr. But with an Agency I make $20-24/hr.
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    LPN's travel nurse

    So, may I ask, if u do not recommend AM, because their pay is low, and you were/are a recruiter, who should an LPN go to for Travel Oppurtunities? I am very interested in Traveling while waiting on entrance to a bridge program.
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    LPN starting wages in Daytona Beach

    HMMM, I GRADUATED IN DECEMBER 05, ACTUALLY HAD A JOB OFFER FROM HMC IN THE BATHROOM AT GRADUATION.....STARTING PAY IS...: $12.50 IT IS SIGNIFIGANLTY LESS THAN I WOULD HAVE HOPED, HOWEVER I GOT A $1 RAISE WITHIN 6 MONTHS BY COMPLETING THE ADVANCED LPN IV THERAPY COURSE....BUT THE EXPERIENCE IS PRICELESS.... I SEE EVERYTHING POSSIBLE. TO SURVIVE FINANCIALLY... I ALSO PRN AT A SNF AND MAKE $16/hr
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    Pros and Cons of Excelsior Program

    Well, that settles it, then. i will keep working as an LPN and get my BSN through UCF as originially planned and forget about EC. i don't want to be limited to as where I can and can not work.
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    Pros and Cons of Excelsior Program

    What about if I get my ASN through EC, but my BSN through a University? I am gonna call the CA BON and find out, because if I have supplemental education other than EC, that should be fine.
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    Pros and Cons of Excelsior Program

    I don't like that at all.
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    Any Excelsior Students in Orlando, Fla?

    Hey, I am in Deland and am gonna start EC after my English Lit Class is over at Daytona Beach Community College. How are you liking EC? I am scared to do it, but I just can't wait to go traditional.
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    Pros and Cons of Excelsior Program

    So, I am confused.....say I do EC and graduate, take my boards in Florida where they are recognized. Now I want to travel and take a job in Cali, will I be considered an RN there?:uhoh21:
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