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    Overcharting as new grad?

    So I just graduated in Dec and have been working for 1 month in an ICU. My preceptor is absolutely terrible. He hates his life, complains about literally everyone despite me asking him multiple times to stop with the negativity, and he can't ever be wrong. I have proven him wrong on multiple instances and he does not like that very much. Other nurses on the floor have told me to take what he says with a grain of salt. Anyways, what it all boils down to is that he tells me I am overcharting my documentation. He states that he only charts by exception. He also said, and I quote, "If you are charting so thoroughly, it can get you in trouble because when State comes, they will wonder why this new grad is charting so detailed and none of the other nurses are. And usually the one who is over documenting is a new grad nurse who wants to kiss ***." I have seen his charting and he's a terrible documenter. He's gotten mad because I have refused to document his conversations with physicians for him. In addition, my Cerner trainer specifically told us to be as thorough as possible (esp in the ICU) to cover our own asses. I also had an instructor in nursing school who highly recommended against charting by exception as it can hold some of its own legal liabilities. What are your opinions? I've looked for a documentation policy for our ICU and cannot find anything.
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    New Grad to ICU

    Bay area is super competitive. I live in California and graduated from a central valley ADN program. Most of us here are easily able to get jobs at the local hospitals because, simply put, people do not want to stay in the central valley so it's less competitive. If you are really determined to get a job in California, the central valley would be an easier bet for a new grad compared to the Bay Area or down south.
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    New Grad to ICU

    Graduated this past December. About 7 out of our 50 classmates were hired straight into the ICU after graduation. Three of us chose to go via a RN New Grad program at a different hospital.
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    CSUB - RN to BSN reviews

    I am in the central valley about 1 hour away from Bakersfield, so hopefully I'll be able to get placement at the local hospital here in town. How much work is required on average during the week? I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions! No one else has given me any input so I really want to thank you.
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    CSUB - RN to BSN reviews

    Yikes, that sounds scary. Is it a lot of writing as in essays, discussions, group projects, etc? A lot of reading? I just started in the ICU and was looking to start this Fall but I'm not sure if starting the BSN this fall would be a good idea. Also, are they responsive to your needs when you have questions about the program as well as class assignments? I was thinking of Fresno State but I heard terrible things about that program that they don't care about their RN-BSN students. Was placement for community health easy for you? Thank you so much for taking your time to answer my questions!
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    CSUB vs Fresno State RN to BSN

    For a multitude of reasons: I wanted a state school, UTA would require more additional classes, and my hospital is paying for my BSN.
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    CSUB vs Fresno State RN to BSN

    Hi everyone! Looking to start an online RN to BSN program this fall. I live in CA and have narrowed my choices down to CSU Bakersfield or Fresno State. Costwise, they are pretty similar and both will take about the same amount of time, give or take 3 months. Looking to see if anyone has completed either of these programs and what your advice would be? I would also love to hear about workload, what I can expect, and how difficult the program is. As with my ADN, I am dedicated to putting in the required amount of work to do well. I do know that CSUB does require a substantially higher # of public health clinical hrs than Fresno State is. Quite honestly, I have been impressed with CSUB's nursing advisor's responsiveness thus far. More info: I will be working full time with a 3 year old by this fall once the program starts. Thank you in advance!
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