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    Does prestige of program matter?

    So, it’s safe to say, a school with a high pass rate that does not administer exit exams would be a “better” program (in terms of preparedness for the NCLEX) than one that selectively only sends those students who are fully prepared to sit for the boards, in a way “gerrymandering” their pass rates? I don’t see how it’s fair for a nursing student to be excluded from taking the NCLEX based on their performance on one exam, IMO.
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    Does prestige of program matter?

    My school doesn’t administer exit exams. Every graduate sits for the NCLEX. What’s the rationale behind schools giving these exit exams? I don’t think it’s a common practice in my area because I’ve never heard of it.
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    I feel dumb as a rock in comparison to my classmates

    Unfortunately, your performance is all they have to judge you on. This is like saying how high schools shouldn't judge students based on how they're doing in high school...nursing school is a series of benchmarks. It is there to teach you how to critically think. I am going through nursing school at well ATM, and I know it isn't easy. Though being caring and empathetic are qualities of a great nurse--those don't exclusively prepare you for the actual profession nor are they even 10% of what the nurse's role is. I know you say Med-Surg doesn't interest you, but I hate to tell you that few new grads go into aesthetics or women's health right off the bat. For that, go to beauty school or become a doula. Plus, Med-Surg and Fundamentals form most of the comprehensive knowledge base you will need to possess to be a nurse and pass the NCLEX (according to my professors). Nursing requires many important theoretical skills and technical skills that not everyone can grasp. Only YOU know if you can handle being a nurse. This is a decision I myself have had to face in the past. I know that although not everything comes natural to me, I work 100x harder than my peers and make it out just as strong.
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    What is YOUR favorite scrub brand?

    Just got hired as a PCT/nurse extern on a telemetry floor (yay!) and I am in the market for scrubs. My school has us wear Cherokee Workwear Revolution brand and they are honestly quite comfortable...but I am unsure if I can compare a 5 hour clinical to three (12) hour shifts. What are your favorite scrub brands in terms of value, comfort, and style? Not in the market to buy FIGS or Jaannuu (spelling?) because I am on a college student's budget
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    ABSN Program Online due to Covid - Huge Negative?

    Hi! First of all, CONGRATS on being accepted into nursing school! Regardless of the current global health situation, it is a phenomenal accomplishment which many people can only dream of achieving. I have just finished my first semester of BSN school. Due to COVID, I did not actually get to attend a facility for my clinicals. As the previous poster said, in-person clinicals are ideal but you will still acquire the knowledge you need on the job. IMO, the biggest thing to come out of nursing school is clinical reasoning rather than technical skills. Anyone, nursing or non nursing, can learn to set an IV or insert a Foley - those skills are fairly intuitive and straightforward. I am a PCT and if we undergo a few days' training we are even allowed to perform tasks such as phlebotomy/venipuncture and sterile dressing changes. Learning the clinical reasoning that goes along with nursing is the most important outcome of school. Unfortunately, most clinicals treat students as free labor rather than an actual learning experience. Sure, you may get to watch a few procedures and develop 10+ page care plans, but you are a warm body to mainly perform PCT/CNA duties while you are on the floor. The clinical reasoning and critical thinking that is vital to nursing care is acquired through theory classes and case studies. Everything else will be learned on the job, to my understanding. My aunt is an RN and she said she learned more in her first 6 months as a practicing nurse than she did in all of nursing school. So don't be discouraged! Go for the fall start, and get to your goal of being an RN, BSN sooner. Nursing school is there to get you to think like a nurse and have some basic exposure, not turn you into a Florence Nightingale in one shot.
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    Working as PCT during nsg school

    Thanks so much! I don't plan on working during the school year so the sleep/time constraints aren't an issue to me, so I think it is a good compromise based off your comments!
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    Phlebotomy Certificate during Nursing School worth it?

    I personally would focus more on getting a PCT/CNA certification, if you want healthcare experience while in school. Many facilities may cross-train PCT/CNAs to do venipuncture and you certainly will learn the skill in school as well.
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    A&P 1 and Pathophysiology at the same time

    Pathophysiology & Pharmacology is one class at my university (with a part I and II; so we take PP1 then PP2 the next semester, not unlike the A&P sequence). They focus on similar things, patho being disease processes and pharm being the coinciding drugs!
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    Anyone else having doubts?

    Hey there, You are certainly not alone. While I am no longer prenursing, it was during those semesters I had the most doubt about entering the nursing profession. I am sure the COVID pandemic has augmented fears for many prenursing students; even as an incoming junior with a semester of clinicals under my belt and knowing full-well nursing is my calling, it is still nerve wrecking to know that we are going into a profession that is constantly put in peril. My best advice: KEEP PUSHING! When you wear those scrubs and don that stethoscope for the first time, every trial and adversity you faced getting there goes away. Nursing school is a match to be made, not a prize to be won--but getting there is a heck of an accomplishment. The pandemic is temporary, prereqs are temporary, but being a nurse is an accomplishment that will permeate your identity through much of your life. Sending hugs and encouragement! Can't wait to welcome you to the ranks of sleep-deprived, caffeine-addicted, care-plan-writing-machine nursing students in a few short semesters!
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    A&P 1 and Pathophysiology at the same time

    Hats off to you. I have no clue how one would successfully do Pathopharm without any extensive A&P knowledge! Pathopharm builds on A&P in the sense that 1) it is mainly application based rather than memorization based and 2) the pharmacokinetics/dynamics of drugs are explored along with disease processes affecting certain body systems. So while you may learn about the respiratory system in A&P (Boyle's law, ventilation perfusion coupling, etc), you will learn about respiratory disease processes, drugs, and the affect on the pt as a whole in Pathopharm. My best advice for studying would be to try to relate the content of each class to the other. When you learn about something in A&P, think "what can go wrong and how can it affect a pt?" When you learn something in Pathopharm, think "What body system/process does this relate to?" With that being said, if you have to prioritize studying, I would 1000% recommend prioritizing Pathopharm. You will get a basic enough A&P review for nursing practice/NCLEX purposes and at the end of the day, it doesn't matter as a nursing student/nurse if you know what colloid osmotic pressure is responsible for, it's more beneficial to know the expected tx and s/s. Best of luck!
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    Jobs Before/During Nursing School

    I just got ONE callback for an interview for a PCT position today (out of 20+ job apps). I have completed fundamentals (my school doesn't do 1 and 2 LOL there's just one course).
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    Working as PCT during nsg school

    Hi all! I have an interview tomorrow for a FT position working nights as a PCT on a tele floor. If all goes well and I land the job, I intend to stay employed throughout the Summer then go PRN once school starts back up. I wanted to ask--how valuable is PCT/PCA/CNA experience during nursing school? Will this help with my job search once I am a new grad RN? Just wanted to get y'alls take before I possibly commit to working (3) 12s per week for my entire Summer. My school clinical rotations have only been in a nursing home so far so I am excited to hopefully get acute care experience. TIA!!
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    What is your "favorite" procedure?

    Of the few I have learned so far in school, probably I.M injections. It's just very satisfying IMO, LOL.
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    Hi everyone!

    Hi all! I am a BSN nursing student and am excited to join this community. I am an incoming junior and have completed my first semester of nursing classes. Being a nurse has always been my dream and I am beyond excited to get mentorship from some of y'all! I am working on my CNA certification and am applying to PCT jobs over the Summer to gain experience. Post-graduation, I am most interested currently in ED/trauma, periop (either PACU or RNFA), or psychiatric nursing. So excited to get to know you all! -blueskiesandsunshine.PRN

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