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RussA is a BSN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg.

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    nursing program at Clovis Community College

    The following link provides info on what prerequisite is needed for the nursing program; Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
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    Med-Surg Certification Question

    There are myriad of study materials to prep for the Med/Surg certification. For me, I just purchased a used book on half.com "American Nursing Review for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification, 2nd Edition, ISBN 0-87434-919-2". I concentrated my review times based on ANCC's Test Content Outline. ANCC website: http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Documents/Certification/TestContentOutlines/MedSurgNurseTCO.aspx I took the test in July 2010. The ANCC CBT allows you to go back and change your answers, unlike the NCLEX. Everyone's different, so I can't say the test was easy; But I will surely keep up my contact/CEs to renew in 5-years, so I don't have to take the test again. Good Luck!
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    Getting certified in Med-surg

    The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) does not require a BSN to be certified as Medical-Surgical nurse, however as mentioned by previous poster - certain specialties do require a BSN. For M/S certification, both bodies do require you to have practiced as an RN for 2-years. I've cut/pasted link to AMSN that shows the differences between both certs (CMSRN vs RN-BC). http://www.amsn.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/AMSNMain.woa/wa/viewSection?s_id=1073744070&ss_id=536873595
  4. TABRN, If you're already in Hawaii...you can check out Travel Nursing Jobs, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Nursing, Physician, Radiation Oncology, Rehabilitation Therapy Jobs with Aureus Medical There are opening on the Big Island. There is a local agency that you can submit your resume: Kahu Malama Nurses - Home Good Luck in you job hunt.
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    Challenging boards?

    Shelley304, In the military, a medic receive specialized training that provide skill/knowledge that include skill-sets that is comparable to an LVN. The 12-month requirement for bedside does not equate to CNA duties. Depending on branch of service and duty location - medics can be seen doing NGT, IV, foleys, EKGs, cast/splints, etc. Advance skills obtained for some of these medics provide them to work independently (within protocols) that have them diagnosing, treating, and prescribing. - So, when presenting military credentials of experience to the board, the submitter provides the skill-knowledge/skill-sets that is gained from AT LEAST 12 months beside experience to be considered.
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    Challenging boards?

    To be allowed to sit for the NCLEX-PN examination - See Method #4 for military. The website for California Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician (BVNPT) is: http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/Licensing/Forms.asp NOTE: You need at least 12-month "bedside" experience. If you have specific questions, you can contact BVNPT, information can be found at http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/Contact.asp Are you planning to reside and practice in California? This method of obtaining a LVN/LPN license is not recognized in many states. Things change, and State legislatures/Board of Nursing can restrict reciprocity - I would check requirements for the state you plan to practice before going this route. BTW what branch of service/MOS/AFSC?
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    Challenging boards?

    There are several states that accept license from California that is gained by military members taking the NCLEX-PN. I sat on the NCLEX-PN in 2001 and was licensed in California, and I was able to gain reciprocity and gain New Mexico licensure in 2004. I would have been able to do the same in NC, W.VA, and two other states that I can't recall. California did allow (2004), Independent Duty AF personnel with hospital/in-patient skill-set to sit on the NCLEX-RN. Also, I have met an Army medic that gained his LPN in Texas, and enter nursing programs as an LPN to later sit for the NCLEX-RN in a year. There are corpsman/medics performing task in the military that surpass basic LPN skills - so having them challenge and work in the civilian sector IS (as safe or more so) safe. One just need to know their own weaknesses and limitations. RussA, practicing RN....and still continue to learn
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    Has anyone switched from a BSN program to an ADN?

    Matriculation for nursing classes from a university's 4-year program to a community college nursing program is "probaly" nil. It appears that each college has their own methodology what subjects are taught at each point of the curriculum. The program I attended were based on 4 semesters. 1 & 2 for LPN, Semester 3 & 4 for ASN. Each semester had a theory and clinical phase -these needed to be simutanously passed. Failure in theory or clinical required both to be taken again. Program also allowed new students with a LPN license to entry into the 3rd semester.
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    Has anyone switched from a BSN program to an ADN?

    I think some of the response is slightly off the beaten path from the original question. Has anyone switched from a BSN program to an ADN. TazzRN - as you know, a BSN program takes you through GenEd, Science, and Nursing courses. So, a person can withdraw, and enter an ADN program. Again, it's dependent on completion of the ADN pre-reqs, and other entry stiplulations...by merit or waiting list (first come basis). For University vs Community College cost - it's what you can afford/obtain through grants/loans. Personally, I wished my children started off in a community college...but they both wanted to go to a University. My eldest got his MBA 1 1/2 years ago, and his younger brother has another semester to go to earn his MBA (both on my dime). So it cost me a bit more, but I think its well worth it. Good luck on your family decision
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    Finish old degree first?

    I'm curious, why would it take 2-3 years to get into a Community College Nursing Program. If you already have 90+ credits, I'm sure some could be applied towards pre-reqs. What are the pre-reqs for your school. The school I went to - all the pre-reqs could have been done in a year. There was a waiting list, but was based on "best" candidates...bascially GPA. Once in the nursing program, the pre-reqs, nursing classes, and couple more classes - I received an AS, in Nursing and a AA, in General Studies. I agree with other post - work on you Nsg pre-reqs....the previous schooling will come into play down the line. I'm now a RN, and currently in a BSN-completion program....and those previous credits filled lot of the gen ed requirements.
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    I wanted to explain what happened to me...

    It is good that you are employed again. The story you shared resonnate others who had similiar experiences, and will surely help others when similiar situation confront them. In reading the posts, your situation could have been handled better by your nursing home DON. But, the result with you being dismissed was not that out of line. The DON has the responsibility to protect the residents. And provided you somewhat the benifit of the doubt by releasing you without reporting you to the BON --> which would have made you unemployable for sometime, to get the situation resolved. I was dismayed to hear, that you were seeking information on how to skirt the issue of your dismissal (for the interview). Not being upfront with you new employer doesn't show integrity...but then again, I may think different if I was in the same circumstance. Glad everything is working out for you.