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  1. Just curious... what things would you want to change at your hospital for either you or your patients? Or, what things would you tell your administrator that you LOVE about your hospital? I'm a new grad RN. Just want to know what the more seasoned RNs out there can envision, or what you love about where you work now (that may be different from where you used to work).
  2. live4rachael

    Where should I live? West Ashley or Summerville?

    Totally depends if you have school aged kids and where you're working. School age kids? Working at Trident? Summerville for sure. Working at MUSC? No kids? West Ashley. I have a child and work at MUSC and make the commute from Summerville strictly for the schools.
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    MUSC Accelerated BSN

    I commuted from Summerville all 4 semesters and now continue to commute from here for work at MUSC. As a student though I paid for a parking space and now I just park in Hagood. For 8 am classes I was able to leave at 6:45 and make it in time. For 7 am for work now, I have to leave at 6 am (and that includes the Hagood shuttle). If there is an accident on I-26, Dorchester Rd was an alternate route I frequently used.
  4. live4rachael

    Anyone okay with just being a nurse?

    I hear you completely. I have an BA from 2000 and then started working on my MA in HRM before I changed my mind. Being in a program that highly encouraged us to go on towards a DNP, I heard "just a nurse" a ton and I'm perfectly okay with it. Eventually I might want to do the Educator role but that's way down the road. So yeah, you're not the only one and be proud of it. :)
  5. live4rachael

    Do you donate blood?

    I give as soon as I am eligible and have for about 3 years. Nothing related to nursing school. I got tattoos a year ago but our state is completely legit so I was able to keep giving. DH and I both do this.
  6. live4rachael

    Is There Any Rn Positions in Charleston??

    Yes, those are the big hospitals. There is also East Cooper as well. I just graduated and started a position at MUSC. There are currently a few RN I positions posted at MUSC, and I have heard from classmates that Trident only looked at applications so long as you already have taken/passed NCLEX. Good luck!
  7. live4rachael

    Did/does Anyone Work while doing ABSN?

    It's totally worth it. Our ABSN program is 16 months and I've managed it married, with a 2 year old, and a part-time job as a tech (20 hrs/wk). Not easy, but worth it. :)
  8. live4rachael

    MUSC Accelerated BSN

    I'll be ready to sell my uniform tops any time after next Wednesday. :) I have 2 lab jackets (1 small, 1 medium) and 2 tops (both medium). I'd sell all 4 for $30. (You can wear whatever white pants you want.)
  9. live4rachael

    Thoughts on Accelerated BSN programs?

    I'm about to graduate from one while being married, with a 2 1/2 year old, and working 20 hours a week as a student tech. Definitely hasn't been easy but well worth it.
  10. live4rachael

    MUSC Accelerated BSN

    40 spots? I can't IMAGINE they're cutting slots (which have been at 60). All we hear about is how they don't have $$$...
  11. live4rachael

    MUSC Accelerated BSN

    Experience could technically fall under essay, recommendations, and resume. So although it doesn't have an exclusive category, it comes into play.
  12. live4rachael

    Accelerated BSN - How to get experience during program

    I'm in an ABSN program right now and also working 20 hours/week as a student tech. It hasn't been easy but I have a great spouse who is very supportive (and also sees the goal in May), and I also gave up the dream of the 4.0. The experience is invaluable compared to a few GPA points. My grades are pretty good, but not the 4.0 I originally dreamed of - and that's perfectly all right. If you can't do the job thing, definitely volunteer. Nurse managers will recognize you with that as well. You won't get to do as much but it's still better than nothing at all. Good luck!
  13. live4rachael

    89.90! 1 tenth from an A :(

    Try getting a 94.4 and that still not being an A. It would be nice if everything was standardized. Any other school and I'd have a 4.0 right now. But I finally got over it after I came to the realization that a nurse manager isn't going to pick someone else over me because of that alone.
  14. live4rachael

    Goal is to become Nurse in Air Force or Army

    There's a military forum on this site I'd recommend... good stuff over there.
  15. live4rachael

    How Much Does a STUDENT NURSE TECH Make???

    I'm set 20 hrs/wk