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    Sterile Processing to OR

    Hi, all! I have been a sterile processing tech for almost a year now, have learned so much, and really enjoy it. I am interested in OR nursing. Will sterile processing help me? Thanks.
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    Are you a PCT/CNA and a BSN/RN student ?

    As a "non-traditional" student with adult bills, I will work. Also, in this economy, it is a good idea to get a job with insurance. Most hospitals offer health insurance even if you work part time, which could be as little as 24 hrs a week.
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    BSN Now or ADN Later?

    Thanks for all of the replies. I cannot get financial aid because I have a BS degree in another subject from a very expensive private college that pretty much put me over the top. I wasn't making any BSN/ADN comparisons because both schools have very high first time pass rates-so that is not an issue. I think I will pursue the BSN. Since I am a nurse tech at an area hospital, that makes me eligible for some hospital scholarships and hopefully some university scholarships also, it's just that nurse techs do NOT make much and I will have to work alot of overtime during my general pre-reqs and have to kick it up a notch during the summer months to make some cash, but that is doable! It's worth it Thanks again!
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    BSN Now or ADN Later?

    Hi, All: Question: I have the opportunity to start in BSN program this fall or "start out" in ADN pre-req program now and "hope" in get in clinicals in year or 2? My issues: 1. I get the vibe that both will take 3-4 years to finish. 2. I cannot get ANY financial aid, so it will all be out of pocket which means I would probably have to go part time for BSN for 1rst Tier pre-reqs. But I currently work in a hospital and am eligible for reimbursement, but who has thousands of $ upfront???? NOT ME!!! 3. I like the idea of getting the ADN and being able to hopefully get a job quicker. The school I am interested in has rolling admissions based on grades and TEAS for entrance, and has had a 98% to 100% first time pass rate over the last 7 years. But that makes for some steep competition, lol! 4. The BSN school is less than 30 minutes away downtown, the ADN is an hour away in a neighboring city. BSN school 2nd Tier (clinicals) based totally on gpa and school has 98% - 100% pass rate over last 5 years, so both are good schools. Any comments welcome. Thanks!
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    Is the pay enough?

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    i want to die i failed my cna exam

    Please don't beat yourself up! I failed the first time because during the skills part, the tester was upset I wanted to use 2 towels for different body areas (like I learned in class) because apparently the testing facility had to wash the towels and wash cloths, and I did not have time to do the last thing-empty the bed pan and give the output amount! I could have strangled her!!! But I went to another facility, retook the skills section and passed
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    Finally, I wanna be a nurse

    You have said alot of what I currently feel :-) I have went back in the program twice and quit twice. Now, I REALLY want it for me. Keep going :-)
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    PRN or Part Time? Please Advise

    I considered researching getting my own private insurance, but felt that I would be blackballed since I am a diabetic. At the very least, it would cost significantly more.
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    Job in Hospital on Nephrology Floor

    Hi, All: I have read alot of threads related to off-site dialysis units, but I would like to know what it is like working in a hospital on a nephrology floor. My hospital has an on-site dialysis unit, but no nephrology floor. This has been my interest for a long time. Any info?
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    PRN or Part Time? Please Advise

    It figures prn would be too good to be true, lol!
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    PRN or Part Time? Please Advise

    Hi, Jules A: The only insurance we can get through school is Accidental Death and Dismemberment which is automatically given through the school.
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    PRN or Part Time? Please Advise

    Hello, All: Thanks for reading-I am sure you have seen this question a million times. I currently work as a unit secretary and am a CNA. I will be starting my first semester of clinicals this summer. Currently work full time. I am planning to transition to part time but was thinking I should just do prn instead so that I could have more control over my hours. Pros: More control over schedule -more study time -no bickering & fighting to get time off Cons: No insurance hours not guaranteed If you are wondering, no-I do not have a couple of grand stashed away for hard times, no-I am no spring chicken, yes-I have adult bills and responsibilities. I left the program last spring and have decided that I want to continue. I qualify for a nsg scholarship through my job, so at least my schooling would be covered. I just need to make sure I will have enough money to eat for the next two years, lol! I just want to have the time to devote to the program that I did not have before, but I am nervous about not having insurance. I believe God will provide, but I know he expects me to do my part too, lol! Any advice appreciated!
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    Ventilator vs Respirator?

    Please forgive my ignorance, but... What is the difference between a respirator and a ventilator?