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gt4everpn BSN, RN

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gt4everpn is a BSN, RN and specializes in Licensed Practical Nurse.

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    18 y/o RN!

    thats awesome.. I was a 17 year old LPN 3 years ago.. next summer I will be graduating with my RN- BSN at 21 y/o YAY!!!
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    Say What??????!!!!!!!!!!

    Just wanted to bump this up, I love all the comments, lol
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    When Staff members don't get along!

    I also think that horizontal violence can be reduced or eliminated if the unit has a good NM, if the NM doesn't step in and diffuse a situation and explain what type of behavior will not be tolerated, horizontal violence probably won't be so prevalent.
  4. hello everyone, i occasionally float through the hospice unit my ltc facility has, but something doesn't seem right with the how things are done, i wanted to know it this is standard in hospice or if this is unusual.. most of the patients there are cancer patients who are admitted to the inpatient hospice unit, plus they are assigned an outside hospice program like hospice of new york, or hopice care network etc.. usually when they are admitted to our inpatient hospice unit they only last for 6 wks, infact our unit really is for short-term hospice, patients have to be under 2 months to live to be admitted. a large majority of the patients still recieve life sustaining meds. for instance i had a 52 year old breast cancer patients who was recieving 2 antibiotics iv and she really had a very short-time to live. i've had pt's reciving bp meds and vitamins. sometimes pt's get peg feedings (usually by family request) i have had hospice pts with no dnr (which i now understand why) but still it is so contradicting even difficult at times, esp with the no dnr patient who is actively dying. my question is it normal for a hospice pt to still be recieving certain meds? i know a doctor that would d/c all other meds except pain and anti-anxienty meds because she said that they didn't need any other meds.. and she makes a point. is this right?
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    Can't get hired in a clinic.. with experience???

    well I am including agency jobs and all the open houses I see for nurses including RN's I know someone who graduated with her RN recently and she found two positions in less than 2 months. I don't think there is a shortage of nursing jobs here in NYC.. of course hiring has slowed down due to the economy but everyday I open advance magazine or go online and see tons of new jobs posted! I just wanted to know what's the deal with clinical jobs.
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    Can't get hired in a clinic.. with experience???

    Thanks for the responses, I live here in NYC.. most LPNs work in LTC as in most other states.. usually the job just sits there until they find the perfect candidate.. my thing was why don't they just hire a candidate who is a nurse and who is qualified, sure the clinic setting may be new to me.. but I bet I could get in there and make it work.. it's nothing new.. as far as competition goes.. I think there as much more nursing jobs than nurses looking for work.. here in NYC, there are so many job positions for nurses hundreds to thousands but maybe there is some competition for this particular job I applied to.. even though I'm sure a month has gone by and they haven't hired anyone
  7. Hello!!, so to get right to it, I've beeen an LPN for 3 years working in LTC... everytime I apply to work in a clinic.. I basically never get the position. I applied to one full-time position and it turns out, its really an on-call position if someone calls out and the two other clinics I applied to all want me to either have more experience or ambulatory experience?? Am I missing something.. I mean working in a facility in my opinion is much more demanding and experience warranted than working in a clinic? I've never worked in a clinic but the nurses mostly do assessments and appointments and some med passes, so why is that so different from what I'm doing now? This really confuses me.. a new grad can be put on a unit by themselves with 40+ patients but an experienced nurse can't get a job doing a much less demanding job? huh? I believe a nurse can hit the ground running in any environment as long as it's not an area that is completely unfamiliar to them like working in rehab and then going to ICU.. then of course they would need the experience.. but for a clinical job??? Am I missing something here?
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    Failure to Inform Patients of Abnormal Test Results

    I think this is absurd, every patient should be notified of their labs results whether good or bad, when I go to my doctor he goes over the abnormal test results with me, if there are any, and generally we would discuss the solutions etc.. This should be a violation of patient rights.
  9. i was reading this article on medscape nurses and i thought it was really interesting and accurate. working in a facility that uses virtually no technology when it comes to the prescription and distribution of medications, (everything is pen and paper) , it almost makes me wonder how many med errors go undetected on any given day when nurses are giving out 100+ different medications on each shift (ltc's mainly) med errors do not fall on nurses alone, but in my own experience and in some facilities the fault seems to come down on the staff nurses rather than the system that has failed to catch and prevent the errors. the article highlights how these technologies some new some not so new help to cut down on med errors (transciption errors, missed dosages, known med allergies etc..) and adverse drug reactions. it was amazing to see the great reduction in these errors due to the various technologies. why some health care facilities won't institute or are slow to institute these technologies is beyond me.. money issues, management, administration etc.. all determine whether these techs are implemented or not. overall i think it is in the patient's and nurses' benefit to have such resources and this can also help nurses improve their care and have more time to focus on other duties during the shift. what do you all think? and what are your experiences with these emerging technologies? [color=#00bfff] http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/458906_3
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    what have you heard about LIU nursing program?

    your welcome Riles, see you around next semester!!
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    Prayer/positive thought request for a fellow nurse

    I'm saying a prayer right now, terrible to hear such a thing!
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    what have you heard about LIU nursing program?

    Well first registration for last semester and this semester was a disaster, everyone had to wait in line for atleast 2 hrs to register! and then re-register a third time. Some of our classes dont match our clinicals, learning one thing in class and something completetly different in clinical because the school didnt get correct hospital unit for clinical, exams every wk, almost twice weekly, some prof have major attitude with students, failed full-time students by mistake then made them go part-time, the list goes on, it's sad, I really don't want to scare you, there are ppl doing ok but there are ppl doing not ok, but most are dissappointed with the program.
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    ATI Predictor Test Score in relation to Pass/Fail NCLEX

    imo ati is very accurate, it calculated that i had a 98% chance of passing and i passed my nclex with flying colors (although i didn't feel that way coming out of the testing center, lol)
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    what have you heard about LIU nursing program?

    don't be scared, I just wanted to give some info about how things are really going down in the program. To be fair the students with second degrees do better than the students straight outta H.S for alot of reasons. Don't be scared but be very prepared!! you'll see for yourself, when you start, hopefully your experience is better than mine and LIU gets their act together by fall for 190 level and my level!! greatest of luck to you!!
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    Is LPN school just as hard as RN school?

    ---- So true, I'm an LPN and I see no differnce between LPN and RN programs, atleast not my own, but according to my professor, I need to stop thinking like a LPN and starting thinking like an RN, so I guess I could be wrong! I actually liked my LPN program better than my RN program. Like I always say, there LPN, ADN, BSN, MSN RN's all work at the same facilities, same patients, same situations so being an LPN isn't at all different from being an RN, the only difference is the money, the paperwork, and a foot in the door and up the career ladder!!
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    what have you heard about LIU nursing program?

    I am currently a student in the LIU nursing program going into my last year, honestly I wouldn't recommened the program at all, the registration process is horrible, the new curriculum was not planned correctly. Nursing school is always very hard but at this school its ridiculous( even some prof agree)... I have like 3 exams this week no lie!!, one in which I have to get 100! ( a medication calculation exam) this nursing school is extremely disorganized and some faculty do not respect the students. Very easy to get in but challenging to graduate and not only because the material is alot to handle. I always heard that LIU was good, but now that I'm in it, I definitely would have went somewhere else and I'm one of the few who are passing, not worth $13k going on $15K a semester. People boast about the 95% NCLEX passing rate but the 50-60 who graduate out of the 200+ that start work hard for it and make their way through the crap the program throws so of course they'll pass. Just my two cents, I dont mean to discourage anyone, just wanted to tell it how most ppl in the program see it, best of luck in your searches!!