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Army wife, mother of three boys, ages 7,7,5.

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    Professions before nursing

    McDonalds - 1st job at 16 Hotel maid Waitress Vet tech Ranch hand/trail guide video rental clerk dog groomer US Army MP Security guard SAHM RN
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    ? about DNP accreditation

    Just curious about how accreditation or lack thereof will affect DNP graduates. When I looked at the AACN website, there are only 18 accredited programs at this time. With the 2015 DNP push, I was just wondering if choosing a program now that does not eventually achieve accreditation will affect the graduate negatively down the road in their career. Thanks for any insight.
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    Recent grads, I need a few questions answered

    1. When did you graduate? May 10, 2008 2. What school, what degree? Lincoln University, ASN 3. Did you feel the program was clinically strong? NO 4. What department do you work in? Acute Rehab 5. Was this your goal department? No, I wanted ICU 6. (here comes the scholastic part) We are studying the Four Steps of New Nurse reality shock. Honeymoon phase (job is great!), Shock Phase (OMG i am responsible for peoples Lives!!!), Recovery (it's getting better), and Resolution (feel your own personal growth as a nurse)...What stage do you feel you are in right now? OMG, I'm responsible for peoples LIVES!!!!!! 7. Are you encouraged by the "veteran nurses" you work with? Are you comfortable asking them for advice? Mostly encouraged, and yes I have no problems asking for advice (which I would do even if they were snotty). 8. Please number the following skills in order from your strongest to least strongest...Interpersonal/communication skills Clinical skills 2 Organizational skills 4 Delegation skills3 Priority setting skills 1 9. Which of the above do you think should be a nurses strongest skill? Clinical skills 10. Do you feel personal growth in these skills in the time you have been working as a nurse, or do you feel you will always have room to grow? Both... I feel every day I work I improve in all these aspects, as I become more familiar with my patient population and learn the ropes. I also believe that I will always have room to grow in learning new and improved/better ways to do things. Thank You so so so so much!!!!
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    Recent grads, I need a few questions answered

    Graduated May 08, started work June 23rd. Fire away!!
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    Is Rehab the wrong place to start out?

    I graduated in May also, and had to accept an Acute Rehab job at my hospital. Fortunately for me, the hospital has an agreement where I precept on the med/surg floor for 12 weeks before going down there to work. I say fortunately because I've worked a couple of shifts on the AR floor (mids) and you are correct about not having alot to do with new skills. This is a place where the patients are encouraged to sleep as much as possible due to the heavy work load they have in the mornings. This of course doesn't mean skimping on the initial shift assessment, but there is rarely any meds/interventions to do afterwards until morning BS/meds. What I take from this experience (trying to stay possitive), is that I'm trying to absorb as much as possible on the med/surg floor for now, and will try to perfect my paper work/policy skills on AR when I go there. I don't know about your hospital, but mine says that I can apply for transfer after 6 months. Which I'm pretty sure I will do. Ideally, I don't think it's such a great place to start for new grads- but life rarely is and I think that if you have the right attitude and motivation, you can make any situation work out for you. Getting your foot in the door of the hospital is key, then afterwards you can guide your career in the direction you want it to go. Just because you aren't working on a fast paced floor (for now) doesn't mean you can't continue to learn critical thinking skills or become familiar with how your particular hospital handles interventions. There is SO much to learn that I'm sure I'll be really busy for the next 6mo-year. Good luck, you are not the only one feeling this way. Some of us are in the same boat! Hope your hospital environment is as supportive as mine. Angela
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    Club 265: PLEASE PLEASE READ and give input! :)

    One of my classmates called me on Saturday with the news that she passed. Yep, you guessed it! She had 265Q on Thursday when she took it.
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    Advice for new RN

    Thanks Charlee, I appreciate your insight and advice because I want to be able to be great at my job and realize its ALL important. For the inexperienced, like myself, it can be the little things that experienced nurses don't have to think about anymore, that trip us up. I've actually finished my first week in orientation with the hospital. Got my official name tag, took PBDS (yuck!!), etc. We have two more days of documentation training and then I'll finally be able to go to my own floor. I'm going to do what you suggest and get my "brain sheet" together with all those reminders on board. Sounds like it will make the transition smoother than if I were just winging it. Thanks again, Angela
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    Aternoon Nclex??????

    Yep, I took mine at 1400 on June 11, 2008. Had to drive 2 hours to get there so I left at like 0930 in the morning so I could get lost (if it came to that) and not panick. I ended up getting to the testing center at noon and sat in the parking lot reading a book until time to go in. I think that reading a fiction book prior to going in was the best thing I did that day, because it allowed me to relax a little and non stress. I had taken some school books to study with but found myself feeling that panicky feeling starting to rise in my chest, so I put it down and picked up the fantasy fiction one. Anyhoo, I bet the test wasn't any different than the one they gave at 0800:D Good luck
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    Advice for new RN

    Thank you so much for your response. I'm will definitely add your suggestions to my plan. I've read before that some new nurses like myself can get overwhelmed with time management and real world nursing and I just felt like I needed a focus beforehand. I've started my to do list and I'll be adding your suggestions and any others that come my way. Thanks again, Angela
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    Advice for new RN

    Well, I graduated, passed the NCLEX, and got a job . I start orientation on Monday and will be going to an Acute Rehab floor to begin my career. My only experience has been through the clinicals I completed while in school and fully understand that I have a lot more learning to do with regards to nursing. My question is two fold actually. First I wanted to know what more experienced first year nurses felt was most important (helpful) to concentrate on mastering first? What things helped you feel more at ease in your position? Second, from preceptors- What do you like to see from your newbie nurses? Any advice is welcomed. I'm just trying to prep a little before I start on Monday. I'm excited to finally be doing what I've been going to school for for sooooo long. At the same time it's a little scary knowing that there is so much more to being a nurse than just what I've been exposed to in the lecture/clinical setting. Thanks to all that respond.
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    Living in a military community

    I don't know exactly what kind of information you are looking for. I live on a Army post (DH is AD). It's really like any other community. Neighbors you will like, hate, or never really see. Just depends. I do feel safer on post, as everyone has to go through a checkpoint to get on. However, this doesn't mean we are crime-free, just seems (to me) greatly reduced. Rules apply when you live in housing, like anywhere else, it's just that when you are in the military if you don't do what you are told to do, your chain of command gets involved (and you really don't want that). Also, just because you are in the military doesn't mean you can't rent or buy a house off post. You can make your own descision on what is best for your family. Angela
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    15 day Countdown!

    It's been a LONG two years. Even longer is you count the years doing pre-req's. Now it's just a matter or 15 unending days. No more hospital clinicals to endure, just two VA experiences left next Monday and Tuesday. Test tonight, quiz next week. Finals on April 22, 23, and 24th. I'm tired. The stress actually makes my skin crawl. My stomach is in knots and I just want it to be over. I'm excited, but scared to be overly confident, just in case something bad happens in the next two weeks that will blow my chances of graduating. In addition, family concerns are just making things more stressful:banghead:. Got a call yesterday from my twins' principal (they're in k-garden). Apparently they got in a fight with each other on the playground (they never fight with OTHER kids, just each other). Principal threatened to suspend them if it happens again! Had to go down and pull them out of school so that I could have time to talk to them about how much trouble they're in with me right now. Just 15 more days.:plsebeg: :ancong!: to all of us who are at the end of this journey that is nursing school. We've perservered through many scholastic and familial obstacles to get to where we are today. The road has been tough and we've lost a few along the way, but we've made it to the end and can see the finish line ahead . I Just hope I don't trip along the way:lol2: Lot's of luck to everyone graduating this spring~~
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    RN State Licensure after Graduation??

    In my graduating class there are 6 or so students who are moving immediately to other states (we are military affiliated). We just applied to the appropriate state we wanted our initial licence to be issued from. We can test anywhere we choose.
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    nursing school while in the army??

    It depends on where you are. I will complete finals for graduation on April 24th of this month and attend an RN program at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. 20 of the 40 seats every year are held for active duty and family members. One of my classmates who will graduate with me is AD with 4 years left until retirement. She just takes leave if needed. We started with 5 active duty individuals.
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    When taking AP I did it help to have Chem first

    Didn't help me personally. I find the two sciences vastly different. I personally believe that A&P is completely doable without any chemistry background. However, having a knowledge of how atoms work together and the makeup of the periodic table helps in a general knowledge way. **My personal experience only, others may vary!
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    Is it too late for me to be an RN?

    My class graduates May 10th of this year. We have 32 students finishing (hopefully). The eldest student is in his late 50's, another is in her early 50's. Several of us are in the 40ish range, and the majority of the class is late 20-mid 30 range in age. Just letting you know that age wise, you have nothing to worry about. Many nursing students are starting later in life. Now working full time MAY be a problem, but then again maybe not for you. It depends on how well you study and what other committments you have going on. Nursing school is not something you can study the night before for and do well on tests. Working full time, with family committments (kids), and passing NS is not something I could have done. However, I've read lots of accounts here that some people are able to pull it off, so it's possible. Just be aware that working full time could potentially be problematic. Good Luck and much success! Angela.

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