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  1. RNfaster

    Vaccination for clinical

    I felt my comment above was too flippant. I edited it as follows, but had to post it below separately. I am sorry about the flippancy. I hope the below helps. Your statements regarding vaccines reflect misinformation, which is most disturbing, especially in someone wishing to go into nursing. Why don't you read some evidence-based research on vaccines? Look at peer-reviewed journals. Do note that a study that caused a lot of trouble was by Wakefield and published in the Lancet. It was subsequently retracted and determined to be fraudulent. --That happened decades ago, but unfortunately misinformation is entrenched in our society. I had titers done and then had vaccines for the remaining items. Per my experience, you will not be able to attend clinicals. I also find it disturbing that you lack a strong foundation in science as well as ways to research it. --We strive for evidence-based practice in nursing. Your statements reflect lack of knowledge and lack of evidence. Additionally, vaccines are needed, as others mention, to protect others around you, in addition to yourself. Many patients are immunocompromised. Please do additional reading and educate yourself.
  2. RNfaster

    Vaccination for clinical

    Why don't you read some evidence-based research on vaccines? Look at peer-reviewed journals. You might also pursue some rigorous science education. Until, then, I would say it might be best to hold off pursuing nursing. It seems to me that your prerequisite studies have not given you much of a foundation in terms of science or pursuit of data related to it.
  3. RNfaster

    Is this hurting my resume?

    Personally, I would apply to jobs you are interested in. The folks that do the hiring may know your facility's reputation and understand why you are trying to get to a better place.
  4. RNfaster

    I don’t know what to say 😩😩😩

    Many posters above have some great ideas, e.g., presence, chaplain, etc... I also agree with the pain/palliative consultation.
  5. RNfaster

    Gloves required for ALL oral meds.

    @osceteacher, people pick up a glove from the floor and stuff it back in the box? That is horrible. I hope you say something to someone doing that.
  6. Often when I get valuable critical feedback, I thank the person giving it. Also, I often share with others when I have made a mistake...I do this as I want to help others, and I find that others often will share tips with me, etc. Nursing is a field where I am constantly aware of how I can do things better. I think it is because we are constantly checking ourselves. I agree with a number of prior posters...think you have gotten some great advice...take it and move forward. Often I will try to give critical feedback privately. I try to be constructive, and even give positives on either side of the critical feedback. One time, I had someone upset that I gave critical feedback (the person didn't seem to notice the positives)...also, I had done it in private. Anyway, I think the person was too sensitive, and should have listened to the feedback. I was trying to help... Sometimes folks won't bother giving critical feedback....as such, I usually thank folks for it. On the other hand, if it's not constructive, that's another thing.... As others posted, sounds like your preceptor is new, and relaxed too much and was probably regretting it. Hopefully both of you learned from this. Keep going!
  7. I don't remember how many hours per day I studied. It would fluctuate depending on if I was working or having to attend lectures, etc. Study as much as you can. Read the required texts. Study NCLEX questions starting with your first semester. The knowledge you accrue will pay off over time. It will entrench it in your mind. Study to pass your exams and NCLEX, and to help your future nursing practice.
  8. Next time, ask the nurse directly to explain it to you. Questions are okay, and should be accepted. At this, point, next time you go to the facility, you might ask about it. If you're not going, go ahead and call. Explain what you saw and that you would like to better understand. Update us! Thank you!
  9. RNfaster

    Rn to BSN

    I think it's hard to say which schools will take all your credits. It is likely dependent on your prior schools' accreditation and the schools that interest you.
  10. Here's a list of online RN-to-BSN programs with required credit hours and cost per credit hour (out-of-state). I am focusing in on a couple and starting to contact the schools to find out about group work, and other details. I thought other folks might find this list interesting. Feel free to comment on any of the institutions... Costs may be higher depending on prerequisite requirements and fees. Western Governors University: flat fee $3,250 per semester, do as many credit hours as possible...regionally and CCNE-accredited. Pass/fail system with a pass equaling a 3.0. No group work. Fort Hays State Univ., Kansas: 29 hours * 207.24 = $6,009.96 Delta State Univ., Mississippi: 27 hours * $6,418 Ohio Univ., Athens, OH: 31 hours * 243 = $7533 (but I have heard this university does not admit folks nationwide) Univ. TX at Tyler: 30 hours * 265.1 = $7953 Univ. TX at Arlington: 32 hours * $257/credit hour = $8,224 Minot, ND: 30 hours * $273.67/credit hour = $8210.10 American Public University: 28 hours * $270 = $8370 (this school seems to have a focus on military/veterans) Univ. of Alabama, Huntsville: 26 hours * 345/credit hour = $8,970 Aspen: 30 hours * $975 = $9750 (does not require group work; is CCNE accredited, but not regionally, as it is an online-only campus. Purdue University Northwest: 34 hours * $350/credit hour = $11,900 Grand Canyon University: 36 hours * $470 = $16,920 I thought it was interesting that SUNY Delhi requires 61 credit hours at $323/credit hour. I wonder if some of the requirements might be waived per prior work, as the 61 hours sure seems like a lot. Here are some links that I used: https://www.usnews.com/education - US News & World Report (won't let me post the link here, but you can surf to online BSN programs). The 1 Best Online RN to BSN Programs of 216 | Experts in Nursing Compare Top RN To BSN Programs - RNtoBSN.org Top 3 Affordable Online RN to BSN Programs – Great Value Colleges Best Online Nursing Programs of 215 (Undergraduate) | Super Scholar Top 3 Cheap Online RN to BSN Degree Programs (Bachelor's) - Best Value Schools National League for Nursing - Membership American Association of Colleges of Nursing | CCNE Accreditation
  11. RNfaster

    CNA to RN?

    Try to get a CNA job at a hospital or other institution that has tuition benefits. Then use those benefits to pursue your LPN or RN. If going for RN, you might start with ADN, and then later RN-to-BSN. You could also pursue a job as transporter or patient care assistant (PCA)... Not all institutions require that you be a CNA. --Some will train you to be a PCA... that might be helpful to you financially. I hope this helps.
  12. RNfaster

    What would you like as a thank you?

    I agree with prior posters suggestions to write personalized thank you notes.
  13. RNfaster

    Hospital reimbursement

    JustBeachy, I don't think it's easy to get loan forgiveness, but I have heard of it out there... I have heard of it related to individual institutions and related to medically-underserved areas... Here's another link with some info that seems to have some options for undergraduate students (as well as otherwise)... American Association of Colleges of Nursing | Financial Aid I have heard that about threats to the federal loan forgiveness programs related to budget cuts. -I must admit I really don't know much about it as I don't have loans. ---But the info at the above site suggests to me that there are some funds out there, and that it might be worth investigating. Additionally, I have been quite surprised to learn that many out-of-state universities cost much less than public universities in my state. The state made cuts that impacted the universities and tuition. --I was shocked to learn that I might be able to pay a lower tuition bill as an out-of-state student. I agree with you about pursuing an economical nursing school and avoiding school debt. I think a prudent course of action for the poster (if poster is thinking of going to nursing school) would be to get an entry-level job at an institution that offers tuition benefits. I'd then either pursue and ADN or a BSN while working (and using those benefits).
  14. RNfaster

    Hospital reimbursement

    Many healthcare organizations in my area offer some form of tuition reimbursement for folks going back to school. Check with the organizations where you want to work. I do see that organizations are not nearly as generous as they were decades ago. - But the economy has changed. There are also a number of programs that "forgive" tuition to varying degrees. The following link seems to give a good overview: 217 Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Nurses - What's New?
  15. Quintesca - For WGU, a student advised me of that; and for Aspen, a student and a recruiter told me that.
  16. Study every day (take a break once in awhile --but try to hit the books every day when you can, especially subjects that are harder for you). Read the textbooks and other material. Make flashcards and use them. Use the study guides and testing books. Start practicing NCLEX questions now. The prior posters have some great suggestions... Good luck!
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