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CT Pixie BSN, RN

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CT Pixie has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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  1. CT Pixie

    Am I too old to become an RN??

    Became an LPN a couple months after turning 39. Became an RN a month after turning 44. Got my BSN a month after turning 47. You are going to be 35 no matter what. You can turn 35 and not be an RN OR you can turn 35 and be an RN. Either way, you'll still be 35. If you want to do it...do it. Don't listen to those who say its too old.
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    NVCC and question about titers

    I'm not a former NVCC student,but I know I had to provide titer results for certain vaccines. I know I needed to provide titers for chicken pox, hep series and MMR. There may have been others but I can't recall now. Thankfully all my titers came back showing immunity. After you get the Hep series is normal procedure to have titers drawn. Some people don't convert with the first series and require additional ones. Some vaccines don't always last a lifetime and boosters need to be done, by getting titers done you know definitively if you're protected or not. Best advice, contact the school to verify if titers are needed.
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    Home hospice nursing

    CT definition of 'essential employee', "The term essential employee”, as defined by the Essential Services Act of 2013”, is an, employee that performs work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.” Typically, these workers include police and emergency management personnel, staff working in prisons, hospitals and residential services as well as highway and road crews responsible for clearing state roads and maintaining mandatory operations.' Who is Considered an “Essential Employee” During a Blizzard? | WTNH Connecticut News
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    Home hospice nursing

    If you're stopped by the police (or whomever) you can easily explain you are a nurse on your way to your patients home. I've driven in several of the storms that they closed the roads down and only essential workers were allowed to drive...I got stopped once, explained I was a nurse going into work for my shift. No problem. Spoke with several officers since then and they aren't going to haul you off to jail or ticket you for being on the road if you are going to/coming from work as a nurse. Work on the other hand might not like it if you call out because of the weather. Nor will telling them that the State of CT said only essential employees are supposed to be on the road. Health care workers are essential.
  5. I was in the same boat. All my gen eds were finished and only had my nursing classes. They weren't enough credits for FA. I knew I was going right back for my BSN (which as at the same college I was already attending). You were not allowed to take any of the RN to BSN nursing classes until you were an RN BUT you could take any/all of the gen ed classes needed for the BSN class. So I did that. I added as many gen ed classes to my RN classes that i knew I could handle and went from there. However, I only did that knowing I was going to the same school and that I would be accepted into the RN to BSN course.
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    Moving to Connnecticut

    Hard to know what the job market will look like next year. What part of CT are you looking to move to? The area(s) you are thinking of can be a big factor on job prospects. Also, when you say community...are you asking about the community of the town or the hospital community?
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    Nclex PN Quick Results on a Sunday???

    yes, the Quick Results are available on weekends and holidays. I know they say business days but this is not the case. I got my results on a Sunday and I have many friends and classmates who got theirs on weekends as well as holidays. Did you check?
  8. A simple, thank you for the offer but I have decided not to take the position. Why did you waste your time to fill out an application as well as interview if you had no intention of working sub-acute? Just curious.
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    Curious how Magnet Hospitals & employment?

    I work for the same health system you do. My hospital is not Magnet. I do know that most (if not all) of the employment postings for my particular hospital state (quote taken from job postings)-->Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing. Those with a Diploma or Associate's Degree need to show evidence that they are actively enrolled in a BSN or MSN program. BSN preferred I just looked at a few postings from our Parent company (the one that has Magnet status) and none required the BSN nor made mention that you were required to obtain in within a certain period of time. I haven't heard from anyone in my hospital that you HAVE to have your BSN in 2020. No emails or anything else. But I do know those without a BSN or higher on my floor have almost all enrolled in a BSN or MSN program. suffice it to say, our parent hospital that carries magnet status is not shying away from hiring ADN nurses nor is my particular hospital..my hospital just wants new hires to be enrolled at least.
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    Receiving your ATT

    I know for both my LPN and RN, I had to send in my application to my State BON as well as sign up with PearsonVue. The schools had to send the paperwork into the State. The State BON issues the ok to PearsonVue and PeasonVue sent me my ATT. I had done all that and the time frame we were given for when we should receive our ATT by came and went. I called my BON and found out that for whatever reason my classes applications were awaiting our schools paperwork...and in another area our school paperwork was awaiting our BON application. Thankfully I called or they would have been sitting there. I sent all my LPN applications in prior to graduation about a week or two and then the school sent in our stuff. I graduated in early June (possibly the 2nd week) and I had tested and passed my NCLEX-PN the 2nd week of July. For my NCLEX-RN I graduated mid-May and tested 2nd week of June Have you done all that? Have fellow classmates gotten their ATTs?
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    Starting school at older age! :(

    I was a month from turning 38 when I started my LPN schooling. I was 42 when I started my pre-reqs and other courses for my LPN to RN program. I was 44 when I started my RN to BSN. I turned 47 a month before getting my BSN. You're going to be 30 anyway. Do you want to 30 with no degree and/or license OR you do you want to turn 30 with a degree and/or license. The choice is yours :)
  12. Just re-read my orig reply to this post from 4/22/12...at the time I was in the LPN to RN program. Fast forward..graduted the RN program and continued on for my RN to BSN. Still worked full time job (40hrs/wk) and a part time job (24hrs/wk) and graduated cum laude with my BSN this past May.
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    2016-How long to have license posted?

    Here is my post from 2013 asking the similar question: https://allnurses.com/connecticut-nursing/wait-time-for-837830.html also, when I did speak with the BON she did tell me that employers could call and verify your license if it is not yet showing on the website. I didn't know when I posted back in 2013 but they will email you when your license number is up (look through the responses I got and it said this).
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    What exactly is the NCLEX?

    1. Is it similar to the NREMT exam? In terms of grading or what...? I've taken the NREMT and the NCLEX. They are similar in the sense that they are both testing to see your competency. They are both multiple choice. I took the NREMT back in 2001 and back then it was paper and pencil. Not sure how its done now. But the NCLEX is a computer test. If I remember correctly the NREMT was a pass or fail test. The NCLEX is also pass or fail. There is no number or letter grade given. 2 Do you know your results right away? NCLEX does give the option of getting 'quick results'. That is where you are able to access your pass/fail results in 48 hours of taking the test. This is only the case if the State in which you took the exam participates. If not, then you have to wait until the BON posts your license number online or wait for the official results via snail mail. 3. Is it the test that you take at the end for your license? Yes. You take the NCLEX-PN after you complete Practical Nursing schooling and the NCLEX-RN after you complete a registered nursing program. 4. What does NCLEX stand for? NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) Here is the website for official NCLEX information -->NCLEX & Other Exams | NCSBN
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    BSN only in CT...

    You're NM is mistaken. There is nothing in place that states diploma or ADN nurses can't work in CT. If that were the case the ADN programs in the state (the vast majority are State schools) would not be accepting students and would begin shutting down or beginning the transition from ADN to BSN school. And its not as easy as just deciding 'we are going to be a BSN program now'. The CT BON has to approve the program and there are tons of hoops to jump. Take a look through the CT BON minutes of meetings where schools have wanted to add a BSN program. There has been nothing said in the media, nothing from the CT BON nor from the CT chapter of the ANA. Do I see a trend in hospitals job posting stating, 'requiring' BSN or 'BSN highly preferred', 'proof of enrollment in BSN program at time of applications required'...absolutely. But as of late, there is nothing staying no ADN nurses can work in CT after 2020.