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    Dr. Pimple Popper Thinks Nurses Have No Place Educating Patients

    I wouldn't be surprised if Dr. Lee doesn't have a nurse in her office - just MAs that she calls nurses. I've seen that in more offices than I can count.
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    Impossible New Grad market Tacoma/Lakewood Area?

    With more than 25 nursing schools in the state of Washington, there are lots of new grads you would be competing with for jobs. About 1/3 (maybe 1/2?) of our ADN class that graduated this June have found jobs so far, and I think all are on units where they worked as techs or where they did their practicums. Good luck!
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    moving to anacortes next summer...

    Island Hospital is the only hospital, and then there are 2 nursing homes. I don't know if the hospital hires LPNs or not. My Mom was a patient there several years ago, and I was impressed with her care. Some of the RNs drove up from Seattle each shift to work there.
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    CEUs Online?

    As I understand it, and I could be wrong, we need to keep the certificates and if we are choosen to be audited, then we have to be able to produce them. But I've been dealing with inital licensing, and not the CEU part yet.
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    Bellevue College 2012 hopefuls

    I took the state test. You may need it if you decide to work as a tech in a hospital during school. And it looks better on your resume, since you followed through with it and didn't just do the bare minimum required to get into the program.
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    Bellevue College 2012 hopefuls

    To my knowledge, only two in our class have jobs. My experience so far has been that recruiters don't really want to hear from us until we pass NCLEX. Some of my classmates have been harrassing HR until they get a first interview, but they haven't gotten jobs yet. I have a trip planned this fall (once-in-a-lifetime, family thing) so I won't be applying anywhere until I get back. There are so many areas I'm interested in, that I think I can be happy in many different situations. So where ever I end up, I don't thing I'll feel like I'm "settling". In a perfect world, I'd like to be in the ED, but not many take new grads.
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    CEUs Online?

    There are a lot of free CEUs out there. I have a Medscape account, and there are a lot available there. Just be sure to print and save the certificates.
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    Bellevue College 2012 hopefuls

    Our class (we just graduated) had higher attrition first quarter. By the end of second quarter, you know if nursing is really something you want to do or not. Second quarter clinicals expose you to a lot more stuff, so the really squeemish make their decisions to opt out. By about half way through 2nd quarter, you've figured out how you need to study most efficiently and also start to believe that you will survive, and the stress goes down a couple notches. A couple things I wish I had known: You won't have your reading assignments over the summer, but it sure wouldn't hurt to read as much as you are able from your Nursing Fundamentals text. Everything from your CNA class will be just a tiny blip of info - they assume you already know it and they will be teaching you nursing assessment skills and lots of other stuff. When you do care plans, make a spread sheet or data base of each medication. Then when you come across it for the next patient, the work is already mostly done. Just make sure that it is being given for the same reason - if not, copy/paste/edit and save both versions. Then cut and paste them into your new care plan when needed. If you will be taking the ATI subject tests at the end of each quarter, do use the ATI book to study. Since Med-Surg is both second and third quarters, your ATI will come at the end of third quarter. You will need to review what you studied second quarter to do well on the subject test. Make sure to download/print the outlines or power points before you go to lecture. There is just too much to keep up with writing everything down, and you will miss stuff. You can use a laptop for notes if that works for you and you're a fast typist. I found that taking notes on the power point worked best for me. You can print some stuff on campus up to a point, but you have to go to the computer center across campus so it isn't very convenient. Plan to get enough excercise. Don't gain a bunch of study weight like most of us did! And I don't know if it was something in the water, or what, but there were 9 babies born or conceived during our time in nursing school, and they were all boys! I don't think I would want to increase the stress by being pregnant if I could avoid it. The timing with clinicals worked out for everyone, but it could cause you to repeat a quater if you had to miss clinicals. Have a good summer. Get lots of sleep - you'll miss it!
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    Bellevue College 2012 hopefuls

    Get two sets of scrubs if you can afford it. You will be too busy doing your care plan to wash scrubs after you get home from clinical. Care plans usually take 6-8 hours.
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    ATI "Nurse in a box"

    We used these in our program, and we were required to buy them, but I think it's more that the books come along with buying the computer part of the product. I thought that the books did a good job condensing down what we needed to know for the subject, but I don't like the Pharmacolgy one. We took the section exams at the end of each quarter, and the books are very helpful for those exams. There are also multiple practice exams for each section that you can use as a check on how you're doing. Some quarters the proctored exams were included in calculating our grade, but not in all quarters. You can create study plans based on the questions that you miss. I am now at the end of my program, and the last thing we do is take the ATI Predictor for NCLEX. I don't have any idea how accurate it is, but hopefully it will tell me what I need to study for NCLEX.
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    Trying to get into RN program

    You may be able to do your nutrition course online. Check the Bellevue College catalog to see if they are offering it online this coming quarter.
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    evening/nights and or weekend class for LPN or RN

    Don't try to call, all the schools are swamped right now with admissions stuff. Go to their web sites - you will get the best information there. I think Bellevue College recently started an RN part time program.
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    Bellevue College 2011 hopefuls

    I don't think so. I graduate this June, and not everyone in my class who applied has announced that they got in. The nursing classes you take at Bellevue are accepted at UWB, but you still have to apply for admission with everyone else who wants a BSN.
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    NO JOB!!!

    There are 20+ nursing programs in Western Washington, each one graduating nurses who already live here and have a connection to the area. It's tough job hunting for everyone right now. Good luck.
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    what units of chemistry needed in nursing?

    I had to take General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry as pre requisites, so you'll need your high school chemistry to help with those. Good Luck!
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    Opinions ? RN who reads at grade 5 level ?

    So is she off the hook if she makes a med error due to a reading problem? Will the hospital protect her? - they did hire her knowing it was an issue. Will her co-workers resent having to read her charts to her if she can't get through charts for all 5-6 patients? Or will she just depend on verbal report? As her patient, will I need to check my own meds to see if they are correct? Will they tell patients that their nurse is barely literate at an adult level? I see all kinds of problems here.