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  1. Does anyone have any recent information (within the past few months) regarding where DSN is in their NLN accreditation process, i.e., have they reached candidate status, or has anyone heard from administration or other students about when they are hoping to achieve their initial accreditation? 2009? 2010? Any knowledge would be greatly welcomed. Thanks!
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    Job Market/ICU Job Market

    Hi, I am considering a move with my wife from out west to NYC. I have about 1.5 years RN (BSN) experience working in a step down unit at a large urban hospital. I know this is very broad, but since I don't know any RNs in NYC, I have a few ?s: 1. how is the job market there for RNs with a little experience, OVERALL? And are there certain boroughs, areas of burroughs, that seem to have more hiring opportunities from out of state people? 2. How about the same question, but applied to critical care/ICU? Like I said I've been a nurse on a step down for a while but have no actual ICU experience. Are there hospitals that are willing to train or is it the old catch-22? 3. Would the salaries for an RN w/ 1.5 years exp. be not much more than the starting salaries listed under the "name the hospital and the starting salary" post? 4. Do a lot of hospitals allow overtime, xtra shift bonuses/incentives to try to earn more than those salaries listed on the above mentioned post? I know this is a lot, thank you for any help you can provide! I am familiar with NYC but not at all with their nursing community. Thanks!
  3. Hi, I see that the job market there is extremely tight for new graduates. Is the situation any better for nurses who are still new but have some experience, i.e. 1-2 years of RN experience? Also, by the way, how is the situation for such people specifically in San Francisco Thanks.
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    Job Market/ICU Job Market

    thanks for your response. so was the market much better a couple of years ago?
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    Denver School of Nursing Accreditation Status

    that would be nice noodle, if that is the case. i don't see how the nlnac will change their acceditation process to fit the bon's desires. unless that would be the board's way of saying "if you can't get it done by 2010, you're out of luck." i might do what the previous poster mentioned and go to their nlnac's website and contact them.
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    Looking for LPN school in Colorado

    bfrdncr41, i am not too sure what most of the students have done about health insurance, maybe someone else will answer this as i have a special situation regarding my insurance. however, i saw your question about denver health and i wanted to tell you that our students have had some luck with that hospital, as well as the other level i trauma centers. there is a student in our class who was selected for a paid internship in denver health's obervation icu which should probably lead to employment after graduation. as well, there is someone in our class who has gotten something similar at swedish medical center's icu, which is one of the other two level one trauma centers in the state. both of these people are undergraduates and they are already being offered possible or likely employment at these places after graduation. i don't know if denver health is considered the "premier" trauma center or not. i can tell that any time something newsworthy happens that involves trauma, they are usually taken either to denver health or st anthony's central (the 3rd level one center). as i said swedish is the third as far as i understand it.
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    Phoenix Hospitals

    Can anyone give me a general overview of the hospitals in Phoenix? Besides Banner Health, what is there? Are they mainly independent or are there other companies besides Banner around? And can you tell me the names of some of big Phx hospitals? And finally, can anyone tell me a little about the going rate for new grad RNs in any of the Phx hospitals, are there ones that pay particularly well, etc.? Thanks very much. I am relocating from out of state and could really use a starting point.
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    How do you know if it's for you?

    Sorry if this is an oft-repeated question. I really feel a strong interest in the MICU or SICU but I'm not sure how to know if you really have whatever is needed in you to do so. After all, I am still a student and have no employed patient care experience, and I still get nervous for my Med Surg II clinical. Any advice on personality/character traits and how to assess yourself? (Besides spending some time in the ICU...I get to do that next week, and I'm sure that will help some.) Thanks!
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    Phoenix New Grad ICU?

    Hi, I'm considering moving to Phoenix from Denver when I receive my license this fall. Can anyone speak about how difficult it is to obtain any type of ICU RN position with prior RN experience? And does anyone have any tips that helped them get into this as a new grad? Thanks!
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    How do you know if it's for you?

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    How do you know if it's for you?

    very helpful indeed, thank you! those are exactly the sorts of things i was wondering about. although i did not understand how your question about being detail-oriented tied into float nurses, your information is very useful to me as a self-evaluation tool.
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    Phoenix New Grad ICU?

    thanks katie. do you know if these positions are contigent on the new grad doing their preceptorship in the same hospital though? i will be leaving colorado after i graduate, and i think i can get an icu preceptorship in a denver icu, but of course i can't do any preceptorship in phoenix without quitting my rn program. thanks a lot for your help!
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    Phoenix New Grad ICU?

    thanks a lot stopnik, that's very helpful and encouraging. i will check those places out.
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    Phoenix New Grad ICU?

    Thanks for your help!. do you know if it is very competitive to get into these types of new graduate icu programs in phoenix?
  15. is there any way we can move this thread to a pre-crna forum? this is an uneducated and misleading thread topic. i think this forum should not be dominated by questions that are ultimately of a pre-crna nature, much less ones that have insufficient research to qualify as discussion topics.
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    Student trying to become nurse anesthetist

    Have you been to AANA.com? The link on the left about becoming a CRNA has a list of all of the CRNA programs in the US.
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    How many years...

    How many years of ICU experience did you have before you were accepted into your CRNA program? I am considering doing only 12-18 months but I don't know if I should do two or more. Your experiences and thoughts would be very helpful to me! I am most interested in Oregon, Midwestern and Gonzaga as far as schools are concerned, but I would be very interested to hear your experience regardless of what school you go to/went to. Thanks a lot! PS- Also--was your amount as of the application, interview, or when the program began. I've been unsure, when a school states "1 year" or "2 years," if this needs to be the case at application, or at the beginning of the program.
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    How many years of ICU experience?

    How many years... permalink How many years of ICU experience did you have before you were accepted into your CRNA program? I am considering doing only 12-18 months but I don't know if I should do two or more. Your experiences and thoughts would be very helpful to me! I am most interested in Oregon, Midwestern and Gonzaga as far as schools are concerned, but I would be very interested to hear your experience regardless of what school you go to/went to. Thanks a lot! PS- Also--was your amount as of the application, interview, or when the program began. I've been unsure, when a school states "1 year" or "2 years," if this needs to be the case at application, or at the beginning of the program.
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    Job prospects for new CRNA age > 50

    stanman, is there any real way to avoid the ACTs while remaining in the city? i would enjoy as much autonomy as possible once i am confident, without an md watching me and making money off of that. and why do ACTs do that anyway? isn't it cheaper to have a CRNA or an MDA alone during a case, rather than both, with one supervising the other?
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    How many years of ICU experience?

    i'm probably missing something obvious, but what is an RRT? and were both of your two nursing years in intensive care? thanks again.
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    RN First Assistant Program

    I am still a student but am interested in becoming an RNFA after getting some OR experience. I have two questions: 1. Does anyone know of a complied list of RNFA programs offered in the US, or anything of the like? 2. How many years of perioperative experience did any of you RNFAs have before you entered your RNFA experience? Thanks a lot!!!!!!
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    Best and Worst Schools?

    the waitlists at all the denver area community colleges have 2+ year waitlists to get into their ADN RN programs, i'm pretty sure. i'm not trying to discourage you (and maybe you already knew about the waitlists) but that is how i ended up at DSN in the first place: every community college i tried between denver and the springs had these long waitlists, so i took the loans to go to dsn b/c i figured i could start nursing a few years sooner and make up the payment difference that way (of course, i had a really low-paying job before school, so that made the decision easier). plus at dsn there are some accelerated programs too, which speeds it up more (regis and cu, and maybe other places also have accelerated programs). evan
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    Any DSON students here?

    i'm not entirely sure but i don't think it's too hard. if you are applying for the bsn program you need to have a prior bachelor's or at least 90 hours towards one. other than that, it might mostly just be waiting out the wait list, which was like 8 months for me. as for the accreditation thing, i don't know if last years past rate (72%) was a factor with the process or not. however i am pretty sure it is not any more. i've been told they are moving ahead regardless of the pass rates. this could also have to do with the fact that DSON graduates classes 4 times a year, hence 4 new sets of NCLEX scores per year. and i think the spring group of THIS year averaged 88%, which still wasn't great, but the summer group (ADN and BSN combined) achieved 94%. this was a big concern of mine before but i guess they have made dramatic improvements in pass rates.
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    Any DSON students here?

    the first quarter (again, i think the schedule was changed to make it a bit easier) i was in class 26 hrs per week and probably studied 20-25 hours per week. that was by far the busiest quarter. no clinicals though. the parking is cheap ($1.50-$3/day) if you are willing to walk 3-5 blocks. across the street the parking is $7 per day. during rockies games all the lots go up by like 4X so if you want to pay less than five dollars you have to park like a ten minute walk away. i hope that helps. my name is evan and i will be a 4th quarter BSN student in january. i will be easier to find since i am one of the minority of guys here.
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    Loan Repayment?

    Does anyone know if any hospitals or hospital groups in Denver do any sort of loan repayment to new RN or BSN grads to help pay back nursing school loans? If so do you know where at and how much they will help you pay? Thanks
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