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  1. Having a GED does not necessarily mean one has less than a high school education. Many homeschoolers get GEDs and statistically they are *far* better educated than average high school graduates.
  2. chaxanmom

    Relocating to Montgomery County

    I'm not sure about the job market because we are getting ready to move to New Jersey but my top top TOP pick for hospitals in the area is Suburban. Especially the oncology floor. I did a distance LPN-BSN program and had to arrange my own clinicals. Suburban stepped in and helped me out so much! I later ended up working at Hopkins and I really wish I had stayed with Suburban. The environment is soooo different. I
  3. Yep! And I was soooo excited about research but in reality you spend all day every day running yourself ragged just doing patient care and charting. There's never any time for research unless you have years under your belt and other nurses think you're a bit coocoo for even being interested in bookish pursuits. Whatever. Buh bye scrubs. Enjoy your new life as dust cloths. lol!
  4. This. I feel exactly like this. I decided to go back and take a few extra courses in anthropology and I'm going to pursue cultural/medical anthropology in graduate school. It has what I enjoy about nursing without everything that I hate. I spent a summer at NIH working in the social work department with Sickle Cell patients and found it to be FAR more rewarding that bedside nursing. THAT is what I want to do with my life. I can't stomach the idea of spending my life or even one more day in bedside nursing. I dreaded going to work then. I love the internship and wish that I could have just kept doing that work. I love learning about people and cultures and I love research. You don't have time to do that when you work the floor. Nursing research doesn't interest me in the least. I've always been an anthro junkie so it makes sense to use my nursing degree as a stepping stone rather than an end point.
  5. chaxanmom

    Honors BSN unable to find job. Can the college be sued?

    Are you freaking kidding me? Part of being an adult is taking responsibility for your own future. I'm not sure if you are aware but we are in what is called a recession. Let me say that slowly for you. Re-ces-sion. Please refer to dictionary.com if this concept wasn't covered in your program or your 5th grade vocabulary class. You are perfectly capable of keeping abreast of economic trends yourself. That's part of the homework in choosing a career. That along with the knowledge that things change. My word. You, my dear, need to get a life and a grip. Take responsibility for your own future and stop passing the buck to others. I can't imagine someone like this working as a nurse. *shudder* Your lawyer probably thinks you are off your rocker and has a call in to the men in white coats already.
  6. It wasn't too bad at all. What *was* difficult was taking high acuity and community together. Oh my. Each have 90 hours of clinical and community is really paper/project heavy IMO.
  7. The preceptor I had for psych is Lynn and she's the clinical nurse specialist on the unit. Hopefully she's still there. She's very excentric and very cool. I like her a lot. :) Very low key psych unit too. Nothing too wild which was nice. I have a couple of RN friends who I talked to about precepting for assessment but their licenses were inactive so Suburban found a nurse educator for me on the oncology unit. She then let me do med-surg there too. Her name is Teresa. Anyway, the contact they have on ISU's list is the lady I went through. She's fantastic. Initially they were a little confused because the assessment class mentions some pretty in depth stuff like in the eye exam and they had no one to teach me that (looking at the back of the eye, etc). We found out, though, that we didn't have to do that part so it worked out fine. I think I did phase 3 in 4 semesters if I recall. I did have a couple of prereqs that I did along with my nursing classes though.
  8. Refresh my memory about what class 226 is. I'm in Maryland and I did assessment, psych, and med-surg at Suburban Hospital. I did critical care and the final practicum at Hopkins and community health at NIH.
  9. chaxanmom

    LPN to BSN @ Indiana State U...here is the info i got!!!

    Beg your pardon?
  10. chaxanmom

    ISU FAQ thread

    That wasn't the case when I was in the program but things change all the time. I took two pretty heavy clinical courses together (community health and high acuity...I don't recommend those two together. lol). I also took assessment and psych together which are both clinical but half the hours of the other two.
  11. chaxanmom

    Am I really a critical care nurse?

    No this floor does not qualify youfor CCRN. PCCN probably. It's really bothersome to me that people are faking the experience for the exam. Great way to lose respect for the certification really fast.
  12. chaxanmom

    The retro nurse's outfit has returned

    We have the big RN tags too. Works fine for us. I think these uniforms look like its Halloween. I wonder how the housekeepers would feel if we put them in black and white traditional maid uniforms? Hey, fair is fair right??
  13. chaxanmom

    Whadda u think about the college network?

    Which program are you planning on doing? EC or ISU? Because of course you realize that ISU does ATI (similar to HESI) and EC has that CPNE at the end right? :)
  14. Same thing. :) Some might say "nurse clinician" as well.
  15. chaxanmom

    Jobs from online degree?

    It depends on the hospital completely. I got my BSN through Indiana State (brick and mortar but has an online track...IMO that's the safest way to go in regards to acceptance) and got a job at Johns Hopkins and they were totally fine with it. Georgetown definitely had an issue with it but in DC Excelsior is accepted (whereas in Maryland it is not) and the director of nurse recruitment at Georgetown clearly had an issue with online programs in general. Personally, that turned me off from ever working there in the future because that opinion is NOT evidence-based at all. So it can go either way depending on the hospital or the individual you talk to. I think it says a lot that the number 1 hospital in the country is pro-distance learning though.