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    100% online RN-to-BSN programs?

    I know this has been posted in the past but I can't find a recent post. I'm looking for a 100% online RN-to-BSN program, with no clinical hours. I'd really appreciate anyone's suggestions/advice/experience with any programs. Thanks in advance! Amy
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    Good chemo app?

    Anyone know of a good chemo app for smartphones? Looking for a quick reference for diluting/mixing/general administration of chemo.Amy
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    anyone else changing careers to go into nursing?

    Hi JasonPB, I'm the original poster, and I wanted to encourage you to go for it. I went through with it, and now I've been a nurse for 6 1/2 years. I totally get everything you said about the corporate world, and I've never regretted leaving it for a second. Like you said, every job has its negatives, but if you can work in a field you truly find meaningful, it can make all the difference at the end of a rough day. So the answer is, NO! You're NOT crazy for considering this! :) amy
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    Best way to study for OCN exam?

    Are you doing that online self-paced class through ONS, the one that's like $160? What do you think of it? Is it helpful? I'd kind of like to do that but I don't want to spend the $$. My work will pay for us to do a one-day review course here in town, so I'll do that, but that ONS online thing looks cool.
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    Best way to study for OCN exam?

    I'm using the ONS Core Curriculum book as well, and I also bought the accompanying study guide with practice questions. I'm taking the test in November, so hopefully plenty of time to prepare. Good luck to everyone!
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    RN Scope of Practice-Theraputic Phlebotomy via port

    I work in a treatment center where we treat hemachromatosis patients, and we're able to use a patient's port for a therapeutic phlebotomy with a doctor's order. I don't think our state BON addresses this -- it's our institutional policy. (I'm in Nebraska if you need that info to take to your BON) Incidentally, I was surprised to see one poster say she rarely draws blood from ports. Our treatment center is a well-known oncology/chemo center, and that's one of the main reasons our doctors have their patients get a port. amy
  7. Hi! I'm a new grad and I'm considering applying for an OR job (yes, I actually found an OR posting that will consider new grads!). I've always been interested in surgery, but I'd like to know a little more about the OR nurse's duties: What's your typical day like? What hours do you work? Is it challenging/interesting? Is it stressful? Do you like it? How does it compare to med/surg? What are the differences in duties of the scrub nurse and circulating nurse? I appreciate any info you can give me so I have some idea what to expect before I apply for the job. Thanks bunches! amy
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    Do you have someone to talk to about your work at home?

    Yep, hubby had a talk with me the other night because he's concerned about my anxiety level! (I'm about to start my 3rd week with my preceptor on a VERY busy general medical floor). I tried to explain to him how many new nurses, on this website and even those on my floor, have said that they cry when they get home from work and cry in the morning before work because of all the stress! People in the business world can't relate to the stress of being a nurse, ESPECIALLY a brand-new nurse, you know? Hubby tries, and he's supportive, but non-nurses just don't understand how stressful it is to try to learn everything about being a nurse, plus being concerned about not killing our patients on top of it all! My "therapy" has been talking with my classmates about their new jobs and realizing that I'm not the only one who's about to go out of her mind from nerves! amy
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    Just Got my Acceptance letter

    Do you mean you just got accepted to nursing school? You might want to post your thread in the "Nursing Student" forum. The forum you posted in here is for nurses who just graduated and are in our first year of working as a nurse, so you probably won't get many responses here. Amy, RN
  10. I've been with my preceptor for 2 days now and she gave me a copy of her management sheet, but I'd rather make my own. I'm curious about what other people use. What info do you find most helpful to have on your sheet? Anyone care to share? amy
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    New Nurse can't sleep...

    Where do you live now? I'm one of the people who told you about the 11a-11p shift. I live in Omaha, NE. I work at Methodist Hospital, and I know a nurse on the labor and delivery floor who works 11a-11p. I don't know what other floors offer that shift. Like the previous person said, let me know if you're interested because I'll get a referral bonus. I just did a search on Yahoo for "11am-11pm nursing shift" and it came up with several hospitals with job ads. That might be another way to find a hospital that offers that shift. Good luck! amy :)
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    Did You Get A Sign On Bonus?

    Actually some of the hospitals in my city are offering a $10,000 starting bonus to new grads. But like other people have said, there's usually a reason a bonus is so high. You have to commit for 2 years, which didn't sound too bad to me. But then I worked there as an aide during nursing school and I HATED it. The nurses are horrible to each other and the morale just stinks. I ended up taking a day shift job at a magnet hospital where I didn't get a bonus, but they don't have to offer bonuses because they have a good reputation so nurses want to work there. Bonuses are certainly not guaranteed once you graduate, but tell your classmates that before they accept a job with a bonus, they should talk to people who work there and find out if it's the right fit for them. amy :)
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    New Nurse can't sleep...

    Hi there! Have you looked around at other hospitals in your area to see what shifts they offer? I know of at least one hospital in my area that offers shifts at kind of odd hours. One girl I know works in a pediatric emergency department from 3pm-3am, and her sister works on a labor & delivery floor from 11a-11p, the same shift you mentioned. This is in Omaha, NE, and we have quite a few hospitals here, so if you're in a large enough town with several hospitals to choose from, there might be other options for you. Take a look around. Maybe your body is telling you that this shift is not for you. Good luck!
  14. Hi Christine! I actually just finished my orientation this week for my new job on a general medical floor, so I can tell you what you can most likely expect! The specifics vary by state and by institution, but you will probably be given some form of nursing/patient scenarios to respond to. I had some in a packet to complete, and some where I had to watch a video of brief vignettes of patients, then stop the tape and write down what I thought the diagnosis would be, significant signs/symptoms, and nursing interventions along with rationales. For example, one patient is presented as a post-op woman who will go home tomorrow but she is very reluctant to get out of bed and do her ADLs. As she goes to get back into bed, she looks down at her calf and sees that it is very red, swollen, and tender. Obviously she has a DVT, so you write that down and then write what you would do (call the doc, put her on bedrest, anticipate orders for a heparin drip, etc.). Once you've finished this packet, it will be graded by one of the nurses and this will be used to tailor your training to your needs. (For example, I missed one on pulmonary embolism, so I had a remedial video/quiz on the computer to do). My orientation also consisted of a rather lengthy skills assessment in which I had to do a catheterization, IV starts/piggybacks, NG tubes, etc. (all on dummies, of course). From there and based on what skills you feel comfortable with and what you think you need help on, the nurse will record what skills your preceptor should go over with you. At the end of orientation, all of this information will be sent to your boss and your preceptor to help personalize your training. I hope this answers your question. Don't worry about any of it -- it's ALL designed simply to help you get the kind of training you need! amy :)
  15. I just passed boards and I'll be starting my first RN job soon, and I was wondering -- do most nurses carry their own malpractice insurance? It was highly recommended to us in school. Do you carry a policy? How much does it cost? Where did you get it? Thanks for the info! Amy, RN (I just found out I passed boards, so I'm still infatuated with seeing my name w/"RN" after it! )
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    The Best Shoes for 12 hours

    One of my classmates' dads is a podiatrist, and she said that New Balance are the only shoes he recommends for people who are on their feet for long periods of time.

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