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freefalle

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freefalle has 3 years experience and specializes in ICU/Emergency Room.

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    New RN going into Cath Lab HELP

    Ok, heres where I may come across sounding like an @ss. If they offer you a job in the cath lab they are doing you a disservice, and if you accept their offer you are doing yourself a disservice. Cath lab is a technical unit and your knowledge base needs to be up to par. As a new grad you still lack the basic skill set necessary to succeed in that position. Many people may argue that a new grad "needs" to spend a year or two on MS then move if they desire to PCU, ICU, ED....etc. Im not sure I agree with that, but taking a new grad and putting them some place like the Cath Lab or, in my opinion peds or ob will not provide an environment conducive to learning the basic skills needed to become a proficient nurse. You may flourish in cath lab but what happens when you decide to leave and try something else? You will lack many of the assessment skills and many basic nursing skills necessary to be successful in other areas. If you are convinced that you need to start out in a "critical care" area rather than med surg. hold out, and find a position in an PCU or ICU, develop the basic skills you need to succeed. Good luck.
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    ANC Nov Board & M5 ID

    Well, I guess it's good to know Im not the only one.... Hopefully its not something like "oh yea where did your packet go...." hang in there.
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    ANC Nov Board & M5 ID

    I'm confused. I just talked to my recruiter. He confirmed that the list has been published by my application status still shows pending board results? He said he is not sure what is going on. I'm not on any of the list yet. Sgt Jiminez any thoughts on what might be going on?
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    future nursing student looking for guidance

    I live in central florida, if you want to send me a PM Ill talk to you more about where I went to nursing school.
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    ANC Nov Board & M5 ID

    Just called my recruiter.... No results yet. Ahhhh, this is killing me
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    future nursing student looking for guidance

    This is the advice I give to people who ask me questions similiar to yours. First, what is your situation? Can you simply take the pre-reqs and apply to nursing school or do you need the "shortest" route to making a good living. For example, a young lady asked me what she should do. She's a single mom, waiting tables not really making enough to get by. She has no college education thus far and really needed to improve her finanacial situation as soon as possible. My recommendation to her was to go to LPN (LVN) school (in Florida at our local college) there were only 2 pre-reqs for the LPN program and the program is one year. She would be making enough to support her and her children in about 1.5 years. she could the take the LPN to RN bridge after she finished the pre-reqs. Now thats the long way to get to your RN because the bridge program in FL in about a year. Another person asked me the same question. She has a decent full time job has no children and is in an okay financial situation. She had little or no college and was just getting started. I recommended that she start her pre reqs which would take her about 1.5 to 2 years and then apply to the ADN or BSN program which would take her about another two years. You just have to fiqure out whats best for you. The "shortest" route may not always be the shortest if that makes sense. If you are in a financial situation to invest the time I would tell you to muddle through your pre-reqs and apply to your RN program. On a side note, many states will let you challenge the CNA exam. It's not very tough and there are reviews available on line. I've seen many people who really didnt need to spend a fair amount of money to take a cna course when they could have challenged the test saving themselves time and money. Good luck.
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    New Fiscal Year Decisions

    Keep me posted on when you hear back about your SI, please. My recruiter told me it would only take about two weeks to hear back too. That was 15 June.... As of Friday mine still showed "pending" in the data base. Im not too stressed if they tell me I have to finish my BSN first, I graduate in December. But it would be nice to have some answers.
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    New Fiscal Year Decisions

    Even getting a special identifier is taking a while now. My completed packet for an SI went up in June, and I still haven't heard back. I guess if they are not going to do another board until Oct. there really isn't a hurry to get them done. I have a feeling, when they do hold the next board there are going to be so many applications its going to take a while to get the results.
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    New Fiscal Year Decisions

    I've heard similar things, I was told that the strap program was not going to be offered anymore. Additionally, I was told that critical care nurses were going to be the priority and even those slots were going to be tight. The army is still going to take new grads and fill the open slots but, its going to be tough. My packet went to the board for my critical care designator. They have had it for about a month now but Im sure they are not in a hurry since they will not be boarding again until October. All we can do is be patient and wait as frustrating as that is
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    Army Nursing Board

    Good luck Holly, be patient it seems like the average length of time for this process is 6 months to nearly a year, and that's if everything falls into place. I've given up stressing over it, I'm still waiting for one last step. I'm working on getting into the reserves, Im doing the educational program as I am in an RN to BSN program right now. At this rate, I'll be done with school before I complete the process
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    Met with my AMEDD recruiter today ...

    Have you thought about going into the reserves and then transitioning to active duty? I'm pretty sure they are still processing applications for the reserves. Either way good luck.
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    Army Nursing Board

    Keep calling, or if it's close enough go to the med recruiters office. Three semesters, is just over a year. It will take you nearly a year of not longer to get through the selection process, so now is a good time for you to start. Be warned, the process is long, tedious, involved, some what time consuming, and there is a lot of "waiting to hear." there are many things that can cause you delays so you will need to stick with it, if it's really want you want. Hang in there, and visit here often and keep us informed on your progress. Good luck
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    Army Nursing Board

    I still haven't heard anything. Im not surprised though, my packet didn't go up until Dec 1st Im assuming I won't hear back until the next board in Jan.
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    Army Nursing Board

    Nursy and Raki, What part of the country do you live in? Are you two going active duty or reserves?
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    Army Nursing Board

    Congrats, glad your wait is finally over.
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    Making weight and RN,BSN

    I believe up until now the Army is the only one who would accept a ADN nurse, and only if they are currently accepted and attending classes towards the BSN. I recently spoke to my recruiter and he stated that the army was no longer going to accept ADN nurses. I don't know if that pertains to both active duty and reserves or just active duty. You can always check. As far as your weight issue, you are on your own. I don't think any branch will even process your application until you meet weight standards. My suggestion would be to join a gym and work closely with a trainer who can help you reach your goal. You can do it if you want it bad enough!!! Good luck.