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  1. At my first hospital clinical, the RN's would just write down 5 or 6 random laundry list to do items: period. Nothing more. Of course RN's were just med admins and little else there. The hospital did not care and was going for the cheapest labor, and the cheapest labor was doing the least possible in return or maybe that is all they knew. Good RN's would pay off (not LPN's or imported RN's who did not know English or other things very well). And Hospitals are where everyone wants to work? Wherever I go, hopefully they will listen to a value engineer break down revenues, cost, and overhead. But sometimes the skin-flints don't know anything, so they hope to get ahead by not spending any money at all. It works for a little while anyway. I'm not saying the care plans are good or bad. But if there are only so many available, why reinvent the wheel every one? Implementation may never take place if you complete them after the Pt is gone! But don't get me started on the lack of human factor engineering in Nur teaching plans and instructional effectiveness. Its all about 'JOB SECURITY'. We have only ONE Dr. that I know of in our whole school: one of the nursing directors. She carries a heavy burden, and after mid semester to the end, all the life looks sucked out of her. Poor thing. I hope she gets paid well. I had a poor start this semester since I just figured out some of the instructors are repeatedly posting (lies) in ratemyprofessor.com! And then mysteriously, the computer network crashed when instructor reviews were due (for a limited time, only when the computer was crashed on the surveys). IF I could only wake up!
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    What do you always have in your scrub pockets?

    The usual things: flash light, pen, scissors, gait belt, 3 bottles of 5 hr energy Max, 1 16 oz water bottle, 1 drug manual, 1 lab manual, 1 RN small binder, keys, wallet, X-large gloves, alcohol swabs, cotton balls, stethoscope, BP cuff in bag, (I'm sure there is more, but blank now). I need a belt on my pants: they keep falling down!
  3. THANK YOU! PCT wages are not a bed of roses around central Gulf FL! Thanks Again!! :nurse:
  4. I just 'passed' my first semester of ADN and did not know exactly if that qualified me for a PCT (I know they are all a little different), if I have to get a lesser job, or get my CNA first (already took 72 clinical CNA course last year, but testing here is a random waiting game you lose your money if you can't meet their surprise schedule). If 'nursing fundamentals' is my clinical skills book, that is not quite filled out yet after first semester (but should be by start of second I'd imagine). Thanks for any guidance. :nurse:
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    Fastest way to learn spanish?

    Yes, Spanish speaking people. And a recent world-wide country literacy-survey, INCLUDING 3rd world countries, did have Spain within 3 of being DEAD LAST! Just ask someone to translate for you in Spanish and see how long it takes.
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    Fastest way to learn spanish?

    According to my lifetime development class, if you are over 10 years old forget it. College majors in Spanish forget it soon after school. Most Spanish people worldwide are illiterate, so they tend to talk in circles forever communicating simple things. Good luck. Vamanos muchachos!
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    Advice to nursing students from a hiring manager

    Please don't, due to your probabilistic nosocomial infections :-) All I am saying is I'm tired of the LPN professed expertise, where it only helps one semester in RN ADN program. The fact is many take the LPN route just to skirt ADN admission GPA standards. Its hard to make all A's and most LPN's can't do it, although there are brilliant ones who take this route. It is a greedy heuristic which entraps many due to the working requirements make RN school less likely for most. And even the ones who CAN do it, learn less and don't make the most of the RN educational opportunity. But seriously, you can wipe my buns any time. Admittedly, I almost did it, but things happened that I knew God was telling me to do otherwise. Sometimes I don't know why, but listening to my Spider Senses pays off. And that goes all the way through school every twist and turn. My first 4 degrees experience has built me a learning curve, not to mention my engineering education and experience taught me how to think and problem solve, which are more prerequisite to Critical RN thinking than wiping buns for X years or taking the LPN route to circumvent high GPA admission standards. But I respect every one as a rule, especially LPN's. Just don't harp on illogical stuff wasting my time listening, over and over and over... :nurse:
  8. LOL, different programs are different. Even within the same school, straight 4 semesters, Fall or Spring or Summer program start, shorter summers, day or evenings, different professors, ... Now compare that to different schools and type programs and you have billions of alternatives to compare with. ADN's with summers off maybe 1st and 3rd the hardest. Evening Interns sponsored, the second (short summer) and 4th (consecutive information overload). Any accelerated program will be tough, and Fall semesters are always hard it seems. At one school I went pre-nursing, a successful student one year ahead of you said 2nd semester was a lot easier (and that school lacked one person of a perfect NCLEX pass semester, 2nd if FL)! You made it past the filtering semester (like the first 2 in engineering school), so relax and just keep doing what you are doing! Of course continually tweaking your study systems and worrying do not hurt :-)
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    Amount of debt upon graduation?

    Good replacement analysis analogy!
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    Advice to nursing students from a hiring manager

    LOL, or an ADN/RN anyway. LPN is useless whoops to jump and fit in your schedule. As an Industrial Engineer, I did not need to dig ditches for 20 years to tell you expertly that it is not good for your back :-) And I don't need to wipe buns and expose myself to nosocomial diseases without being properly educated (microbilogy) since it is reported by one source at least to be the 4th leading killer in the US. LPN's rationalize their wasted time and wages OR want to circumvent high GPA entry barriers. And with an LPN job, they will have a lower GPA in RN school (a significant number of them at least). There are brilliant LPN's who fit it in their schedule, but even they pay for it in a hectic schedule that closes their eyes to opportunity that passes them by while they are wiping buns. ADN GPA entry averages are near 3.90, and bridge students entry GPA's are closer to the minimum 2.70 at my school. However, LPN does say you will accept lower wages at harder work, so you will definitely receive low ball offers quickly (like this thread's author may have been trying to dupe unsuspecting people or route them into a time consuming schedule of needless certifications and work schedules). I almost did it, so it is conceivable: but not optimal by no means in potential development of a holistic RN, in the name of Florence Nightingale. So although I respect LPN's working in death homes, please do not act like your low grades and experience 'level' raises your worth above others who achieve more and have more potential in the hight tech world of tomorrow. Florence was a scholar, and not a hiney wiper! No disrespect to ANYONE, but for many average students, LPN may suck them in and keep them LPN forever, since there is no way many can handle RN and LPN too. And if they do, they will never reach their full potential doing so. Good luck if you do, and be careful of nosocomial diseases in the hospital. But in this season of holidays, in Christ's name, please don't spout that LPN's are superior or I may puke on you if within 3 foot of me. For an RN, a CNA certification with the new dual background checks is of more value to me personally. Rock on CNA"s!!
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    MALE NURSES

    Bachelor of Industrial & Systems Engineer MS in Mfg Systems with a CIMS certificate 1. There is no more manufacturing infrastructure in the US (duh!), as it has all gone to China. 2. Pay Scales flip flopped between the two disciplines. 3. I chased out manufacturing in the US, with auto industry being the last manufacturing; and moving around constantly is no fun and depletes your bank account (big bucks indirect labor is the first to go in hard times). 4. Helping injured factory workers systemically was the most satisfying work, more than making multi million dollars for company. 5. And I can! Not necessarily in that order.
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    Amount of debt upon graduation?

    You guys are worrying about the wrong thing! 6% interest school loans are chump change. Worry more about your (holistic) education, and the rest will follow. After the first ADN semester, grants and internships will follow. Worry more about the other 98% of degrees who never have a chance to pay back their student loans! Keep your head down and kick buns! My first go round in engineering, $20K (all in graduate school) paid back in about 9 years. This time, $36K to about $50K if needed. I'll take the full ten years so I can invest it the commodity market (4.5 year Sabbatical/OJT Graduate school between career changes) . This is the fun time, as hard as that may seem. Just hope your career is as fun as this is! Good luck :-)
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    MALE NURSES

    Mo' Money? Where, where, where??? Got any links? I like that. Its about time. And don't worry, I'm not "Artsy Fartsy." But I do have 2 ABET accredited engineering degrees. And now I'm learning my 'softer' emotional side. Again, please don't worry about me doing the art-*** shuffle! :coollook:
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    finally graduating!!!!

    Will you marry me? :-)
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    anyone make it in as alternate??? jeff davis??

    Better than 50/50. They want their money and all i's need to be dotted and t's need to be crossed. It just places a huge scheduling/planning crunch on you. I'd have a contingency plan though and be implementing it in the meantime. Next semester, get 2 schools applications and better your chances. I did, and was thankful I did. Good luck!
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