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  1. neongirl

    2nd Career in Nursing

    While I agree with the PPs - you have to decide if this is going to work for you. I am also a second career nurse. I love it! - But when I decided to do it I was not married, had no children, and owned my home (no mortgage) and my truck was paid for. Boy did that help!!! I worked part time at my old career and as school went on that part tme went down and down. Be prepared to travel - some of my clinical sites were 60+ miles from my home and we had to be there EARLY. Schoolwork and classes themslves are really not that hard - but nursing school was SO demanding of time. Papers, and clinical paperwork, and so on were hours and hours of details, and reading and re-writing. (something it seems many of the husbands and kids of classmates didn't understand) I heard over and over how families thought that when Mom walked in the door - the school day was over - That is not the case - for me that was when my day started (after class, and work) - going through the class notes or clinical notes, getting started on that paper that is due - or the other endless little "things" that are "mandatory". we had 12 hour clinical shifts so that helped. As far as nursing being family friendly? i guess it depends on where you work - we do 12's - so figure out where to take your kid at 5 or 6 am - and how to get him to school - and where to take him till 8 at night or whenever you can get there to pick him up. OR find someone to stay over with them at night - because let's be honest, as a new nurse - you're going to be working nights - or at least middles. Working is more "family friendly" than school - I guess?? I love that i changed careers, but I was offered a job before I was done at a place I did and entire summer of "intern" self study - whatever you want to call it. 30 - 40 hours a week - for three months to get my foot in the door almost an entire year before I took my boards. I got to know people they liked me and it paid off with my first nursing job. But I knew where I wanted to work - and I made it happen. I'd say do it - if you really hate what you are doing now - nursing is tough - but it's fun too - as long as you keep and open mind
  2. While I agree - the interview should have been your first warning of maybe a not so great place to work.. With the whole after interview issue you have - Well.. I have been on quite a few interviews in the past few months, with even more applications. More often than not - it is a no reply "we received your app - and you do/do not meet our needs" no name, no dept, no number - then there are the the please fill out our survey - and the ones that actually call - and you get an interview with. More often than not - i have heard nothing - not a word, not a no reply e-mail, not a phone call, or letter.. even with thank you's and follow up phone calls.
  3. neongirl

    How do you guys carry your stuff at Clincal?

    Hmm - during school I always had a tote bag with clinical papers, lunch/snack(12 hours) and Tabers, plus a sweatshirt, outdoor shoes, and a few dollars. We had a designated area to store our "stuff", but it wasn't a locked room. I never brought anything too valuable - I always had my phone in my tote bag somewhere near the bottom. We were not permitted to have clipboards school rule, not facility. My pocket "stuff" I kept only what i needed in a zipperd pencil bag, in my clinical tote ( i had a class bag and a clinical bag) - and you have to get creative. Stethoscope - with a roll of tape. hemostat and I switched to a "mini" bandage scissor semester 2, in my pocket. Also semester 1 we came up with a excel sheet with the basics on it for 4 patients, I would use two tape them back to back (or if you have a two sided printer) then just quarter it. I also carried a 4 color pen and 2 or 3 black pens, I always used ones with a click top and that had a clip, those I clipped to the neck of my shirt and let the pen part hang inside, along with my pen light - (I still do this) After a while I noticed most rooms have white boards - I added a marker and used them if i needed to to write down vitals, next pain med, if they were leaving the floor, I and O, samples needed questions they had for dr. whatever came up that you didn't want to forget. (things staff asked of us - or things you noted in report) I know where you are coming from - you feel like you need a zillion things, and honestly, you don't.. I took out insurance on my cell phone - and used the providers "back up assistant" just in case - and I put a two hundred dollar limit on my debit card, and I left my credit cards at home - just in case. the few dollars I took to clinical with me - I put in my bra - just in case. you will figure out what works for you - but make it easy on yourself - less is better and you don't spend half your time digging. Other things I have seen, - steth holster, a "pocket organizer" that slips into a cargo pocket, and some hang the hemos off their scrub top with a roll of tape
  4. neongirl

    How long did it take you to complete your prereqs?

    you have to do what works for you and your life - i went to a school about a 50 min drive from home - plus i worked full time. - went to a ASN program (so technically a two year) I did it in three - year one Everything except my nursing classes - year "2 and 3" was my Nursing so I just had my 8 credit nursing classed each semester plus the clinical portion - i was lucky we had 12 hour clinical days - so more days to work/study - I was single, worked full time, It was do able (not sure I'd want to do it again... but..) But that is what worked for me.. The hardest thing was not having anyone at home for financial support in a pinch, many of the girls I went with - thought I had it so easy - being alone - (study/sleep whenever) I Had to work - everyday becasue I didn't have a husband to pitch in a get groceries or the water bill .. So figure out what you can manage - and go from there - but remember you will not have much spare time to do anything!!
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    Nursing Tuition off the Chain!! Need Help!!

    Hi everyone: all this talk about education vs. price vs. degree vs. insitution vs.?? is sort of funny. we all have made a decision to go to school to be a nurse at one time or another right?? me just in the last few years, career change. Yes, "the school" was important - but so was my bank account and my future. I had an excellent career, i wanted something new and more of a challenge. NOT to be thousands of dollars in debt. I lived in Philly at the time, of course i looked at drexel, i also looked at the price tag that went with and figured in things like my mortgage, parking, insurance, food. I loved Philly, wanted to stay in the area, and looked at some other schools around delco and there was no way I could justify the costs of staying there and getting another education. So, I applied to a state school - well know for their school of nursing - moved a few hours away, stretched a 2yr asn to three so i could continue to work full time. I got my degree for less than what many pay for a car, was offered a job a full semester BEFORE I graduated and I wasn't stressed about money or that someone isn't going to like my degree because of where I earned it. personally this is what worked for me. I think more people should REALLY look at the financial aspect of education.. before just going in blind with the I'll pay for it later attitude ( I have one friend who is thousands in debt from private school that she quit, came back to state school for a while, had a baby,let her gpa drop has to sit out a full year, STILL has no degree just keeps taking classes as to not have to pay loans- can't do that forever) I think we are all obligated to live within our means and if that means includes going to a pricey school - then O.k if not - you can always get what you want - sometimes you just have to figure out other ways. Oh and just for fun: 4 of my closest girlfriends are nurses - of different backgrounds, rehab, psych,medsurg, and or - they and all the people i have preceptored with tell me that school is just the basics - 2yr or 4yr either one.. the real education starts when you hit the workforce. Oh and I loved my small school, 50 of us, no giant lecture halls, personal attention and first name basis with instructors... Great moderate to small size clinical sites- personal attention from nurses and doctors - and an excellent pass rate. I miss the pace of the city - but for learning, I'm happy i came to the country - lots of hands on - dr has you do stuff with him - not just watch him.. So, to you joi8815 - PA is a big state with lots of good schools.. Drexel is just one of them.. you mentioned you are young - take some gen ed's and keep looking.. you will figure it out and you will get what you want.. just don't put yourself so far in debt you never enjoy the money you work so hard to earn.
  6. neongirl

    Dilemma -- any advice?

    Hummm.. I'm guessing that you and your roomate are of average college age late teens, early 20's..? In this situation i would mind my own business.., maybe she will slip through the cracks.. or maybe not - fact is she knows she got a c- and she knows she needed a c and she is evidently telling people..?? It is NOT the responsibility of anyone: registar, advisor, financial services, department chairs to make sure "susie" is passing her classes... it is HER resopnsibility to be aware of what is expected and required of her - administration at the college level isn't going to hold any hands and guide you through.. maybe a friendy, - hey you might want to double check on that.. or something..? if you want to be nice. but for her - acting like it's not a big deal, or ignoring it will make it go away..it may, but i'm more than certain will com back to bite her in the a**. - they do have to verify you have completed all the necessasy course work to the state in the end.
  7. neongirl

    I wish I had studied this before Nursing 101.......

    Great question: I am just about done with school and looking back.. i am very happy i did a few things. medical terminology, A&P's before Nursing (they are co-req's with our program - not pre) I am in a 4 semester ASN, I would advise anyone to take as much as they possibly can before nurs 1-4, to get the gen ed's out of the way.. no matter what your age! I can't imagne after a 12 hour clinical shift - having to come home an write an english comp paper or a speech..??? I realize all programs are different - but nursing takes up alot of time - and you will get out of it what you put into it..the paperwork and writing out patho's and labs, and drawing the corelations out... writing care plans (learning a new language "nursing process") math, is very important, but it is also NOT as hard.. as some may claim.. many fellow students got psyched out with it.. by mixng the importance with the difficulty... dosage calculations are methodical.. just take your time and learn the method behind it. - I used the Dimensional Analysis for Meds book Anna M Curren- some perfer to use other methods (amt. desiered / ?? something) My personal sugestion is PICK ONE WAY...and learn it itside and out. I like this book becasue it was set up from very basic refresher.. (this is a decimal, one's, then tenth's....) to iv flow rates and pediatric calculations. Plus it was set up in a workbook fashion with all the answers and a CD. Most of the errors we as a class made were not "math" errors but basic conversion errors, decimal point placements, using the wrong measurement(putting mg instead of mcg) or just other stupid mistakes..reading 100,000 units and plugging in 10,000 units to your equation...or trying to use extraneous information from question to find the answer..keep in mind though... all these "little" errors are considrerd med errors and will be marked wrong...! Math is SO very important with nursing... but I personally feel it is not the most dificult thing to master in school... Go slow... double, triple check your numbers, your amounts, your ratios, and.. your basic math. Read and reread the questions... know what they are asking for...
  8. neongirl

    Oh! The sacrifices we make just to get through nursing school

    Hmm let's see.. the last couple of years have left me with and without many things.. Lost what i thought was the love of my life.. things happen for reasons. Lost my job (layoff) a blessing in disguise - unemployment checks and extensions, more time to study, and get back a few hours of my life. - Both my parents had cancer - Not the end of the world but just something else to add to the list of stressors. I havent seen my best friend much or my family - i have "new" ones from school. Had tennants not paying their rent - what a hassel, both legally and financialy. But.. I've lost 52 pounds (30 of which I put on the first year of school r/t No time to exercise or eat right), quit smoking, Feb 13, this year, of all days, I met the greatest guy,- and i wasn't even looking, I have never felt better with out the full time job and only school to focus on I can run and ride my bike. School for me has been a wild ride - alone, it can eat away at you - add in life, especially adult life, (bills, mortgage, taxes, insurance) sick parents, obligations of birthday parites and weddings, vacations.. you name it - some people just don't get it.. but 50 bucks here and there adds up fast. so, I lost my honey & kept my grades up, lost my job & and got my sexy back, lost my social life & realized i really wasn't missing anything, kept my old clunker truck & paid some on student loans, and i have a job for after i graduate IN 3 WEEKS!!!! but even if i end up not in love with nursing (new career for me) i learned as much or more about myself in this program as i have text book, and clinical skills that I'm a better person - no matter what i decide to do becasue of nursing school. ALL the sacrifices and losses, and being damn near broke, and depressed and stressed, and sick has made realize a whole new me.. - hummm.30,000$ shrink, not covered by any HMO. ?? and well worth every penny - to me. Best of eveything to all of you - it still amazes me just how much we all balance, and still keep on going.
  9. neongirl

    Wearing scrubs to nursing school?

    We too have a very specific uniform - that i wish was a little more scrubish - we have to purchase and wear for clinical. My school is VERY particular about how we look for rotations, white, clean, pressed creases, hair back, no jewlery (wedding band only), shoes must be all white - and i mean ALL white, no marks, scuffs, none of those plastic clogs.. For our out rotatoin they are also very strict with our dress, even if we are going to a facility that we will change into their scrubs, we MUST be dressed professionally at all times, no jeans, sweats, tee-shirts, sneakers... nothing like that. I have found myself actually dressing better since I started school. Now for lecture, they could care less - i swear some of the younger girls do come in PJ's. But, we do hear compliments from hospital staff and patients that back that theory up. We do cross paths with students from other schools that have more relaxed uniforms (scrubs, polo's and kahaki's..ect.) now, we do look like old fashioned orderly's but we're not faded or stained or wrinkled..
  10. neongirl

    Listing GPA on resume?

    exactly... I know lots of people with book smarts.. that can't find their way out of a wet paper bag.. or balance a check book. I'm not trying to imply anything with my 3.5.. like i think I'm smart.. I think the employer should take a look at my recomendations they speak louder than any grade ever will.. I was simply trying understand why someone would put a gpa on a resume.. why the hospital would want my transcripts.. ( i still don't think it's their business how i do on tests) AND that IF this is the new way of screening students.. I want what i earned.. most nursing students (where I am) run between a 3.2 - 3.6 we can only drop to a 2.7. i want my a-"s and b+'s!!! I personally don't think gpa should be put on a resume.. the internship i did yes.. the extra classes I took.. maybe.. but what do i know.. one place asked for it.. the rest didn't.. for all i know that woman might have someone in her office.. who wanted to know my grades..(love small town life)
  11. neongirl

    Listing GPA on resume?

    That may be true.. they may use it for picking potential employees. BUT.. again.. with nursing school and the grading scale (where I am) that 3.5 is not a true representation of my classroom ability. I do well, I do not get A's in my nursing class (94% or higher) I do get between 91-93..I wish.. wish.. they would give us what we earn.. a 3.0 (B) on a 8 credit class has made my GPA plumet drastically when I feel I have earned a bit higher.. a- b+ something like that.. Now.. if employers are using grades as a determining factor... I REALLY think i should get what i have earned.. I am happy with my b's .. because I know they were highs ones.. but no one else does.. the way my transcript reads i"m a 87% student.. and I'm not..it just frustrates me. one one end you have everyone saying.. "no one cares what your grades are as long as you get through and pass boards..I have never had a patient or a doctor ask me my gpa" and on the other.. I have potential employers wanting my grades..I have NO problem giving them out.. but something in the back of my head wants to say.. I don't think it's any of your d@#* business..
  12. neongirl

    Listing GPA on resume?

    ya know.. I am in the application process and one of the hospitals here e-mailed me and wanted and unofficial copy of my transcripts. I have NO idea why, i sent them as my GPA is 3.5. My question is as long as I get my RN.. why should it matter if I got good grades or got through by the skiin of my teeth?
  13. neongirl

    Nursing School Students...Is It Hard?

    The advice here is great.. you should do fine if you put your head into it.. i find a little everyday goes much further than trying to cram it all in the weekend before.. My best advice is between now and the fall, get as many things out of the way as you can.. I did and it made my life easier. I have seen students fail out because they tought they could balance another few classes with home life, it wasn't the difficulty of the classes.. it was the time involved to perform well in all of them. My nursing class is 8 credits.. and we do a 12 hour clinical shift. add on stuff like music, speech, or having to write and english paper.. no thanks.. I am so glad i burnt up a summer and crammed in 18 credits..before nursing.. well worth it to lose the added stress. - Ill never miss that summer.. but it has made the past 2 years of my life, and the lives of those around me, much better. so, yes it's a challenge.. but more of a time management / priority skill than a IQ test. Do what they ask of you.. even if you think it's a waste of time..make a schedule and stick to it. it WILL all come together in the end.. and you will think.. where did the time go..2 years, *poof* gone.. how did I make it through??
  14. neongirl

    SO hard to get back in the GROOVE !

    Tell me about it.. our break for winter was over a month long.. I was busy with other things.. but still had assigned readings to do.. I started them a week before class.. with no ambition..at all... i just want it to be over.. I'm burnt out..BUT.. one big motivator is.. for me.. I had 2 interviews over break.. so the humilliation of having to turn down a job because i got lazy at the end, and didn't pass, is far to much for me to handle.. so we are 2 weeks and 2 exams in..get yourself off to a good start...it helped me. I have missed 2 points... so for the next 13 weeks or so.. I have decided that i will devote my time to school..100% well 90%. be headstrong...and depending on where you are.. the weather is horrid.. who wants to go out in this crap.. stay in a read.. you'll have plenty of time to all nurse.. when you are a nurse...good luck with the ob .. it was challenging.. but do- able. and mysimpleplan is right on target... none of us want to feel like a giant loser..
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    Am I too old to just be starting?

    Without reading all the responses.. it seems to me that there is a common theme..YOU ARE NEVER TO OLD for education. I'm 35, in my last semester, and starting a new career.. I'm so glad i didn't let my age get to me.. Most of the people in my class are my age or older..down the road you will look back and realize just how young you are right now.. going back to school has actually me feel more alive and younger than i did at my old career.. the stagnant feeling has lifted.. and i feel 27 again.. I look and feel better than i have in years.. Plus i'm happy and thinking about going forward with my degrees.. I hope you love it as much as i do..
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