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  1. GaMBA

    Please Help - Very Confused :(

    For $2.5K you could be on your way to a degree! DO NOT pay that much for a PCT certification. Like the others said, look into technical colleges, or find a cheaper private program. Student financial aid at a community college can help deter or eliminate a lot of your costs that way, even though theses programs tend to take longer than a private program would. Good luck!
  2. GaMBA

    should I become a c.n.a.?

    Yes, I say you should go for it. Becoming a CNA is a quick, cheap way to get a peek into the medical field and get a firsthand perspective on what nurses do during the course of a shift and to see how a unit/floor/nursing home/etc operates. You will quickly learn whether or not you'd like dealing with the more unpleasant (so to speak) side of taking care of sick people. At the very least, you will have a credential and another means of earning income, should you ultimately decide healthcare isn't for you. What have you got to lose?
  3. GaMBA

    A random thing that irks me

    "Practicing nursing without a license is a crime plain and simple." I'd also like to point out that in no way does saying someone needs to "act as the school nurse when required" mean someone will be practicing nursing without a license or committing some crime. It is not a crime to run the school clinic in the absence of the school nurse. The nurse typically runs the clinic. If s/he is gone, someone else will need to do it. It doesn't have to be a nurse. What do you call that? To put it succinctly, you say "act as school nurse when required." You run the clinic if you need to. You're not the nurse, you're not practicing as one without a license, you're not going around calling yourself an RN or NP or LPN or anything. You are simply serving as a substitute for the person who normally does this job. No. big. deal.
  4. GaMBA

    A random thing that irks me

    Something that reads "acts as the school nurse when required" is not calling anyone a "nurse." No one who is not a nurse is being labeled as one. Therefore, I don't see the big deal in a job description listing that statement. That is what they need. Someone who can perform the school nurse's duties if necessary. As a clinic sub I certainly don't call myself the school nurse and neither does anyone else. I don't think the secretary or office admin refer to themselves as nurses either if they have to fill in during the nurse's absence. The words in the OP are just a summarized role description, and I think the statement does a pretty good job of describing the role by using the words "act as", meaning perform the same functions that the school nurse would if s/he were here. It would be different if the wording were "be the school nurse. You are the nurse." Then I could understand the hissy fits about the description wording if it were intended for non-nurses. But as its currently stated in the OP, I don't see the big deal. *shrug*
  5. GaMBA

    Career help?? (Nursing vs Education)

    Have you thought about looking into what school psychologists, counselors and social workers do? They also work in a role that helps kids. Something else to think about is that if you go into education you don't have to stop at being a teacher. There's administration, supervisory roles, coaching, teacher education/training, etc. If you find one age group/subject is boring to work with you could try working with another. There is a degree of flexibility in teaching, as there is in nursing. This is a debate I too have had with myself and the truth is, only you can decide what would be best for you. There are nurses who lovet what they do and there are teachers who love what they do but only you can decide what will be a good fit for you and your family. Worst case scenario, maybe you'll eventually be able to try both :-)
  6. GaMBA

    A random thing that irks me

    I am not a nurse but I am a clinic substitute (and substitute teacher) for a local school system. Becoming a clinic sub didn't have any special requirements besides being CPR certified (if I remember correctly) and taking a day of training on things like common communicable dieases, first aid, allergic reactions, low/high blood sugars, how to handle meds, etc. I am restricted in that I can't be a clinic sub for any elementary or middle school that has diabetics. I've done it for about 2 years (the upcoming school yr will be my 3rd yr) and must say that I don't see the big deal about a non-nurse filling in for the school nurse as a sub. Anything longterm requires an LPN or RN, and they instruct you in training to call 911 for anything heavy-duty. Also, there is an area nurse who is on-call for any emergencies or questions you may have. In the event that a school can't find a clinic sub if the school nurse calls out, usually someone in the front office (ie the secretary) has to handle the job for the day. There has been many a time that a school's front-office staff has been happy to see me walk thru the door. I save them the hassle of having to unlock the med cabinet every time a child needs their meds, from having to check the temp of every kid with a clinic pass, from having to call the parents of every kid with too many symptoms of illness, and so on. I would like someone to explain why they feel non-nurses should not be allowed to operate the school clinic in the nurse's absence if they have had training to do so. To be honest, of all the schools I have subbed in clinics for, there hasn't been a single situation I was not able to handle. I've encountered some interesting situations in my 2 yrs as a clinic sub but nothing I didn't feel prepared for. Having clinic subs serves a purpose. When a school nurse has to call out, it's great for the school system to have a group of trained people available on short notice.
  7. Congrats to the 2010 nursing class from Gwinnett Tech! I would love to hear from some of you as to how you liked the program and if you'd recommend it. Also, if you wouldn't mind sharing if you had any trouble finding a job in the area after graduation, that would be great. Thanks!
  8. GaMBA

    help in making in a decision

    I would recommend taking time away to yourself and maybe working a while to get a better idea of what you'd like to do. I'm not having a mid-life crisis, but I did recently finish my prereqs (except for Organic Chem) and was accepted to an excellent BSN program. Due to a major turn of life events over the past few months I decided to take some time off from school this past quarter to really think long and hard about if I feel like embarking upon the journey into nursing right now. I have to admit that it feels good to just work and come home and truly enjoy my free time. Being away from school and having the time to pursue other interests for the first time since 2008 has been really rejuvenating for me. I think some time away could be good for you. Best wishes with what ever you ultimately decide!
  9. GaMBA

    Budget-Cuts my Butt!

    " Is there ANY way I can encourage the nursing staff to be bold or is it a useless cause? " I hate to say it, but I think it would be a useless cause on your part. As I understand, this is a privately-owned business, meaning the people who own it can spend their money as they please. If they want upgrades and remodeling rather than raises for their employees then unfortunately for you guys that's how it is. It may not seem fair to you but that's the reality of working for other people. Also, given the current state of the job market in general, I doubt you will find too many people ******** and moaning to their employers about anything, much less not getting a raise. Like others have said, most employed people at this point are just thankful to have a job to go to. If these people you work with like their job, like the employer and are content, you will be hard-pressed to get them on your side. And you can forget trying to persuade those who are their family's breadwinner. Like another poster suggested, maybe refocus your efforts on making yourself a more marketable candidate who can command higher wages on the job market. in general, jobs pay what the market says your skills and experience are worth, which may or may not be what YOU think they are worth. Continue to build yourself in terms of what you have to offer and opportunities will open themselves up.
  10. Epac, just remember that you only have ONE time to make a great first impression. After that, no matter what you do, people will remember you for how you were when they first met you. If you are at work and come across as unpleasant or unprofessional, believe me, people will take note of that. You may think you are "keeping it real" or whatever, but others could just see that as "lack of professionalism." First impressions can make all the difference in things like job promotions, job opportunities and in how people treat you and refer to you when speaking to others about you (which they do).
  11. No matter what profession you're in, those are great tips! Just try to follow them and trust me, you will thank yourself (and your preceptor!) later :-)
  12. For those who have only been in nursing for a short while (ie If so how did that experience compare to how things were once you actually became a nurse? Did the prior healthcare experience prepare you at all for the realities of this field?
  13. I applaud you all for hanging in there as long as you have. I am very new to the healthcare field and have only worked as a tech for a year but that's been more than enough time to see what you guys are talking about. I see how the techs and nurses are treated by a variety of people and what they have to do on a daily basis and at times it can be disheartening if not downright astonishing. It certainly takes a very special kind of person to deal with all that healthcare workers deal with and keep coming back to do it every day. Nevertheless, call me naive, but I am still very excited about the possibilities in nursing. I come from a different career (corporate world which has its own set of unpleasantries) and am drawn to the flexibility in nursing. I think the great thing about nursing is that if you get burned out in one part of it there are so many other parts to explore that are all quite different from one another. It may take more training or education and maybe give you less pay but the option is there. It's a very fascinating, wide open field and I hope I'm able to find niches that fit what I'm looking for in life. To those who are burned out, ****** off and leaving the profession and have shared their experiences here, thank you for being open and honest and I wish you the best of luck in whatever awaits you!:redbeathe
  14. I just finished reading a thread about burned out nurses, many of whom talked about leaving the profession. Some of them had been nurses for years, some for only a very vshort while. For nurses who are thinking about leaving nursing entirely, why are you leaving the field rather than exploring other opportunities within it? Not judging or criticizing, just genuinely curious. I've met a lot of nurses and there seems to be so many options within the field. Why have you decided not to pursue other areas (ie change specialties/setting/place of employmt/level of pt interaction, etc)?
  15. GaMBA

    Chattahoochee Tech

    Shiningstar, I sent you a PM.
  16. GaMBA

    Difficulty having TEAS score sent to Georgia State

    I called GSU's nursing dept today and asked about this. The lady I spoke with said they are in the process of switching companies or something since they went from the NET to the TEAS. She says they should have the TEAS testing dates and registration information up on the website in about 3 weeks (so check by the end of December!). She said the testing dates are usually in February. I will definitely keep you all posted on any updates I come across. Good luck to everyone in the app process!