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  1. cabanaboy

    Need some opinions on my dilemma

    Like someone else said, the LTAC probably would be great experience. But like you said, it's going to be easier getting into the ICU if you already work at that facility. Go for the cardiac floor job!
  2. cabanaboy

    Need some opinions on my dilemma

    Some turnover is expected and is a cost of doing business. If facilities don't want to hire new grads because they leave, maybe they need to look at why they are leaving and try to improve upon that.
  3. cabanaboy

    Is it just nurses or........

    It's not that I'm not calm. I'm just confused. I was really interested when you said "definately cut out all the ABSN programs", but yet you think all RN's should have a bachelors degree. Seems kinda contradictory. I figured their was some logic I was missing out on. I guess not.
  4. cabanaboy

    Is it just nurses or........

    First let me say I am a pretty new RN, with a BSN. I work with many experienced ADN nurses and even a few diploma nurses. They are 10 times the nurse I am right now and I count on them and learn from them everyday. And I know some new grad ADN nurses who are very bright and are just as good if not better then me. However, if I was hiring a new grad in any profession and had to choose between two people with every other variable being equal I would choose the one with more education. Someone with more education is more LIKELY (it certainly doesn't always work out in such a way) to have a broader perspective on the world, the way a business (such as a hospital) is run, be able to relate to a wider variety of people, keep themselves healthy, continue to enhance their education, etc. They are more likely to help keep the business going forward and improving and help in solving problems outide their immediate job duties. As a nurse, why wouldn't you want your profession to be more educated? Especially if you believe too many nurses are being churned out. And the NCLEX??? Not to pick on you because I know others have said the same, but passing the NCLEX does not make everyone equal. Passing it sure doesn't mean you are going to be a good nurse, and failing it doesn't mean you won't be a good nurse (unless you never pass of course).
  5. cabanaboy

    Is it just nurses or........

    I think that you forgot that your point was that RN's should have to have a BSN as a requirement to be an RN, similar to that of the other professions and the (incorrect) educational requirements that you mentioned. Anyway, nevermind. I didn't say I disagreed with cutting out ABSN programs. I'm trying to understand your logic before I decide. Why is a traditional BSN better then a ABSN? It sounds like you are saying that they should be done away with as a means to eliminate the supply of new grads. I guess if someone has a bachelors in something else, and they now want a BSN, under your plan they are out of luck? Or, can they repeat a whole 4 years (or more) of college? IF (and I repeat IF) I believed in that logic, I would say it would make more sense to eliminate many traditional BSN programs, where there are MANY (not ALL) people without much life experience, don't really know what they are getting into, or what they want from life, and because of those factors maybe less likely to actually be in nursing 5 years after they graduate then a ABSN student.
  6. cabanaboy

    Is it just nurses or........

    You believe all RN's should have a BSN, so why get rid of ABSN programs? It's not a "fast-track" as much as it is a second bachelors. I had a bachelors already, and then wanted one in nursing. That is what a ABSN is for. Before my nursing program started I had all the general studies courses from my first BS and took the required prereqs that I didn't happen to complete the first time in college (like micro, psych, etc). I don't have any less education then anyone in a traditional nursing program has, or less clinical hours. And yes, for someone who has a bachelors and/or relevant experience in a field (like science) already, there are programs that let you take some classes, student teach, and get a teaching license. A "lawyer degree" as you call it is after you have earned a bachelors and is a whole different type of program. It's not comparable to a ABSN program.
  7. cabanaboy

    Is it just nurses or........

    I may have misspoken about PA programs. It sounds like most of them do require a bachelors now. But, not a masters like you claim. And, no, paralegals don't require a bachelors or even an associates. There are programs that offer those degrees in paralegal studies, but it's not a requirement of the profession. And, I never said dental assistants required a certain degree. And speaking of "checking your logic", I would like to know your (and lindarn)logic behind doing away with ABSN programs.
  8. cabanaboy

    only a few months to decide...

    My reply has nothing to do with ADN vs. BSN. For a new HS grad, if you have any inkling to go away to school, you should do it! Someday you will likely wonder what you missed out on, especially if boyfriend someday exits the picture or nursing ends up not being for you.
  9. cabanaboy

    Is it just nurses or........

    //"They should also do away with the popular, second degree nursing programs. There are no "second degree" medical schools for physicians assistants, dental asistants, for dental school, or paralegals for law school. These programs are adding to the glut of nurses in the community fighting for jobs. "// What am I missing here? You want all RN's to have a BSN. So, I if I have a bachelors degree already, how do I become a RN? Start from scratch and take all my general studies courses over? And, PA's, dental assistants, and paralegals don't require a bachelors degree, like you want all RN's to have. And dental and medical school is in addition to a bachelors. Your examples aren't analogous.
  10. cabanaboy

    Possibly moving to AURORA, CO!! Please respond :)

    As you can tell, Aurora has a bad rep. But the truth is much of it very nice. It has a population of over 300,000 and is as big as Denver, so of course there are bound to be some places that aren't all that great. And yes, like another poster mentioned there are some great hospitals there.
  11. cabanaboy

    Question about flushing lines

    Has anyone actually heard of this being a problem, or know of any research regarding this issue?
  12. cabanaboy

    Broke 2 year contract

    What does the contract say?
  13. I'm only a new grad, but in school clinicals I experienced both what you describe your situation to be now, AND what you describe you want your nursing career to be like. I think it has a lot to do with what kind of unit you are on, the culture of the unit, and what you put into the job. To me, it sounds like you just haven't found the right fit for you yet, so don't give up!
  14. cabanaboy

    Colorado New Grads- Do you have jobs?

    I took the NCLEX on a Wednesday, found out on Friday that I passed, and my license was issued on Monday. I was able to look up my license on DORA on Monday afternoon or Tuesday...I don't remember for sure.
  15. cabanaboy

    Memorial Hermann is planning on unpaid GN intersnship

    I'm not totally against this. It depends on the situtation. Six months sounds a little long, but with the job market and the economy the way they are, I would be willing to try out the hospital, and the hospital try out me for awhile. Especially if I got the chance to go to a specialty department that I'm interested in. I would be making more progress towards my goals than I am right now as an unemployed new grad! And, when the pendulum swings back and the demand for new nurses is greater, these types of programs will quickly go by the wayside because they won't be able to attract anyone. BTW, unpaid internships aren't rare. They occur in many other industries as well.
  16. cabanaboy

    Stage set for Temple University Hospital strike by PASNAP

    Chico David and Herring, Your examples were 1) the union (not staff in the sense that the hospital could have singled them out to punish) threatening to go public, and 2) the union filing a complaint and then releasing news releases about it. Both work for me. And unless I'm misunderstanding what the gag-order was about, but your examples still would have happened with it in place. As I thought the so-called "gag" order was addressed about nurses or staff on their own speaking out to the public, I was looking for examples of that. Or, do I have a misunderstanding of what the "gag" order was? Both of your examples further my point that employees of a company don't need to publicly disbarrage the organization they work for and that there are other, more productive ways to make changes.