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    NYU pre-reqs 2011, what was your experience?

    That's a shame. I'm surprised because it doesn't seem that late. Hope it works out for you in the future.
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    Has anyone ever seen this done before?

    I second Casi. I have seen swabs dampened with sterile saline before collection, for instance when the area being swabbed was quite dry (like an armpit or nose for MRSA), but it was sterile!You should inform the lab or your nurse manager about this so they can do some reeducation.
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    NYC Nursing Internship/Externship Information

    Hey Avocado, I'm only replying because no one else with first hand experience has. I didn't do an externship/internship (still don't know the difference) but several of my friends did. Two did externships at NYU and had a great experience. They were assigned a unit and a preceptor and worked there one on one with their preceptor, one for a summer and one for just a couple of weeks. They both said that getting to be in the clinical environment for so long was really helpful to their practice, as was getting the one on one attention. They were also guaranteed interviews around graduation time at NYU and that seems to be the general rule in NYC - doing an internship secures you a future job interview/job. Both are graduating in a few weeks and have already been offered a job or are on a job wait list now. Reason enough to do an internship in my book.
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    Advice needed

    Hey Sammy30, What is your financial situation like? Do you need to keep working full or part time while you're in school? Are you currently in healthcare or do you work in another field? There are a lot of options and it can be confusing, but it will help if you start to narrow them down based on what won't work for you. If you're interested in going through a community college or another local college maybe you should contact them to see if they have a suggestion for you or can give you details about what the options are, how long they will take and how much they will cost. It's never too late to start nursing school in my opinion so have faith and keep going! Researching and picking the right program is one of the hardest parts of nursing school!
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    Accelerated BSN program NYU Fall 2011

    jdubs99 is sort of right. I'm graduating in a week and they've been explaining this to us in lecture because there are a lot of people going back to Cali after graduation. If you know that you will be going to another state to work immediately after graduation you should arrange to take the NCLEX in that state. In your final semester you simply contact NYU admin, tell them you want to sit the exam in CA and they'll send all your paperwork to the CA board of nursing who will arrange for your test there. That way you will be immediately licensed & registered in CA when you pass and you can get to work. If you take the NCLEX in NY you will have to request reciprocal licensure to be able to work in CA or any other state. Reciprocal licensure is almost always granted (unless you have a suspended license or something) but the process will take 2-3 months extra and will cost you around $200 extra, so it's best to sit for the NCLEX in the state where you are going to working after graduation. It will save you time and money. Also, fyi, you get a free Kaplan NCLEX review course with your tuition and you can take the review course at any Kaplan location in any state, or online.
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    Need advice on internship vs summer ob/peds

    I would go for the internship personally. I'm sure it's tempting to get the program over with sooner, but internships are really valuable. I'm about to graduate and I would say the majority of people who did internships already have interviews lined up, the ones who didn't are nowhere near getting an interview. Some of the people who did internships are basically shoe-ins for the job since the hospitals pull their new grad pool from people who did internships there before looking at other candidates. They are guaranteed a meeting with HR and given their pick of units out of the ones who are hiring. If you want to move on in your career faster you should also look at which hospitals hire new grads straight into the ICU because some do, for example Bellevue. I hear you need 2 years ICU before you can start CRNA, so if you can go straight into ICU you'll save yourself a lot of time there.
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    nursing care r/t pregnancy termination

    Hi CeilingCat, Your post had a lot of food for thought and questions. I can answer some of them from one perspective and I'm sure others will have a different perspective and answers for your other questions. You are not alone in graduating from nursing school with no discussion of these issues. I am about to graduate from NYU, which you would think might be on the liberal end of things, and we have also had no discussion of birth control or abortion in any of our courses, including maternity nursing. We briefly touched on miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy but that was it. Luckily I can answer a few of your questions because I previously worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic alongside RNs and NPs. Planned Parenthood had very well developed in house trainings for all of its staff, both when starting and for continuing education. I would guess and hope that if you decide to go into ob/gyn nursing you will get more specialized training at any employer. The RNs and NPs at Planned Parenthood had an orientation that included preceptorship and supervised practice and that was tailored to their previous experience - longer for new grads. This training definitely included counseling skills, and contrary to what some people believe, yes, education in helping patients to consider parenthood or adoption if they were unsure that abortion was the right choice for them. Women who came for abortions spent a long time in the clinic talking with a variety of staff, including RNs and NPs, about their decision to make sure they were confident it was the best choice for them and to make sure they were making the decision, not someone else. The dangers of working at an agency that provides abortions depends on the community and area you are in. The clinic I worked at was in a more liberal area of the US and although we had occasional protesters, they were polite about it (quiet praying), and I never felt in danger. However, working at a clinic in a different part of the country would be a whole other story, and the media does not exaggerate. Let's not forget that a ob/gyn who provided abortions, Dr. George Tiller, was shot to death in his Kansas church two years ago by a protester. In terms of nursing care you are right on the money with infection and hemorrhage. Counseling is a big part of it too. Education on post-procedure care is important, as well as starting them on a birth control method if they want one and teaching them how to use it. For surgical procedures sedation, either oral or iv is used, so just as in an endoscopy or other minor procedure there is post-procedure recovery and vital signs monitoring. Rhogam is given to RH negative women to protect future pregnancies and future visits for regular checkups or STI screening are encouraged. If you are interested, why don't you try to find a text book on the subject and learn on your own? You could also look for journal articles on the subject while you still have access to your school's library databases. I hope I helped answer a few of your questions and, like you, I'm not interested in starting a flame war about beliefs, I'm just putting my perspective and experience out there.
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    getting hospital to pay for Nursing school

    I have never heard of a hospital paying for an initial RN program. If you are a LPN/LVN your work may provide education benefits for a LPN to RN program. If you are an RN many hospitals will contribute towards an MSN either up front or will reimburse you pending successful completion, but I don't know of any that will pay for an initial RN program. However, there are a couple of great scholarships that will cover the cost of nursing school in exchange for a commitment to work in a specific hospital or area for several years after graduation. For example there is a program through the army for this and one from the department of health Nursing Scholarship Program. I believe those two cover all costs, but google them. There is also the NYU Langone scholarship and the Hillman Scholarship. Those scholarships are large, but don't cover all the costs by any means. They are very competitive as you can imagine. Good luck!
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    Clinical hours short of NMC suggestion?

    Hey Helricha, How did your program calculate or convert your clinical hours?
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    NYU BSN / RN Program- Transfer questions

    Hey Kika, I'm in the accelerated program. I heard somewhere that the acceptance rate was nearly 50%. In fact you could try searching for it, because I'm pretty sure that someone who asked the admissions office about it posted that rate on allnurses and that's where I saw it. I know of several people who did their first degree at NYU and are now back for their second in nursing, so NYU has no problem taking it's own students back. If you do get in you'll get preference registering for classes too because you'll have more credits than transfers from other schools will. That'll be a big advantage in registering for clinicals so you don't get stuck in the Bronx or Brooklyn. In any case good luck and I hope you get good news soon!!
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    NYU BSN / RN Program- Transfer questions

    Hey Jenn, Are you applying for the RN to BSN program or the regular BSN? Do you have a BA already? It was a little hard to tell from your post what your application situation is. I'm in my next to last semester at NYU right now and in general I would recommend it. There have been high points and low points but in general I feel the program is preparing us well and is reasonably well organized. There was a period of major expansion a few years ago and the size of the program doubled. Things are still in process of settling down after that turmoil and they are building a new home for the nursing program which will open in 2015 I think. In any case, there are no specific GPA requirements that I know of. I got in with not much over a 3.0. As usual, I'm sure thoughtful answers to application questions and any prior healthcare experience or volunteering would help. However, it's a large program so I believe the acceptance rate is quite high. How much you can work really depends on the person. I work 8-20 hours a week depending on my schedule and I know quite a few people who do the same with no problems. However, I think in order to do that you need minimal demands at home (ie, no small children) and you need to be pretty efficient with your studying. As for money, you will have to see what package you get. At the moment it's $20,000 a semester. I believe everyone gets $2,500 a semester as a nursing scholarship and then you'll have to see what loans you get. NYC is expensive, but you save money by giving up the expenses of car ownership (an unlimited metrocard is $89/month) and if you find shared housing or live in brooklyn or queens that helps too. Let me know what else I can answer for you and I'll do my best!
  12. Like Silverdragon said, apply directly to the hospital in your area through their website. At least in the area I was in there were basically no requirements other than a high school level education. It's not like in the US where many states require you to do a CNA course before they'll hire you. Basic training will be provided to you on the job during an initial orientation and then there are various competencies you can choose to do later such as phlebotomy, stoma care, nutrition etc. The pay isn't great, the work is hard, and the prestige non-existent, but it's a fantastic learning opportunity if you really want to do nursing or to figure out if nursing is right for you. It's also a great way to meet people, make friends and learn about regular life in the UK. If you're really considering it and want interview tips or have other questions feel free to contact me!
  13. Hi J, I was in a similar situation a few years ago. I would recommend taking as many courses as possible online through American universities as that way there will be no issues with transferring the credits. For example, I took statistics as a pre-req through UC Berkley online extension while I was living in Oxford. There are a lot of schools that now offer online courses and they will be cheaper than taking courses in the UK as a foreign student. For those classes that require a lab component you should probably wait to see where your husband is getting transferred to and then directly ring universities in that area to see about taking classes as a non-matriculated student. Whether they allow you into to a given course may depend on student demand for the course as well as the permission of the 'tutor' for the class. Another thing you may consider if you don't already have work plans in the UK is getting a job in the NHS as a nursing assistant. I worked as a nursing assistant for 3 years on a med-surg ward and I can't tell you what a breeze nursing school is now as a result! I learned and experienced so much. I highly recommend it. Hope this helps and good luck!
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    Tech to tech hand off !!

    Hey there, I don't know that my answer will help since at the time I working in the UK, not NY, but when I was a CNA on a med-surg floor we sort of did nurse-CNA hand off and CNA-CNA hand off. How it worked on my floor is that all the RNs and CNAs about to begin their shift were met by the charge nurse/supervisor for the previous shift. The charge nurse did a quick run down of all the patients on the floor (name, age, MD, reason for admission, op, current condition, drains, IVs etc). That way we all had general sense of how busy the unit was and what state everyone was in. From this the CNAs knew who needed extra help because of stroke, recent op, fracture, etc. The charge nurse might also give a specific comment to the CNAs about something that needed doing that shift, check on stock, extra help for someone. We then broke up for the RNs to get detailed hand off on their assigned patients. The CNAs would quickly check in with the CNAs just ending their shift to see if there was anything to hand over, although a lot of times there wasn't. I found it very helpful as CNA at the time to get a sense of how many patients needed extra help and with what and which RNs would need my help too. That way I could be more proactive in checking in on these patients before they had to ring the call bell. Not to mention that way I knew who was NPO and shouldn't have water, or who was going home that day and didn't need their linen changed. Also, it really made me feel like part of the team and more valued by my colleagues. There were a couple of months under a different manager when CNAs were not invited to hand off and it made me feel like I was not part of the team and didn't need to know anything, which wasn't true.
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    For all NYU Nursing Fall 2010 prospective students!

    I can't imagine it would be a problem as long as it won't offend. There's nothing about tattoos in the dress code guidelines we are given that I remember and I can think of at least one classmate with a visible neck tattoo offhand.