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    BC or OLL anyone get in?

    Congratulations to you too!
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    BC or OLL anyone get in?

    I got my acceptance email from BC today.
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    Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island class of 2013

    I was placed on the alternate list last year, and they sent me a letter to interview......
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    Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

    I received an interview letter last week and am interviewing the beginning of November.
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    Forgot to renew my BLS!

    Thank you all for your replies! I've decided to do the online BLS. There are quite a few training centers offering skills sessions near me. Since I've already expired, I didn't want to have to wait for a course to pop up. I'm going to have put my expiration date in my calendar so this won't happen again!
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    Forgot to renew my BLS!

    So I went to make a photocopy of my BLS card today and did a double take when I noticed that I was due to renew back in April. In the past, the nurse educator of my unit would always let us know when we were due. Last year I started working somewhere new; apparently this nurse educator does not keep on top of our certifications. I'm assuming that I need to take the initial course now, but I was hoping I could still take a renewal course. Does anyone know for sure? Thanks!
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    Academic reference question

    One of the schools I'm applying to requires an academic reference. I graduated from nursing school 8 years ago and none of my professors are there anymore. I have read that the school can give you a generic reference based on your grades. I also have a BA in psychology and I graduated from there 11 years ago. I still keep in contact with some of my professors from there. Would it be better to have a more personal reference from a non nursing academic professional? Or do CRNA schools specifically want references from nursing schools? Thank you so much!
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    Any tips for UNE organic chem final?

    I'm hoping someone here has some advice they might be able to share with me. I'm planning on applying to school in the fall. Unfortunately, my sciences are now over 10 years old so I decided to do UNE's online organic chemistry class. I've never had much trouble with chemistry before so I thought it would be fine. I was wrong. I am having such a difficult time in this course. I feel like it's too abstract for my brain (I do much better when I'm able to visualize). At the rate I am going, I'll end up with a C in the course. I've been doing well on the labs, but averaging Cs on the quizzes. I only have 4 more weeks to go, and I know the final counts for most of the grade. I feel like a lot of the quiz questions are coming out of left field. I can't find the answers in the book or in his lecture. The prof has been very helpful when I've emailed him after the quizzes, but that's obviously a little too late. I really want to try to pull my grade up on the final. I would be so grateful to anyone who took this course who can give me some tips. Thank you so much.
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    UNE A&P course

    Thanks, I'll ask the director of the program if it's ok.
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    UNE A&P course

    I need to retake some of my sciences for admission to a CRNA program. I am currently taking organic chem at UNE and I like the structure there. I'd like to be able to take A&P through UNE since I can start at any time, but it doesn't look like they offer a course that is both anatomy and physiology. There's one course called "anatomy" and another course called "medical physiology." Has anyone taken these courses there? I'm just wondering if they include both together in one course. Thank you!
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    Online ACLS certification?

    Thank you all for your replies. Normally, I would never do an entirely online program. But right now I don't seem to have a choice. I come from the ER, but I unfortunately let my ACLS expire. I do not look forward to paying out of pocket for a course that I am going to have to retake in 6 months or so. However, I don't feel that I am lacking in skills - the ICU I'm at is a Level 1 Trauma Center and I have participated in a code almost every week since I've started (and some weeks, more than one code). Thanks again!
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    Problems with shift to shift report

    I have been in the ICU for almost 4 months now, about to get off orientation. While I am new to ICU, I am not a new nurse. I am having a really difficult time giving report at shift change. If it's the same nurse returning, I'm fine. But if it's someone unfamiliar with the patient, my report seems to be all over the place. I have an especially hard time if the patient has been there for a long time. I have a hard time summarizing what has happened during their hospital stay. I'm also having trouble remembering what happened during the day, especially if it was really busy. I try to write stuff down on a sheet of paper to help me, but if it's really busy I just don't have time. I never used to have problems with report, and I had a lot more patients than two. My educator assures me this is normal, and that as my "ICU mind" develops I'll be able to remember what's important and what't not. But what can I do right now so I don't look like an idiot at shift change? s.
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    Online ACLS certification?

    I am in the process of applying to a school right now, and have a question about ACLS certification. I just started in my ICU over the summer, and my nurse educator does not want me to get ACLS until May. She doesn't know that I am planning on going to CRNA school and I don't want to tell her yet. I have been looking for an ACLS course on my own, and I haven't found that many before December 1 (which is application deadline). The only ones I have found are 2 day courses, and I am scheduled to work at least 1 of those 2 days. I have found some online ACLS cert courses, but they are not AHA endorsed. The school website does not specify that it requires AHA endorsed ACLS. Plus, I will have to take ACLS again when my nurse educator wants me to, so I will have an AHA endorsed ACLS before school starts, should I get in (this school doesn't start until fall of next year). Do you think it would be a problem if I take one of these online courses for the time being?
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    Night shifts with a 6 month old baby

    I feel your pain. I worked nights when I gave birth to my son. I thought this would be ideal - we wouldn't have to put him in daycare and I would get to spend time with him during the day. But it was awful. He was a horrible napper, so I would get home after working 12 hour shifts in the ER and he'd nap for 30 minutes at a time. I was miserable, and I felt I couldn't enjoy him as much because I was so sleep deprived. I ended up taking a job in the OR where I work days and rare weekends. My son is now 13 months and even though he is in daycare I feel like I can be a better mother to him with a full night's sleep! I don't feel the OR is my passion, but I don't want to have to go back to nights. It's a tough decision, and I wish you the best of luck.
  15. I'm just curious to find out how people fell into their area of specialty. How did you know that's what you wanted to do? I have only been a nurse for 3 years. I worked for a year on a Med/Surg floor, which I hated. Then I did a year in the ER. I loved it at first, but near the end my ER became very poorly staffed and I became concerned that something bad was going to happen. I entered an OR nurse training program 9 months ago, because I thought OR nursing seemed interesting and something I might enjoy (and the lack of weekends, holidays, and nights appealed to me). However, I don't really think it's for me. I don't dislike it, but I actually miss patient contact (which I never thought I would) and giving meds, etc. And I'm tired of walking around on eggshells waiting for the surgeons to explode. But I hesitate to switch to another position yet again. Looking at my resume it appears that I only stay at jobs for 1 year then move on;) But I really want to love what I do. Lately, all I do is complain about nursing and how I wish I hadn't gone back to school to do it. And I'm tired of listening to me complain! So, how did you decide what you wanted to do?
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    Job advice

    I just wanted to ask you PACU nurses your opinion. When I graduated I worked for a year on a Med/Surg floor, then transferred to the ER and worked there for a little over a year. It became very unsafe in my ER with low staffing, and with the birth of my son I wanted to work days, less weekends and holidays so I transferred into an OR nurse training program 9 months ago. I don't necessarily dislike the OR. But I don't see myself there in 5 years. I can't stand the surgeons and I miss patient contact, giving meds, taking vitals, all the basic nursing skills. Before I moved into the OR I had thought about the PACU, but there were no job openings. I'm afraid that if I stay here too long, I'll lose my skills and no PACU would take me. At the same time, I haven't even worked here a year and would like to give them more time. Do you think that since I have worked in the ER, a PACU would consider me even if I worked in the OR for 2 years? Or maybe I should try to pick up a few hours in my ER just so the PACU could see that I was continuing with my critical care skills? I'm not looking to make any sudden job changes, but it's something that's been on my mind lately. Thanks!