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  1. RN/Mom

    Can I be fired for refusing PPD during pregnancy?

    I have wondered if I have an allergy as well. Twice when receiving it, I have had a weird hot/flushing type reaction within a few minutes of receiving it. My skin never has any reaction at the test site though. There is so much science doesn't understand about our immune systems and miscarriage, especially why some women (like myself) have recurrent miscarriages. It is scary to have my body injected with any foreign substances right now unless doing so offers a benefit that outweighs my risk of another miscarriage. I should be finding out tomorrow whether my baby has a heartbeat. Going by my history, there is about a 60% chance it will be another missed miscarriage. If this is a viable pregnancy, I am going to do everything possible to protect my baby and keep it alive. Avoiding unnecessary exposures to substances that have not been proven safe is just instinctual to me.
  2. RN/Mom

    Can I be fired for refusing PPD during pregnancy?

    I will be asking him about this tomorrow. Thanks!
  3. RN/Mom

    Can I be fired for refusing PPD during pregnancy?

    Never heard of that, thank you! I will look into it
  4. I am six weeks pregnant and due for my annual ppd test at work. I have a history of miscarriage and have been doing research on the safety of ppd tests in the first trimester. Sadly, not a lot of studies have been done. I believe I have a greater chance of having a negative reaction to the ppd than I do having it detect any tb exposure. I have had weird flushing/hot flash reactions to it in the past. In other words, I do not feel the benefits outweigh the risks at this point in time. Obviously, I will also refuse the CXR too. I am in CA. I work for a govt agency and am represented by a union. Do I risk my job if I refuse? Has anyone been in a similar situation? Thank you.
  5. RN/Mom

    LAC+USC interview new grad RN

    This varies for everyone, but for most people it takes 2-4 weeks. If you have convictions, your file and livescan results will be sent to another department to evaluate what you reported on your application against what your livescan turns up. Any discrepancies will require them to contact you for more info.
  6. RN/Mom

    LA county Relief nurse 2013

    Congratulations, Sophia! I'm scared to say which hospital I work at because I like to stay anonymous here, but I will say that I work on a medical surgical floor at one of the County hospitals. In general, we deal with very sick patients, many of whom have had little or no access to medical care, so you will see a lot of interesting (and sad) things that you might not see at other facilities. If you have the right attitude, you can learn A LOT! It has been my experience that County offers excellent training and learning opportunities for new nurses. Best of luck to you! :)
  7. RN/Mom

    ACLS class prep

    Can you even take an AHA-approved ACLS course online? When I took ACLS, I had to learn everything on my own, too. Yes, it was a lot of material! Prior to my class I studied the AHA ACLS manual, printed the supplemental material from the AHA website that gave more in-depth explanations for stuff I wasn't familiar with in the AHA manual, took and retook the practice tests until I was scoring 100%, memorized the algorithms and meds/dosages, and completed a self-learning module on reading EKGs. You will feel like a fool in class if you are not prepared because you will individually need to team lead a mock scenario where you will have to read rhythms and recognize s/s and you will not be able to look at the algorithms. You also won't know which scenario you will get ahead of time. Most of our class time was spent on skills practice/validation, so you have to know the material it's all based on ahead of time. Yes, it's a lot of self-study but there is really no way around it!
  8. I was in your shoes a few years ago (researching ADN programs in LA & Orange County) and found that just about every school has slightly different requirements and different methods for selecting students. Every school will require you to complete general education courses in English, Communication, Math, History, Humanities, and P.E., so those are the courses you will want to do first. Although it depends on the program you apply to, most will want your science courses to be taken within five years of applying to the nursing program, so those are the ones to save for last (so they don't "expire.") Every ADN program I looked into requires Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. On top of that, some of the community colleges also require you to take pre-reqs (such as Chemistry) before taking Physiology or Micro -- try to find a school that doesn't to lighten the load a bit! :) When I first started doing my science pre-req's (5 years ago) I went to Cypress, but found that it was really hard to get into courses because they were all full and only took a few petitioners! Golden West, on the other hand, had a lot more course openings to begin with, admitted more petitioners and had instructors who would give priority to repeat petitioners who were turned away the semester prior. I ended up doing all of my science classes there. Some ADN programs use a GPA point system to admit students, some schools use a lottery system, some schools use waitlists and some don't. A few other schools you might want to look into that I did not see in your list are Harbor, El Camino, Glendale, LA County, Long Beach City, and Golden West. Most of the schools post their pre-req's and information on the application process online. The BRN has links to the websites for approved programs here: Board of Registered Nursing - RN Programs
  9. RN/Mom

    LA county Relief nurse 2013

    Being on the eligibility list means that you are now "eligible" for the next step in the LA County hiring process, which is the selection interview. Being on the eligibility list for Relief Nurse also means you can apply and interview at any County facility hiring for that position. Selection interviews are unit specific and usually done by the nurse manager. You might have selection interviews at a few different hospitals and/or for a few different units at one hospital before you get a job offer, or you may get a job offer after your first selection interview. Definitely do NOT wait for the hospitals to contact you -- contact the nurse recruitment department for any of the hospitals/facilities you are interested in working at and let them know you are interested in interviewing for any open Relief Nurse positions they have. I have worked in the County system for awhile now and have seen that people who show interest and stay in contact with the nurse recruiters are the people who get called for selection interviews. Save the letter stating that you are on the eligibility list for Relief Nurse, the recruiters will probably want you to fax it to them along with your resume, cover letter, licenses, and certifications. Here is a link to a page that has contact info for all of the LA County DHS nurse recruiters: County of Los Angeles - Department of Health Services Good luck!
  10. RN/Mom

    LAC+USC interview new grad RN

    Did they specifically ask for your DMV record? If so, that's a new requirement. When I applied last year they never asked for that.
  11. RN/Mom

    Renew LPN if RN?

    As a new RN and former LVN, I had the same reaction to that comment as you, MrsMig! No clue where that poster is coming from to say such a thing. I live in a state where you can keep both licenses, and I am keeping both for now. I have read a few posts on Allnurses on this subject and am always surprised to read comments that some states do not allow RNs to work as LPNs. What happens when you are currently employed as an LPN when you become licensed as an RN? Are you able to keep your LPN job? Are you forced to quit your LPN job immediately upon licensure as an RN? Is your employer forced to promote you to an RN position and/or fire you from your LPN position? I had no choice but to work several months as an LVN before getting promoted to an RN position, and I am one of the luckier "LVN-RN" persons I know! Several of my classmates have yet to find RN jobs and must keep their LVN jobs in order to make ends meet.
  12. RN/Mom

    Working nights....tips anyone?

    I've worked nights for just over 3 years now. At first, I felt crappy and tired all the time, but now I have adjusted. I found a sleep schedule that works for me (8am to 3pm-ish and sometimes a nap before my shift), and I make sure I get QUALITY sleep! I trick my brain/body into thinking I am sleeping at night by blocking all light from my room, I run my window air conditioner to block out the sound of barking dogs and neighborhood noise, and I occasionally take a sleeping pill if I need to. At first I hated nights, but now I love it. I work 11-7, so I get to have afternoons and evenings with my family when I am feeling "fresh" because I have just woken up (it's like my morning). There's usually enough downtime at work to talk and socialize a bit with coworkers, which is nice. I can postpone sleep or wake up early to help out at my kids school, go to an appointment, go shopping, etc. There are some mental challenges to working nights, but also lots of benefits.
  13. RN/Mom

    Need some advice please help

    Take it one day at a time and keep trudging along! I went through both LVN school and an LVN-RN program. I was stressed every day during clinicals for both programs -- I would watch other students failing around me left and right over seemingly "small" things, I had clinical instructors who took joy in making us students feel inadequate and/or incompetent, etc., etc. I remember questioning my abilities and hoping/praying before clinical each day that I would not make a mistake, harm a patient, or get kicked out. Regardless of whether your program is LVN or RN, nursing school is stressFUL! If you are smart enough to get through LPN school, you are smart enough to get through RN school! There's really not much of a difference, in my experience. The LVN-RN program I was in was basically a continuation/expansion on what I learned in LVN school with a greater emphasis on critical thinking and the addition of IV stuff.
  14. RN/Mom

    I need help finding a local/affordable LVN school

    You are so smart to be thinking like this! I went to a private 30k LVN program without researching other, less-expensive options and I regret it. I now have to pay off these loans, and it is no fun! I have one loan in forbearance right now accruing interest which I will have to start paying on next year. That said, if your goal is to avoid waiting lists and get through school quickly, then a private program would help you do this. The market right now for new LVNs (and RNs) in CA isn't great, so you might spend a year looking for a job after you're licensed. There's really a lot to consider. Also, you might want to consider the benefit of driving more than 30 minutes if you can find a program in another county that is affordable. I did this last year while attending a public LVN-RN program (my commute was about an hour each way) and have no regrets. Gas is probably still cheaper than all the interest you'd be paying on loans for private LVN school. There are many accredited LVN programs offered at community colleges and adult education centers in LA County.
  15. RN/Mom

    Unbelievable exam question

    She sounds ridiculous and needs to get off her high horse and acknowledge her faulty test question. Perhaps a group of you should bring this to the attention of someone above her if she refuses to give students credit for either answer. When I was in my last semester of nursing school, I missed getting a B by something like 0.13%. I would not let this go.
  16. RN/Mom

    how long did you wait to go from LPN to RN?

    I grduated LVN school in Spring 2008, started working as an LVN on the med-surg floor of a hospital in Fall 2009, started my LVN-RN bridge program in the Summer of 2011 and graduated in Spring 2012. (I am now licensed as an RN but still working as an LVN on the same med-surg floor I have been at for 3 years waiting patiently for an RN position to open up.) For me, it's all been a slow process. I took my time getting my pre-reqs done after graduating LVN school.