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    Nurse Power - Get Out And Vote!

    I made this meme yesterday. Do you really want guys like this to decide for you?
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    Nursing Interview Questions (Part 2)

    Thank you! I have a phone screening (interview) tomorrow. I'm writing down a interview "brain" for Strengths, Weaknesses and Why Nursing. Under why nursing: I love to problem solve!
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    Thickened Liquids With Dysphagia (Part I)

    As long as it's mixed right. Thickener gets thicker over 5 minutes. What may be perfect at the time of mixing, may be a solid paste by the time they start drinking it.
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    Coffee Addiction

    My first clinical day as a nursing student. My wonderful teacher first showed us the cafeteria ... as she pointed out that they had complimentary coffee there. Then we went to the floor and noted all the Java stations. She always had a cup in her hand in pre/post conference. :cheers:
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    How to learn about drugs on your own?

    http://www.globalrph.com/druglist.htm I found this on a quick google search. It looks like a good guide.
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    Alternate job experience

    That was really helpful! Thanx!
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    Baylor Shift

    Well... I just signed on to work Baylor shift at a LTC facility. It's a nice clean place. Weekends 6 am - 10 pm 30 hours of work, but paid 37. This should work with nursing school which is a M-F schedule. Does anybody else have a similar situation? How do you like it?
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    New at Pima CC

    Chem 130 is a tough class. I wouldn't want to tackle it without a teacher to explain the finer points. Bio 156 is a breeze. If you have the knowledge, you can test out of it through assessments. If not, there is no reason you can't take it online. There is or used to be a hybrid class offered at northwest campus during the fall that combines 130/156 but that won't fit into your schedule.
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    How to survive 1st year of nursing school

    Make time to play! I mean really play! If you don't take a break, you'll go out of your skull. TV doesn't count. You need to get up and get moving. Play ball with the kids. Learn to juggle or contact juggle. Go for a run. Get some friends and play frisbee golf. Getting your mind off the books and academics gives the info time to soak in.
  10. I don't know, but they were rude to say it. If you actually care about their opinion, you are probably really hurt. They might be talking about your appearance. -How do you wear your hair? Does it suit your age? -Do you wear clothes that fit you well? Baggy or really tight clothes make you look awkward. -Are you confident? Awkward mannerisms make you seem immature. That is all I can think of.
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    What to buy/read before starting nursing school!

    There is a great book called "How to Survive And Even Love Nursing School." It's all about how to prepare. I didn't buy it myself, I just found it at the library. Get your A&P done. It's critical information.
  12. What worked for me is getting a job through federal work study. it's not much money, but working for the college means they are flexible with your schedule. I ended up in a department that needed me regardless of financial aid funding, so when that money ran out, I still had a job. Other options: Substitute for schools. You don't need a degree, because aides need subs as well as teachers. Subbing means you pick the days you are available. Agencies are similar, whether healthcare or temp job. You let them know when you are available and they will try to match work with you. Any job that you are helping others will look good when it's time to search for RN work.
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    For Fun--Kudos 2 Me...The "toot your own horn" thread

    I feel ready for finals this week. I have a job interview right after the last one. Wish me luck!
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    Just for fun; Quotes you use for encourgement

    "Think Less, Play More" -great stress reliever, make work fun. "You are a firework. Let your colors burst" - Katie Perry "Fake it until you make it."
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    You know you are a Nursing student when...

    When you start diagnosing yourself, your friends, your dog, snake and cat. When answering Nclex questions on facebook is a break. When it makes your day when the nurse you are shadowing complements your critical thinking skills.