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  1. sarahgrad09

    JCCC Nursing courses?

    You probably already know this now, but it takes two years (four semesters), there's no way to fast track or shorten the program. If you have all prereq's done, you'll go to school 3-5 days a week (it varies a lot). You can only apply at one set time every year, I think the deadline is in January. Good luck!
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    Honest opinion about kaplan

    Thanks! I was so happy to just finally get it all over with and be able to start working. Yeah, I think there are three primary parts to preparing for the test. The first is to identify what content you are weak in (for example, I knew I didn't remember insulins and most of the neuro and pituitary disorders very well). Only you can say what you do or don't know. Second, study those areas and make sure you understand the BASIC disease process. The NCLEX people know you're not a specialized nurse with years of experience, they just want to make sure you know your basics such as how the disease is spread (contact, airborne...), what it does to your body, and what the person with the disease is most at risk for (airway compromise, bleeding, whatever). Third, make sure you understand good strategy for taking the test. For example, on the NCLEX you should assume you have a dr.'s order for any option listed, so it's ok to chose "give morphine" or whatever if that seems like the right option. And, choose assessment options before intervention options since assessment comes first in the nursing process, that kind of thing. Those are the best tips I've got! Also, trust yourself and don't panic! You've gone through years of school to prepare for this, you're probably pretty well prepared. When do you take it?
  3. sarahgrad09

    Honest opinion about kaplan

    I didn't actually take the Kaplan course, I just read the first four chapters of the Kaplan RN review book, and I feel like it really did help me. I passed the NCLEX two weeks ago in 75 questions. Just use the strategies they suggest along with use the knowledge base you already have! That's my opinion anyway. They know the test really well, so I trust them!
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    Pearsonvue "Trick". Is this TRUE? Does it Work Every Time?

    To reaffirm what others have said, I took my NCLEX RN on May 20th, and on the 21st I checked the Pearson site and got the popup message saying to contact my whoever... on the 22nd I paid the $8 for quick results and I did indeed pass. So, FRMNSDREM2, I think you must have passed as well!
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    New here and need help/advice

    I was going to say almost exactly what caliotter3 just said. All nursing programs have prerequisites (like English, Algebra, Psychology and so on) that you could go ahead and get out of the way. You didn't mention whether you have already taken any of those courses, but if not then that is definitely the best place to start. I moved to KS from Virginia 3.5 years ago and just graduated with my RN. It took me a while to figure out how to get started, too. Good luck!
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    CNA's can't accept gifts.....???

    I was a CNA in LTC for 3 years, until last month. Whenever we were given gifts like candy or donuts or whatever, we were supposed to try to decline, but if the person insisted on giving it then it was ok to take whatever it was and put it in the staff break room to share with everyone. This usually worked pretty well. Cards that are written to you personally are probably ok to take, as long as there's no gift inside! I was never given flowers, but I probably would have done the same thing - put them somewhere that everyone could enjoy, if the person just insists on giving them to you. Just my two cents.
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    Thinking of being a nurse but have BS Bio already, now what?

    For what it's worth: I just graduated from a nursing program at a community college (with an associate's degree - RN) and the program lasted two academic years, which I think is pretty standard. There were quite a few prerequisites to complete before entering (or even applying, in some cases) the nursing program. Unfortunately, if your former degree is more than 5 years old when you reenter school, you will most likely have to retake all science classes! I have a bachelor's degree from 2002 and just squeaked in under the 5 year mark so didn't have to retake anything. I found nursing school to be very demanding (and at times humiliating), but I definitely feel that it was worth the investment. I hope you can find a program that will work for you!
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    Starting first job--- really nervous

    Hi chloe, I'm also about to start my new (and first) job as an RN - I start on Friday and I'm also nervous about it. I went to an ADN program and we had a pretty solid technichal skills aspect to our program. If it offers any comfort, I've found that none of them are as hard as they seem and after doing them a few times in clinical I have become much, much more comfortable with each skill. Also - some of the most comforting advice I've gotten is to approach the new job with confidence in yourself - if there's a skill you're not comfortable with, it's just because you haven't done it much and other nurses will probably be very understanding and willing to help and guide you through it - it's not because you are deficient in some way! We're brand new nurses, we can't expect to be masters of everything going in! That has helped me, I hope it helps you.
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    Care Plan Help

    It helps me to remember that a medical diagnosis is not a nursing diagnosis. This is why the only ND about infection is "risk for." A nurse independently intervenes when there is risk for infection, to prevent it, but collaborates with other health care providers when there is an ACTUAL infection (such as the physician who writes an order for an antibiotic). It's the same as kidney failure or a broken bone or other condition... not a nursing diagnosis. Instead, those patients are "risk for fluid volume excess r/t decreased kidney function as evidenced by..." and "immobility r/t pain from broken femur aeb..." The effects of the infection (or whatever) become part of the etiology of the diagnosis. Hope that helps!