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  1. QuietRN

    Need a Major Change!!!

    Hi all! So I have only been an RN for 9 months....but it feels like forever! I got my first job in rehab/LTC, and quickly became charge nurse. I work full time...so I feel like I have had a lot of experience. I dream of working in an ICU someday...and really need to find a job in a hospital to get more experience so that someday I can be an ICU nurse. My problem is that no one will hire me with less than a year of experience! Say I was a nurse who only worked one day a week....but had 1 yr exp. How is that better than having worked full time for 9 months? I have been applying all over the country...with no results. Why am I not being hired? I need a major change! Help!?
  2. Hey all! I was hoping someone might have some info for me on how to become a "NAP"? I am just finishing first semester, and would really like to work a little this summer to keep up my newly-learned skills! I keep being told that becoming a NAP is more about WHO you know! I've searched for these positions online - and only two results came up (one of which says it's no longer available...and the other link just won't work).Can anyone tell me what I can do to become a nurse apprentice? Any helpful hints would be great!!! Thanks so much!
  3. I agree with LoveAlwaysV! I'm in my first semester of the nursing program as well. We have 4 tests plus the final. Each of our regular tests are only worth 40 points...so every single point is a big deal! At least you have a lot of points to work with! For the past 3 tests I have made up my own study guides. We have a syllabus that lists all the learning outcomes (which are the same as the ones listed in the beginning of each chapter in our fundamentals book). I take those and type them up along with all the info I can find to answer them. (It usually turns out to be like 8 single-spaced typed pages.) Just finding the answers is a great way to study! We have powerpoint lectures, and the answers are quite often right in there. So - if you have them - study powerpoints as well. I've read a little quote somewhere that said "In nursing school 'C' is the new 'A'!" You're passing so far...focus on that!! Keep aiming to pass each test one at a time and before you know it you'll be through first semester! Good luck!!
  4. QuietRN

    pre-reqs at CSN

    I took 223/224 at NSC and loved it!! If the class fills up, just go ask the professor if you can sit in and wait...hoping that someone will drop out! You never know! good luck!
  5. QuietRN

    Orientation at CSN

    I honestly found Bio189 harder than anatomy/pysiology! But that was just me!! I agree though, take 189 because 095 isn't worth anything towards getting into the program. Just make sure you have the time to study hard in that class to pass so you don't have to start it over again! I found 223 and 224 to be great classes (but I took them at NSC over the summer)! They apply more to what you'll be learning in the nursing program. I decided I wanted to go back to school to become a nurse in Oct 2007. I started an online sociology class in December2007...and then took a full semester of prereqs in spring08, finished up all but one prereq in the summer, applied to the program and took Microbiology in the fall. I was accepted...and started the program in January09! And I have a hubby and two small kids! Just like the others said..."If I can do it, anyone can!!" I am totally loving school right now!! It's a lot of work...but it's not so bad (yet?)! It was definitely worth the time and effort to get in!! Good luck!!! (And for professor info....try searching for ratemyprofessor or something like that)
  6. QuietRN

    moving to las vegas from seattle!!!

    St. Rose hospitals are wonderful!! However, like the previous poster said - the economy is awful right now! Not many places are hiring. However, since you have lots of experience - you probably have a better chance (if you're not picky about what specialty). You should also look into the Southwest part of the valley. There's one huge master planned community you should look into as well - it's called Mountain's Edge. It's beautiful and very family friendly!! They have this AMAZING park within the area (I also have two little girls - 4 1/2 and almost 2). I so wish I lived down there (I'm in the southwest...but a little north of mountains edge). Anyway... good luck with your decision to move!
  7. QuietRN


    Okay, honestly....do you like what you're doing right now with your current job? How is it "wasting your time"? You're making money from the job, right? I don't see how that's a waste of time. I don't recommend going into something that you don't want to do (just cause your hubby wants you to). Did you like the CNA course that you completed? Were you able to get lots of clinical practice to get the "feel" for it? It's a hard job to do! I, too, have my certification, but haven't actually worked as one. I am now going through the nursing program (and so far, it isn't anything like being a CNA). If you want to be a teacher - you should look into going to school for that!! It's never too late to decide "what you wanna be when you grow up" and then achieve it! Don't let someone push you into doing something you'll be unhappy with; it's your life - do what you feel is best! good luck!
  8. QuietRN

    Anyone ready yet? CSN newcomers?

    Woogy! Thanks so much for the great post! I just barely finished working on my two practice drug calc tests. I was worried about whether I was doing it right or not (and am awaiting response back from my instructor to see if I'm on the right track). But then I read your post...and I think I answered them right! Yea! The thing I have a hard time with is the conversions...so I really need to get working on memorizing them! Anyway...thanks for the great advice and the examples!!
  9. QuietRN

    how was your first day !!!

    I survived the first week! The classes were just normal classes, I felt. It's the stuff you do at home that is awful!! I don't think I've ever done this much textbook reading in a week before! And all the videos we have to watch - UGH! I'm actually looking forward for things to get more "interesting." I haven't had lab yet (since last monday was a holiday)...so that will be a new experience. I guess I thought I'd have this huge feeling of "Oh my goodness! I'm a nursing student!" this first week...but it just hasn't really hit yet. I'm still overwhelmed with the thought of all that needs to be accomplished in 15 weeks...but if I just take it a day/week at a time - it's not so bad (YET)! I am enjoying the online pharm class though! I find that book to be so much easier to read than our nursing fundamentals book! (Has anyone else noticed the TON of mistakes throughout the potter&perry book? Seriously - their editors must have fallen asleep "reading" the book too!!!) I really like the "my nursing lab" site. I think I learn better when I have quizzes I can do. It provides a challenge for me to try to get the best score (since it's graded automatically). I can't seem to get higher than a 92% on them though....which is frustrating to me! I am learning to hate those multiple right answer questions (where you have to click on ALL of the right ones to get the answer right). Any suggestions on how to handle those better? Is there a trick to it?