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  1. I'm trying to gather more information about the nursing profession. Answering any of the following question would be great! Thank you! 1. What type of nurse are you? 2. What degree/schooling do you have? 3. What do you do on a typical shift? 4. What do you like/dislike about your job? Thank you.
  2. Everyone always says that there are plenty of jobs outside of the hospital, but I've never been told specifically what they are. I'm planning on going to nursing school next year (ABSN) and I am not sure that I want to work in the hospital, as I want to know what all of my options are. If anyone could list some jobs that RNs can have out of the hospital that would be great. Thank you!
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    How hard is it to get a job in the NICU or OB/GYN?

    Thank you all for your help. I am now thinking I might go directly to get my Master's (if I can get in...).
  4. Hi All, I will be graduating from a University this spring with a B.S. in Human Development. I have a 3.7 cumulative GPA and my science GPA is a 3.4 (I am taking Micro right now and I'll be taking anatomy next quarter, so I'm hoping to get that GPA up to a 3.5-3.6 if possible). I received B-s in both quarters of chemistry, so that really screwed up my GPA. Anyway, I have planned on going to an ABSN program since I decided to go to nursing school. However, after talking with RNs and volunteering, I realize that I don't think I would like floor nursing. My passions are in public health, women's health, neonatal and perinatal. I've heard that these areas are particularly hard to get into and that is discouraging. Now I am considering going directly into an ELMSN program. What kind of experience will I need? I have volunteered in OB/GYN, Radiology, and the Recovery Room. I also volunteer for a clinic at a hospital that is for women with post partum depression, and I call patients each week to check on them. I have extensive leadership experience, and I also have experience with infants (age 6mos - 24 mos) and I have worked part time all through college. Does anyone have any advice? I am afraid that my age (21) and the fact that I am not a ccareer changer may hinder my chances of getting in. Thank you for any help.
  5. I'll be applying to ABSN (or ELMSN) programs this upcoming year. I have been getting increasingly frustrated over becoming a nurse which is starting to worry me. The main thing I keep hearing is that nurses are mean and not nice to each other. I've heard this from many different people and I'm getting worried. I don't want to either 1. become one of those people or 2. be treated poorly by my co-workers My question is, would you still become an RN if you had the choice to do it again? Why or why not? Would you recommend getting your MSN and NP license? Why or why not? Thank you! I really hope that the people I am hearing these things from are wrong!
  6. Hello, I will be graduating with a B.S. in Human Development in the spring. I originally planned on going into an ABSN program, but after some thought I am thinking that an ELMSN program would fit me better (particularly FNP, Women's Health, NICU, Perinatal, etc.). I am wondering if anyone went into an ELMSN program what advice do you have? Did you have experience in a hospital? High GRE scores? Anything else? I have volunteer experience in various areas including OB/GYN and the PACU, and I also work for a clinic that helps women with pre&post partum issues. My overall GPA is a 3.7, while my science GPA is about a 3.4 and I still have to take Micro and Anatomy (I'm taking micro this quarter and anatomy next quarter). Thank you!
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    How hard is it to get a job in the NICU or OB/GYN?

    Thank you for the response. Yes, I am sure that I will be happy to get any job once I graduate from nursing school. I actually went into those volunteering positions excited to see a different patient population. Unfortunately, I leave each week feeling anxious, overwhelmed and sad. I realize that obviously nurses have to be able to deal with these emotions and situations. I feel that with time and training in nursing school I will (hopefully) feel better about working in those areas. It is just hard to see myself working in those areas when I have left the OB/GYN clinic and the NICU having thoroughly enjoyed my time there, feeling positive and full of energy. Does it usually take many years to enter the areas with younger populations? I am willing to go anywhere in the U.S. Although I would ultimately like to return to California (which I know is one of the worst areas for nursing jobs right now...) Again, thank you for taking time to explain that further. I really appreciate it.
  8. I am planning on applying to accelerated BSN programs sometime within the next year. I know that I want to be a nurse, and I have had great experiences volunteering/shadowing in the NICU and in OB/GYN. I also think that I will enjoy public health nursing and perinatal, or anything related to women's health and infancy. However, I have recently had experiences volunteering in Oncology and the Recovery Unit (PACU). I have not enjoyed these experiences at all. I am getting very discouraged because a lot of people are telling me that all of the nursing jobs will be in these areas (especially geriatrics). I am just wondering how hard it really is to get a job in the NICU or OB/GYN departments? I understand that I may have to work in another department as a new grad, but I do not want to be in one of those areas for the rest of my career. I also realize that I may change my mind in nursing school when I am doing rotations, but as of now I really like any area that works with women or infants. Thank you for any input.
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    Accelerated or Traditional BSN?

    Hi Everyone! I am a Junior right now at UC Davis majoring in Human Development. I plan on going to nursing school after I graduate to get my BSN and become an RN. I am having some trouble right now deciding between an Accelerated or Traditional Program. The accelerated program is tempting because I could get done in about 12-16 months. However, I have heard that employers are less likely to hire you if you went through an accelerated program. Do you think this is true? Also, I am having trouble getting health care experience. I only have about 40 hours of health care experience, however I am involved in research, student advising, I am a club president, and I have a part time job. I plan on taking a year off after I graduate to gain health care experience. Do you think becoming a CNA or EMT will help my chances of gaining admission to a nursing school? Thanks so much for any help.