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MikeMSN-RN has 14 years experience as a MSN, LVN, RN and specializes in Oncology.

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  1. MikeMSN-RN

    First year nurse. Thinking about leaving field altogether.

    Every single nurse feels anxious often. I still do. We can relate to bad systems that prevent us from practicing safely. However, making more than a few med errors within a short period of tome are not acceptable. We all know that a med error is serious even though it does no harm. I hear 10% of new grad nurses quit and never return. You could be one of them. There's nothing wrong to change your career. Nursing is my 3rd career.
  2. MikeMSN-RN

    How do I get into a Emergency Unit as a Newly Grad LVN

    If you’re an LVN in California, try to ontain BSN-RN. Hospitals (acute care facilities) don’t hire LVNs; they hire RNs with the BSN degree. If you’re an LVN in Texas, you might have a chance to be hired just like Mintezia says. You’re young, so try to ontain BSN! FYI: The term “LVN” is used in California and Texas only.
  3. MikeMSN-RN

    Need advice on LPN-RN!!

    It also depends on where you live. For example, if you live in California or a state where getting a new grad RN job at an acute hospital is very competitive, I'd definitely recommend a BSN program. In CA, you do need BSN to work at an acute hospital and need to apply for a new grad program. Once you earn become ASN, RN, AND get a paid job as an RN (you can't get a job at a hospital without BSN, so you'd likely to work at a sub-acute/long-term facility), then, you'd probably not qualify to apply for many new grad programs. But if you live in an area where it's not hard to get an RN job (ASN-RN), then I'd say just go to the LVN-RN bridge program. My two cents
  4. MikeMSN-RN

    A Fake interview; does anyone have one too?

    Thanks all for taking the time to make comments on my post. Now I feel better and am ready to move on. It was my first time and I felt so used. I've learned something from the interview. I will keep on looking for a job. - mike
  5. The other day, I had an interview with a local hospital. I was very thrilled and excited about this opportunity. I hadn't done well on my first interview last week, so I tried to prepare for this one as much as I could. Upon entering this hiring manager's tiny office, I sort of felt something was not quite right. I didn't know why I felt that way, but I just felt that way. There was another manager in the small office. The main hiring manager said to me "This is a very casual interview, so just relax." It sure was a "casual" interview because my knees were almost touching another manager's knees. That's how small the hiring manager's office was. I felt a bit uncomfortable facing a woman that close to me and the main hiring manager was also very close to me. I wondered why they didn't reserve a conference room for the interview. Soon after my interview proceeded, it sort of became obvious that this was a "fake" interview. They were not engaged in my interview; the main hiring manager never looked at me or asked me a follow-up question. She simply listened to my answer and moved on to the next question for about the total of 4-5 questions. The other manager was even worse. She looked bored throughout the interview. She even "yawned" right in front of me! This "Q&A" part of the interview was only about 4-5 minutes long. Then the main manager said "Any questions?" I had 7-10 questions to ask them. I thought it was even funny when the manager couldn't answer my question, "So, what qualifications are you looking for in this position?" I thought it was an easy question because they should know what they were looking for, right? How come she couldn't answer this most simple question?? They didn't know what they were looking for for the position?? COME ON! That manager said "Hmm... That is a good question." I have prepared for my interview; I did my homework. But they did NOT do their part. They probably interviewed me to pad out a candidate roaster only in order to get approval to hire someone they've already chosen for the position. So they didn't need to do their homework for this interview and they don't mind wasting my time on the fake interview just to satisfy a policy. At the end of the interview, I asked them if they expected another interview. They said this was the only interview. They also told me that they had several more candidates to interview, but they would let me know their decision in 2-3 days. I finished my interview around 2 pm then got a rejection email 9 am in the following morning. So soon! I have had several interviews myself. Sometimes, I didn't get a job simply because I didn't do well but never had a "fake" interview. Friends told me that a fake interview isn't that uncommon. I took a day off from work only to waste my time and money. I'm not for every hospital and I know that. I'm just disappointed.
  6. MikeMSN-RN

    Accepted to LVN program...

    Great news! I'm happy for you, Todd. I also finished all of my pre-reqs done while in the LVN program, yet they all expired when i actually appiled for the RN program. That was painful. As I mentioned earlier, try to get your BSN at some point (I assume Sierra college is a community college). Congrats! Nursing school is REALLY tough, but you will feel good when you are done. Good luck! -- mike
  7. MikeMSN-RN

    Accepted to LVN program...

    I did both LVN @SF City college and RN-MSN @ USF. First of all, both programs are sort of similar: while an LVN program has a lot more clinical hours, an RN program offers once a week. I had Mon-Thu from 8 to 3-4 pm classes, x3 semesters @SFCC. I worked Noc shift 9pm- 6 am as a CNA 4 days a week throughout the LVN program. I slept for 2 hours in my car before classes when I had classes. I'm not sure about your LVN program but assume you have all day class for 3-4 days a week. It's hard to work and go to any nursing school at the same time. I worked as an LVN once or twice a week throughout my RN/MSN program, but it was tough. Just like you're thinking, many IF my LVN classmates went straight to an RN program after they finished LVN. I had to work to pay bills so it took me 7 years to become an RN. You're young so I think you could first go to LVN school while applying for RN programs if you are financially OK not to work. But my classmate told me that the SFCC RN program wouldnt take LVN students at SFCC. In fact, none of then were accepted during their LVN course. So you might want to consider that if you are planning to apply within the same school. Just like someone here said, there are good and bad RNs. Many LVN are as good as RNs (or even better than RNs). But I have also encountered bad LVNs, too. So it really depends on a nurse. I hope you will be a good nurse in the future no matter what license you have. I hated the most about being an LVN was that some RNs or even patients looked down on me. Some patients even said they wanted RNs. But you're planning to be an RN, so you won't probably have that experience much. Then within RNs, there is hierarchy too. The trend in CA is BSN, so ADNs are limited to where you can work. Acute hospitals usually prefer BSNs (especially for their new grad programs). So try getting BSN if you can and you will have better opportunities. One thing is for sure; you'll have an easier time throughout your RN program once you're an LVN. my two cents.
  8. MikeMSN-RN

    Male student enters OB room. What do you think?

    My OB rotations both for LVN and RN were very awkward just because I am a male nursing student. However, I was very careful whenever I had a contact with patients. There were many Spanish-speaking patients so I had to ask family members if it was OK for me to take care of them prior to assessment. I also asked my female classmate to be with me whenever I went into patient's room. Also I was instructed by my instructor to ask patients and family members if it was ok to be a nurse for the day first. Any instructor should do that.

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