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  1. Scarlettanager

    When did you start precepting/mentoring?

    my 2 cents as a student currently precepting, I definitely prefer the newer nurses from what I have seen so far.
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    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    This is the email I got today: "While we do have openings in the CMSC-4 School age unit, the manager is currently interviewing for positions that will start in January. She has not yet decided if she is going to be holding an orientation in the later winter or early spring. Because your graduation date is so close to her projected start date, you would not be licensed in time for that date. I will keep your application on file and please check back with me in a couple of months for updates on position availability." I graduate mid-December, so I guess that's why. Should I ask her to pass my info on to other recruiters? Good luck to all of you :) I am trying to stay positive but I am disappointed
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    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    It took 2 weeks after applying for me to get the primary interest email. I just responded by saying that my interest areas are pediatric med-surg and emergency medicine. Now looking back, I feel like emergency medicine might have sounded too broad? Anyways let's see what happens. CalifroniaRN good luck on your interview!!!
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    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    I JUST got a primary interest from JHH. The problem I am having is that I forgot which unit I applied for, but I think its peds Does it matter? And what do I say for the area I am interested in. My real interest is ED but I do not know if I can say that or if I can only say peds subspecialties (if I had applied to peds that is). I am confused...
  5. Scarlettanager

    Help! My preceptor is very difficult to deal with

    Wow! Thank you so much everyone for the encouraging remarks! It feels really good to know that I have support and that I can turn to all of you nursing students and nurses out there for support and advice. Roser, I agree with you. I think next time if we have down time, I will bring it up in a gentle tone of voice, and also just to clear the air and move forward from the incident. It must have been very hard for her to get called out on her behavior, and to have a meeting w/ her manager. Altra and Xylearner, Thank you so much for your advice! I do think I need to focus and stay confident in the things I DO know how to do. I know how to give heparin for instance, but even with that I got a little flustered b/c like I said she is a little tough, and maybe I was trying to impress her as opposed to just focus on the what I was doing and on the pt. I think dudette you are very right; I do NOT want to endanger someone's life b/c I am afraid to ask. Despite of everything, I still ask questions and often admit that I DO NOT know. This is just the reality and she has to accept that I am a student and don't have the 30+ years of experience she has. I just really will she had the empathy to realize that, and serve as my supporter and mentor more. It's all good. I am trying to be proactive by reading up as much as I can and watching youtube videos of procedures I haven't done. I definitely do need to have thicker skin, and in a way I am grateful for this challenge which is making me learn how to deal with different personality types. Thanks all! I will keep you updated and I really hope I will be able to learn from her despite of everything.
  6. I feel like I need advice about how to approach and learn from my preceptor. My first day precepting she was very surprised that I didn't know how to empty a JP drain and was very annoyed that I asked. "Where did you do your clinicals"? It's not the fact that she was surprised, it's her dismissive tone of voice. I feel like she does feel obligated to "teach" me, and she does accommodate me and allow me to follow her, but it is an obligation and a duty for her and not something she voluntary chose. Yet she DID choose, so I am wondering why if she is not patient and happy teaching. As a senior in an accelerated program, I feel like I am at the same level as my peers, but she makes me feel like I am stupid and I sometimes I feel like she is waiting for me to mess up, as opposed to supporting me to succeed. I simply did not come across a JP drain in my previous clinicals, since I have only had one med-surg and the other med-surg was in a neuro floor. Another incident where I almost cried is when she asked me to get a needle to puncture capsules for G tube. I accidently got an IV catheter. She flashed the needle in my face and said in a loud voice: "NEEDLE! NEEDLE! NEEDLE". And then left. I held back my tears and continued. Despite of everything, I dont feel like she is a mean person, but just snappy and impatient. Even w/ other nurses, she doesn't hide how she is feeling at the moment. When she wants to work with others, she is very pleasant, but when for whatever reason you irritate her she snaps at you, and then moves on like nothing happened. Right now what has happened is that a patient actually complained that she was mean to me to one of the floor managers. I did not complain to this patient at all, but she just didn't like the way this nurse was talking down to me. She called me: "Do you remember so and so...well she complained that I was being mean to you. Am I mean to you?". My answer: "No...but maybe it's your tone of voice. We'll talk about it when I see you". Should I bring anything up with her? I just want to learn and finish my preceptorship with no drama, so I don't know what the right thing to do is.
  7. Scarlettanager

    Anyone attending Shenandoah Accelerated BSN?

    Didn't know about the jobs; good to know that finding jobs isn't too difficult. I used short term memory for pharm, and actually for lots of the other courses, which makes me feel that I am not truly learning at times. With the pace of the program, I barely have enough time to study ahead, as well as have my own personal time. Hopefully with the upcoming clinicals it will all stick in. Good luck to everyone and don't stress too much. Enjoy your free time and don't worry about studying ahead of time, just focus once your program actually starts.
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    Anyone attending Shenandoah Accelerated BSN?

    I am sure you will do fine. I guess some people have had bad experiences, but mine so far is very positive. I think the instructors are very supportive and available for help outside of class. Both my lab and clinical instructors are amazing, and very enthusiastic about teaching and making sure you actually learn as opposed to just pass. Like I said, some classes are just really difficult, and there is an immense amount of stress, so be prepared. Sign up for a yoga class, gym, eat healthy, and take care of yourself during the program in order to handle it all. If you already have problems in an area of your life or you are working, then it might be especially stressful, so make sure you clear out the distractions in your life and just really focus for the 15 months. I definitely thought pharmacology could have been taught in a way that was more conducive to learning, as opposed to memorization. Health assessment was also a challenging course for me and the exams were not easy. I got As in both courses, but I studied my butt off as well as went to professors for help. So it is doable if you have a good educational background, and used to a rigorous academic curriculum. I went to a very difficult undergraduate program for my first degree (uva) so I knew what it took to do well. There is competition between students too, and some drama as it is one building with many students from different backgrounds. This especially manifests in group work, but I guess every place has it's childish drama. In my cohort, there are lots of people from Africa, so there is a racial division between the white students and the Africans and some tension there as well. I personally just go to school and come back home and study, so it's not like a campus where you actually have to be involved or talk to people outside of class. Anyways, I would say go in with a positive attitude and excited about your chosen career and stay focus, and you will do just fine. Some classes are difficult, and while I do understand why some people would use 'horror story' to describe pharm for instance (I definitely had moments where I felt that way), I think it depends on the student's abilities and preparedness. Best of luck. :)
  9. Scarlettanager

    Anyone attending Shenandoah Accelerated BSN?

    Regarding hands on experience, I don't have anything to compare my program to. So far, after my first medical surgical clinical, I have gotten to administer meds with the nurses, and put in a foley. In the beginning there was lots of patient cleaning and bed changes. We have had clinical two times a week during this semester, from 7-1, and I feel it was adequate. Over the summer, we will have three clinicals so it will be alot more intense regarding the hands on experience. As for advice, I would say commuting to campus can be really difficult so it is best to live within a 20 min radius. The program is expensive, so definitely take that into consideration when applying, but for me considering where I live I think I definitely made the right choice as I am happy with the quality of education I am getting. Just be prepared for a very difficult first semester w/ both pharm and pathophysiology if you haven't already taken them. Pharm is very difficult, and the courses in general are not easy. You will be spending hours a day studying, and if it has been a while since you were last in school, it might be an adjustment. Come second semester, you will need to do lots of writing and group work with nursing ethics and a nursing research course, and if writing is not your strong point, then plan a head of time.
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    Anyone attending Shenandoah Accelerated BSN?

    I am now currently in the program. It's a very intensive program, like all accelerated programs I assume. I am close to the end of my second semester and I really like it overall. I definitely feel like I am getting a good education, and the faculty are great. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
  11. Scarlettanager

    George Mason Accelerated BSN 2009

    Checked the mail last night! Nothing
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    George Mason Accelerated BSN 2009

    Congratulations! Must be a great feeling :) I haven't checked yet.
  13. Scarlettanager

    George Mason Accelerated BSN 2009

    dsb26 I applied to the accelerated program. Marie I guess we will find out next week
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    George Mason Accelerated BSN 2009

    Just got a letter from GMU and not from the school of nursing. I called school of nursing and they told me they will be mailing them out end of April/beginning of May.
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    George Mason Accelerated BSN 2009

    OMG!! I am totally freaking out now after reading these posts! I got an acceptance letter too (was surprised that it came so early since I knew the nursing program said they would get back to us late April, but didn't think much of it. And just got an email from GMU about orientation. I thought I was set! Oh well! Good Luck to all.
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