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  1. RachH

    "Don't get stuck in LTC"

    I know how you feel! I'm in NS, and I really want to be a school nurse, but I keep getting responses like "that's too boring for you," or "you can do so much more than that." So, I look into other prospects, to see if I can find another fit, but I'm worried I'll be pushed in to doing something that I don't really enjoy because it's more "interesting," when the idea of being a school nurse makes me happy. I say stick to what seems like your calling. I think LTC nurses who actually enjoy their jobs are amazing, and there are so many residents who could use someone like you, not just someone itching to get to a hospital.
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    BSN needed to work in Texas?

    Depends on where you're talking about. When I lived in Austin, no one cared about RN or BSN. Here in the Houston Med Center, it seems like they only want to hire BSN new grads (I don't know about experienced nurses.) Methodist requires a BSN and MD Anderson was only taking BSN students in their externship applications.
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    ok, am I boring?

    Most days, I just want to come home and snuggle with my husband, cats, and a good book, and that's exactly the life my husband loves. But some days I really want to go out and explore our new great neighborhood (there are a TON of amazing restaurants and events around.) So, my hubby and I made a deal. Every Friday, I choose somewhere for us to go together (date night!) and he just goes along with it and makes sure that I have a nice time. Actually, I think that most of the time he enjoys himself, too, once he's there. Then I won't bug him about anything until next week!
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    "Don't get stuck in LTC"

    The nurse who taught my CNA class said she would never do anything but LTC. She loved it!
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    Specialty with vacation time

    Hey everyone! So, I have a question about which specialty will allow me to have the most vacation time. I am in my early twenties and I will be graduating next December with my BSN. Here the new grad opportunities seem pretty good, and I was just offered an externship which will hopefully boost my chance of being hired to a wonderful hospital. I feel like as soon as I graduate I will need to get an internship and do the med/surg thing for my first year of experience, which leaves me no time to travel during the next two years. And then only two weeks every year indefinitely as I work as a nurse. I'm young! I have wander lust! Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love nursing and want to spend my life as a nurse, but I've never really had the opportunity to travel and I feel like there are things out there that I'm missing. I'm married (no children yet, but I love kids) so travel nursing is out. I don't really like the idea of changing jobs frequently since I prefer a bit of stability in income and job security. I like working full time, I'd just like a career that allows me to take an extended vacation every few years. Right now we're saving to backpack Europe for two or three months, I'm just not sure when I'll ever find those two or three months. Thoughts? Am I just being unrealistic? Thanks in advance!
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    Sex in a LTC...is this ok?

    I remember that on my CNA exam there was a similar question and the correct intervention for two residents having sex was to "provide privacy."
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    I was vaccinated a couple of years ago. No problems!
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    Want to be a nurse, suggestions on how to get started?

    Not quite! There are two paths to becoming a Registered Nurse. At the end of both courses of study you would take the exact same exam to become a nurse: the NCLEX-RN. The choice for most people is based on their financial resources, family situation, etc. 1. Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) A BSN is a four year degree. The first two years are prerequisites (classes that you must take in order to APPLY for nursing school.) Most people take these prerequisites at their local community college, but I said earlier, you could probably get quite a few done in high school. After you finish your prerequisites you can then apply to nursing school at a university. If you are accepted, you will then have another two years of nursing-specific classes. 2. Associate's Degree (ADN) An ADN is a two-year degree and is usually done at a community college. For most of the ADN programs here in Texas, there are 1-2 semesters of prerequisites. Then you may apply for an ADN program through your local community college. If you are accepted, you will then take two years of nursing-specific classes. Both ADN and BSN offer the same license (RN) and usually around the same salary when you become a nurse. There is a huge inflammatory debate about which is a "better" education, and you can search about it on old AllNurses threads. My opinion is that a RN is a RN, no matter the degree, the differences are in the job prospects not the nursing skill. The ADN route is a much cheaper option, since community colleges are really reasonably priced and they will allow you to become an RN a lot faster. However, as I understand, you have a much better chance of becoming a manager or having a leadership role if you have a BSN, and it seems like the nursing profession is trending toward making BSN the norm. Plus, if you want to go to graduate school one day to become an Advanced Practice Nurse (like a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthetist) you must get your BSN to proceed with your studies. Since you're young, I'd really suggest the BSN route, because it will allow you more choices in the future. Plus, going back to school only gets harder as you age and have more responsibilities.
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    Which path would you choose?

    As a previous poster stated, most MSN programs (ALL programs in my area) require 1-2 years of experience as an RN before they will consider your application. Here's what I would do in your position: 1. Go to your community college to get your ADN. 2. Get a tech job while you're in school. 3. When you graduate with your ADN, get a job as an RN through your old tech job. 4. Do a ADN to BSN bridge. While your pursue your BSN, you will be working as an RN and getting those necessary 1-2 years of experience. Plus, your workplace may even pay for your continuing education! 5. Graduate with your BSN and then apply for MSN/DNP programs. But as you wrote, this is a really personal choice. What I would do in your situation may not be anything like what you want to do! Good luck making your choice! :)
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    Want to be a nurse, suggestions on how to get started?

    I also think that it's wonderful that you're thinking about becoming a nurse so early. I'm in nursing school right now, and I wish I had your forethought. :) A medical professions high school is a wonderful choice! There is one here in Houston, and I remember hearing that they allow you to get your CNA license in school. If you get your CNA license, you can work as a CNA during the summers. The pay is pretty good, you'll get a "real" look at what nursing is like, and it will look great on your resume when you apply to nursing school. Also, consider a Bachelors in Nursing (BSN,) since you're young enough to have fewer responsibilities that stop you. It seems that the profession is trending in that direction and it will allow you the choice to pursue a graduate degree as you get older. A BSN usually consists of two years of college prerequisites, followed by two years of nursing school. Below is a list of the prerequisites that I was required to take in order to apply for my BSN program, but prerequisites can vary depending on the school, so talk to your school counselor about the schools in your area. See if any of these are available at your high school for college credit or if you can do them at your local community college for dual-credit, and I bet you can get a lot of them out of the way before you graduate! Anatomy Physiology Growth and Development Microbiology English I English II Chemistry Statistics Intro to Sociology Nutrition US History 1 US History 2 US Government Texas Government Intro to Psychology Fine Arts College Algebra Elective Philosophy Speech Pharmacology Good luck!
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    HELP! New grad, work nights, pregnant, depressed!!

    Maybe a HappyLite would help? I'm sorry you're going through such an awful time.
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    Spring 2011 UT Health Sciences Nursing Hopefuls

    I love my iPhone and I feel that it has been the best buy that I've made for nursing school and I very frequently see students with their iPhone or iTouch. My husband is also in school (not nursing school) and he can't be parted with his old candybar Net10 phone, despite all of the nifty apps I show him, because he prefers to study in a more traditional way. All of the information in the apps are also in the textbooks, so it's all about your preference. And, as I said, some clinical instructors won't want you to play with your phone anyway. My favorite app is through the website Quizlet and downloaded to the app Flashcard Deluxe. It allows a bunch of us make and share study flashcards. I like to have them on my phone, so I can flip through while I'm in line at the store, but you can also study the flashcards on the website Quizlet completely online for free (no phone required!) That being said, if you are considering buying a smartphone, I really suggest you go with an iPhone since it is the only smartphone that works with UT's webmail, which I find very convenient. As far as cost, I bought my iPhone on craigslist very cheap, since the seller didn't know how easy it is to replace cracked glass. I then jail-broke the phone and got a no contract deal with T-Mobile (here's a link to the plan,) since I don't like AT&T and I didn't want a contract.
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    Spring 2011 UT Health Sciences Nursing Hopefuls

    That entirely depends on your clinical instructor. My clinical instructor has her own iPhone and she will send us texts throughout the day and we exchange info with her about cool apps. But, I also know of another clinical instructor who will kick you off of the the floor if she catches you messing around with a cell phone (not that it really seems to stop her students from bringing their phones.) That is because the clinical instructor will only stop by for a few minutes a day and you will mostly be learning from the nurses on your floor. All of the nurses seem to have their own gadgets, just make sure you come across as professional: don't text and surf facebook all day, actually use your nursing apps.
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    Spring 2011 UT Health Sciences Nursing Hopefuls

    Hey, I'm a current student about to finish my first semester. On electronics: A ton of people love their Mac laptops. The school will not support them, but I haven't seen anyone who's cared about that. To access UT Link, download Firefox and then the add-on IE tab. I'd say about a third of the the students bring their laptops to class, and the rest of us just print the slides to take notes. However, if you don't have access to a computer at home, I would really suggest getting one. Yes, there is a computer lab at school, but a lot of the time classes will have reserved the lab for testing. I have a netbook, but I choose to not bring it because I know that I would get bored and surf the internet in class. Plus I learn best if I hand-write something. Most of the classes are posted on Panopto later, which is a program that will sync slides and lecture audio. It's great if you miss a class or if you are an auditory learner who wants to go over the material. For the one class that doesn't do Panopto (Pathophysiology) a lot of people bring recrders, which the prof will allow you to place on the stage near her. As for e-readers, there are only one or two books that you will ever bring to class and they're the smaller books. On the other hand, it might be nice to not deal with the huge books at home. I also haven't seen anyone with a PDA. I do however LOVE my iPhone, and other people love their iTouch. They are the only mobile platform that UT's webmail system supports and you can download and listen to Panopto lectures. Some of us make and share quizlet flashcards and download them to our phones to study. The big Saunder's NCLEX book has a pretty useful app with all of the questions from the book. MedScape is great for pathophysiology (for me at least,) and there is a great lab values app to help you with a section of the care plans. Hope that helps! :)
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    PLEASE HELP I need Brutal Honesty!!!!

    I worked at a CNA in home health and the hospital. I think you can do it! You seem to understand that you will be at a disadvantage, and you seem to be willing to work through it! Your first few weeks will be AWFUL, but if you stick through it, you can do it! You'll loose weight at work (I lost 10 pounds my first month) and you'll get stronger. I agree with a previous poster, the job is REALLY hard on your body. I had to take ibuprofen every night to get to sleep. I used proper body mechanics, and it was still very hard on my back. You can do it, good luck! :)