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cuteinpinkNS ASN, RN

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cuteinpinkNS is a ASN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg.

New grad RN who wants to become a Family CRNP

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    RN to BSN: So many choices, and just need some experiences!

    I'm doing Walden University for RN - BSN. It is affordable and all online. Works with our type of schedule.
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    Continuing my education

    You should get some experience and take pre reqs for what you need for BSN, can also go part-time. I'm going to school to complete my RN - BSN online. It is so much easier with our type of work schedule. With experience, you will be more ahead of your classmates too.
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    nurses dating nurses?

    Before I started nursing school, I was married to a nurse who was a LPN at the time. We split up after he started going back to school for his RN. It was nice having a conversation about work or school, but he thought that he KNEW everything and tried to diagnose everyone. I am dating a paramedic and its nice to have conversations where people understand what you are talking about or going through. Through nursing school, I had a boyfriend who didnt understand what I was really putting myself through and that relationship didnt survive long. I would date a nurse...as long as they didnt have this EGO that they were the "you know what"
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    46 days!!!

    Graduation from nursing school in 46 days :)
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    What specialty do you want and not want to work in?

    Want: Critical Care, ICU, Cardiac, ER, Oncology, Med-Surg Don't want: LTC However when I started I was scared to death about pediatrics and L&D, and after my rotations, it wasn't bad at all. I want to become a CRNP - in Acute Critical Care and Family Medicine.
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    Curious About Drop-out Rate In Nursing School

    My class in Fall 2008 started at 72 and this is our final semester we have a total count of 57. With each class that is usually a drop of about 12 to 15 throughout the 2 year program due to failing out, personal issues, or just decides nursing isnt for them. We grow as a family though, and will miss them all after graduation. Of course, we'll stay in touch.
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    Biggest Fears about graduation

    Well I would have to say that I am mostly worried about the NCLEX and finding a job especially the way the economy is.
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    Biggest Fears about graduation

    With graduation approaching for some of us, what is your biggest fear about graduation in May?
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    Driven

    I believe all nurses are made through knowledge and experience, but people are born with the personality to care, love, and nurture. Those are many of the qualities a nurse carries and it takes someone special to become a nurse. A nurse is someone who is selfless, treating their patients the way they would like to be treated, and has an overwhelming love for all people. For anyone who meets me, they will see that I am a quiet person. I listen to others and observe my surroundings before I speak. Despite my shy appearance, I have always loved caring for people, putting others before my needs, and making them feel happy. I am the oldest of 3 children. While growing up myself, I felt I held a lot of responsibility taking the initiative to look after my younger siblings and ensure they were taken care of. At the age of 16, I got my first job working as a dietary aide in a nursing home. I quickly grew attached to the residents and developed friendships with them over the years. It was heartbreaking to see anything happen to them. While I worked there for five years, I watched the nurses and assistants care for their residents. I truly admired their dedication and compassion but had not yet thought about becoming a nurse myself. During my senior year in high school, I was the editor for the school yearbook and a youth correspondent for the county paper. I wanted to go to college to be a broadcast journalist. I thought that I was going to be the next Katie Couric just like many others dreamt, be on MTV's The Real World, and then live in a big house with my husband and 5 children. How realistic, right? I got into 4-year State University, which was my first choice and was on my way to achieving my dreams. I joined the University's student-run newspaper and television show. However, it wasn't until my advisor, a person I was supposed to trust to help guide me through these four crazy college years, turned around and told me that I would never make it in the journalism field. That night I thought about the residents that I missed from the nursing home, how much I admired my nursing friends and came to the realization that I want to be a registered nurse. I want to be the nurse that people want to take care of their child or parent, to be a role model for others, and teach the world to make a difference. The first person I called was my mom and she told me, "Everything happens for a reason." I finished out the end of the semester, packed up my belongings and headed home to start working towards my new career. I was so excited that I finally knew my place in the world. For the next 4 years, I worked full-time and attended school part-time at night. I was completing the pre-requisite classes needed to get into the local community college's 2-year RN program. Rumors went around from the pre-nursing students that the RN program was hard to get into, very competitive, and we had a slim chance of getting in. That made me work even harder studying to have the best grades. During these four years, I became a medical assistant working at a family practice doctor's office. For my job I learned to perform vital signs, drawing blood, EKGs, injections along with many other patient care duties. With my medical assistant knowledge, it made me want to be a nurse even more. I enjoy patient care and feel comfortable being in the clinical setting. Patients would give me compliments about how my laid-back personality made them feel calm and more welcomed being at the doctor's office. It felt good to hear those warm words of gratitude and reminded me how much I wanted to be a nurse. I also got married to a man who was an LPN. I met him at the nursing home I had worked at previously. Sadly, it ended after a year. We both were too focused on starting our new careers and where we were going in life to care about where the relationship was going. Although I was devastated about the split, I never lost focus on my dream. I continued to work and go to school at night to achieve my goal. I finally completed my pre-requisites and applied for the RN program in the January 2008. Nervously waiting for my acceptance letter to come, I got in April 2008 to start in the upcoming fall. When I received that letter in the mail, I screamed at the top of my lungs and then ran inside to tell my mom the news. I was one step closer to being a nurse. Now I am at the end of my first year as an RN nursing student and love every minute of it. I have had some ups, downs, personal challenges and achievements over this first year. I have greatly succeeded in overcoming my natural timidness. I have taken care of a variety of patients through my clinical experience that I will remember for a lifetime. I have helped many perform their ADLs, strive for their independence, skin care, and back rubs, give their daily medications, hang IV bags, remove foley catheters, and teach about discharge instructions. My patients say how thankful they are to have me there taking care of them. They need someone there to talk to and let them know they are not alone. They also appreciate all the time I spend with them doing assessment along with explaining disease processes and procedures. This helps them have a better understanding of what is going on. Looking back on my journey, I have no regrets with how I finally got to this point in my life. Everything happens for a reason and I wouldn't be the person I am today without taking all the side roads along the way. I look forward to the upcoming year and ready for any challenges that may come my way. One of the greatest compliments I ever received was from my mom. She said to me one day, "I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. When you want to do something, you go out and do it. You have driven person and work hard to achieve your dreams while working with a full plate in front of you." Driven...a new nursing quality.
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    What will YOU do with your first "real" paycheck!?

    When I am finally all said and done with my first real nursing job and paycheck...it will be for bills, groceries, gas, and hopefully alittle in savings.
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    Full Circle, My First Year of Nursing

    I loved your story! Thanks for some inspiration and motivation!
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    Not sure if nursing is for me anymore

    Hi there, I am in an ADN RN program, right now in the 2nd semester of my first year. I also work as a medical assistant for a family practice. I decided to go into nursing after working as a MA because I love patient care and wanted to do more. As a RN, you can do so many things. You dont have to work in acute or long term care. You can work in doctor's office, my office has two RNs with one as the manager and the other is triage. The decision is up to you, but nursing is more than what you see at the hospital if that is what you dont like. Explore your options. You work hard to get where you are today.
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    Quiet nurse?

    In first year we havent had to speak in front of the whole class, just clinical groups for patient education presentation. I heard for 2nd year at my school you do. Def look forward to that :) haha.
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    Quiet nurse?

    Being quiet can be one of your strengths. I have a quiet personality and nurses have told me that the quiet ones are more compassionate, laid-back, and easy listeners/comforters. I tend to be quiet because I am afraid of what others might say but I show my confidence and professionalism when it comes to the patients. In my work environment, I usually takes me a little bit to become comfortable in my surrounding and then it all just comes routine to me. You will make a great nurse! Don't let being quiet get you down. I have thought the same way before but after talking with my instructor and other nurses I felt better.
  15. Hi there Dont give up first of all!! A study group is good but there is a book called Fundamentals of Success (available at Barnes and Noble) that contains most of the material you cover in fundamentals. I found that book a big help with tons of NCLEX RN questions. Also I have learned that I cant memorize the material like in A&P, you have to use critical thinking and find out why we have to do it. Stay positive, you can do this. Good Luck
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    Terrible clinical day!

    I also deal with anxiety especially in the clinical setting. I get anxious with the feeling that I dont know what I am doing and what if I do something wrong. I asked my clinical instructor if I could talk to her about my anxiety issue and I was so sensitive in talking to her about it I started crying. I felt like I was going to have a nervous breakdown that week because I never been in the hospital setting before and missed the first week being there since I was at another facility. But after I talked to her about it, I felt better. She said that she too has felt the same way while in school and after graduating. For me, it takes me a little while to become comfortable with people and in situations to get over my anxiety. If you begin to have a panic attack, take deep breaths and help clear your mind so you can focus on what you are doing. I am still working on feeling confident about what I am doing and learning every day. Good luck with school! We can do it!
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