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  1. My Au Pair has been with us for 16 months. They can stay for up to 2yrs, but sign for one year. The agency will get you a new Au Pair if you have issues for some reason. I don't think it really matters what agency you use. I think the reason we have had success is because we treat each other with mutual respect; just like any relationship. You have to have some management skills. You are kind of like a manager in your home. helping with scheduling, paperwork, and you can't be their friend or too distant/demanding. It is a fine balance. You have to be professional and also caring/treat her like family. Have clear expectations before your Au Pair arrives, be honest about your life and expectations. Then you should be fine! completely worth it; and I have grown so much as a person from having her in our home. I am a better person, we are a better family. Also she just got her CNA license! Helping others grow and develop confidence is sooo gratifying ❤
  2. I'm also a mom-of three kids under the age of 5. Just because you don't mention your kids feelings in a post is no reason to think badly of someone. The LAST thing a mom needed is to feel more guilt when trying to apply to school. It is sooo hard to leave them and you want to make sure your family stays intact. I am planning to apply the next couple years. I hired an Au Pair from Thailand through cultural care Au pair. Best thing I have ever done. It is a huge chunk of our income but totally worth it. She lives with us. she helps clean, and LOVES my kids. She helps keep our family stable since I am studying/working full-time. we plan to continue with this program when I'm in school.
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    Preparing for School

    I want to be a CRNA soooo bad I can't STAND it. In the same boat. My school required microbiology or chemistry. I chose microbiology. Also, my science GPA is 2.5 gasp. So, pretty much any science class will help at this point. 2.982 nursing, 3.4 overall. In college I was on the board of directors for NSNA and worked part-time three jobs to graduate loan free. And, planned a wedding/got married while being involved in just about EVERY club and organization. At the time, as long as I passed nursing school I was happy. Did not know at the time the excitement of the OR; or the challenge and fun of watching over people during procedures. I took Barry university Intro to anesthesia class. It has been good. CCRN-CSC certified. Working in one of the largest ICU's in country/good reputation for 4yrs now. I am a leader on the unit (precept, involved in other things, trained on everything- transplant, ECMO, TAH, LVAD, RVAD, PEDS. Shadowed 17hrs so far AND LOVED IT!!! Just got to hope for the best with the grades thing. I'm planning to take the organic Chem I with lab through UNE and go from there. I read some blogs that said the UNE intro chem classes are just as hard as the organic chem class (which is graded on a curve) They told me I can take it without meeting the pre-reqs since I'm just taking the one class. Figure at this point I have nothing to lose and since I will only be taking the one class ( I have always been one for risk within reason)I think I'm going to take that organic Chem I class. Then--- Apply and see how badly they rip me to shreds for my past. cry, cry. Anyway, BACK TO STUDYING. Good luck with your adventure!!!!
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    How do you get over your new RN boo boos (mistakes)

    Uhg, bad day here too. Been a nurse a few years. I was trying to help out and answer a call light (pt pump beeping) for another RN. The picc heparin was running in looked funny (out far) and I was not sure of the patient's norm I IV pump said occluded. The trainee walked in and I told her I stopped the medication/bc of the picc condition. She said it was norm/used as central line. It looked like she was going to do sitecare. I walked out and explained to the trainee's nurse that I stopped the medication and the trainee was going to do sitecare. She was charting/half-listening to me. At the end of the day . . the charge/trainee nurse were discussing the patient's heparin being off for 4 hours. I overheard and said; I stopped that, remember I told you before. I said sometimes I feel like you don't listen to me. She heard me say the PICC looked funny but not that I has stopped the heparin. She told me that I overreact sometimes so she disregards me at times. I feel terrible. I am upset this happened to the patient and that I had to do with it; but I told two people who did not listen to me I wonder? How do you do PICC site care/care for a patient for 4 hrs and not notice the med is not running? boo, bad day. I feel terrible about it. We all make mistakes. Does not matter your age.
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    CVSU nurse:patient Ratio

    1-3 depending on type. VAD-1 sometimes. 3 would be straight forward, not many rhythm issues. Never more than 3. Unit is a 14 bed. We do transplant pts too though.
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    Mayo Clinic Reality

    Mayo Clinic is THE BEST. I have had three nursing jobs and varied clinical experiences alike. Mayo treats nurses like professionals. I am so proud to call myself a Mayo nurse. It is not easy getting in. I think a lot of people are worried about their grades and such. I was a summer III. I did not have perfect grades. What I think they really look for here is character. I had my manager tell me once after I was hired . . We can teach you the skills; but what we can't teach you is how to care for people, have courage, and a willingness to learn. I think that statement says volumes about what they look for in a candidate. The answer to all your questions is YES! Especially that the patient does come first, which is most important. I actually find it scary to imagine working at another hospital now because the safe environment at Mayo is far ahead of everyone else it seems. My favorite part of my job is that everyone loves being at work . . not just me. Even "bad" days are good days at Mayo because the teamwork is awesome.
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    New Graduate Nurse willing to Move Anywhere!

    I am also graduating in May. I was offered a position at the Mayo Clinic and then had my position taken back at the last minute. Now I'm heartbroken and looking for a job. I have been working as a nurse for the last six months in a hospital on a medical/surgical floor. I did a full-time internship @ the Mayo Clinic during last summer. I am very intelligent and experienced!!!! I am a fast learner and interested in moving anywhere. I have been involved in research projects in the clinical setting. I have also been having trouble finding a job. Anyone interested in hiring me??? I am up for anything, let me know!
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    Nursing student projects help improve health care facilities

    I am also graduating in May. I was offered a position at the Mayo Clinic and then had my position taken back at the last minute. Now I'm heartbroken and looking for a job. I have been working as a nurse for the last six months in a hospital on a medical/surgical floor. I did a full-time internship @ the Mayo Clinic during last summer. I am very intelligent and experienced!!!! I am a fast learner and interested in moving anywhere. I have been involved in research projects in the clinical setting. I have also been having trouble finding a job. Anyone interested in hiring me??? I am up for anything, let me know!
  9. I am graduating in May. I was offered a position at the Mayo Clinic and then had my position taken back at the last minute. Now I'm heartbroken and looking for a job. I have been working as a nurse for the last six months in a hospital on a medical/surgical floor. I did a full-time internship @ the Mayo Clinic during last summer. I am very intelligent and experienced!!!! I am a fast learner and interested in moving anywhere. I have been involved in research projects in the clinical setting. I have also been having trouble finding a job. Anyone interested in hiring me??? I am up for anything, let me know!
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    New Grads, A Few Words of Encouragement

    I am also graduating in May. I was offered a position at the Mayo Clinic and then had my position taken back at the last minute. Now I'm heartbroken and looking for a job. I have been working as a nurse for the last six months in a hospital on a medical/surgical floor. I did a full-time internship @ the Mayo Clinic during last summer. I am very intelligent and experienced!!!! I am a fast learner and interested in moving anywhere. I have been involved in research projects in the clinical setting. I have also been having trouble finding a job. Anyone interested in hiring me??? I am up for anything, let me know!
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    Mayo Clinic--New Grad RN

    Everything taken back, we were told we could reapply in the future if we wanted.
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    May 2009 Graduates!!! Do you have a job yet?

    Thank you so much, That does mean very much to me. No hard feelings against Mayo . . . just don't know what to do now. . . .
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    Mayo Clinic--New Grad RN

    Mayo Clinic has recanted all job offers. I was meant to work starting July. I received a call about a week ago. Now I am unemployed because I quit my job to move. Already signed papers and switched over my license per their request. If they are that bad off I doubt they are going to hire anyone.
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    May 2009 Graduates!!! Do you have a job yet?

    Yes, wait till you hear my story. I was offered a position at the Mayo Clinic in August 2008. I was given a start date in June. I started filling out the paperwork to start the job and my husband and I recently just quit both our jobs in preparation of leaving for my new exciting job! I got a call about a week ago from Mayo. They are resending all job offers. Now we are both unemployed and graduating in less than a month. Too late to sign up for Grad school; and my hospital is on a hiring freeze and won't hire me back to my position even though I'm not done working until the beginning of May. I'm scared now; I did not realize companies could do this to people. My plans and dreams are ruined. I've never been so depressed. How can I make sure that the next job offer I get does not turn out the same way?????
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