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New Grad RN learning how to be a nurse outside of school!

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    New Grads, Bitterness, and Maybe A Real "Nursing Shortage."

    That is very true, the "nursing shortage" issue is still being used to recruit students into programs and a lot of the students coming in are under the mistaken idea that nursing will be easy, fast money as soon as they leave school. My school is guilty of it as well as a lot of the colleges and universities around my neck of the woods. They are instilling unrealistic ideas into students rather than being frank and letting them know its hard work and right now there is no guarantee. That would weed people out from the beginning and leave jobs for those of us that became nurses because its what we believe in.
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    First job

    I am a new grad also (Aug 2010). I am working on a med/surg floor that I was also a patient care tech on. I feel like a complete idiot! You've been there 12 days, I have been orienting for like 6 weeks! I have been using our computer system for a year as a pct but as soon as the RN system was opened for me I got completely lost! Don't give up! From every nurse I have spoken to they all said they felt like they learned nothing in school as soon as they got on the floor. You can't know everything and at least you are smart enough to ask, some would just go do the task and HOPE they did it correctly. The way I figure it, I am going to be completely clueless for the first few months and my time management will suck for the first year if not more. Don't be discouraged, just use everything as a learning experience. (Also, it may not be you, school can only teach us so much and each facility uses different techniques and products so you can't know it all) Don't give up on nursing, who knows maybe long term care isn't for you or maybe the floor isn't a good fit. It's too early to count yourself out!
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    "normal" vs "alternative" nursing programs

    lol that just made my day!
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    "normal" vs "alternative" nursing programs

    I passed the NCLEX first time and thats how I feel, if you can sit for the NCLEX and you pass youre a nurse but I am meeting people that don't seem to feel the same way. Should I be bothered or should I just look at it as another opinion?
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    New Grads, Bitterness, and Maybe A Real "Nursing Shortage."

    I guess I am a graduate of one of those subpar nursing programs. I went to Medical Careers Institute (Richmond, Va) and earned my nursing degree. My tuition was higher but my hospital foot the bill for half of it through tuition assistance (they apparently didn't mind I was at a subpar program). I did not have the time to wait on endless waiting list so I did what I had to do, just like a lot of the other people making that choice. Just about everyone in my graduating class is now working as an RN, majority in hospitals, those that aren't in hospitals chose not to be. I immediately had a job once I graduated and it wasn't because of where I graduated (in fact I was chosen over someone that graduated from our hospitals nursing school) but because of the fact I got my foot in the door early on. I made sure to become a care partner (patient care tech) as soon as I got into nursing school. That's what new grads are going to have to do, take the undesirable job, grunt through it for a little while, and use it as a learning experience. Once something better opens up go for it. Not only do you now have experience but most places will choose their own current employees before they will look outside of the company. Its hard out there right now since there are so many nurses coming into the work force newly or returning because the economy hit them too. Its an awful feeling not having a job but it only gets worse when you become bitter and give up.
  6. Has anyone else had a problem with other nurses turning up their nose because you went through an alternative program? By alternative, I mean I went to Medical Careers which is an all year accelerated program through ECPI. I know someone going through South University and 2 at University of Phoenix, etc. There are lots of newer programs that are board of nursing approved that can get you the same ASN or BSN degree only faster. I have had nurses somewhat look down on me because I didn't go to one of the "real" (and I quote) colleges or universities here in Richmond, Va. I feel like I am just as prepared to work as anyone else! Yes I got done in less than a year and a half but I also went year round (seriously, no summer break or anything!), yet the fact that I was done faster makes me less of a nurse? When did your program start dictating your abilities? Am I wrong for feeling a little upset by this? Any response is greatly appreciated but I would especially love to here from anyone that has gone through one of these newer programs.
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    RN Jobs in Virginia!

    I am currently in the RN program at the Richmond campus (done in AUG). I am not sure what rates you saw but if you go on the BON our RN pass rates are on par with other schools. In fact the class that just graduated (Feb 2010) has a 100% pass rate so far with only 1 student still waiting to take the test. As for hospitals not hiring from accelerated programs I don't think that is true, I think it all depends on whether the hospital has positions because right now MCV isn't even hiring its OWN nursing graduates. Luckily, my floor is waiting for me to graduate. One girl at the VA will have a job when she is done. A student that works at Henrico Doctor's will have a position created for her. Another recent grad just got hired by Henrico Doctors. My homegirl in the LPN program now works at MCV's childrens pavilion. I think it really depends on whether or not you already have your foot in the door...
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    Nursing school advice for transfer student

    In my opinion getting your CNA won't hurt. In my hospital you have to be a CNA or an EMT to work as a patient care tech so that can help you get the hospital job. From my experience most floors will hire their PCT's into RN positions and most hospitals help their full time employees pay for school so thats an extra benefit as well. As for time, time is going to pass regardless of what you are doing so as long as you are working towards your future it doesn't matter (I am 27 by the way so I know how you feel about not having forever to get this done) just keep moving forward. Try to talk to some advisors at the schools you want to get in to, they may have some tips as to how to make yourself look like a better candidate.
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    NLNAC the only way to go?

    out of sheer curiosity, do you have to graduate from an NLNAC accredited nursing school to get a job (especially in VA) or are other accreditations accepted as long as the school in board of nursing certified, like SCHEV or SACS? I ask because so many people I have talked to make it seem like it is NLN or you are screwed. Any information will help.
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    We've lost so many students . How many have u lost ?

    our program started with 25, we lost ten and then gained seven that had failed in the graduating class before us (we have a class that walks in feb, may, and I walk in aug). from what I have seen a lot of people took up nursing because it is "good money" but once it gets down to the nitty gritty they realize they dont want it. I think so many people are coming in unprepared for how much dedication it takes to make it thru these programs. follow the advice of the others up here, study and worry about you and you will do fine!
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    Curious About Drop-out Rate In Nursing School

    my class started out with 25, we lost 10 from A&P 1 to micro and then gained 7 students that had failed but were waiting to retake the class. I don't think we "drop out" so to speak I think the harder the classes get the more students you lose. that may be why some programs let so many students in, they know up to half may not make it to the end
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    Inmates as Patients in Hospital

    Very interesting article. We have several inmates in our hospital and actually have a floor devoted to inmate care. Very rarely, if at all, are they allowed to walk outside of their room for ANYTHING during any time of day. Our hospital also has the policy that inmates must be restrained and in wheelchairs if they are to be moved.
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    So smart they are dumb?

    So then that level of stupidity is unusual, THANK GOD!
  14. Good for her to stand up and say something. Maybe now he will think twice before opening his mouth and spewing out his ignorance
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    So smart they are dumb?

    I am about to start nursing school in two weeks but have been working at a level 1 trauma center as an EMT for almost two years and ask, how would you handle this situation: I go to the 8th floor (women's unit) to pick up a patient. Upon arriving I introduce myself and get' no response from her. The care partner informs me that the patient only speaks Spanish. Before leaving the doctor walks in and asks could he have a few moments to speak with the patient which was no problem. He begins rambling off all kinds of medical terms in English at which point I look at him and say "she doesn't speak any English":uhoh3:. He pauses and then CONTINUES to ramble in English all the while this poor woman is standing there smiling and nodding because she doesn't know what else to do. The nurse walks in and states "she doesn't speak any English". HE then CONTINUES:angryfire to talk at this woman because he isn't talking to her, yet again, in English. Over a period of ten or so minutes the nurse and I repeatedly tell this doctor she doesn't speak any English to no avail. Finally the nurse is furious and steps straight into the doctor's face and growls "SHE DOESN'T SPEAK ANY F****** ENGLISH!" Only then does he stop and ask the patient in spanish does she speak English to which she promptly answers no. He does not bother to explain what he was telling the patient in English to her in Spanish but instead just says nevermind and walks out. Am I wrong for wanting to strangle him? Or is this level of stupidity common and to be expected when I finally become a nurse?