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  1. rnrosiern

    Learn To Say It Correctly!!

    I had a nursing instructor who went through the entire semester pronouncing Guillain-Barre Syndrome as Jillian Bar Syndrome. You had better believe the staff laughed hysterically when I mispronounced that one in clinicals. Luckily, we really liked this instructor and gently let her know. She had a good laugh too! Who the heck is Jillian Bar??? On a side note I met a guy named Theodore Hose a few years back and can't stop laughing about it. We called him Ted against his wishes...couldn't resist.
  2. When someone asks you where you want to work after nursing school do not say: "I want to work at Such & Such Hospital because they don't care if you make mistakes." ...wow. A group project is just that- a GROUP project! You are hurting my grade and my personal life when you make others do your work for you. If you can't put together an APA formatted reference page in your last semester of a 4 year program then we can assume that you slipped through the cracks and cheated your way through nursing school. Shame on you! Coming completely unprepared to a study group and assuming that the others will teach you the information from scratch is inappropriate. Asking your fellow nursing students for the best marijuana detox drink on the market for your upcoming drug test is a bad idea. Coming to an afternoon class with bed head and wearing sweatpants is ridiculous. At least try to be professional!
  3. rnrosiern

    Becoming an LVN or RN....

    She is a phlebotomist at a California hospital. She is part of a phlebotomy team and starts IV's and PICCs. She eventually went to school and got her BSN and is now doing both. She nurses two days a week and does phlebotomy one or two days a week. I'm not really sure about the route or job choices that are out there for phlebotomists. But from what she told me it sounded like a smart move financially with a quick and less costly education. It sounds like a good job if you have kids too. I didn't meet her until I was well into nursing school or I might have pursued it. If you decide to take this route keep me updated.
  4. rnrosiern

    Becoming an LVN or RN....

    I think going for an RN would be more valuable than going for an LVN. From what I understand about the job market in the last decade is that hospitals are looking for less and less LVNs and going straight for the experienced RNs. If you became an RN you could work part time and most likely earn more money or the same money than you would as a full time LVN. And you don't have to work on a fast-paced, high risk unit. There are nursing jobs at convalescent homes, clinics, schools, and a myriad of other places. If it's the length and cost of school that is concerning to you you should take a look at the phlebotomy field. A friend of mine took a three month course and got certified. Now she works two days a week, starts IV's all day, and gets paid about 50 thou a year. Just a thought.
  5. rnrosiern

    Spoke with a nurse recruiter today

    Send a thank you note thanking the recruiter for taking the time to speak with you. It sounds silly because it wasn't an interview, but it might just make her pull your resume out of the stack and set it aside. It never hurts.
  6. rnrosiern

    Should I become an RN??

    You would be getting yourself into a great career. In nursing school you see some blood. I only saw one "guts" patient while in school and that was a recovering peds patient who had an open, healing wound. What you will find is that you become less squeamish as you learn more about the human body. You become less concerned about your own reactions and more concerned about the patient. Remember, many times when they see you, it is the worst day of their lives. It's not the worst day of yours. Nursing school is difficult, time consuming, and rewarding. I loved and hated it at the same time. You do have to study and work in many different specialties, but it really helps you to understand where you fit into the field. Also, during nursing school they ease you in. You start with easier patients and have less responsibilities. There is always someone that can help you and it would be illegal if they didn't. I didn't start out very strong during clinicals because I was afraid of the patients and would rather just look things up in books. This passes as you learn what to say and practice more skills.
  7. rnrosiern

    Spanish for nurses

    Learning Spanish is so helpful! It does take a lot of time and practice though. I know you said that you don't want to do Rosetta Stone because it's expensive, but it really is very helpful. You get visual references, correct pronunciation, and conversation practice. You run the risk of spending a lot of money for nothing if you don't go for the best program out there. But if you are hell bent on other products, here is a cheaper way to learn Spanish: This is a great website! - http://studyspanish.com/ Learn as much vocabulary as you can. Buy a used medical Spanish textbook and go through the lessons as you learn the basics. This way, when you are learning the simple vocab words, you will also be learning body parts, procedure names, and more nursing-relevant subject matter. The book "501 Spanish Verbs" is a bible- The hardest part of learning Spanish is the multitude of verb tenses. If you can understand this, you will be well on your way to speaking. Learning the vocabulary is the easy part, but if you can't put the words together then it's all for nothing. Read the newspaper in Spanish and look up words you don't know. This can be tedious, but pick one up, read/translate one article per week and I guarantee you will be surprised at how much you learn. Buena Suerte! (Good Luck!)
  8. rnrosiern

    New RN Graduates

    Don't dispair! I moved out from Northern California in January and passed my boards in March. I applied to nearly every hospital, nursing home, clinic, and blood bank that I came across. I have been the sulking, depressed, resume-sending new grad RN, working retail for eight months. What I have come to believe is that it's all about timing and following up. Everyone kept telling me, "It will happen" because they obviously haven't studied therapeutic communication. But things actually did get better for me. I am starting at a Manhattan hospital in two weeks. Here's what I did to stand out from the sea of new graduate nurses in this city. 1. Get certifications. (ACLS, PALS) most new grads don't have them and it means one less thing that the hospital has to pay for. It shows that you are serious and proactive. 2. Use the Resume trifecta (Email, Fax, Snail Mail) Make sure that there is a hard copy floating around that HR office because it is so easy for an emailed resume to be deleted or lost in the thousands that are received. Also, send your resume as a PDF whenever possible because there are so many compatibility errors between word processing programs. What may look perfect on your computer looks full of mistakes or simply can't be opened on another. 3. If you make connections don't lose them! If you speak to a nurse recruiter or nurse manager send thank you notes to let them know that you appreciate their time. By the time they receive your thank you note they have already started to forget you. Most recruiters I have spoken with have thank you notes that people have sent them posted on their walls. I assume that those people were hired. Also, if you have an interview and you don't get the job, send periodic emails (no more than monthly) expressing your continued interest in current or future positions (cover letter and resume attached as a PDF). Keep your info and interest in front of them. Try not to be annoying or seem desperate. This is how I got offered a position. I interviewed in early May and have kept my stuff in front of the hiring nurse manager. I got offered the same position (only better now) two weeks ago. Don't give up! 4. It's Flu Season! It has been hinted to me through HR encounters that things are going to get worse with hospital hirings "unless we get hit hard by the flu this year." So applying for positions that are in the flu arena might be promising. If I think of anything else I will surely let you know. All I can say is take care of yourself and keep trying. I am hoping that things get better out there.