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    Bad CPR techniques- do you say something?

    Thanks for all your comments...I hesitate to say things sometimes to fellow nurses if I think they may react negatively, in order to preserve good co-workers relations. But CPR is a very important skill, and it's important to speak up. I am relieved to see so many nurses do not seem like they would get offended, but expect for themselves and others to speak up if this situation!
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    Bad CPR techniques- do you say something?

    Thanks everyone! Your responses made me realize I should speak up in the future.
  3. Hey all, So I was thinking the other day when codes happen, sometimes you are doing CPR, others are, or all of you are rotating. Obviously I think about what other things I can do to help my fellow nurses and the patient, but I do find myself making observations of myself and others on technique. Some people don't do it hard enough (me, I think), some do it too low, some too fast, some seem really calm, others kind of not panicky, but the adrenaline is definitely going. One when I worked a nursing home, I saw this paramedic do compressions and I was thinking that they were the most perfect compressions I've ever seen. It was perfect depth, timing, calm, controlled, everything. And the guy never seemed tired, and frankly made it look "easy." And another nurse commented to me later on that they were thinking the same thing. Now if you do see any bad techniques, do you ever say anything about it? I've never done it, but I know I've thought it.
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    LPN to RN without the bridge option

    Good luck to everyone, whatever it's for the bridge program or just the traditional program...the important thing is to go back:) Everyone is different and will have different points of views, but the way I see it is- it's your life, so do what you want, even if others don't agree with you. They are not going to go back to school for you...so keep going and don't let the naysayers hold you back...
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    LPN to RN without the bridge option

    Hi, I'm in PA so I don't know much about schools in CA. I know Excelsior and Indiana State University have bridge programs online, but they might not be accepted in CA. Your GPA is really good, so you should have no problem getting in anywhere you apply! I don't think the school I went to was easy, but it made it easier being a LPN with experience. What also made it easier for me was practice questions...I never did them in LPN school, and it made such a difference in the RN program. I would find questions specifically related to the topic that was for discussion instead of random questions from a NCLEX book, and it helped me learn the material by knowing what types of things to focus on. Some of the questions you will know the answer to just because you are working as a LPN. Good luck:)
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    Negotiating pay rate as new grad RN

    Sorry, I didn't see this until now. Thank you:)
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    LPN to RN without the bridge option

    Congratulations!! You are going to do great, future RN:)
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    Negotiating pay rate as new grad RN

    Thanks for the replies:) I did interview at two places that said pay rate was set and there was no negotiation. With two other places, one offered $1.50 more, another about $0.80 more. In this case, I had accepted the position a few days ago and they offered $1.75 more. I'm happy I asked, but I was willing to accept the position as is just to get a job I wanted and to get acute experience
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    Dream Job offered

    If it's your dream job, I would go for it. The current hospital won't like it, but at least it's early on. And as the previous poster said, the hospital would not hesitate to lay you off if they needed it!
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    Negotiating pay rate as new grad RN

    Hi everyone, I got a job offer for a position that I've been looking for- acute peds, not on night shift, tuition assistance ($5,000 yr) for my RN-BSN and I loved the unit tour and the people I met when I was interviewing. The only problem is the pay is $4 less per hour than where I am currently at. I work at a SNF and was a LPN for awhile before I became a RN. I've been interviewing, and frankly, the RN pay rates are horrible. I interviewed at SNFs that had better pay. The new grad RN rates for all the hospitals I interviewed at were what I made as a LPN in a SNF. Even at CHOP the rate they offered me was low. And yes, I know CHOP is known for low pay. My question is: For people who have negotiated base pay, is there a nice way to phrase it to see if they will adjust it a bit? I certainly don't except anywhere near what I make now, but a little extra would be nice. CHOP did offer me about 7% more than base salary, but they brought up the topic of pay. I have to call them back and I'm not sure how to phrase it.... Thank you:)
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    Student nurse almost graduate help?

    Being a new grad can be tough, but so rewarding when you get your first job, and you will! I've been going on interviews and have had job offers, so I'd like to help in any way I can. Everyone I talked to told me they are given these types of questions to ask now. They are called performance based interviewing questions. If you google it, you can get good examples. I asked everyone if they wanted specific examples or general experiences and they said they want specific experiences. I've been asked things like, "Tell me about a time you exceeded a customer's expectations" "Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with a co-worker" "Tell me about a time when you were given multiple tasks to do and how did you handle it" " Tell me about a time you had a difficult customer and how did you handle it." "Tell me about a time you went above and beyond a customer's expectations." I've also had questions where they gave a scenario you walk into, and what do you do. Things like that. I was a LPN for almost a decade, so I drew from those experiences. Of course, the ones I could tell they liked because they would smile a lot, nod their head and say, "Excellent!" was from things that happened as a LPN. Being a tech can also help. Was there a time when you advocated for a patient? Was there a time you had a conflict with a co-worker and were able to resolve it in a peaceful and adult like manner? Was there a situation that made you learn something from it to help you in the future? They want to see you can handle change, adapt, think on your feet, remain calm under pressure, are well spoken, personable (make them like you as a person), work well with others, and if given a scenario, think of general things you do, but also think of what the causes could be and what you would assess for and tell them all of it. But I never applied to critical care. I've had offers for med-surg, tele and ER because I only applied to the ones I thought would hire new grads. Plus, I don't have my BSN yet. Some of the offers I received were from nurse residencies, so I'm not sure if critical care interviews are different. And general things I do- smile a lot, be positive (one person told me she interviewed me because I looked "excited" and she felt like I clicked with her- I did get an offer), always send them a thank you email (just a few sentences thanking them) within 24 hours, arrive 10 minutes early, and ask questions at the interview that show an interest- meaning, don't just ask how much money it will be Good luck and keep trying:)
  12. Philly suburbs SNF new grad $30.50, shift diff $2 evenings, $1 weekends $35 PRN at one job, the other $29, $2 shift diff evenings, $32 PRN. I've been looking at other jobs and range is all over. SNF in suburbs - $35, PRN $39. I don't know what the shift diff is. - $38, $2 shift diff evenings (they rarely have openings) -$30, $2 shift diff evenings, $2 weekends - most SNFs start RNs at $25-30 as base pay, avg $28 Hospitals 1/2 hour from Philly- $33, $4.50 shift diff, $2 weekends, $54 PRN $31, shift diff 10% Hospitals 1 hr outside Philly- $26.75, 10% shift diff - $27.69, 10% shift diff, $ 2 weekends, $12.50 on top of shift diffs for weekend program Hospital 2 hr from Philly- $27.01, $1 shift diff Hospitals in Philly, especially center city make a lot more. The farther out it is from Philly, the lower the pay. These are all new grad RN rates
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    LPN to RN without the bridge option

    I just realized I said "Go for it, girl!" and I don't know if you are a male or female, but I figured the display name Aspirational Beauty is a female...
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    LPN to RN without the bridge option

    I chose to do the entire 2 year program instead of doing the bridge. It was because I needed to have finished A&P I and II before taking the bridge program and I i didn't have it done in time. I would have had to wait an extra year to start just so I could test out of the first semester. I decided waiting one more year for one semester wasn't worth it. I ended up taking A&P II in my first semester of the RN program. I didn't regret the decision. I felt like going back to basics was helpful. In LPN school, doing a 40 hour a week program meant a lot of cramming and not enough info retained. Doing the RN program from the start made me realize how much I had forgotten! I was able to help my fellow classmates a lot and being a LPN made the RN program (relatively) easy, especially pharmacology. There were LPNs who came on in the second semester since they did the bridge and they struggled a bit. I had the benefit of having a whole semester (the easiest semester) of getting to know the teachers, getting used to the hours, and getting in the mindset required for nursing school. I had time to adjust. They didn't because they came into a harder semester and had to start new when the rest of us already had months to get into the routine. I also developed very close friendships with my clinical group because we all started out together. Go for it, girl! Passing the NCLEX RN and seeing my name pop up on the BON was so exciting! And the two years flew by, for me and for the LPNs who came later in the program...
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    Career change at 30 LPN right move?

    Graduated a few months ago as a LPN. Almost 30. I work 2 part time jobs, total 36hrs/wk, making @$47,000/yr around Philly aread. $27.50 at one, the other $24.
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    Paying for LPN school- Philadelphia, PA

    Thank you:nurse: I will definitely be checking that out!
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