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    Electronic stethoscope

    Check out eBay. I found an electronic stethoscope for less than $200. I've seen others for sale by nursing school students who drop out, EMTs who say they're selling to raise quick cash, etc. You won't need one with lots of extras (like the ability to record heart sounds), just a basic electronic stethoscope.
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    Importance of good grades!!!

    What's worse? Striving for an A and getting a C? or, striving for a B and getting a D?
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    Petition Obama to remove restrictions on APRN practice!

    I'm not sure of the intent of this petition. Scope of practice restrictions are state level decisions, not federal.
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    Passed AANP

    Yes, this does help! I won't take the exam for another year, but I plan on studying for it the way I studied for the NCLEX: while I was still in my early semesters of nursing school. I bought study materials and did practice exams way before I could answer 1/3 of the questions correctly. Doing the practice exams actually helped me with the exams in nursing school. I just started looking for AANP study materials, and wasn't sure what to buy. Your suggestions are great; I'll be ordering them this week. Thanks!
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    Scrub pants with the most pockets

    ImKosher beat me to it! I don't wear them myself but one of the guys on our floor got a pair of these pants with lots and lots of pockets. Other people teasingly started calling him Rambo... until others starting wearing the same things. Some of the pockets close with velcro, others are open, there are different size pockets and they don't really look bulky (unless you stuff with way more than you probably should!).
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    Pay check??

    Funny thing about my first paycheck was that HR messed up my paperwork so no paycheck was issued the first pay period. My supervisor told me that often employees 'miss' their first paycheck, so I should just wait for the next 2 week pay. Same thing two weeks later--still no check. I waited again (didn't want to be the squeaky wheel when I was a new employee). The next pay period I DID say something, and they corrected the mistakes on my paperwork, but it was too late to get the next check! They did issue a check the next pay period and it included all the back pay I was entitled to, so it was quite a little windfall. My husband and I looked at each other and thought off all the sacrifices we made while I was in school, what a wonderful vacation we could have... or buy furniture... or a big down payment on new car... Instead, we put it in the stock market and forgot about it. My first paycheck has swollen in value to the point that I COULD buy a flashy new car, or make a substantial down payment on a house.
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    I'm getting terminated from my first nursing job

    I'll return to the OP's questions, without judgment. Most employers will not share the exact reasons for termination when a new, prospective employer requests a reference. Many people believe there is a law that forbids this, but it's more the threat that the employee will sue for defamation that prevents employers from sharing the details or reasons an employee left or was terminated. So, officially, your employer will state, "Mr. Smith was employed here in the capacity of an RN from August, 2012 to January 2013." That will be the extent of what they state in writing or by email--but, if the manager where you are applying calls her friend, the manager where you were dismissed, the 'off the record' details may be given. So, you're taking a risk if you claim to have left voluntarily and they find out otherwise. They will likely assume you've been terminated (even if they don't know the details) because you are applying for jobs while not currently employed (few people quit a job before securing a new one). It's very likely the next move is termination after suspending you. Employers are careful to dot their i's and cross their t's before firing an employee. They don't want to be in a position where they are forced to rehire, pay unemployment, or lose a lawsuit. This is the reason people are first suspended then days or weeks later they are terminated. You might choose to resign as you could legitimately state on future applications that you quit, rather than have to say you were fired. (But, again, the truth has a way of coming out--honesty is virtually always the best policy.) I have no idea how long you've had this job--you state it's your first job--but if you were there less than 6 months or even a year, you may simply choose to ignore this on your resume. One of my duties is hiring employees; I might be reluctant to hire someone who was terminated for what you did, but I'd also be hesitant to hire an applicant who graduated a year ago and has no nursing experience. Either way, your options aren't great. Unfortunately for those with less-than-perfect records, there is a lot of competition for very few nursing jobs. Employers can afford to be selective; with all things being equal between two applicants except one had a lapse in judgment and the other didn't, guess who will get the job? My best advice is to resign, put your resume together (considering whether you think admitting to this is better or worse than having no work experience) and cross your fingers. I cannot predict how other employers will react; hiring managers are people, and people are individuals with very different standards and values. What one person believes is a youthful mistake, another will think is a terrible lapse of judgment (and not be willing to risk hiring someone who might make other bad decisions). Your career may not recover from this (especially with the surplus of able and experienced nurses seeking jobs). I'm not trying to be harsh, but I read many of the replies to your original post and suspect you might have what employers call 'attitude problems'. You do accept responsibility for your actions--which is very admirable and mature, but some of your other comments come off as hostile and argumentative. It could be that you're stressed over this situation, which is understandable. But, for your sake, try to tone it down a notch or two. You'll be more employable and more respected by your colleagues and managers if you don't take the offensive when you don't agree with what others have said. Good luck.
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    First Semester Nursing Program Jitters

    Admission to nursing school is very, very competitive. They turn down applicants who can be successful because they don't have space to accommodate everyone who would make it to graduation. This means that you're among the most capable and among the most likely to succeed. This doesn't mean it will be easy, it simply means you do have the abilities to survive. Realize there is a 'point of diminishing return' on studying: which means there's a point at which you're putting in many hours just to get a point or two higher grades. Be happy with an A- or B+ (or whatever your personal goal is) and don't deny yourself time with your kids or an occasional movie just to go from a 92 to a 94%. When you study, devote that time to actually studying. Don't get distracted by checking emails, playing one more computer game. or checking Facebook. Instead, decide how long you'll devote to studying then walk away after that amount of time has passed. Then you can spend 15 minutes on social media. Think about your journey in semesters or blocks of classes. Get through each day and focus on the end of the semester or class. It's easier to set your sights on finals in May than graduation in two years. Make sure you reward yourself along the way. Take your kids to the park, soak in a bubble bath, meet friends for lunch... whatever gives you a little break and clears your mind. It's easy to burn out on school (or nursing when you're working). Best of luck to you!
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    Is It Possible To Work During Nursing School?

    Thanks for presenting this as an individual decision--which it is! We've all seen questions posed on this board where someone asks if they can/should work while attending nursing school. There are a flurry of responses, usually saying, "Yes! You can do it!!!". Those cheerleaders have no idea what the burdens are on this stranger's life, what their academic capabilities are, or what their financial needs are. You pointed out the important factors to consider; what most beginning students don't know is how difficult nursing school will be. Only after a student begins the program can they really know how many hours per day is required to successfully complete it... and how much energy it requires.
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    Kennedy suing Nurses

    There are various legal issues here, the civil cases (Kennedy accusing the nurses of unlawful restraint, the nurses accusing Kennedy of physical harm) and criminal charges against Kennedy (which were dropped), and even criminal charges against the nurses (which were never filed). While it's obvious the nurses were trying to protect the infant, they clearly overstepped their legal bounds and probably their employer's rules when they attempted to physically stop Kennedy from taking his baby outside. (This is similar to retailers' policies that employees are to never confront or physically stop or restrain a shoplifter.) The nurses should have simply called security. Had the nurses not confronted him, none would have been kicked or pushed, so they have little argument for their claims of injury. On the other hand, the hospital violated the patient's privacy by sharing details of her medical condition with the media. These are all separate legal issues, some having little to do with others, and some very entwined with other issues. I doubt there was any special consideration given to Kennedy because of his family name. If anything, the prosecutors could have charged the nurses with unlawful restraint. Breaking a hospital rule (and it's not clear that there actually was a rule against a parent taking their child outside) is different than breaking a law. But, either way, the nurses are nurses, not security officers or the police. If the hospital demanded that nurses become security officers we'd all be livid saying that isn't our job, nor should we take on those risks or responsibilities. It simply is not part of a nurses' duty to physically interfere with others--we're not trained to do so, nor are we expected to do so--nor do I want to be the police. We have enough to do with nursing duties.
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    Who do nurses make more than?

    If your only reason for becoming a nurse (or pursuing any job, for that matter) is money, you're bound to become a very unhappy person. Money should never be the paramount reason for choosing a career--yes, it can be a factor, but not the most important reason. You say you want to be a "good nurse caring understanding gentle nurturing", but you never once mention committed, intelligent, selfless, or dependable. There seems to be a huge gap between dreams and reality as far as what nurses actually do. I've never known a nurse who was able to sit for hours with a dying patient, or spend even adequate time comforting a family member or patient. While most of us would love to show our 'gentle, understanding, caring, and nurturing' sides, our days are filled with charting, confirming orders, passing meds, cleaning up all sorts of bodily fluids, and maybe making one run to the bathroom in the course of an 8 hour day. Moreover, in spite of what you've probably heard about a nursing shortage, that's far from reality. Schools are churning out new grads faster than spots are created or vacated. Competition for jobs is intense. There is downward pressure on wages because of the surplus of warm bodies to fill the jobs. It's only going to get worse. And, the competition doesn't begin with employment, it begins for the coveted spots in schools. It's getting harder and harder to be accepted.
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    Single mom of 3, disorganized, discouraged & stressed

    Most of us are parents, and we've juggled school and/ or work with family obligations. When people have difficulty doing so, it's usually because of not studying effectively. The best thing you can do is schedule separate time for studying, for being with your kids, and doing other things. Then stick to that plan. You're not doing your kids a favor, or your school work a favor by letting the other distract you. If you're sitting at your desk and turning every 5 minutes to talk to your kids, you're not really absorbing the information. If you're playing with the kids and you keep pulling out your flash cards, you're not giving the kids your undivided attention. Figure out how much time you need, then devote a block of time to studying each day; if you have to, go to a library so you're not pulled in another direction. Don't take your phone (or at least put it on silent and put it out of sight). Don't check emails. Don't log onto Facebook. Devote the time to studying. And, be organized about it. Break down the work into chapters, or diseases, or systems and focus on ONE thing at a time before you go on. Take notes, write flashcards, or whatever you find to be helpful. Be systematic and organized. When time is up, go back home and spend time with your kids... and don't be tempted to read over your notes. This way, you'll devote yourself to your kids 100% and you'll feel less guilty when you have to study. Think about it this way, when you finish school and you're actually working, you'll have to be away for 8+ hours each day. School can be a bit less of a time demand, but you still have to devote uninterrupted time to studying and classes. Deal with school like it's a job, not like it's an option.
  13. It'll be quite a roller coaster ride, and there will be some great days along with some wicked ones! One of our instructors told us early in the program, "There will be days when you want to quit, when you feel like you can't do it another day... but don't quit! Tell yourself that you'll stick it out until tomorrow... then if you still feel like quitting the next day, tell yourself you'll put in one more day..." I got through some semesters with this advice; I endured one day at a time, and postponed quitting until 'tomorrow'. I finally 'quit' on graduation day! And, at that point I really didn't want nursing school to end! It's a wonderful education and an accomplishment you'll be proud of the rest of your life! Best of luck to you!
  14. A word of caution about for profit schools (or any poorly ranked schools)-- they are expensive, many are not well respected, and the graduates of those programs suffer as a result of their poor reputations. It's tough to find a job if you graduated from a top-tier nursing school; if you attend a poorly ranked school you may find it very, very difficult to get hired. Many students want to hurry through nursing school (or any program) and finish in the shortest time possible. Mostly, this isn't a great idea, but in your case it's understandable. Your current plan seems to make the most sense: finish a two year degree, then complete your BSN at an online respected college or university. If you do have to move in a couple years, you'll have your RN license and the BSN completion can be done pretty much anywhere.
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    Interesting Physician Perspective On NPs

    BlueDevil's comments are fairly accurate--advanced practice practioners are fairly similar, but there tend to be differences. The most significant difference is the ability, aptitude, and skills of the individual. There are good and bad nurses good and bad doctors and good and bad mid-level practitioners; whether an individual is competent or not does not reflect on others of similar training. The next important criterion is the quality of education--there is a HUGE difference in academic rigor between the most demanding and the 'easiest' schools--and the demanding schools generally produce more competent practioners--first, because those admitted to competitive schools are the gifted students already at the top of the class, and second, because those programs are more challenging. This is not to say every single grad of a top-tier program is more skilled than every student at poorly ranked schools--but there is definitely a correlation. In my area, there are three fairly good NP programs and the grads of each are well respected. There is one local PA school with a poor ranking, low pass rate on boards, and the grads are generally thought of as being less competent and not as well prepared. This doesn't mean 'all NPs' are better/ smarter/ more skilled than 'all PAs'; but in our area it's generally true. The inverse could hold in an area where there is a strong PA program and weak NP program, so some opinions may be based on anecdotal information. This could be a great topic for research, but it's probably a subject too charged with ego, emotion, prejudice, and lack of meaningful information to be discussed and determined here.
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    Wrote up a CNA, but I was the one who got the boot!

    There must be some other details that you're not aware of. Many times we don't know how we're perceived by others, or what our colleagues really think of us. It sounds like you have some enemies--not that this is your fault because workplace politics can be uglier than the social dynamics of a middle-school cafeteria. But, whether you did something to provoke the 'mean girls' or not, they seemed to have it out for you--and have the ear of the supervisors. There is probably not much you can do, or even want to do in this situation; getting your job back is probably the last thing on your wish list. But, you can to is turn this into a learning opportunity. If you have any good, trustworthy friends from your employment ask them to go to lunch or have coffee with you (one at a time), then ask them to be candid and tell you what they believe happened. Ask tough questions and be prepared to hear some things you might not like or agree with... Ask what other employees thought about you or said about you (and specifically say you don't want to hear names, just their opinions). Just listen, don't interrupt or argue. Try not to react if what they say is negative--you can say, "this is really hard to hear, but I'd like to learn more." Listen carefully and sit on the information. In the next days and weeks try to consider aspects of what they told you, and try to be open-minded enough to see if there is a shred of truth in their words. If they said you were considered to be 'aloof' or 'lazy' or 'condescending'... or whatever, try to imagine if you may have inadvertently come across that way. If you can see yourself as others may have seen you, this may be a way to make some changes and avoid the same thing happening at your next job. It can be a very, very painful process, but it can lead to less pain in the future. If you can sincerely consider their critiques but not agree, then you were probably the victim of the 'mean girls'. Best of luck. We've all been there at some point, to some extent. It's never easy being the ostracized member of a group. Sometimes it's your fault, often it's not, and sometimes its a combination of the two. I hope you never have to deal with this problem again.

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