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I_See_You_RN has 4 years experience and specializes in Surgical ICU.

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  1. I_See_You_RN

    Dealing with competitiveness, cliques...

    I go to a clicky school. My advice... just get over it, lol. It may suck at first because you may have moved to a new area like i did,.. no friends live close by,... so its a little isolating at first. Keep up with your old friends over the phone and make time every now and then for them to visit. When you get to clinicals its a whole lot better because you'll make friends easily with all the people who already work in the OR or students from other schools who are not competing with you or just have less up their butts . An alternative to my method, probably the more socially acceptable, is to join in on study groups. YOU break the ice and ask if you could join in or invite someone to your own. Or just start making random convo in class till you find someone with a personality like yours. In the end,.. remember that this is only two years, the people in your class won't make you or break you, and who wants clicky, competitive, stuck up friends anyway. Those competitive (empty barrels) make the most noise.. so they probably couldn't help you academically anyway. Think about that.
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    Question for SUNY Downstate students.

    NICU as in neonatal ICU right... no neuro... If you're in Neonatal ICU i don't think its about labels,.. its about logic. they want you to have experience with dealing with the patient population that you will mostly serve. There is a slew of chronic diseases and surgeries that you will most likely not see in a neonate. Yes neonates do have some difficult to manage congenital disorders but they still don't mirror the adult population. Everything from lab values, appropriate treatment, and pharmacology is different. I think the idea of preferring SICU and CTICU is that they know that you have experience with dealing with the general population and should be able to comprehend basic principles of treatment geared to them. They worry about training in sub-populations later.
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    UPenn CRNA 2012 University of Pennyslvania

    anyone else out there :)
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    Accepted to U Penn!! Now in need of syllabus

    congrats!! are you from the area or will you be moving? do you have any specific questions about the program,.. maybe i can answer.
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    Accepted to U Penn!! Now in need of syllabus

    Yeah drexel is actually very close by. Not even a 5 minute drive. And you're right. Parking is ridiculous!! I've been so spoiled by having a car for so many years, unless you wanna spend all that extra cash, we might have to look into public transportation,.. at least some of the days. I haven't even started looking at apartments or neighborhoods yet.
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    Accepted to U Penn!! Now in need of syllabus

    really sorry to hear that. Don't let that get you worried and nervous about your next interview. Like you said, just use it as an experience.
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    Accepted, now what's next financially, homelife

    And another thought to the OP: You didn't describe your savings and such so i'll just assume the worst case scenario. Lets say that you really are struggling and there is a chance you won't be able to pay for tuition/home/kids when clinicals start. Since you are already in the program, is it possible to ask your counselor if its possible to restart next year where you left off but in the next graduating class. I know that this goes against the dogma that you should NEVER turn down an offer, but asking can't hurt. They already accepted you and the MSN classes you're taking is for anesthesia right? Just finding out your options for the worst case scenario will be helpful. Tell your counselor that they are making cut backs at your wife's job so you are just curious about the school's policy. They can't fail you out of school for asking. good luck!
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    Accepted, now what's next financially, homelife

    Hi. I completely agree with you, and I don't think I said anything much different than you. My advise to him was to take care of his debt, and to get into good standings before he spends money otherwise... I suggested to get on a payment plan of small payments as long as he can still pay for "shelter, food," and other necessities. You said "shelter", I said mortgage. Unless you're suggesting the poor house or the soup kitchen I think "mortgage/rent/food" covers the whole roof over your head thing and stability. Little love will help too. Defaulted loans will not haunt you forever,.. of course not,.. they can just take almost everything you own,.. depending on how much the loan was for,.. and then you'll be at peace. Or you'll just have to pay cash for everything. And i'll stop the sarcasm there,.. but I was afraid it would haunt him when its time for him to get a loan for school. Most applications i've seen ask if you have ever defaulted on a loan. Oh wait,... its already haunting him because the topic was that he can't get a loan and its stressing him out. As for depending on credit cards/loans,.. just like you suggested a **** hits the fan plan,... that was mine. Again, it seems like we are agreeing. I'm just a little too timid (i know i know) to even think about my house foreclosing and calculating how much time that would buy me... and then how fast I can get a job.Yes, the bank is a business, but there is some worker out there that is effected when I refuse to pay my bills..take "I" and multiply that buy soo many Americans. (The CEO doesn't get laid off, the bankteller or the cleaning lady does.) To me,.. that seems weak,... a 10,000 credit limit on a credit card in good standings,.. not so weak. But again, that was a contingency plan... a little more respectable than purposefully having your house go to foreclosure. You're into risk,.. i'm into responsibility. No I don't have any kids but I wouldn't be risking my house (ie shelter) if i did. Joining the navy,.. great... if you like the navy. Joining so that creditors can't come after you d/t some legal loophole. BTW: He didn't tell us his entire financial profile, but I don't think he would be this nervous if he had three houses that he could liquidate for funds. If so,.. then thats a great idea. I agree with you. - Donald Trump filed for corporate bankruptcy in the most recent times. Big difference than personal bankruptcy. The one time that he did file for personal bankruptcy he sold his yahts, hotels,stocks, and an airplane. After that he vowed not to endanger his personal well being (and his family's) for a chance at financial gain. Take risks, but calculated ones. To OP: If you've really hit a rock,.. have you thought about downsizing your house and taking the equity from it? Also to the OP,.. no negativity is being directed towards you,..all i'm trying to say is that tidying up the past first before you move on may be helpful and with an understanding family it will all work out. A planned downsizing might actually go over alot better with your wife since there will be less financial tension and the fact that you'll be graduating soon with higher pay may make it seem worth it.
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    Accepted, now what's next financially, homelife

    Check out creditKarma.com. It does not give you an official credit score but it gives you their credit rating and you can track you credit card balances monthly, your progress in paying off certain debt and your progress towards a better credit profile. Just don't get tempted and take one of those creditcard offers to the side. Other than that its free and you can update your score pretty much every month.
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    Accepted, now what's next financially, homelife

    How much do you owe on the loan in default? If It is just for one class i'll assume $4,000. instead of spending OT money for paying for new classes you need to get that monkey off of your back. You'll feel better and less stressed. Step 1. If you're hiding,.. stop hiding! Step 2: Call up who ever owns the account now, be civil, give a quick statement that you had hit hard times but now you would really like to work out a plan with them. You'd be surprised but some companies will take as little as $100/month and after a few months may take the "defaulted" label off of your credit report. If you're even thinking of quitting your job and you are taking grad classes then you cannot be as pennurious as to not be able to afford even small payments. Take that income tax money and make a large payment if possible. You might have had plans for that money but anything short of medical, food and mortgage, might have to be put on the backburner. Its a hard truth for most Americans (including some of my close family members ) but you have to start thinking that if you owe money to people and are not in good repayment standings, then the money that you earn isn't really yours and you don't have more of a right to it to do any extra fanciful things instead of paying them back. :chair: sorry if i'm being harsh. But if this is a private loan, the last thing you want them to do is put a lein on your house...and in hard times,.. they will. Defaulted loans will always haunt you and as a father of three kids with a non-working wife what you need is security. and although not the best security option,.. moderate to good credit and the ability to borrow in times of emergency is parmount. Right now i'm also working to get my credit into good, if not perfect order by the time I apply for loans and start school. Also, never depend on something that is not already there. Unless your wife has a guarenteed job waiting for her, don't factor that into your financial plan. I know many experienced, good nurses who haven't found another job after their hospital closed and you hear every day about professional white collar people losing their job, or unable to find a job and thus resorting to finding another profession. From what I hear, there will be a lot less family time for these two years (no personal experience), and I'm sure she will have to shoulder some more of the child care responsibilities. But that is what a partnership is about :redbeathe:kiss, especially if this will help your family in the long run. If she likes the goa'ls end result (higher pay, happier husband) she will have to adjust to help her family reach that goal. And you didn't mention how long she was a stay at home mom, but i'll assume 2 years. If right... don't mean to be mean but then you two should be kinda even,.. because i haven't met any set of 3 kids who have been harder to take care of than 2 ICU patients. Your love is for life and I'm sure she knows that you would do the same for her in a heart beat. good luck!
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    Accepted to U Penn!! Now in need of syllabus

    about 4 weeks I think. And with interviews you never know. I had one job interview and thought that I did stellar, we branched off on so many different topics, he fed into it by whipping out research that he was doing, .. it just so happen that I had done a pseudo-research capstone project in college on that same exact topic and to present it to hospital board,... so we had lots to talk about.... did not get the job. Every other interview that i've been on in life,... lil to alot nervous, doubted that I did well... always got the job/position/admission. Its just one of those things...
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    Help! Input on retaking a class or not??

    well if you are going to take those classes then i guess you don't need to take over A&P from undergrad, however, before you take those classes make sure that you are really ready to get an A,... B at worst because once you dont do well in a graduate course it is very hard to come back from that. Its like telling the board members that your only responsibility was one class and work but yet you still couldn't excel. Since your own A&P, pathophys, and pharm classes were a while ago then i suggest brushing up on those classes first on your own and see where you stand. You can do a search on barnes and nobles for practice books with questions in pharm or pathophys where you can test yourself and see how easily you breeze through the concepts. good luck!
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    CRNAs Help!!!

    I would take the SICU position because you'll be introduced to a diverse body of surgical patients whom you'll later be working with. MICU has its own merits but their patient body is different and drugs, pathophys, and prioritization will be different. Its hard to put this into words unless you have worked at both without typing out lengthy comparitive scenarios. Also, have you checked out the difference in salary/cost of living ratios for each area. That might just sway you to texas. And if all that you can save within a year in florida is 8,000 it might not be that important. I little over-time and you could make the extra cash. Also, a "year" is never really a "year". The time it takes to apply, get interviewed, perfect your resume will tack on some months if not an extra year to that. You don't want to apply with minimum credentials. Do yourself a personal favor and study for your CCRN and really learn the major pathophys concepts. I can not tell you how much it helps in CRNA school (literally), but if it makes you a better, wiser, ICU nurse than it must count for something. Good luck PS: really look at the cost break down in the two areas and make sure to factor in the incidentals like heat, water, gas, car gasoline, cable bill, food, etc.
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    Accepted to U Penn!! Now in need of syllabus

    Thank you sooooooooooo much for answering these questions!!
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    What to review during my leisure time.

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    New grad RN & aspiring CRNA - Where should I start? OR vs. PCU

    i can tell you that the OR nurse, circulating, does not get much experience in ICU or CRNA-like care. the only benefit is to see if you like the OR environment and the CRNA role. but that doesn't take a year. You would be able to easily shadow and ask lots of questions, but still not worth a year committment. I say go to the pcu with hopes of getting into the ICU.