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  1. casperostrich

    New grad RN job with no connections?

    What a joke it is to say that there is a nursing shortage! Oh PLEASE! I am so bitter and angry that these schools keep churning them out and here I am 6 months plus post graduation and cannot get a job! What are they thinking?!!! None of these managers want to hire us new grads unless you are connected. I have twenty years of previous health care experience but am a new grad RN. I graduated in May, passed the NCLEX in July, and have had 3 interviews that were all from connections that I had but guess what?!! No job offer! As a matter of fact, my last interview I had 2 instructors backing but low and behold, after 3 weeks of waiting and calling and e-mailing, "Sorry, while you interviewed well the managers decided to go with someone with a bit more experience." Now I am back to job hunting and trying to work any connections I can. Of course it may not get me anything more than an interview as it has before. Why did I change careers to be a nurse if these organizations and managers won't even give us the chance to prove ourselves?! What was the point in me adding more tuition repayment to my growing pile if no one will even hire me no matter what level of education I have!! ADN or BSN it makes no difference unless these stuffy nurse managers actually decide we are hireable!! Nurses eat their young is absolutely true!! These managers just want to stick it to us because they had it stuck to them. Just remember dear managers, one day a nurse may be taking care of you and keep in mind it may be one that you refused to hire because they were a new grad with NO EXPERIENCE!
  2. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    Future, Only 25! Sweet! That means that they are worth 2 points a piece and you really have to pay attention since missing anything minor would count an answer wrong. Wow! What pressure! So that would mean you couldn't miss more than 5. I think we will be ok. I think it will be easier than we think. Never hurt to put all that time in on the work though! :) As for the supplemental info. I think it is just for your own benefit in helping to study. I enrolled in the evolve for med term but haven't looked at it since. I used the CD that came with the book. As I said before, memorizing by flash cards is not my thing. I did better with the games and working thru the book if that makes sense. I did look at the flash cards and tried to link definitions to the words I was having problems with, like gen, genesis, genic. originating, producing, causing (genic) they all end in ing and genic has an i. That is how I finally learned it. genesis I learned as if it was a bible thing, the "origin" of life. Then I re-enforced it with the games on the CD. Hey, whatever works for you, right?! I put all this on here just so that if it helps someone else to learn the stuff, I am happy to have done it. If anyone else throughout the term finds new and unusual ways of learning that would help me out too, I would sure be grateful and give it a try since flashcard learning has never been a way for me to learn. See you all tomorrow and we got this!! If we made it through College Algebra and some of us stat, we can do this! Also, A and P 1 and 2, yea, no stress!! Good Luck new student nurses!! CW
  3. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    OK so here is what I found out. I was tired of trying to figure out when to use the rounding rules and when not. So I sent Miss E an e-mail to get clarification. The short of the long is this. When moving the decimal as in from L to mL and so forth, don't round, just move the decimal and add your 0 in the beginning as needed and remove trailing 0 if required. All other problems, such as fractions to decimals, add, sub, mult, and div decimals, then round by the rules. I did find in Topic 1's practice test a problem that gives the answer to two places even though it should be one. I am counting that as an error. Hope that helps those of you that have had the same problem when dealing with the answers to the practice tests. On a good note, I timed myself when working the practice test, including writing out the problems from the test sheet to my notebook paper so I could re-test without re-printing the sheet each time, and completed the entire 37 problems in 18 minutes with none wrong! I feel good about this test and will not be too over-confident when I get in there, just in case they throw some curves. :) But I feel like I can complete the 50 in under an hour since time is usually my biggest problem with math. I take my time with math problems and generally run out of time if I am not paying attention to the clock. So with that, good luck to us all with the first two tests tomorrow and with beginning classes this week! :) We are on our way!! CW
  4. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    LOL Future, that is exactly what happened to me! Started with a new cartridge and began printing the other three classes. Then I knew I wouldn't make it thru pharm so I picked up another just in case. Sure enough, ran out in the middle of pharm!! Have you been looking at the pp as they print off? I think that is the only class that scares me b/c there is so much on those pp's. CW
  5. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    Moe, I wrote down C-212 on my paper for the degree audit. Future, Yea, I think the fact that I had been printing syllabi, class schedules, and pp, got me a LOT overwhelmed. :) LOL I had to text my first term friend, she had to call me and talk me down!! I said I wouldn't do this bit but here I go already with the getting overwhelmed and freaking out. I know this, I got this, what IS my problem!!! LOL So the short of the long is that she told me the same thing. So I am relaxed again. Whew!! No sense getting started even before the first test or class. Thanks for the info though and yes, I am a weirdo because I love algebra. I, too, am used to stats and algebra. So seems like I am trying to make this more than what I should be. So I will just keep doing the practice sheets for the next three days and review my rules. I most definitely like to make my stupid little mistakes that I kick myself for after. TTYL, CW
  6. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    OMG!!! I just finished putting together my last binder. Of course I waited to do Pharm last and a good thing too. I had already done two of my classes at the beginning of the week, Concepts and Health, and those two burned thru half a brand new cartridge. I just got another one yesterday and had to change it in the middle of pharm. That class looks scary!!! I want to be ready for class as well. I think once we get going we will forget to print something and that could be disastrous!! Plus less time printing and more time studying. :) I have gone thru a pack and a half of paper. Poor trees. Anyway, Future did you see what I had asked you about the math? I could use some encouragement, I think, about studying the right stuff in the book. I can do the work sheet without mistakes. I think I am more afraid I will not study something like the teaspoon/Tablespoon bit and be caught flat-footed in the test. Thoughts? CW
  7. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    Future, I have sent you an e-mail on this site. It is helpful info and let me know what you think. CW
  8. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    I think my printer is overheating with all these syllabi and class schedules!! LOL
  9. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    Future, I was working on Chapter 3 today as well and it makes my head hurt. I don't know about you all but this stuff is something else! Anyway, When I did the practice sheet from Nursing Tutor, most of what is on there is from what she covered in the power point. There is only the 2 questions that I was a little taken-aback with. The teaspoon to mL and the cm to mm. Also, the new e-mail has only the stuff from pp highlighted. What are your thoughts on this? I also wish they were more specific with the parts of the chapters to work on instead of being so vague. What pages in 2 and 3 did you work with? CW
  10. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    Future, The med term test is a 50 question multiple choice test not 75, thank the good Lord!! I took out the flash cards today for Chapters 2 and 3 and there are only 68 total to learn. A lot of those terms are from A and P so it is really less than that if you remember your A and P. I was also wondering about the class times for Techniques but have seen the answer on the previous postings. 8AM for me on Wednesdays until clinical starts. Can someone look at the Independent Study Guide for the Dosage calc and explain something to me? Maybe I am being dense but I am a little confused. In Topic 1 number 12, the answer they give is 33.6 and I can accept that since it is greater than 1. In number 14, I did the one place thing but they give the answer to be 3.13. Since it is greater than 1 wouldn't you think it would just be 3.1? I thought so. Am I missing something? Any shedding of the light on this would be grateful. Thanks, CW
  11. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    Future, Don't worry, when you see it you won't want to see it! LOL Just a LOT of reading and links, this and that's.... Just have a stress free Christmas and pinch the little one for me! :) LOL Enjoy Christmas with her because before you know it she will be like my 7 year old asking every 5 minutes is it time yet?!!! Ahhhhh. Merry Christmas! CW
  12. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    thecamster21, Thanks for trying to give me some info on the 4th semester. I guess I am just missing the skiing. We didn't get to go at the start of this year for money reasons. So I was hoping that 4th term would be flexible enough I could squeak it in next year, my 4th. I have a friend who is a semester ahead of me that would be able to let me know what it will be like. The package has set dates and usually has to be paid for by Jan. 1 for the Feb. trip. So with her ahead of me I will know if I could do it or not. Sigh..... just have to wait and see. My family has missed it two years in a row now and I was hoping next year that my two step-sons and their wives would go with us for a big family trip like when they were teens. So with that it is time to finish Christmas and then focus, focus, focus. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy and Successful New Year! CW
  13. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    Future and first termers, I noticed the other day that 2 of my 4 classes are already up on BB. It is my health assessment and concepts classes. Yikes, it is a lot of info to read! I think that it will have to wait until after I return from my trip to Virginia. :) Oh, I still haven't gotten my skills kit yet either! One thing at a time!! :) The fun begins ladies and gents!! Bring it on!! CW
  14. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    thecamster21, I have a question about 4th term. I am wondering how your schedule is during that semester. My family usually goes skiing in Feb. every year for a week and of course, I am missing it this year. So I am wondering if the schedule would be flexible enough next year, our 4th semester, for me to get away for a week in Feb. The package we get always starts on a Sunday and I won't return home until the following Saturday or Sunday. I had heard that they let you plan out your own clinicals, is that so? Would I be able to miss one test and take it at another time? CW
  15. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    Future, Yea, that was me. I was sitting on the end with a guy I knew from my Chem class last Fall. I think you were the one on your phone texting most of the time, right? lol I couldn't get any signal on my phone until I went out. Then I had 3 waiting. :) I got the section I wanted. :) I picked number 25 so I was stoked. I got section 9 which is Orange Park, so did my friend. I got my books too. I had the NCLEX review book already so I am taking it back tomorrow to hopefully get a refund and pick up everything else not in the box. All I got yesterday that wasn't in the box was the Dosage book and I didn't get the ebook, which I wanted. There goes anothr $200 + !! Oh well, what can you do. I think you can only register as she gets them in, so I guess you will have to try periodically throughout the day. Talk to you all later, CW
  16. casperostrich

    FCCJ SPRING 2010

    Future, If you end with OP and I end with Memorial, I'll switch you! I want OP first and then Memorial. So if you are game, I am!!! I tried Chantix, twice, I felt like I was detached from my brain looking out of my eyes as if I was someone else. I had not a care in the world and no energy. I was like play-doe. I also had a wicked headache start about mid-day. I have tried almost everything except Zyban. Crossing my fingers it will not give me side effects like everything else I try to take. Just have to put my mind to it this time!! See you all in the morning. CW
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