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  1. ItsTheDude

    If you could do it all over again, would you?

    yes, but as others have stated, would do it much much sooner in life.
  2. it's considered health care experience, but not nursing experience, big difference. however, many newbie rn's don't have any paid health care experience, so it will still help u to have health care exp.
  3. ItsTheDude

    Got job offer at a home health agency

    if u don't feel comfortable after the orientation/ojt then don't do it, otherwise, home health can be very easy, it's just you and one patient typically. the patient's family/friends and non health care related issues (them thinking you're their maid, etc) can make hh not so pleasant, just depends on the patient.
  4. it's relative to what else is out there. nursing is still one of the better jobs out there (pay and demand). then consider most nurses only have a 2 yr degree, it's no brainer, go for it.
  5. ItsTheDude

    ranking points for forsyth tech ADN

    it's a good school, congrats.
  6. grades don't matter much, if at all. experience is the biggie.
  7. ItsTheDude

    TEAS test help

    it's just basics, the science part is the hardest, b/c it covers several areas of science.
  8. ItsTheDude

    We need a hat!

    no hat, no thx.
  9. ItsTheDude

    married to MD

    one of my buds is married to a md, but he isn't a nurse. he worked and helped put her through med school, now he's a house hubby and keeper of the kiddies. she told him he could stay home and be the house hubby/mom or she would, easy choice seeing that she makes multiple times what he could.
  10. ItsTheDude

    shoes for clinical

    i've always worn tennis shoes, all white k-swiss is my fav.
  11. ItsTheDude

    Worried about hiring requirements..........

    adn's are here to stay, as long as, health care remains private (it's about profit, not care). we're a long way from nationalized health care (all health care workers working the the feds) no matter what the nuts say. truthfully, a bsn is a waste of time is you're not going to get a higher degree and/or don't want to work in areas that generally required a bsn (which is generally government work and other areas).
  12. ItsTheDude

    What has happened to nursing?

    to the op, i'd really like to know what profession you think isn't controlled by a boat load of rules, regs, law, etc.?
  13. what is the difference? basically, hospitals are where people go to get better/stabilize and LEAVE ALIVE to live life, some die there or go to ltc though. ltc is where people go to live there and die there, some do leave alive though (long term rehab usually). hospitals also have better staffing, etc. what would you recommend? hospital, but it's harder to get a job in one. where do you think is better to work? hospital
  14. ItsTheDude

    is nursing fun for you?

    nursing is a job, how many people think their job is fun? there's a reason they pay you and it isn't to have fun, it's to do a job. i say this, b/c too many newbie nurses seem to think they have to have fun being a nurse or something is wrong with them and they become disillusioned with nursing. with that said, nursing does have it's enjoyable moments.
  15. ItsTheDude

    Has anyone successfully completed an LVN-to-RN program?

    i was a lpn that bridged to a rn program (req lpn's to have worked as a lpn for at least 1 yr), so the lpn's were way ahead of the straight rn students.
  16. ItsTheDude

    Nursing as a Second Career

    there's NO national nursing shortage now, hasn't been for awhile. several years back, if you were a newbie rn you didn't really have to find a job, they found you (some employers were like stalkers) and even paid signing bonuses, moving expenses, etc. now days, many newbie rn's have to actively seek employment for months! bonuses and all the other goodies are tough to find these days for newbs and experienced nurses. many newbs are having to settle for pt work or work in areas of nursing they don't like when they finally get a job offer. the future, things are getting better, but i don't know if we'll get back to the crazy days anytime soon (nursing shortage). the economy has to pick up a lot and stay that way for a yr or more. i think obama care will increase demand for nurses too.