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    Should prn get weekend or holiday diff???

    When I worked homecare, the agency I worked for did not pay a holiday diff to anyone. Fulltime, parttime, PRN...didn't matter. I did shiftwork, and if the family of the patient wanted service on a holiday, I was expected to work it with no extra holiday pay....luckily for me, my patient's family usually did not want or need nursing on most holidays. Now I work in a doctor's office, so we are closed on all major holidays, which I LOVE! I worked holidays for so many years in the nursing home (which I totally expected), but it's nice to be home with my kids now.
  2. Hi there! Sorry I'm a little late to respond. I am a LPN who has been working as a dispensing nurse for a methadone and suboxone clinic for a few months now. I absolutely LOVE the job. It has its own set of challenges, but compared to nursing homes and home health, which is where my previous background lies, this is by far the easiest and least physically demanding job I've had as a nurse. No heavy lifting on patients, no changing them, no dealing with oxygen tanks or doing wound care...not to mention no holidays and no weekends (at least not in my clinic). The patients can be challenging and needy at times but that's in any healthcare environment. There is an occasional emergency or maybe a patient who's impaired that you can't dose, but for the most part, it is a fun, smooth sailing job. I recommend you try it...you may just end up loving it. No way could I imagine working in a different area of nursing now!
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    LPN-RN at Galen

    Hello, I was just wondering if there are any LPN-RN students in Cincinnati at Galen, and if so, could you give me some insight into the schedule for the hybrid program in Cincinnati? Like, what days/times did you have classes and clinicals? I meet with an admission rep next week and would love to start in January. However, I work 30 hours a week in home care taking care of a 4-year old child who is vent dependent. I only work 4 days a week and am off at 3:00 p.m. on those days. No way can I afford to cut back work hours to go back to school. I have a family to support so working less hours isn't an option. Really hoping this works out for me because I've been a LPN for nearly 8 years and just ready to get it DONE! Thanks for any insight you can give me!
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    Galen hybrid Cincinnati

    I know this thread is a bit old, but I was just wondering if you started at Galen, and if so, could you give me some insight into the schedule for the hybrid program in Cincinnati? Like, what days/times did you have classes and clinicals? I meet with an admission rep next week and would love to start in January. However, I work 30 hours a week in home care taking care of a 4-year old child who is vent dependent. I only work 4 days a week and am off at 3:00 p.m. on those days. No way can I afford to cut back work hours to go back to school. I have a family to support so working less hours isn't an option. Really hoping this works out for me because I've been a LPN for nearly 8 years and just ready to get it DONE! Thanks for any insight you can give me!
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    Achieve test prep?

    I wanted to use Achieve Test Prep but my monthly payment would have been around $300! That's not including the enrollment fees and testing fees at Excelsior. During months that I am testing, my total cost could have been $700! Way too much. I just could not justify that. Excelsior is actually offering some of their nursing classes online now, and they qualify for financial aid. Might be a cheaper and better option than these "test prep" services.
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    Microbiology Exam

    mochasouter, I studied for A&P for about a month. I did not study every day, though. I think you would be ok if you use StudyGroup 101. I did not even buy the textbook for the course.
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    Loving my new Hospice LVN position

    I am so happy to see your post about this. At this exact moment, I am sitting here thinking about how much I HATE my LTC job. I love my residents, don't get me wrong, but the stress is unbelievable. I worked 18 hours on Friday! I had 3 new admissions, a resident fell, one new resident is on peritoneal dialysis, which I had never done before, and the dialysis nurse came in to give us an inservice on it. I still had all my charting to do, plus the paperwork on the fall and the assessments on the new admissions. I was soooo stressed. I was just thinking about a new direction to try with my nursing career. Maybe hospice will be my next endeavor!
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    Microbiology Exam

    Congrats! I just completed the A&P exam last Thursday. Got an "A" on that one but I've had an A&P class at the college level before, too, so it was really just review. Unfortunately, it was over 5 years ago and Excelsior won't accept it. So I had to retake it. But I'm a little nervous about Micro. We'll see how that goes! For A&P, I just used Study Guide 101 and the outline of Excelsior's study guide. I just needed a basic review. Can't wait to get these prereqs done and out of the way so that I can move on to the nursing classes. Again, congrats!
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    Career vs Family vs Economy

    I worked full-time 3-11 2nd shift, and I too have 2 young children (8 and 7, so mine are school age). I HATED it. It's the worst shift ever when you have kids at home, especially once they start school. I would only see them for about 30 minutes in the mornings before school and then on my days off and that was IT. I finally got tired of it and put in my 2 weeks notice. However, my unit manager talked me in to staying by offering to swap out some of those 2nd shifts for 1st/2nd double shifts, which allows me to work only 3 days a week and be home 4 days. Basically I work 1st shift every other Tuesday, 2nd shift every Wednesday, and then double shifts every other Saturday & Sunday. I still hate it, even though I'm home a lot more. I'm actively looking for a full-time day shift position so that I could be home at night, but those are hard to come by. My first job after LPN school, I worked full-time 7p-7a night shift, and I LOVED it. I would work 2 in a row, be off 3 in a row, then work 2, be off the weekend. Then the following week, the pattern would repeat, except that I would work the weekend. It was awesome. Good luck to you! Hope you get that Telemetry position! I know you need a job, but if at all possible, I'd recommend against that full-time 2nd shift position with young kids at home. In my experience, it just wasn't worth it.
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    Best RN jobs to have more time for children/family

    I have the same problem. I'm a LPN, and my first job when I passed my NCLEX was at a LTC facility working 12 hour night shifts (7P-7A). The scheduling wasn't too bad. I worked 2 in a row, then had 3 days off in a row. Then I would work 2, have the weekend off. It was a repeating pattern every week basically. But 3rd shift took a toll on my health. Now, I currently work in a different LTC facility. I needed full-time because I have to carry the benefits for my family. My husband works at Kroger, but the benefits are sooooo expensive that it would be his whole check pretty much! My current schedule I HATE! I had to agree to work a combination of both day shift and 2nd shift in order to be full-time. In order to get every other weekend off, I have to do 16-hour double shifts on my weekends that I work! Basically I work every other Tuesday day shift (7A-3P), every Wednesday 2nd shift (3P-11P), and then the double shifts every other weekend. I have 2 children, 8 and 7. On my days off, I'm so worn out from the double shifts that all I want to do is sleep. I get 2 days off in a row after I work the doubles, and then I get a 3-day weekend when it's my weekend off. Still, it does not seem like enough time with my children because I do not see them at ALL on the days I work the doubles (not even for 5 minutes), and every Wednesday when I do the evening shift, I see them for a half hour in the mornings before they go to school. That's it. I can't really afford to drop down to part-time because of the benefits, but I HATE HATE HATE my schedule and the fact that I never see my babies. I feel trapped.....
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    2nd shift vs. 3rd shift

    Back in my younger days, I preferred second shift because I didn't have to get up early. However, now as a mother of 2 school age kids, I HATE second shift! The only time I see my kids is for about 30 minutes in the morning before they go to school and on my days off. They are in school when I leave for work, and they are asleep by the time I get home. Second shift is the WORST shift if you are a parent, unless your kids are not yet school age. Then you could spend some time with them before you go in. Otherwise, you will never see your children. I used to work 12-hour night shifts and I LOVED it. I was home at 7:30 AM to get my kids off to school, slept during the day while they were in school, and then got up at 3:30 to get them off the bus. I was still able to have dinner with them and get them started on homework before I had to leave for work at 6:30 in the evening. However, night shift messed up my body. I ended up gaining weight from eating at night and drinking tons of soda just to stay awake. I became pre-diabetic from the weight gain/unhealthy habits. So I accepted a 1st/2nd shift split position (one day on 1st shift, one day on 2nd shift, and one 1st/2nd double shift each week for 32 hours total). But I hate the days that I have to do 2nd shift and the double shift. I don't see my kids at all. But at least I'm able to sleep at night and am not up all night eating. Different shifts work for different people. If you can, I recommend asking if you can "shadow" or "orient" a couple of days on 2nd to make sure you're going to like it.
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    just registered for 8 week health safety class!!!!

    Hi mochasouter. The A & P is an overwhelming wealth of information. It can be a little difficult to know exactly how to approach the material. I use the study guide that Excelsior provides as a tool to guide my study. I am mostly just using Study Guide 101 and a few online practice quizzes (including the Excelsior practice test for A & P). I did not buy the textbook because I have actually had an A & P course at the community college. Unfortunately, it was older than 5 years so Excelsior won't accept it. Same with Micro. Oh well, just gotta get these 2 tests out of the way then I can enroll and start the online courses! Good luck to you!
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    just registered for 8 week health safety class!!!!

    So how does this work? I know you have to enroll in the college to register for the classes. Just wondering if you have to take more than one at a time to be considered eligible for financial aid? or does the aid cover it even if you only sign up for one? I'm taking my A&P exam next week and then going to knock Micro out. Plan to enroll immediately after Micro so that I can sign up for the Transitions class starting July 3rd.
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    Excelsior College offering online college courses!

    Hmmmm that doesn't show up on mine. Maybe because I'm not actually "enrolled" as a student? I created a log-in so that I could take the first test without enrolling, which Excelsior allows you to do.
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    Excelsior College offering online college courses!

    Where did you find this info at? That is GREAT news! I am currently studying to challenge the A&P exam (I took the course but it was over 5 years ago, which is their new rule). I also have to take the Microbiology exam and then all the nursing courses. I have the rest of the general ed courses completed from previous college coursework. Is this new info on their website? Where can I locate it? Thanks so much!
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    Cost of BSN

    I've heard of some a lot cheaper than that. But I've heard of some that are more expensive, too.
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