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geminikb has 5 years experience and specializes in Urgent Care, Med-Surg.

Urgent care nurse, NP student

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  1. geminikb

    Advice please - new to nursing

    When I was in nursing school, I took an internship job at HCMC. I worked as a CNA, but because I was on an internship, I got paid more than a starting CNA--I think it was $14/hour. The internship part of the job wasn't much--I got to shadow and RN a couple times--that was about it. However, when I became a staff nurse at HCMC, they greatly expanded the internship experience. I mentored an intern, and she got to practice with me for... it was eight or ten weeks... can't remember for certain, but it was great for her. We worked as a team--she did all assessments and cares right along with me and eventually transitioned to doing a lot of things more independently with me acting more as a resource or guide. Once the summer was over, the mentorship part of the internship ended and she worked mostly as a typical CNA would. I know I'm kind of rambling off the main question you asked.... My original point was that the internship paid more than CNA, and the program at HCMC evolved into a great experience for interns. This was four years ago, so with the economy being as it is now, I have no idea if they have changed the program at all. Another thing to consider is that you might just have to take a job wherever you can find one. Jobs are tight, and most job-seekers out there are finding that they can't be too choosy, unfortunately. Congratulations on your decision to come into the field of nursing. I hope you find your education and your practice rewarding. Kristen
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    Hospital work - RN vs. BSN?

    I don't know a great deal about pay differentials between ADNs and BSNs, but my general understanding is that there is not a whole lot of difference. If money is a concern for you now, you can get your associate degree for now, get out in the field and start working, and then go back for your BSN. There are so many options now for continuing your education. So, so many! I started with my ADN, and now I'm at Metro State in an RN to MSN program, at the end of which I will be awarded with both BSN and MSN degrees. The options are limitless. Whatever you decide, just jump in and get started! One thing to consider is that some employers offer tuition reimbursement to their RNs. That's another thing to consider. If you're not already working in the field for an employer who offers this, why not get your ADN, and then when you continue for your BSN, have your employer help with tuition. Unfortunately with the economy as it is, employers are not paying out as much as they used to for tuition, but every little bit helps. There are also lots of scholarships, whether given by private entities or schools, that give money to currently-practicing RNs. My biggest piece of advice is just to tell you that there are always options for continuing your education. ADN is a perfectly good place to start, and as one of the previous posters already stated, whether you're an ADN or a BSN, everyone takes the same board exam. I got my ADN at Anoka-Ramsey, and I feel that I got top-notch education there. Good luck!
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    HELP! Floor Nursing = NOT for me

    I am working on my masters for NP. I currently work in Urgent Care, and I love it. It's not quite as stressful as floor nursing, but there's still a lot of variety, and I still get to use a wide array of my nursing skills. The urgent care department where I work functions as the code team for the entire clinic complex where I work, so we are all ACLS certified, which I think it valuable knowledge and experience. I really like it.