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  1. ChuckE

    New grad taking ACLS course??

    I took ACLS and PALS just before I graduated for all of the reasons mentioned. In the end, it really meant little to nothing in terms of getting a job. I would suggest that if you have the extra money, then yes, get the certs. However, for me, it was a non-issue and it certainly wasn't a detriment where I was held to a higher standard as long as you acknowledge the fact that the certification doesn't mean you know what you are doing in a Code situation. The best reason for getting the Certs IMHO is that you can tell recruiters that you are so motivated to learn that you just couldn't wait to get the ACLS certifications. Also, the protocols do NOT change every year. The new ACLS protocols are coming out as of 2011 and prior to that, it was 2008. There are only minor differences that don't mean very much to you as a nurse since doctors do pretty much whatever they want in a Code situation. As an ER Doc once told me as well as my preceptor nurse, "They're already dead. You aren't going to kill em any more". And no, the class is not very difficult and you will pass.
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    Where are nursing jobs?

    $21/hr is what they offered me as a new grad RN in the ER.
  3. ChuckE

    white underwear under white scrub bottoms?

    Does it specifically say that you HAVE to wear underwear? Commando anyone?
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    ACLS Certification 2011

    I wouldn't worry too much about the 2011 guidelines as there are only 2 or 3 changes from the 2008 guideline. The ACLS instructor will most likely have both versions of the book and point out the difference between the two. My ACLS/PALS instructor also had the 2011 mini-ACLS book for sale and even gave away the few 2008 mini books he had available.
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    HELP!!! bad evaluation

    They ranked you as a "low performer" because you ask too many questions??? How stupid is that? From all of the nurses I've talked to while in NS, the thing that scared nurses the MOST is when a new nurse DOES NOT ask questions! YOU ARE NEW! Of course you're going to have lots of questions. If I were the charge nurse, I'd be wondering why the other new grads aren't asking as many questions as you. Sorry I can't help you with the action plan, but good luck.
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    Failed 6 times and Giving up :(

    No it isn't. The first time pass rate is 86%, so really, how hard can it be?
  7. "The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice." The tests are therefore the SAME. Each State may have their own requirements for a RN, but that's in addition to the NCLEX-RN. Take it for what it's worth as I'm still in NS, but I would keep doing what you're doing and take the NCLEX where you went to school and THEN ask for reciprocity - this is the advise I was given by my instructors.
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    two new hospitals being built in phoenix area????

    That's the area I may have heard about - the Surprise area.
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    Anybody know about MGA health care??

    As a nursing student, let me add what I know. Our Peds clinical includes a couple of days at a home health environment staffed by MGA nurses. The homes can range anywhere from the barrio to Scottsdale due to the patients medical need and not the household income. My MGA nurse did not have anything great or bad to say about MGA and I spent 2 whole days with her. So based on my very limited experience, I would say though I would like to work in a hospital, I would work with/for MGA if I had to.
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    anyone have a clinical day

    The way we pick patients for our clinicals is that we go to the hospital the day before and ask the charge nurse or a RN for a patient who is not going home for at least a day. Then, I just check the chart quickly to see why he's in the hospital and what his name is. After which I go to the room and briefly introduce myself as a student nurse who will be helping to take care of him the next day. This way, if they have a problem with me as a student nurse, a man, or whatever, they can tell me right then and there and save me the time of doing a care plan on him. So far, no complaints though.
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    Can anyone help me out please!?

    You have to decide what's more important, getting into NS ASAP, or getting into a school close to your house. Since you mention Apollo, (and since I'm currently a student at Apollo) I can tell you that as a private school, as long as you score in the top 30 scorers of the NET test (I hear it's the HESI test now), you will be accepted. If you were to go to the Apollo RN orientation which I believe they have weekly, you may even be able to start classes by March 2010. This should apply to most other private schools. Any other non-private schools like a community college or a university like A will have a multi-year waiting list to get into school and not even into the Nursing program. Just ask Sweetjen - she knows all about waiting lists. And take a look at the NCLEX-RN pass rates for all of the AZ schools on the AZBON site: http://www.azbn.gov/documents/nclex/RN%20NCLEX%20Quarterly%20Reports%20Q3%202009.WEB.pdf It starts on page 9.
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    Can anyone help me out please!?

    So what school are you in now Sweetjen?
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    Can anyone help me out please!?

    So why don't you give the OP and the rest of us the benefit of your sage wisdom and tell us how we acquire this "good education"? So far, you denigrated Apollo College's NCLEX pass rate which you were wrong about. Then you denigrated ASU (which I don't know about so I can't comment on). So instead of bashing schools, why not tell us which great school YOU went to so the OP can check that school out?
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    Can anyone help me out please!?

    According to the AZBON website, Apollo grads managed to pass the NCLEX at a rate of 88%. This is actually a higher rate than the ASU grads.
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    IASIS in Arizona

    crangel - FYI, Apollo College's clinical sites are IASIS hospitals like St. Lukes in Tempe and Phoenix.
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    Help! need advice asap, job search and offers.

    I just received my new issue of Businessweek. The cover article of this issue has to do with the rise in the number of the temp worker. The article goes on to say how corporations have cut as much overhead as they can and now they are viewing the employees as overhead to be cut at will. So instead of hiring FT workers, they are hiring temp workers that do not require by law benefits of any kind. So in my opinion, take care of #1. That's you BTW. Go to the interview and if they offer you a job that you prefer over the job you already have, take the job and let the first hospital know as diplomatically as you can.