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    Relocating to Denver (weather) not really nursing

    I have lived in Colorado for about 10 years, originally from southern New Jersey. (near Philadelphia) I believe that most of what AllAmericangirl has to say (that is negative) is true, BUT I must qualify. I love the dryness because I'm allergic to mold and there is virtually no mold. Your hair will look better anyway because there is no humidity - it will stay where you put it in the morning. I love not having silverfish, roaches, Japanese beetles, termites, carpenter ants etc. I LOVE the summer nights because you are outside enjoying them instead of driven inside by the humidity and/or the bugs. In the winder, the snow melts fast in the bright sun, and you never get months of grey days on end like you do back east. Spring days are inserted nicely right into the middle of winter, it's wonderful. And a BIG plus for me is the crime rate. Yes, there IS crime, but nothing like I saw in New Jersey or Philadelphia, or New York. In NJ, I would be so worried because of the ^ car jackings, home invasions, gun crimes, etc. We had to have an alarm system on our home in a pretty good neighborhood because there were robberies all the time - with guns. Here, I feel very safe. (I live near Castle Rock). Rarely robberies, and the ones that occur are usually because someone forgot to close their garage door at night and teens stole the bikes. The "bad" neighborhoods in Denver are like Disneyworld if you've ever lived in NJ!!! I was in a "bad" neighborhood and didn't even know it. These people don't KNOW what a "bad" neighborhood is! They've never prayed to God to just escape from a wrong turn alive, with a pack of drinking teenagers sizing you up as they close in on you. (Camden, NJ) And I disagree about Denver being dirty. I love this city. It is clean and safe and there is so much to do with your family. The museums are not overrun by thousands of creepy, truant skanks, cursing loudly and behaving like pigs in front of your children. ("Mommy, what's a motherf_er?") That is what I see in Philadelphia or New York when I visit there. The Denver "brown cloud" is sometimes there, but more often it is NOT there, and you see BIG BLUE sky, not grey, overcast miserable weather. The schools in my county are also very good, compared to most areas in Florida that I researched. We almost moved to Florida until I realized that I'd have to put 2 kids through private school for them to get an equivalent education as here. And the homes in Florida are just as expensive as the Colorado homes now. We were priced out of the market in Florida. Why don't you take an apartment or a travel nurse position and just try it to see if it's you? Best of luck.
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    Can I find employment at my age??

    Doesn't it depend on the state you live in? I live in Colorado, and I hear no one wants new nurses - just those with experience. I'm 44, and I won't graduate until I'm 45. This course work is very intense. I'm thinking that if you live in a state where the "crisis" isn't as bad, the openings for new nurses will go to the younger crowd. Of course, no one will say that, it will just happen. I'm really worried about it.
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    Sending nurses over from India???

    I just toured a US government facility with my microbiology class that is attempting to create an inexpensive bioethanol fuel from corn waste products. Do you know they are exporting 15 microbiologist jobs to the Czech republic because these well-trained foreign microbiologists are 1/15-th the price of an American microbiologist. (Buy 1, get 14 free!) I can't believe more people aren't up in arms over this. Here in Colorado unemployment is still bad. The "new jobs" being created are in RETAIL. I can easily see them exporting pathology jobs, from plebotomy to MDs. (I apologize for my poor spelling!) It's happening everywhere and Americans are just letting it happen while we are distracted by this unfortunate war. I do not think nursing will be immune.
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    Sending nurses over from India???

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    Future Nursing Student needs advice

    I have never heard of the term "nursing informatics". In the company where I used to work, many nurses were working as QA Analysts. We were preparing New Drug Applications for submission to the FDA. Now this was a cush job. No liability issues, no blood, and no vomit, great pay, and with QA you check other people for errors but people rarely check you!
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    Future Nursing Student needs advice

    Interesting about University of Wisconsin - I'll check into it, thank you very much. I was a systems analyst in the pharmaceutical industry before 2 kids. Then I moved around the world and country with husband being mommy. Then I was ready to go back to work and not only is it real hard to find a programming job, they are all 50+ hour weeks -- tough with a family. People were calling me in to interview only because of the health care application -- programmers are "a dime a dozen". Well, health care is frankly a lot more interesting than writing computer code and I'd been Dr. Mom for 10+ years, so then I decided to work hard to become a nurse. Problem is, it's so hard to get into any programs here in COlorado. At 43, I feel I have many productive years left, but I just hate the idea of wasting those years waiting around to get into a school. I'm baffled because there are many women like me that I've met in pre-reg classes, who can't get into a school in this state despite straight A's. Women that I would trust to nurse my family, good people that could alleviate this "nursing crisis".
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    Future Nursing Student needs advice

    You all speak as though you can just decide what you want and then sign on. The accelerated program at Metro will only accept 32 students with the next cohort and there are THOUSANDS on the information/application list. Plus, they don't even have the funding yet for the next cohort!!!!The "accelerated" program at CSU CO Springs actually takes 2 years to complete and they have the exact same pre-reqs as traditional students, so this is a 3-year program even if you already have a degree, not to mention there is a wait-list as well. CC-Denver has over 500 on the wait list and they don't even sent out/accept applications any more. I applied to ACC a year ago and was 218 on the wait list. They take 100 students a year, so I'm just wasting time here waiting for a spot. ACC's current wait list is over 500 as well. I am so frustrated with this situation. (I'm 43, displaced homemaker and a systems anaylst in a previous life.) Does anyone know, will they be doing anything in Colorado to relieve this bottle neck?
  8. HI Everybody, I was wondering if anyone has any information on any schools in Colorado that don't have a wait list of YEARS for admission. Does anyone know, is the state going to do anything soon to relieve this bottle neck? And who is "the state" department that determines this? I am so ready to start clinicals -- all pre-reqs are done and grades are great, but I'll be on social security before there is a spot for me in school! Anybody know of any new programs about to start up? Thanks! Jane
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    Sending nurses over from India???

    Yes! You are right! You can't outsource personal medical care. I am paranoid because I never would have believed the government would let US Companies outsource so much work. In my husband's company, they outsourced most of the IT department and this is a big DEFENSE contractor. Workers in Mexico are doing the IT work for Lockheed Martin Corporation, including personnel records and administration. I do believe if they (big business/hospitals) can figure out a way to outsource, they will, but it seems impossible, doesn't it? Thank you for your reply -- my blood is warming up! Now, if I could just get into clinicals .......
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    Sending nurses over from India???

    Yes! You are right! You can't outsource personal medical care. I am paranoid because I never would have believed the government would let US Companies outsource so much work. In my husband's company, they outsourced most of the IT department and this is a big DEFENSE contractor. Workers in Mexico are doing the IT work for Lockheed Martin Corporation, including personnel records and administration. I do believe if they (big business/hospitals) can figure out a way to outsource, they will, but it seems impossible, doesn't it? Thank you for your reply -- my blood is warming up! Now, if I could just get into clinicals .......
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    Sending nurses over from India???

    You wrote "Also note in order to hire a foreign citazen of any sort it must be proven that it is a job no US citazen wants or can fill. (Think migrant worker picking fruit for low wages in the hot sun.) So if US nurses are filling the positions, hospitals are not allowed to bring over foreign workers." Take it from me, that is no assurance. I AM one of those out-of-work tech workers, now pursuing a nursing degree. This post made my blood run cold, because I do believe this can happen. Those Indian workers who provide tech support speak beautiful English, with only a slight accent. I can also see hospitals using this to drive pay DOWN. Supply and demand. What kills me is the wait lists to get into Nursing school here in COlorado is YEARS -- there are thousands of smart, qualified people waiting to get into clinicals. Would the state or federal government address the nursing shortage by fixing this bottleneck? No. That makes too much sense! But based on my own hard experience I can absolutely see them importing foreign, low paid nurses under some emergency exception to the visa laws. This is a train wreck waiting to happen. :uhoh21:
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    Sending nurses over from India???

    You wrote "Also note in order to hire a foreign citazen of any sort it must be proven that it is a job no US citazen wants or can fill. (Think migrant worker picking fruit for low wages in the hot sun.) So if US nurses are filling the positions, hospitals are not allowed to bring over foreign workers." Take it from me, that is no assurance. I AM one of those out-of-work tech workers, now pursuing a nursing degree. This post made my blood run cold, because I do believe this can happen. Those Indian workers who provide tech support speak beautiful English, with only a slight accent. I can also see hospitals using this to drive pay DOWN. Supply and demand. What kills me is the wait lists to get into Nursing school here in COlorado is YEARS -- there are thousands of smart, qualified people waiting to get into clinicals. Would the state or federal government address the nursing shortage by fixing this bottleneck? No. That makes too much sense! But based on my own hard experience I can absolutely see them importing foreign, low paid nurses under some emergency exception to the visa laws. This is a train wreck waiting to happen. :uhoh21: