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    UMass Amherst - Online CNL

    Hello Everyone, Recently applied to the UMass Amherst, online CNL-MSN program. Is anyone currently enrolled in the program or in the process of applying? Any information would be great! Also, anyone currently working as a CNL or in another program that can offer any guidance? I already have my RN-BSN and currently working in ambulatory care/primary care for the past 4 years. Thank you!
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    Becoming a School RN in MA

    Hello, I have been an RN working at an urban community health center for the past 3 years IN Boston, MA. I work in the Family Medicine Dept which sees both pediatric and adult patients. I recently became interested in working as a school RN and have been trying to obtain additional information. I have my BSN from a local 4 year college, and 3 years working in the pediatric/community health area. I plan on enrolling in the MSN-CNL program in the next year or so. I am trying to figure out what the next step may be. It appears that I would need to do aschool nurse training program through Boston Public Health Dept and pass one of the MTELs. Any idea where there is training is offered and how else I would proceed forward? Thank you for your time!
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    Info on becoming a MA school RN

    Hello, I have been an RN working at an urban community health center for thepast 3 years IN Boston, MA. I work in the FamilyMedicine Dept which sees both pediatric and adult patients. I recently became interested in working as aschool RN and have been trying to obtain additional information. I have my BSN from a local 4 year college, and 3 yearsworking in the pediatric/community health area. I plan on enrolling in the MSN-CNL program in the next year or so. I am trying to figure out what the next step maybe. It appears that I would need to do aschool nurse training program through Boston Public Health Dept and pass one of the MTELs. Any idea where there is training is offeredand how else I would proceed forward? Thank you for your time!
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    CNL Programs in MA

    Hello Everyone, I am an RN in Boston area working in outpatient community health center for three years. I am thinking about going back to school to get my CNL. My two options are Curry College ( where I got my BSN) or Umass Amherst. The Curry College Program is one day a week for two years full time cohort style. Umass Amherst Program is online and can be done part time as well. Does anyone have any experience with either of these programs and any advice on what would be a better match? I work four days a week and do some weekends for overtime. I did we'll in my undergrad (3.4 GPA and was in Sigma Theta Tau). Not sure which option would be better for me. If anyone has any info on either programs that would be great. Also, any reviews on either program and the practicums/ project you do a well. Thank you for your time!
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    TMC pedi float pool

    Hello, Have an upcoming interview at TMC in their pedi float pool. Was wondering if anyone was familiar with the floating hospital or their pedi orientation period. I current have 3 years pedi outpatient nursing experience. Thank you!
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    Interview for Peds BMT Unit

    Hi Everyone, I am going to be interviewing for a position in a pediatric bone marrow transplant unit at a teaching hospital. I currently work in a primary care client with both adult and pediatric patients, which has been my first job out of nursing school. Does anyone have any advice on how to approach the interview and what to read up on for the interview? Any questions that I should be asking or any advice in general would be great I am really nervous and want to be as prepared as I can going into the interview Thank you!
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    What to do now..

    Hi There Everyone, I am a young nurse from Boston, MA. I have my BSN-RN and have been working in an outpatient primary care setting (Adult/Peds/Some UC). We do meds, nebs, immunizations, wound care, INR reporting, med recs/refills, pt teaching etc. We get our occasional CP patient in UC who we give Oxygen, ASA, call 911 and send them off. I really do like the office job, nice hours, focusing on one patient at a time, and the adminstration side of work. However, the pay is not what other nurses are making in the area and I am interesting in trying to save some extra money and buy a home. I know with this economy it is great that I even have a job. My question is.. what to do next! I have not done any med-surg and would much rather not. I never really like much of the floor when I was in nursing school. I was wondering what my chances would be of maybe getting into a private clinic (cardio/onc, endo/gi), L&D, maybe dialysis? I would really love feedback. Also, can anyone suggest a type of floor that may not be the nightmare that you typically hear when you think "med-surg". For all you med-surg nurses out there, I give you more credit than anyone! I know that I could not do it for years! Any help or advice would be great! Thank you!
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    New Grad, Interview in Family Health Clinic!

    Hi There, Congrats on the job interview. I currently work in a Clinic very similiar to the one that you described. I started as a brand new nurse back in Jan 2010. I really enjoyed working with the population and it is very good experience. I was never really that interested in working on a floor even though I know I will have to at some point to gain that experience. In order to succeed in this role you should talk about how your culturally competent, understand of different populations, be familiar with meds (BP meds, Cholesterol Meds, Coumadin etc), be a very effective communicator, and also also have strong documention skills. My facility does use MA's. They bring the pt's into the room, do VS, obtain urines, assist with PAP's, clean rooms, schedule follow up appts. Nurses do all the MA tasks PLUS do prescription refills, desktop/answering calls, triaging patients on the phone/ walk in, meds (IM. Subc, nebs, PO meds), call pt regarding lab results and much more! My clinic is very busy and that best part about working in Family Medicine is that you will be more than likely working with children as well. It is very valuable to be able to work with pediatrics and adults. If you have any more questions let me know!
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    Interested in dialysis

    Hi There Everyone, I am a BSN-RN from the Boston area. I have been at my outpatient/primary care nursing job for one year. I see both adult/pediatric patients. Recently I have be fascinated by the renal/dialysis population. I was wondering if anyone would be able to offer some insight. How does one get into dialysis? What is the patient load like? How does a general day go? Anyone recommend any good employers? Any advice would bhe wonderful! Thank you!
  10. Hi Everyone, I am currently a new nurse who just started my job in a urban community health center. I work in adult and have been cross trained in pediatrics. I was just wondering if this experience will help me in the future get a job maybe on the floor of a pediatric hospital? Any ideas? Any other classes I should look into? Any suggestions? Thank you!
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    Do I need more experience?

    Hi everyone, I am May 2009 graduate who after a long, long job search finally landed a job in a urban community health center. I have been working there as an RN full time since Jan 2010. I enjoy my job a great deal and do find it very rewarding. I work mainly in adult medicine, but have been cross trained in pediatrics as well. I also am going to be trained in Woman Health doing some procedures and prenatal registration. I give immunizations, neb treatments, dressing changes, telephone triage etc. I really enjoy the clinic, but I want to do know what kind of nursing I will be able to get involved with after this job. I do plan on doing a 1.5 at the clinic just to get my feet wet and comfortable. I do like ambulatory care, but wonder what are the chances of getting into a private office? Like a private WH office or at a Hospital? How about an allergists office? Will this kind of experience be helpful?
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    Where to now?

    Hi everyone, I am May 2009 graduate who after a long, long job search finally landed a job in a urban community health center. I have been working there as an RN full time since Jan 2010. I enjoy my job a great deal and do find it very rewarding. I work mainly in adult medicine, but have been cross trained in pediatrics as well. I also am going to be trained in Woman Health doing some procedures and prenatal registration. I give immunizations, neb treatments, dressing changes, telephone triage etc. I really enjoy the clinic, but I want to do know what kind of nursing I will be able to get involved with after this job. I do plan on doing a 1.5 at the clinic just to get my feet wet and comfortable. Would this experience give me any opportunity to work on a pediatric floor at some point? Or my changes of getting into an Labor and delivery? Can anyone make any extra recommendations on things I can do or where my next step may be? Thank you!
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    new grad rn in health center

    hi everyone - i am a new graduate rn-bsn and will be starting to work in a busy health center in the city. i am going to be floated/ cross trained in adult, pediatrics, and family medicine. i then will be able to choose the area that i mainly will be assigned to and then only float to the other areas to cover sick calls. i have a three month orientation period. i was wondering if anyone could give me any advice or words of wisdom that could help me during this time period. any have any recommended reading? what are some of the challenges of working in this kind of setting? anything that i should be weary of? thank you ahead of time for all your help!
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