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    Failed A Course...

    True success never comes without some degree of failure, is my motto in life. I am a lab instructor at the school I once failed out of. I failed a lab class so hard the ADN program I was attending would not readmit me. I graduated in the 97th percentile on a nationally recognized standardized exit exam 3/4 the way through a different program. I am also almost done with my RN-BSN program and I have a 4.0 GPA. My advice is keep your head up! Learn from your mistakes and look at future potential mistakes. Ask other students what difficult concepts await you in future classes. Take that information and master that content before the class even begins. If you think electrolyte tests will be hard in your critical care class start studying now, if it is developmental stages in your pediatric class that might get you, memorize them now. Do not let failing one class in nursing school be the end of your education, let it be the beginning.
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    nursing in Las Vegas as a single Parent

    I moved to vegas with my parents when I was 15, when we moved from a very small and safe town in rural Nevada. I found vegas to be a great place to grow up and almost 15 years later I still love it here. I did well in high school and graduated from a magnet program. There are many magnet programs out there most of which allow students to graduate with college credit. I graduated from a health occupations program which allowed me to work as a medical assistant or nursing assistant. I chose to pursue nursing and having my nursing assistant certification allowed me to buy my first home at 20 years old, while I was attending nursing school. I have been an RN for about 4 years and I am proud to practice in Las Vegas. I have never worked for Sunrise, but I do a lot of volunteer work with their trauma prevention program. As a community member and registered nurse I will tell you Sunrise is a good hospital and they do a lot of good for our community. I think you will find Sunrise and Las Vegas to be a good fit for you and your son. A magnet school is a public owned school paid for by public funds. Magnet schools are specialty schools that give students college or college like credit while still giving them all the education a traditional high school would. Charter schools are publicly funded, but they are owned by private organizations. They function more like traditional high schools, but generally use different curriculums.
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    how to get into peds

    I am a peds ICU nurse in Nevada and I regulatory sit on new grad interview panels. For any area you want to go into the question you need to ask yourself is, "what can I do to separate myself from the 300+ other applicants for this limited position". The problem we have as interviewers when we open a new grad position, we will get applicants from all over the country who apply and almost all have the same qualification. So, think outside the box. Tip one: Do extra well in nursing school. Tip two: Get involved in community events. Want to be a peds nurse, take a car seat certification class and volunteer at car seat check up events, want to be an ER nurse become a CPR instructor and volunteer to teach it at community events, or want to be a labor nurse find way to get the word out about the importance of prenatal care. All of these will be great networking opportunities and resume builders. Tip three: Become a member of associations specific to your desired field and read their journals. Examples: The Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) or The Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and neonatal nurses (AWHONN). Tip four: Have customer service skills. It may sound irrelevant, but I love seeing applicants who have recently been managers of Starbucks or high-end retail stores. Right now, customer service is a big deal in healthcare and we all need applicants who can help us increase our HCAHPS scores. Last tip: Know what an HCAHPS survey is and how you can increase your interviewers scores.
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    Nevada State College RN-BSN Track

    I have been in this program for a year and it is going to take me about another two to two and a half years to finish it. I could do it faster, but I have zero desire to be a full time student. I take two classes a semester and on average probably spend about 10 hours a week on homework. It is time consuming, but far from difficult. I would give it a 4/10 for difficulty. Overall, I am happy with it and consider it worth my time.
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    Support breast cancer and Vote for UMC

    Our local hospital, UMC put together an amazing video in support of the American Cancer Society's fight against Breast Cancer. Go to http://www.pinkglovedance.com/videos/2013-video-contest/university-medical-center/ select vote now, then return every day for the next 12 days and vote again!
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    Bio 189 @ CSN

    Bio 189 at CSN. Oh how I will never forget that class. It has been a few years since I took it, so I cannot talk about the instructors. However, I have one piece of advise and that is study, study, study. It is the first hard class you are going to take, but it is by far not the last. Welcome to nursing school. Sincerely, A nurse
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    New grad salary:)

    In my experience $25 is a little low and $30 is a little high, but that seems to be the range. Hospitals do not necessarily pay more, because they are more in-demand. When I was a new grad, I went from a rehab hospital to a critical care unit and took a pay cut.
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    Obtaining CNA license during ADN program

    At CSN you will be eligible to take the CNA exam once you are pass the Fundamentals of Nursing class with a C or better. The process is simple fill out the application, which I have attached a link to, get finger printed, then wait for a letter in the mail stating you can register for the test. Taking the CNA class is a waste of your time, because those topics are covered in Fundamentals of Nursing and none of them are difficult to grasp. The real question you should ask your self is, "do I have the time to learn a new skill while in nursing school"? It may be a CNA position, but there is a lot more to it than meets the eye and it requires time to learn. Nursing school is difficult. You have a lot of material you are going to cover and not a lot of time to learn it. All that said, I do not recommend becoming a CNA during nursing school. My advice is that you dedicate 100% of yourself to school while you are in the program. Study, study, study and be the best student nurse you can be, because your future patients deserve that of you. http://nevadanursingboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/CNA-application-packet.pdf
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    Question about zeroing lines

    Very good discussion thank you guys
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    National University RN program beware

    I am proud to say, I graduated from National University. I passed the NCLEX in 45 minutes with 75 questions. Today, I am a pediatric critical care nurse. Sense graduating I have become certified in among others, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, pediatric critical, and I am a soon to be BLS instructor. In the unfortunate event a child who is important in your life becomes critically ill or injured, rest assured this NU grad has the knowledge and skill to keep your precious child alive.
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    CNA Programs Las Vegas

    I do not recommend searching the web for CNA programs, because there is a lot of fraud out there. Here is the board of nursing's list of approved CNA programs. I would recommend contacting the schools directly. http://nevadanursingboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/CNA-training-programs.pdf
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    Nursecore las vegas

    I worked for them as a CNA a few years ago. I enjoyed it. The pay was fair and the work load was reasonable. I have not taken an assignment with them as a nurse, but I would.
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    ADN vs BSN

    This issue has been covered over and over. Try looking at other posts for information.
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    New grad with ADN

    I graduated with an ADN from an unaccredited school and I had two job offers with in a week of taking the NCLEX. Yes, ADN's get hired. Just make yourself standout in other ways. Make sure your resume and application are perfect. That means no spelling or grammar errors. Also join a committee like the Nevada Nurses Association, go to a board of nursing meeting, or subscribe to a couple nursing journals and educate yourself on current topics relevant to the position you are applying for.
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    CSN current nursing students - online classes?

    I am a past nursing student and I am currently taking general education classes at CSN. I would say it really depends on you. Online classes offer flexibly and are good if you are more self passed learner. Classroom classes demand that you pace yourself. If you are the type of person that needs motivation to study online classes may not be best. Also you loose a lot of the social aspect of college when you take online classes and that is really important, especially in nursing.
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    Kaplan's RN Program...

    congratulations sarah (on the baby and school)! study hard! nursing school is one of the hardest things you will ever do, but it is so worth it.