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travelgurl18 has 2 years experience and specializes in PICU.

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    Attending University of Youtube/Google

    So for my program it requires that you complete all the normal nursing pre-reqs have a bachelor's in any field, and they prefer some nursing related work experience. The master's is to study to become a Clinical Nurse Leader - see the AACN for description on this certification/ job. Its a certification that I will qualify to take the test for after I graduate. I will not get my BSN, just MSN and (hopefully) gain employment as a staff nurse, same as BSN graduate would, in position and pay. The advantage is that you have the opportunity for more advanced postions which require a master's - after gaining experience. It prepares you with classes on advanced practice nursing, clinical nurse leadership, management courses, and even didactic time shadowing a nurse manager and assisting a unit with a specific problem by implementing EBP. In summary, I would call it nursing school with a pre-management/pre-NP emphasis. In my case, I figured that I wanted to get my MSN anyway, so why not do it in one shot. And if I plan on getting a PhD, or DNP - I can just jump into it after some years at the bedside, without having to go back to school. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions!
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    Networking in Nursing School

    RN_Mo - I am so jealous that you got to go to that conference!!!! I was really thinking about it, but financially it wasn't the best choice for me. But I would love it if you shared the slides! Do they have videos/links from some of the conferences at the talk? I also got a few books on networking from the library and it has really helped get my mind focused on making every contact a person to network with. Also I started going to my professor's office hours to make stronger impressions and form stronger relationships with them for later.
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    Attending University of Youtube/Google

    They present youtube videos AS the new material, no every professor is like this, but enough to make me cringe. But I have just decided, as IThinkICan100 mentioned that my success is up to me and how much I put into studying.
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    Attending University of Youtube/Google

    I am an accelerated MEPN student in my second semester of 6 at a university that my whole cohort refers to as the university of youtube. The name came about because we have had multiple professors say, "just look it up on youtube!" when asked questions by students. GAH! I can only teach myself so much about how to be a nurse - I need professors that actually teach. Youtube and Google only goes so far. It's not an option for me to switch schools - so what things can I do to compensate for the lack of instruction I am receiving? I'm passing all my classes with As, but I feel I could/should be learning a lot more. HELP!
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    ER Tech or Pool Tech: which will benefit me the most?

    I am currently a "float" and at our hospital we can also float to the ER - but as more of an assistant than as a tech. And prior to being a float I working in a Pediatric ICU at the same hospital. Here are some pro's and cons to everything: If you chose ER: 1. Potential to foster long lasting relationships with co-workers who will help you out so much in nursing school and potentially to get a job in the future 2.) You can form a strong relationship with your ED and charge nurses 3.) You will see a LOT in the ER and as a tech you are literally the nurse's and doctor's second pair of hands. The RNs and MDs will know you and eventually trust you to do a LOT. You won't have this trust and all the hands-on "let me take you under my wing" stuff as a float. 4.) Working with the same RNs and MDs gives you the opportunity to ask LOTs and LOTs of questions because you know them all - and they will take more time to explain things to do as opposed to if you were a float they weren't familiar with Float Benefits: 1.) Obviously - you get to see all the units 2.) More potentially opportunities to network all over the hospital 3.) More Med-Surg experience 4.) Variety of patients and patient situations It's important to remember that with either of these positions - you can always transfer to another unit, if a position becomes available and you think you want to leave ER or focus on a specific unit. Having worked on a unit and in float - I would totally take the ER tech position. You will have WAY more hands on and up close experience then as a float where 70% of the time you are giving bed baths, peri care, answering call lights, or being a sitter. When you earn the trust of the RNs and MDs they will let you help out with complex situations and really take you under their wing. ...that was my experience working in Peds ICU. Now as a float - I'm seen an outsider (by some - not all) and some RNs see me as a nuisance since you don't know all the unit specific things.
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    Networking in Nursing School

    You're doing the right thing by applying to tech type jobs or CNA jobs. When you apply make sure to put an employee's name down as a reference - it can even be a janitor or food service worker that you know - it still will help. That is what got my my job. Also try and get a job at a hospital that you know hires ADNs - in orange county I would look for smaller community hospitals. If you are willing to commute to LA - I would expand your job search there. Today I literally just went to the library and rented 4 books on networking. I am shy and need to learn how to network and market myself. Send my a PM if you want to use my name to get a CNA position at a teaching hospital in LA. I'd be willing to help you out.
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    Kaiser PCA/CNA = New Grad RN?

    I am currently thinking about switching hospitals, to kaiser based on all the benefits I have heard. Ultimatly my goal is to try and secure a new grad position after I graduate. Does anyone know if kaiser generally hires all of their qualified PCA/CNA? Any internal employee advantages? Thanks!
  8. Hello fellow nursing people! So I am trying to decide what location I should stay at during nursing school, which starts in a few months. Currently I have been working at a really big name hospital in LA, for two years in the PICU as a CNA. I love it there, but unfortunately have been suspended one time for being late to work. Although, I know my managers think highly of my work ethic and actual work performance. My plan was to work their during nursing school and hopefully secure a job after graduation. However I am worried that I might limit myself, and if I don't get into their new grad program I would be pretty upset, having commuted 50 mi one way for four years! ...but this hospital would work around my school schedule Alternate option: Try a different hospital closer to my house, and gain experience in a different unit. I will be able to have a "clean slate" - no record of tardies and form more networking opportunities. I'm not sure if they would let me work only one day a week though. I'm looking for a per diem resource CNA/PCA position. Does 4 years of loyalty to a company look better than more experience at other hospitals? Do most hospitals let you work one day a week in a float pool/ resource position? Thanks in advance for your advice.
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    CSUDH MEPN - Fall 2013 Applicants

    I never received that e-mail... I'm in patho too.
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    New Student at WCU

    Personally, I would wait for a less expensive school. With the state of the economy, the fact that new nurse graduates are not finding jobs right away, and the fact that your young I don't think it's a wise choice. I chose to wait for a less expensive school and I am so happy knowing that I will have 70-100k more in my pocket so I can have a bright future with financial security after graduating. To find out how much your loan payments will be, google "student loan payment calculator" It really opened my eyes!!! Also read many of the threads on here from new grads who are still looking for jobs a year after graduating! And don't forget about all the interest that is going to be on a loan for $125k !!! I absolutely understand your frustration at community colleges and eagerness to start nursing school already. But good things come to those who know when to wait. Best wishes with whatever you choose.
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    CSUDH MEPN - Fall 2013 Applicants

    I know one other person. But I found out that people are still getting interviewed and waiting to hear back, as of last week.
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    Contacting Employers after Applications

    Congrats!!!! Glad everything worked out!!!
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    CSUDH MEPN - Fall 2013 Applicants

    I'm planning on working at least one 12 hr shift, two if possible. Or maybe another job I can do I homework at
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    CSUDH MEPN - Fall 2013 Applicants

    And congrats on getting in! Are you from LA or will you be moving ?
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    CSUDH MEPN - Fall 2013 Applicants

    I'm already CNA certified. I did mine through the Red Cross but it is pricey $1000-$1500. But they had weekend classes at the Commerce, CA location, so I liked that feature. Full time it's usually a 6 week course 9-5. Or some community colleges and ROPs offer them. Shop around and check out the state board CNA website to find locations. Best luck!
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    CSUDH MEPN - Fall 2013 Applicants

    If anyone is looking for roommates or housemates near or around CSUDH for fall 2013 send me a private message. I would love to room with other nursing students so we can support each other and study together.
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