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  1. craizy_man

    Lewes, DE Beebe

    experienced nurses need not apply, PACU really nice coworkers, truly amazed how nice they are in the face of what they have to deal with on a daily basis. theyre overworked, understaffed, leaned on to work way more than other hospitals because of that leading to their personal time being taken advantage of by mostly working their full time day shifts with a steady stream of overnights and weekends, when hired for a simple day shift with on-call. unbelievably slow HR process to get hired, took months to get everything in order and I have a very basic, simple application with great references and experience. My unit comprised of many soon-to-be retirees, meaning many of the large issues at hand turned a blind eye because of complacency and impending retirement. I was misinformed about what my schedule would be on the interview versus what the reality is, which I spoke out on. Patient care standards are very low at times and many docs pass the buck around, by the time anyone gets around to helping the acute urgent issue at hand the patients fall thru those cracks causing them to be worse off then they needed to be, had someone acted faster. Safety of patients, and standards of care came into question weekly, I approached management and HR, unfortunately the hospital has high census, meaning they have to deal with that first ensuring the flow of patients in and out, causing many of these issues to fall to the wayside and only to re-emerge doing urgent situations, which happens. large teaching hospitals have a lot checks and balances, standards in place, rankings to consider and are on the offensive, setting high standards. This hospital seems to be running on the defensive, if ever they can catch up. Manager seems to be a middleman, without having much executive power. It's not magnet, and they have a higher census coming in then their own capacity even allows for causing patients to back up in the ED and any unit that has rooms especially the post sugical unit. They will attempt to alter acuity of a patient to move them to a room that's available, even though that patient may require closer monitoring then that unit provides. Compensation is no more better than nearby. i would try not to be a patient here. if you hire someone with a lot of differing hospital experience, it would behoove you to listen to their concerns and show a plan of change. Communicate with your employees, deliver on promises, and be visible. I was hired because of my breadth of experience, only to have that backfire
  2. craizy_man

    Moving to Lewes, Delaware How is Beebe Hospital to work for.

    experienced nurses need not apply, PACU really nice coworkers, truly amazed how nice they are in the face of what they have to deal with on a daily basis. theyre overworked, understaffed, leaned on to work way more than other hospitals because of that leading to their personal time being taken advantage of by mostly working their full time day shifts with a steady stream of overnights and weekends, when hired for a simple day shift with on-call. unbelievably slow HR process to get hired, took months to get everything in order and I have a very basic, simple application with great references and experience. My unit comprised of many soon-to-be retirees, meaning many of the large issues at hand turned a blind eye because of complacency and impending retirement. I was misinformed about what my schedule would be on the interview versus what the reality is, which I spoke out on. Patient care standards are very low at times and many docs pass the buck around, by the time anyone gets around to helping the acute urgent issue at hand the patients fall thru those cracks causing them to be worse off then they needed to be, had someone acted faster. Safety of patients, and standards of care came into question weekly, I approached management and HR, unfortunately the hospital has high census, meaning they have to deal with that first ensuring the flow of patients in and out, causing many of these issues to fall to the wayside and only to re-emerge doing urgent situations, which happens. large teaching hospitals have a lot checks and balances, standards in place, rankings to consider and are on the offensive, setting high standards. This hospital seems to be running on the defensive, if ever they can catch up. Manager seems to be a middleman, without having much executive power. It's not magnet, and they have a higher census coming in then their own capacity even allows for causing patients to back up in the ED and any unit that has rooms especially the post sugical unit. They will attempt to alter acuity of a patient to move them to a room that's available, even though that patient may require closer monitoring then that unit provides. Compensation is no more better than nearby. i would try not to be a patient here. if you hire someone with a lot of differing hospital experience, it would behoove you to listen to their concerns and show a plan of change. Communicate with your employees, deliver on promises, and be visible. I was hired because of my breadth of experience, only to have that backfire
  3. craizy_man

    traveling to Beebe in Lewes, DE

    experienced nurses need not apply, PACU really nice coworkers, truly amazed how nice they are in the face of what they have to deal with on a daily basis. theyre overworked, understaffed, leaned on to work way more than other hospitals because of that leading to their personal time being taken advantage of by mostly working their full time day shifts with a steady stream of overnights and weekends, when hired for a simple day shift with on-call. unbelievably slow HR process to get hired, took months to get everything in order and I have a very basic, simple application with great references and experience. My unit comprised of many soon-to-be retirees, meaning many of the large issues at hand turned a blind eye because of complacency and impending retirement. I was misinformed about what my schedule would be on the interview versus what the reality is, which I spoke out on. Patient care standards are very low at times and many docs pass the buck around, by the time anyone gets around to helping the acute urgent issue at hand the patients fall thru those cracks causing them to be worse off then they needed to be, had someone acted faster. Safety of patients, and standards of care came into question weekly, I approached management and HR, unfortunately the hospital has high census, meaning they have to deal with that first ensuring the flow of patients in and out, causing many of these issues to fall to the wayside and only to re-emerge doing urgent situations, which happens. large teaching hospitals have a lot checks and balances, standards in place, rankings to consider and are on the offensive, setting high standards. This hospital seems to be running on the defensive, if ever they can catch up. Manager seems to be a middleman, without having much executive power. It's not magnet, and they have a higher census coming in then their own capacity even allows for causing patients to back up in the ED and any unit that has rooms especially the post sugical unit. They will attempt to alter acuity of a patient to move them to a room that's available, even though that patient may require closer monitoring then that unit provides. Compensation is no more better than nearby. i would try not to be a patient here. if you hire someone with a lot of differing hospital experience, it would behoove you to listen to their concerns and show a plan of change. Communicate with your employees, deliver on promises, and be visible. I was hired because of my breadth of experience, only to have that backfire
  4. craizy_man

    Merritt College ADN

    i went straight into aspen university for a combined BSN-MSN, accredited program, I've already received the BSN, its all online. The reason I chose them and not the countless other online programs is because you can do it form wherever you live, incredibly helpful faculty and staff, do it at your own pace, no minimum amount of classes you have to enroll in, there is a revolving date of start dates for most classes, it was cheap (cheaper than all ones ive researched, i think 300$/unit), and easy. (i've researched tons of online programs, this one was one of the least costly and easy). But you can get into any program really, just depends on your performance in school, recommendation letters, and some want experience before even applying. I think now merritt funnels their nursing class into csu east bay for their BSN, since now fewer and fewer hospitals are hiring ADN only, but some are still out there!
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    Merritt College Fall 2012

    hi everyone. I am a recent graduate of Merritt College, passed my boards at 75 questions and now entering a master's program. Hopefully a job soon, I am doing interviews already. I am one of the best new grad RN's out there, not because of my vanity/narcisissim, but definitely because of this program. If you have any questions about Merritt, and post-merritt with an ADN, I'm more than happy to help. I'm an advocate for this program and always will be. There is something to say about a rigorous program that is more do it yourself which prepares you to be stronger for the real world. As a new grad, your inexperienced but merritt gives you the confidence to step in and advocate, in the worst of times. We came out with thicker skin, and they definitely produce better nurses, rather than a program that doesn't push you, or motivate you to push yourself.
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    Merritt College ADN 2011

    I just graduated their program. I'm an advocate for them, you wanna know why? because they churned out the best nurses any nursing program in this country could have, The standards are high, it's not for everyone, it's all DIY just like nursing is. Although nursing is a team sport, at the end of the day they are your patients, and your responsibility. If you get accepted intoa BSN, go there since the tide is turning away from adn. I will be speaking at the orientation too. It's not about memorizing the material, it's using the material and applying it to scenarios, priorities, assessments, teaching, etc.... The best thing to do is not rereading the material, but practicing the types of questions, critically thinking about it, you've never had exams like this before, trust me. Get a saunder's nclex book, or med/surg study aide, and do questions, many of them, at this point I think we've done about 3500 or 4000 questions in total. You'll see how it's not only worded but the rationale behind the correct answers. If you can't dedicated 95% of your time within the program for 2 years, look elsewhere.
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    Anyone know about this online Adult Health CNS program?

    looking at this seems like this license won't last very long http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Certification/APRNCorner/APRN-FAQ.aspx
  8. craizy_man

    Merritt College ADN 2011

    Honestly I can't remember the specifics of that Fall schedule. You can understand, so much has happened in the last 2 semesters, so many changes. I am probably mixing up some weeks in my head so I don't want you to get wrong information. I think to keep it simple is to just go in thinking it will be 8-5 at least mon-wed for the first few weeks, then add thur and fri for either skills lab, physical assesment, law and ethics and your clinicals. So when they simply say 8-5 mon-fri it's an easier way to say look everyone, the schedule will change but clean up yuor week, dedicate your time. work on the weekend if you have to work. It does change, as I've stated on an earlier post, so be flexible. we all need our schedules but sometimes we just have to deal with not knowing until the last minute, if your the type of person that gets upset or irritated that things change last minute, and change is hard for you with short-notice, then you may have to work on that, or this program, and this career may be a difficult one for this type of person. working well under high stress, and adapting to change quickly without having emotions involved is huge.
  9. craizy_man

    Merritt College ADN 2011

    well, whatever you get for admission is not your schedule, it is, but it isn't. the semester is split up into 9 weeks. first 9 weeks will be fundamentals, drug dosage, and some skills lab. There will be no clinical until the second half of the semester you have to get a certain amount of points and pass the skills lab to get into clinical. Skills lab was hard because it's the unknown. There is a list of skills, so look at the list, and watch the dvd's, practice, practice, practice in the lab. practice talking to the dummies as if they're your patients, do not be shy in front of others, and if you talk it out it, that helps them see what you're thinking is like. The schedule is not 9-5 or 8-5 everyday, this is just to tell you, that you will have to clean your schedule and dedicate your time like it's a fulltime job. Be FLEXIBLE! You will have changes on the spur of the moment, so LISTEN! everyone will have a different schedule depending on there clinical, we were split up into I think 3 different hospitals, some had morning shifts, other's day shifts. They were all different so I can't tell you what yours will be, just know that you have to be flexible, talk to your supervisor, you will get a schedule in the beginning on your first day, you can then try to work on the weekends or 1 day a week. I worked 1 day a week every week, on the same day that I had off from everything, if this fall is no different, you will have 1 day a week free. Second nine weeks consist of clinicals (2 days a week), physical assesment class (great great class, we all learned a ton on an important aspect of nursing care) and law and ethics (we all passed)
  10. craizy_man

    Merritt College ADN

    hey you guys im a second year student at merritt I have had all the same concerns about all of the negativity. At this point I just want to say that I like this program. I like it because it forces me to do everything on my own, I feel more accomplished and better prepared because I put in all the hard work and I wasn't hand held. Ofcourse people who have had bad experiences will come out on the internet and blast the school, those who have positive experiences don't feel the need to blog about it but continue about their lives. Yes we lost a lot of people, yes it's very tough, but it IS DOABLE!! I beleive in team work, sharing information with your peers, the teachers have a wealth of experience. They are charge nurses, over 30 years of critical care experience. They are not unreasonable in what they ask of us, as they are trying to make us great nurses in a short time. My advice: Figure out your finances now!! Dedicate your life for the first 6 months, get the hang of it, how you will study, prepare yourself, if the program is for you, and MOST importantly, if nursing is the right career for you. Pleaese keep in mind that many people we have lost, left on their own accord, whether they were unhappy in this style of teaching, of they realized nursing is not for them good luck, and study hard, highlight, hand hygiene, and patient safety!! we are the last defense before the patient receives treatment, their lives are in our hands!! they should be hard on us and expect a lot!!
  11. craizy_man

    Merritt College ADN 2011

    hey you guys im a second year student at merritt I have had all the same concerns about all of the negativity. At this point I just want to say that I like this program. I like it because it forces me to do everything on my own, I feel more accomplished and better prepared because I put in all the hard work and I wasn't hand held. Ofcourse people who have had bad experiences will come out on the internet and blast the school, those who have positive experiences don't feel the need to blog about it but continue about their lives. Yes we lost a lot of people, yes it's very tough, but it IS DOABLE!! I beleive in team work, sharing information with your peers, the teachers have a wealth of experience. They are charge nurses, over 30 years of critical care experience. They are not unreasonable in what they ask of us, as they are trying to make us great nurses in a short time. My advice: Figure out your finances now!! Dedicate your life for the first 6 months, get the hang of it, how you will study, prepare yourself, if the program is for you, and MOST importantly, if nursing is the right career for you. Pleaese keep in mind that many people we have lost, left on their own accord, whetehr they were unhappy in this style of teaching, of they realized nursing is not for them good luck, and study hard, highlight, hand hygiene, and patient safety!! we are the last defense before the patient receives treatment, their lives are in our hands!! they should be hard on us and expect a lot!!
  12. well I did a drop-in for the counselor because I had a matriculation hold, which she took off ina minute. But bring your transcripts just in case. Then I walked over to admissions and she had a list of names entering the nursing program and she just added me into the classes and printed me my schedule. Should work the same for all of us.
  13. i wasn't able to add classes but was told by admissions that there's a matriculation hold, well for me atleast since i'm a new student at merritt. All i need to do is meet with the cousnelor and they remove the hold, it may be too early to enroll for fall, not sure, ask them if you have an appointment. I wouldn't worry, if you're a selectee for Fall you will be able to add the nursing class no matter when, there's enough space for everyone.
  14. I don't believe what anybody else says. They will support us but that was only orientation, they have to take a hard line. To many people take advantage and ask pretty dumb questions! I mean, at orientation people were asking the same question repeatedly when it was already answered, and they were right that most of the questions were answered in the paperwork they provided us. It's going to be boot camp, and I feel that what they told us wouldn't be any different in any other program, just at the other one's it'll be more sugar coated and expressed in a softer, kinder way. Being a nurse is all about being overly attentive and proactive, I'm used to it at the hospital I work at, and those who aren't don't climb the ladder or get good reviews. Maybe I'm just use to educators being that way from the variety of schools I've been to, I think it'll be fine. Unless you have another school, lets do it. Get a study group going, we'll do fine. email me sometime actually I wanted to ask if you are doing the titers test somewhere for free or cheap? I'm trying to look around, haven't found anything yet. you can email me at epiyevsky@gmail.com
  15. hey Justin, I'm Eli, give me an email we can work it out, epiyevsky@gmail.com
  16. Hey, I'm actually commuting from SF, (inner richmond). I also think we gotta get a good foundation, good study group and we'll do great. let's try to do some carpool setup, anyone else?
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