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  1. dspevak55

    Announce that you passed your CNA exam here!

    Woot Woot! I passed my CNA test Aug. 31st, 2010. Along with handwashing, I had measuring respirations, ambulating a patient, Leg ROM, and pericare for a female. I was about to return to a 3rd shift part-time CNA position, but was just offered a scheduling job for a home health care agency. Not only do I get to sleep the same hours as most humans, I will also get some studying time while I answer phones at a front desk. -D
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    Do you still hold doors for women?

    Yes, I am familiar with that song....I was also in the Falcon Marching Band, as a sousaphone player, and even know the 'rude' words to Aye Zig. =) -Drew
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    Any reason NOT to post resume online?

    Yes. It can be done...but there is some validity to the concerns. Having once been a network admin, it is remarkable what people are willing to share - essentially giving up their own privacy. It can be done. However, we are talking about two separate issues here. Resumes and on-line privacy. 1) On-line privacy can be managed by controlling what you post within social networking group bios/profiles, messageboard bios, instant chatting programs, meet-up/yahoo groups, etc. First, you don't have to join each and every service out there. Monster.com...LinkedIn.com....are o.k. Your local community might have something too. Consider using your first initial and last name. Think twice before giving any info along with that to tie you where and who you are. Addresses, phone numbers, other e-mail addresses, etc....and certainly any interests or hobbies...especially if you have strong opinions, controversial interests, or anything else that you would not share with family members, friends or coworkers. There are countless places where data collects on-line, whether you contribute to it or not, as various databases are going on-line...and information is being shared among them. You can try Googling your name to see what is out there. Then, you can take steps to clear that info. You can either e-mail requests to have your info remioved (follow the specific sites details) or log-in and pare down what you've originally shared. Keep the info as vague as possible or delete it. I'd also add...don't respond to spam...be careful clicking ads on websites...consider getting a software firewall...use disposable e-mails (yahoo, hotmail, etc.) and don't put details in the username that identify you. 2) Resumes, on the other hand, are there to provide information. Consider discussing what should be shared and what probably shouldn't be shared with someone who knows what to look for. Local communities may offer courses through community college, or the chamber of commerce. You might try calling or speaking with people in Human Resource Dept...to see what they have to say about what they look for. Libraries are good sources for books on the topic, but make sure they are current publishing dates. Libraries may offer workshops..or other local places. Ultimately, you can find out the best format to use to showcase your abilities and work history. You may or may not include dates (to avoid ageism - to some extent) and you don't necessarily offer information about marital status, family, religious or personal participation, etc. Now, to merge these ideas....the balance is up to you. However, I am old school. The internet is very cool, but it's not a magical device. Blasting the internet with your data....having it bounce around to all sorts of places, including unintended one, isn't necessarily going to do a lot of good. The data, once it is out there, can work for you or against you. It is possible to use it selectively... You can use e-mail to target specific people at specific companies. Network with people and find out who you can ask questions of...or find out about positions in a company or sector. Word of mouth and in-person contacts are the way to stand out among the masses. -just my 2 cents -Drew
  4. Public speaking is, like anything else, a learnable skill. The more you do it, the better you get at it. Now, with that said.... 1) If you know you want to it, then go for it. While it may be tempting to pick a job that may seem easy, potentially earn a lot of money, have some prestige associated with it, etc. - the best job is the one you like doing the most. No job is likely to be perfect either. You will run into not-so-glamorous moments and/or people, but caring about your job is what will provide resilience to those moments. If you are doing a job you really care about, it will show...and people around you will notice you...in a good way. 2) If you are looking for public speaking experience, there are ways to do it. Toastmasters is a public group that is dedicated to public speaking. You might also find variations of that on-line, or through local community organizations...Rotary, Lions Club, Kiwanis, etc. Although more indirect, you might be able to build your skills with joining or leading activities within these groups. You can also volunteer to work at a phone bank for charity, get a telemarketing job - part time, or work for organizations that canvass door-to-door. You could volunteer at a local library to present your material free as a workshop...local community centers might be interested, depending on your topic. You'd get practice putting together a little program...and try out things for small groups....You could try going to a local place to try kareoke....there are many ways to get out there, but you have to pick what you think what will work for you. -Drew
  5. Because I already have a Bachelors, I don't qualify for Pell Grants either.
  6. I would add that I did look into financial aid, state and federal. If you already have a Bachelors, you don't qualify for them anymore. I either have to get a loan, or find my own grants/scholarships. I will check with the school to make sure, but I don't recall them telling me anything about it. -Drew p.s. I am male, btw. I don't think I'd pose as a women and/or Australian to try to get a grant.=)
  7. I am currently taking a couple of academic courses towards nursing school run by a local hospital (I was accepted into their program and begin my 2nd year - the first of two years of clinicals - Fall 2011) The Bachelors in Education (as a science teacher) I attained a long time ago took care of most of the core classes. So far, I have been funding the few remaining core academic courses myself. However, I am looking for any info on scholarships and grants to help fund what I have left. I am trying to find legitimate sources and avoid those that appear as scams or those who just want to spam me. I was wondering if anyone here had any luck or experience with finding, applying and getting them. thanks Drew
  8. I think it depends on where you are located and what the area demand is. The job market, in general, now is horrible for most sectors (except health care). The only things available in East Central PA are entry-level, sales, customer service, secretarial, temp work, factory work and food service. They need CNAs, Nurses, PT/OT and Doctors here. Those people would get jobs instantly here or in the area (Harrisburg, Allentown, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton) I think that Nurses would probably get sign-on bonuses here. Again, it has to do with demand....as with any job. -Drew
  9. dspevak55

    Ages of male nursing students?

    I applied and was accepted into the nursing school program (through a hospital) last year at the age of 42. I will be 45 when I graduate. I left a computer career of 10 years, after a permanent layoff a few years ago. It took me some time to figure out which direction I wanted to go, but this has really seemed to be a good fit for me (I have had some past experience with home health care and social work, which should help me with future encounters in the new profession). -Drew
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    Do you still hold doors for women?

    Of course, but then again, I hold doors for anyone behind me. Regardless of it being appreciated, I still do it...and have taught my children to do it. However, I also have a door-holding story from college (BGSU in OH). While walking to class, I entered a dorm to take a shortcut towards my class. I opened the door, noticed a woman behind me, and let her pass through before me. She stopped, then berated me for 'implying that she's a member of a weaker gender' then stepped through. I stood there, dumbfounded, at what I thought was helpful act. That is the only time that's ever happened, I'm guessing because everyone else isn't accusing me of having such a dark agenda. -Drew
  11. dspevak55

    Height Fright

    I'm 76" tall (6'4") and find that I tower over most people I work with. Other than finding it a little hard to find scrubs that fit, I have managed. Being a large person, I am evidently useful for helping EMS/Paramedics transport patients to their gurneys....along with visually functioning like security/being a show of support for coworkers dealing with uncooperative patients. I also have a difficult time getting anything but extra large latex gloves to fit. =) -Drew