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    RN to MSN @ UNC-CH, any reviews?

    http://nursing.unc.edu/degree/pdf/rn_msn.pdf
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    For those new grads who are employed, what's your method?

    Contacts, contacts, contacts. Your contacts don't get you a job. They get your resume put in front of the person who hires. It put your resume on top of the stack of 200 that the hiring person is looking at. Here is what I would ask my contact:: "What's your input about getting hired at (where they work)?" "I'm really interested in working at (where they work). Would you be willing to give my resume to the (Nurse Manager, DON, Personnel Director, etc)?"
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    Anyone with any information about Gaston College

    Pre-nursing student here. My perception is that all of the community college programs in NC have a very similar structure in terms of requirements, admittance procedures, and coursework. Obviously teaching staff are a huge X factor, and I think that the NC BON info would help you with that. BTW, check out Mitchell Community College in Statesville. Not sure how far a drive that is for you, but they have good 5 year pass rates. Linky... http://www.ncbon.com/content.aspx?id=1090
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    Another nurse bites the dust due to facebook

    I am not a nurse yet, but even in my current non-nursing profession I have made it a personal policy not to friend co-workers and not to post anything about work, ever. When co-workers send me friend requests I thank them very much for their friend request, but that I use Facebook for personal purposes only, no networking, and that I signed up mainly to re-connect with former high school and college classmates (I'm 40).
  5. I had my first clinical at a local facility on Wednesday night (am still taking my NA I class) and I was very disappointed with the environment of this facility. The aide I was paired with was actually a pretty good guy, but he threw everything on the floor and did not do any oral care (my class is 5pm to 10pm) on any of the residents. One lady did not want to get into her nightgown and flat out said, "No." several times but was told "You have to." What happened to respecting the residents' wishes. One aide I was with for a short while did not even check a resident's brief before getting him into his night gown and settling him down for bed. Another aide I was with went on and on about how she hates her job, but loves her people...in front of a resident whom she was hoyer-lifting into his bed at the time. The LPN passing meds was telling me about a resident who "**** in his can last week" right outside said resident's door. It just felt like there was an overall lack of recognition of the feelings of the residents and it was very de-humanizing in my view. I want to be a combo nurse aide/unit secretary while I'm taking pre-req classes for NS, but I know I may have to work in an LTC for a while in order to get some experience. I will not be applying to that one, though. Maybe the one in town that only takes private money and no medicare will be better.
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    HELP! Best advice on passing Anatomy & Physiology?!!

    Sing. Don't laugh! In my CNA class when we had to learn how to xfer a pt from the bed to a wc the song "the wheels on the bus go round and round" popped into my head and I changed the lyrics to say, "the brakes on the chair are locked locked locked, locked locked locked...the brakes on the bed are locked, locked, locked...and then we move". Now every time I'm doing that skill "my" song pops into my head reminding me to lock the brakes on the bed and the chair. This isn't the only time I've used a song to help remember stuff and it really does help LOL!
  7. I'm taking a CNA class and doing nursing pre-reqs. I always cook for Christmas - baby-sitters, child's teachers, etc. I was going to add my two class instructors to my list, but with all of the discussion about nurses not being allowed to accept gifts I was concerned that I should not do this. Can you all please advise me of the correct protocol in this situation? I was going to make each of them one of those Paula Deen choclate chip pound cakes. Thank you!
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    Rank these classes by how hard they are

    Can you please rate these classes on 2 criteria - difficulty of concepts and volume of material to memorize. 1 is least difficult and 5 is most difficult. A&P 1 Concepts Volume A&P 2 Concepts Volume Microbiology Concepts Volume Introduction to Sociology Concepts Voulme Developmental Psychology (Human Growth & Development) Concepts Volume
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    young mother wants to become a nurse...

    I have a 5 year old daughter and I am now working on my pre-reqs. I don't know what your support system is, but unless you have some serious support I would not recommend embarking on this until your daughter is a little older. It is my understanding that having a sick child is not considered an acceptable excuse for missing class in NS and if your daughter is that young she WILL go through sickness while her immune system is building. I had my daughter in daycare from 6 weeks old because I work full-time and even at that she still had a LOT of illnesses until last year. Last year is the first year that she was only out once for sickness. If you have a mother-in-law who stays at home or a grandparent or someone like that who can cover you when your daughter is sick, then it might be different for you. For me I had no one to cover except my husband and until the last 6 months his job was such that he HAD to be at work. If nothing else you can always take the next few years to do your preqrequisites - 1 class per semester and makes A's in each class. You're only 22 - you have your entire adult life ahead of you to reach your goals. I should know ... I'm 40 and switching careers and will be about 45 when I finish NS and then plan to get my MSN! Just think it through and make sure you have the support you need to give your daughter everything that she needs while you do this. You can go to NS any time, but you only get to raise your child right once! Good luck!
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    I just got fired... what the hell happened?

    Nocturne I just went back and read some of your posts - could the nurse who turned you in about the heparin issue be the one who was behind all of this? If so, who else did she not like and have they been fired too?
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    I just got fired... what the hell happened?

    First let me say that I am so sorry this happened to you! What you're describing sounds too slick to have been the first time it has happened to someone. Has anyone else been fired while you were there? If so I wonder if they were railroaded as well! If you could find others with this same situation you would have a nice fat class action suit against your employer...
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    Would appreciate advice on combining pre-reqs

    Thanks for all of the advice & input. I have one more question, I have already registered for A&P I for the coming semester. Should it be a big prob to take A&P I before taking Chem? I can take Chem this Summer. Someone posted about the remote possibility of getting 1 shift/week CNA, and I'm sure you're probably right. If I have to do every other weekend or PRN or whatever I will. I would just prefer not to give up FT job hours for CNA hours since my FT job pays significantly more than the CNA position will. Thanks guys!
  13. I would appreciate input from those of you who have taken these classes on which ones go well together. I have some pretty serious time restrictions so it's important that I not overload myself. 1. I work 40 hours a week - must do this in order to meet the bills 2. I have a 5 year old and a husband who each need some of my love and attention 3. I am obsessive compulsive about grades and will drive myself nuts if I can't give enough effort to make an A 4. As soon as I finish my CNA in March I'll be trying to get a 1-shift-per-week job so add another 8 to 12 work hours to that 40 listed in item #1 5. As soon as I finish my CNA in March I'll be enrolling in CNA II so I'm guessing 8 hours of class weekly for it. When you add all of that up it's practically impossible for me to take more than 1 prerequisite class per semester and make any sort of decent grade; however, if I was able to physically do it, which of these would go well together? A&P I A&P II Microbiology Chemistry Developmental Psych Introduction to Sociology I know from the past that I will struggle with chemistry so I want to take it by itself. All others are up for grabs!
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    lost in charlotte,,help,,lol

    Hi, ex-Charlottean here but have returned to my Salisbury roots LOL. I'm also 40 and going for nursing as a 2nd career. It sounds like our plans are similar. I'm keeping my full-time job for the time being, and while keeping it I'm also taking my cna class. I'll finish in March and will seek a p/t (hopefully 1 shift/week) job as a cna I. At the same time I'll start taking the CNA II class and should finish it around the middle of August. I also start A&P I at RCCC in January, will take A&P II this Summer, and Micro in the Fall. It will take me a while to do the pre-reqs because I need to keep my FT job.
  15. This is why I'm taking one course per semester while working on my pre-reqs. God if I could go back and take a do-over for college LOL! My cum gpa for my BS from ASU '92 is 2.92. Ugh. So every class I'm taking now I'm SUPER-anal about making an A. So far I have an A in psychology and statistics. I'll be taking A&P I this January and I think I can make an A in it...made an A in it 20 years ago at ASU but unfortunately the coursework was too old to xfer. Good luck to you! I'm in your same boat with the less than desirable gpa...
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