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Raven Sierra BSN, RN

Trauma, Emergency Department, Critical Care
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Raven Sierra has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Trauma, Emergency Department, Critical Care.

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  1. Raven Sierra

    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    Question: does anyone know if the Department of Vital Statistics screens names prior to actually issuing the birth certificate? I never tested it with my kids, but if a parent puts something vulgar or insane on a birth certificate application, would it go through? If they do, is that why nurses might report some of these names, but no one has seen them in real life? I know my state screens the applications for personalized car license plates, and you can't have things like vulgarities on them. I hope they at least do that for children...
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    Too old?

    I always wanted to join the military but, for various reasons, never did. I'm now 38 (39 in a couple weeks) with a BSN and 3 years of ICU and ED and am a charge nurse and preceptor. I'd love to be in the Reserves or Guard. I need probably 6 months to get in shape - I'm overweight but losing consistently and need to work on my run and push-ups. I'm familiar with the physical requirements. Am I too old? Are there any age waivers these days? Or am I out of time? I have no prior service.
  3. Facepalm.
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    Took NCLEX today...and the wait begins

    UPDATE: Just got my nursing license number from my BON! I passed and am officially a RN!
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    Took NCLEX today...and the wait begins

    Forgot to add: I was averaging 70% - 75% on NCLEX Mastery. I had a 99% predictor from ATI.
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    Took NCLEX today...and the wait begins

    Well, I'm still waiting for results, so I can't say that I passed. As for the questions, I'd say mine were comparable to NCLEX Mastery. Saunders was a bit more detailed than the NCLEX questions I got. I got my ATT much quicker than expected; I got it 2 weeks after graduation. I only had two weeks to study. I did questions and Saunders review reading for about 3-4 hours daily. But I've been doing NCLEX Mastery questions for months. I averaged 50 questions per day.
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    Took NCLEX today...and the wait begins

    The exam was definitely hard. By far, the hardest exam I've ever taken. This is my second degree, so I have had quite a number of tests. But this was rough. I really don't want to do it again.
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    Took NCLEX today...and the wait begins

    I used the NCLEX Mastery app and the Saunders NCLEX review book. My school had us do ATI as well.
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    ATI HELP!

    I got a 99% predictor on my ATI. I did LOTS of NCLEX-style questions. I have the NCLEX Mastery app, and I just did questions any time I could. If I had a free minute, I did questions. It's about learning to eliminate at least 2 of the 4 options in the multiple choice questions and learning to evaluate the SATAs. I got the Saunders NCLEX book for NCLEX review, and I actually wished I'd had it for all those other nursing school tests. It's great at teaching you content AND how to approach the questions. Practice, practice, practice. Good luck, and I hope this helps!
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    Took NCLEX today...and the wait begins

    Took the NCLEX today. 75 questions. Lots of SATA, which are the devil in my opinion (just missing an "N" on the end...). Did the PVT and got the good pop-up. But I still am terrified I failed. The NCLEX was just as awful as everyone said. Waiting...and waiting...I won't feel good until I see my license number on the BON website. Question: this is the 21st century - we put people on the moon and we have all kinds of amazing technology, so why can't we see our results at the end of the test? Why do we have to wait so long? I don't get it.
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    Cleveland Clinic strength test

    Thanks for replying, Sandy. I have my dream job in one of the ICUs, but I am a little nervous about this. Do you know what percentage? Especially nervous because I put on a few pounds in nursing school!
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    Cleveland Clinic strength test

    New grad here. I have an offer from the Cleveland Clinic to work in my dream unit. I'm a little concerned, though, about the strength test. I will admit I'm not in great shape, but I am generally strong. I have a farm and regularly throw around hay bales (40-50 pounds) and feed bags (50-60 pounds) by myself. I do have an old shoulder injury from years ago, but it usually doesn't bother me. However, I don't want to lose this job over something like this. How much is passing? Does anyone know? What fails you?
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    Gross Things Patients Do

    No, I'd say that's a pretty gross story.
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    Gross Things Patients Do

    Holy gagging, Batman! I've seen a lot of nasty stuff and usually am unfazed by it. But that almost made me lose my breakfast on my computer screen....
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    ATI testing GRADED.

    Wow. I've never heard of taking the comprehensive in your first semester. We take it in our last semester.
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    ATI testing GRADED.

    ATI has tests in each subject matter; as first semester students, I'd expect you'd be taking RN Fundamentals. After pharmacology, you take RN Pharmacology; after OB, you take RN Maternal Newborn; etc. At least, this is what I would expect (and what my program does). Surely you're not taking the RN Comprehensive in your first semester? And, yes, our ATI tests in each subject counted for about 10% of our grade. But we got partial points for levels below Level 2.
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