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JPnewACNP has 5 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Intensive Care/AG-ACNP Student.

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  1. I had a 70-something year old man come for an elective Cath which was postponed due to Hgb 3.2.. He was just pale. Eventually found he had a tiny chronic GIB that was found by the third radiologist on a nuclear scan after dozens of other tests to find the bleed.
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    Sign prescription for MD?

    I know in some family practice clinics the nurse and doc have worked together so long they have a shorthand down pat. He tells the nurse to give a shot of whatever and states an arc, nurse writes it down, MD comes and signs the script after making sure it’s correct. What the OP described is incredibly illegal. If that ever happened to me, I would call leadership and go straight up the chain of command AS WELL AS calling the legal department. Our license is too valuable.
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    What color scrubs do you wear?

    Or worked in several places, but this is my favorite thus far! Plus it was strictly enforced so it really helped to know each other's role without having to ask or see their badge. It helped families to know who they're speaking with too! RN/LVN - Navy PCA/monitor techs - Burgundy Transport - Burgundy top, Black bottoms Surgery/Cath lab - OR sea foam greens Pharmacy - Hunter Green Radiology - Black RT- Grey Etc I don't remember about ceil blue... nobody was allowed to wear navy blue except RNs and LVNs. Physicians/NPs/PAs wore whatever they wanted except navy. Occasionally, after inter hospital competition or special events, we were allowed to wear t-shirts.
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    HELP - Unit woes

    Any recommendations for when working on a unit with an educator/manager/director who are not supportive of their staff's needs? I have no idea what to do anymore or how to cope working in a place that I have come to hate so much... The thing is I cannot seem to find another job as everybody is wanting more experienced candidates, how can I become more experienced if nobody is willing to give me a chance to prove I can make it in an ICU?
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    Penn State Residency: Hershey Medical Center 2015

    My Checkster is still very much open...
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    Penn State Residency: Hershey Medical Center 2015

    Nice, but before I even start that process, I want to have a little better understanding of where I will be when I can be licensed.
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    Penn State Residency: Hershey Medical Center 2015

    So I completed the application and everything that has been requested. I'm hoping to receive an email confirming everything is in order. kaycatherine, how will you do licensure for Pennsylvania? I think I will get my Texas license and then apply for endorsement since Pennsylvania isn't part of the Nursing Compact with NCSBN.
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    The best way to know where you would like to work is to experience each of the areas your interested. I'm also in nursing school and that is what I am trying to do: have some experiences in many different areas without regard to money. If your doing something you love, the rest will sort itself out. Find out what you enjoy for yourself, don't let the words of anybody influence your opinion. Use their thoughts to gain an idea of what you want to do, then shadow a nurse in that unit. Thats just one piece of advise from one nursing student to another.
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    Will I get over my discomfort with blood draws?

    I'm the same way, I don't like to have my blood drawn. Its not the actual blood I have a problem with, its the needle in my arm. i don't really have a problem sticking my patients and often my patients compliment on how they never felt a thing and I've only been drawing like three months! During my training, I got stuck by a paramedic with 20+ years of experience and his stick hurt until the next day. The next two girls who stuck me accidentally pulled the needle out while trying to get their sample. The tourniquet was still on and I bled for a few minutes and they left huge bruises. But all in all, the training wasn't bad as the needle is only like a 23 gage!!
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    Being Gay and a Male Nursing Student

    I am about to start the upper-division program, and I must say that almost everybody in our class are going to be great as far as my orientation. Considering almost one-third of the class is in fact gay. I am also working on a unit as a nurses assistant and everybody in the unit has been great. Although I have not told anybody, almost everybody seems to know despite my non-flamboyance. None the less, everybody has been wonderful!!
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    UT Austin BSN

    You are only accepted into the upper division during the fall or spring, those are the only times you can start the professional sequence. After getting in, its only two more years.
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    UT Austin BSN

    I guess its possible... The only thing is that with UT's upper division, you absolutely have to apply and you can only apply sometime during the spring for the coming fall (apply spring 2012 to start upper division in fall 2012) or in the fall for the coming spring (september 2012 to start in spring 2013). You might want to talk to one of the advisors that is listed on the website. Or call the School of Nursing Advising Office to find out if that is possible. There are information sessions at the School of Nursing on December 2 and 6 so you might consider attending one of these. The sooner get going on your transfer the better because the pre-nursing major can be hard to get into. Its not impossible but possibly difficult. Check out this worksheet, figure up what courses you have already taken and see which ones you will have to take here and when they are offered (i.e. pharmacology is only offered during the spring and summer). If the school you go to doesn't use UT's numbering system, you can find the equivalent courses in the Undergraduate Catalog to be found at beALonghorn.utexas.edu. http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/docs/bsn_degree_plan_2010.pdf Hope this helps more....
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    UT Austin BSN

    It depends on the course... I think all freshmen or transfer students have to take an Undergraduate Studies Course (UGS), but I think that is the only in-house requirement... I might be wrong as I haven't really talked to many transfer students if any... you can go online to utexas.edu/nursing and find a lot of information. If you have a question about a specific course or something, I might be able to get an answer for you...
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    UT Austin BSN

    I think it kind of depends... The when your applying to the upper division, the committee takes into consideration whether or not you are an in-house applicant. I think they prefer in-house students to transfers but it won't be impossible. I really like the program here and next semester (second-semester first-year) I will be taking some sophomore nursing classes. If you are starting school right from high school with transferred hours (i.e. AP credit, Duel credit) it might be more beneficial to go ahead and come to Austin to start meeting the staff here and start networking for letters of recommendation and such... That is what I did and I have met a Maternity professor and an adult care professor. I have also met a LOT of upperclassmen and graduate students who have given advice on applying to upper division and who to take for what.... I will be applying for upper division professional sequence in Fall 2012 so I am trying to network like crazy so I can get great in-house letters of Rec... On a side note... I don't know about other schools, but here at UT Austin School of Nursing, it is encouraged to start volunteering at a hospital or clinical setting early. This shows that you are committed to the profession and that you are willing to do whatever it takes to graduate. So if you decide to come to UT Austin, I would highly recommend applying to volunteer at one of the major hospital groups early as it can be a long process. I applied before the 15th of September to volunteer at UMC Brackenridge and I am just now starting to volunteer.. It is a long process but well worth the effort and the wait. You can find that application at seton.net and click on the Volunteer tab at the top of the home page. Hope this helps and Hook'em!!
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    UT Austin BSN

    Hey!! So I am a first year Pre-Nursing student at UT Austin. I'm in my first semester but I will be applying for the upper-division professional sequence in September. Basically I'll take classes in the winter break and summer and then be eligible to apply in September. The application process for the upper division is competitive as there are over 100 students applying for around 50 positions in the fall and 60-70 positions in the spring. They really look at GPA, volunteering experience, and your essay. The GPA is then divided up into the UT Overall GPA (which is all UT courses taken at UT), UT Science GPA (all science courses taken at UT), and you overall GPA. I have been told to keep at least a 3.3-3.5 GPA in order to keep competitive. Its sort of stressful in lower division, but from what I hear from upperclassmen, the upper division is really good... Hope this helps.
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    Ages of male nursing students?

    exactly, but I'm going for a BSN.

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