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    2nd Interview after a year!!!!

    First, I would look up the potential employer on the web and see what services they offer. Then, look up those services and see what is involved in terms of care. Be honest that you do not have the experience. But DO announce that you would be very eager to learn. The fact that you would have "done some homework" prior to the interview might be impressive to the interviewer.
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    States with Real Nursing Shortages?

    I think some of the issues of "shortages" and geographical locations have something to do with the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Some nurses ended up delaying their retirement. Some nurses re-entered the workforce when their spouses lost their jobs. Some nurses became more reluctant to leave their current employer because of economic uncertainty. It used to be very easy to leave one job quickly for another job. Perhaps not as much now.
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    cheapest online RN to BSN?

    In state first and see if your employer will kick in some tuition.
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    What do you consider to be nursing's biggest setback?

    Someone asked a while ago about why I have that perception about entry levels and education. I think I have seen these issues posted on the blog, whether it is a nurse with a certain educational background supervising another nurse with a certain educational background or a nurse working in a position without a certain knowledge base. I have completed the ASN, the BSN, and some grad level work. Yes, there are some differences in all of those levels. Was I a crappy nurse when I had just an ASN? Nope. Would I have been able to do what I do today with only an ASN? Nope. I needed the extra knowledge to do what I do today. Could my employer fill my position with an ASN? Sure. Would my employer get the same results? Maybe not. But it's that mindset of a nurse is a nurse is a nurse. We can all tell ourselves that it is all the same but it isn't.
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    Failed NCLEX 5 times

    That was an excellent point! Perhaps you are overthinking the questions (easy to do and even easier when you are a nurse). Are you also second guessing yourself during the exam?
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    Part Time BSN programs

    Have you looked at online programs out of state? There are several reputable universities that offer online programs. They are no less rigorous than onsite programs. I have completed online coursework and some of my classmates lived in other states, Guam, etc (one in Galveston!). It takes a lot of dedication and this type of learning is not suited for everyone. If you can make the commitment and stay on top of the required coursework, it is a great option. You do have to arrange for your own clinical rotations though.
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    Areas of the country with jobs for new grads?

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    Did i do the right thing?

    Yes, always report a problem to the resident's nurse. Do you know for sure that the house supervisor was relaying information to the resident's nurse or to another nurse who just happened to be standing in the hallway? And if that nurse in the hallway was supposed to tell the resident's nurse and forgot, BUT you had knowledge of the situation....well, that might not lead to a great outcome. It becomes a game of "psssst, pass it on". And trust me, that is never a good game to play because rarely does the message come through.
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    What would you do?

    You should point out the error on the schedule to your manager (maybe it was a honest error or maybe the manager was given some erroneous information by another party). If you do not get an appropriate response, then you will need to concede that this job is a wash. But should you need to tender your resignation, let the clinic know exactly why you are leaving the position.
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    What does it mean??!!

    Don't worry about this at all. It's not worth the stress of worrying about it.
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    What would you do?

    You were hired for a 3 10 hr/shift week schedule. Period. There is no swapping around hours unless the manager decides to realign the positions and offer full-times benefits. And if the clinic wanted to do this, they would have considered this prior to hiring anyone to fill the open position. The response that you need to work out the schedule yourselves is asinine at best. Personally, your manager has demonstrated some poor leadership skills. If you are forced to deal with this, my response to the nurse would be that I accepted the position with the explicit understanding that I would be scheduled to work 3 ten hour shifts per week and due to other obligations (like sleep but that's between you and me) I would not be able available to work any more than that.
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    How do I get a new job after being fired?

    Hmmmm. In my experience most facilities give employees a "leeway"time- usually 6 minutes to clock in either before or after their scheduled time. You did not mention the nature of your tardiness so we can only guess. Were you a half hour late? An hour? 20 minutes? Was this once per week? Per pay period? Sorry sweetie but you own some of this. We unfortunately do not work in a profession that allows us to stroll in, from time to time, a bit late. But I am not going to bust your chops because I know that you already feel badly about the entire experience. The best thing to do is to admit you made some mistakes and move on. You can not play the victim because playing the victim will not get you a new job. First, polish up that resume. Second, think long and hard about the work environment and what your needs are. If you need a flexible job where running just a few minutes late isn't going to make or break you then consider a job that will allow for that. If you need a calmer work environment then consider a job that might allow for a slower pace. If you need a job that maybe isn't so people-oriented then consider it. We are blessed to have so many opportunities in our profession: IT Nursing, bedside nursing, home care, clinic/out-patient care, specialized care, etc. When you decide what you need to do, then it is enough to chalk up the last job as maybe not being a good "fit". Good luck!
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    RN to BSN..does it pay more??

    A BSN pays off in terms of opportunity. Does your employer offer any tuition assistance benefits? That was how I had my undergraduate paid for me and I graduated debt free. My obligation to the employer was not that big after graduation (and who was I kidding, I wasn't immediately going elsewhere after graduation anyway).
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    Patient who is on his call light every 3-5 minutes ALL night long

    Ah, the disgruntled frequent flyer. Stay polite and keep a smile on your face. Before you leave the room, ask the patient if there is anything else that he needs. Document abusive behaviors toward staff but keep it professional and matter of fact. If you have a patient relations department then notify them. Also keep your supervisor informed of the issues. Sometimes situations can be defused before they get out of hand. In some of the bad cases, a patient may be requested to sign a behavioral contract for his care. With that being said, is this patient unable to care for himself (is he a quad or para or otherwise has no ability for any self care)? My experience has been that when somebody has zero control over their body, sometimes they grab on to the only control that they do actually have. That control might be to get on the call-light every 10 seconds or to have the staff constantly running in to do the most insignificant of tasks. But it is all the control that the patient has so they will exercise that control. They need that control. And being in the hospital, they might be seeing more attention than they usually get at their group home.
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    How far did you get...?

    The bonus to having a BSN is that more doors are open. If you are content to have what you have in terms of your career with an ADN, then an ADN is just fine. If you end up wanting different opportunities, then you might want to consider earning a BSN. It just depends on your goals. You may discover that, after you have a few years under your belt, you actually want to do something else within nursing that requires a BSN or holding a BSN puts you higher on the list for consideration. Just depends on what you want.