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  1. Just curious what other regions/ hospital systems are experiencing.... I am an ICU nurse at a Midwestern hospital (community size roughly 250k) and we are the main hospital system in the city - we have 3 ICUs... Med/surf, cardiac and neuro/trauma. I am in the MICU/SICU. More often that not it feels like we are a long term acute care. As you know there are generally 3 outcomes: the patient passes, the patient survives and moves on to rehab....or the patient gets stuck somewhere in the middle. The fate worse then death (in my opinion). Majority of these are trached and pegged and often can't be placed or they are placed and what we see are multiple readmissions of these same patients. The nurses on our unit are struggling more and more with the initiation of medically futile care and often we continue to care for these patients for months or years on end until they pass from some comorbidity or the family finally goes end of life. I'm wondering if this is a trend other ICUs are seeing as we continue to see medical advancements that enable us to sustain life in favor of quantity over quality? I'm getting a bit burnt out and long for the acuity and complexity of a real ICU. I'm currently in an ACNP program so this is less of a "where is my future going" and more of curiosity what other people are seeing in their ICUs.
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    Constructive Resume Advice?

    Anyone have any feedback? Just a thumbs up or down.... ?
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    Constructive Resume Advice?

    Hello everyone! I think I have my resume all set. I worked with our faculty and a hiring manager at our institution (my BSN program is tied to a Hospital). I would like to run it by all of you and see if I am missing anything. Part of my concern is that everyone that has worked with me on this is part of the same institution so it may be too tailored to that one place - or not, but that's why I am here! This is a one page resume..... :) PERSONAL INFO Objective Accomplished and compassionate nursing candidate brings over 1100 hours of clinical training, including 80 hours in critical care setting, has earned distinction in academia; training and patient care. Seeks to provide outstanding patient centered care as part of the Bryan Health family where integrity, teamwork and leadership skills can be applied. Education XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 2012 - Present Bachelors of Science, Nursing; GPA 3.86 Anticipated graduation date: May, 2015 Work History Employer 1 2013 - Current Education Technology Assistant Responsibilities include investigating software issues, creation and maintenance of databases; extracting, analyzing and organizing data; troubleshooting and resolution of conflicts between user requirements and system functionality. Peer Tutor Member of peer tutor team that assists students in developing effective study skills, learning difficult concepts and preparation of exams and written assignments. Employer 2 2012 - 2013 Shahbaz, Tabitha Greenhouse Part of self-managed team responsible for providing ADL's in a homelike environment that promotes safety, healthiness and a high quality of life for residents ranging from skilled nursing to end of life care. Employer 3 1997 - 2008 Operations Analyst, Industrial Metrology Division Responsible for ongoing analysis of business requirements to identify compensation and reporting needs of multi-million dollar organization. Successfully identified, recommended and implemented chosen solution for Direct and Distributor sales in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Collaborated with software engineers to develop, test and implement necessary customization for systems communication. Volunteer & Professional Organizations Peer Mentor, _______ College of Health Sciences Co-Director and Treasurer, __________ Wrestling Club Leadership and Founding Committee Member, Backpack Program of _______School District Member of School, State and National Student Nurses Association Member of Sigma Theta Tau International; induction April, 2015 Achievements President's & Deans List Honoree; ________ of Health Sciences Wayne and Nancy Hester Clinical Excellence Scholarship Recipient; First Plymouth Women's Ministry Scholarship Recipient; ______ Memorial Foundation Scholarship Recipient Selected to present Evidence Based Research findings at National Conference, April 2015 Bill Haag Support Person of the Year, ________ Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, ____________ Licenses & Certifications Certified Nurse Aide | Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Certification | Red Cross First Aid Certification
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    Most terrifying thing?

    I would agree with some of the other responses that the skills check off's early on were the most terrifying. This is followed by a scary and intimidating clinical instructor but if your prepared for the clinical even they won't frazzle you and you will come out feeling accomplished. Its not nearly as scary as it seems - just be prepared to work hard and don't get behind - you'll do great!!
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    Med/Surg vs Fundamentals

    I think Med/Surg is easier, but I suspect this is very different for everyone. I think that the entire semester that you start Fundamentals/assessments is so different from the previous ones, and for us it was the one that we started clinicals in, that everyone was pretty freaked out. Everything was stressful and much of what we learned was new territory to us. Now, in med-surg we know what to expect in clinicals and we are just building and building on information we have already been exposed to. It may not be easier -- ask me that at the end of the semester but its definately less stressful, for me! Good luck :-)
  6. Hello everyone! I am working on a paper for health assessment and am having some trouble with the area where I have to give a detailed rationale for why I would perform one assessment before the other. The scenario is as follows: Our patient today is a pleasant 28 year old well groomed female of African American descent with a strong connection to her Jehovah Witness faith. Patient is alert, oriented and presenting with complaints of frequent headaches that are sometimes accompanied by dizziness. During the interview patient also mentioned that for the past couple of weeks she has experienced pain and stiffness in her legs when waking in the morning. I have decided it is necessary to perform a neuro and musculoskeletal assessment and have come up with my list of age and cultural considerations. I have also prepared subjective questions for each system to be assessed and determined that the neuro should be a priority. My hold up is explaining why in professional terms. I know neuro should be first...I know that my patient is young and not likely at risk for a stroke or something of that nature but pain and dizziness could indicate a more serious problem. I'm supposed to relay why it is more important than the musculoskeltal but simply I just dont feel that the pain and stiffness is anything life threatening and headaches could potentially have very severe consequences! Can anyone help me put this together? Thanks in advance...I truly appreciate it!
  7. Hello ladies & gents, I would like to write a paper about the differences in the care mothers receive and the birth experience from about 20 - 25 years ago versus today. I have interviewed a mom who gave birth about 5 months ago to get a good idea of her observations and the recommendations her doctor gave her. I would like to find someone who has a child 20 - 25 years of age to interview and was wondering if anyone here may be willing to be my interview subject. I have about 15 questions - nothing too difficult or personal and it can all be done via email or even on this forum ... some others may find the questions/answers interesting. Thanks in advance if any of you are willing - I don't think it would take much time at all! Angela
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    Interview needed re: changes in obstetrical care...

    I just saw there was a forum for this type of request...will relocate this post there!
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    how can I prepare for TEAS?

    It depends on how far out of school you are and what other classes you have been taking. I am 15 years out of HS but took 1 year of courses at the community college, including algebra & stats, science pre-reqs and English comp, I studied very little and did just fine. What studying I did do came from an ACT practice guide.
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    Highschool gpa affecting nursing in college?

    I agree with the response above - they will look at your GPA from pre-reqs and go by that and perhaps your TEAS score, though my school accepted me and then had me take the TEAS. My HS GPA was non-existant as I dropped out of HS and earned my GED so don't worry! I took one year of pre-reqs at a community college to prove myself academically and entered my program top of the class with 36 transfered credits and a GPA of 4.0 - let your college course talk for you, but make sure to give them the time and effort they need and you'll do great.
  11. Hello ladies & gents, I would like to write a paper about the differences in the care mothers receive and the birth experience from about 20 - 25 years ago versus today. I have interviewed a mom who gave birth about 5 months ago to get a good idea of her observations and the recommendations her doctor gave her. I would like to find someone who has a child 20 - 25 years of age to interview and was wondering if anyone here may be willing to be my interview subject. I have about 15 questions - nothing too difficult or personal and it can all be done via email or even on this forum ... some others may find the questions/answers interesing. Thanks in advance if any of you are willing - I don't think it would take much time at all! Angela
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    Help needed! Good website for Microbiology articles?

    Try microbe.org, I used it a lot during micro when I had to do articles.
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    Very small nursing schools?

    Welcome! I have not yet started school, my program starts in January, but I am also attending a very small private nursing school. The classes have 70 students...to start, who knows how many make it to the end. I am an "older" student and I asked the same question because I had the opposite concern...I would not have anyone in my demographic to connect with. I am sure every class is different but she told me that the age range of the last class at graduation was 22 through 48, which means they started at 18 through 44. I am almost right in the middle of that so I am hopeful I will have a few classmates I can relate to. I wouldn't worry too much though, during my CNA class one of my closest classmates was an 18 yr old girl that I got along with remarkable well because of her maturity, the combined nursing interest and well hopefully I am still a little young at heart! :-) Good luck and don't fret to much...these are great years for you!
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    Finally a nursing student!

    I got the letter yesterday! The admissions, progression and graduation committees accepted my application and I start my BSN program in January though I can start gen eds right away! I am currently in an accelerated CNA course as this is mandatory to start clinicals at my NS. It feels soooo good to finally be on this board! :heartbeat Angela
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    I made it!!!

    Well after much worrying, obsessing and stress I am SO happy to report that I got in to the nursing program in my area! I am currently taking an accelerated CNA course as the school requires this before you start clinicals. I am hoping to land a spot in the accelerated program which is 3 years to BSN because I already have the entire year of freshman credits completed with the exception of one 2 credit class! So, I can start my gen ed's immediately but my official RN program start is in January. Keep at it girls and guys...it will happen. I appreciate all the feedback I got on here. I will say this...a poster told me my essay was non-traditional and therefore weak and that the modern alternative writing style will not impress the college and while I revised some areas of the essay I kept the format and "dazzle" and it worked, the interviewer flat out said "when I read your essay I thought it was unique and showed that you were a great communicator and knew I had to meet you!". So don't be so quick to keep it traditional and don't be afraid to show your creativity. The program I got into was HIGHLY competitive and had 170 applicants for just 40 spots at what is arguable the best facility in our state. Like I said I did appreciate the feedback but wanted to pass my experience along to all of you. Best of luck! If anyone has any questions about the essays (I had to write 4) or the interview process feel free to ask, I know every institution is different but when I was interviewing I got as many real life examples as possible to prepare.
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    Ok, I'm gonna ask...(warner, super dumb question)

    Many thanks, that is how I refer to it but with my nursing school interview approaching tomorrow I thought I should double check!
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