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    Can I get an RN job without healthcare experience??

    I graduated with an ADN in May, passed NCLEX July 31, and had no previous experience in the medical field. I began applying in April, applied at the two hospitals in my area. About 150 applications put in. At the beginning of September, I had two interviews with the nurse recruiters for both hospitals. After that, I had three other interviews with floor managers, four job offers and had my first day of on-the-floor orientation today. It may depend on your area, but I had no problem getting a job without experience. Good luck! :)
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    Opinions sought

    Thanks for your reply! Part of my orientation is an 8 hr class on basic rhythms and also a prep and actual ACLS class/certification, so I'll be definitely good on that front. Made it through my classroom/computer orientation and hitting the floor Saturday. Already spoke with my preceptor on the phone and he seems really nice and likes being a preceptor. Fingers crossed! :)
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    Opinions sought

    Hello! I was just looking for some advice, or opinions. I am a new grad, second career RN. I am in orientation for my first job as a day-shift med-telemetry nurse with crossover to cardiac stepdown (we're all on the same floor). I'm appropriately terrified. :) But, I am excited and I think I'll get some great experience here! My dream is to eventually get to the Cath Lab (I was able to spend a few days observing there when I was a student, and I absolutely LOVED it). Do you think a background in telemetry with crossover to cardiac stepdown would be a good background for the cath lab? I know it's not ICU... Thanks for your opinions!
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    **POLL** New 1st Year RN Salary

    IL 20.10/hr with $1/hr differential for weekends. no previous healthcare experience med-tele with crosstraining to cardiac stepdown.
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    Stupid Nurse Tricks (Or How To Look Incredibly Stupid)

    "How to look incredibly stupid without even trying?" Easy. Be a nursing student at clinicals. That's me. Every dang clinical day. I feel like I enter some sort of fugue state on the drive in and am rendered ridiculously stupid and incompetent for the rest of the day. Ugh.
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    We're not here for that

    That's insane. A student acting like that in my clinical group would have been bounced out on her butt and given a fail for the day, at least. Our entire first semester was in a nursing home doing basic patient care. That's part of the job! What's this student going to do someday when she's an RN and finds herself on a floor with no aides? Or has the poor aides running ragged? Cmon, it's a team. Noone likes to clean up poop. But it goes with the territory. Wow.......just sad.
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    Question for the L&D nurses

    Hello! I'm an ADN student at the end of my third semester (the end is in sight!), and just finished my L&D clinical rotation, which was absolutely fabulous and taught by a ridiculously good clinical instructor. It was also kind of neat to be back on the floor I had my child on three years ago, to see things from the other side of the aisle. :) So, I came away with a couple questions. Since I started school, L&D is one of two places I'm really interested in. And while I saw some amazing things during my clinical, I was also really disturbed by a couple things I saw (the delivery of a 26 weeker, and a boy who had a circumcision gone wrong among other things). I came home and worried and worried and cried for those babies. My question is, does it get easier? How do you cope with sad/upsetting things? Is L&D not for me cause I'm too damn sensitive? It was an amazing experience, but I still find myself worrying about those babies...a lot.
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    Concept Maps

    I absolutely hate them as well. If I never have to see another concept map or IPR again after May, I will be the happiest person ever!
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    I'm a procrastinator... Help?

    I've always been a procrastinator, so I totally understand your hesitation. I'll tell you this much, I was still a procrastinator when I started my first semester of NS. However, I got a massive slap in the face by failing my first exam because I didn't allot myself enough time to really digest the material (it's not enough to just memorize, you have to be able to apply the information in "real life" situations and questions on real life situations and my biggest hates "choose all that apply", or "all the answers are correct, chose the MOST correct" are huge in NS). And then came my first clinical....and the chart study that went with it. When I began the paperwork at 8pm and finished it at 5:30am the next morning just in time to start clinicals at 6am. It sucked, and that kind of negative conditioning really helps you get over the procrastination thing fast! What works for me is to allot myself a time slot every single evening. 3 Hours (for my it was 5-8pm because that was when my hubby could watch our daughter) to work on nothing but nursing...reading, writing, etc. At the end of that time, I could take a break for awhile to relax, and then I made myself go back to work. When something was finished, I rewarded myself with something. You'll want a planner if you don't already use one, because if your school is like mine, times for things will be all over the place (clinicals, exams, meetings, sim labs) and you have to keep track of so many different things. I just wrote my study time in there too, and when I was done, I got to check it off and it made me feel good to be able to do that. You'll find what works best for you, I'm sure! :) Just try not to feel too awful if you bomb that first test, it's not the end of the world and it won't mean the end of nursing school............just make sure you don't bomb any more than that! Good luck! :)
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    What was your first year of nursing school like?

    I'm just in my first semester, so I can't speak for the whole year. But...I can tell you what to expect to feel and think during those first few weeks, if that helps any. The work can be hard. The amount of reading you have to do is insane. You will come to hate the Nursing Process, but learn it anyway. :) If you've been a 4.0 student, do not get down on yourself if you don't pull a 95 on that first exam. If you fall behind in your reading you are doomed, seriously. When you're reading 12 chapters a week over three or four books, catching up is going to be nearly impossible. Be prepared for instructors who do not teach...that is to say, they expect you to learn on your own, and they are just reviewing the material. At my school we have a quiz at the beginning of each lecture over the material they will be covering that day, so you have to read. Stock up on highlighters and index cards. You might have moments where you question everything, they will pass. Just keep chuggin' along. I was a wreck in the beginning but now I feel like I'm getting a grip on things. Don't be afraid to talk to your instructors. Mine are tough, but if you make the effort to go talk to them, they will help. You will be expected to memorize a lot of things, but think about how they are applied real life, the exam questions tend to be more on situational things than rote memorization. Take some time for you, to decompress or de-stress. Even if it's just for an hour. It can be fun, and it can be tough. Our instructors basically said our first day that their job was to break us down to build us up. Just hang in there, do the work, and you'll be fine. :) I was a nervous wreck...but now, I'm getting the hang of it. Good luck and congratulations in getting in!
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    Talked out of nursing by others and myself....

    I've been back and forth myself. Owned my own business until the economy made me close my doors. I took several months and finally decided to go back to school for my ADN, work while getting my BSN and from there........who knows? It's never too late. I had to go back and retake A&P because it'd been too long. Did that, worked hard, and am now a first semester nursing student. I'm turning 40 in January. I have a two year old daughter. And yes, it can be hard work and like a PP mentioned, my school is also pretty unorganized at times, and there's a good amount of time investment in the studying (30 hours a week or so) but in the end, it will be worth it. Don't talk yourself out of it, go for it! You're not too old! :)
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    Coffee is my medicine

    My screen name is probably comment enough, but I was the owner of a coffee house before the economy tanked me. Now I'm a Nursing Student. You can imagine how much coffee I go through. I'm waiting for my family to hold an intervention, but I think they believe its safer to their health to just let me have the java.
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    Calling graduating class of 2014!

    I started a week and a half ago.......should graduate (fingers crossed) in May 2014. So far, the reading has been so intense. 7 chapters from one text, three chapters from another text, and 7 chapters from our skills text. I've come close to banging my head on the desk several times and I'm not even two full weeks in! But.....gotta keep the end goal in mind, right? We can do it!
  14. So far I haven't been all that private. I've enjoyed getting to know some of my classmates and we will sit and swap stories about our kids, etc. But...I don't blurt my whole life out for the world to see. I'm pretty introverted and like to keep things close, but I'm making an effort to make friends at school because I think it will be good to have people to share with who are going through the same program. So I guess I share, but don't overshare. :)
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    First week of Nursing School and I am off to a bad start...Help!

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. I lost my brother in an accident/suicide in April, so I know what you are having to deal with. It will get better, I promise. In the meantime, I really suggest that you talk to your instructors and let them know what is going on. They will want to help you and they should be informed. Your school will also have counselors that you can talk too, and that may help you. And believe it or not, focusing on your school work can help too.....it will get your mind busy on other things for a little while (just don't be surprised and upset when everything bubbles up from time to time, it's part of healing/grieving). The very best wishes to you......hang in there.
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    Nursing student weight

    I'm terrified of gaining more weight! At our first orientation meeting in April, the instructors suggested getting our clinical uniforms a size bigger so they'd fit when we gained weight. Now...a few years ago I lost 75 lbs, and then got pregnant. My daughter is 2 years old and I haven't lost a pound.....and am pretty overweight right now. So I've made a vow to myself to buck the trend and lose weight while I'm in school. Better meals, watching out for the "low-blood sugar, snarf everything in sight" problems that I have, and to go to the gym after class everyday (while my daughter is at daycare) before I go home. I don't want to get any bigger than I already am!