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  1. RunnerRN2015

    Paying off nursing school debt

    I guess my boys are lucky in that we paid for their college educations. I'm 50 and went to nursing school a couple of years ago. At one point all 3 of us were in college at the same time. We managed to pay cash for their schooling. Thanks to loan forgiveness, I only owe $3000 for mine.
  2. RunnerRN2015

    Paying off nursing school debt

    The hospital system has 2 schools associated with it; both schools offer loan forgiveness. They have multiple hospitals and doctors offices; most, if not all, graduates are hired before graduation or very so after.
  3. RunnerRN2015

    Paying off nursing school debt

    My school is part of a hospital system and offers a loan forgiveness program if you work for them after graduation. I graduated in Dec 2014. I'll have $10,000 forgiven in another couple of months and have about $3000 left on student loans. I paid about $3000 in cash as well.
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    Carolinas College of Health Sciences

    I think those 2 classes were the most challenging intermediates. I ended up with a 91.2% in one and a 90.8% in the other -- which would have been fine on a 10 point scale but on an 8 point scale, those scores equalled Bs. I was devastated! I did all of the questions from the Med-Surg Success books (I used those books for every class) as well as the online resources for the textbook. I read every answer and every rationale so I knew why it was right AND why it was wrong. I think doing dozens of questions before every test really helped.
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    New Grad looking to get into endoscopy and operating Room

    My hospital hires at least 10-12 new grads for the OR twice a year. They get put through Peri Op 101 and have a very extensive orientation. I'm surprised you can't find hospitals that hire new grads.
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    Carolinas College of Health Sciences

    Unless they've changed, all classes are during the day. The semesters are regular 16 week semesters. All of us in pre-nursing who earned our spot in the nursing program had to sit out that semester. I don't know of any way around that. Sorry!
  7. RunnerRN2015

    Carolinas College of Health Sciences

    Congratulations! As far as getting hired after graduation, if you want to work within the CHS system, you won't have a problem getting hired. Most of us had jobs lined up (including hard to get into departments like ED, STICU, MICU, NICU, L & D, peds, etc) a couple of months before graduation. No, you can't skip that 3rd semester, unfortunately, even if you already have all the other classes done. I already had my CNA so I took micro and got it out of the way. If you don't have any other needed classes, you basically have to sit out that semester. It has to do with the timing of the schedule for admissions, etc.
  8. In my 2 previous units, we did have some weekenders who only worked weekends. That being said, we had weekend requirements, depending on whether you worked days or nights. One unit required 6 weekend shifts every 6 weeks for night shifters - you could work Fri/Sat/Sun nights 2 times in a 6 week period, you could work every Fri or Sat or Sun night, or any combo of weekend nights as long as you worked 6 weekend shifts every 6 weeks. For another unit, you had to work at least 2 Mondays (days or nights) and 3 weekend shifts (days were Sat or Sun, nights were Fri or Sat or Sun).
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    Carolinas College Spring 2015 Matriculation

    For 101, class is 16 weeks long. You'll typically have class Mon/Thurs/Fri with clinicals alternating weeks Tues/Wed (you'll have things like sim lab on weeks you don't have clinicals). For 202, class is 8 weeks long with the second 8 weeks (IF you pass the first 8 weeks) for your preceptorship. Tests are every other Friday -- 202 moves FAST! You'll have lecture on Wednesday and the test will be on Friday; you've got to study every day if you want to stay on top of things. You'll have class 2-3 days a week with other days scheduled for sim lab and group projects (when I was there we had 2 group projects; not sure if that has changed).
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    ER or Trauma Nurse

    I'm at a level 1 trauma center ED. We're all ED RNs. Only those who are TNCC certified as Trauma Nurses can run traumas. Once trauma protocol is dc'ed, then any ED RN can take over care.
  11. Not only should you be concerned about scheduling conflicts, but I'd be more concerned about crashing and burning. Working 6 days a week including every weekend in 2 high intensity fields is taking on A LOT. I'm a new grad in a level 1 trauma ED and working 3 shifts a week wipes me out! I can't imagine working 6 shifts every week and still finding time to sleep, do laundry, run errands, spend time with friends and family.
  12. RunnerRN2015

    Nurse Slang Yo!

    I'm in the ED. Our ETOHers are marked as MTF -- metabolize to freedom. When a bunch of orders pop up at shift change: DSP = day shift problem.
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    Are you Facebook friends with your coworkers?

    I'm friends with a large number of coworkers -- supervisors, techs, RNs, and Drs. We also have a closed FB group for our department where we can post things like shift swap requests and department events (like bowling night, etc).
  14. You graduate in 2 months? Our hiring process takes that long. By the time you started as a tech you'll be an RN.
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    Nursing school student loans.

    As long as we get hired full time into the hospital system that my school is affiliated with, the $10,000 loan is forgiven over 2 years. I'm in NC, attended Carolinas College of Health Sciences, and now work with Carolinas Healthcare System.
  16. RunnerRN2015

    WHY do I keep getting Near Passing??

    I passed in 75 questions. I didn't do Kaplan or Hurst or LaCharity or any of the other study guides out there. I did 75-100 questions a day for a couple of weeks before the test. That's it. Maybe an hour a day, some days a couple of hours. Did I know every answer on NCLEX? Heck no! I had dozens of questions that covered topics I had never heard of before! How did I pass? I knew how to approach the questions. Even though the content of questions were things I didn't know, I DID know how to decipher what they were asking. It didn't matter whether or not I knew about that particular illness or procedure; it was irrelevant. Knowing HOW to answer is the key. Good luck!