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libran1984 has 4 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Emergency Nursing.

1 year Prison Experience while also working Emergency Departments as both LPN and RN for the last 4 years

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    POSITIVE DRUG TEST

    Yeah, I agree with some of the above... If someone says your positive for "Ativan" and that is the official accusation, they're lying. If management uses that as an excuse to fire u, then perhaps upper management purposefully set u up. There's no way to differentiate between Ativan and Xanax on a urine drug screen
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    Residency Programs

    My understanding of an RN residency program was that it was meant for all new hires directly out of school to improve retention rates and better familiarize the nurse with protocols and technical skills. I am confused as to what previous posters speak of when they talk about "applying to a residency".
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    How has Obamacare affected you and your employer?

    My hospital is turning a huge profit and we're seeing record numbers of ED pts, new admits, and more ppl are being signed up for PCP's than ever before. What I don't understand is why several of the surrounding hospital networks are are cutting costs by firing and removing raises, bonuses, and shift differentials while the CEO's, according to our local business journal have all given themselves and the boards record raises. Someone told me it was because of those layoffs and budget cuts they were able to reap said raises, all the while still reporting higher profit margins. Greed and fear are very powerful things and it's them we should be fearing, not the ACA.
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    Nurse VS Respiratory Therapist?

    I was an LPN then RN and I'd like to obtain an RRT license and EMT-P cert.
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    I hate being a new nurse

    It is normal but you absolutely will get there!!!! U are probably doing great!!!
  6. Pt had a sz in church I said, "well you sure were filled with the spirit!"
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    Capstone project on congenital hypothyroidism

    A thesis statement is merely a declaration of what you wish to discuss such as: "We will closely examine the pathophysiology, etiology, treatment and blah blah factors related to congenital hypothyroidism"
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    Out of nowhere threatened to be fired?

    Can u do all ur charting in the pt's room?
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    LPN to rn...asn or bsn

    I did my LPN-ASN at a community college and it cost me less than $4,000 I now make just over $5,000 per month as an RN. That program was only a year long, but that was bc I had bee. Out of school greater than 2 years while those that had gone back sooner didn't have to take a refresher class and got it done in 6 months. My RN to BSN is looking to be around $12,000 When I was looking at LPN to BSN it was going to be between $20,000 and $45,000 and about 3 years of schooling. I'd have also had to retake the majority of my LPN classes which really put me off.
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    Understaffed Surgical Unit

    Keep on trucking along
  11. libran1984

    Medic starting for RN

    I've worked as an LPN in the ED alongside several medics. I went back for my RN with many of them. The medics found the transition to be somewhat easier than my LPN peers that worked in LTC, but found the non critical care med surg courses as the real struggle in school. After we graduated, they agreed the pay hike was well worth the effort but seemed to take longer adjusting to managing multiple pts at a time than the LPNs. The medics were much more adept in their skills than the non acute care LPNs, however, as u can imagine. The books are to be used at ur own discretion. I opted for older, cheaper, editions but spent a bit more time hunting for the correct page numbers. You'll do just fine! If u have previous hospital medic experience you'll find the transition that much easier.
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    Hey so young nurses, are we really making "that much"?

    I feel RNs make quite a fair chunk of change. I def need to stop eating out tho.
  13. libran1984

    Some advice, I hope it helps.

    This was a great post!! Kudos!!!! Although, I think we make very good money as RNs! For the first time in my adult life (30 years old), I can afford to take a vacation somewhere. I can actually afford plane tickets somewhere! I can actually go out and buy stuff I want to buy!!!!!! Not to mention, my credit card debt is quickly shrinking away. I'm doing all this without pulling any overtime. Also, I completely 100% agree with you that if the LPN/RN is trained to do it, then do it if you can. Never delegate something you are qualified and have the time to do yourself.
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    Oh you're a Nursing student?

    lol... i always tell them how great it is to make such insane money and only have to do it for 3 days a week! As an RN now, in 72 hours I make (without overtime) what I used to make in 96 hours as an LPN receiving overtime and critical need pay. Lol. I always focus on how important I feel when I do the right thing and achieve a respectful nod from the physician or a family member feels confident in my ability to express a deep concern or fear to me. The patients, while very tiring at times, can give us the best high that lasts for days and even weeks! Also, did I mention how much money we make!? zomg... my last paycheck after taxes and insurance and just 69 hours was $1,550!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAA!!! My buddy has a masters in social work and doesnt even come close to that!!
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    The DEU Model of Nursing Education

    A Designated Educational Unit certainly sounds like a great idea. During my PN and ASN programs, many students talked of a similar method. Particularly, the LPN-ASN students, having already been through nursing school once, especially pushed for the DEU ideas! We felt the "traditional students" (ie: students who had no previous nursing or medical licensure/endorsement) were missing out on what real nursing was about. When my friends first started their careers, many went through a period of shock. They had difficulty adjusting to the school model of one patient at a time to suddenly caring for 5-30 patients at once (depending on the facility they were hired at). I was lucky since I still got to focus mostly on one person at a time in a clinic setting and later transitioned to the ER. I love precepting nursing students and always welcome the opportunity take one under my wing to educate on things like, "this is why we dilute this med, why we use this size of angiocath, and what I expect the doctor to order", but so many of the local 4 year schools have adamant rules against ASN RNs precepting BSN students despite my willingness, experience, and foundational knowledge of emergency care. Just more incentive to get that BSN sooner.
  16. i felt the pre-reqs were more difficult than actual nursing school. I will also say that microbiology and advanced A&P were two of the most beneficial classes I've ever taken. They actually improved my nursing practice - particularly microbiology.
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