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    Benchmarking help! Please rally!

    Thanks Rose_Queen, just want to throw it out there that people can PM me if they prefer. I do not need to know whether or not they work at the hospital. I just want to know if anyone happens to know of any organizations that have moved away from secondary medications altogether. This can be public knowledge - I do not need to know policies specifically. I just would appreciate a point in the right direction as I have been calling and emailing many facilities and I know there are probably only a handful that have gone piggyback-less. If I have names of hospitals, then at that point I can focus my efforts on contacting the CNS's at those locations for further detail. In Canada, pediatric hospitals have done away with secondary medications altogether. Thanks in advance for any information people can provide!
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    Benchmarking help! Please rally!

    Hello lovely fellow nurses! I am a nurse at a pediatric hospital and am reaching out to other organizations for assistance with some benchmarking that we are doing for a quality improvement project regarding inadvertent clamping of lines (piggyback/secondary infusions as well as continuous syringe infusions). It would be so helpful if you all would be willing to share with me the following information: Name of children's hospital & whether or not secondary/piggybacks are utilized. (Some organizations have gone away with piggyback infusions altogether and it has been a challenge to identify which organizations those are). I would also be interested to know in which pediatric organizations that clamping of microbore tubing on continuous syringe infusions is NEVER done, or organizations that use microbore tubing WITHOUT clamps. Thanks so much! If this sort of post is not allowed, please let me know!
  3. Hi Maseca! Glad to see I'm not the only one lurking around to see if any questions need some answering! I'm also in this year's cohort with Maseca. The allnurses thread for Fall 2012 was SO helpful that I was hoping someone would start a fall 2013 one so that I can pay it forward. I really didn't know that much about WesternU until I started looking into nursing programs. The only one I had heard of was SMU in northern Cali from a good friend. I went to both an information session (usually hosted in the evening on a weekday) and Preview Day (hosted on a Saturday and they provide breakfast and some great information about the University itself, not just the college you are looking into). I found both extremely informative and very welcoming. Like Maseca, I didn't have the best grades my first two years in undergrad due to some family issues. However, I worked very hard on all my prereqs and had multiple friends rip apart my personal statement. Ultimately, I think it boils down to the personal statement and the interview. Reason why I say this is because not all students in this cohort are straight A, cum laude students. We all come from a variety of educational backgrounds (arts, sciences, humanities, etc.) and some even already have a masters degree in another discipline. I also touched on why I wanted to go to WesternU specifically as well as my personal motivations for wanting to pursue a career in the health professions. So far, orientation week has been wonderful and definitely cemented the fact that I made the right choice for me in choosing this school. They are very student-centered and definitely go out of their way to ensure every student's success in the program. In addition, I think they were very selective in who they chose to make sure that the cohort would function well as a group/team. So far, I have not gotten any vibes of competitiveness which you may find in some schools between students but rather waves of support.
  4. mochikat

    Western University MSN-E Application Time!

    Well, I posted the question on our FB group and there weren't any responses to it - and it's a pretty talkative group so I'm assuming there isn't anyone in there who's been accepted off the alternates list.
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    Western University MSN-E Application Time!

    Hey guys, I can't imagine how frustrating it is to have to wait so long. Just FYI, we recently received an email from one of our admissions counselors and one person noted in our facebook group that the email was sent to 62 different individuals. I know the program plans for approx 60 individuals per cohort. I think everyone in the FB group has turned in all their required paperwork/transcripts/titers etc. plus background checks but many of us still are on "hold" on our student accounts which means the school is still going through everything. I'll ask on the FB group if any of the recent members were accepted off the waitlist and keep you guys updated for those of you who aren't in that group.
  6. mochikat

    Western University MSN-E Application Time!

    Hey melman, If you already have an appointment for a physical scheduled, you might as well ask your doctor to order a blood panel for you. On the WesternU website, there should be a list of documents that is required. Did Western email you with what is required in terms of titers, etc? If so, print out all the required medical information pages and bring them to your doctor when you go in for your visit. Ask him/her to fill out a blood work order form. If you have insurance, there is usually no charge for blood work. I had my doctor hold onto all forms until my results came back, had him fill it out, give me a copy of the lab work, then scanned and emailed everything to student health. It really is just an extra two steps to get everything done. If you want to expedite things and your appointment is somewhat early (before the lunch hour), just don't eat anything before your appointment, let your dr. know that you have fasted and see if they can send you somewhere to get your lab work done right after your physical. I know in past threads, students have mentioned that there is and isn't a ranking system. I don't think anyone knows for sure but considering that today is already June 1st (and one person in the FB group let us know that she has declined her spot in our cohort), it may work to your benefit to just send at least your health records in. Good luck and I'm sorry that they're taking so long to start pulling people off the alternates list =/
  7. mochikat

    Western University MSN-E Application Time!

    Pilot, I think Cacon is from a previous cohort. I have not received an email yet and my interview is on Jan 19th in the afternoon.
  8. mochikat

    Western University MSN-E Application Time!

    Pilot, the admissions coordinator said we should keep an eye out for an email sometime after the middle of this week. So I'm guessing we should get something from her between tomorrow and Friday.
  9. mochikat

    Western University MSN-E Application Time!

    Maseca, I know how you feel. Although, judging by last year's thread, it seems that regardless of your interview date, all applicants hear back around the same time regarding admission status. I don't know if it's better to have an early interview date and then over analyze every answer in your head for a month and a half until admissions notifications or to anxiously await a later interview invitation but have a shorter wait to hear back. =/
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    Western University MSN-E Application Time!

    Does anyone know if there's any significance to Western inviting people to interview at an earlier date as opposed to a later one?
  11. mochikat

    Western University MSN-E Application Time!

    eep! I received an email, too! They are offering interviews the week of the MLK holiday.
  12. mochikat

    Western University MSN-E Application Time!

    Like some of the others on here, I was also under the impression that they DO look at prerequisite GPA. I went to an open house and Preview Day. I think they do look at science GPA because it's usually an indicator of how you'll do in the program?
  13. mochikat

    El Camino College Fall 2011

    Hey guys! My bf just got accepted into the El Camino Compton RN program for Spring. What kind of materials did you guys absolutely need/find helpful so far? I'm trying to get some useful/cool stocking stuffers for him for xmas so he can cross some items off the materials list. Thanks!
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