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    Post BSN- DNP

    Have you thought of doing an ASN program then an RN-BSN program? It's much faster than just going for the traditional BSN program because it takes about 2 1/2 years to finish the ASN program, you take the NCLEX and become an RN, then do the RN-BSN online and finish in a year. By the time you finish your BSN, you'll also have that one year experience. Either way, good luck in your endeavors :)
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    Help w/pediatric care plan

    Physical findings: sweating, increased HR, BP, pallor, etc.
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    Number of Hours per Week in RN School

    Here's my schedule next semester: tues- lecture 8-10, Wednesday- lecture 8-11, Thursday- clinicals 6am-6pm, Friday- clinicals 6am-6pm. Paperwork for clinicals are due Tuesday. So I spend the weekend doing paperwork and studying. It's not impossible NOT to work. I'd just suggest part time. However, if you're also taking other classes along with nursing classes, I'd suggest not working. I want to work part time too but risking failing nursing school because I wanted a few extra bucks isn't worth it for me.
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    nclex question

    I'm in the same boat as you. Husband PCSing, different state, etc. I've researched a lot too and from what I gathered, you should apply for a license with the board of nursing in FL, send your transcripts, etc, etc. they will decide if your degree is acceptable to FL standards, then you can take the nclex in MD or FL, following an acceptance, and send your results to FL board of nursing. If they don't accept your degree, get a MD license and transfer. Look up the military family licensing act on whether your state has a law that can accelerate your transfer of licenses. Some states, such as IL will allow a military spouse to get a temp license quickly and work until it transfers completely.
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    HELP! Last semester of RN school...

    Exercising helps. Yoga especially before a test helps with the anxiety.
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    The whole "pushing for BSN and hospitals no longer hiring ASN" thing has been going on for a long long time. My instructor said she was told that when she was in nursing school 28 years ago. I went for my ASN because we make almost the same as BSN RNs (they get .12 more) Also, because doing an ASN program then RN-BSN program at my school can be done in three years vs the 5 years for a traditional BSN. After I get my RN, the school automatically waives half of the classes I have to take in order to get my BSN and I'll just be taking senior level courses. Makes more sense if you ask me.
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    Army Advantage?

    At my school we have many military students and they aren't given preference. The only people given a leg up are those who already have another degree. Everything else is based off GPA and teas results. Good luck!
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    Military Vet to Nurse

    First off, thank you for your service. And secondly, I think it's great. My husband is currently active duty army. Well he got terribly injured in 2010. I noticed that he was way more comfortable with male docs and nurses than he was with female ones. Sitting around one day with him and some of his injured buddies, I found out they much rather prefer men to women, mainly because they're much more comfortable, hence, working with nothing but other men (no censoring needed when working with other grunts). They felt super uncomfortable getting examined and cared for, much less express their problems, to a female other than their wife. So I'd say you would be doing a great service for many men.
  9. I agree with the previous post. I had a classmate who is also my good friend, struggling in class too. I decided to help her study and realized that she knew the information, memorizing it. She could spit it out better than I could. But then I realized she didn't understand WHY the disease happens or why it effected other parts of the body and why symptoms occur. So drawing a concept map and then writing why each occurs will help you greatly in applying the knowledge you have to a situation in a question. Good luck.
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    Help with Patient Goals and Interventions

    https://evolve.elsevier.com/ sign up and add the resource for a nursing care plan book. I used ackley. I'd say based off the info you gave, pain would be the big diagnosis, goal should be measurable and realistic. Something like pt will verbalize a pain below 5/10 within an hour. Interventions are given on that website I gave you, just tweak it to meet your patients needs, include both non pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical interventions. Teaching is also on that website, but off the top of my head, teaching about side effects of meds, techniques such as repositioning, etc. to assist patient with how to relieve pain. Good luck
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    Teas exam help please!!

    The TEAS is like a standardized test. I scored an 80 on mine which is pretty high. I used mcgraw hills teas 5 book to study and the ATI teas study guide plus I purchased a sample test. The sample test REALLY helped, however, study before you take that test. I'd say I studied a week and a half before my actual test and then spent the last three days taking sample tests from the McGraw hill book and sample ATI test. Good luck!
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    flu shots

    Just go to the CDC website. There are certain things that shouldn't be done right after the other, example is a MMR and tb test. Those are recommendations by CDC. She's a pharmacist, they are very smart people and have years of knowledge about mixing meds.
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    Will I like nursing?

    I was th opposite. I didn't feel like nursing would be something I would like. I went back to school to get my ADN. Competed against students for a spot, got a spot and still didn't know if I wanted to be a nurse. I did it because I needed a more flexible career with my husband in the military. Well, even at the beginning in first level I still didn't know if I wanted to be a nurse. But it wasn't until I applied my knowledge halfway through the semester in clinicals that I realized I LOVED it. So your fascination will only further in nursing. Good luck!
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    It Can Be Done!

    Absolutely doable. Just takes time management and studying. I took micro, physiology with labs and my first level nursing courses this semester. Call me crazy but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was I got A's in all th classes but my nursing (I got a 92.4 in lecture and clinicals, nursing school requires a 94 for an A) but overall not too bad. I'm taking human genetics, English and my level two nursing classes next semester.
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    dosage & calculations class?

    I wouldn't recommend throwing another class in the mix of nursing school especially since it's an online class and in my experience online classes are self taught anyway. Our program doesn't teach dosage calculations, they test you on it though. So we pretty much self teach. I'd get a book and start learning. It's really easy, just very basic algebra.