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  1. MDCNurse

    Patient Access to Care RN?

    Hi all! I've been a nurse for 3 years and looking to get away from bedside. I've done med surg and step down nursing throughout that time and I am completely burnt out. I got the opportunity to interview for an RN Patient Access to Care. I asked what it entailed and they said mainly working with physicians reviewing charts and communicating via phone and email. I would be working with other nurses. Has anyone ever worked in this position or have any experience as to what it entails. Thank you in advance!
  2. MDCNurse

    New nurse on unit

    Hi, I’ve been a nurse for 3 years. I started at the hospital I did my clinicals at and did a residency program for 3 months. I started on nights so I could learn and after 3 years, I felt completely burnt out from bedside, going through 6-8 pts a night, and bad leadership. I recently started a new position on a step down unit at a different hospital. While I find myself less stressed, I am finding myself very depressed. I miss the commaderie I had with the other nurses I worked with. I miss being able to ask for help from anyone. On this new unit, I feel more on my own, not knowing who to ask for help. I only got 3 weeks of training and feel uneasy working on my own. I find myself sometimes tearing up at work. I’m doing the best I can but find it hard to cope with the change. I wanted to do step down to get the experience and eventually decide what I want to do next. Thats my biggest issue in nursing. I love what I do but I also dont know where to go next or what area of nursing I’d love to work in. After 6 months I can transfer, but its hard to think about what the next step would be.
  3. MDCNurse

    Nclex RN january 2017

    I know my username is different but this is the same person who posted above. I forgot my password for the other account so I made a new one....anyways, for example, I know I got a communication one wrong ......I know I'm just torturing myself at this point..... I tested on Friday so Pearson will probably have my result posted by Monday.
  4. MDCNurse

    Thank You to the Nurses that Teach from the Heart

    Thank you so much everyone for the encouraging words!
  5. MDCNurse

    Thank You to the Nurses that Teach from the Heart

    Thank you!
  6. I knew I had practiced the skill in lab but boy, was I nervous. I didn't know whether I could do it. Self doubt filled my mind and I was second-guessing saying yes. I knew the rule for clinicals: as long as your allowed to perform the skill, whenever you get a chance to perform it, do it. Everything is a learning experience. My heart was racing and all eyes on me. You see, I not only got to insert my first foley, but it was all while 3 doctors were waiting for me to insert the foley to begin their procedure. I felt their stern eyes on me. I imagined their thoughts. I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. Never before had I been under so much pressure to perform a skill but I knew I had to learn and that triumphed all the negativity. I told the nurse this was my first foley and she said she would be there right a long with me to help me out. I knew all the steps book wise but taking that next step took major confidence for a student nurse. The only thing that my attention was focused on was the nurse. I was ready to learn and accomplish the task. The nurse told me straight out "I'm going to teach you the right way'' Those words sounded so refreshing. I've encountered many nurses who simply do not want to teach. Who, in my opinion, have forgotten they were a student once. I've been refused and put to the side many times. So here I was inserting the foley, following the nurse's orders while performing sterile technique. I got urine back. I've never felt so relieved yet so accomplished. I felt the weight of the world lift off my shoulders. Once I finished my insertion, the procedure began. I felt relieved and embarrassed that I had taken up such time away from the doctors but the truth is, they had opportunities to learn and just as they did, nursing students need them too. I had to leave midway for post conference but I couldn't leave without saying Thank you to that nurse. She may never know the happiness I felt in receiving the opportunity to insert a foley. OB nurses do this task everyday but for students to be able to perform it, is a luxury. As a student nurse who needs to continue building confidence in nursing skills, it meant the world me. What she whispered to me will stay with me forever: One day you may be inserting that doctor's foley. I couldn't have heard truer words that day. I know that there are many others nurses out there who teach from the heart. My advice: Continue to do so. Continue to mold the future of nursing. For students: Any opportunity you get in clinical, as long as you are allowed to do it per policy and with supervision, take it. You never know when it will come around again. You may be nervous, you may have a million questions when the time comes but trust yourself. If it's something you've never done before, let the nurse know. Chances are, they are willing to teach you. Don't be scared. Don't let your negative thoughts limit you like I almost did. Opportunities are golden. Textbook material is one thing but performance is another. Yes, you had a mannequin to work with before but in the real world, there is no extra cushion or obvious hole. My sincerest thank you to those that teach from the heart and the nurse that helped me grow as a student.
  7. I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. If you look on page 20, I covered what could possibly be asked in the interview. Best of luck!
  8. Don't be nervous! Just be yourselves. The questions are pretty simple. It will be a group interview, answer a question while discussing your thought process with another person in your group, why you want to be a nurse, role of a nurse, etc. Best of luck!!!
  9. An email took about a week and the package took a good while because they hadn't sent it out yet. They've sent it out now so hopefully you get it in the next week or so. I never got a phone call from Andrea because of a minor issue that I had to solve but I did get email.
  10. MDCNurse

    MDC Fall 2014

    Yeah. It's definitely a much tougher exam than the TEAS. Plus, we have to wait 6 months in between to retake it. I've always heard MDC's Nursing school is super competitive so we'll see. Can't wait until we get notified but I'm nervous too. We should definitely get priority since we passed lol
  11. MDCNurse

    MDC Fall 2014

    That seems really unfair to me. I guess the exam was super hard but they should admit those who did pass first. You can't make the exam a requirement if you're going to allow those who don't pass, apply. Anyways, I hope that we all get in! I'm really liking the MDC Medical Campus so far but I have other schools I applied to so we'll see.
  12. Please keep us posted. I didn't think I did well either but I got in….Don't sweat the test guys. At this point, you know it or you don't when it comes to Anatomy and Physiology. Study more for the Reading and/or Math and give it your best effort on the Science. For the interview, just be confident in yourself. They need to see that. You don't want a nurse who isn't confident. Other than that, acceptance packages have been mailed out and Nova has been sending out some phone calls. When you go online, you can register for registration and also look your at background check and to do list with the immunizations and what not. For those of you going to the Miami Campus, I look forward to meeting you!
  13. MDCNurse

    MDC Fall 2014

    sorry I couldn't get back sooner…..wow…that exam was a killer. Very tough. I would say tougher than the TEAS. I passed but I really can't say how and wasn't expecting it. There is no calculator for the math section. Focus on percentages and the different type of questions that can be asked with it. Other than that, basic algebra and computations other than couple of geometry problems. Also, use the answers to guid you. That's what I did since I was pressed on time and it worked out. Passed Math with a 52%. Science was the most difficult. A bunch of physics questions when last time I checked, physics wasn't required for nursing so I guessed a lot. Also, took some good guesses. Not a lot of anatomy or physiology on my exam. Basic Biology and scientific interpretation as well as some physical science. Reading was a bit difficult but that's my strongest area. As far as the reading passages go, it's easy. The tougher part is the vocabulary. I didn't know a lot of the words and since they use synonyms as answered, if I didn't know what the choices meant, I was stuck. I just took the best guess I could considering the options. Overall, a pretty tough test for me. On Science, I got a 60% and on Reading I got a 75%. Overall score is a 117. Manage your time. I only studied for two days so I was really nervous. Just give it your best shot.
  14. MDCNurse

    MDC Fall 2014

    Yeah. I really want to start in Fall so I pass, great, if I don't then it just won't be on my list of schools. I definitely dislike having to wait 6 months to take a test again. The 30 days with the TEAS was fine but they changed the exam.
  15. MDCNurse

    MDC Fall 2014

    I haven't taken my NLN yet. I will be taken it on April 22nd. I scared too, but mostly by the Science portion.
  16. Sorry I haven't gone on here for awhile. First of all, congrats to all that have gotten in!!! As far as the day goes, for me it was test, lunch, interview, essay, tour. It varies but all portions are the same. The amount of test questions is standard. I'm sure if you look at a Kaplan review book, it will say it in there somewhere. Don't stress it too much. Nova cares a lot more about the interview portion As far as reaching an advisor, I highly recommend going in person. Andrea deals with everything Nursing related and there is only one of her. There are one or two other people that can assist you but other than that, that's it. Everyone I've met at Nova is competent and willing to help out. I know it can be a bit of a drive for some but it's worth it, plus Nova has a beautiful campus. I got accepted to the Miami campus.