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NurseNicole89 has 8 years experience.

CNA 2009 LPN 2012; outpatient peds, specialty clinics RN-ASN 2017; Surgical Step Down - Hoping for LDRP! BSN - Who knows?

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    NCLEX Resource Review - Kaplan, Hurst, UWorld

    Another vote for UWORLD here! I had the 2 month subscription, started with the predictor assessment, did about 1400 questions from the qbank and took the second predictor assessment a couple of days before I tested and it said I had a 'very high chance' of passing. The rationales were the best I had seen. So even if you are getting questions wrong, as long as you are reading the rationales you are actively learning and engaging your mind! Best of luck to you!
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    Should I stay or should I go? Not liking work

    Hi Marrismarie, first off, congrats on completing your LPN and moving on to the next chapter of your career. Best of luck with the NCLEX. In your situation, the firs thing I would say is yes - all nurses feel stressed and unsure. I think it takes a few months to get a real feel of a unit and an environment. The staff may still be unsure about you as well during this time, and it can take time to gel. However, if you already know deep down that this is not a fit - there is nothing wrong with exploring other options. I do recommend making sure you have SOMETHING else lined up before leaving this position. I'm not sure what the LPN market is like where you are or what your career aspirations include, but good LPN spots not in LTC can be hard to come by - and if this is a unit that offers good exposure and experience, it may be worth it to stick it out. Just some things to consider, but definitely make sure you have something else - if you do decide to quit. Best of luck to you!
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    Job Dilemma: New grad, Milspouse

    Update:: After being strung along by my current employer for about 6 weeks - I received an excellent offer from option 2 - in a new grad cohort on a very busy surgical step down unit. I was able to go, tour, and shadow for an afternoon and was impressed at how quick to help many of the nurses were and the team work that was going on there. The girl I shadowed with actually began in April and kept telling me how lucky she felt to be there, and how much she has learned. Sold. Transferring within 9 months is still possible, but I have decided that when that time approaches, I will apply at our new destination but may keep myself and the kids here an additional couple of months to hit my 1 year. Going to try not to stress on the details right now and just focus on learning! Thank you all for your input.
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    Job Dilemma: New grad, Milspouse

    Thank you for this. I was discussing with a coworker today how I like to know that in ANY situation I could care for myself and my kids. So many things can change in a year and me being a planner - I tend to overcomplicate these situations and worry about hurting people's feelings. Yuck. And thank you, my husband loves what he does and I support him wholeheartedly. I'm lucky he pushes me to pursue my passions as well.
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    Job Dilemma: New grad, Milspouse

    Thank you - I hope to stay with the organization as long as possible.. at least that would leave some continuity.
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    Questions as a Navy Nurse Spouse

    I am following this as well - is she wanting to go Active or Reserve? My husband is active duty enlisted - (14 years), and I just finished my RN, ASN. I hope once I complete my BSN to do DCO and possibly reserves since my husband will still have some sea time life and I would like to avoid us being deployed at the same time with 2 littles at home. Best of luck to you all. I'm not sure about at first, but as far as duty station moves, we no longer let the military move... we do something called DITY (Do it yourself moves) where we are allotted a certain amount of money/gas/etc to complete our move. We prefer this as we seem to have better luck with stuff not getting broken/messed up/lost - and sometimes we come in under the budget as well.
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    Job Dilemma: New grad, Milspouse

    That was kind of what I had leaned towards as well. At least on my resume I could list the Organization - time spent there total (2 years)- and the different positions I held/how long. My resume is already choppy from school/babies/transfers over the past 5 years and I just want to keep myself as competitive as possible. I really appreciate it.
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    Job Dilemma: New grad, Milspouse

    Thank you for your insight. And you are right, especially in the case of military and in life in general really - nothing is guaranteed. I hate not being upfront about info like this, but I know it would harm my chances of getting work. I will make the most of any experience I am lucky enough to get!
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    New grad salary

    Hello! I too am a new grad looking for my first job and my first offer is as follows City/State:Columbus, OH License type: (RN or LPN) RN Workplace: (Is it a hospital/psych/doctor's clinic/skilled nursing facility/etc) Hospital Unit: Surgical Step Down Hourly rate: 25.68 + 1.25 for my LPN years experience. 5.00 night shift diff, additional 3.00 weekend diff. Best of luck!
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    Job Dilemma: New grad, Milspouse

    Hello All! Some background: I am a LPN of 5 years who is finally finished with my RN program as of this week. YAY:nurse: I'm awaiting my ATT and hope to take NCLEX as soon as possible in the state of OH. I'm a mom to a 7 mo old and 3 year old. My husband is an active duty Chief in the Navy (14 years in) - he has recruited the past 3 years near my family so that we could stay put and me finish school and we did it! We will begin looking at orders next month for a transfer date of May 2018 (9 mo from now). I hope to some day either go into Lactation Consultant/women's health NP or Surgical nursing. Both have caught my eye. My issue is, I submitted applications and have began interviewing for RN positions - but we are due to transfer within my first year. So far I have had very promising interviews for 1) A staff RN position in labor and delivery at a small rural community hospital 2 minutes from my house. I have worked for this facility contingent as a LPN for a year in their outpatient offices so I am already an employee of the organization in good standing and excellent references within. There are no medsurg, or other positions available there currently. 2) I have done 2 interviews and have a floor shadowing experience on a surgical step down unit scheduled for a larger hospital about 40 minutes away with a new grad residency program. I did mention being a military spouse to them and never knowing when we may have to transfer (not saying I KNEW we would have to. She assured me there would be no money owed or any special catches if I had to leave within the first 2 years - and that she'd hope any nursing manager would understand. I guess I am just conflicted, because I need to contribute financially to my family and start working FT as soon as possible because we have scraped by to get me to this point having only worked contingent... I want to start getting experience. I can't afford to wait until May of next year to start an RN position. However, I know we are going to leave next spring/summer. I worry about leaving at the 8/9 month mark and being frowned upon trying to get jobs elsewhere. I also know how much of an investment it is to train a new grad RN. What would you do? I mentioned to my husband him transferring first and the kids and I staying the extra 3 months just to hit that 1 year mark for my resume/work places sake - while applying to other positons... but either way, the situation kind of stinks.
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    NCLEX - Pass in 75 Questions

    Congratulations - this is such a great accomplishment. I'm currently prepping for my exit Hesi in 2 weeks (need >900). Using Sanders and Uworld mostly. Love hearing of others success. Good luck in your future endeavors.
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    Got a job working as a LPN Triage!

    You definitely have a reason to be! Awesome!
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    Jacksonville Florida nurses, anyone work on OB or Peds unit?

    Hi Royam! I am a recent grad this year and just passed my boards. I felt like I was applying EVERYWHERE for a few weeks, and found that going in to places that still accept paper applications brought me the best luck. And even if they say they want a minimum of 1 year experience apply anyway, if they need the position filled that bad, they will hire you. I almost did the pediatric home health (with Integrity - who's always hiring it seems) but got a call back from a facility and ended up being hired there. The job market is rough and JAX has a LOT of nursing schools so the competition feels stiff, especially if you're not a BSN with all the hospitals being magnet. I'm SO glad I found a job! Goodluck with everything!
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    Will working as a CNA be a good job while in Nursing school?

    Hello! I know that the pay greatly varies depending on where you are in the state and what kind of facility you are in. I worked as a CNA/PCT for a little while before starting nursing school and it was a great way to start learning bedside manner and how to deal with people. Even normal "people skills" don't apply in nursing because of the people's difficult situations a lot of times and there are certain ways to handle things. Most of the girls in my class were CNA's but did not continue working throughout the program.. I ended up waiting tables through school because the CNA shifts were long and stressful, but I'm glad I had the experience before. If you can make it as a CNA I believe you can make it as a nurse. CNA's are tough! Good luck in your nursing adventures!
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    CNA to LPN programs?

    I personally have never heard of CNA - LPN programs. Your first quarter/semester of nursing school will be easier because that is teaching most of your fundamental skills (positioning, bathing, bed making, toileting, ambulating etc) but you still have to take all of the required nursing classes. From what I understand there are only LPN-RN, LPN-BSN, RN-BSN, RN-MS programs that exist once you are a nurse. Good luck!
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    Taking NCLEX pn tomorrow... Please help

    First try to get some good rest tonight (I know its almost impossible) and eat something in the morning even if it's something small. Take deep breaths, and ask for ear plugs if you need them to block outside noise - this helped me immensely. Just take one question at a time and remember your basic knowledge - delegation, abc's, pt rights, things like that. If you come across multiple response questions, don't look at it as a whole - only look at one answer at a time and see if it fits. And last but not least, remember that about 25 of the questions do not count and are to assess students for future testing questions, so if you get some really crazy off the wall questions don't panic. I passed my NCLEX at 85 questions in 1.5 hours last month, came straight home and tried the "Pearson Vue" trick which worked, and found out I passed the next day. Good luck and let us know how you did - you will be fine, just believe in yourself!