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gizmojamz BSN, RN

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I'm a new grad RN :-)

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  1. gizmojamz

    How long before hearing from Parkland?

    Thank you, I'll give it a try!
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    How long before hearing from Parkland?

    Wow, that is a major bummer to hear. I might be looking into dialysis with DaVita if that is the case with Parkland. Gotta start somewhere.
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    How long before hearing from Parkland?

    I've completed quite a few applications for RN positions at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and I was wondering how long until I would hear anything? Of course, I don't expect an instant response as I know there are other candidates applying besides myself but can anyone who interviewed with Parkland fill me in? I'm a new grad RN and unfortunately wasn't accepted to any residency programs for this February so I am applying (have been since December to be honest) to anything that I'm qualified for at my current experience level.
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    New Grad Nurse Arrogance

    Recently, a friend of mine passed her NCLEX and I'm wondering how common it is that newly licensed nurses develop arrogance after passing the exam. I won't say she isn't allowed to "feel herself" a little bit or be proud of herself after such a feat but it's been almost a month now and I feel like this arrogance trickles into our conversations even outside of topics regarding nursing. If I disagree with something or she is wrong on a topic, it's "please don't lecture me on this" or "please stop" or "girl I know what I'm talking about." It's such an odd change in behavior and sometimes it feels like she is belittling me because I haven't finished school yet. Don't get me wrong, she is a good longtime friend who has even given me helpful tips as I approach my final semester of nursing school this fall and I don't believe that she will be the type of RN who will be arrogant while on the floor that she might be a risk to patients but I think I just really miss the humbleness she had as a student. Has anyone else ever had this type of encounter with their nurse friends? Why do we have to be arrogant to uplift ourselves? Is it insecurities? Is she nervous? She's more of an extrovert and I an introvert so I'm not sure how I can open up this conversation. Should I just leave it alone? How long do you think this will last?
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    What happens in Nursing School?

    Thank you very much for all of the replies. I read them all thoroughly :) Very interesting to hear how different first semesters are at other nursing programs! All of your words make me feel a bit at ease and a bit of a nervous wreck lol. Since I am still in that pre-nursing phase, are there any types of jobs or experience for someone of at my level? I'd love to build up my resume and I would like it very much if I could at least get a job related to the field I'm studying. Right now I kind of feel like a leech because I am currently unemployed but thankful that my parents help me pay for things I cannot afford myself. During my late high school career and after I graduated in 2011 I did a lot of babysitting at hotel events and for friends until I enrolled in university. Since then I've been focusing on my studies. But I feel kind of guilty because my brother who is also a pre-nursing student, works part-time at an amusement park so you know he's got extra money to spend. I figured that I should at least apply for something that will help me become familiar with a hospital environment. Anybody have ideas as to what would be suited for me? Home Health Aide? Sitter? Medical secretary? Keep in mind, I have little to no experience in anything health related so far. TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE: I passed with high Bs in the last 3 prereqs mentioned. Yay! Next semester (Spring 2015) will consist of Anat & Phys II and Allied Health Chem, both of which I've already taken but will brush up the grade because I had Cs in those and I will be taking it at a local community college instead of at UT Arlington. After that I will be applying for Spring entry at UTA as well as at the community college after I retake my HESI.
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    What happens in Nursing School?

    I'm doing really well in my last 3 prerequisites which are Patho, Pharm and Stats. And it is just now hitting me how much closer I'm getting to actually applying. Only thing left is to maintain my grades which are high Bs and retake the HESI (currently refreshing on the math; it's basic algebra I know). I would like to know what happened after you got accepted? Did they send you some sort of informational packet? Also what goes on in clinicals? What do you do on the first day of them? How different is the second day, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc? How is the atmosphere from the rest of the class? Scrubs? How many do you own for nursing school? What is it like working with the simulated patients in a "smart hospital"? Every student out there has a studying style suited to them. What would you recommend? I'm really good about doing things WAY ahead of time. And personally, I don't study for long hours straight because I feel burnt out and the material goes right through me. I study in intervals to maintain my sanity lol. But is there a way to help memorize certain materials? Like right now I'm doing pretty good in Pharm, I'm surprised that I've been able to maintain a B so far because it's really hard. Lots of reading and drugs to look at. Do note cards really help you memorize?
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    Next steps for progressing towards application?

    It was mostly the mixed fractions that gave me problems. The ratios I understood because it was basically written in this format like 20 : X :: 4 : 1 or something like that. So I understood that you had to figure out what the missing number was, in this case 5 because they both equal 4 when you divide them, which was pretty easy to do. Well I definitely need to invest in these study guides. They sound like they've helped you a bunch. Lol and I swear I'm not a perfectionist but I still can't believe I did THAT bad on such basic math. Not that I didn't expect it! Certainly going to buckle down more on those topics now that I know exactly what to study for. Thanks for your insight! :)
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    Next steps for progressing towards application?

    No I mostly used flashcards on quizlet and the hesia2.org site. Were these bad study choices? How accurate is that book you mentioned? I've heard some students say that some of the study guides they used had errors or didn't reflect the topics of the test as best as it could have.
  9. I'm kind of lost now after seeing my first HESI entrance exam scores. Reading Comprehension - 84% Grammar - 84% Vocabulary & General Knowledge - 90% Math - 56% (Yikes right?) Learning Style - Kinesthetic/Analytical Personality Style - Calm/People Overall Cumulative score - 78.50% As you can see up there, the math is the one I'm worried about. As expected, because it's my weakest subject and I've taken the necessary remedial courses at my school already. I didn't think that the questions were hard because they weren't. They were fairly simple. Mostly proportions, fractions, ratios, percentages and metric conversions. I feel like I got a good amount correct but clearly not enough to even get a 70%. When I was reading some of the questions, I think the ones that threw me off and likely cost me that grade up there were the ones that asked for example, " 1 4/5 * 3/7 * 3 6/7 = ...." They confused me for a second because I thought there was a spacing issue but after just one question I figured out that it's "one and four fifths and so on." These questions threw me off because it seemed so simple, just use the calculator they provide for you and figure out if the fractions (the answers) below are the same answer as in the problem they give you. But after deciphering all the answers and trying to match them with the giving equation, not of them seem to add up. I got a few questions that were like this. Others were straightforward with just decimal answers but the ones with 1 6/7, 3 43/45, etc seemed so frustrating. But seriously has anyone else gotten questions like this? Is there some trick that I'm not getting? It cannot be that complicated I know its not. It's probably some small detail that I'm missing. As I said before, math isn't my strong point. Plus, I studied hard for this portion especially with this in mind! Where do I go to study this information? Questions that were like these that I mentioned and the other ones? I feel like I forgot a few of the metric conversions (I remember putting down that 1oz = 1000 ml which I know was wrong) How do I remember the conversions better? I feel that I got some of them mixed up. Obviously I have to retake this exam again. I'm so lost on what to do now. I'm aware that some people don't do well on their first try but I thought that I would have this in the bag and then I could finally apply. It's the last thing on my application checklist. Currently taking Stats (ahem, retaking), Pharm and Patho which are my last prereqs. I'm probably overreacting but I feel like I'm falling behind What do I do now? Anything I should do to improve my resume? What have you done?
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