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  1. I just found out I passed my NCLEX last Monday!! I am so excited! I have two opportunities I am strongly considering, both with excellent managers that I know personally, mostly good staff (there are those who are burnt out and crabby on both units). One is a med/surg just starting to take some ICU step down patients, staff is adjusting to this, matrix are changing to accommodate etc within the Ascension system. The other is an actual ICU overflow/step down unit with ICU training included in the orientation, 2:1 3:1 or 4:1 patient ratios depending on acuity with Tenant health system. I am in Michigan and nursing staff have had issues with both tenant and ascension. I'm leaning toward the second as I would love that critical care training under my belt but would like info on the systems if anyone has it.
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    Am I thinking this through properly? New grad ICU/ED

    Thank you so much for this response, it is extremely helpful as the thing that I love about the ED is the trauma, the intense situations and it makes complete sense that as a new nurse I would not be in on those for a very long time. Gaining those skills in the ICU where I must have that knowledge just to function on a daily basis seems would push me in the direction I would want to be if I decided later that the ED was a better fit. Thank you for taking the time!
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    Let me pick your brains :) ICU/ED

    Hello all, I need to make sure my heads on straight and I'm not missing any aspects of this so I came here :). Little background, 42 mom, grandmother, have owned businesses, managed companies and now that my kids are out doing their thing, I have finally gone back to school and graduated with my nursing degree. I have been working as a tech on a med/surg floor throughout nursing school and while my manager has offered me a position, I know that is not where I want to be as a nurse, it's just not me. I have also been a float tech and worked in the ICU where I am amazed at the acuity and knowledge base there is to soak in and an ED tech and love the hustle and bustle and unknown of the ED. I have been offered two different positions in the last two weeks, both full time midnights, different hospitals - one in a level 2 ED where I haven't worked but have heard amazing things about the manager and staff, they have offered extensive ED internship/training and one in a step down/ICU overflow floor with a manager I know and respect (and who loves my work) who has also offered extensive ECCO training as well as additional orientation time in the ICU so I can eventually pick up shifts there. This is where my brain waffles and I need your assistance. Part of me wants to take the ED opportunity, to soak in the crazy and either thoroughly enjoy it and know I've found my place or at least get it out of my system. I enjoy being busy, the unknown, the traumas that come in and the team work of the ED. The other part of me wants to take the stepdown/ICU overflow position to be part of the long term care, take excellent care of those who need it most (and their families), soak in the details of the different disease processes and continue to expand my knowledge base. I enjoy researching the details of what is happening with my patients, the whys, the hows, the what ifs. I honestly love the idea of both of these decisions and don't know how to decide. Right now (at this moment as my mind changes moment to moment) I am leaning hard toward the ICU as I believe that if it ends up to not be my place it would be an extremely marketable skill to have in the search for where I belong while the ED may not give me the same marketability if I find that isn't my place. Thoughts? (other than start med/surg first because I'm not doing that :)) A million thanks in advance!
  4. Hello all, I need to make sure my heads on straight and I'm not missing any aspects of this so I came here :). Little background, 42 mom, grandmother, have owned businesses, managed companies and now that my kids are out doing their thing, I have finally gone back to school and graduated with my nursing degree. I have been working as a tech on a med/surg floor throughout nursing school and while my manager has offered me a position, I know that is not where I want to be as a nurse, it's just not me. I have also been a float tech and worked in the ICU where I am amazed at the acuity and knowledge base there is to soak in and an ED tech and love the hustle and bustle and unknown of the ED. I have been offered two different positions in the last two weeks, both full time midnights, different hospitals - one in a level 2 ED where I haven't worked but have heard amazing things about the manager and staff, they have offered extensive ED internship/training and one in a step down/ICU overflow floor with a manager I know and respect (and who loves my work) who has also offered extensive ECCO training as well as additional orientation time in the ICU so I can eventually pick up shifts there. This is where my brain waffles and I need your assistance. Part of me wants to take the ED opportunity, to soak in the crazy and either thoroughly enjoy it and know I've found my place or at least get it out of my system. I enjoy being busy, the unknown, the traumas that come in and the team work of the ED. The other part of me wants to take the stepdown/ICU overflow position to be part of the long term care, take excellent care of those who need it most (and their families), soak in the details of the different disease processes and continue to expand my knowledge base. I enjoy researching the details of what is happening with my patients, the whys, the hows, the what ifs. I honestly love the idea of both of these decisions and don't know how to decide. Right now (at this moment as my mind changes moment to moment) I am leaning hard toward the ICU as I believe that if it ends up to not be my place it would be an extremely marketable skill to have in the search for where I belong while the ED may not give me the same marketability if I find that isn't my place. Thoughts? (other than start med/surg first because I'm not doing that :)) A million thanks in advance!
  5. Hello all, I need to make sure my heads on straight and I'm not missing any aspects of this so I came here :). Little background, 42 mom, grandmother, have owned businesses, managed companies and now that my kids are out doing their thing, I have finally gone back to school and graduated with my nursing degree. I have been working as a tech on a med/surg floor throughout nursing school and while my manager has offered me a position, I know that is not where I want to be as a nurse, it's just not me. I have also been a float tech and worked in the ICU where I am amazed at the acuity and knowledge base there is to soak in and an ED tech and love the hustle and bustle and unknown of the ED. I have been offered two different positions in the last two weeks, both full time midnights, different hospitals - one in a level 2 ED where I haven't worked but have heard amazing things about the manager and staff, they have offered extensive ED internship/training and one in a step down/ICU overflow floor with a manager I know and respect (and who loves my work) who has also offered extensive ECCO training as well as additional orientation time in the ICU so I can eventually pick up shifts there. This is where my brain waffles and I need your assistance. Part of me wants to take the ED opportunity, to soak in the crazy and either thoroughly enjoy it and know I've found my place or at least get it out of my system. I enjoy being busy, the unknown, the traumas that come in and the team work of the ED. The other part of me wants to take the stepdown/ICU overflow position to be part of the long term care, take excellent care of those who need it most (and their families), soak in the details of the different disease processes and continue to expand my knowledge base. I enjoy researching the details of what is happening with my patients, the whys, the hows, the what ifs. I honestly love the idea of both of these decisions and don't know how to decide. Right now (at this moment as my mind changes moment to moment) I am leaning hard toward the ICU as I believe that if it ends up to not be my place it would be an extremely marketable skill to have in the search for where I belong while the ED may not give me the same marketability if I find that isn't my place. Thoughts? (other than start med/surg first because I'm not doing that :)) A million thanks in advance!
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    Oakland community college 2016 applicants

    Thank you for the offer! I sweet talked my hubby into going and getting it for me :)
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    Oakland community college 2016 applicants

    If anyone has the syllabus would you mind sharing a picture of it in here? I'd love to start this weekend but can't get up to Highland Lakes with my work/kids schedule this week.
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    Oakland community college 2016 applicants

    Jasmine - do you mind me asking what type of position you applied for/accepted? I am currently a manager at a clinic but won't be able to work my 9-5 job once school starts but need something :/ :/ Sorry for your loss Robert.
  9. Good Morning, I am hoping for some guidance. I am currently a manager of an ophthalmology clinic and am scheduled to start nursing school in the fall. I need to be able to work to help make ends meet during my nursing courses but am unsure as to which type of jobs I may be qualified for within the health system. Experience? Advice? Thank you,
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    Oakland Community College Nursing insight

    Thank you!
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    Oakland Community College Nursing insight

    What does the start look like as far as time commitments, etc? Daycare is going to be the challenge.
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    Oakland community college 2016 applicants

    What other classes are they requesting to apply for the bridge programs? I haven't decided what I am hoping for yet, part of me is considering the classes so I'm prepared for a bachelors, the other part wants to get it going and get it done.
  13. Good Morning, I am hoping you all can help with some information on what should be expected when going through this program. My daughter was admitted last year but had a couple medical issues that postponed her start and will start in the fall or winter, has two young kids and we are trying to help her prepare for daycare, etc for them. I also just found out I was accepted as well and will know my start date soon :). Thank you.
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    Oakland community college 2016 applicants

    Do you know of anyone choosing the winter start date?
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    Oakland community college 2016 applicants

    YAY Finally got my letter! *whew*! What a relief.
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