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CMarieRN87 ADN, RN

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CMarieRN87 has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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  1. CMarieRN87

    BSN to MSN? What to do with MSN....

    Been deciding my next step in my career. I was a LPN for 6 years and recently graduated with my RN in December of 2018. I've worked as a floor nurse for almost 2 years now. I know I want to keep moving forward. I'm looking into schools for my BSN and am wanting to take it further to MSN. I've heard great things about Chamberlain, so I am looking into that right now. I am just stuck on my career choices and am looking for more info. I have a few questions I am hoping to get some help with. What's the difference in ACNP and FNP? I would even love to do CRNA, but my choices are limited in AR. If you chose one of these paths do you regret it now or would you have changed anything? What did, or do you plan to do with your MSN? Thanks so much!!
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    LTC nurse to patient ratio

    Update** I have worked at this facility since October of last year. I do like it, but there are things that could have been worded differently during the interview. Our facility is split between sides, or halls, (East and West) and then each side is split (front hall and back hall). Usually on my side, East, there are 4-5 CNAs on each side (2-3 on front hall and 2 on back hall). East Front hall can house 27 residents and East back hall can house up to 22. During meal time, all except 2 CNAs help feed residents who require assistance. The 2 CNAs left on the hall are the meal aides. They hold down the fort while everyone is eating by answering call lights and taking care of the residents on both front and back hall on their side. So for 2-3 hours during a shift there is really only 2 CNAs on the floor. I do like my job and have learned a lot in this short time working their. There aren't enough CNAs and sometimes our residents suffer because of it. I don't know how those nurses who have 36-40 residents under them at one time get their 2 hour med pass complete on time. I struggle to finish mine on time and the max I have is 27. I stop to help my CNAs and try my best not to rush in and out of room as to not make my residents feel as though they are "just another pill' to me. A nurse that trained me told me once that this job will help when I go to work at a hospital. Those nurses don't have as many patients under them. I hope he was right. I do like my job, despite it's stressors.
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    LPN working up to become Educator

    Thank you very much for your comment Joanna73. What sort of certifications do you have? That is why I was looking into this field, I do enjoy training and teaching new nurses and helping others when they need it.
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    NACE Entrance Exam for LPN to RN program

    Several of the LPNs that I know just took this exam and said that there is a lot of math and then just basic nursing questions.. I found a NACE study guide and also will be reviewing my book from the Math for Nurses class. Hopefully these tools will be sufficient and hopefully this helps the next person looking for information about the NACE exam.
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    NACE Entrance Exam for LPN to RN program

    I have been a LPN for 4 years. I worked in family practice for 3 years and have been in LTC for 1 year. I applied for UACCM's LPN to RN program here in Arkansas. I got an email inviting me to register to take the entrance exam. UACCM's entrance exam is the NACE exam. I am wondering what tools I should use to study for this? I take my exam on July 16th and I want to make sure I do really good to better my chances of getting into this program. Any tips and advice to prepare for this are much needed! Thank you!
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    LPN working up to become Educator

    I am currently a LPN at a LTC facility in my area. I became a nurse 3 years ago, and I love it. Nursing is amazing, and I am so glad I chose this field. I am taking my prerequisite classes to get into the RN program next spring and from there I plan to get my BSN.. My goal is to work as a RN while bridging to the BSN. I want to work in different areas to gain skill before eventually becoming a Nurse Educator. I had planned to teach new nurses at a school facility. But after doing more research, I realized that you can become a Nurse Educator in a hospital. What would be the benefit of working in a facility vs a hospital? Do I have to get my MSN to become a Nurse Educator or is my BSN sufficient? Those who are already nurse educators, what paths did you take? Did you work doing patient care for a while before switching to educator? Would you recommend this career choice to other nurses? I know that I have a lot of questions, and I apologize in advance for them. I am just very interested in this field of nursing and would like to hear what others have to say about it. Thanks in advance!
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    LTC nurse to patient ratio

    She did state specifically that max patient to nurse ratio is 1:25 when fully staffed, and that they are not at fully capacity at the moment so it would be around 20.. I even commented on the amount of CNAs that they had working at once and she said they like to have 11-12 on to ensure that there was no under staffing and that the nurse could focus on her patients. I am going in this Friday for paperwork and a few other things and they said that I would be paid for the time I was there. I expect a few small surprises, but I am hoping for nothing serious and to make this a smooth transition. I really hope that I end up loving this until I am able to work in the hospital as a RN
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    LTC nurse to patient ratio

    I havne't looked into it, only because I haven't heard of any listings. I occupational health but I am not sure where to look for these positions. There aren't many listings in our papers or online here.
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    LTC nurse to patient ratio

    Thanks! She did state specifically that max patient to nurse ratio is 1:25 when fully staffed, and that they are not at fully capacity at the moment so it would be around 20.. I even commented on the amount of CNAs that they had working at once and she said they like to have 11-12 on to ensure that there was no under staffing and that the nurse could focus on her patients. I am going in this Friday for paperwork and a few other things and they said that I would be paid for the time I was there. I asked a few other nurses in the area around here and they said $18/hr was pretty much the starting rate (small town in AR).. I have noticed that the pay in my area is way lower than other areas. I am very excited and nervous about this transition. This facility has skilled, non-skilled, and rehab patients. It will definitely be while I am in school. I want to work in the hospital once I have my RN
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    LTC nurse to patient ratio

    ugh! I am so nervous! This is going to be a huge change.
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    LTC nurse to patient ratio

    45?!?! Wowza!
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    LTC nurse to patient ratio

    Thanks!! I will head over and check that out! :)
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    LTC nurse to patient ratio

    So I have been working in family practice since I became an LPN 3 years ago. I love it, but I hate the pay. Since my husband recently became unemployed, we have been struggling, and I started looking for a 2nd job.. I was offered a job at a local LTC facility yesterday for much better pay than I am making now ($3.50/hr more).. I didn't know what to ask for when they asked what kind of pay I was looking for so I said $18/hr (that's what I hear is average for LPNs in my community in LTC) and they offered me the job for that much. Hopefully that's good. Anyway, she said that when they are fully staffed you will have 25 patients, and that there is usually 11-12 CNAs working my shift (3-11) with me. I have never worked LTC before so I am kind of nervous. Is that patient to nurse ratio too high or average? I am so afraid that I will hate LTC, mainly because it is a big change. But I surely hate struggling with bills more. Who knows.. I may end up loving it. I am going to be on the waiting list to switch to days or night shift when it comes available because with this shift I wont see my little ones much during the week. Any tips for a first timer in LTC?? How can I make this transition easier? I am working towards my RN now, so hopefully this change will give me more experience that will help when I become a RN..
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    2015 Current LPN Pay

    I am in Arkansas also. I work in a Primary Care Clinic and started off at $12. I am now at $14 (put in my notice to go to higher paying job so they gave me more $) I have heard that LPNs start at $17-$18 in LTC.. I will be switching jobs very soon. I am in school to get my RN now.
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    CEUs- Best place to get them?

    Thanks! I will check them out!
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    CEUs- Best place to get them?

    Hello! It's coming close to time to renew my License for the first time.. In AR we need 15 CEUs in order to renew. Where is the best place to get CEUs?? Thanks so much!!!
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