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  1. nursefelly

    New to Maine

    My husband just accepted a position in Waterville, Maine. I am currently a RN on a progressive care unit in Maryland. Will it be difficult for me to find a critical care, ED, PCU, or IMC job near Waterville or Augusta, Maine? Any tips to speed up my job search? What can I expect? Should I plan to be out of work for a few months? I have 1 year of experience as a Registered Nurse and I am 1 year into my 2 year RN to BSN program.
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    Coppin State University Interview

    Hi, I've applied for Coppin State University's accelerated BSN program for Fall 2013. I was wondering if anyone who has applied for CSU (ABSN or Traditional BSN) has been invited to an interview. Also, if anyone here has been accepted previously, do you have any advice for current applicants who are invited to the interview? What can we expect?
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    June 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    "What do you mean you cannot tell us apart? Are you implying that all nurses look the same to doctors?"
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    Get Hired Today! What to say at a job interview.

    I agree with Mandychelle79. The only thing I am really praying for is getting a job that isn't 11-7 but even then I know I'm kinda wishing for a miracle. Hospitals don't shut down at 5pm or for national holidays.
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    Any Advice for New Nursing Students?

    Any advice on what we should be doing over the summer in prep for a fall start?
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    Starting a family during nursing school or after?

    To the OP I am very thankful that you made this thread. My husband and I are in a very similar position as you. I already have a B.A. degree and was also just accepted into an ADN program. I've been having fertility issues as well and your questions are exactly what has been going through my head over and over again. I would love to know what you eventually decide.
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    What is a Calling to be a nurse?

    I think I can understand the feeling of having a "calling" for it. For myself, personally, I've always felt pretty drawn to nursing. However, I was so afraid of failing, I continuously made decisions that led me away from it. It seemed to me that every time I changed my major away from nursing, something would push me back (i.e. the new plan would fall through, it wasn't a good fit, etc.). I've personally always felt an intense admiration for nurses. The summer after I got my B.A. degree, I volunteered for habitat for humanity. While on the job, temperatures spiked high and I ended up with heat exhaustion. Fortunately for me there were both a doctor and nurse there that day. Initially both checked on me. Then, the doctor went about his way while the nurse sat and talked to me for the better part of that afternoon (taking care of me at the same time). It turned out that she was also a nursing school instructor. She had inspired me to go for it. Well, I went back for the last two pre-reqs I needed (microbiology and nutrition). Then, for reasons I question today, I decided once again to do something different (truth is, i was running from nursing). I joined an alternative teaching program. I thought it was an easy way out. Boy was I wrong. I failed. I failed hard. Ever since I made the decision to get over my fear and apply (and be accepted) for nursing school, everything in my life just seems to be falling into place. I'm not usually a very religious person but at a certain point you have to wonder how much of it is coincidence and how much of it is someone smacking you in the face over and over until you finally comprehend what you're supposed to be doing. I believe in my heart that this is what I am supposed to be doing and I guess some might say I feel a "calling" to it. Seven years of major changes and I always come back to nursing. After a while I had to stop putting it onto a pedestal and just go for it. Er.. I went off on a bit of a tangent. I guess what I mean to say is that feeling a "calling" really depends on how you read the situation and based on your definition of a calling. Perception is individual based.
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    New graduate reaction worries

    I think it is unreasonable to expect that you wouldn't be emotionally affected by an incident like this. I'm only a brand new nursing student now, but I used to work as an EMT-B for a retirement community. I remember my first priority one patient ever. It was Christmas Day and he was vomiting blood. His wife was in the room and she was panicked and crying out of sheer worry for her husband. At first, her husband kept assuring her he'd be fine but after sometime (while waiting for the ambo), the man looked up at me and with the most heart-breaking looking on his face he asked me if he was going to die. After I was off the call, I went to the bathroom and cried my eyes out. My first Christmas as an EMT, I ended up with not just my first but also my second priority one patient. It really takes a lot out of you. However, I don't believe that crying over my patients meant I wasn't suited for the job nor do I believe you're not suited for your job. I believe that it shows that you really do care about your patients and to me that makes you a great nurse. I definitely say take the advice of megank5183 and just do your best to put up a barrier and leave your work at work. It will wear you down if you bring it home with you.
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    Reception bell at a psych nurses station

    OMG, Last time I was on a psych unit, there was a girl there who was flying off the walls manic. She was constantly at the nurse window (sometimes jumping in front of a line of people waiting for meds). I could only imagine what it would have been like if that nurses station had a bell--- pretty sure one of the other patients would have ended up attacking her. smh
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    I can tell I've been thinking about it too much because I've been dreaming about it lol
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    Any other Essex campus people finding themselves incredibly anxious for Thursday the 5th?
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    First externship in a psych floor, what to focus on?

    Hello HiimRose, I'm only a newly accepted nursing student who hasn't even registered for her fall classes yet. I know nothing about what is expected during clinicals. So keep that in mind when reading my input. While I have never experienced psychiatric nursing, I have personally been hospitalized on a psychiatric unit before (4 times in my life time ). The times that I ran into nursing students, when we were not in group, they spent time talking to and getting to know us patients. I found it comforting to be able to talk to and share my story with the nursing students and I think they really gained something from talking to patients. There's a lot you can learn from listening to the patients and learning the chain of events that led them to a hospitalization. From a patient's perspective, do not be afraid to talk to them because they will appreciate it and remember you.
  13. I'm also a student but, as a patient, I've always loved GBMC. I did some volunteering there and everyone I worked with was really nice.
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    ADVICE for a pre-nursing student?

    I was accepted in the CCBC-Essex nursing program with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (GPA 3.03) and having to repeat A&PI and only a C in Bio 110. I had a B in A&PII and an A in Microbiology. I think you're looking pretty good. I think what got me into the program was putting my all into the TEAS V (98 percentile). So, I think you've got a really good shot. Just put all your effort into your A&Ps and Micro and then study study study for the TEAS.
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    How old were you when you started nursing school?

    I'll turn 27 one month after I start nursing school this fall.
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    Thanks for sharing this information. I also already have a bachelor's degree and would love to do an RN to MS bridge.
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    I'm considering it. I know I qualify but I'm not sure I could afford it.
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    Awesome! Thanks!
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    Anyone doing a FB group for Essex Day?
  20. nursefelly

    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    Bunnybop, you are seriously a blessing. Thank you so much for taking time to give us advice!
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    Thanks Bunnybop for your advice. As someone who worked while attending the nursing program, do you have any advice on balancing work and school? I have to pay for this program out of pocket and have no choice but to work. I'm currently working a somewhat laid back position with downtime as a support specialist for individuals with developmental disabilities. I work every Saturday and Sunday from 7am-11pm. I feel as though the downtime will give me lots of chances to study--- but with constant interruptions. So... any advice on balancing the job and the program would be great.
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    I got my letter today (Essex Day Program). I was not expecting the seat fee to be due so soon... so... sold a few things and it's officially paid for. Phew. As for the E/W orientation, the sheet says Tuesday, June 10th 6-9pm.
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    I have a seat fee :) Now I can finally breathe. Congrats to everyone who got in! See those of you at the Essex campus this Fall :)
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    You're not alone.
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    CCBC Fall 2014 RN program

    I've applied to Essex campus and my status changed really early yesterday to decision made and I have yet to see a seat fee. I mean I guess it's possible that I wasn't accepted but I applied to this exact same program last year and was accepted (things came up and I couldn't follow through last fall). So I'm hopeful that maybe the seat fees just haven't posted yet.
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