I graduated in August and did VATI as well, even though for us it wasn't a requirement, since the board didn't like the idea. I finished it in 2 weeks, started uworld, completely all of those questions twice, read a Kaplan book cover to cover and did 2600 questions from Saunders. I test tomorrow morning!
I graduate in August & the hospital near me offers an ICU nurse residency program that lasts 6 months. You have to sign an 18 month contract but I'm willing to do that because of the training...starts out at $25.25 an hour. I'm hoping to get hired there! I'm precepting in the heart & vascular surgical ICU this semester at the same hospital, so hopefully that helps!
The hospitals in my area have an ICU residency program where you sign an 18 month contract and you undergo rigorous training in the ICU for about 6 months. We start out on a step down unit for 6 weeks then you move to your ICU where you were hired and get assigned to a nurse and work with them, then you move to nights and are by yourself
I'm currently in nursing school & also work as a float aide at our hospital. At first I wasn't excited, because I thought I wanted a home unit. I enjoy it because I've gotten to work on every unit. However, as an aide it sometimes gets old when we have to sit in on 1:1's often or be beeper aide. As an RN, you usually get a floor assignment & are rarely beeper. Our float nurses only make $1 extra an hour, but I'm definitely going to apply when I graduate! The good thing is, the float supervisor is already my boss now...
I almost feel like at this point, there's no point in looking for an NA job. My program is 4 semesters with a break semester in between, which happens to be this semester. I started as an NA in August & plan to work through my last 2 semesters until I get a nursing job. Not sure how it is at your school, but after graduation, it usually takes a few months to receive your ATT and sign up for the Nclex. The students I've talked to that graduated August 6th, still haven't taken their Nclex yet.
I bought white danskos for clinical...they're comfortable but killed my feet trying to break them in. Then I went 2 months without wearing them & killed my feet at work the other day in them so I said screw it & bought the most comfortable pair of Nike's!
Mandy0728 replied to simplysw33t's topic in Students
Not saying he's not supportive, but you really should be single during nursing school or be with someone who understands what you're going through. My bf of 4 years is so very supportive & understands what I'm going through. He never bothers me while I'm studying & helps me when I need it. Having someone that ignores you or acts stupid is only going to distract you & you can't afford that in nursing school!
I don't mean to sound harsh, but what exactly were you expecting that nurses do? You seemed grossed out by the catheters & what not but I don't understand how you didn't know you'd be doing that. Nursing is definitely not for everyone. I'm in my 3rd out of 4 semesters & it's definitely hard & some things do gross me out, but I love every minute of it.
I'm sorry that you feel like you haven't learned much or have been able to do much on your own. I'm in my first semester of NS, and the hospital that our clinicals will be at starting next semester, is at our university hospital which is also a teaching hospital. I've heard a lot of the nurses there are horrible but being that it's a teaching hospital, hopefully I'll get chances to do more.
I'm in my first semester and we use ATI in 3 out of my 5 classes. (The other 2 are research and patho). We have to watch videos and receive at least a 90% on the tests....just form A. We also have to do math ATI each week as well. Every exam we have in the classes has some questions from our ATI fundamentals book so we have to study it along with our regular textbooks. At the end of the semester, we have a dosage calculation proctored exam, that we can retake once but have to get a 90. We have to take an ATI proctored exam and have to at least score a level one to pass the class.
Mandy0728 replied to Julesmama28's topic in Students
Our research teacher has a phD as well and she has written/published many nursing research articles. I'm in my first semester of the program and I'm very glad to knock this class out now. It's so boring & nobody likes the class at all. We just have to write papers and do a huge presentation at the end. It sucks!!