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Fireman767 has 1 years experience and specializes in Oncology, Critical Care.

Oncology Registered Nurse and damn proud about it.

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I have been searching for a pediatrics as well as potentially a primary care preceptor in the Pittsburgh, Pa area, or anywhere surrounding (within reason). My university (Carlow) forbids us from cold-calling NPs or providers for clinical sites due to their reasons, so we are left with our own means to find them. I am looking for a pediatrics preceptor for the fall 2017 semester, as well as a primary care preceptor for summer 2017, and spring 2018. I attend Carlow University and have a meticulously earned 3.97 cumulative GPA. Professional work I work full time at the Emergency Dept. at Shadyside Hospital and casually at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
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    ED as a new grad?

    As someone said, just because theyou take new grads doesn't mean jump on it. It is very rough to work in an er as a new rn. I was a floor rn for 1.5 years and I moved to the er, and I still feel unprepared at times. I also came from an emt background as well. If this is your first position and you lack experience there, tread carefully. Gain experience, learn the field and how to treat people because er is a different beast than floor nursing. Just remember, just as easy as it was to get the license it's equally easy to lose it. In the er we don't use as much fancy equipment as on the floors. We mix our own mess and antibiotics, we push mess running on a verbal order from a doctor without having it checked by a pharmacist. Very easy to make mistakes if your not careful, especially if you lack the experience of working as a nurse and learning the basics first. Just don't lose your license in the process of jumping right to the er
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    Carlow FNP program

    Hey, I'm currently going to Carlow for my fnp. So far 1 semester in its a decent program, but has some times where disorganization is noted. Otherwise I enjoy what I'm learning, but it's a challenge. If you have any specific questions pm me and I'll try to answer.
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    So how does it feel like to be a male nurse

    Actually I will say we are treated differently in the field, at least I feel as though we are. Many of the male physicians are more joking around me, give me their personal cell phone number should I have to reach them (female nurses on the floor have been trying to get them for years), and they trust my opinions more. This is not true with all, but at least for me I feel its different, similar to the "men's club" thats not supposed to exist. Some of the patients dont see a male being their nurse, but it takes time to earn their trust, and some of the female physicians will find it unusual, but you cant let it get to you. Many of the administrators actually enjoy male nurses as for them it shows diversity.
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    ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor 2013

    I had a 93% chance of passing NCLEX-RN on the first time on A and 98% of passing on the second. I passed boards in 75 questions and walked out knowing I passed. ATI is similar to the boards, but the boards are more based on application where at the ATI is based much more on recall of your memory. I think in my memory of the ATI it was about 15% application and about 85% recall. I had classmates who got 85% and passed and 99% and failed. It all depends on how you study for boards. TL:DR; ATI is useful for getting an idea, but dont use it as the end all be all, its really not much like the NCLEX.
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    What are some easier nursing programs to get into?

    there are some easier schools out there, but be warned, many of the "easier" schools may not prepare you nearly as much for the NCLEX as a tougher school would do. on another note, some easier schools may not be accredited with the NLN or NAC, which means you wont be able to get an MSN without redoing your entire BSN.
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    How to become a NP (Nurse Practitioner)...

    I dont mean to be that guy, but your still Pre-nursing with no experience at clinical rotations. You should take your time and be sure everything is right for you. That said, the proper route is: ADN or BSN first, almost every MSN for PNP will require a BSN unless its an ADN-MSN program but those are few in numbers. After getting your RN you'll need to work for a few years (usually the minimum is 2 years at bedside, but realistically the longer the ore competitive you are) Have had a good grade in BSN and/or ADN program (usually 3.0-3.5/4.0). also complete all the pre-required classes. Then apply for NP schools, although pediatric isnt as common of a program as other ones, they are out there. I dont know the details after getting into an MSN program, maybe someone who went that process can elaborate more.
  8. realistically an ICU is still an ICU. most ICUs arent huge, the larger hospitals may have multiple ICUs or more specialized ICU Units. I would suggest talking to the CRNA school you want to go to to get a definitive answer.
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    Locked medications, which ones?!

    Well those drugs you listed are all Controlled substances (class 3-5), none of those are narcotics. Narcotics are generally class 2, although certain places will call those narcotics. Anyway, mainly controlled substances are kept in lock boxes because they are benzodiazepines, and if overdosed can be a hazard to health (or deadly). If you want to know what would be in that lock box, just look for a list of class 2-5 controlled substances (anything from oxycodone, adderal, morphine, fentanyl to gabapentin, valium, diazepam) However the unit may or may not keep narcotic pain killers on the floor, but the class 2's you listed make sense as they are often used to reduce CNS synapse and promote sedation or relaxation. In addition it may be the facility policy, however its common for controlled substances to be counted. if those medications go missing the DEA comes down pretty hard. as for the IM ativan, id ask the unit manager but if i was to guess it would be because it may be used in emergencies or its not a high risk because of the injection being neccessary and lack of access to the fridge (if its in the back of the facility)
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    Do I have any options?

    you could always bring your ex back to court and claim hardship. the court will break down all expenses and costs and if they deem hardship you are able to move with the kids to another state or area, and the government may cover more costs as they can. really though, id suggest you apply to more jobs in your degree area to see what comes out.
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    iMac or MacBook!

    last i checked games are cheaper for pc, plus my pc will never sell my credit card numbers and personal information or go offline for a few weeks. And the reason why to not get a ps3 over a gaming rig is because i can sell of servers on my desktop and pay for itself in a month. As far as costs go, thats up to you. Its the user, not the technology as someone stated. You wont notice a difference between a pc or a mac except for software. For nursing school you dont need to spend more than $500 to be all set, but if you choose to go for a mac, go for it. Just be happy with it.
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    simchart Anyone used it yet?

    If you knew how much an EMR cost and how much it costs to maintain, its more than most colleges pay for their accreditation. Your stuck using simcharts, sorry. colleges usually sign contracts to keep them, so get used to it.
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    simchart Anyone used it yet?

    terrible software. It really is made aesthetically pleasing but it doesnt work well, its slow, and lacks features real EMRs use. and good luck navigating it. We switched to docucare recently
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    iMac or MacBook!

    Asus I swear by that brand because they have by far the best internals and pretty good support. Never had a problem with any of my 3 of them. im even on one now thats about 6 years old
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    iMac or MacBook!

    I have a dell thats been running for 8 years and ive never had an issue with it besides a battery. Got it for $600 too. I have a 6 year old alienware thats never given me a problem. I dont run anti-spyware or back up my pc either.
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    iMac or MacBook!

    I have an alienware thats got a quad core system, more ram than apple will ever offer and its got a back lite keyboard that glows in over a million different colors (really its like 50 colors but they advertise over a million). it cost me $1100 and ive never had an issue. It turns more heads than macbooks and it can run any game on max settings out there. I also built a desktop thats a beast (dual processor, dual personality system) and its got power but i use it for gaming. To sum it up and i was making this point before everyone jumped on the "mac is better and pay $3k for a laptop because its better!" bandwagon. Your going to nursing school. If you have $3k to spend on a laptop then go for it, and in 3 years when its obsolete and not pretty and your spending another $3k to upgrade then go for it. Also, if you drop it once and break it then living with that blunder will suck. You wont notice a difference between a high end mac and a low end pc because you dont do anything that requires power or graphic ability. Maybe im not thinking the same way, but if a $400 laptop will do the same as a $3000 one, why is that an argument.