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    Have a Bachelors, Do I Really Need a BSN?

    If you are sure you want to be a nurse, BSN entry is going to be the way to go. You probably have a lot of the courses done and it will make you more attractive to recruiters. Alternately, if you are interested in a bedside healthcare career but don't want to do another bachelor's degree, look into something like surgical assisting at the master's level, or graduate level professional schools.
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    Should I Go From RN to Scrub Tech?

    It can be tricky getting into the operating room, and more so if you want to scrub. You can become an operating room circulator with an internship. The recommended length is 6-9 months, though I tend to see local hospitals offering more like 3-4, because they don't teach nurses to scrub. Because many hospitals that have nursing schools also have scrub tech schools, it can be very hard to find someone who will actually train you to scrub. Working in the operating room room can be a high-stress, grueling specialty. If you are circulating, you run your pants off. If you scrub, you're standing all day long. There's a lot of call and you work most days of the week. There are exceptions, of course, but it's a lot to consider. Regardless, I wouldn't go to ST school. If anything, go get a surgical assisting degree/ diploma.
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    Are You Cut Out to be an Emergency Department (ED) Nurse?

    That all sounds very much like me. Maybe I would like the ED. . . .
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    How long have you been a nurse

    Almost three years. I was a stay at home mom for many years before I decided to go to nursing school. No regrets there!
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    Harsh Advice or Helpful?

    I think that if you have a strong resume and interview well, someone will give you a chance. I think hats how I found a job quickly, even though I was a minimally qualified new grad with an associates degree from out of state. Remember, attitude goes far. Your future employer can train you to do anything. You bring translatable experience and soft skills that other new grads don't have. You just have to put yourself out there in order for someone to give you a chance.
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    Advice for Nursing Student?

    There are some areas where nurses have a reputation of being more vicious toward other nurses, or hardened in general, such as the OR, ED, or ICU. OP may want to steer clear of these areas. I am in the OR, but when I was a student, I really, really liked my adult inpatient psych rotation. There's something for every nurse. It's just a matter of finding what works.
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    Advice for Nursing Student?

    All is not lost. Nursing school is a time where you are exposed to a lot of new knowledge with the end goal of being licensed as a new Nurse who knows enough to hopefully keep from killing someone. Nursing school doesn't usually do more than touch on a multitude of specialties you may really enjoy, such as dialysis, fertility clinic nursing, public health, pediatric office nursing, dermatology, surgery center nursing, or endoscopy. All of those ones I just mentioned can be day-staffing and don't necessarily have super sick patients. Many, many nurses never work med-surg, and they are still real nurses. Hang in there and put in the work to pass your NCLEX. You'll be fine.
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    Forced to Flex Off

    Most of our unit's staff work 4-5 days per week on 8s and 10s, though we do have people on 12s as well. We utilize a Go Home Early list that people can sign up for. If they leave due to low census, they still receive accrual toward PTO, but no pay unless they use their earned PTO. People who are off earlier have first choice to leave, as it allows us to staff for the afternoon should we need it. I like the system.
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    Newbie OR Nurse

    We only offer a 16-week internship for new circulators, regardless of prior experience. The 6-9 month ideal is few and far between in my metropolis.
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    Is $40 Grand too much for an Associate Degree...

    I would do whatever it takes to get into the best program you can. Coincidentally, the highest quality education is very likely not the most expensive option, by far. I would attend an excellent community college that is difficult to get into, preferably in a cohort, then bridge to a solid RN-BSN program. I would personally not go to a school that is two days per week, because you need contact with other students and professors to solidify your informal professional nursing development. [if you are already in a closely-related field, this would be an exception.] I would absolutely not attend a for-profit college of nursing. If you cannot get into a solid RN program, look at a state school or private not-for-profit entry level BSN.
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    Afraid of Select-All-That-Apply (SATA) NCLEX Questions

    I think Nurse Beth offered solid advice. I thought of SATAs as four T/F questions in a row. Remember not to qualify your choice. Either it's true and you choose it, or it isn't and you ignore it. Like the previous commenter, I passed in 75 and my overarching theme would be not to stress or overthink the exam. They just want to make sure you're safe to be set free on the nursing world. Good luck- you'll be fine!
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    Question for OR nurses

    The OR can feel very different depending on where you work. A surgery center will be much less physical and mentally demanding than a trauma center. That being said, I wouldn't worry about age or any call requirements. There are options. Mostly, OR nurses work a variety of 8s, 10s, and 12s, Plus call. That leaves very few free days. Trauma centers can be grueling because of lack of staffing and people needing surgery 24/7. If you want to work CVOR doing hearts, you will take a lot of call. Getting into the OR can be difficult. For example, my workplace currently only considers nurses with current bedside practice for our internships. OR internships are plentiful, though, so if you can return to work in a hospital, someone will be happy to hire you into the flock. If you want to be in the OR, ask to shadow.
  13. I moved a month after graduation. If I were you, I'd get a PCT job while you're in school and take your NCLEX as soon as you graduate. It was a pain to try to bet licensed in a state different from the one where I completed my education; it's easier to get a license and transfer it. Because your timeline is unknown, you can probably get some nursing experience at your PCT hospital before you go and that will help you to find a new job.
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    How long to work in one place?

    Whatever you decide to do, keep in mind that it takes time to become vested in any company match that the hospital offers, whether it's a pension plan or 401(k) match. If you decide to move, wait until you're vested (usually 3-5 years) and put whatever you can away for retirement. Otherwise, you are literally throwing away free money. You work hard and you deserve to keep whatever you can take advantage of. Also consider returning to school if you're interested in furthering your education down the line.
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    How to Explain Gap in Employment

    I don't think you'll necessarily have an issue finding employment. Many people pursue nursing after (self or family) illness. I knew that with no experience and minimal qualifications, I wasn't the "best applicant," so when my interviewer asked me, I was honest. I said, "I can't guarantee I'll be the most qualified person for the job, but here's why I'll be your favorite." I highlighted my soft skills, willingness to learn, and flexibility. I beat out a lot of competition to land a position and did well during my time at that job. If you have a well-written resume and can interview confidently, someone will hire you. Yes, they have to check their qualification boxes, but managers hire people that they *want* to work with. Good luck!
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    Careers and how to get there?

    Hi, JJ, I know there are educational opportunities for holistic nursing through some universities, as well as alternative health teaching companies. The certification process for Holistic nurses is similar to other specialties. The difficult part for historic nurses might be the trouble finding a job specifically slotted for holistic nurses. I think the trend is probably geared more toward holistic nursing as a part of something else, like hospice, med surg, or women's wellness. Other opportunities to consider might be wellness coaching or working in an alternative healthcare practitioners' office. You can find information at he American Holistic Nurses Association website, Ahna.org .

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