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PinkRose34 has 4 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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    Volunteer at Hospital you work at

    I'm just curious what everyone's opinion is on this topic. I currently work on an adult surgical unit, but my dream job is to one day work in peds or NICU. The hospital I work at doesn't have a peds unit, but it does have a NICU. I'd like to get my foot in the door by volunteering on the unit, but I'm not sure if it's considered taboo to volunteer at the same hospital I work at. (FYI, I'm also planning on making myself more competitive by joining associations r/t neonates, take classes, get PALS and NRP in the near future) Thoughts?
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    Feel like an incompetent nurse

    Thank you all so much for your kind a reassuring words! I feel more ensured knowing I'm not the only one who went through this stage. At the old unit I worked at, I was night shift, and was so comfortable and familiar with everything. Now not only am I on a new unit, I'm on day shift! I still have days where I feel down, but I'm hoping with time, I'll gain more wisdom and experience.
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    Feel like an incompetent nurse

    I've been a nurse for 3 years now, 2 years in an acute care setting. I recently started working on another unit at the same hospital (newly opened surgical unit too). My fellow co-workers are so amazing, reliable and smart that I feel so inadequate next to them. I don't feel like I'm good enough to be a part of their team. In the past 2 days I've done some hiccups that were plain common sense such as: - not connecting the PCA tubing correctly - asking the doctors to put parameters on blood pressure meds (d/t the fact my pt's HR was in the 50s), only to have my lead tell me I could just look it up the medication to see if it's ok to give. - patient had dialysis for the second time EVER today (first time was yesterday), and was quite lethargic after. Vitals were stable, she did open her eyes when we tried to wake her up, and blood sugar was normal. However she didn't eat anything all day until dinner time. The next nurse asked if this was her baseline LOC and I FELT SO STUPID I COULDN'T GIVE HER A CLEAR ANSWER. I know she was also lethargic from the first dialysis, but I didn't ask the last nurse if that was her baseline. - patient admitted with abcess, forgot to look up the patient's WBC level (wasn't critical to begin with, and she was getting 3 antibiotics). There have been several instances during report where I don't know the answer to their question. How can I be a better nurse? I feel so incompetent, and I don't want to be that nurse that gives terrible reports. I try so hard to make sure I don't miss anything, and make sure the patient's needs are met, and I keep an eye for critical changes, yet I still miss something. Some days I feel like giving up because I feel I'll never be as good as my fellow nurses. What do I do?
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    New Nurse Peds Hospital

    Hi fellow nurses! After working at an adult sub-acute/rehab center for 10 months and working at a day care for medically fragile kids for 5 months, I finally got my dream job at a peds hospital! I'd really love to make a lasting impression on the manager and my soon-to-be-co-workers; I want to reassure them they made the right choice in choosing me as part of their team. I have a couple weeks to refresh my knowledge. This is what I have planned to review so far: - fluids and electrolytes - growth and development - General peds review (from my Hurst NCLEX notes) - medical calculations for peds Is there anything else I should prepare for? What advice can you give to someone who's starting out on the peds unit for the first time? Thanks in advance! :)
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    MSN vs BSN

    Hi there! So I did an entry-MSN program and most of my classmates and myself were able to get RN jobs, both acute and non-acute not too long after the program ended. It is true though that some hospitals or new grad programs require or prefer a BSN I think because BSN students have more clinical experience than entry-MSNs. So you'll be ok either direction you choose, but you're right - you might have more opportunity open if you have a BSN. If you do go the BSN route never fear, you can always do MSN later. Hope this helps!
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    Getting the Foot in the Door

    Thank you guys for your fast response and advise! I truly appreciate it! I actually have my MSN in nursing. I did a MSN-Entry program for non-nurses. My volunteer role at the hospital is being a bedside companion to patients who need it, so I'm not always on the same unit of the hospital. But you do bring up a great point, thank you. I'll make the most of it, ask questions, and show them that I would be a great nurse to work with someday.
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    265 questions?

    I did! I passed with all 265 questions. I had a classmate who also passed with 265 questions. Did you try the trick?
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    Getting the Foot in the Door

    Hi Everyone, I was hoping someone could give me advice on how I can get my foot in the hospital door. So here's my story. I got my RN license last April 2016. I got a job in a Sub-Acute and Rehab facility a few months later (June). I wanted to start gaining my peds experience, so last November I got a part time job at a day care for medically fragile children. I would love to work at a hospital, but I live in an area where it's extremely competitive and all open nursing position require at least a year of acute care experience. Moving is out of the question for me because of my family. I was thinking of applying for a job at my dream hospital as a secretary or CNA to get my foot in the door and start networking. I already volunteer at this hospital, but d/t juggling 2 jobs I can only go there for the required 2 hours a week. Is this a good idea? Has anyone done this in the past and was able to land a nursing position at the hospital? If it's a bad idea, do you have any other suggestions? Thank you in advance for you help! :)
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    UCSF New Grad Program 10/2016

    Hey guys! Congrats to everyone who got an interview and an offer! Best of luck to those who are still waiting! :) I had an interview with PCICU the other day and they gave me a tour of their beautiful unit. Has anyone else interviewed for this unit and does anyone know how many applicants they will accept?
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    University of San Francisco MSN-CNL for non-nurses

    Hi ba15mommy! I personally don't know anyone who graduated from nursing, but from what I've observed in some nursing Facebook pages, some people are having difficulty finding a job after graduation. It might take months before you find a job. BUT it also depends where you are applying for a nursing position. From what I've seen, California needs nurses, but a lot of places want experienced nurses. There are more nurses needed in some states than others, so some are thinking of applying out of California to gain experience. There are also new grad nursing residency programs available, but they are competitive. Don't get discouraged! Anything is possible! Nursing is an amazing, wonderful, and rewarding field to study and work in. It's all about how you hard you study, what you do outside of school, and how well you present yourself. If you really want to be a nurse, go for it!! :) Here's a tip that might help: get a volunteer or a paid position working with patients if you can. Some people in my cohort have worked as an EMT, CNA, MA, or LVN before starting the program (some are even working still in these positions!). I've volunteered at a hospital for 5 years where I spent time at a patient's bedside. Do whatever you can to gain exposure to the hospital work setting to see if it's right for you. In the long run, you will be gaining experience in the field and will look more competitive when applying for nursing jobs/ residencies after graduation. Best of luck!
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    Picmonic for Nursing

    Hi everyone, I came across this study tool called, Picmonic for Nursing. Has anyone used it? Please tell me your experience and pros and cons of the website. I'm about to study for our Patho/Pharm HESI on Dec 3 and I would like to know how helpful it is. Thanks in advance!
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    University of San Francisco MSN-CNL for non-nurses

    @ rgshepherd, I'm so sorry to hear about the cohort for SoCal. Just keep your head up; if you really want to be a nurse, the time will come for you :) As for your question, it might take a little longer than 6 weeks, give it another week or so. Since it's so close to the start of the semester, they do "acceptance calls" followed by a letter. They do the calls over the span of 1-2 days. Also when the time comes closer, check your application status on your online application. If you didn't get in, it would say something like "admission denied." (Cross your fingers that it doesn't happen!) If it doesn't say that and you didn't get a call yet, it's possible that you're on the wait list (they will send a letter in the snail mail to confirm it). NOTE: If you are on the wait list and if they have room, they'll start calling people off the wait list ONE WEEK before orientation! It's gonna seem pretty hasty at first (I was one of the students on the wait list) but it's so worth it.
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    University of San Francisco MSN-CNL for non-nurses

    Hi Ip228! 1. The teachers I've had so far are qualified; they've working in the field of nursing, some even have a DNP and/or CNL certification. Not only are they knowledgeable in their field, but they draw from experience. One of the things I admire about them is they teach us early in the program that nursing is not all (to put it loosely) "sunshine and rainbows." They teach that nurses will come across many obstacles while working. (Some even shared mistakes they themselves have made while working in the field). The course material is well-planned throughout the semester that are relevant information we could use in the field. Some of the classes we take each semester is based on where we will be for clinicals. For instance, this semester we are in Labor and Delivery clinicals, so we are learning how the baby develops, changes that occur in mom, and complications that could occur to mom and baby during pregnancy and afterward. We also learned skills pertaining to Labor and Delivery and I was able to practice some of those skills during my clinical days. 2. For clinicals, as I've mentioned, each semester we're at a certain area of a hospital. 1st semester we were at a skilled nursing facility, second at Labor and Delivery, third and fourth at medical/surgical, etc. The class is divided into 4 groups that go to 4 different hospitals (for the first semester we were all at the same hospital). Clinicals are once a week. As for shadowing, from my experience, for the first semester I only shadowed or followed a nurse once. What my clinical instructor did for us is she assigned us a patient and we took care of that patient for the day. Right now I am following a nurse, and I also get to also help them with taking care of their patients. (This is where skills and theory come in.) We do have a say of where we want to go for clinicals, but it has to be at one of the 4 facilities that's on the course schedule. Last semester, when the 4 facilities for this semester were announced, several of my classmates and I switched facilities easily for one reason or another (like facility 1 is closer to that person than the one they're currently assigned to). Hope I've answered your questions. If you have any more, feel free to PM me P.S. about the application: Don't worry about when you turned it in. What matters is you submitted it before the deadline. I have a couple people in my cohort who submitted their application close to the deadline :)
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    University of San Francisco MSN-CNL for non-nurses

    @coycoy 22, the second semester is pretty great in my opinion. As for your question, yes the load can get pretty heavy (especially during the summer semester), but working while in the program is doable. In fact, several of the people in my cohort work part-time or per diem right now, and they're able to keep up with the schoolwork. It's all about time management.
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    University of San Francisco MSN-CNL for non-nurses

    Hi everyone! I'm currently in the program MSN-CNL on my second semester. I'm here to answer any questions you may have :). One thing I can't answer is to see if you're qualified. The people in my cohort is diverse. We come from all walks of life, some have more experience in the healthcare field than others. I'm not sure, but from what I know they choose based on the applicant as a whole - they see if you have the qualities and character of a nurse. As for the NCLEX pass rate, they actually start preparing the students for NCLEX on DAY 1! From day 1, they taught us how to think, feel, and act like a nurse - a Clinical Nurse Leader to be exact. As for expenses, as expensive as the program is, I think it's totally worth it. The professors I've had so far are so nice and friendly and willing to help their students. In terms of living expenses, I'll admit it's difficult to find an affordable place in SF. Some of my classmates actually commute to school via Bart (from where I don't know). Even though SF is expensive to live in, there are nearby cities (like Daly City) where the places are bigger and cheaper. Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, let me know!
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    Usd (ca) mepn fall 2014 applicants

    I got the email yesterday! I'm so nervous and excited! I can't wait to meet everyone. thanks again USDMEPN2013cohort for all your help :)

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