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  1. You may have a year and a half of ICU experience but you have only a little over 5 months experience in this particular job, it's okay to be new and to ask questions! Even if you were coming in with years of experience as new job always has a learning curve. I've been told repeatedly that it takes about 2 years as a new nurse to fully have your feet under you, and having spent my first 1.5 years in just one setting - I think that is probably true. I know a lot more than I did when I started, and have a lot more confidence, but there are still days I question my competency.
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    Integrative Medicine - is it legal?

    As said above it depends on your state regulations. In my state NPs can incorporate integrative care practices provided they have training and certification / license in those practices. You may want to check out The American Holistic Nurses Association for more information and links to state specific practice acts.
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    Can I work during an ABSN program?

    I went to a 15 months program and did not work. Some of my peers did work - typically no more than 12 hours per week. Those who fared best while working either had extremely flexible jobs with good supervisor relationships or held work-study positions at the school.
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    Mannequin Phobia

    I'm wondering if getting an in-depth tour and being given time to play around with equipment and get comfortable in the space would help decrease some of the anxiety you feel. It sounds like you are already trying to give yourself more exposure to decrease anxiety, but I'm wondering if going a step further would be helpful? I have a family member who works in a simulation lab and loves to show off the mannequins and the simulation space. All a student need do is ask and he's happy to set an appointment up to give them a full tour, including allowing students to poke through cupboards, experiment with the equipment (supervised), show off the inner working of the mannequins, take them back to the control booth and show how the audio works, etc and answer any and all equipment & technology related questions to help students feel more comfortable with the space and confident in their ability to find and operate equipment. Do you think the simulation staff at your school would be open to something like this? Alternatively - is it more of a difficulty "pretending" and phobia of acting (or preforming in front of others) that are driving your anxiety? In this case it may help to spend time acting situations out at home - with family or friends just to stretch you acting muscles so it doesn't feel so awkward in clinical. Depending on the level of anxiety / panic you are feeling in simulation it may also be appropriate to seek out assistance from your medical provider and/or a therapist (student health could be a good place to start) to address this fear.
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    Your facility limit number of admissions? Staffing

    I work in sub-actute, facility is 16 beds, 1 floor RN, and one intake/referral/admissions RN during the week only. We max at 3 admissions per day even if the facility is empty. More usual is 1-2 discharges and 1-2 admits.
  6. My work "uniform" consists of pants with pockets I can move in (either nice scrub pants or chinos slacks in neutral shades) a long-sleeve top (long cut and roomy for extra coverage and freedom of movement) and a vest or cardigan if it is cold (or if I need more pockets). It isn't true business casual like I would have worn in my former profession, but seems to work as "business casual for psych unit" and by having a dedicated set of clothing for work so I don't have to think about my outfit being appropriate for work, don't have to worry if it gets ruined, and my actual business casual clothing stays nice.
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    GRE study tips

    I found going through a book of practice questions to be most helpful - most of the general tips and study strategy guides can be found online or at a public library for free. I used khan academy to brush up on math skills in areas where I was weak. If you already have solid vocab and math skills a couple of weeks of doing practice questions should have you in good shape. (I think I did about 1-2 hours a day of study for 3-4 weeks, with a couple longer days for practice tests, and did well).
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    Easiest states for foreign graduates

    I think it may be challenging to obtain license - in my state at least if you've never been licensed in the U.S. and are more than 5 years post-graduation you need to show proof of meeting minimum practice hours abroad in order to be eligible for license, and it doesn't seem like you have any RN work experience at all in the last 5 years. California however may differ - I'd start by looking over their applicant information to see what steps you'll need to go through to meet eligibility for license application. https://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/index.shtml
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    Reviewing A+P

    For reviewing anatomy - the anatomy coloring book. It's all of $20 or so new and a great reference. You can find a lot of good physiology videos on khan academy or on youtube (CrashCourse channel is good). If you don't know what A&P book your ABSN program recommends - I'd go with something used so you don't spend a fortune as you will likely need to buy a text for the ABSN program.
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    RN with no work experience

    NJSassyCat - you received good advice above. I'd also recommend applying specifically to nurse residency programs for new grads. Because these jobs are targeting new grads they are more likely to be a little open to less/no work experience than some other positions and may weight clinical experience and instructor recommendations more highly. If you have relevant volunteer or life experience don't be afraid to sell that as well if it shows your fit for the position. Also reach out to those you know and let them know you are looking for work - use your network of instructors, classmates, friends, etc - networking helps land connections, interviews, and jobs - even for those with experience.
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    OHSU Non-Resident New Grad

    I know a few people who got hired at OHSU direct to units with out a residency and all have managed to do well and have good support. I've heard very good things about the Ortho unit and it being a great place to learn - sounds like very supportive team on that unit.
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    New Grad Job Prospects?

    Jobs are out there even in saturated markets. As long as you are aware of it being competitive and have realistic expectations (e.g. not necessarily landing dream specialty/schedule/commute as first job) it is very much still possible to find employment as a new grad.
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    Volunteer Experience for Pre Nursing Student

    I'm assuming the hours need to be health care related? Generally speaking hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice agencies/centers have volunteer opportunities available so contact local health care organizations and see what their requirements and needs are.
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    Getting my adolescents back.

    If they are your people then welcome the opportunity to care for them again and don't worry about working with adults! You already handle adults with psychiatric issues when you work with the parents. As some one who works in adult psych... I'm not sure how many of my patients -developmentally speaking - ever progressed beyond adolescence anyway.
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    NP program for direct-entry MSN graduates

    It depends on the particular program. Many direct-entry MSN programs for non-nurses lead to an MSN in leadership or other non-clinical specialty. These programs would not make you eligible to become an FNP. There are a few programs out there which are direct-entry MSN for non-nurses that do prepare students to become an NP or midwife. These programs tend to be highly competitive, highly expensive, and very intense.