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secondlifenurse MSN, RN

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  1. secondlifenurse

    Dr. Brown Nipples....

    In the two different hospital NICUs I have had experience with, neither used DB unless kiddo had been assessed by either OT or Speech Therapy and it was determined a necessity. In both places, the parent/s were responsible for taking apart and washing each piece of the contraption. We provided dish soap/washing bin. But we the staff were not allowed to wash the contraptions since it was a "liability issue" if they were not cleaned properly.
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    Current student, moving after graduation

    You're welcome, klsRN26! Best of luck to you!
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    Current student, moving after graduation

    Virginia is indeed a compact state, which means if you were to move there, you would have a multistate license. And while it is a bit more difficult to get a job with an ASN rather than a BSN, there are many successful ASN programs in Virginia and plenty of people do get jobs with an ASN. One thing to consider: start researching hospitals near the base where your significant other will be located. Look to see what the hospitals' residency programs look like (if they have a residency program--candidates are paid as full-time RNs during these programs). Be sure you know when the application deadlines are as they may well be before the end of the semester. When you apply to different hospitals--regardless whether its located in California or Virginia--be sure you have looked at the hospital's website carefully. Know its mission statement. Cater each application letter to the specific hospital/specific program. While you will not have done any clinical rotations in the hospitals you will be applying to, consider using former preceptors (if they were hospital-based, particularly) as references. Virginia has *many* quality nursing programs that range from direct-entry Masters and BSN programs for people who already had a degree, standard BSN programs, numerous community college programs, and private associate-degree programs. Personally, I'm not sure I'd worry about an externship in Virginia. It's much more typical to apply for and get a new-graduate position. Landing a job can be challenging because there is a large pool of applications from various programs to choose from, but people new to nursing do it all the time. Be persistent. Be professional. You'll find the right fit
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    Financial Aid and $165,000.00 debt

    Luckily, this statement isn't a generalization. For all kinds of people and their situations, the direct-entry MSN is a good way to enter the field of nursing; however, the issue at hand here for Den1978 is whether or not it's wise to take on further debt in addition to the crushing $165k. *If* s/he wanted to change careers and nursing is definitely the desired path, then significantly paying down debt first and choosing a less expensive means to get to the degree that allows her/him to sit for the NCLEX would be wise.
  5. secondlifenurse

    How low would you go?

    As so many others have said, H3ll$-to-the-no. I know new grad RNs who are making this without any call or overtime pay. Just exactly how "part time" is this part-time job anyway?
  6. secondlifenurse

    To Master or Not

    For an additional $1000/year, what is the cost of school? Who's paying for it? If my employer wanted me to have it and would pay for it and I had the stamina, sure, I guess. And beyond the monetary cost, do you want to give up your free time studying and doing school work?
  7. secondlifenurse

    New RN NICU Hire And Want to Start a Family

    Personally, I would avoid sharing any family planning information with my boss/my work. And once you are indeed pregnant, it is on a need-to-know basis. I.e., not until assigned the CMV+ pt would I divulge I was pregnant; I would always be cautious with the NICU x-rays, pregnancy or no (protect those ovaries ).
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    Financial Aid and $165,000.00 debt

    Ouch. As the above ^^^ posters noted, that is truly a LOT of debt. Honestly, that's more debt that I've ever had, even when I had a mortgage, car payment, *and* student loans combined. Were I you, I would absolutely *not* accrue more debt through an expensive nursing program. Truthfully, all told that may end up feeling like a debt you could never dig yourself out of. Instead, look at a local community college program, if you really do want to change careers. In many places you can go start to finish for $7-8,000. Have a community college do a transcript review of your former degrees/courses taken to eliminate duplicating anything. Another option is to use that business degree for a few years and pay down your debt so that it is significantly reduced and *then* go back to school at a community college. Best of luck :)
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    I survived the Board of Nursing

    KCMnurse, Thank you for sharing. What a traumatic experience! I was on the fence about carrying malpractice insurance, key word "was." One of the best things about this site is getting insights from peers; we don't always have time (or inclination) to share in person. That's the best thing about this AN place.
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    Waiting for ATT (May 2016 Grad)

    Nemix: Any luck or news?
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    Working Two Jobs - New Grad RN

    Let's make the leap and presume you have the stamina to work two (new) nursing jobs and 60-hours per week, every week without burning yourself out while simultaneously learning all that you need to in each position *and* keeping your sanity. I totally get your desire to pay down your debt. It's definitely commendable. One thing that makes my head spin, however, is the logistics of scheduling. Even just getting through the initial couple weeks of HR and unit orientation at each job would be a circus trick. Take one bite of your elephant at a time: get a roommate (or roommates) to help carry the burden of rent and utilities; clip coupons, buy food stuff that's on sale, and skip non-necessities (e.g., expensive trips to the movies, satellite TV, new clothes) while using cheap entertainment (DVDs from the library, hanging out with friends, hiking, etc.) to pay down your debt. If in 6-12 months you want to take on a second job and you feel like you can pull it off, then go for it. By that time you will have already been using frugal economics and you'll know if you want/need that second job. And if you decide to take it, you'll already be used to pinching pennies so you'd potentially throw all the $$$ from that second job directly at the debt.
  12. secondlifenurse

    Leaving Nursing for Another Career

    Beachcomber. But the career advancement is limited as is the pay
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    Hard Truth of Nursing

    All jobs should allow time for a sabbatical...burnout in any field is a real thing. And in nursing where people have to wear so many hats--and have some crazy day/night schedules--it seems all too inevitable. A sabbatical seems a good way to take a breath and reflect. Best of luck to you, Mr.BillRN. May you find your path wherever it is!
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    Am I too old to change career?

    Without going into the finite details, I too had a higher degree (and a lot of years of experience in that field) when I jumped ship and went to nursing school. Some people in the nursing field had told me, too, that I might be a "difficult" hire (my age, my former degrees, my new-nurse status after nursing school). My experience has been anything but that. Many doors opened for me both in regards to choosing the nursing program I wanted to attend as well as first-job offers. Plenty of job offers came in well before graduation. Plenty of places courted me and very much appreciated the professional experience/s I brought with me before nursing school. Though I'm happy to report that doors opened for me, one of my nursing instructors had a great piece of advice not only to me but to everyone else in my nursing school cohort (many of us were career-changers) when someone voiced concern about new-nurse marketability and being "an older" hire as a new nurse. Our instructor told us: "well, if they don't want to hire you for those reasons, why would you want to work there anyway?" And she was right. Plenty of hospitals, from Level I trauma centers to community hospitals and plenty in between, are happy to have a new nurse who brings with him/her life experiences as well as those from another career. And I never had anyone ask me if I was going to run for the hills after I got a bit of experience to go do X, Y, Z with my former career experience. Truth be told, plenty of nurses who are not career changers or who are of the "typical" new nurse age (is there such a thing any more?) leave their jobs after just a few years of experience. In fact, I remember reading an academic article in the last few years that studied RNs of various ages and their longevity in their first hospital job. (I tried finding this, but can't right now.) The study in fact found that new RNs over 40 were actually more likely to stay in their job if they got the kind of unit they wanted right out of the gate. Anyway, just another perspective to add to the bunch.
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    Am I too old to change career?

    Age is, as they say, just a number. Changing a career at any age is totally possible, but it also involves looking at more specifics than just age. Nursing (and nursing school) can be physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing. Only you will know how "in shape" you are in each of these categories (and how on board your spouse is to carry the weight of things while you're distracted by school). Changing a career involves a significant financial and time commitments. If after being out of work for two months, you (and your family) are struggling enough to be possibly losing your living situation, this might not be the best time to incur debt for school and living. And you need to consider what kind of program you will attend: how long is it? how much does it cost? and how many hours per week are you going to have to devote to this new educational path that will be spent away from family? And, finally, once you have that shiny new degree, what is your new nurse income going to be? Will it be enough to pay living expenses and the student loans (if you used them) that got you through nursing school? Do a lot of internet digging to try to find out the financial costs and benefits. As a second-career nurse, and one who arrived at it after the age you are now, I can attest that I had to do a lot of thinking and charting about all of this before deciding to dive in. And though I *love* what I am doing now so very much more than what I was doing before, I can attest to moments of panic during school when I looked at the loans accruing and the years between the present and the my someday retirement shrinking as months rolled by. It's an individual decision....made in tandem with your partner. Good luck
  16. secondlifenurse

    showering: before or after work

    Both. Definitely both. And if I could scrub out my nasal cavity and get the hospital germs out of there, I'd gladly do so.