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    WGU Rn to Bsn

    I know someone who I work with who is in the program and likes it. The only bad thing I've heard is that you can only get what's equivalent to a 3.0 gpa due to their pass/fail system. This is fine, but if you want to continue on into a graduate program that's competitive like some CRNA and NP schools, you may not be considered a top applicant. 3.0 gpa is often the minimum accepted for some graduate level programs. So you may qualify by meeting the bare minimum, but you also may be selling yourself short. Really depends on your future goals and if you're disciplined enough to get on and pace yourself to get the coursework done.
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    RN, ADN being obsolete

    They've said this since I began nursing school in 2011. I graduated in 2014 with a RN nursing diploma. Had no issue at all finding a job. Many of the new nurses at my current place of employment have just an associates. It is only a problem if you'd want to work at a magnet hospital. They require BSN degrees. Research facilities in your area beforehand to see if that's something that could hold you back. I've since obtained my BSN to futher my education. However, it hasn't made a difference in my job or salary, just my debt!
  3. I wish there was a way to change this. At the place I'm employed the CEO just received a raise. He also gets >$300,000 just to his retirement fund alone. If he is fired before a certain age, we will have to pay him his salary and his retirement fund still. Nurses get paid very low $20s, no room for growth. Nurses in ED have 4 pts, med/surg 7, and icu 3. CNAs sometimes have more than 30 patients. We are looked at as disposable and anyone who won't tolerate being treated that way - over worked and underpaid - leaves and is replaced with a new nurse. The new nurses get paid the lowest in the county. They're often trained by other new grads and their orientation is cut short to meet staffing needs. They sign a 2 year contract agreeing to work for the company (with no sign on bonus) for training them and if they leave early they must pay the hospital 6k. It's a vicious cycle that's top-heavy. There was talks of a union but everyone is too scared, they tried a few years ago and those who spoke out had a target on their backs and were fired. Mandating ratios is a great start and I don't know why there's so much push back from nurses themselves. However, that doesn't really solve the top heavy corruption seen in many acute care facilities.
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    Wanting to Quit Nursing School

    The first step in accomplishing something is telling yourself your can. IMO, I wouldn't give up. You're almost done! There are a million different things you can do as a nurse that is not as stressful as an acute care bedside nurse. Consider addiction, mental health center, psych, home health, free standing surgery center, hospice, doctor or surgeon's offices, school nurse, public health center nurse, infusions, sales rep, etc. Being thrown to the wolves, so to speak, in an acute care setting is enough to make anyone second guess what they're doing some times and want to pull their hair out. There's a reason why you chose nursing in particular.. and you've already gotten this far. You don't have to do what you're doing now for clinicals. Hang in there. Best of luck with whatever you choose.
  5. Yes it's possible. Try to stay calm, study, and take care of yourself. If you are that stressed and having bad thoughts there's also no shame in seeing your primary care doc regarding it. During nursing school I was also very stressed and dealing with many home issues. I got on an SSRI from my PCP and there's no shame in that. Consider what way you study best. Is it in the quiet? If so visit the library or go to a park to review. Is it in groups? Get together with a few people from class. Reading? Flashcards? Consider what works best for you and how you retain knowledge. Don't try to wait until last minute to cram. Don't over study (this sounds sill but at one point over-studying just doesn't soak in and only increases panic). Remember that you won't retain knowledge while panicking. Remember to take care of yourself. Eat a good meal and get good rest the night before the exam (take a benadryl or melatonin if you need to). Wake up and eat a good breakfast. Remember to relax and breathe. You are passing now. I know how stress inducing it is to sit at that cut off. I found myself in your situation at times in my program as well. Matter of fact, a lot of my fellow classmates did as well and felt the same exact way. I ended up adopting a "Cs get degrees" saying... lol. Try to relax, see your pcp if your need to. If your school lets you review after tests, do so. Mine gave the option to challenge questions and provide referenced rationale. (If you can, do this as well.. even if it's a long shot. Time wasted challenging a question is better than not passing by One of my friends ended up failing because she was 77.7% and they do not round up. She started the semester again with the next group and graduated. I'm not saying it to worry you but if it would happen to work out that way I'm here to tell you all over your accomplishments will not be going down the drain. You can continue on after. My friend did, as well as a few others from my initial accepted class and guess what? They now have the same degree and are making the same as me. Don't let this discourage you let it fuel your fire to focus. You can do this! You are doing it. You've made it this far and you are passing now. You will be successful. Hang in there and the best of luck! I can't stress enough, remember to take care of yourself! Make "you" as much of a priority as your schooling. You got this!
  6. Make sure they are CCNE or ACEN accredited. This is really the most important thing. I'd also suggest against Western Governors University or any other school that operates on a pass/fail system. (Not for everyone just for your specifically based on your above stated goals) The way that WGU works is by either passing or failing. There's no A, B, C, etc., grading system. What this means is that your GPA can only amount to a total of a 3.0. This is what is considered to be the minimum acceptance cut off for many graduate level programs. You may be considered as an applicant but it won't necessarily make you a stand out applicant. I was initially attracted to WGU's low cost and potential for quick completion. After contacting a few graduate schools that I was interested in and asking about the pass/fail equivalent GPA of 3.0 they strongly discouraged it. I ended up choosing Jacksonville University's RN to BSN program and am happy with my decision. A few of my co-workers are attending or have attended a local state college, Daytona State, that seems pretty easy as regards to coursework. They have also recently changed to an all online system. It's also very cheap compared to JU. I don't know if you care what type of college it is that you go to but that would be a good option. You could essentially go to an online program in any state. I'd recommending researching those in your state first. You can typically get lower in-state tuition rates. Contact the office of admissions. Ask if they are CCNE or ACEN accredited. Ask if they have GPA or pass/fail system in place (most will be GPA). This is important for most graduate level programs to stand out in a flooded market of applicants. Make sure that it is a 100% online program. Some advertise as online but actually require some campus time. They fail to put in the advertisement. You can also send an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) and they can tell you how long the program would be in total for you. This can differ based on the amount of credits you currently have and the program you apply to. For example someone who is applying with a nursing diploma may have less credit hours and have to take more courses, such as some of the general education courses that an associate's degree applicant already completed as a part of their program. If that makes sense. Anywho, I hope this information was helpful! Good luck in your future studies!
  7. SN2014

    Not getting hired because no BSN?

    What type of job are you applying for?
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    Family life & School

    Hi I am wondering how those of you who are parents were able, financially, to go to CRNA school. Did your significant other support you during? Did you take out cost of living on loans? I know that during CRNA school you cannot work. How do you afford losing an income? Even if my spouse works overtime it won't make up for the loss of my salary. He's all for me going... but I'm just trying to figure out how it's even feasible. Thank you in advance!
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    Would you do it all again?

    Right now, I'd say no..... like everyone else says we get paid so little to work so much. Unfortunately, it's not one of those jobs that you can just "leave the stress at work"... it follows you. In a few years, when I'm done with my BSN, go to CRNA school, and become a CRNA, I'll probably answer this question differently. But as a floor nurse... I love my job.. it's just not worth it financially, physically, or stress wise!
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    Interview a CRNA

    Thank you
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    Interview a CRNA

    Hi! I'm looking for a(or more than one) CRNA to ask a few questions. I am currently writing a paper for one of my classes (for BSN)... I have only a few questions that I need to ask someone in my "long-term goal field", which is to be a CRNA. Unfortunately I do not personally know any CRNAs at this time... If you don't mind helping... I'd appreciate it greatly. The questions are as follows: 1. How long did it take you personally to complete school? 2. Did you find it difficult to obtain a job after completion of the program/certification? How is job availability? 3. What is the average starting salary? How were benefits/tuition re-imbursement etc. offerings during the interview processes? 4. Do you find that there is potential for growth in the field? 5. What tips do you have for studying, managing time, and reducing stress? 6. What tips do you have for making yourself a successful candidate for CRNA school? Seeing that they are competitive programs Thank you so much for any input.. I appreciate it!!!
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    Buying a new car for a new nurse ??

    Get something, anything, with a reasonable monthly payment. I know so many people, including myself, who went out and bought an new vehicle out of school, now with whopping monthly payments... not worth it.
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    Sudden spike in INR after change in mental status

    It sounds like she may need a head CT and/or MRI to r/o stroke....
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    The ONE thing that will make your nursing life easier

    Mandated ratios! And... a physician on-site at night... I work at a smaller hospital (only 6 bed ICU) with a 30 bed med/surg/tele floor.. and the only doctor in the building is in the ED. It would be nice to have a MD, or even a NP or PA-C that works between the MS/ICU floor at night. Quicker orders... not having to explain everything over the phone....
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    questioning IV fluids

    I would have, too. However, it was done during the day... I picked up an hour after it was given, on night shift. There's no MD present at night, just an on-call physician (who isn't the one who ordered the bolus).