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  1. HI there, my family is relocating and I am updating my resume after working 2 years in an IMCU, which of course will go at the top of my resume, and prior to that my first RN job was 1 year in primary care. Prior to these RN jobs I was a CNA for several years, and these CNA jobs were listed on my resume when I applied for the my last 2 RN jobs. My question is, do I need to bother listing all the CNA jobs ( I had 2) dating back to 2014? I have read that for certain professions, listing the last 10 years of experience is advised but considering the times and relevant experience being key, would listing these jobs only make my resume too bulky for a unit or clinic manager to drudge through? Thank you!
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    NCLEX-RN June 2017

    what was the time frame between sitting for your exam and receiving results? I am taking it on June 30th and am trying to get current feedback. I recently attended an event where the head of the CA BRN was present and talked about how streamlined and updated the process is becoming. Just curious.
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    NCLEX-RN June 2017

    what was the time frame between sitting for your exam and receiving results? I am taking it on June 30th and am trying to get current feedback. I recently attended an event where the head of the CA BRN was present and talked about how streamlined and updated the process is becoming. Just curious.
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    Disturbing Conversation on Overweight Healthcare Workers

    It really really frustrates me that the main reason that so many people lack the time and energy to adequately care for themselves is because their jobs are so engrossing and demand so much of them. It's the fault of the system and the institutionalized culture/expectation that you work yourself to death as a nurse.
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    Does this feeling ever go away?

    It gets better if for no other reason than you will begin to notice that everyone working around you feels that they're behind and frustrated or trying to cope. It's hard work, give yourself time and you'll get in the groove.
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    Male graduate and pinning

    I am a guy, the oldest person in my BSN cohort I might add, never one for ceremonies or recognition. I don't want to go to my cohort's pinning or my graduation ceremony. I'm almost 40, my parents are old and live far away and I'd rather just celebrate with my wife who bore the brunt of the emotional wreckage that nursing school has caused our relationship. She deserves a freakin' pinning for wife of the decade for helping me get through these last few years.
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    Applying for nursing school on antidepressants

    I must admit that as an "older student" with plenty of life experience working in different industries, and a person with anxiety and depression I am saddened by the callous/jaded attitude many of you have developed in response to your experiences. As much as I want to protect the original OP from sentiments like yours I suppose it's beneficial for them to see that attitudes like yours are pervasive in the nursing field. Yay reality check. See, it's happening to me too!
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    Applying for nursing school on antidepressants

    In response to the first person to reply: What was the point in stating this?! As a 2nd year BSN student who has battled with sever anxiety and depression his whole life and is currently on medication to help with these issues I feel like your comment is representative of the kind of attitude that makes nursing school more crappy and unnecessarily difficult than it needs to be. I think it's common knowledge that nursing school is hard as hell yet a person like me and the OP need to actively avoid people who make comments like the one you posted. This was the opposite of therapeutic communication. Thanks but no thanks. And you're a NURSE? Yikes! Wouldn't want you to take care of me.
  9. There are many medical staffing agencies throughout the country that will help you get per-diem shifts at local hospitals. I found one here in the bay area that took new CNA's with little experience and got me into one hospital here. The fact that I was in a BSN program was what gave them the confidence to staff me with less than a year of actual CNA experience. I would say, look for agencies like these and market yourself, tell them about your clinical skills learned in school. Now, one year later they've gotten me into several other big hospitals here and my network has grown exponentially. In regards to your question about whether there's value in being a CNA during nursing school I would ask, "what do you expect to get out of being a CNA?" Some responses to your question said things like, you don't NEED to, but went on to say how much it helps. I agree, wholeheartedly. You don't need to, but once you've had CNA experience and you go into your clinicals next to your classmates who have little to no patient care experience and they are stiff, uncomfortable, stumbling over their actions and words, you'll be grateful for your patient care experience. So will your patients. They'll respond more favorably to you than to someone who lacks confidence.
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    What Can't You Live Without?

    I am super busy as I am on the BOD for my school's SNA, working, volunteering and I live 1.5 hours away from school and am married! Anyway, people always ask me how the hell I do all this stuff and aside from knowing myself well enough to understand that I thrive when my workload and time are very structured, I live and die by my CALENDAR! It amazes me that when I tell people I have the calendar app on my phone synced with my google calendar and my desktop calendar they say, "I wish I knew how to do that!" My response to that (and to many other claims people make about their ignorance) is "you can find out how to do it on the internet!!!!" In case this wasn't obvious to you or many other people out there, almost any freakin thing you have the slightest curiosity about or want to try, learn about is online!! We live in an amazing time where info is readily available at your fingertips like never before and yet, so many people forget how to use it for actually productive reasons. So, in short, my answer is 1) CALENDAR -as soon as something pops up, a task, an idea, meeting, assignment, it goes in the calendar 2)THE INTERNET - duh, it's amazing 3) EXERCISE - if you value feeling good and clearing your mind then you will make time for this regularly and you will schedule it in!! 4) Be flexible!!!!! Though I went off on having everything structured, there comes a time when you just can't push through and you got to stop and chill. Knowing yourself, your capabilities, health, etc make this easier to implement. Good luck! There's no recipe/formula how to do this. Try things and be okay with stumbling and failing occasionally. No one's perfect, be kind to yourself, this will help you empathize with your patients.
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    US RN to work abroad?

    I just got back from a clinical experience in various hospitals in Cuenca, Ecuador which I absolutely LOVED. At each hospital I asked what was needed for a US citizen to work there. The nurse managers stated that our BSN degrees are recognized in Ecuador as the equivalent of their "licenciadas." The licenciadas are usually the nurses running each ward which are heavily staffed and operated by their equivalent of CNA's and LVN's. All the facilities we visited stated they are in serious need of nurses and would welcome any nurses from the US. Apparently the only thing needed is to complete some bureaucratic paperwork in order to begin working. How long this takes or how complicated it is, I have no idea. I can tell you that it would be a dream to work in Ecuador. The culture, geography and the people were beautiful. Just thought I'd share this in case you find it interesting.
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    Age and nursing school

    The fact that you are complaining about how long you think it's taking to start your nursing school journey just illustrates that you are in fact very young and have a lot of life experience to catch up on. There's more to life than school, and your career, etc. I wish someone had helped me realize this truth when I was your age and fiercely pursuing all the ridiculous aspirations I had at the time. Try and be kind to yourself, chill out, don't compare yourself to others.
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    Jobs as a Pre - Nursing Student

    No CNA schools/courses I've heard of have anything to do with the science courses/ pre req's for nursing school. CNA programs are vocational programs that give you the very basic training necessary to go out and do a specific job safely. While of course there is a basic understanding of some anatomy, having taken anatomy and Physio would probably not count toward or replace any subjects/units you'd need for a CNA program.
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    Jobs as a Pre - Nursing Student

    Yes, it is worth it. I am in my 3rd semester of 6, in my BSN program and have been a CNA since I began. The experience has helped me in so many ways. First, it's exposed me to so much more than school can/does, it has provided networking opportunities, it has helped me to solidify and better understand all I am learning in school and you'll have so much more respect for the CNA's when you do become a nurse.
  15. I applied to 5 programs, with a 3.8 GPA,and having scored an 89 on the TEAS. I also had 1 year of volunteering in a hospital, and doing public health research as an intern with a university. I got into only 1 BSN program, but on a wait list for another. The one that accepted me is 90 miles away from where I live, and I am now 1/3rd of the way through the BSN program. The one I got on the wait list for is only a subway ride away from where I live. When people find out where I live and then where I go to school they ask me why didn't I go to school somewhere closer. That's when the conversation usually ends. People have no idea.
  16. Mine was a 3.8. I had volunteer experience at a hospital, recommendations from them, and a public health internship with recommendations too. I got an 89 on the TEAS, and got into a BSN program.