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    Staff Development

    Liberty has great tuition for a military spouse, which I am. But I am not Baptist (or a creationist) and am nervous that their resident campus reputation bleeds into the reputation of their online school. What was your experience with this? Were they pushy regarding religion? They do have an excellent curriculum for the MSN though and I think the program well prepares its graduates. I have found some CNS/Educator combined programs that are online or hybrid. I guess that is another option as well. It provides for a very flexible role in the clinical atmosphere.
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    Staff Development

    As of recently, I have began looking into staff development as a long term goal. My hospital heavily pushes for the MSN in addition to experience and I realize that getting one in Nursing Education will be best. But many of the education MSNs focus on teaching at a college or university. Are there any programs out there that include classes on staff development or "hospital teaching" in their curriculum? Thanks in advance.
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    What is the motivation for bullying?

    It is shocking. But one thread I just read made it seem like the OP is unable to leave. I find that unlikely, so I would really like to hear both sides of the story.
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    How to leave first job

    Update: It was awkward, as expected. I didn't even need to finish the shift. But, on to better things!
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    Kaplan test scores

    I only completed 60% of my Kaplan question bank (with a 58% average) & passed the NCLEX. If you have 4 weeks, you have plenty of time to bring up those scores. Just continue to review your rationales. I recommend the PDA book by LaCharity too. A lot of their priority questions prepared me for NCLEX.
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    Failled nclex 265. I don't know what to do

    I really liked the LaCharity book (Prioritization, Delegation & Assessment). I had so many priority questions on my NCLEX!
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    How to leave first job

    ThePrincessBride, I realize I will be stepping on someone's toes but am hoping to still handle this situation professionally. icuRNmaggie, I think that is part of the reason I decided to interview at Hospital B. We spent time on the unit during the hospital orientation & I saw a lack of resources/diminished quality of care.
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    How to leave first job

    Would love to say that, but I prefer not to be escorted off the premises.
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    How to leave first job

    Hi everyone. I am a new grad who is in a sticky situation. I applied to both hospital A and hospital B at the beginning of May. I accepted a job at hospital A two weeks after applying. So far, I have completed one week of corporate/hospital orientation & one day on the unit. Hospital A is much more rural, pays significantly less, is 50 minutes away, has a shorter orientation & has a higher patient to nurse ratios. Hospital B just 8 minutes away, pays much better and has an official "new grad" residency program, which they just interview for. I was offered a spot. I will definitely be moving to Hospital B. So my question is, what should I say to my manager at hospital A? How should I phrase my letter of resignation? And when I see my manager in person and she asks me for more details about why I'm leaving (which she will), how do I answer professionally? I just don't want to burn any bridges. Thank you!
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    Graduate School & Geriatrics

    I am a newly graduated BSN with a love for geriatrics. Currently I am getting experience on a medical unit for a couple years, but I would like to eventually attend graduate school and get my masters degree. In your experiences, what kind of graduate degrees are used frequently in geriatric care settings (besides nurse practitioner)? Or what are the opportunities/roles available for nurses with graduate degrees? Thanks in advance!
  11. I hate ATI.
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    DC Nursing Programs

    Not all of the schools listed above have good nursing programs in regards to their state licensure exam pass rates. When I looked at nursing schools, this was a big factor for me. If a school is unable to appropriately prepare students for taking the big NCLEX after graduation, I did not want to waste my time or money with them. Yes, it is not the only thing to consider when picking a nursing school, but it is definitely important. For example, only 52% of Bowie State's 2014 graduating class passed their state boards. That is a terrible number. Usually a school should have pass rates of at least 85-90%. Here is the Maryland Board of Nursing's document for pass rates (Hopkins, University of Maryland and Salisbury's rates are the highest): http://www.mbon.org/education/nclex_rn_stats_fy14.pdf These are the DC pass rates (I would consider applying to Georgetown based on these numbers): http://doh.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/doh/service_content/attachments/NCLEX%20Pass%20Rates%202013-2014.pdf
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    School and working?

    I have worked throughout my program and am now about to graduate without any issues. Having a little money makes nursing school less painful. I do PRN though, so there is no pressure to work during the incredibly hectic weeks.
  14. I plant my butt at Barnes and Noble for a few hours, buy myself a coffee & grab a stack of books from their "Nursing/Medicine" section. Looking up the different topics or diseases I was being tested on & reading it multiple times from different sources helped me learn the information better. And the books are free since I only used them in B & N.
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    How many graduates were in your graduating class?

    I am in a small BSN program about to graduate. We started with 45 nursing students & now in our 4th semester are graduating 25. The class below us have even worse ~ started with 48 and by their 2nd (current) semester they only have 32. I can only imagine how many more will drop/fail out since they are in med/surg this semester.
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    Leonardtown, MD

    Leonardtown is St. Mary's county I believe. There is a nice hospital in the area that is in a respectable health system (MedStar): http://www.medstarstmarys.org/careers/#q={}