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kcheck5 BSN, RN

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kcheck5 has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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    Gonzaga MSN FNP 2019

    Still waiting. Have you heard from admissions yet?
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    Gonzaga MSN FNP 2019

    Deadline for Gonzaga MSN FNP was yesterday, so just waiting to hear back! Anyone else apply? One of the admissions counselors said that applicants should hear back by March-ish (likely end of the month). Would love to hear from others so I am not the only one feeling like I am anxious.
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    3 nursing jobs in 2 years. Unhirable?

    I would be worried if your previous facilities not reporting your license for risk of harming a patient if it has occurred more than once or twice. I think if your anxiety is that bad, I would focus on those skills. If you continue to make errors without improvement, then you risk losing your license because that would be unsafe practices depending on your state.
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    Do Nurses really make "good money?"

    Right out the gate for the hospital I work for, I am making the equivalent to about 80k, this is on night shift. The average in Oregon according to the union is about 88k. You can make more when you work overtime if that is important to you. All I can say is that this career has allowed me plenty of opportunities and to save up for a car and home in the same year, as well as the single year of tuition that I needed to complete my BSN. Not sure how your finances are, but that has been my experience. I have no children and my previous loans have been paid off, and no current car payment as that has been completed too (hence a new one coming soon, mines old haha). I currently pay a mortgage and have usual bills related to the home and everyday costs.
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    Portland Community College Fall 2017

    Your orientation in September will be the day you find out your clinical schedules. It'll be old school and on a tri-fold board, and you'll be able to see it once they're done with presentations and whatnot. Expect to have clinicals on either Thursday, Friday or Saturdays. Some had it split on Thursdays and Fridays, others had it all day Saturdays. It just depends!
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    Portland Community College Fall 2017

    I had one that clipped anywhere but it proved to be a nuisance and would poke me when around my neck. I would get the one that clips on to the Y section of the scope. As for jobs, make sure you have above a 3.25 overall gpa for any residency. And if you can get your foot in the door as a CNA in the hospital, that combination is powerful. None of my pre reqs (and prev degree) were done at PCC except for one (I was lucky to get in), so my overall nursing program gpa was slightly lower than the minimum necessary for a residency. It's what happens when you're a chronic B (3.0) student... even if it was an 88 percent. Anyway, network network network right from the getgo. Get your nurses' contact info and get to know your clinical instructors well. Meet with a manager from the beginning; an easy Google search can prepare you for what kinds of things you could ask for informational purposes. There's a project in your last term where you do talk with a manager of your practicum placement, but I sincerely wish I had done that in the very beginning. While it may seem hectic by your second year, I recommend looking and at least queuing up positions you're interested in and apply by April. I applied to many places and because we are associate degree graduates, I had a hard time with applications. Even the manager of the trauma unit where I'm a CNA at said she'd prefer I have my BSN and a year of experience unless of course I got into the residency (at Legacy). But apply everywhere and keep your options open to anything while you work on getting your year of experience. My friend who is an ICU nurse says after she got 1 year of exp, so many more doors opened.
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    Pearson Vue Trick did NOT work for me and I PASSED! 2017

    Agreed. Even though PVT is legitimately a roundabout way to finding out, gotta go through all the steps! I did! My thoughts were... well, this credit card has more than enough to cover another NCLEX and if I need to take it again, so be it! Going to happen anyway. Luckily, I had the good pop up and my license the next day
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    2017 Nurse Salary

    Location: Portland Metro Area of Oregon Experience: Been a CNA for 5 years, and this is my first RN job after completing my ADN. Will be completing my BSN online via the major teaching hospital in the area. Specialty: In-patient Geriatric Psychiatric Nurse , nightshift Facility: Community Hospital Pay: $36.30/hr base, +$5.75 nights, +$1.50 for weekends. The cost of living index in the city I live in outside of Portland is 105.9, meaning it's slightly more expensive than the national index of 100. Our mortgage is about 1300$ a month for a 3 bedroom townhome, central to a lot of locations and public transportation, and work! :)
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    Portland Community College Fall 2017

    If anything, by my second year, I had a little pocket notebook I would flip through of things I learned in clinical. It was cool to have a little reference book where I knew exactly what I needed to find! Plus, you'll always learn something new! Or you'll need to reinforce your learning on something. I had no case for my stethoscope, but if I could go back and suggest something to my student self, I would buy a "bat clip." They have them on Amazon too. I'm actually ordering one for my first job as an RN! haha!
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    Portland Community College Fall 2017

    No, not picky at all. Just ensure you have a name tag on it (you can get it on Amazon) or something to show that it's yours. Or, like a classmate of mine did, you can get a bright orange stethoscope! Or lime green. No one's running away with that :)
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    Pearson Vue Trick did NOT work for me and I PASSED! 2017

    Update! I'm assuming the trick worked because today, I received my license in Oregon before I got any quick results to pay for.
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    Pearson Vue Trick did NOT work for me and I PASSED! 2017

    I did the PVT at 11am, 3pm, 5pm, then now at 8pm. This last time, I put in everything correctly as it says on my card because why not if I have to take it again anyway? Still got the pop-up saying that I've been recently scheduled for the exam, and cannot register at this time. Really hoping this is good news! My test shut off at 115 questions before I went into the survey and experimental section. Took my test at 8am, too, so I'm expecting my quick results to be ready on Saturday AM. Good luck!
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    NCLEX STUDY PLAN

    Awesome! I bought the 5 week plan for NCSBN, but am doing it in 4 weeks. I just wanted the longer subscription coz I'm not able to study every day because of work and our pinning ceremony. We did ATI in my nursing program, and had to make a remediation plan on areas that we tested low-ish on a predictor test we took. I also have the Saunders book, and have used NCLEX mastery on the go. It makes me feel better when you say NCSBN questions felt harder than NCLEX because there are times when I am absolutely disappointed in myself, haha! I take my NCLEX July 6th and am just doing questions + rationales this week. July 5th, I have a "NO NCLEX" rule for myself and am gonna exercise, do yoga, and take a nice, hot bath with epsom salts to relax the night before :)
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    Portland Community College Fall 2017

    They give you an idea of what your schedule could be like in June, yes. Typically during first year, you'll have Fundamentals of Nursing on Mondays/Wednesdays. If you're taking Pathophysiology, you'll probably have that on Tuesdays. You have a four hour lab scheduled on Mon, Tues, or Wed. There's usually two tracks for lectures, A and B. One will have classes in the morning, so that allows you to choose an afternoon lab, the other is usually in the afternoon, so you can have lab in the AM. Whatever you can make work based on the nursing program's registration day (which is different from the rest of the college). Your clinicals will be on any day from Thursday to Saturday. Some had them all Saturday, I had mine Thursdays & Fridays. It'll be a busy time, so be mindful of that :) I think you'll be able to register for classes sometime in August. And awesome! I think I got a discount for scrubs too, can't remember. They told us to get white shoes for our cohort, but depending on your clinical instructor, some can be lenient. I wore tennies, then white crocs I could easily clean, and now I'm wearing black danskos for practicum and boy am I relieved (my feet are too). I did everything they told us to so I don't get in trouble during the first year (lol). Anyway, relax! You got into nursing school. Enjoy this time before you basically have to put your life on hold for two years (or three, if you're doing OHSU or Linfield after). Although, we just had a panel of graduates who said OHSU is a ton easier than the things we had to do at PCC Either way, nursing school becomes your life and you'll experience a rollercoaster of ups and downs. If anything, brush up on your physiology!
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    Portland Community College Fall 2017

    Starting nursing school is exciting! I know I bought my stethoscope as soon as I turned in my deposit. Made it feel real and sink in :) Compression stockings are good to have because clinicals will wear you down with all the long hours! I have this fold-up clipboard that I've used. It's lovely! Amazon.com : WhiteCoat Clipboard- Black - Nursing Edition : Office Products I wish I had this but sometimes I wish I had a good penlight! The ones on the unit weren't bright enough or lasted long enough, lol. I only recently started doing this, but I have a little pocket notebook that I write new terms and procedures into. Then when I need to look something up and have written it down, it's in my notebook. Also a handy thing because I used a number of pages for reference ranges for labs, vital signs, and whatnot. Kind of wish I did this as soon as clinicals began. If you can, get the texts on kindle for PC/MAC. Or share an e-text with someone. My books hardly left my study space unless lecture absolutely wanted us to bring it. Even then, I wish I had the bigger texts available on my computer. Nursing textbooks are back breaking!!! I bought the books we needed for 2nd year (they update the list, only a few more) on kindle for PC and it is so much easier to search or click for certain chapters. I didn't really prepare for class before school began. Just know that nursing school is a different kind of beast. You're going to use a lot of critical thinking skills. Exams aren't so cut and dry like they were for our pre-requisites. I think PCC does a good job at helping us hone our critical thinking, but it's always good to get into that mindset.
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