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Brooke2009 ASN

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Brooke2009 is a ASN and specializes in Cardiac RN.

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  1. Brooke2009

    Did I already screw up my nursing career?

    I recently went through a similar experience as a new grad. I had 7 preceptors in my first 6 shifts of orientation on an extremely busy surgical floor at a large teaching hospital. It was insane and my anxiety was through the roof. I was honestly thinking that nursing was not for me if that’s what it was about. It wasn’t safe and it’s hard to learn when everyone did everything differently every single shift. I hated working there. Despised it. I was wracked with anxiety every day thinking about going back in. It was awful. I quit. I was at the point where I didn’t care if I got another job as an RN, I just needed to get out of there before I lost my mind. I gave myself a full week to breathe and readjust my thinking and started applying again. I left that position off of my resume, but did explain the situation to my manager during my interview. I didn’t bash the hospital I left, but explained the situation and that as a new grad, I didn’t feel I was able to learn properly and safely. I wasn’t sure how that would go over, but she obviously understood because I was offered the position by the end of the week. I’ve been there for a month now and it’s like night and day. There had been so much support, everyone works as a team and I’ve only had my main preceptor, who is an excellent nurse and teacher. I’ve learned more in this last month than I feel I ever could have at my previous hospital and I’ve gone from thinking nursing wasn’t for me to literally loving my job! Like you, I was thinking it would be career suicide as a new grad to quit before that magical one year, but it was the best decision I could have made for myself. Sometimes we have to jump even when it’s scary to do so. Your mental health is more important than a job. I can’t say for sure how every medical facility does it, but I’ve left jobs off of resumes and have never been questioned. From what I’ve been told, the background info they look for is that you have a nursing license, have no criminal background/strikes against your nursing license and that you are who you say you are. I would just leave the residency off of your resume. Residency is supposed to be to see if you’re a good fit for them and if they’re a good fit for you. It wasn’t. No big deal. There are plenty of other places and positions in nursing. Best of luck! Find something you love and enjoy your new career!
  2. I think, as long as you do all you can to get and stay healthy, that you can do this if it’s what you truly want. Nursing school is stressful, but some feel it’s much worse than others do. I was an older student, recently divorced and raising a 9 year old in a place where I had no family - just occasional help with childcare from neighbors, and while it was far from easy, I didn’t think it was too awful. I went to school with several students that suffered from different mental illnesses. One, in particular, was the 4.0 student who achieved honor society status with us. She had a mental illness, yes, but she worked her rear end off and has a job secured in one of our largest medical centers ED. There was also a fellow student that was dx’d with a mental illness during our 2nd semester. She started on meds, did just fine and graduated on time with us. She’s also working now. I’ve had severe ADD since I was a child and was told by family that I’d never make it through nursing school. Well, I did make it and graduated with a 3.6, honor society and an award for clinical excellence. I have an incredible job as an RN that I love. Do what you need to do to get your ducks in a row. Gather your support system. If you can manage your symptoms and you’re determined enough, I believe you can do this.
  3. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Fall 2017

    Hi, I'm on my way to clinical now, but I'll be happy to answer when I get home later. I remember the anxiety of knowing nothing when first starting this journey all too well!
  4. Brooke2009

    Just got acceptance e-mail CCBC!!!

    I'm starting the RN program at HCC this fall, but wanted to say congratulations and good luck! It's so exciting!
  5. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Fall 2017

    They have a new point system; the advisor you spoke with may not have know that as this was the first year it was implemented. I was told at the drop-in that with the new system, 12-14 points should be competitive, but I'd try for the higher end of that to be on the safe side. I had 16 pts. and a 3.75 gpa. I'd say with 15-17 points, you're definitely looking good!
  6. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Fall 2017

    Nothing yet! Hoping we hear something soon. The waiting is brutal!! Good luck!!
  7. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Nursing

    Anyone else on here applying for Fall 2017?
  8. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Fall 2017

    There has to be more than just two of us - anyone else?
  9. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Nursing

    They said they look for proficient (you have that with your TEAS score!) and more weight goes into GPA and points, so you're looking good!! Have faith! Tomorrow is the deadline and then, we wait... :/
  10. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Nursing

    I've applied for the fall 2017 program. My GPA is a 3.7 and I have 16 points on the new point system they've implemented this round. When I attended the pre-nursing drop in, the advisor said that 12-14 points is a good, competitive range, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I scored a 75.4, proficient, on the TEAS 6. All prerequisites finished. Good luck! The wait is so stressful!
  11. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Fall 2017

    I have 16 points, so I'm hoping for acceptance too! It's confusing with the new point system they're using this cycle, but like the advisor said, 12-14 is competitive, so hopefully we're good! I was thinking of doing the ATB through Towson, but I have a 7 year old little girl, so I don't want to be completely overwhelmed and have no time for her. Depending on how the first semester goes, I may look into it more, or wait until I finish the RN program. Best of luck! The wait is so stressful!
  12. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Fall 2017

    3.4 isn't bad at all! Did you try doing your points on the new worksheet? The advisors told us that 12-14 is competitive to get in. The points system has been revamped from previous years,and although you have to take the TEAS, it doesn't have a lot of weight on their decision, it's mainly your GPA and the new points system. 65% is proficient, which is mainly what they're looking for. I think you should have a good shot!
  13. I recently turned in my application for the fall program - anyone else hoping to enter the program this fall? I feel like the wait to find out is going to be close to forever! They have a completely new application points system that they somewhat explained to us at our drop-in session. If anyone wasn't able to attend the drop-in and has questions, I'm happy to explain what was explained to us. The tour of the clinical labs in Darlington Hall was impressive!
  14. Brooke2009

    Harford CC Fall 2017

    Has anyone else applied to Harford's Fall 2017 Nursing program? I recently attended their drop-in session, where we were given information on the new admission requirements, as well as a tour of the clinical labs, classrooms, etc. I was impressed!
  15. Brooke2009

    Is it possible to not work in a hospital as a new nurse?

    In our county school district, there was one school nurse position after another opening over the past 6 months. I have no idea why or what was going on, but I was constantly getting notifications. My daughter's private school where she's attending preschool just had an opening as well as their nurse was moving to Illinois. I couldn't believe how many were opened - of course that won't be the case when I graduate though!!!!
  16. Brooke2009

    Is it possible to not work in a hospital as a new nurse?

    It does. In the state of Maryland, a BSN isn't necessary.
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