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    OB online courses/edu opportunities

    Anyone know if there are any classes you can take without enrolling in an entire program to get education in OB nursing? Either CEUs or actual classes at universities where you can just take 1 class. I'm looking to strengthen my non-OB nursing resume and the birth place manager recommend "to take a class." I've been a nurse for 4 years (3 acute care med/surg and 1 cardiac critical care). I'm ready to do whatever it takes! Thanks!
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    1st time Camp Nurse for Down Syndrome

    Thank you for the advice! Any tips on how to manage med pass for up to 60 campers? I think my entire meal will be spent handing out meds. Do the kids usually come to the nurse with the counselor, or will the nurse seek out each child?
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    1st time Camp Nurse for Down Syndrome

    Hi, I've been a nurse for 3 years now on an adult med-telemetry unit and I'm going to be a overnight camp nurse for a week for children with Down Syndrome. I will be the only medical professional at camp. Any tips on camp nursing; what to wear? be prepared for? useful phone apps? how to prepare for med pass? ect.? As well as any advice about what kinds of meds children might be on? Thanks!
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    **POLL** New 1st Year RN Salary

    1. Minnesota 2. $29.87/hourly for day shift. Extra 10% for evening/night shift, extra 25% for weekend shift, extra 35% for weekend evening/night. 3. No RN experience. New grad BSN RN 4. Medical/Telemetry
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    Yes! You should join. It's worth the money! Go to the NSNA annual convention if you can! I found it to be very valuable.
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    Nursing Student Association conference

    YES!!! YOU SHOULD GO!!! IT IS SO HELPFUL AND IS REALLY FUN!!!! I went to two NSNA annual conventions, as a junior and senior. I also attended my state's SNA convention one year. I found them to be really helpful. My junior year, I learned about different nursing specialities. There are 2 1-hour break out sessions on Thurs/Fri/Sat. Lots to learn about. Awesome and very motivating daily speakers. If you're interested in grad school someday, there is a huge convention hall FILLED with different schools from all around the country, with representatives waiting to meet you and give you free stuff!! My senior year, I utilized the free resume/cover letter help, where professors of nursing read over my stuff and gave me advice. Both years, I took the mini-NCLEX prep class. I found it helpful as a junior to get my started thinking about what the NCLEX would be like. Senior year, it was a great review of material that I learned junior year liked Peds and Med/Surg, that I had forgotten. It's fun to go to a new city, take a few days off from school, and see new things. If other classmates go, you'll have a great opportunity to get to know them better. My classmates junior year became my "go-to" friends during senior year of nursing, NCLEX, job hunting, and now RN life. One year I presented a research poster. If you can afford it, both financially and to take time away from school, for sure go! It'll be great!
  7. If you are just a member in the organization, I agree with those who posted before me, it really doesn't matter to an employer. However, if you held a leadership role, that does help! I was president of my school's SNA chapter, and the hiring manager asked me about that during the interview. If you can manage to fit that in your schedule, go for it!!
  8. Give HR a call. Perhaps even email the manager, however usually the managers can't extend an offer of employment, that has to be done by someone in HR. I had a similar situation for my RN job where I was a student nurse intern. I interviewed (for the unit I was an intern on) on a Tuesday. The manager said I'd hear back by Friday, or the following Monday at the latest. If I didn't hear anything, that meant I didn't get the job. I never heard anything. 2 weeks after I interviewed, and 8 days after I should've heard by the latest, I got a call from HR offering me the job. Hospitals/HR depts/Managers are slow. Don't give up hope yet!!
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    Best path to RN

    Go for the BSN!! It might be more expensive, but it should get you to your end goal of RN status a bit quicker. Not to mention, then you'll have your Bachelors (again) in nursing! I'm from the Midwest, and many jobs postings say "BNS preferred" or even "BNS only" - just something to think about.
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    Which prep course is best?

    My school has us do Kaplan. I really liked it. I found it to be a good fit for my learning style. I liked how many practice questions they had. I passed the NCLEX first time and in 75 questions.
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    NCLEX Discussion Forum

    I did Kaplan and it worked well for me. I passed the first time in 75. Good luck picking the one that works best for you!
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    is kaplan q bank all passing level question?

    My Kaplan instructor told us to aim for a 60% score on the exams (Qbanks, Question Trainers, Sample Tests, and Readiness) and aim for a 65% score in each of the 8 client need categories. The questions in the QBank are all passing level and so are Question Trainers 6 & 7. Good luck!!
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    Unsure if ready...Advice?

    I got 64% on QT6 and 61% on QT7 and I passed in 75. I was still watching the Kaplan the videos two days before my exam. On the day before my exam, I just relaxed. I spent about 2 hours studying in the morning and then I did fun things all afternoon. One thing that really helped me was to go to the test site a week before and check it out. The day of my exam I felt less anxious about driving there and where the room was and all. I think Kaplan puts too much pressure on getting their benchmark at 65% overall and 60% in each of the eight client need categories. I can't tell you if your scores are good enough to take and pass the NCLEX. My only advice is to put in the all time you can and do all you can do and follow the Kaplan plan. Good luck!
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    i seem to get average of 40 in kaplan q trainers

    You should always go slowly! You will have plenty of time on the NCLEX to go slowly. Have you tried watching the "Review of Content" videos Kaplan offers? I found them to be REALLY helpful! My Kaplan instructor said to watch the 3 areas that you are scoring lowest in, but I decided to watch as many as I could before I took the NCLEX. Lastly, use the decision tree that Kaplan recommends. I didn't use it on every question, but it can be helpful when you need it. Good luck!