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    Happy Unintentional Ignorance Awareness Week!

    Very nice! I occasionally call my patients sweetie or bub or kiddo, but they are 9-15 or so and they miss their mommy.
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    The 'De-Skilling' Of Nursing

    Too bad we couldn't bill for each call light answered.
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    New graduate moving to colorado please help!

    What a lovely, albeit untrue, generalization. I have a job, but I am pragmatic enough to recognize that it was due to a bit of luck along with my hard work. The "horror stories" regarding the job situation in Colorado are an accurate picture that people were kind enough to share with OP. Forewarned is forearmed. I don't see why that's considered a negative.
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    New graduate moving to colorado please help!

    I graduated in December and about 1/3 of my class is still unemployed. I'm a firm believer that I can learn useful skills from any position, so I would highly recommend casting your net as wide as possible (aka psych and LTC). There are hospitals about 3 hours south of Denver that welcome new grads, so you might consider doing one of their programs for a year or so, then transitioning back to Golden.
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    I recommend going cheap for school. Good stethoscopes grow legs. Since I finally got a job in Psych, I'm really glad I didn't spend a lot. My stethoscope is gathering dust along with my white shoes!
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    Is a phone call a good sign?

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    Pearsonvue Trick - Does it Work Every Time? Part 2

    One of my classmates got this and she passed. I think it just means that your results got randomly selected for extra scrutiny by Pearson. I wouldn't put any extra meaning into the hold notification.
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    Dealing With Child Abuse

    One of my instructors spent the majority of her career in Peds. She said that she tried hard to focus on the fact that the abusers had most likely been abused themselves as kids and did not know how to cope better. I will be borrowing her philosophy if/when I deal with this myself.
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    How soon were you issued a license #?

    Mine was 7 days and since it included a federal holiday, I thought that was pretty good!
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    Pearsonvue Trick - Does it Work Every Time? Part 2

    Definitely not this one. The PVT numbers posted in this poll are similar to the pass rates nationally. It was one of my mantras when my classmates would freak out about NCLEX, "89% of ADN grads pass the test on the first try." I didn't tell them when the number dropped to 86% with the new test methodology. We were about to graduate at that point and it would have been demoralizing. https://www.ncsbn.org/1237.htm if you want to check the numbers yourself.
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    NP Programs in Denver?

    When the CU folks came to our school to discuss their BSN program, I asked their admissions person about apoplying to CU with a BSN from somewhere else (you know, somewhere cheap, like Metro!). She said that where you got your BSN does not affect your application for their NP programs. She also said that while they have tons of competition for the Family and Adult NP programs, the more specialized areas often have more slots than applicants.
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    Pearsonvue Trick - Does it Work Every Time? Part 2

    Well, it's not Hooked on Phonics, but the PVT worked for me. Finished my test around 9:30 AM and tried to log in at 11:30 when I got the pop-up. My license was posted by the state a week later. I was a skeptic, but it has worked for all of my classmates who have tested. Now I'm believing that it is accurate. :)
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    do we really need to study?

    Maybe it would help if you think of it as reviewing. You've already learned this stuff. Prepping for the NCLEX is just a matter of freshening it up in your brain.
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    How did you study for NCLEX?

    I didn't take a prep class. I figured I had already sunk about $200 into NCLEX prep books to get through the nursing program and by golly, I was going to use them! I started with comprehensive tests to see where I should focus my study. Any area that got less than 70% is what I reviewed. I did between 100-300 questions every night for 2 weeks. The day before the exam, I skimmed the entire Mosby review text. I skipped all the questions and just looked at the diseases and interventions. That saved my bacon on at least 3 questions. I figured I studied up until the test for every exam in school -- why should I treat the NCLEX differently? I realize my methods are a little different than most people suggest on this board, but it worked and I was a lot happier to get it over with. I stopped feeling relaxed and happy about graduating once our pinning ceremony was over. I couldn't sleep through the night as I stressed over that dang test! Pushing the date up and allowing myself the luxury of retaking it in February was good. Your mileage may vary.
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    im taking the test tomorrow! wish me luck! :)

    I took my test last Friday, so I can relate. I checked for the popup about two hours after I finished and it was there. Quick results showed up on Monday. I was so jittery that I didn't get into my normal test-taking mode until question 30. I had 2 med calcs, 10 SATAs and 1 audio question. I almost cried when the machine shut off at 75 questions. I was looking forward to more chances to "show my stuff". Keep breathing and think how great it will feel to clear out all your NCLEX review books!