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  1. BlackSkimmer

    Disgusting Icky Stickies: Nurse Protect Yourself

    I bring my glasses in the shower with me when I get home and wash them thoroughly.
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    Disgusting Icky Stickies: Nurse Protect Yourself

    This goes for LNAs/CNAs too! I'm always surprised when fellow LNAs say to me, "Oh, you gown up for this patient?" Well, yes, there's a whole precaution kit on the door for a reason. I know it's hot, I know it takes time, and I know it could alienate the patient - but I wonder why that awful gushing-liquid-diarrhea disease spread throughout the entire facility last winter. I generally assume there is poop on everything in the facility, because I've seen it on pretty much everything in the facility: curtains, shoes, wheelchairs, floors, walls, patient hands, etc., etc., etc. I pack my scrubs into a plastic bag and take a shower right away when I get home. But your article did teach me something new: deal with the shoes. I totally step on, kick aside, and brush against poop-sodden items on the floor as I go throughout my day. What about sitting on the car seat? Perhaps I'll use a towel to sit on when I drive home from work. Sometimes I feel I'm going overboard, but then again.... Your article makes me feel a little less alone. Thanks!
  3. I'm in Portage's nutrition course right now. It's fine and I really like that it's self-paced. I find it easy, so if getting it done is your goal it's a good option. MGH accepted it as a prereq. I would not count on learning a lot from Portage's courses. I took A&P online at another school and really regret it and, based on Portage's nutrition course I would bet their A&P would not be very rigorous either. I am now looking at studying A&P on my own in the next two months. Other than the mediocre content, Portage is really, really good. The staff members I've interacted with have been really wonderful, respectful, prompt, engaged, responsive.
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    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    I accepted my FNP spot at MGH, declined at BC and Simmons. Good luck to the waitlisted!
  5. BlackSkimmer

    Boston College Masters Entry 2015

    By my rudimentary calculations (done after the post you quoted), BC costs the same as other schools if you account for the ability to work as an RN and gain experience during the 3-yr programs (which I'm assuming you can't do at BC because it's so intense). Other than that, I think it's a matter of the right fit for you and how willing you are to never take a night off for two years. Plus, I wonder about my ability to really learn stuff when it's crammed versus given time to sink in.
  6. Congrats, Elana4! Scholarships make all the difference. I went to the MGH open house this weekend and ended up liking MGH a lot more than I did before. I was impressed that so many faculty members are involved in HIV/AIDS and global health projects. I was also impressed that every student and employee I asked, including those I met randomly in the hallway, loved the school. The students said they loved their clinical preceptors ("the best"), they loved getting so many rotations at MGH ("you learn how to give the best care from one of the best hospitals in the country"), they appreciated MGH's affiliation with Partners (I'm still not entirely clear on what is so great about this, though I gather that you get things like access to Harvard Med School library and hospitals affiliated with Partners like to hire you), and they said the atmosphere at MGH was warm and supportive. In particular, at some schools they do the "look left, look right, these people won't graduate" kind of speech at the beginning of a program; at MGH, they don't. I heard that faculty are very accessible, friendly, and ready to help if you need it. In fact, I contacted a faculty member this morning and she got back to me within hours (on a Sunday!). The campus is nice, right on the water, small and intimate, there's free coffee and hot cocoa all the time, and it's right across the river from the food and culture (and, alas, expense) of the North End. Also, someone made the good point that you aren't surrounded by undergrads--no offense to undergrads, but it's nice to have a more graduate-centered environment. Oh, and the schedule sounds tough but doable, with enough time for nourishing things like exercise and evenings and a day or two off a week--and even time to work. Apparently about 2/3 of students work as RNs during the last half of the program. During the first part of the program it sounds more difficult to manage, as that is the more intense portion. Anyway, I was happy with what I saw there. The one drawback I heard from several people (there and on these forums) is that scheduling can be frustrating, specifically rotation scheduling--one student said you might not know where your rotation is until a week before. If you have other commitments or have a hard time relaxing about that kind of thing, that will probably frustrate you. I've heard the same comment about other schools. Other than that, students had a hard time thinking of things they didn't like. Still waiting to hear back from Simmons, but MGH is looking mighty nice....
  7. Hmm, mine still reads "File under review for completion." Even though they told me it was complete a few days after I submitted it.
  8. Anybody hear from Simmons yet? According to their email, it will be sometime in the next few days.
  9. BlackSkimmer

    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    I've talked to three MGH grads, one in MA and two in VT. They all have jobs they love and said the MGH program was good. Two were enthusiastic and said it was a supportive and solid program. One said it was good, though her critique was that it was disorganized. They all went to MGH in the 1990s, though, so their experience is outdated by now. The one who said it was disorganized went when the program was just starting. I agree with a previous poster that it seems like getting a job is not a problem, in or out of state. I understand that VT is fairly saturated with NPs, but grads I've spoken with from UVM's program have had no problem getting jobs and at least one recent FNP grad had multiple job offers before she finished. That said, all of this is second- and third-hand info and some of it is dated, so it's probably a good idea to speak with recent grads.
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    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    Got in! They want a $500 deposit by 3/11. My letter did not say what track I got into. They did say I got a scholarship (!!), but said I'll find out the details via email in 3-5 business days.
  11. BlackSkimmer

    Boston College Masters Entry 2015

    Why not Simmons?
  12. BlackSkimmer

    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    I convince myself that if I don't get in anywhere this year, I will spend the next year relaxing, doing worthwhile work, and learning more in preparation for NP school so I'll do an even better job in school. That sounds so nice, some days I'm on the fence about whether I want to start school in the fall.
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    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    I asked BC about scholarships and they said they would have been mentioned in the award letter if you got any. They encourage students to apply to outside scholarships because funding through BC is scarce.
  14. BlackSkimmer

    Boston College Masters Entry 2015

    Thanks. I lived in Boston when I was younger, so I'm familiar with it, I just haven't ever rented there. I don't mind living far out, like in Roxbury or JP--I'm even considering Hyde Park, what with the cheaper rent there. The commute would be ~45 min. on a normal day, which is about what you'd expect for getting across the city.
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    Boston College Masters Entry 2015

    When to start looking for an apartment? I feel like I heard somewhere that I should start in May for a Sept 1 move-in. Is it that nuts?
  16. BlackSkimmer

    Boston College Masters Entry 2015

    There are lots and lots of conversations about that question on allnurses. I recommend doing a search and reading up. My take on what I've read is that if you have a MSN, it's not a big deal. It might be a challenge finding a job as an RN w/o a BSN while you are still in graduate school, but certainly not impossible.