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  1. Charles is here for the... par... ty... the party! Wait? Where is the 8 South holiday party? Linda said we could bring our dogs!
  2. OH! She asked for a "pop" not a "pup." I see! I'll be right back! Is Diet Coke, okay? Oh she's NPO? I'm a New Grad... I'm just gonna... go...
  3. She said her husband was a dog...
  4. I've been searching for further information about this too. I applied for my CA RN License via Endorsement at the beginning of April. BreEze listed my application status as "pending" up until today. Then the weblink you would click to view the status has *disappeared.* Any further ideas/input on what this means would be great! Hopefully, it is good news
  5. Hi NS808, I graduated with my BSN in May 2016 & was completing my preceptorship this time last year. I (and many other now RNs & fellow nursing students) have been in your shoes. I was a nervous wreck the entire time, especially administering medications & even more so with IVs. You show enormous accountability & responsibility. Plus, part of the nursing process is for your preceptor to catch things like this; these are the teachable moments. I cannot tell you how many times I didn't hit the "start" button, didn't reclamp tubing, or spilled the IV solution all over the patient & the floor... The list goes on & on... All nurses make mistakes. The fact that you take this so seriously, wish it didn't happen, never want to do it again, want to learn, care about your patients, listen to the feedback from your instructor... You. are. doing. everything. right. You are going to be an incredible nurse; please please hang in there :) :) :) Infinitely easier said than done, but you can do this. Take it one day at a time. Your discussion post is very honest, reflective, & clearly demonstrates how much you care :) My biggest piece of advice would be to be EXTRA nice to yourself :) Nursing school is challenging & the learning curve is steep. You are in school to learn; when else in your life have you needed to strive for *perfection* in providing healthcare delivery? Or needed to keep a million different things in mind while administering medications? How many times prior to nursing school have you needed to not only learn how to successfully manipulate & start an IV, but do so while being observed, judged, & critiqued. If you are anything like myself, this whole learning process to become a nurse IS HARD. With the right reframing, nursing is exciting hard work, but for me... being so hard on myself... the clinical experiences can feel overwhelming (even impossible) now as a new graduate RN. Try your best to move on quickly & healthily as possible from this one client interaction. I'm not minimizing the significance of safely administering medications; we can all agree that as nurses we want to do everything correctly. Feel better, feel free to send me a personal message. Being able to talk about these things with others who can validate what you are going through & empathize with how you're feeling is essential. Sometimes even the most well-intentioned advice from others can come out wrong so... please know that you only have support, cheerleading, no judgments, & faith from me in you :) I have been in your shoes; this is hard. YOU CAN DO THIS!
  6. Do any U.S. states have a completely online process for applying to BON for the initial RN License? Long story, but in a nutshell: I just earned my BSN & decided to become a science teacher in a foreign country. Unfortunately, the mail system (including FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc) in my current country cannot send my RN application to the P.O. Box for my U.S. state's BON. Since, I'll be abroad and won't be utilizing my RN license right away, I was wondering, if any U.S. states conducted the RN application process online or via fax. Thank you so much!
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    RN License While Living Abroad & Not Working as a Nurse

    I actually just found this great resource: State Boards of Nursing | Contacts and Requirements Additional, info is warmly welcomed! :) Also, wanted to include the weblink in case there are others out there who want to live abroad, might not practice as a RN, but would like to keep their license.
  8. Hi Everyone! I thought I'd ask you before looking into each individual state's RN license requirements here in the U.S. I'm finishing up my BSN next month and am planning to move to Mexico. I'm planning to teach and will not be working as a RN, but do want to take my boards & obtain my RN license. I know the process for maintaining a RN license can become expensive and time-intensive with CEUs and contact hours. Wondering, if anyone had any suggestions about which state's license requirements were the most user-friendly since I won't be actively using my license to practice. For my individual situation, seems like the best way to go is: the one that is the least expensive and without a required amount of clinical hours worked as a RN. Muchas Gracias :) P.S. I promise I'm not trying to *take the easy way out,* but rather making sure I'm being realistic given my current career goals. Keeping my license in another state may make more sense.
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    Last semester nursing school!!

    Thank you so much, Nikki for sharing your story! I know this discussion thread is from 2012, but it CERTAINLY has helped me. I just started my last semester of nursing school & while the end is in sight with May 2016 graduation, I am stressed... Stories like yours are so inspiring and motivating!
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    Anyone failed nursing school and went back and was successful?

    Hi Arick5, I am so sorry to hear about your classes. Just remember grades are not indicative of your self-worth or how much you actually know For me, I "failed out" out of a *very prestigious* nursing school in 2008 and was admitted to a different nursing program the next semester. Every school and student situation really is different, which can be really advantageous in finding the best way for you to complete nursing school. I would definitely investigate the "sit out for 5 years" rule. I haven't heard of that up here in New England. In applying to Emory in Decatur, the Admissions Office knew of my *ahem* nursing school past & I didn't encounter the 5-year waiting period. Hope this is helpful - - please don't hesitate to send me a message, if I can be of any help. I know how stressful and difficult school logistics can be.
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    HESI Every SINGLE Semester?

    I agree with your post 100%, SBrn1. You must've gone to my nursing school ;o) 25% is worth entirely way too much in terms of the final course grade.
  12. Hi Everyone, I'm currently completing my BSN Degree (and already have a prior B.S. and a Master's Degree). I've been looking at various DNP and PhD Programs and was wondering, if you knew of any that are more flexible with transfer credits for someone with a prior master's degree? I know not all DNP and PhD programs require a MSN for admission. Any suggestions would be terrific :) Thanks so much!
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    Best programs in Boston for a second degree? ABSN or BSN?

    Lots of great questions! Boston is an amazing place to study to become a nurse :) I've lived here practically my whole life and there are some really wonderful programs around the Greater Boston Area including: Boston College, UMASS Boston, Simmons College, MGHIHP, and Northeastern University. Many universities and colleges have connections to the various hospitals around the city. The hospital where I work doesn't prefer one nursing school over another in terms of hiring. If anything, being a PCA or CNA at a certain hospital betters your chances of gaining employment at that same hospital. You're already there, have made networking connections, and know the hospital. Also, farther outside the city, there is Salem State University, UMASS Lowell, and Endicott College. You may find this website helpful, which breaks down nursing schools in MA by geographic location within the state: Nursing Programs If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send a personal message. I swear I've looked into every and any pathway to earning my RN license, especially here in Boston, MA. I think there will always be a debate between a traditional BSN versus an accelerated BSN. I opted to do a traditional program and there are only a couple other students with a previous bachelor's degree in my nursing classes. I didn't think this would be a big deal, as long as I was earning my BSN Degree I thought I'd be a happy camper. As an older student, I find I sometimes don't have as much in common with my peers and my professors don't treat me with the level of respect that I received during graduate school. This could very well just be my experience at this particular school. I'm hopeful there are lots of students with a prior B.S. who loved attending their traditional BSN Programs. Honestly, I would do what you feel would work best for you and matters to you in your own unique situation for attending nursing school. After earning my master's degree, I knew I needed a moderately-paced BSN program to not feel *burnt out.* An ABSN just seemed too fast-paced for me as I wanted to continue working at my hospital job. I also wanted to attend an university that would accept the majority of my pre-req classes. I didn't particularly want to retake Organic Chem, A&P II, Stats, et cetera all over again. Each school has different admissions requirements, which is terrific. As a prospective student, you can see, which schools may and may not be the best fit for you. Massachusetts is a fantastic place to learn to become a nurse. I think what you bring to the school as a student is more important than the *reputation of the school.* All the qualities that make you a great person, great student, and great future RN will be the thing that matters throughout your career. In looking back, I wish I had more strongly considered doing a direct entry MSN program. I didn't for financial reasons, but I think I would've enjoyed the experience more.
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    New Grad: grunt work or unique abroad experience?

    Thank you so much for posting, Kx556! Always love to hear from someone who is also interested in public health policy and social work as an aspiring RN I'm currently in my last year of nursing school: I'm a 29-year-old *non-traditional student* earning my BSN after completing my undergrad degree in public health, my master's degree, and working in a hospital in social services for the past six years. I definitely think I'm at a place in my career where following my heart when it comes to my next job, as cheesy as it sounds, is what will make me happiest when I graduate in May. The reason I include a little bit of background about myself is (sadly) because I feel like I need to justify why I want to take a more *non-traditional* path once I am a RN. When I say I want to join the Peace Corps upon graduation or hope to teach public health classes in a school in Latin America, the reaction I get is one... that's hard to explain :-/ It's almost as though they think I'm committing "nursing career suicide" or something :-/ Just not really supportive of a "new nurse not getting experience." I'm trying to soak this info in as people caring and providing helpful guidance, but it's scaring me haha [nervous laughter]. Maybe it's because nursing school can be a bit scary and nerve-wracking too? Who knows! The reason I chose nursing versus other professions is because nurses are everywhere and the opportunities are limitless. I've always found the aspects of non-traditional nursing fascinating and before entering nursing school, I didn't doubt that I would find my own niche within the profession. So I've been really surprised at how weird / isolated I have felt throughout nursing school when it comes to my academic & professional interests. Kind of feel like the odd one out when I'm not as excited as my classmates by injections, IVs, meds, EKGs, et cetera in the clinical setting. I'm much more interested in contact precautions, cultural competence, and psychosocial support. I know I should focus on what I love about nursing, but it can be a bit difficult sometimes when the vast majority of the BSN curriculum is geared towards hospitals, which I totally understand since this is the most prevalent place (percentage-wise) of employment for nurses in the United States. I have an incredible amount of respect and just... awe for nurses who work at the bedside in hospitals. Maybe someday I could do it (keeping an open / flexible outlook), but I really don't think it's a good fit for me. I know I'm rambling a TON, but this is a topic that is constantly on my mind every day as a nursing student. I'm hoping when I graduate I'll be less worried about my first job as a new nurse. I tell my classmates, I will be the most *social-worky* nurse ever ;o) I love public health too :) I truly believe you can combine nursing with ANYTHING: public health, finance, psych, law, you name it! I love hearing other people's stories and where their nursing career has taken them: always a source of encouragement.
  15. I think it's amazing that you're reflecting on different options available to you; that's extremely resilient. If you know you want to be a nurse in your heart and mind, please don't listen to anyone doubting your ability to do so... Having been in a similar situation to yourself, I know I personally found questions about whether or not nursing was right for me to be unhelpful / hurtful versus beneficial. Granted, I'm extremely sensitive ;o) The label of "failing" classes really struck a nerve with me when I was academically dismissed from a *very prestigious nursing school* in 2008. I spent years thinking about what impacted me as a student / learner during that time. I spent every day after leaving that nursing program thinking about: is nursing right for me? I honestly wanted to do ANYTHING else instead of nursing since my journey to becoming a RN was a difficult and painful one the first time around. I ended up getting my bachelors and masters degrees in other fields, but I thought about becoming a nurse every single day. I couldn't get nursing out of my head; I knew it's what I was meant to be. I think everyone's journey to becoming a nurse is different and you should not let "failing" classes deter you AT ALL. I use the word "failing" in quotes because... I spent years measuring my self-worth against my transcripts; I viewed myself so negatively without compassion based on that piece of paper. Nursing school in particular is very. focused. on. numerical. grades. It's really the only way you're evaluated, which is difficult because you are more than a number. A quiz on the cardiac system cannot possibly fully assess your knowledge as a learner and capabilities as a human being :) I know "failing" classes made me a much more empathetic person with hopes of becoming a teacher myself. You deserve all the support in the world in making your RN dreams come true, if that is what you think is right for you :) Nursing schools vary program to program regarding requirements & there are so many around the United States, which means SO MANY possibilities! Researching programs is exciting, but can certainly be overwhelming, disheartening, and discouraging. Seeing certain GPA requirements, science coursework expiration dates (i.e., A&P needs to be taken within the last 5 years), interview required with the faculty, or thinking you may need to retake classes before even being considered for admission. Don't let any of this scare you! All you can do is research programs, find the ones that are the best fit for you, and apply! Then it's out of your hands. In 2012, I applied to seven nursing programs located near my home. I had already failed out of one BSN program and felt indescribably hopeless... What school would ever accept me? One program accepted me, accepted all my transfer credits, began NUR coursework in the first semester, and I will be graduating with my BSN this time next year: May 2016! Be your own cheerleader You can do this! I wish they had blogs / online forums that were the exact prescription of encouragement needed. You know, kind of like a big hug and reassurance that it will all be okay. You write your own nursing story! For next steps, all I can recommend is look into your options & apply. There is always hope & it just takes one nursing school to say: "yes! you're admitted to our program!"
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    "Don't Work" Isn't An Answer

    This is such a great thread & definitely much needed! I completely agree with BeachyRN2Be that, if this were the NCLEX, "don't work full-time" would be an ideal answer choice in a perfect world. I sometimes naively think "wow! wouldn't it be so nice to be able to focus solely on nursing school?" Nursing school is going to be hard at times whether you have a job or not haha :) Maybe that's just me? I don't mean to sound negative or pessimistic at all, this just reminds me that we're all in it together and that we're all here to learn as students. There are also plenty of amazing moments along the way too! Don't want to scare anyone from enrolling in a RN program That's why I wanted to contribute a post and shout from the rooftops: "YOU CAN WORK FULL-TIME DURING NURSING SCHOOL!" Yes, it's doable! I've been doing it for over a year and it's all about knowing what works best for you. As someone who works full-time during nursing school, I find the "don't work" during nursing school advice to be really discouraging and disappointing. This advice also doesn't take into account every student's unique set of circumstances, which can be so many different things. Where you live, tuition of your nursing program, family life, support system, health status, paying for day-to-day living expenses, et cetera. I also think DURATION or length of your nursing program can definitely impact managing a full-time, part-time, or per diem job. I'm in a 24-month accelerated BSN program and knew this was the best fit for me as a learner. I also knew completing a 12-month or 16-month BSN program would just be too much for me socioemotionally... Adding a job to the mix just wouldn't have been possible for me. I think that's key is knowing what works best for you and knowing that you can change your mind. I have an amazing friend who worked TWO JOBS during her 15-month accelerated program. Everyone's pathway to becoming a nurse is different :) It's important to own your story and journey of becoming a nurse, which can mean reflecting on many aspects of your life and finding a way to make working a job *work for you.* As an older student, I knew I needed to work during nursing school. I know there are those who will brush that off and say that I didn't "need to work." However, my pathway to becoming a RN meant working throughout my BSN program. From there, I knew what was best for me given there are only so many hours in the day for work, school, and just how I am as a learner :) I wanted to make sure I had enough time to devote to everything nursing school entails, which is A LOT of reading, memorizing, studying, and sleeping. Oh yes! I seriously need some sleep to function during lecture ;o) Since I knew I needed to work, I found a job that was a great fit for me and my new nursing schedule, which I knew would be during the daytime. Again, nothing is perfect, so I try not to stress and address curve balls when they pop up. School, work, and home are super close to one another so that cuts down dramatically on commuting. Work actually contributes financially to my RN education, which helps a lot! I could keep rambling about working during school so to wrap things up: listen to your own voice and trust yourself. Be confident! Also, keep in mind, you can change your mind. I know plenty of students in my BSN program who have recently accepted jobs and those who are leaving their jobs... Everyone is different! My two cents would be to try to enjoy this process as much as possible :) You're clearly a very special person, if you want to be a nurse ;o) and thinking about working during school demonstrates dedication, organization, critical thinking, and reflection.