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bunnehfeet has 4 years experience as a BSN and specializes in RN-BC, SCRN.

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    Healthcare insurance

    My first thought is always that we'll see a higher volume of sicker patients with longer problem lists - which at first blush seems impossible given what we see already, because hospitals will be the first and last resort for the majority of people with any healthcare issues, the majority of which could have been avoided with appropriate, regular, primary care and wellness visits.
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    NCLEX Resource Review - Kaplan, Hurst, UWorld

    UWorld. It's all I used for about 3 weeks after I graduated. I passed in 75 questions. The question types are similar, the color and the look and feel of the online platform is the same as NCLEX, the practice exams show you how well you're performing and the rationales are the most thorough I've seen. My exam was a lot of SATA questions, and so is UWORLD, so I was prepared. A majority of my cohort for my BSN program also used UWORLD and they all have passed, many with minimal questions. It's not hype, it's as good a program as they say.
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    Oatmeal gloves

    Did a rotation in a facility that used them. On the one hand (pun intended) they felt great on my hands. On the other, they are the thickness of food service or cleaning gloves, and they are bad for things where you need dexterity. I would never want to wear them to do a blood draw, wouldn't be able to feel anything. I think there are some situations where they are fine to use, but I wouldn't want them to be exclusive in a facility. Even so, it seems like nitrile gloves aren't the primary stock anywhere any more, so if you have to use the plastic cheap feeling gloves, at least the oatmeal gloves don't have a weird smell and are kind on the skin.
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    NCLEX Resource Review - Kaplan, Hurst, UWorld

    I took NCLEX this morning, it shut off at 75 and I got the good pop up this afternoon. Will wait for quick results, but I feel pretty confident. I did UWORLD for 3 weeks after graduation, I did about 1200 questions and both practice tests. I reviewed all the rationales and made some notes from them on areas I was weak in. The UWORLD post-test analysis for the practice exams gave me a "very high" chance of passing with scores in the 70s. My overall rank was in the 97th percentile, my overall average correct for all questions was 73%. The majority of my NCLEX questions were SATA (just like UWORLD), and the color of the screen and the way the questions were presented for NCLEX was nearly identical to UWORLD; many of the questions were similar content. It worked very well for me, and only cost $79 for 30 days and 2 practice tests. I used the UWORLD app when I was on my exercise bike, or on breaks at work; I was able to do a few questions whenever I had down time, which I also think motivated me to do some questions every single day. I would highly recommend this for learners who did well in school (for example on ATI) by taking practice tests.
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    Job offers before graduatiing?

    This mirrors my experience too. In my traditional BSN program the last (5th) semester is Summer, only 8 weeks so it isn't surprising we start looking for jobs in our fourth semester. Programs for new grad nurse residency programs typically begin Spring and Fall here. Applications for Fall programs opened in March and I applied to every program, and interviewed with all the programs that called me (because even if you don't plan to get a job at that facility, interview experience is invaluable). I interviewed in March, April and May at different facilities, accepted a job in early June, graduated at the end of July. Began as a nurse extern the first week of August (my choice), am taking NCLEX first week (tomorrow) of September. My nurse residency program begins first week of October. I know people who didn't look early and did get jobs, and I also know people who have been looking to get into programs as long as I have and haven't found a position yet. YMMV, but if you need to ensure you're getting in somewhere I would definitely start early. Many of the people I graduated with got jobs where they did practicum or were techs during school. There weren't any positions open for Fall where I did practicum. The same hospital system did offer me a job at a different facility but it was at a hospital 1.5 hours away which for me was a deal breaker. Good luck in your search!
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    Do nurses use "Linked In"?

    Yes, you should use it. It's a professional network and the recruiters of all major healthcare organizations (and non-major ones) use it. I include my linkedin profile on my resume, and it was useful for me in getting my first job. I have connections to recruiters who are with all the hospital orgs in my area, and I get calls and emails from legitimate recruiters at least once a week. It's a great way to keep your resume, work experience, academic accomplishments, publications, and volunteer work up to date. Use it to network with your current or former professors, get connected to orgs you hope to work for, follow industry leaders, and follow professional organizations you are a part of for your speciality. Connect with colleagues and hope they endorse your skills (and you should endorse the skills of others you know) - people will notice. Its worth is only as good a the time you put in to it (but a basic profile is completely free), and once you have your profile fleshed out, including a professional looking (not a selfie) headshot, it requires little attention to maintain. If you're a new nurse or an academic, or anyone hoping to grow in your career I highly recommend you use it. Other industry professionals do.
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    Anatomy and physiology notes

    I got an A in lecture and lab for both A&P 1 and 2. Here's the secret. I studied (a lot), and I made my own notes. Pro Tip: When you have lab time, use your phone to take pictures of all the models/cadavers/organs you'll be tested on from every angle. Take the images, and label them and use those to study. If there are models in the library you can check out, go there and do that. Make sure you can identify every muscle, bone, organ, origin and insertion, and pathology slide without help. I just graduated with my BSN. I took A & P (1 and 2) 2 years ago. I'm a Gen Xer. In my forties. You should think a bit more before you assume that new grads are of your generation, and that older grads don't know their stuff.
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    What time do you wake up for work?

    Same. 3am is first alarm, and I take a caffeine pill and let it get to working and I'm on the treadmill by 4 (but I have a second alarm at 4 in case I miss the first one, which happens sometimes), out the door by 5:45. Clock in for shift change at 6:45. Had the same schedule through nursing school because I always had an 8am and an hour commute, had to leave by 6:30, so I've tried to keep it up. Some days (especially in Winter) it isn't easy.
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    Your FAVORITE job

    Cardiac rehab was actually one of my clinical sites in school. Basically it's like working at a gym, but where you're monitoring telemetry for everyone who is working out; also lots of assessments and monitoring vitals trends. Also got to educate constantly both one and one and in group sessions about healthy behaviors, cardiac physiology and medications. Patients ultimately choose cardiac rehab, so the ones that participate are motivated to change. The biggest surprise was also the psych component as a majority of the patients had co-morbid depression either prior to or related to their cardiac event, so talking to patients is a big part of it too. The reinforcement and behavioral aspects of promoting behavior change were also front and center, and that's one of my favorite areas of psych to work in. Would love to go back to that gig someday, 12 hour shifts and no weekends or holidays. Lots of paperwork though.
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    Eclipse concerns

    I'm in Georgia and Atlanta metro area schools are actually delaying school release times for this reason (also because this is a cool thing for kids to learn about) and we're very near the path of totality here. And to the "old dude" who assumes that in the old days we didn't learn about this stuff - I remember the last time I saw a total solar eclipse, in 1979 (I'm old too). We were educated at school about the phenomenon (just like kids will be today), and we learned why you shouldn't look at it, and how to make pin hole cameras and other apparatuses to view it safely. I was in kindergarten. Astronomers have been educating people about eclipses since the 4th Century. It's nothing new under the sun. We also all know instinctively that you shouldn't stare at the sun - ever. But because something COOL is happening with the sun, you're tempted to look more than you normally would. That's why it's a greater risk, and people should be warned - it's a public health issue. I had to explain this to young RNs at my work this week, who assumed that staring at the sun (and the eclipse) being bad for you is "fake news" made by people who want to sell you eclipse glasses. So yeah - we better tell people, because even educated people (with the word science in their college degree) seem not to trust or understand basic science these days.
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    Amazon Textbook Rentals?

    Also, Amazon Prime Student is half the price of regular prime and comes with all the same perks. You just have to confirm you are a student with your institutional email address. Saved me thousands of dollars renting my textbooks and getting free shipping on all sorts of things I needed.
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    Heartbroken (long winded-sorry!)

    I'm so sorry this happened to you. But thank you for posting it. Because basically this happened to me too, and I've had a hard time getting over it. My partner of 14 years imploded our relationship, in part because nursing school has kept me so busy the last several years. This happened right as I was starting my last semester of nursing school and was working my ass off to get my dream job, which I was poised to get. I resolved to tough it out and not let it ruin what I had worked for. The hospital where I did my final practicum (in a specialty where only two other students were allowed to have practicum) was my dream job. I interviewed with the hospital system for their new grad program, and the manager in my department gave me a verbal offer. The recruiter and HR at the hospital never followed up, and when I inquired of the manager she said that she actually didn't have any openings after all. Note, this is for October, and I got the offer in April. Other classmates of mine in the same specialty program who were also accepted got offers because the hospital they were at (same system different facility, far from where I live) had a manager who fought to make sure they got spots. So not only was I offered a job and had it taken away, I got to watch my friends get positions that I didn't get - all while my personal life, including where I live, my base of financial and emotional support was ripped out from under me. I'm graduating today with my BSN - and no one will be there to see it. However. I had applied to every new grad program and interviewed a lot and I got a very good offer (from a bedside experience and financial standpoint) from another hospital system's nurse residency program. It's not what I planned - at all. But it will help me get back on my feet, because no one is going to be there for me - but me, so I have to be pragmatic. I'm thankful for that. I'll get some good experience and then hopefully transition into what I really want to do after my year contract is up. I haven't widely shared my post graduation plans because I had told people (foolishly) about the verbal offer for my dream job, and now I'm too humiliated to admit that I actually failed to get that job and more or less settled for something else. I feel like it means there is something wrong with me. Even though in my heart I know that's not true. I'm sorry you have to go through this. You're not alone. You've worked hard for this. Hang on, and find something to fill the gap while you make a new plan. Succeed in spite of this - as another poster said - is the best advice. I'm going to try and do that too. You didn't do anything wrong. Neither did I. That's the thing I wish someone would tell me - so I'm saying it to you. This is a thing that happened to you that wasn't your fault. Don't let it define you. Let it give you strength. Good Luck.
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    Leaving my job while still in orientation

    I would also make sure - if you signed any sort of contract - what it is going to cost you to leave at this point? I know if I left during my orientation (which starts in a week) I would owe the hospital $5000.00. That number gets smaller the longer you fulfill your contract, but to quit in the beginning can be expensive. For what its worth, I chose my job partly based on my commute. Adding an extra 2 hours a day in the car on top of a 12 hour shift is very taxing, so I understand how you feel. Good luck.
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    Pharm Advice (Using UWorld, Kaplan)

    I think the ATI pharm book is really good - it's an outline that is comprehensive and only utilizes generic names (since trade names are no longer included on NCLEX). Maybe you can find a used copy online somewhere, although I think you can also just buy one from ATI. I did take pharm (and also there was a lot of pharm in mental health) and the ATI books were my best source of study material.
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    Timid personality in the OR?

    You can't be afraid to be loud in the OR if for no other reason than sometimes it's incredibly hard to hear. Think about doing your bedside nursing job, talking to patients, talking to colleagues, responding to emergencies, talking to people on the phone - and then think about doing it wearing a mask. You need to make sure you can be heard, and that also means not being afraid to take charge. You do this when you call time out. You do this when you see someone contaminate. You do this because you can't wait around for the "right time" sometimes to do something, sometimes you have to interrupt or you'd be there all day. And that means sometimes you have to be the loudest person in the room. This can be hard to do when you're a novice in the OR, and also more introverted than not (or at least that was the case for me). So yes, you can be timid (I was), but you also really do have to come out of your shell if you want people to listen to you. If you find you love it (and I recommend you shadow and get a chance to really see what it's like in the OR first), you'll do what you need to in order to shine in this unique area. I've seen it go both ways. Best of luck!
  16. It's sort of uncanny how I am in the same position as the original poster. I am finishing my BSN end of July. I actually have been in a periop program for the last two semesters as part of my education as a pipeline to the OR, I've basically already done most of Periop 101 as part of my BSN. I've been a member of AORN for almost a year as a student. However the closest hospital to me, where I am doing practicum in the OR has no open spots for me, even though the hospital org accepted me into their official new grad periop program. They offered me a spot at a hospital 2 hours away from my house that i can't accept (how would I ever take call). There are several other nearby hospitals within the org that I was willing to go to, but they are full on staff right now. No, moving is not an option for me. My options would be to wait until Spring for openings in other programs, or take one of the many other offers in new grad residency non-OR programs I got in the meantime. In the end I took a Med Surg job in neuro at another organization that has great pay, great benefits and yes, I will be fully vested in pension in 5 years if I stay with the org that hired me (which has the best reputation in my metro area). The same org wanted me for their periop program this Fall, but it starts Aug 1st, and I won't be licensed yet, and their next cohort is also in the Spring. So though it's not my passion, I'll get some valuable bedside experience and move into periop later. It's hard, because it's not what my goal was, and I have a lot of knowledge that I won't get to use for awhile, but it's the best option that will in the end benefit me most as a new grad in the long run. Some nurses likely could afford to wait, but I'm an older grad and I don't want unnecessary gaps in my resume. I also can't afford not to work and the org I signed with (1 year contract) lets me start work the week after I graduate as an extern, moving into the residency program when I pass boards. Gotta think about those pesky student loans. Just some stuff to think about.