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  1. MB37

    What got you into school?

    I believe I got in because of my stats, and because I didn't blow the interview. BS history 3.63 BSN/nursing prereqs 4.0 Cumulative undergrad 3.8 GRE 1510 2.5 yrs NSICU at a L1TC ACLS, PALS, CCRN I think my grades and test scores helped to separate me from the pack, and my interview, essay, recommendation letters, and experience all didn't hurt. You don't need a 4.0 and a 1510 to get in, but some of us do have those type of stats. They certainly help you to get an interview, and then it's up to you to make the most of that opportunity. I was offered an interview at my first choice school and was accepted a few days later. I start Monday! Good luck to the other applicants out there!
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    Teaching w/o a MSN in nursing education...

    My NS professors were NPs, CNLs, CNS's, and CNMs. I don't think there was a single instructor at my school (BSN, major university) who had a CNE. My current educator at work doesn't even have an MS, the last one was a CNL.
  3. I have an addiction. I smoke. I also happen to be skinny, and I occasionally find myself judging obese people. Then I check myself, and realize that just because I hate McDonald's, and don't really care for desserts, many people feel differently. What we are called to do as health care professionals is provide an option to people whenever they cross our doors. We provide literature and references to encourage people to quit smoking. We should treat obesity the same way - provide references to a nutritionist/dietician (not a fad diet plan) and suggest ways to lose weight safely, if the patient is interested. If not, we can't fix it for them.
  4. MB37

    Trying to make the right decision

    Some schools require the CCRN, while others require two years of experience, or specify adult ICU experience. As long as the schools you're applying to require none of those things, you can go ahead and apply and see what happens! I would also definitely send a copy of your CCRN card once you pass the exam, if you aren't able to get it done before your application is due. What's the worst that can happen? If you don't get in you can apply again the next year with more experience.
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    Embarassing but true, please advise

    As long as you don't lie about it, most misdemeanor first time offenses in most states won't keep you from getting a license or preclude you from getting a job. Definitely keep trying to contact the Board in your state, just to make sure, and tell the truth on job applications and in interviews. It may hurt you, depending on how the job/NS application market is where you live, but having a DUI once doesn't keep you from becoming an RN in the states that I've lived in. What will get you kicked out of school and/or fired from a job would be them turning your DUI up in a background check if you didn't disclose it on the application. Find out what the laws are in your state, be up front with everyone, and if you get an interview tell them what you learned from the experience and why you are no longer drinking. Good luck!!
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    Taking an unpaid vacation, is it possible?

    On my unit, we are allowed to take vacations without the appropriate PTO to cover them. On many other units it's not allowed - it came up at a staff meeting recently, and may change. You can always ask, but it might not be the best thing to ask in an interview. Also, your math isn't exactly right. You say you need 42 days of vacation to cover 6 weeks - but that would mean you're claiming 7 days a week. If you get 30 x 8 hour days of PTO, divide it by 5, and you have 6 weeks of paid vacation at 40h/wk. If you get 30 x 12h shifts, you can take 10 weeks off. The problem you're more likely to run into isn't lack of PTO, it's lack of available vacation time. We can request it up to 6 months in advance, but they limit the number of people who can be gone at any given time. If you don't ask for it by 5 3/4 months before you plan to be gone, the time isn't usually available. Anyways, worth looking into!
  7. MB37

    Daytonite has passed away...

    I was worried since I hadn't seen much from her lately, and knew she had been dealing with some health issues. Her posts were invaluable to me while I was a student. Sad thing to read...
  8. MB37

    Is this common practice or was I in the wrong??

    I don't know how common it is, but my hospital uses staff inservices as punishment for errors very regularly. We have regular staff meetings, and there's always a group of people who are required to do a presentation on lab/blood bank/medication safety because they made an error during the previous time period. It's a result of our "nonpunitive" incident reporting system, and mgmt wonders why we avoid filling out incident reports whenever possible. Of course, inservices aren't punishment, they're opportunities for learning. Whatever you say...
  9. I responded once to an overhead page, after they'd asked for doctors and got nothing. A gentleman had a seizure in the aisle right next to me. The guy woke up, turned out diabetes ran in his family, and he was able to take some OJ and crackers and felt better. the flight attendents were on the radio with a doc on the ground to cover us (I think 3 RNs responded on that flight) if needed. I wondered if they had any meds in a box somewhere if they needed them, or if somehow the flight attendents could dispense meds in an emergency - not starting IVs and pushing code drugs, but I wonder if they're allowed to give, say, an ASA for a suspected MI until the plane can land.
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    Lost Jehovah's Witness to H/H

    I'm not particularly religious, but I try my hardest to respect those who are. I've also seen two patients die because they were JW and refused transfusions (and I'm also a newer nurse - we have a largish JW population and my hospital has a bloodless surgery department). When others question their decisions, I just ask, "if you thought that you could stay alive for a little longer by doing X, but that it would forever condemn you to hell, would you do it? If your other option was to assuredly move on to an afterlife that you truly believed in?" If your religion expressly forbids something, and you are a true believer in that religion and its teaching, I understand how you could decide to reject medical care. It gets tricky when the pt is a minor, and getting the courts involved might be the best choice in those circumstances. Adults, though, should have the right to refuse care for whatever reason is important to then. Just my two cents...
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    Beating Stress post duty

    When I get home, I fix a snack and curl up with a good book, a glass of wine, and a cat or two on my lap. I read for an hour or two before I go to bed so I can get work out of my brain before trying to sleep. The only medical show that I watch with any regularity is Nurse Jackie, and of course they're all wildly inaccurate.
  12. MB37

    To take a break or not take a break

    I started with a BSN, but chose to wait a year before taking classes towards my masters. I might at least take a semester and see how you feel. You'll be studying for boards right after you graduate, and possibly going through orientation at the same time, and you don't want to sabotage your GPA (or fail NCLEX) because you have too much on your plate. Once you have both a job and a license you'll have a better idea of how much time you'll have for school and if you're ready, or need to wait. My orientation was long and involved classroom, home study, and exams - but it was for critical care. If you start in a less intense environment, you might have more time sooner, but understand there will still be a steep learning curve once you're on your own. As others have said, this all assumes that you're able to find a job right away with an ADN. I hope you can and that your area isn't as depressed as many. If you have trouble finding employment, start back right away - the BSN may help in your job search. Good luck with everything!
  13. Your health chem class will not fill an o/biochem requirement anywhere I'm applying that has one, but of course schools vary. Many schools don't require all of those classes, but many would like you to have taken some science beyond the basic NS prereqs. You can try to fit a course of two in before clinicals start, or you can do what many of us have done and wait until you've graduated with your BSN. You need 2 years (at most schools) of ICU experience anyways, so you'll have time to take any classes that are specifically required by programs you're actually applying to. You can focus on 1-2 classes at a time at that point, work may pay for them, and you'll be more sure that CRNA is truly for you once you've spent more time in the hospital setting - many people, myself included, have very different plans now than when they started NS. If you have the time now and the courses are available, and if you can take extra chem or physics without hurting your GPA, feel free to go for it - just don't feel like you HAVE to take them all right now. There's time later, and many programs don't require all three. Good luck to you!
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    Second Job: Agency vs. Pool pros/cons

    I think I'll try for PRN, and then I could always sign on with an agency if I still wasn't getting enough hours. How does scheduling usually work when you work PRN? I don't think it will be a problem if my current work finds out, and you would think they would understand that I wouldn't be looking elsewhere if they didn't keep cancelling my OT. As long as I can make my schedule at my full time job first and then tell the second place my availability, all will be well. The only problem I could foresee would be with a weekend commitment at a second job, since I work weekends full time. I can stop into the hospitals near my house though, and see what they have available.
  15. Demographic and previous career details: how long have you been a nurse? 18 mo Age? 30 gender? F What was your previous career? Bartender Did you receive a college degree in that specialty? No, but I have a prior BS How long did you work in your previous career? 8 years What was the hardest part about changing careers? No longer being one of the best in my field, and losing the ready access to cash What was your motivation in changing from your previous career? I had one of the best jobs imaginable - but the field is so precarious that it was time to learn something new while I was at the top. The older you get, the fewer opportunities you have in the bar business. did you make more or less money in your previous career compared to nursing? Slightly more, at my last job. What qualities do you possess (if any) from your previous career that help you in the nursing field? People skills, "customer service," time management, multitasking Was your first career in the healthcare field? No Is there anything you would change, in regards to your career choices if you could go back in time? I would have majored in something different the first time I went to school, so I didn't waste an entire degree. Do you regret choosing the Nursing field as your second career option? Not yet Rate your previous career, 1-10, or, how happy were you with your previous career vs how happy are you with nursing? 7 what prevented you from becoming a nurse earlier? Never thought about it when I was young. The public perception that nurses don't need a ton of education, and are just "doctor's helpers" led to the profession not crossing my mind until I was older and actually got to know some RNs. On being a nurse: Why the nursing field as opposed to another discipline? So many opportunities to advance Are you worried about 'burning out' on being a nurse? Becoming too reliant alcohol or drugs for coping/escape? No How do you feel about the glorious American healthcare system? [rate it 1-10, or RANT!] It's broken, and we need universal single payer health care yesterday. On being a nursing student: Did you have another job while in nursing school? I continued to bartend, although for much less than I used to make What obstacles do you/did you face being a student? It was just time consuming. Which class is most important for student nurses? Med surg, patho Which is the least? Ethical/legal, leadership What other classes do you feel student nurses should be required to take?
  16. Any advice? My husband has been out of work for over six months now, and our savings are quickly disappearing. He's avidly looking, but we all now what the market is like at the moment. We have a mortgage that we can easily afford with two incomes, but that's a struggle with just one. I need a second job. I'm looking into both agency and PRN/casual positions, but I haven't applied or gone in to talk to recruiters yet. I know that that's an easy way to get some specific questions (i.e. hours, pay, cancellation policies) answered, but right now I'm just looking for some anonymous internet advice from anyone who's done both. Which did you prefer, and why? Anything I should watch out for, or suggestions for specific questions to ask recruiters? About me - I've been an RN(BSN) for a year and a half now, I have current BLS and ACLS, and I work in critical care. Thanks!