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  1. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    Does anyone know what the schedule might look like for the first few weeks. I know it said that we could all have different schedules after the first day of orientation, but is it 40 hr/week M-F? Thank you!
  2. BslateRN

    Uworld Self-Assessment Exam questions

    A lot of us used our percentile on the predictor exam as our "chance of passing". So yours would be a 88% chance of passing. That's great! Good luck
  3. BslateRN

    Uworld Self-Assessment Exam questions

    I scored a 92% chance of passing on the predictor exam, and averaged 63% on all my uworld tests. I passed first try in 75 questions. Uworld is amazing because of the rationales. Honestly, uworld questions are different than the questions on the nclex. Anyone else find that? The actual nclex asked more general questions, and the patients are not as sick as they are in uworld. But reading the rationales and understanding uworld's logic for answering a question is what's going to make you pass. Uworld is the best!
  4. BslateRN

    NCLEX 2017, need advice!

    I had a similar experience. Before taking the test, I thought I would easily be able to figure out if I was answering a passing level question or not. That did not happen. I had straight content specific questions randomly mixed in with application questions. I kept thinking I was failing because I didnt think I was getting passing level questions (I only had 2 or 3 triage questions, 0 delegation, etc.). Even my last question was a simple question just asking the adverse effect of a VERY common medication. The exam shut off at 75. I passed. Don't over think what type of questions you got. Stay positive!!
  5. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    Does Mayo provide scrubs or should we purchase them?
  6. I just graduated, so obviously I'm not in a position to give advice. But this is my biggest takeaway from nursing school, so I think it's important for incoming students to hear this: it's not all about you. Let me explain. My first hospital rotation was on an oncology floor. I answered a patient's call light by myself. She asked if we had any extra tissues, I said yes, and as I turned to leave she said, "I just got a phone call from my mother's nurse." Her mother was in hospice care and the nurse had just told her that her mother was probably going to pass today and that she should come right over to the house. The patient started to cry because she felt so guilty that she was stuck in the hospital with a complication from her lung cancer while her mother could pass at any moment. She started fumbling with legal papers that she still needed to fill out, looking up phone numbers, and she pulled on her IV lines. She wanted to leave, but knew she had to stay. She rambled between sharing her feelings of guilt to telling me about her mother when she was growing up. Her emotions were spiraling. I froze, watching her from the doorway. What should I do? What should I say? Should I offer a tissue? Put my hand on her shoulder? Get her nurse? We had just finished learning about therapeutic communication in school, and I desperately tried to remember the communication techniques and phrases we learned in class. Anything! But my mind was blank. Instead of listening to her, I was focusing on what I would say next. I was lost in my own thoughts. The patient broke my internal debate about how I should respond by saying, "are you listening?" I wasn't listening, but I lied and said yes. There is something about obvious lies, they're obvious to everyone else. She stopped speaking, politely thanked me for my time, and said she just wanted to be alone now. I had failed. I hated that I couldn't remember any of the therapeutic communication techniques from class. Deflated, I slumped down in a chair at the nurse's station. An older nurse came over and asked if I were ok. I explained the situation and said how bad I felt that I didn't do better. She was quiet for a bit and then said, "it sounds like you still haven't learned the lesson. Instead of focusing on how bad you feel, think about how the patient feels. Caring for someone else is not all about you." I thought for a minute. She was right. For at least this moment, all that mattered was her mother. The patient didn't want me to solve her problems. There wasn't a golden sentence that would make everything ok. She was alone in a hospital room, and wanted someone to listen and share this life event with her. Students, there will come a time when you won't know what to say, how to respond, or what to do. That's ok. And when that happens, listen. Just listen, and I mean really listen. Let the patient speak, then there will be silence, still don't speak, the patient will fill the silence and start speaking more. You'll know when the patient has finished sharing and, if you truly listened, you'll know what to say next. With increasing scope of practice, technological advances, and changing hospital policies, the art of nursing can get muffled. But at its core, nursing lives in the beauty of raw human connections. Put down your papers, stop thinking, and be present in the moment. And remember, caring for someone else is not all about you. Good luck in nursing school.
  7. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    Hi Egaddy, I just graduated from ASU! Mayo likes applicants that have exposure to Mayo. In your last year I would try to sign up for any available clinicals at Mayo or at least try to volunteer there. You don't have to have a set number of volunteer hours for the application, but I volunteered at PCH and I mentioned that on my resume. I got into the Mayo new grad program with a 3.64, so nothing crazy impressive
  8. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    Excited to be joining you all! 4E! Congrats to everyone!
  9. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    Congrats @jsf707 that's awesome!! How long after you received the email did they call you?
  10. BslateRN

    UCLA New Grad Residency Winter 2017

    Congrats!!I did not receive a call
  11. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    That's awesome!!! Congrats! How long after the email did you get a call?
  12. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    I got the background check email today.
  13. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    I read in last year's thread that they send the background check email out in waves. So if you didn't receive it yesterday, there is still chance. Stay positive! =)
  14. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    So does everyone who interviewed status change to interview, but they only send the email to people they plan to hire?
  15. BslateRN

    UCLA New Grad Residency Winter 2017

    Anyone hear from 5E, Tele. They said they were going to call us for a second interview in early December.
  16. BslateRN

    Mayo New Grad Residency Feb 2017

    My online application status changed to "interview". So they were definitely messing around with our profiles today. Anyone else?
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