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    Rasmussen question???

    flying in for clinicals? nope! you have clinicals, you have labs, you have SIMs. As an LPN you would be reentering in with alot of new classes left ahead of you and there is no way you could possibly do what you are thinking. Some quarters you would have clinicals or labs or SIM so you would be there a minimum of 3 days on campus and you wouldnt be able to choose to do that all on m-w or w-f. You would just have to be where you needed to be when you needed to be there. Im not sure what youve heard of the LPN-RN bridge but its at least 1 full year of taking multiple courses at a time. Each course would have clinicals, labs, SIMs aside from lecture. Also, lecture component isnt online. Very rarely is it online. So I guess to sum it up...no you wouldnt be able to do what you are thinking. You would have to move to Florida for the year it would take you to finish.
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    Is it legal for your boss to dictate where you poop?

    Dont dictate where I poop. [ATTACH=CONFIG]25762[/ATTACH]
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    Samford DNP-Educator Jan 2018

    I am in the process of applying. Start date of may because I dont need the additional educator courses as I already have an MSN in nursing education. It appears that its all the same except for the first semester and last semester so from summer to spring of 19 we'd be taking the same classes. Im worried because ill be working full time and I really cant find any reviews from people who have been enrolled in the full time program. I dont fully trust what an advisor says...they are known to fluff things up and make it sound good just to get you to enroll.
  4. If you facility has a ban on Phenergan IV, why were you able to scan it and administer it? That is a change that needs to take place in another department so that IV Phenergan isn't available to anyone but pharmacy. As for the vanco, it sounds like you piggybacked the vanco onto another 500ml NS bag as the primary? If that's the case, you didn't really need to do that. The vanco came adequately and properly diluted from pharmacy so if it wasn't compatible as a piggyback on your other fluids, you could have just ran it separately as its own primary. I don't see a safety issue but you wasted a 500mL bag of saline. I don't see any other issues.
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    Trouble finding work

    Sometimes staying in one location works out...sometimes it doesn't. I only did travel nursing for a couple years but I did learn a bit about it. If you are in areas that have snowbirds (people who fly south for the winter) such as AZ or FL, you are almost guaranteed 6 months of steady work during their busy seasons. You can be picky in travel nursing and turn jobs down because there are 9,999 other jobs waiting to be filled But if your area is slow, you have to uproot and go where you are needed. Additionally, I wouldn't ever plan on working in one general location for more than 11 months because you lose those tax benefits after being there for a year.
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    Agency Nurses

    I am not a fan of agency nurses only getting an hour or two of subpar orientation. A good nurse can hit the ground running but I feel that even most good nurses need more time to become oriented to the facility. You can be a fantastic nurse but if you have no clue where to find things or what the policies are, you will likely look lost the entire shift.
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    Agency Nurses

    I have worked with some incredible agency nurses in the acute care setting...but in my opinion those nurses were only about 30% of the agency nurses I have encountered. Several factors play into this. Agencies get paid when their employees work so if they don't have a nurse with the experience to work in a hospital they have to decide to either not get paid or to send a nurse with lack of experience. The agency isn't responsible for your nursing license, the nurses are. So if the nurses are willing to work in a situation like that and risk their license then the agency is ok with it. Many of the agency nurses I worked with only had acute care experience in nursing school or maybe a couple months just out of school. When I worked the floor I dreaded getting report from an agency nurse if I wasn't familiar with them. On the other hand, one of the hospitals I teach at has several agency nurses that pretty much exclusively work at that hospital and get more than full time hours doing so because they are so excellent and the hospital wants to keep them there. I was a travel nurse for a couple years and at times we were referred to as agency nurses because technically we did work for an agency. The difference was that as a travel nurse you interview with the hospital prior to a contract being signed and your experience is under great scrutiny before they hire you. Local staffing agencies don't function that way, many times they are just supplying Nurse, LPN or Nurse, RN to fill a spot.
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    I hate nursing

    Wow. I don't have time to read everyone else's comments but this is just sad. My first impression is you should have left nursing many years ago. I can almost guarantee that you aren't the only person miserable in this situation. Your family is tired of your complaints and I can only imagine how your patients, their family members, and your coworkers perceive your attitude. You can tell that nursing is "in you" by examining your attitude of it. Halfway through this I almost stopped typing because I am sure I am like the 260th person to say the same thing to you but to put it nicely, your post is neck deep in crap. Nursing makes you start smoking? I call bull on that... 12 years and probably as many different jobs and you hated every one of them but "nursing is in you"? I call bull on that... One question I will help you by answering...is your RN worth it or will you still be miserable? The answer is YES, you will still be miserable. You will be a higher paid miserable person. The RN is always worth it over the LPN because in so many cases you are getting paid more to do the exact same thing so yes it is worth it. Is it worth it for you? No, because you have taken up smoking because of nursing (not even close to a good excuse, but ok), you are so stressed that you cant sleep and your stomach hurts before you go to work every time. Basically, to sum up what you said, nursing is going to kill you. You don't sound healthy and nursing clearly isn't leading you down the path of wellness.
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    To be short and sweet, you are picking up a shift so you have nothing to stand on aside from saying they should have let you know first. It isn't like they took away a new hire sign on bonus after the fact. They may have been sloppy about their methods, but nothing remotely close to illegal happened. Sorry you feel screwed though.
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    Reporting a professor?

    I'll start with saying this, there are three sides to every story: yours, hers, and the truth. I am an instructor and on a daily basis I overhear students complain about stuff like this. Unfortunately, I know that with many instructors they lack the organization skill to remember to make test corrections and I certainly know that some instructors go great lengths to trick students on test questions. On the flip side of the coin, I hear students complain all day about things that are really their fault because they lack the critical thinking skills and/or test taking skills to see through the distractors. If what you say is true, if you go to the dean you need to bring proof of what you say. If she hasn't made test corrections that will impact your grade and you have notified her of this (more than once), bring your emails or messages to prove you have done your part. They will have no other option other than to award you the points you deserve. Without seeing your powerpoints and the test question I cant validate the questions. The school I teach at has high standards for both students and instructors. It is a red flag when even 25% of a class is failing and our dean tracks this as the semester progresses and councils the instructors. Statistically, there will always be a higher number of failing students in nursing programs than with most others but if an instructor has too much pride to see that his/her test failed 70% of the class, then it wouldn't be a bad idea for her superior to know that this is happening. Just because an instructor has a MSN or DNP doesn't mean they can adequately design test questions that reflect their lesson content.
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    Advice needed regarding VA hiring process

    I don't think it would hurt anything to let your previous manager know your intentions with the VA and that they are listed as a contact on your application (especially since you are still there prn if I am reading that right). I wouldn't worry about listing your new info since it all occurred after you submitted the application. If you interview, certainly come prepared with an updated resume.
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    Just wanted to say I hate nursing soooo much

    you need to change your work conditions. My first year of nursing was exactly as you described. Short staffed, no help, 8 patients for each nurse on a telemetry unit and CNAs that have over 20 patients each. It wasn't safe but I learned. I became a travel nurse and "picked" the hospitals that I worked at. I never had more than 4 patients (aside from a handful of times I had 5) and my CNAs never had more than 10. It completely changed nursing for me. Changing careers isn't an option because nursing itself was a career change for me and the schooling was so tasking that it would all be for nothing if I changed. My patients love me, my coworkers love me, so I am not taking myself out of a place that I can make an impact. You need to do some research on the infinite areas of nursing that you can get into that aren't like what you describe your working conditions to be.
  13. It is your first preceptorship. It has to be in family practice, and you will need 60 hours of patient time (not clinical time). Actual documented patient time needs to be 60 hours. You still have the advanced health and physical assessment course to go along with it, just like all of the courses/clinicals to follow it. You need to be looking and securing your clinical sites now. I found that to be a very difficult and daunting process. You are competing with other NP students and PA students for clinical sites and most schools find these for their students in advance so you need to be proactive and find them now.
  14. I'm with you on that. I wish there was less focus on theory and more on practice. Nursing is worried about this so-called theory-practice gap so they put an excessive amount of emphasis on the theory. This is precisely the reason I wont be going for my DNP any time soon. Its all theory and no practice. If they develop a doctorate that actually prepares you to be a clinical practice expert then I'd be the first candidate for the degree. I have found myself wondering if PA coursework has this much fluff. I doubt it. What I do know is that I'll be adequately prepared to take my NP exam and I'll feel qualified as a prescriber of medicine. I've only been in the program for just over 6 months and I have already learned so much. I have began to think like a prescriber and I find that every week I experience an "ah ha" moment. But this is because I am going after it like someone who is spending a lot of money on it....oh wait, I am spending a lot of money on it.
  15. I understand many of the frustrations people have had with SU. I am in my 7th class of the FNP program. The instructors, for the most part, provide little instruction. The program requires a lot of self motivation to actually learn what you need to. The program has implemented tests and quizzes in many of the classes that didn't previously have one. This only adds a little more accountability to the students because it is possible to skate by with an A in the class even with subpar grades on the quizzes. Pathophysiology is a course where you can make the choice to study everything and actively choose to learn everything you can, or you can do very little...its up to you. Pharmacology appears to be the same way....quizzes and case studies each week but it is possible to pass by doing the bare minimum. This is going to be the case for any online program. Because it is online, there is only so much accountability the school can provide. The rest is up to the students to be motivated enough to want to learn and become excellent NPs. Some classes are fluff, but that's true in all programs because the coursework is required to be CCNE accredited.
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    travel nursing in florida

    I am currently in Orlando so I know what to expect. The two big hospital organizations are Orlando health and Florida hospital. This is my second assignment with Orlando health and they do a good job not overloading their staff. When I float to m/s I havnt had more than 5 patients on nights...same for day shift. I hear overall good, but mixed reviews on Florida hospital. Message me privately and I can give you a financial breakdown on what to expect here on Orlando. Jacksonville is roughly the same pay...just a little higher.