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crashcartqueen BSN, RN

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crashcartqueen has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER/trauma, IV, CEN.

Emergency department (CEN) and IV infusion nurse. 1st year medical student.

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    I'm shocked

    Being a medical student myself, I can assure you that having the booksmarts and social aptitude to get into medical school does not equal common sense. Some of my classmates will have an interesting experience when we get to clinical rotations in third year... 🤔 Someone please feel free to schmack me right in the noggin if I ask a question like this when I am a resident.
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    Medsurg to ED

    I live on the east coast, so I don't know how relevant my advice is for CA. It can be difficult to get into ER sometimes without ER experience. However, I have had many coworkers at my hospital transfer from med-surg to the ER. Maybe if you can get yourself established at a facility and then once you make some connections do an internal transfer. Having connections is what landed me in the ER as a new grad. Also, generally speaking not all jobs that *require* experience actually require experience. It doesn't hurt to apply anyway, I would consider a nurse with 12 years experience in acute care to be advantageous over a new graduate in the ER. Best of luck to you!
  3. Med school 🤯 working a couple of ER shifts this week on our block break to keep my sanity 🙃
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    Is it possible for a nurse to become a doctor?

    So I have been an RN for 3 years now and start med school on Monday. It has not been an easy journey, but I knew where I wanted my career to go so I decided that becoming a physician was the better option for me instead of the quicker NP route. Some general comments based on some comments from other posters. *As PixieRN advised please do NOT go the "easy" or "quick" way with the Caribbean schools unless you have no other option. Cost is extremely high and match rates are poor. I did not obtain another major, I just completed my RN-BSN program along with the pre-med courses (I did my ADN first). ***Being an RN first is a HUGE advantage in med school. I am constantly told that the nurses and EMT's are the BEST performing students, not the lowest as one poster claimed. You have clinical/pharmaceutical/general-how-healthcare-works-in-real-life knowledge. It served me well in my interviews. Good luck to you on your journey and feel free to reach out!
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    Accepted my first position!

    :up:That is awesome, good luck to you!
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    Nursing nightmares.

    Okay, mine is a bit dark. I once dreamt there was a kid coding and I couldn't find any other staff to help. I tried my best to save them and couldn't. Where it gets extra weird and unsettling is I kept dreaming it over and over, and I had a sense of deja vu that I needed to do something different each time, but no matter what I did it had the same outcome. Creepy and horrifying.
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    Was I wrong?

    I hope your coworker is never my nurse...
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    Med/Surg to ER?

    OP, if you want to be an ER nurse, you will do codes. Some patients are brought in coding, or will shortly after being brought in before we have the chance to act. You don't always have the chance to address the problem before hand with true emergencies. I agree with the other posters, many come to the ER and are not ready for the organized chaos. If you need control and being able to prevent problems, the ER may not be right for you. We specialize in damage control.
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    Anything else I can do besides bedside nursing?

    If you enjoy patient interactions, a job in a physician practice is usually a great job for LPN's. You have lots of specialties to chose from, OB, peds, family practice, etc. Unfortunately all jobs can have their stressors, however acute care and SNF's are known to be high-pressure. If those things scare you, that may waver with time and experience. But the beautiful thing about nursing is you have options, and not all jobs are as stressful or "life and death".
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    New Night Nurse in an Assisted Living

    As an ER nurse, I often get patients from skilled facilities who did not need to come to the ER. However, I understand that the nurse responsible for sending them may have limitations on resources. Do you have an in-house physician on-call to advise you? If so, they will be a great resource for you to determine if the patient must be seen. If it is all you, things like chest pain, shortness of breath (if new and there are no breathing treatments or medications available in house), falls with unexplained cause or obvious trauma (facial contusions, shortening), SI/HI, profound mental status change (if mild consider UTI, could be handled in house if timely testing is available), and stroke-like symptoms should be seen promptly.
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    First job in the nursing home, need help!

    I would definitely wear scrubs for orientation if it is at the facility. As far as preparation, there isn't much you can do at home. They should provide you with some employee handbooks and what not so start with familiarizing yourself with those. Prepare yourself for fast-paced learning, as most nursing homes give you very little orientation (I had 3 days). Good luck to you!
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    Just got my acceptance email! What should I do now?

    Congrats on the acceptance! For a planner, I purchased one at Barnes and Noble that has weekly entries and it keeps my straight. A laptop is not necessary, however I found my iPad to be essential in school. I used it to make notes on the powerpoints used in lecture and to record lectures using an app called Goodnotes. For a stethoscope, you can get a Littman classic for about $50 on Amazon, for the price I have found it to be the best quality. It have had a couple (one got chewed by my pooch) and they have held up great. As far as shoes go, everyone's feet are different so just find something that will keep your feet comfortable. You likely won't be doing long shifts until you are further along in the program, so I wouldn't worry so much about that yet. Good luck to you!
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    Ditching NP school for MD?

    Thank you so much! Thankfully I had not taken ANY of my pre-reqs yet so I didn't have to worry about that. But if he goes straight into the post-bacc he won't have to redo anything and his GPA is acceptable for it as is. It is a wonderful "second-chance" for us folk who struggled working while in nursing school or had to deal with life (the 6 pt scale my nursing school used sure didn't help either). It is a lot to take on and I have doubted myself many times but I have proven to myself so far that I can do it and have made many friends along the way. I am also so grateful for the support of the nurses and physicians I work with. No nurse has said any bad word to me about changing fields and have all been supportive with a few "you're crazy woman" statements in there.
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    How many hours did you work taking 7-8 credits?

    I have taken up to 18 hours of BSN coursework and was still able to manage full-time work as well, but it ultimately just depends on your program and the demand of the courses you are in and what your home life requires. Good luck to you!
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    Ditching NP school for MD?

    I must politely disagree with PixieRN and say you CAN do it and it is not un-realistic. I am now pre-med brought my nursing GPA up from a 2.98 to a 3.37 after two semesters of science classes and will have a 3.4-something after this summer. I totally understand how hard it is to move your GPA after so many classes for your BSN, but you CAN do it if you are persistent. It is important that you get some excellent physician references, shadowing experiences, and do your absolute best on the MCAT. There are also post-bac programs out there with guaranteed acceptance deals if you rock their program (which essentially is equivalent to your first year of med school) and they only require a 2.9 GPA. It is one year and then you can matriculate into medical school. It is a great option if you cannot move your score much. As far as the NP vs. MD/DO choice, for me I know I want to work critical cases in the ER and it is hard to do around my area as an NP. I love the NP's I work with in the ER but they often are stuck seeing 4's and 5's even though they are capable of seeing more acute patients. Just make sure whatever choice you make you don't have regrets! Good luck to you.
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    Fired because of my Prescribed Meds?

    In this case, I would disclose lightly. Need to know only ex. "I had an unexpected reaction to a change in medication that day and I had a really off day".