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    The Summer Brain Drain

    So you are free for the summer...the shackles of nursing school have loosened. You have just a few short months to create some semblance of a personal life before you have dive back into clinical rotation when you'd rather be diving into a cool swimming pool. What should you do during the summer months to keep all of your newly acquired nursing knowledge in the palm of your hand and not lost in the sand? Two words...Career Path. Plan your future. Maybe you have always wanted to be a nurse because you want to help people, or maybe nursing will be your second or even third career that is your best effort to provide for your family. Either way, you must have a clear set of goals organized into a career path so you can maintain forward momentum. Instead of reading a juicy romance novel while lying on the beach, look up the median salary, educational requirements, specialty certifications, renowned speakers and authors, and organizations that are related to your chosen career path. You have spent the greater part of the year studying drug cards, practicing IM injection on manikins, and writing care plans, why not take a little time learn about the practical profession of nursing. Look into professional nursing organizations. Many organizations have meetings that students can attend and some organizations allow students to join at a discounted rate. Professional organizations may meet as frequently as each month and invite guest speakers to present relevant nursing research or evidence-based practice to the group. You may even meet future hiring managers or meet nurses that can help you land your dream internship or better yet, your dream job after graduation. Do your due diligence and learn about entry level salaries of nurses in your area and become familiar with median salary ranges. In terms of salary, chances are you won't have much bargaining power as a new graduate nurse, but after gaining a year or two of experience, you may be ready to move up in the nursing world. If money is a motivating factor for you, align yourself with a nursing specialty with a median salary range that appeals to you. The summer is a great time to look into your future, because you'll be back to the grind of nursing school before you know it. So you want to be a nurse practitioner someday, but you don't know that DNP stands for? Look it up. The summer is a great time to create and educational plan. If you want to become an advanced practice nurse you might as well get used to studying. Look into graduate programs and their requirements. If graduate school interests you, you may be able to start working on some of the requirements before you even graduate pre-licensure nursing school. Learn about the minimum requirements for entrance and make sure you are on the right track. Don't know what GRE or MAT stand for? Do your research. Many graduate schools require entrance exams that you can start studying for on your own or by taking a prep course. When the new semester starts, you'll be too concerned with short term goals like you midterm grades, the summer is a great time to work on things that are important for the achievement of your long term goals. If you are truly ambitious and generous, use your summer to help others by volunteering in the hospital or free clinic, alongside those nurses that will soon become your peers. Get real experience. If you're work experience is a long list of summertime jobs that starts with ice cream scooper and ends with head life guard, volunteering in the health care setting would be a great resume booster. However you chose to spend your summer is ultimately up to you, but remember that graduating nursing school is real. It is a short term goal. In a few short semesters you will be studying for your board exam and then be looking for a job. Maximize your professional potential with a little summer time effort. Explore your chosen career path, do a little reading and research about salary ranges and professional organizations, volunteer alongside nursing professionals. By being just a little bit studious when you don't have to, you will lock that nursing knowledge in your brain, and who knows you might even learn a little bit more!
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    NOTES...how do you take yours?

    Collaboration is a valuable skill in the workplace. It's great to see that you are learning the art of working together towarDS a common goal early on in your education. Kudos to you and your nursing faculty.
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    Social Media Role Modeling

    Nursing school administrators do a great job telling students and faculty what not to do with social media, but what about what can be done with social media? Do you model positive social media use? Does your program include curriculum that addresses the use of social media by nursing students?
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    Facebook and Former Patient Friend Request

    You should check your specific place of employment's social media and fraternization policies. Many places strictly prohibit the "friending" of patients and staff.
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    Patient wants to connect on LinkedIn

    I think you make a great point. Students may overshare. Their nursing faculty mentors need to teach and model appropriate therapeutic communication between nurses and patients. Connecting with patients anywhere, not only social media, usually violates some policies of the hospitals.
  6. You're right, not just proprietary school lack national nursing accreditation. Many community colleges also do not have nationally accredited nursing programs. More than likely it's because the accrediting process is very expensive. I also would argue the point that just because there may not be a national nursong accreditation, there is not a lack of legitimacy as the original poster suggested. Each program must be approved by the state Board of nursing where the school is located. I would venture to say the BON approval would legitimize any program. Also some colleges have regional, university wide accreditations such as accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This allows students to transfer credits. Nursing credits are difficult to transfer regardless of accrediting if no degree was awarded.
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    Social Media, worth it or not?

    I agree with the previous poster who pointed out that it's not social media that ruining lives. The people who choose to posted unprofessional pictures or words are sealing their own fate. Question: do you think the general population belIeves social media is benign and without consequences? if so, why? Do you feel that it is fair to be judged by a peer or employer based on you activities on social media?
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    New grads and Social Media

    Remember that you can untag yourself in pictures and you can block users from posting on your account. Maybe you don't need to delete you acxount. You could learn more about your settings and privacy options, as well as monitor your page.
  9. When you engage in any social media you have to monitor yourself and others. Like a previous poster said if a friend posted something inappropriate, she would delete it. It is possible to have a social media that helps your career. Social media such as Linkedin.com has the possibility of putting a positive image of its users out there for employers. The most important thing is that if you choose to create social media profiles, you need to be well informed and willing to monitor your accounts.
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    NY Med - a great reminder about social media and nursing

    So this nurse was fired without warning. She may have signed a social media policy statement stating different things she would not do on social media (i.e. post pictures of the hospital), but even if she didn't sign anything it's still a HIPAA violation. Do you think we do a good job of modeling correct behavior on social media? Or maybe we do a better job of punishing people when they do something bad on social media. Social media is here to stay and I believe that instead of telling nurses what cannot be posted on social media, we should teach nurses what is acceptable to post. Nursing for many is an identity and it may be very hard to separate their work life and personal life on social media. Maybe we should do a better job to teaching and positive role modeling and less punishing.
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    Short nurse bio for social media (facebook..)

    I agree that Linkedin.com woould be a better choice for professional correspondence and networking.
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    Social Media

    Facebook and social media goes both ways. It can be a career breaker and a career builder. Social media e-professionalism is important every time you put yourself out there on social media.
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    social media problem

    I don't know if you are a rule follower or not, but in the agreement that you electronically signed in order to utilize Facebook, you explicitly agreed to use you given name. Aliases are not permitted on Facebook and are grounds for dismissal. I realize this is difficult to police, but I just thought I would mention it.
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    New grads and Social Media

    Social media albeit 10 years young, is still an up and coming technology. Social media can be used for both good and bad. It's very important to be and informed consumer. You all referenced the negative of social media and someone even said that their page is very "vanilla". Remember, there is social media out there (Linkedin.com) that is professional in at least intent. Social media may also serve professionals well and advance their career if used properly.
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    Newborn pictures posted on social media?

    Great links. Thank you! Social media e-professionalism and specifically HIPAA can be a very slippery slope. It;s very important to be not only an informed consumer of social media, but also an informed poster on social media.
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    NSCBN: Social Media Guidelines for Nurses

    Social media e-professionalism can be a slippery slop. Dr. Jeff Cain and colleagues have authored great articles for educators and professionals defining e-professionalism. I believe that it's important to know what not to do, but it may be more important to model professional behavior on social media to to serve as positive examples for others.

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