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  1. Thank you juniper222, I did, right after writing my original post, look up Massachusetts nursing attorneys because I realized that I just didn't want to decide how to proceed, no matter what, without professional guidance. I had a conversation with an attorney who could not take my case because he only deals with insurance issues and does not take private clients. First, he recommended an experienced Massachusetts nursing attorney who could perhaps write my response to the board. After, he talked awhile about a few things I thought I would mention here for anyone in the same predicament later who finds this thread. In Massachusetts, he told me, the background check goes back a max of 10 years. So if I hadn't provided the info the board would never have known this 15 yr old judgment (he did say that obviously you want to be forthcoming but it's still an interesting fact that I doubt many people know when they are answering the board's initial questionnaire for licensure that asks about any criminal history). He also said that my argument is rather credible sounding on its own, especially given that it was so long ago and I have no other criminal hx or disciplinary actions. He said it would be wise for me, though, to now provide the board with character references especially from any long-time employer, church leader, or police-type of sources that have known me a while. For instance, he mentioned it would be good if I was married to a cop (which I'm not, and I've never belonged to a church). He said that type of additional evidence would really help. However, he added "the board here, just like any state nursing board, can be fickle or someone could have a bad day and reject your application" which he said is why it was good I was taking this seriously because if they did decide my argument was not good enough and rejected my application it would COUNT AS A DISCIPLINARY ACTION going forward so even if I applied for RN licensure in another state instead after this, I would have to list this now as a disciplinary action. So this predicament really has the potential to mess me up long term, just based off how well I argued that I am not, basically, a person with alcohol dependence who should be in recovery because of a one-time DUI I got at a very young age, 12 years before I became a nurse, which is also such an old judgment I did not even have to technically disclose it. I have often had to remind myself when I start to say these things about how long ago it was and how it was a one-time thing and not indicative of my life since then, that I literally could have killed someone that night that I did get my DUI. Any other alternative (such as not being able to be a nurse) is of such lesser consequence. The cops that night could have been saving a life, who knows. I admit its difficult to always keep this fact in mind when I am in the midst of this stressful situation with the board here. To keep this post from being really, really long though, I will just wrap up by saying I do think I am definitely adding to the benefit of society as a nurse, however, so I do think it benefits this state to allow me to continue my profession, and yes I am hiring a good nurse attorney now.
  2. Hi all. I am looking for advice on how to proceed. I just got a letter from the Good Moral Character (GMC) review board for the Massachusetts Board of Nursing, where I applied for licensure by reciprocity. I had to submit documents to the GMC board due to a DUI that I received in 2005. Now the GMC board wants "a detailed description of all recovery/rehabilitation activities, interventions and support systems used by applicant to maintain sustained recovery including, but not limited to, statement of the Applicant’s stable and sustained recovery with duration dates and identification if the Applicant has a sponsor with dates." Then underneath it states "indicate if no sponsor". The DUI -- although I DO NOT want to understate its significance, its weight in my life and its justification, nor how much it taught me -- happened 15 years ago, long before I was a nurse, when I was 24 (I became a nurse when I was 36), on the night before New Year's Eve during a coworker after-work celebration before the holiday break. I was inexperienced with drinking and had 3 beers, which was too much for me in one sitting, and I didn't recognize the signs of my inebriation. However, this was a one-time offense, I have never before or since been arrested or been in any trouble, and I have never had alcohol or other substance addiction. I do not know how to communicate this to the GMC board. My fear is that (a) I don't know how to word what I am trying to say, and (b) it seems like they could deny my license because I am not "maintaining sustained recovery". I am NOT saying that DUIs don't sometimes, even often, involve someone who has needed addiction help and has needed to start and sustain a recovery effort from alcohol (or whatever substance that led to the DUI). Basically I realize DUIs can often be a wake-up call for an addict. But this is definitely NOT the case for every single DUI recipient, and I honestly do not think every single person who has gotten a DUI needs to "maintain sustained recovery", and I think it does not apply to my specific situation. What should I do? Can anyone give me any advice?
  3. Hi all, I am hoping to just get some feedback and kind of "think out loud" about my situation. I am a brand new nurse and I have started a grad-nurse program at a local hospital. I was always interested in neuro and also psychiatric nursing, and have been placed in a neuro progressive care unit. Unfortunately, the neuro part has turned out to be more of a rarity. It is really a step-down unit in general. Tele-unit. Intermediate care unit...you get the idea. I don't really have a problem with that except that I am disappointed. I do not normally complain and I feel that as a new nurse I need to just suck it up in most ways, and I am a super hard worker. I push myself. But in this situation, I feel like I am pushing myself too hard...over the edge. I am starting to feel like when my orientation is over in about a month, I will definitely not be able to handle the constant admits and discharges, being flexed up to 5 patients on a regular basis, and all of the head-spinning that all that entails. I have already started to blank out when I am trying to remember what to do because there is just too much, my brain is fatigued, and I am physically and mentally unable to keep up. I have been so busy that I have been lucky in each 13-15 hour shift to get 1 bathroom break. I have gone without a bathroom break all day most days, and I am so busy that I don't even realize that I have not gone all day. I am just nervous for my patients when I am completely on my own. All this leads me to say that I NEED to talk to my manager about what to do. On one hand, I think they will just fire me if I say this to them. On the other hand, I feel like they are a huge hospital with 5 locations, all sorts of departments, and they really need BSN-trained nurses which I am. I am confident in my assessment skills, my patient advocacy and my patient education skills. I have a good background in pharmacy before going to nursing school so meds are not as hard for me as most grads. Of course so many things are new to me, and I am slower than seasoned nurses at most things. In order to be safe I need to be given a chance to not be speed-nursing all day, every shift. I am a valuable asset as a new nurse...just not in a flexed-to-5 tele unit in a high-turnover rate unit. I need them to give me a different unit. How do I not get fired, but also get out of this unit?? Can anyone here give me some concrete ideas of what to say or do? Thank you so much in advance!
  4. Thank you so much HeySis!!! Your information is invaluable. The details are so great, it was really what I was hoping for but didn't think I would get! Thanks again, it helps me more than you know :)
  5. I am a new nurse applying to a nurse residency program which has openings in the following units: Women and Children, Clinical Decision Unit, Stepdown, Ortho, ER, ICU, OR Oncology, and Outpatient Surgery Center, Post Anesthesia Care Unit I am curious mainly about what the actual work is like in the OR Oncology, PACU, and CDU, as the rest I have either had a clinical experience in and am considering (like ICU) or know for sure are not for me (like Women/Children). Any insight into what life is like as a nurse in these units would be OH SO APPRECIATED! Thank you!
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    GCU Fall 2015 Transfer Hopefuls

    @NurseAlia2Be, I don't have enough topic posts to pm you, but I am hoping to contact you since I know you and I are in the same boat in regards to starting in the Fall at the ABQ campus. I am having quite a time trying to stay on top of everything necessary by the deadlines and I am in touch with our admissions rep, but well....there are some dead-end links and whatnot I am being sent to work with. I would like to keep in touch with you so we can share our information, if thats cool with you! Please email me at jesseggers@gmail.com
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    Fall 2015 gcu acceptance or any info available

    Congratulations!! I got accepted to the ABQ campus too!! I am so excited!
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    GCU Fall 2015 Transfer Hopefuls

    I really am hoping that the poster Maycation was confusing AT Stills with ABQ location....please let us know Maycation what you heard!
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    Fall 2015 gcu acceptance or any info available

    Has anyone heard yet about when the ABQ hopefuls will be let known their acceptance or denial?
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    GCU Fall 2015 Transfer Hopefuls

    Has anyone heard yet about when the ABQ hopefuls will be let known their acceptance or denial?
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    Fall 2015 gcu acceptance or any info available

    I truly hope so too!!
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    Fall 2015 gcu acceptance or any info available

    Hi cc02, I think I got an email because it was an email sent by the ABQ location advisor to the ABQ hopefuls.
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    Fall 2015 gcu acceptance or any info available

    I know that the email we received yesterday stated an apology for the delay and to please be patient, but I really was hoping that we could at least know about what day we might get to know the decision. The longer it takes, the more upsetting it is...I just want to know either way at this point. I just want to put that out there. I am trying to be patient...but I hope we get another update at least soon.
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    Fall 2015 gcu acceptance or any info available

    I hadn't received anything about AT Still, but I hadn't applied there, I applied to the ABQ campus. If you look at the other thread entitled "GCU Fall 2015 Transfer Hopefuls" (I believe) a person pasted their email they received from their advisor regarding not allowing transfer students. I am not at all sure what is actually going on, but several students have stated they heard AT Still was closing first-hand, and this person posted an email regarding declining transfer students from their advisor. So it seems pretty... real. However, personally, because I applied to the ABQ campus, I do not believe the transfer issue would apply. All in all, I do think there seems to be misinformed administrators at gcu - for instance I was called by a woman at gcu whose name I didn't catch, no one had I ever spoken with before though, who told me my background check was not done and was a necessary part of my application. I told her my advisor had assured me several times all the necessary items were complete for my application, but she told me I did in fact have an incomplete application, but she didn't know how I could fix it and she said she'd call me back. I was anxious after her call so I paid for and completed the background check on my own and let my advisor know, and his response was an apology, he didn't know who had called me, but she was wrong in telling me that, that this cycle background checks were to be completed only after acceptance. Not that this is unusual, I've experienced the same "the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing" at other programs, other schools-my point is that what one advisor knows is not necessarily what the other advisor knows, especially when so many locations are involved. It's... a problem. But potential students are being told different things by different advisors apparently, and maybe it's because different advisors know different things. That, to me, is what seems to be happening.
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    Fall 2015 gcu acceptance or any info available

    I'm sorry but what do you mean by direct transfer students?
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    Fall 2015 gcu acceptance or any info available

    I did as well, the email I received stated that final approval could not be received and to please continue to be patient
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