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  1. highhope

    Good area to relocate to?

    If you are still looking, Atlanta and suburbs around it.
  2. highhope

    Wanting to leave bedside nursing

    I'm burnt out, I hate my job (but love the people), I dread going to work. I've been a bedside nurse for 6 months now. I thought I would be able to stick with it up until the two year mark, but I can't. I am miserable and constantly thinking about switching careers. The only issue is I don't know what I want to do. All I know is bedside isn't for me. For those who left bedside what did you go into? I would love something that is still in the healthcare field and something that will allow me to make a difference, even if it is a small one.
  3. Thank you all for the responses, this has all helped with my anxiety. I have decided to keep giving bedside nursing a bit more time to get used to. I am sure once I get a bit more used to my job it will make things easier and less stressful!
  4. I always dreamed of being a nurse (since middle school). I worked so hard to be nurse. I went through so much and gave up so much (which I'm sure many of you can relate to). I finally passed nursing school and my NCLEX. I landed my first job before I even took the exam. It was like a dream come true. My job is on an interventional cardiology/telemetry floor. Most of our patients are pre/post-procedure. We have a decent turn over rate. There have been days where I started out with 5 patients and ended with 4-5 completely new patients. It can be a lot as a new grad. The people on my floor are actually great and I love them all. But over the past 4 months I have realized bedside nursing is not for me, but I do want to give it more time to see if it grows on me. It gives me so much anxiety, I actually have broken out in tears at work. I cannot sleep the nights before I go into work. I feel like I know nothing. I feel so lost. I am still very passionate about nursing and the medical field, but all this stress and anxiety is not helping. LONG STORY SHORT I am looking at possible career change options. But I don't know what options are out there. I would love and appreciate all the advise you can give. I do not mind a 9-5 job. I actually prefer it. I would love to work in more of an office setting but still in the medical field.
  5. For class: 1. Print out the slides or notes that are posted, or read he chapter before class 2. keep book/notes/slide open and take them directly on it 3. Record if allowed At Home 1. I organize all of my notes 2. I reread a chapter, not word for word but just skim through, the more you skim, the more you retain. 3. I take notes on the what I skimmed, and make a concept map (diagnosis, signs and symptoms, treatment options (pharmaceutical and non), and what nursing considerations
  6. highhope

    Chamberlain Atlanta

    Admissions process is fairly simple.You basically apply, they sign you up to take the HESI A2, and if you get a passing rate your in, granted you meet other requirements. The price overall will be cheaper for you, however the rate is still the same per hour. Also make sure you are on top of your game for financial aid if you will be receiving it as they take FOREVER to process stuff. The school itself is not as bad as it is made out to be. The teachers are either a hit or miss. So far the ones I have had have been amazing! They really do try to help as much as they can, and some are even working on their higher degrees while teaching so they know exactly what we are going though with the 8 week sessions. Just make sure you have some sort of funds set aside as there is always something that comes up. For example at some clinical sites you are required to get a background check done overtime and that is out of pocket. So have an extra $85 a session set aside when it comes time. Some places don't require it. Also depending on where you live it can be along drive to clinical sites since the school is able to place you within a 100 mile radius of the campus. Good luck!
  7. highhope

    NCLEX 4000 on Mac

    Hi everyone, I have been trying to get NCLEX 4000 for my mac but cannot seem to find a link to download it. I also cannot really afford to buy it new at the moment and was wondering if theres another way to get it. I would really appreciate all the help possible!! Thanks in advance
  8. highhope

    Is 90k in loans worth my BSN?

    It is honestly up to you. If you think that you will be able to pay the loans back within a year or two maybe it will be worth it. I know my sister graduated pharmacy school 110,000 in debt. However she accept a job offer right after graduation and is currently making close to 90,000 a year. If you are able to find a cheaper program go for that one! However if you cannot and you are sure BSN is your calling then go for it. You said you guys are getting by on just your spouses salary. This can mean that the first year or two of you working you can put the money completely towards the loans and live by the means you are at the moment. After this first couple of years you really won't have to worry too much about the money. I am currently in my 2nd year of nursing school (went in with pre-requisites completed at a CC so I wouldn't pay as much) and honestly I am willing to pay whatever it takes to finish and start working my dream career! Just know nursing school is extremely tough and I know a couple of moms that have dropped out, but if you are willing to make certain sacrifices, it can be good. I say make a pro and con list and really think about it. Make sure you will really be able to have the future you want. Maybe even look into see if other programs have a better tuition rate or if you can get your current employer to pay for a few classes. I know a couple of CNAs who have employers which pay for one class every session. Some of them only take one class at a time (increasing graduation date) and some take 2-4 and just pay for the others with loans. Really look at all of your options.
  9. highhope

    CNA, Nursing School, Jobs?

    Hi all, I just wanted to ask a few quick questions. I currently attend nursing school in ATL and decided that I would also do a CNA course because most of the jobs I am looking at require it or prefer it. I understand it seems like a waste of money, as I am already a year into school (only have completed 1 clinical rotation and will not do the second until Sept). The course I signed up for is 5 weeks and on weekends so it works perfectly for me. However I was wondering how do I go about getting a job once I complete the course. From the requirements or qualifications I have read it says some work experience is needed and I have none in the health care field (I have a year of working at and Ice Cream shop way back in 2012). I am trying to work part time or as needed and am not to picky as to where I work, with the only requirement being I do not want to do home health. I personally do not feel safe in those environments. Can someone please shed some light on this and possibly give tips and hints on landing a job out of CNA school? Thank you so much in advance! I really appreciate the help!
  10. highhope

    Chamberlain Nursing School... Is it worth it???

    I currently attend Chamberlain in Atlanta, and so far I find it to be worth it. I personally do better in fast paced environments. It is a bit stressful at times having to do 16 weeks of course material in 8, but it also is nice because you finish class you don't really like faster. As for tuition, it is really expensive, but in the end it is similar to any other 4 year program. The only difference is you pay it in 3 instead of 4. Since you your pre-reqs will be done before you enter you technically would be paying half the tuition than if you entered with nothing done. They also provide payment plans which can make it a bit easier. The teachers here provide all the support that is needed. The tutoring center (Center for Academic Success) is very helpful, considering the staff members are all RNs. Like every school it has its ups and downs, but I feel as if it is really preparing me to take the NCLEX. All nursing exams given are NCLEX style which really helps. From what I remember during orientation the pass rate for the campus I attend is over 92%. I also have a few friends who graduated from Chamberlain in Addison, and all of them landed jobs within 6 months of graduation. If you want to stay somewhere close to Chicago but not attend Chamberlain, I suggest you look into College of DuPage (it is in the suburbs and I do not know if that is an option for you), NIU, and UIC. all of theses are competitive programs with wait lists. However with Chamberlain, they have rolling admissions, and you can start in January, May, or September. So you can always keep it as a back up. There is one down side to attending Chamberlain before any other nursing school, other schools allow for you to transfer their credits (meaning if you are academically released you can transfer completed courses to a different school) Chamberlain credits on the other hand will not transfer. I hope this helped!
  11. Hi! I'm new to allnurses and was just wondering if anyone can give me any insight on the trifecta. I am FREAKING OUT! I start it in sept and will be registering for class in the next two weeks. Would you advise I push back my graduation time or just go ahead and try it out. I am very determined and will do whatever I have to in order to pass classes. However I don't retain information well. I have mixed feeling about taking it or splitting it up. I would really love some advice. If you took it how did it go? what did you do to pass? I would also appreciate some advice for a new nursing student.