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    Help To Interpret TEAS Score

    I took my TEAS test today and I'm not sure what the school will use for entrance into the nursing program. Do they go by your adjusted composite score, rank, or all of the individual section scores? Do they go by the scores at the top of the score sheet? I have the following at the top of my sheet and individual scores and ranks for each section on the rest of the page. How do I interpret this? Thanks. Adjusted Composite Score: 87.1% Mean - National 70.8% Mean - Program 72.6% Percentile Rank - National - 96 Percentile Rank - Program - 96
  2. I graduated in May and, for personal reasons, can't start work until January. Will that prevent me from being able to get a job/internship? Has anyone else ever done this? I have already passed my NCLEX, so should I apply for both internship and regular RN positions? I would appreciate any advice.
  3. I just graduated in May and passed my NCLEX in July. For personal reasons, I won't be starting work right away. However, I would really like to volunteer if I can, but I am not even sure where to start. Where can a new nurse volunteer? I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and would like to volunteer as a nurse. Is this possible? Any ideas?
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    Are DFW hospitals hiring ADNs?

    I just graduated from Tarrant County College with my ADN in May, and I had no problems finding a job. I only know of one person in my class who doesn't have a job, and that is because she hasn't started looking for one yet due to personal reasons. A lot of people in my class were hired by THR, Baylor, and JPS for a variety of positions. I know people in my class who were hired for Psych, Med/Surg, ICU, PCU, L&D, OR, etc.. I work for Harris Methodist. It is a wonderful place to work, and they will pay for your RN-BSN. They have a special deal with UT Arlington so that their ADN nurses can do the RN-BSN program there. They really encourage all of their nurses (RN and BSN) to continue their education. I think that most of the people in my class plan to finish an RN-BSN program. Many, including myself, have a bachelor's degree in another area and decided to get their ADN for reasons related to time and money. I got my ADN because I didn't want to add to the student loans I already have from my prior degree. Like you, I plan to get my BSN, but I am thankful that THR will pay for it. If you are able to go ahead and get your BSN, that is great and all the better for you, but if you decide to get your ADN first, I'm sure you will find a job. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.
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    TCC Last semester!!! Any advice?

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    First Clinical

    Good luck! I hope you have a fabulous day.
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    what to ask during an interwiew

    I agree. I have always been taught that those are not the type of questions you ask during an initial interview. It makes it sound like your interest is all about the compensation and not the company. Of course those are important considerations, but I would ask HR about that and not the nurse manager. You might want to ask: What type of support systems are in place for the nurses? Could you describe the internship program that you have here? What are the hours, expectations, etc.? What is the management style on this unit? What do they do to encourage/provide for professional development? How would you describe the team work on this unit? If I talked to the nurses who have been here for a long time, what would they say are the best things and the worst things about this unit? (I asked this and got a great response from it. I got the idea from a book on what questions to ask during an interview.) What kind of opportunities are available for the nurses to serve on committees, etc. (I would end with a question like this because it shows that you want to be a team player and participate in unit activities.) Anyway, this is just my two cents worth.
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    I just accepted a GN position at Scott & White!

    Candiam, I don't live in the Temple area, but I just wanted to say :ancong!: :hpygrp:
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    May 2009 Graduates!!! Do you have a job yet?

    I graduate in May, and I just accepted a position in Ft. Worth that starts in June.
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    Of all the courses, which was most difficult for you?

    Good luck! Working as a CNA will definitely give you a leg up. You will do great!:wink2:
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    Of all the courses, which was most difficult for you?

    I have not graduated yet. I have 5 weeks to go, and I'm counting down to my graduation on May 15th. (yay) However, I though that I would reply since you haven't had an answer yet. First of all, every nursing school and program are different, and that can have a lot to do with which subjects or classes are the most difficult. If you asked all of the students who started with me in my program which class was the most difficult, I know for a fact that over 90% of them would say Pediatrics. We lost about a quarter of our class that semester. I believe, however, that this is primarily due to the poor pediatric instructors that they have at my school. Of course, that doesn't apply to every instructor, but to the majority of them it does. My clinical instructor for Pedi was very good, but the classroom instructor wasn't. That makes a huge difference in nursing school. Another reason that Pedi was so difficult is because children are so different. Things can change so quickly with them. For me, the assessments seemed very different as well. By the time you get to pedi, you have already been working a few semesters with adults, so when I would walk into the room and look at their vital signs, I would almost feel a sense of panic. For the first few weeks, I had to keep reminding myself that these vitals were normal for kids. I was also terrified of doing something to hurt them. Of course, I don't have kids, so that may have been a factor for me. I thought the semester was emotionally difficult as well. We were at the children's hospital, and most of our clinical time was with children who either had cancer or heart defects. I don't think that every school does that, but mine did, and it was heartbreaking. I admire pedi nurses because I couldn't do that job for the life of me. As for the easiest class, that is hard to answer. None of them have been easy. As far as content, I guess my first semester (Foundations) was the easiest. OB is the semester that I enjoyed the most, though. I loved it. I also loved mental health. This semester, my last one, has also been great because I can finally see things coming together. I have a phenomenal clinical instructor and great instructors for my classes. The classes have been overwhelming because of the amount of content that we have to cover. They are not difficult because the subject is so hard to understand, but they are difficult because you have no idea how you are going to manage to remember all of that material before the test rolls around. But, you gradually add to what you know and then you get to a point where you can see things coming together and you can remember some labs, drugs, etc. without having to run look at your book, pda, etc. When it comes to clinicals, it is ALL about your clinical instructor. When you have a good instructor who truly cares whether you learn or not, then your clinical experiences shouldn't be so bad. However, if you have a bad clinical instructor, it can make your entire semester a living hell. Forunately, I have had really good instructors that I have been able to learn a lot from with the exception of my med/surg instructor who was a complete basket case. When you get into school, try not to rub elbows with your instructor. I know it is horrible, but I have really tried to go out of my way to be on the best of terms with every single one of my clinical instructors. I just don't need that added stress in school. I have witnessed several cases where a student has been tormented, belittled, and even harrassed by a clincial instructor, and it was sad. Sometimes there can be really big personality conflicts between students and instructors. Try not to let that happen. Just go to clinical with the expectation of learning the most you can. Don't complain, whine, or question your clinical instructor (unless it is something involving patient safety, of course). Just do whatever they say to do. Anyway, I hope you have a really great experience in nursing school. I'm sure you will.
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    Six dead in nursing home shooting

    He is definitely courageous, heroic, and compassionate to lay his life down for others. This is such a heartbreaking event. It is so senseless. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and community and to those of the other victims as well.
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    Applying for Tarrant County College Nursing, fall 2009

    When I took the test, there were WAY more physical science and general/life science type questions than there were A&P, Chemistry, and Micro questions. There were only a couple of very general A&P, Micro, and Chemistry questions. Be sure you understand how the science diagrams/graphs work. There were quite a few of those.
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    Applying for Tarrant County College Nursing, fall 2009

    The TEAS test is not that bad. It covers Reading, Math, Science, and Grammar. The math covers fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions, and basic algebra. The reading and grammar are very basic. The science covers micro, chemistry, A&P, life science, and physical science. Honestly, though, I only had 1-2 A&P questions and just a few micro questions. It seemed like the majority of my science questions were about life science and physical science. If you study the study guide, you should be alright. One thing that may help you is to practice some math problems. The test is timed, and quite a few people run out of time and the math section. So, practicing problems makes you a little faster at finishing them on the test. As far as the nursing department is concerned, they focus on the math and science scores. They weigh those more heavily than the reading and grammar. Do not stress over the TEAS. I'm sure you will do fine. Good luck on it. :)
  15. I don't think you will have a problem finding a position with 5 years experience in the ICU. I have been searching and applying for graduate nurse positions, and it seems like there are jobs for experienced RNs available, but not many for new grads. I don't know much about the hospitals in Dallas, so I won't comment on those, but you might want to try Harris Methodist in Ft. Worth. It is a magnet hospital. Some of the other hospitals in Fort Worth are Baylor, John Peter Smith, Plaza Medical Center, Kindred, and Cooks Children's Hospital. I would avoid Kindred, though. John Peter Smith is a teaching hospital, and they are working on becoming a Level I trauma center. Most of the nurses that I have talked to who have worked at JPS and Harris Methodist Fort Worth have had really positive things to say. As for the jurisprudence exam, there is nothing to worry about. I am graduating in May, so I just took it. A lot of the questions are common sense. Others are easy to answer because you can have a seperate window open and look through the Nurse Practice Act while you are taking it. It covers legal and ethical material. I haven't heard of anyone failing it. It took me about 45 minutes to finish it. Good luck with the test and with finding a position here. I hope you like Texas.!!!
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    Salaries For DFW New Grads

    I talked to the nurse recruiter for Texas Health Resources today when he was at my school. He said that the starting salary for new nurses is $23.50, but I didn't ask about the differentials. He said that some of the hospitals have bonuses, but each hospital is different when it comes to those. I did not ask about differentials.
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    Tarrant County College ranking system

    Be sure that whenever you get your transcript evaluated that you get anything that needs approval by the nursing department in writing and keep it. I was told that they would accept a class that I took at another university, and a member of the nursing faculty signed off on it saying that it was okay. During my second semester in the nursing program, they came to me and said that I was missing that class. Luckily, I had kept the paper that the faculty member signed off on, so they had to take my class. Also, they told me that they would not take the speech class I had taken for my bachelor's degree. So, I had to take a speech class at TCC before getting into the nursing program. After I was accepted, the very same person told me that they didn't know why I took the speech class at TCC because they would have taken the one that I took for my bachelor's. So, I took that class for nothing. It was a little frustrating. Anyway, be sure to keep copies of everything you give to them - transcript evaluation, shot records, etc.. The secretary in the nursing department is great, but I wouldn't leave anything to chance. As far as the point system goes, good luck with that. I am in my final semester of nursing school, and I still don't know how they calculate their point system. It sounds like you have a good chance of getting in, though. Good luck.
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    New Teacher Wants to Become a Nurse: Advice Please!!

    I am so glad I saw your post. I completely understand how you feel because I was in your same shoes a few years ago. I also taught school, and I hated it. I knew my last semester in college (while doing our student teaching) that I would not like it, but like you, I thought it was too late to turn back. I ended up teaching for several years, and I was so miserable. I decided to go back to school for nursing. I am now in my last semester of nursing school. I am so glad that I decided to make a career change. Sure, there are patients that can be jerks, but you don't have to see those same patients 5 days a week for a whole school year. I tried to stick with teaching, but I got to the point where I started hating it more and more every year. I loved the kids, and I loved teaching, but it just got to the point where I was sick of teaching for a single standardized test, dealing with parents who didn't give a crap whether their children learned or not, and all the other stuff that people don't realize teachers have to put up with. Yes, I had the summers off, a week at spring break, several weeks at Christmas, and every holiday, but that doesn't make up for the mess you had to put up with at work. There came a point when it just wasn't worth it to me. There were a lot of my friends and family that said, "you're just going to waste your degree." They thought I was crazy to give up teaching to go into nursing. Yet, these same people had NO idea what it was really like to be in my shoes. Things always look better from the other side of the fence. So, I truly understand how you feel. If you know that you are not happy teaching and that you do not want to do it any longer, change careers. You are young right now, and you do not have children and a lot of other things to worry about. So, now would be the best time to change careers if you really want to. Honestly, teaching DOES become MUCH easier after your first year. However, if you are like me, easier does not necessarily mean better. At least in nursing, there are so many different things you can do. If you get into an area that you don't like, you can change to a different area. There are so many options. Anyway, if you truly want to be an RN, you should go for it. You are not "throwing away" anything by changing careers. You are adding to what you already have. Learning and experiencing things are not a waste. That is what makes you who you are and different from everybody else. I just know that life is too short to be miserable, and if you have a job that you really hate, then you will not be happy. My husband asked me, "What are you going to do if you quit teaching and become a nurse only to find out that you hate nursing?" I told him, "something else." I will not spend years and years being miserable at a job I hate. I just can't make myself do it, and I hope others dont either. Anyway, whatever you choose, I hope you are happy. Good luck to you!
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    RN-BSN - How soon did you start?

    Which program gives you until June to apply? Also, which one has a summer program that you can start? I want a break and a vacation too, but the idea of finishing as soon as possible is awfully tempting. I will probably be singing a different tune at the end of the semester. I keep going back and forth between Texas Tech and UTA. UTA is closer, but I think that I would like Texas Tech better. I need to make a decision, but it is hard to concentrate on anything other than just getting finished with this semester. I am feeling pretty burned out at the moment. Which program are you going to apply to? I know some employers around here will pay for you to go to UTA, but I don't know if I want to make a long commitment to anyone until I personally know what it is like to work for them. Also, I don't want to have to wait a while to start. I would like to just be done with it. I'll have to ponder on it a little more. I will have some time to think about it now that our first test is over. p.s. Why did you mention vacation? I could really use one now. The semester just started and I am already thinking of Spring Break. :onbch:
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    Too old to stay in dorms

    I lived in the dorms when I went to college for my bachelor's degree, and there were several older students (a few over 40) that lived in the dorms. Some were undergraduates, and others were grad students. They were great and were very well liked in the dorms. Most of them had private rooms. Many universities have apartments on campus, so that might be something to check out as well. I loved every single minute of living in the dorms because it was so convenient to everything on campus. I also didn't have to worry about utilities, meals, etc.. If you decided to stay on campus, just be sure to look into all of your housing options. Some dorms are more quiet than others.
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    Anbody Else Gain a Ton of Weight in Nursing School?

    Ugh! I did not gain any during my first two semesters of school. However, I had Pedi last semester, and I gained 15 pounds in that one semester. I had to buy new scrub pants for this semester because I can't fit into my others. I know I was just eating because of the stress, and I was soooo sedentary. I felt like all I did was sit around and study. It was pathetic. I have tried to make some changes this semester, but I still haven't lost any. I need to make time to get off my bum and at least take a walk. Geez! I will be so glad to be finished in May.
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    RN student assigned to LPN???

    I am an RN student, and I will be graduating in May. I have been paired with LVNs at clinicals, and I have learned so much from them. Personally, I have found many of the LVNs to be much nicer and easier to work with than a lot of the RNs I have come across so far. I have learned a lot from them. In my experience, they have been great about teaching us and working with us. During my Med-Surg semester, there were RNs who literally became angry when asked to work with a student and flat out refused to do it, and they did this in front of us. Sadly, one of the RNs who did this was a recent grad from the same school I am attending right now. She has only been out of school for a year, and she is already treating students like crap. That's a shame. I don't mean to imply that none of the RNs I have been paired with have been nice or helpful. Many of them have been wonderful. However, I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to be paired with some wonderful LVNs.
  23. I took Stats and College Algebra during the same semester. I don't think taking College Algebra before taking the Stats would have been very beneficial to me. The two classes are very different. I am horrible at College Algebra, and it was a difficult class for me. Math is not one of my strong points. However, I really liked Stats and made an A. I thought it was much easier than College Algebra. That is just my opinion, though. I think you can do just fine in Stats without the College Algebra. Good luck!
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    What's your take on Allheart.com?

    I have ordered quite a few things from Allheart, and they have always arrived quickly and in great condition. I've had no problems from them. I have ordered scrubs, a stethoscope (with my name on it), and other things. I would not hesitate to order anything from them again. My experience has been great.
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    Is nursing school only Mon-Thur at all schools?

    I can't speak for other schools or students, but I know that I will have a 12 hour clinical on Fridays this fall. It will only be for the first half of the semester. The second half (OB) will be on Tuesdays at a different hospital. So, I really don't mind that much. If you get Friday clinicals while you are in school, maybe you can find someone to trade with you. There is a window (like a two week period) at my school where we can try to find someone to trade with us if we want/need a different schedule. I have never had or wanted to trade, but I know several people who have. You might ask others who go to those schools if they are allowed to trade schedules. All schools may not allow it. Good luck. :)