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PirateRN_919 BSN

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PirateRN_919 has 3 years experience as a BSN.

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  1. PirateRN_919

    HELP - DC License by Endorsement

    I sent in the application for my DC license by endorsement at the beginning of June. The only progress its made is on 6/15/2020 when my application was marked as received and my payment was processed. I have called and emailed multiple times and multiple people, but I have not be able to talk with someone who could help. Anyone else having this problem? I am so anxious about getting my license. I know things have slowed down due to COVID. I also know that DC is allowing RNs to practice under their current license no matter the jurisdiction as long as the license is in good standing. I heard this will at least be through the beginning of October. Any advice or help is greatly appreciated. Prior to COVID I heard it typically took about 6-8 weeks for the DC BON to process licenses. Clearly this is not the case now.
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    Relocating during COVID

    Hi everyone, I currently work at a hospital that has been taking care of its nurses very well during COVID. We haven’t furloughed any employees, and ended up redeploying many nurses. I am considering moving to the DC area during the Summer and I am nervous to leave my job during these unpredictable times. I was assured by HR at the new hospital they have still been on boarding nurses during the pandemic and don’t predict any hiring freezes. In addition, I have a friend who works at this hospital as an RN who attested to the fact that when census was down, they were floated to other units and didn’t have an issue with having to use PTO. He didn’t mention anything about the hospital letting anyone go.... neither did HR. I was also told that they are slowly starting to begin elective procedures again. I was previously offered a position at an entirely different hospital but they later rescinded their offer due to limited resources. I guess that happening with this new hospital is still a fear in the back of my head. Has anyone else gone between jobs with all of this unpredictability going on? What are your thoughts? DC is a hotspot right now for COVID. I know a lot of the hospitals experiencing financial hardships tend to be in areas where COVID is not running rampant. Some of them also tend to be smaller hospitals. Thanks for your feedback!
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    Queens University Summer 2017 Start

    Btay0123, I didn’t have any trouble taking out loans for school or paying them back. I took my loans out through Discover. They offer cashback rewards each semester if you earn a 3.0 GPA or higher. I have been able to pay back my loans without any problems, but I also don’t have any other debt besides student loans. Hope that helps!
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    Queens University Summer 2017 Start

    Hi btay0123 (I changed my username LOL)... I don’t remember the name of the grant I received... it may have been the ABSN grant. This was 3 years ago so I’m not sure if that is still offered. Unfortunately the program was still expensive. It wasn’t my top choice solely because of the cost, but I ended up going there because of how short the program was. I loved Queens!! I don’t regret my decision at all 🙂 I also applied for the NurseCorp scholarship. It’s a program that will pay for your nursing degree as long as you commit to working in an underserved area for 3 years. It’s a scholarship outside of Queens, it’s not offered through the school. I got offered the scholarship but didn’t take it because I wanted to work in a bigger hospital and get ICU experience. I wish I would I would have taken it, but that’s okay.
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    VA/DC Job Search Help

    @CCrouch Thank you so much! That information is very helpful. I actually saw that job posting earlier today. I looked into UVA but the only hospital campus I see is in Charlottesville, VA. I did not see one in Alexandria. Could you send a link? Thanks again!
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    VA/DC Job Search Help

    I am looking to relocate to the northern VA area at some point. More than likely Alexandria or Arlington... possibly Washington, DC. Any hospital suggestions in those areas? I am looking for a full time position in a CVICU or something similar. As I was doing research, I found it hard to find a full time position in this area. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right places. I’m open to any advice. Can a nurse live in DC and work in VA and vice versa? Or would my physical address need to be in the state where I am practicing? Thanks in advance!
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    NCLEX JUNE 2018

    claris0630, my license was posted within 2 days of me getting my unofficial results from Pearson which I paid for 48 hours after taking my exam. I know it's state dependent though. Some states post faster than others. Not sure what state you're located in. Sometimes it can take the BON up to 6 weeks to post it. Have you tried searching yourself on the website to see if your license info is listed and you just haven't gotten your actual license yet?
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    NCLEX JUNE 2018

    ibanda, I am sure you passed! The PVT works most of the time! But I was that paranoid person who was still nervous I would be the 1% the trick wouldn't work for. Everyone who I've talked to has gotten the good pop up if they passed and the bad pop up if they didn't. Fingers crossed for you! I got the good pop up, got my unofficial results a little sooner than 48 hours, and had my license by the end of the week! I took my exam on a Monday.
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    NCLEX JUNE 2018

    FLnurse'18, you have to register as if you're registering for the exam for the first time. You input your nursing program, then your credit card information, and then submit the order at the very end. You put in the correct card information with the exception of the expiration date. I put in everything correctly except the expiration and got a pop up once I hit submit. I received a good pop up within a couple of hours of taking my exam. I took the exam Monday morning. I found out that I passed Wednesday morning.
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    NCLEX JUNE 2018

    Laylay412, I definitely think UWorld is a great prep tool for the NCLEX! I completed most of the questions. I had about 250 left by the morning of my exam. My overall average was a 64% and I was in the 89th percentile. I think that any program that offers you the opportunity to do NCLEX style practice questions is beneficial! The NCLEX could ask you about anything! There were definitely topics on there I didn't cover in school or while studying. At that point it's using test taking strategies to narrow down your choices and hopefully choose the correct answer. Practicing questions online help you to get used questions are going to be asked and what parts of the question you need to be paying attention to.
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    NCLEX JUNE 2018

    Laylay412, I definitely second idiosyncratic, CNA. I took my NCLEX-RN on Monday and found out that I passed this morning via quick results. I originally was studying with Saunders. I love the Saunders book! It explains things so well but I felt like I wasn't going to hit everything I needed to before the exam so I started using UWorld! I pretty much solely prepared with UWorld. I did about 75-100 questions per day, read the rationales, and took notes. I only studied for about 3 weeks. UWorld was great at helping me prepare for the SATA questions! I wish I had bought this program and used it while in school. UWorld should definitely prepare you well! Good luck!
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    NCLEX and Uworld

    Sbar08, did you end up passing? I pretty much solely used UWorld to prepare and took my NCLEX this morning. I had a total of 75 questions. I originally was using Saunders. I did the pre-assessment that came with the Saunders prep book and used that to create a study schedule. I ended up using it for a week and decided I wanted to try something different to prepare because I felt like I wasn't going to be able to hit all the information I wanted to before the exam with Saunders. I am so glad I found UWorld. I did about 75-100 practice questions a day for abut 3 weeks. I paid attention to the rationales and took notes. I only purchased the 30 day trial of the Q-bank. I didn't purchase any assessments. I didn't complete all of the questions. I had about 250 left. My overall average was a 64% and I fell in the 89th percentile. My program used HESI to prep. On my entrance exam I scored a 925 and on the exit I scored an 850. This morning before the exam I did some practice questions on the UWorld website and read over my notes. Anxiously awaiting my unofficial quick results from Pearson. I did the trick after the exam and got the good pop up! Good luck everyone!
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    Nurse Corps Scholarship 2017-2018

    ZfutureRN, my reason for declining the scholarship was similar to NWOHRN's. After much thought I really did not want to be tied down to the service requirement. I'm hoping to find a job that might offer a sign on bonus or pays pretty well so that I can comfortably pay back my loans. I also want to pursue CRNA school. When I looked to see if there were any approved critical care jobs in my area or a neighboring area, I didn't find very many. I felt the scholarship would set me back timewise when it came to applying to CRNA school.
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    Nurse Corps Scholarship 2017-2018

    I ended up declining my award. I hope that someone who needs it more than I do receives it :) Once again, good luck!
  15. PirateRN_919

    Nurse Corps Scholarship 2017-2018

    Just received an email that my application was considered a finalist. It doesn't guarantee that I will be awarded anything. I have a deadline to go in and accept or decline my scholarship intent. I plan to do that this morning. Just wanted to let you guys know that they are emailing out offers. Good luck everyone :)
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    lynchburg college accerelated BSN Summer 2015

    Hi dhammy, good luck! I'm sorry to hear about vet school, but nursing is such a good choice I just started my ABSN program three weeks ago. It's a lot of work, but I know it'll be worth it in the end. LC looks mainly at your grades. Not so much experience, but experience is a plus. I think you have to write a personal statement for them, but I can't remember. My cumulative GPA was a 3.34 when I applied and I had no problem getting in. From what I've been told, they prefer a prereq GPA over a 3.0. The biggest tip that I have is to apply as early as you can! Good luck!