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ER_BiscuitStripes BSN, RN, EMT-B

the Emergency Department

Formerly EDboundSN

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  1. How often do you have to work weekends at your hospital? Does seniority play a factor? If a nurse has a certain amount of tenure with your hospital, can they be excluded from working weekends?
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    Working Weekends: How often? Seniority based?

    I’m new to my unit, which is every other weekend, but I’ve noticed some of the more senior nurses aren’t scheduled for any weekends. So I’m not sure if it’s a seniority thing, they’re switching with someone who prefers to work weekends, or what.
  3. I'm a senior nursing student and this debate arose with a couple of my classmates and me. I work as an ER tech and they work as patient care techs on the floor. As of right now, CDC guidelines state for PPE: So basically CDC is saying wear an N95 if you have it, but if you don't, wear a surgical mask until you can get an N95. So if you have a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient, and all you have is a surgical mask and no N95, can you refuse to take care of that patient? Do you face any legal repercussions or potential fallout from your employer if you do refuse? Asking not only about tech positions, but RN positions as well.
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    How far out is NCLEX-RN scheduling? May 2020 COVID

    Anyone who has recently taken, or scheduled to take the NCLEX-RN, how far out was your test date you were able to get? What was the soonest available? What area of the country are you in? I’m cutting it close with my program start date and wondering when I get my ATT how soon I can schedule. Thanks!
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    Any National Guard RNs?

    Looking to see if there are any RNs in the National Guard on this forum? I'm a prior service active duty Army enlisted, considering maybe commissioning in the guard as an O-1 as an RN. I was wondering what you do during your drills and two week drill each year? Are you training, actually working, both? Do they take your nursing specialty into consideration? For example, I'm going to be starting as a new grad in the ED, would I have the ability to work in the ED with the guard, or could they put me on any unit in a hospital? What are the odds of being deployed and how far in advance do they normally give you? What are the deployment areas for NG RNs right now? Thanks again!
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    How far out is NCLEX-RN scheduling? May 2020 COVID

    It’s a California’s state school. We finished 5/8. The instructors have until 5/21 to submit grades to cal state. Cal state then has two weeks to input them into our official record which extends us to 6/5. Then it goes to a different office and they have another 2 weeks to confer degrees, which puts us at 6/19. Then we can order transcripts. Takes 7-10 business day’s to process. That puts me the week of June 29th or early July. Then it takes state of TN where I applied a week or two to process transcripts so that puts me mid July. When I finished first week of May. Crazy.
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    How far out is NCLEX-RN scheduling? May 2020 COVID

    I don't understand why my school takes 10 weeks to get our stuff to the state and get us ATTs when ya'll are literally getting them same day. Good for ya'll, just a bummer for me haha.
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    TriStar Nurse Residency Summer 2020

    I don't really remember what questions they asked, I usually forget the moment I walk out and it's been about three months now, sorry! I've worked as an ER tech for years now and I'm a military veteran so I think those were the two things that really set me apart.
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    How far out is NCLEX-RN scheduling? May 2020 COVID

    I graduated two weeks ago. We're not expected to get our ATT's until the first or second week of July. I went to California State University.
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    How far out is NCLEX-RN scheduling? May 2020 COVID

    WOW! 4 days after graduation, that's the fastest ATT I've ever heard of! My school takes 8-10 weeks after graduation! But thank you for the encouragement , I appreciate it...it's definitely a stressful time, especially when I already have a job and I know I won't make the start date.
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    How far out is NCLEX-RN scheduling? May 2020 COVID

    Yeah, I’m in the Nashville area and I’m willing to drive. I’ve been studying since March so I’m ready to take it today if I was able to. I just won’t want to lose my job because I can’t get a test date in time, I accepted this position before all the lockdowns.
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    How far out is NCLEX-RN scheduling? May 2020 COVID

    WOW! July! That’s insane!! I won’t get my ATT until mid June, I won’t be able to test until like September if that’s true!! Where are you from? My job starts 7/10
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    COVID-19: Pearson VUE test cancellation

    Yeah that's what I heard, someone I know wasn't able to reschedule until May 9th.
  14. I know it's a smaller hospital and most people look to go to the big three (Vandy, TriStar, and St. Thomas), but anyone else going to Sumner Regional this Summer for the new grad residency?
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    TriStar Nurse Residency Summer 2020

    I know some hospitals end up making a FB group for cohorts, but I made a FB group for all hospitals for people starting in new grad programs, especially for those moving to the area. Feel free to join if you're going to be a new grad! https://www.facebook.com/groups/214924516428923/?source=unknown
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    Vanderbilt Summer 2020 Nurse Residency

    I know some hospitals end up making a FB group for cohorts, but I made a FB group for all hospitals for people starting in new grad programs, especially for those moving to the area. Feel free to join if you're going to be a new grad! https://www.facebook.com/groups/214924516428923/?source=unknown
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    Vanderbilt Summer 2020 Nurse Residency

    Is anyone really familiar with the Nashville area that could PM so I could ask some questions about locations to live? Would greatly appreciate it!
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    Refusing Care of a COVID-19 Patient Due to Inappropriate PPE

    I guess people were trying to tell me that using lesser PPE (masks) simply because the appropriate PPE (N95) isn't available doesn't justify putting your health and safety as risk, especially if the hospital does have N95's available but is not giving them out. Again - not my opinion, that's why I was seeking other opinions.
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    Refusing Care of a COVID-19 Patient Due to Inappropriate PPE

    I agree. I have a background in military and law enforcement though, so putting myself at risk to help others has always been in my character. But other's don't necessarily agree, so I was curious others opinions and legality of it all.
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    Vanderbilt Summer 2020 Nurse Residency

    Yeah Pearson Vue closed testing centers until mid April nationwide.
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    Vanderbilt Summer 2020 Nurse Residency

    Just out of curiosity, have they said anything about potentially delaying cohorts due to covid?
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    COVID-19: Pearson VUE test cancellation

    So when do you realistically expect testing centers to reopen and hospitals to start allow new grads again? Summer? Fall? Next year?
  23. Wondering if there are any programs out there who have had their Spring 2020 graduation delayed or cancelled due to COVID 19? My school of nursing has recommended to instructors to move all lecture to online. No mandates yet; however, other schools of nursing in the area have already required classes to be moved online. No clinicals have been cancelled; however, the school of nursing is working with the BRN to figure out if clinical is cancelled, how the hours will be made up. While it isn't official word, I was told by the SoN that more than likely our ceremony will be cancelled, even if we are able to graduate on time in May. Wondering if anyone else is going through similar issues of potentially delayed or cancelled graduation dates due to inability to finish classes or clinical hours between now and graduation?
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    Any program graduations delayed or cancelled due to COVID19?

    Not at all, just that there’s a lot more politics, legality, and red tape today than there was in 1918. Don’t get me wrong I really want to graduate on time and help and do my part, but I don’t know how many corners if any they’re gonna cut to allow it. For example, many of the nursing schools in CA are petitioning to the governor to increase the cap of 75% clinical time and 25% lab time to 50/50 to make up hours lost by hospitals kicking students out. But I don’t know if that’s going to fly with the governor.
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    Any program graduations delayed or cancelled due to COVID19?

    Haha, interesting but it’s not 1918
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