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    BSN but not a nurse

    I understand both sides of what you are saying, OP. If she didn't work in a clinical setting, around patients, I would think it would be acceptable. For instance, if she worked as a writer, or in research, etc. However, I understand how it can be misleading to patients who may assume that someone with a BSN on their badge, in uniform in a clinical setting, is a licensed nurse. Speaking of which, I have had nursing assistants offer to "help" me with patients, on tasks that cannot be delegated to CNAs, and say that other nurses let them do it because they are "almost done with nursing school". In once instance, I told the CNA no, they did the task incorrectly, and the charge nurse became involved. The patient was ok, but it could have been worse, and what happened was risky and unsafe. Although there are people that argue otherwise, passing NCLEX is supposed to ensure that graduates know how to keep patients safe. The fact that she says she is a nurse on social media is her personal business. I don't think it is right to lie about licensing that you don't have, but she may be embarrassed, or tired of telling people about not passing the exam.
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    Massachusetts School Nursing & DESE

    I had today off and I started looking into these. I agree, the partial hospitalization program looks like it would prepare me better than being a school nurse. Thank you so much! I am so excited! More options! Side note, I have a family member who is now in prison, and probably wouldn't be if the family had known about these. We struggled to try and keep him sectioned and treated for his mental health problems as an adolescent. Thanks again
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    Massachusetts School Nursing & DESE

    Hi, I am a new grad nurse (graduated July 2018), writing this in June 2019. My terminal goal is to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with a focus on adolescent mental health. I haven't begun that program yet, so the end is several years away. I currently work on a very busy surgical floor, part-time, for 8 months now, which I accepted to develop general nursing skills and experience. I am hoping to transition away from this in the upcoming year and start to move towards either community nursing, school nursing, or something else that will allow more focus on my final goal. I think that I am reading the requirements correctly for Massachusetts, that for DESE licensure, you must work 2 years, FULL TIME, or full-time equivalent for such, as a nurse, first? I think I may have misread the pathway that includes panel review, when I first began reading up on becoming a school nurse. I thought that certain education could substitute for the 2-year requirement with approval from the panel. I already began applying and paid my licensure application fee, before I realized that (I think) the alternative pathway also includes the 2-year requirement? I tried calling them yesterday to clarify, but was unable to get through, and now I am spinning my wheels. Any MA school nurses have any knowledge of the pathways to licensure? Thanks!
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    Ask Me If I'm Safe At Home

    Thank you for sharing, Ruby.
  5. Hi, I am a new grad, currently working 1st shift on a busy surgical floor of a hospital, that is in a hospital group with other hospitals. I am also in school for my BSN, full-time, and I graduate in a few months. I was planning on applying to start my master's in the fall, while continuing to work, part-time. I have no children, yet. Because I am only working part-time, most of my income goes to paying off debt from nursing school. I have been at this job for 6 months and I am already starting to feel burned out, and I only work part-time. Most of the nurses only work part-time, and even many of the veteran nurses have told me that they could never work 40+ hours on this floor, and that I should not feel like it is just because I am a new grad. Initially, I intended to try and stay a year and then try and transfer elsewhere within the hospital group to keep my retirement benefits that are not fully vested. However, I had to have surgery recently and I am out on medical leave. When I return, I will most likely have 2 weeks of light duty. I have been told by other nurses that there is nothing on the floor I can do "light-duty", so I am not sure where they are going to put me. My fear is that they will tell me to "get help when needed", but we are almost always understaffed, so I don't see that going well. On my floor, we basically care for patients before or after surgery, but often times, the PACU will sometimes send patients that are not stable because they need beds. I often have 5 patients, which wouldn't be as bad if 1-2 of them were not new post-op patients. Many days I find myself running in between patient rooms to try and save time and not spend a ton of time charting, afterwards. I am still working on improving my time management skills, but I am never the only one there charting, after, either. A lot of my time loss comes from days when we have no CNA, and I try and do everything for a patient, before moving on to the next room. I am learning prioritization. I am now eligible for transfer, and a job was just listed within the hospital group for an ASC position, and I was eyeing it before my procedure. The center is connected to a different hospital. Last week, I decided not to apply because it is a longer commute, more hours, and also, I felt bad for leaving my current position so soon. I have never been a "job jumper". However, after my procedure, I spoke with a fertility doctor who strongly suggested that I start trying to conceive in October of this year. If possible, we want to avoid starting off in debt with a newborn, so my SO is suggesting that I postpone grad school and start working full-time, as soon as possible so that we (I) can get our (my) debt paid off, and start saving for a potential baby. I am not sure how long the position will be available and I am still on leave. Is it ok to apply while I am on leave, or should I wait? Anyone have any pros and cons that I may not have considered? Do I need to contact my manager, first, since it would be a transfer within the organization? Am I wrong to think that 32-40 hours of ASC work might be less stressful and physically demanding than my busy surgical floor at the hospital? Thank you!
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    What if/Is it possible?

    I would say no. I guess it all depends on what questions you get, as well. When I took the NCLEX-RN, there were only a small handful of answers that I "knew" from lecture/reading. The rest, I guessed on, using all of the skills and knowledge that I'd accumulated in nursing school. I felt like all of my last-minute studying and test-prep was a waste, other than helping acclimate me to answering NCLEX-style questions. Even then, I think the test was so much harder than the practice questions. I passed in 75 questions, and I flew through the exam because I was afraid of wasting too much time on material that I was obviously unfamiliar with. I narrowed it down and then picked one. In some cases, there were answers that were very obviously wrong. I think a big part of doing well is how well you eliminate answers that would harm the patient. For instance, I had one question, I think it was my 74th question, that I basically had to choose the correct medication for the patient's infection. Two of them were antibiotics. One, that I had never heard of, had the -lol ending of a beta blocker. The last med, I somehow knew was mainly a veterinary sedative. I was able to then narrow it down to the 2 antibiotics, and although (I now know) I chose the wrong one, it wasn't the worst answer! My next question was "easy" and then the test shut off. In summary, even if I didn't know that that 4th med was a sedative, recognizing common antibiotics and choosing one of those was obviously the "safe" guess. You might be able to learn a lot from books, but the only way I could see someone doing well on the exam (theoretically) from only text would be if they practiced a lot of critical thinking questions (for years), and truly understood the rationales!
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    January 2018 Caption Contest - Select $100 Winner!

    Lamaze partner reporting for duty!
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    Day 7: 2016 Nurses Week Caption Contest

    The marbles passed!