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  1. PPE shortage from a different perspective for your average citizen https://medium.com/@mrkjamesbb/how-not-to-get-infected-with-covid-19-at-the-hospital-c142ec228c91
  2. An excellent, moving article that really slaps you in the face with some not-so-palatable reality https://medium.com/@mrkjamesbb/do-not-resuscitate-1e4c177dcc92
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    How much money to expect as a new grad RN?

    Houston, Texas medical center pays new grads $27.50/hr
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    Job advice

    Memorial Hermann Houston will consider 1 year of LVN experience as 1/2 a year of RN experience when calculating pay rate, even if starting in the new grad residency program. Houston Methodist Hospital emailed and had me arrange a time for the telephone interview. When they called, they told me I had too much experience to be considered for the new grad residency program and that I need to apply for an RN 1 position. I'm not sure where you pulled this from, but you are mistaken. I think the fact that I am considering the new grad residency programs despite paying $5/hr less than my old job and the fact I listed the experience and program itself as a pro above indicate that I appreciate the training provided in such a program. The situation I described above with Houston Methodist was not me thinking I don't need any further training. It was, in fact, me applying to a nurse residency program and setting up a telephone interview only to be told they were sorry, but after looking at my resume, I have too much experience for the program. They said the program was for new grads, and that I am not a new grad (as far as they are concerned). So, I guess I need to throw a third option into the mix--getting my license and applying for regular RN positions. I will do this anyway, even after accepting a nurse residency program. If the former offers more, I will take that figure to the residency program and see if they will match it. The difference is: the ability to take a position straight out of school in the ICU and have the back up and support and training, etc. to provide a nice, confidence and skill-building transition into such a critical and intimidating field. Thank you
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    Job advice

    Hi So I just graduated from a BSN program. I've been an LVN for 8 years. Im looking at job options. I was offered a job at the LTAC I used to work at...It's a good hospital with high acuity patients and it's in the med center. I've been applying at the other big fancy hospitals here, too. My my problem is, a lot of the big hospitals will only hire me as a new grad in one of their residency programs. Meaning, they pay new grad pay. The difference between new grad pay and the offer I got from my old LTAC is like $5/hr. However, I'm not sure what to do. LTAC Pros/Cons: Pay is good Good staff Med Center location Experience there as an RN is respected in the big hospitals 6 patients and basically a med surg floor Big Hospitals pros/Cons: Big fancy prestigious hospitals...world renowned level 1 trauma centers, etc Looks awesome on resume Awesome experience Straight into ICU with residency year-long training Crappy pay ($5/hr less than above for a year guaranteed) Any advice? I'd jump at the opportunity to work somewhere like an ICU in a level one trauma center, but I have school loans and a lifto live.
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    UTHSC Fall 2015 Applications

    Hey, does anyone know how it works if you applied to both Fall and Summer Semester? I mean, if you accept a seat for the summer semester, does that negate your application for the fall? Or can you chose which one to accept, assuming you get accepted for both?
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    UTHSC Summer 2015 Application

    Hey, does anyone know how it works if you applied to both Fall and Summer Semester? I mean, if you accept a seat for the summer semester, does that negate your application for the fall? Or can you chose which one to accept, assuming you get accepted for both?
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    UTHSC Summer 2015 Application

    What's a BON blue card? I haven't seen anywhere on their site where that is mentioned. I imagine they allow for the time it takes, otherwise they would have mentioned it sooner...
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    UTHSC Summer 2015 Application

    Hey, does anyone know how long we have to get our immunization stuff and/or drug test done? I know it says "immediately" for the immunizations, but I have to get a couple of titers done. Or when does registration start?
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    UTHSC Summer 2015 Application

    Did anyone else's "admission status" in myUT go back to the complete green circle after they paid their $200? Mine did. It was a green check. Now I'm worried, like as if it was a dream, too good to be true.
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    UTHSC Summer 2015 Application

    Does anyone know when we start or what the schedule will look like?
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    UTHSC Summer 2015 Application

    I just got accepted. I didn't get an email, nor did I get a transcript eval. I just logged into myUT and saw the green check with "accepted." I clicked on accept and paid the $200. There were tears in my eyes. It's been emotional. My stats are in this thread somewhere or the other one. As a rough guide, my Science GPA is 3.8, Nursing GPA 4.0, Prereque GPA 3.8. HESI overall was 94 (I think) with an 830 on CT. I forgot to do the learning styles bit on the HESI I was so nervous. Congratulations to everyone who got in! To those who didn't or won't, don't give up. I didn't get accepted last year. I was bummed.
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    UTHSC Fall 2015 Applications

    You're fine. As long as they received it before the deadline (which you confirmed), you're good. They just take their time updating the myUT to do list thing.
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    UTHSC Summer 2015 Application

    Hey TX2015, I completely understand how you're feeling. This whole thing is so obscure, and with so much riding on it--our careers--it's extremely stressful. I applied for the Fall 2014 semester back in Jan 2014. I had no idea what would transfer, etc. and was surprised to find out that in order to get the transcript eval I had to apply first. My thinking was, I'll just go down there and find out if it's worth me applying yet or whether I should take a few more classes first. As you know, not the case. Pay your $60 and wait. I received the transcript eval for that application (Fall 2014) in February 2014. I had 32 hours of the required prereques. Also, they wanted my foreign transcripts. I received the letter saying I didn't accepted into the Fall 2014 semester in March 2014. The letter didn't say why. I just figured I was missing a transcript (the foreign one) and 8 hours short of the 40. The transcript eval I received the other day was dated November 2014, and it was the same transcript eval I received before. I'm sure they will have updated everything and I'll receive a new one soon. I just freaked out when I first saw it and couldn't think straight. I'm sure your stuff will transfer. I too have no idea what their criteria for acceptance is. I imagine they give greater weight to classes taken at 4 year colleges than at community colleges. My worry is that my A&P, Micro, Math, etc. were taken over 7 years ago. I don't know if that counts against me. I did well on the HESI. Although, I made an 830 on CT and completely forgot to do the learning styles thing! I'm hoping that having been an LVN for the last 7 years and currently working in the med center will count in my favor. I'm not sure, though, as maybe they only want young, fresh out of college kinda students. Sounds like you've done your research, though. Good luck to you, too! Are you going to spend another $60 and put in an application for the Fall 2015 semester? The deadline is Jan 15th. I figured I would. Why not?
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    UTHSC Summer 2015 Application

    So I checked my mail today and opened my transcript eval ( I don't check my mail often). I was panicked when I saw that my eval didn't include any of the classes I've taken this year and left me like 8 hours short of the 40 required to apply. I have all 60 hours, and I submitted my transcript with 50 of those hours completed before the Dec 1st deadline. The lady at the registrar assured me they would update my profile when my transcript from the fall 2014 semester was submitted. That was sent (the remaining 10 hours) on Dec 17. The transcript eval I have was prepared on 11/17/14. Surely the transcript I submitted after that before Dec 1st will be included in the eval that who ever decides who gets accepted or not will see, right? I'm kinda freaking out. I don't understand why they would evaluate your transcripts on 11/17 and ignore any classes you take and submit before the application deadline. :/
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    UTHSC Summer 2015 Application

    Does anyone else applying have any nursing experience? Any LVNs? I'm an LVN. I'm just wondering if that helps any with getting considered for admission. Anyone who is in the program already, were there any LVNs or people with other clinical experience in there too? I just finished up all my prereques this week, so I basically just have to sit around and wait til April :/
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