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OliveOyl91 CNA, RN

Orthopedics, Trauma
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OliveOyl91 is a CNA, RN and specializes in Orthopedics, Trauma.

My name is Olivia and I graduated from my ADN program in September 2019 and am working on my BSN online through Chamberlain. As a CNA I’ve worked in both SNFs and acute care/hospital. I’m currently an RN resident on the same unit I worked on for three years as a CNA; an orthopedic/surgical/trauma unit.

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  1. I’m also new to a residency program! I’m working orthopedics/trauma. I’m grateful because it’s the unit and shift I worked for as a CNA for three years. Although already an employee, I enjoyed the week of classroom orientation and got to meet new nurses in the residency and also new (yet seasoned) nurses to the organization. My managers have scheduled me eight weeks of on-the-floor orientation with my preceptor, but have mentioned I’m welcomed to more if I feel like I need it. So far I’ve noticed that it’s a blessing and a curse working on my unit. I’m already comfortable and familiar with my coworkers, patients, and environment, but I’m really having to focus on my new position and priorities. My residency is also one year long and we have monthly meetings/seminars with our cohort. We won’t have any tests, but at the end of our program we have a specialty specific presentation that we need to give.
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    Coronavirus (COVID-19): We Want to Hear from You

    I work in Washington state. We are also screening individuals for respiratory illnesses and recent travel activity. I happened to be taking a class with our infection control nurse earlier in the week and she went onto a coronavirus tangent saying that until we learn more about the virus and how it’s spread, we will be to placing any potential coronavirus patient into airborne isolation much like how we did during our measles outbreak. I haven’t worked the floor since (I’m back tomorrow night), but I’m sure more education has been sent to our emails. Addendum: Our hospital has also discontinued using N95 masks and anyone working with airborne patients is required to use a PAPR.
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    ADN or BSN??? I’m confused.

    I graduated with an AAS in September 2019 and once I passed my NCLEX-RN, I started my RN-BSN online in November. It was nice to dive in while still in the swing of things. I was lucky to already work for a hospital organization as a CNA that will hire ADNs into their residency program, but that’s not usually the case in my area (Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA). If a hospital is your ultimate goal, I would dive right into your BSN if possible.
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    Sumner College

    I used the ATI study guide and invested in the practice exams. Super helpful. My worst subject was the science portion, but I focused on math and I’m glad I did. I actually commuted every day. The school’s in Portland and I came from Clatskanie (off Highway 30 by the coast). Luckily, another girl in my cohort was from Astoria, so we carpooled every day for two years, alternating driving days. Traffic could be really bad when class started at 8:00am, but it wasn’t until we reach Vancouver and were heading into a Portland. We always gave ourselves 2-2.5 hours to get there. It was tiring, but now that I’m done it actually went by very quick and was well worth it. We had folks from as far west as Astoria, far east as Hood River, as far south as Salem, and as far north as Olympia in my cohort.
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    Sumner College

    Sumner does have housing! They’ve recently partnered with a real estate agency and have townhomes available to students. This was too late for me to benefit from (I live about two hours away, too), but I’ve heard they’re nice. For me, the enrollment proceeds was very smooth. I had already taken my TEAS for a previous school and after I sent in my admissions essay I was scheduled for a panel interview. Because I lived so far away, they told me I was accepted before I left campus. Some classmates were told a week or so later. RN classes are all in the morning, mostly. 8am at the earliest and they run until 3pm at the latest. Once your places in a cohort, you run the course of the program with them. Transferring in classes won’t help you graduate faster, but it’ll definitely lighten your load. Only one or two terms had classes Mon-Fri, the rest were three or four days a week. I worked nights throughout the whole program and made it work.
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    Sumner College

    Hi! I did pass my NCLEX, with 151 questions. Everyone in my cohort has passed the first try. I wound up paying about $30k for Sumner. I transferred in a lot of credits, earned a few scholarships, and my work offers tuition reimbursement. And I start my work’s new grad RN residency in January. Several classmates started working as a RN the week they passed their NCLEX, they started applying to jobs once they had their NCLEX scheduled. Sumner often has career fairs on campus and you have a chance to talk to folks about their institution, etc.
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    Calling all chamberlain alumni or current students

    All of these replies are super helpful. I'm starting Chamberlain's RN-BSN program next week (Cycle 2 November Session) and this is my first time taking classes 100% online. This first semester I only registered for one class each session. If all goes well, I may double up on the gen-ed courses, but I'll play it by ear. I don't have any kiddos at home and am working three 12's a week.
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    Sumner college portland

    Sumner has a very solid nursing program. If given the opportunity, I’d go for the RN. It’ll be tough to go from LPN to RN without starting over. We had several LPNs in my RN cohort. I just graduated and passed my NCLEX first time around. They accept transfer credits, which is nice, but regional schools like Linfield won’t accept Sumner credits at face value. I looked into doing my RN-BSN at Linfield, Washington State, and Boise State. They all require several gen ed classes before being eligible to apply for their RN-BSN programs. Even with classes I took at Lower Columbia College, I was looking at 25-30 quarter credits to take before applying to those schools. I’m starting my RN-BSN online at Chamberlain. They accepted many of my credits from LCC and Sumner, and I’m able to dive straight into the program.
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    Passing Out at Clinical

    I had one experience during my clinical preceptorship where I felt like I would pass out. I was assisting my nurse with a really complicated dressing change on a patient who had an open window thoracostomy. You could see into their thoracic cavity and see their lungs. Of course they were on contact isolation so we were wearing those hot isolation gowns. Well, soon I suddenly got overwhelmingly hot and started feeling lightheaded. I was honest and told my nurse that I needed to sit down. I sat down, focused on my breathing, and the feeling passed. Make sure you eat a little something something, try not to clench your legs, and be honest. Warn folks if you think you’re heading in that direction. That way they don’t have to pick you up off the floor.
  10. Oh my goodness, that sounds agonizing! I tested yesterday at 0800 and Washington had my license active by 1700.
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    1 hour drive to school

    Occasionally, yes. I would listen to podcasts or study material during the drive. Or my buddy and I would ask practice questions from our workbooks or textbooks. For the most part, we used this time for decompression. Then I would hunker down at home to study or do my homework. A few terms I was lucky and we’d have an hour or two between classes and I’d do my homework then. Most of my meals were made in the crockpot or instapot during school and it saved lots of time and energy.
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    1 hour drive to school

    I just finished my ADN at a school that was 60ish miles away from home. For two years I drove from home near the Oregon coast to Portland. Luckily, I found a classmate who lives nearby and we carpooled, alternating driving days. It was exhausting. Rush hour traffic made the drive almost twice as long. Two hour drive, eight hour school day, then the two hour drive home... Then there were the quarters with 12-hour clinical days. It was worth it, though. Driving so much definitely wears at your car. Aside from the cost of gas, I was also having to get oil changes much more frequently, went through a couple sets of tires, and had to get more than a few rock chips filled during these last couple years.
  13. I have ulcerative colitis and had a nasty flare during my nursing prerequisites. I have several W's on my transcript as a result. I just graduated from my ADN program and am getting ready to start my RN-BSN in the next couple months. They're a blemish on my transcript, but they don't count against my GPA.
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    Sumner College

    I just graduated from Sumner College and am waiting to take my NCLEX. I was rejected from Lower Columbia College's ADN program (with all my prerequisites done) and applied to Sumner before the next round. Sumner transferred in most of my prereqs and that knocked the price of the program down significantly. After my NCLEX, I'll be starting the online RN-BSN program at Chamberlain University, they offer discounted tuition to Sumner graduates.
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    Pigeon-holed if you dont work at a hospital right away?

    Many of the nurses I work with at the hospital have prior experience in SNFs. They all say it was definitely a different experience and it took time to adjust, but they're all amazing nurses. Experience and wonderful interview skills. :)
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    Is It Possible To Work During Nursing School?

    It is possible to work while in nursing school. I've been working throughout the past year of my program. If you're able to get a room in the dorms that would help tremendously. What are your work hours like? Can your schedule be flexible? I work 12 hour shifts as a CNA and before I started my program, I asked my manager if I might be able to work weekends only (after going part-time). I've been working Friday and Saturday (nights) for the past year and pick up extra shifts when I have breaks from school. Now, one year in, it's nice because I only have class two days a week and two weekends of clinical for the term. After my loans and grants, my school let me go on a monthly payment plan for my remaining tuition. And with each scholarship opportunity that payment gets smaller and smaller. I think my monthly payment is around $200 at the moment. It can get really tiring, tight, tough, and downright depressing at times, but it's doable. :)
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