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Nursng_life BSN, RN

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Nursng_life is a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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    Old Dominion University CRNA ODU DNAP 2021

    I was waitlisted. Good luck to all of you who were accepted!
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    Old Dominion University CRNA ODU DNAP 2021

    I was told the same. Before Thanksgiving. Feels like years from now! 😂
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    Old Dominion University CRNA ODU DNAP 2021

    I interviewed Oct 16. I received invitation to interview via email on Oct 5.
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    CCRN Exam 2020

    Hey guys! I recently sat for the CCRN-Adult examination on 8/12 and I passed! I haven't seen anything posted about the updated/revised CCRN Exam that occurred for test takers after March 25, 2020. It was definitely a tough exam that I wouldn't take lightly. I have been in ICU a little over 1 year. I used Barron's CCRN review book and studied over 4 weeks strictly from that book while working full-time & night shift. There are 2 full length (150 questions) practice exams in the back and I only completed one. Personally, I thought this book was great in preparing me for the exam. Before taking the exam, I read a lot about CCRN on this forum. One update that I noticed after the exam versus what I read on this forum, was the number of questions you had to get correct in order to pass. There's 150 questions, 25 aren't included in the grading format, and the other 125 are included. When I received my score report immediately after the exam by the psi proctor, I saw that for the CCRN-Adult examination, only 83 out of 125 question are required in order to pass. I'd read on this forum that is was 87. Also, there are slightly less cardiac questions than previously and more questions in the other body systems which you can read about on the AACN website. This was a plus for me because cardiac was my weakest area and I worked in a Medical ICU. Don't take the ethics portion of the exam lightly either as it can be a make or break you. I ended up getting all of those questions correct which really helped my score. My score was 94/125. Good luck to all those testing!
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    CCRN Exam 2020

    Hey guys! I recently sat for the CCRN-Adult examination on 8/12 and I passed! I haven't seen anything posted about the updated/revised CCRN Exam that occurred for test takers after March 25, 2020. It was definitely a tough exam that I wouldn't take lightly. I have been in ICU a little over 1 year. I used Barron's CCRN review book and studied over 4 weeks strictly from that book while working full-time & night shift. There are 2 full length (150 questions) practice exams in the back and I only completed one. Personally, I thought this book was great in preparing me for the exam. Before taking the exam, I read a lot about CCRN on this forum. One update that I noticed after the exam versus what I read on this forum, was the number of questions you had to get correct in order to pass. There's 150 questions, 25 aren't included in the grading format, and the other 125 are included. When I received my score report immediately after the exam by the psi proctor, I saw that for the CCRN-Adult examination, only 83 out of 125 question are required in order to pass. I'd read on this forum that is was 87. Also, there are slightly less cardiac questions than previously and more questions in the other body systems which you can read about on the AACN website. This was a plus for me because cardiac was my weakest area and I worked in a Medical ICU. Don't take the ethics portion of the exam lightly either as it can be a make or break you. I ended up getting all of those questions correct which really helped my score. My score was 94/125. Good luck to all those testing!
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    Bon Secours Maryview

    Good day, Congrats on your career choice! Good luck to you! (Mine is CRNA/Psych NP is my 2nd if CRNA school is a "dud" down the line...LOL). Anywho, I interviewed at Sentara last year and unless it changed since last Summer, it was $4 night shift diff with no weekend diff. (That would be awesome if they did!). I interviewed at Sentara Norfolk Cardiac Surgical IMCU. I really wanted to work in ICU so I chose Maryview. I work nights and shift diff is $6 whether on a weekend or not. If you do end up working on the weekend, it's an additional 0.75. Like most hospitals, yes staffing can be short. However, the upside to that is you're able to pick up as many shifts as you'd like. (Endless opportunities) On most units, additional $6.25 if you pick up an additional shift and if you are able to come in on a really short night, they will usually double or triple your additional shift incentive. So base pay+night diff+weekend diff+$6.25(X's 2 or 3). As a new grad (not sure if you are a new grad) starting in ICU, the extra money helped. (P.S. If you have a BSN even with no experience, request an additional $1 on top of base pay for that...hint hint). I received an additional $1 on top of base pay at 6 months. They do give annual bonuses and pay raises. But please don't burn yourself out. The interview process was straight forward. Very low stress interview. Hate to sound cliche but "just be yourself". They really like talk about patient advocacy. My interview was less than 10 mins. Received call maybe 2 hours later for job offer for ICU and CVT Step-down Unit. But again, money's nice to have but don't burn yourself out because they are short-staffed on some floors often. Don't feel obligated to say "yes" if you are new to the floor when asked about coming in to help out on days with staffing shortages. Sorry if I rambled to much. Hope I helped answer some of your questions!
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    ODU CRNA 2018

    @nitroaveragenurse Congrats! How did you receive your invitation to interview? Phone or email? Thanks!
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    ODU CRNA 2018

    @nitroaveragenurse Congrats! How did you receive your invitation to interview? Phone or email? Thanks!
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    Bon Secours Maryview

    For anyone who'd like to know, there is no weekend differential. Only night shift. $4/hr for the first 4 hours and $6/hr for the remaining 8 hours. Base pay $25. I interviewed this week at Bon Secours as well as Sentara Heart Hospital. Sentara is $9/hr for nights and weekend. Base pay $25. I received an offer from Bon Secours and am awaiting an offer from Sentara. I shadowed for 4 hrs there last night (7pm-11pm). Anywho, I sure wish the pay was better in this area. Might be time to pack and leave Hampton Roads VA.
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    Bon Secours Maryview

    Does anyone know the shift differentials at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth, VA?
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    Old Dominion CRNA 2019

    Thank you so much!!! Congratulations to you!!! Wishing you both the best!
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    Old Dominion CRNA 2019

    CONGRATS!! I will be applying this year. Do you mind sharing stats? How was your interview? Any pointers? Thanks and congratulations again!
  13. Nursng_life

    NCLEX RN August 2018

    Update: I passed! My license number posted to the NURSYS website this morning at 0930!
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    NCLEX RN August 2018

    Update: Took the NCLEX-RN this morning at 0800. Finished @0930 with 75 questions. Completed 20 Research questions.Then a survey. Just as others, I left feeling as if I failed. Some questions were vague. I had no idea what it was asking so I had to look at the given answers which helped. During the entire exam, I could hear my heart beating with headphones on! Lol! I didn't have more of any specific topic. My exam was pretty "balanced". I know some people stated on this forum that they had more of priority, delegation, maternity, psych, or peds, etc. I had maybe 13-15 SATAs, 1 EKG, & 2 exhibits. No put in order. Did the PVT once I received the email from Pearson regarding exam completion. Good Pop-up! Waiting for official results. (VA doesn't have quick results í ½í¸”) Wish I'd taken it on the weekday. Anyhow, the wait begins. Monday please get here quickly!
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    NCLEX RN August 2018

    My application to Virginia's BON was finally processed today & I received my eligibility to test via email at 11:32 this morning. Pearson Vue emailed my ATT a few hours later (5:30pm to be exact!). Thank Goodness! This has been a longggggg wait. I'm scheduled to take the NCLEX-RN this Friday at 8. (All of sudden my stomach is doing flips! LOL) Good Luck to you all!
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    NCSBN's Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination v9.0

    Hi! I'm currently using this as my study resource for the NCLEX. I'm waiting on my ATT so I can't tell you about if it helps with the exam. I'm hoping to receive my ATT asap because it has been over 4 weeks and Virginia BON has not processed my application. I really like the practice questions. I didn't review much of the content. There's 1300+ questions not including the questions in each lesson. I only have 40 questions left to complete. If you'd like to review it, I can send you my login. Send me a PM. It doesn't expire until 8/16. The class who graduated before my cohort said it was an excellent study resource for NCLEX. Most passed with 75 questions. I purchased the 3-week study plan & it's only $50. After spending hundreds of dollars on books and several NCLEX-Rn study guides like Saunders, Lippincott, NCLEX made easy, PrepU, etc throughout nursing school, I didn't want to spend more on Uworld or live reviews. We had HESI live review but I didn't like it. Very little practice questions. Overall, I do like NCSBN.