Pre-Nursing/Nursing Students....I have an idea!!!

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  1. ShortieRN

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    I'm sure you've gotten in somewhere at this point, congratulations on finishing the pre-reqs.

    My school (CSUDH) also has a robust bridge program. I started in my 3rd semester of my ASN program.

    Good to see all these students and RNs.
     
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    Hi. I'm a Med Surg RN and I love my specialty, but eventually want to get into critical care. I work at an excellent teaching hospital and know I can grow with them. Think I'm leaning towards NICU, mainly because of my mentor, the size of the patients and their propensity for having the best outcomes.

    So conflicted. Lol. However working registry, in addition to full time and going to school for MSN is occupying my thoughts in the interim.
     
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    Thank you! We just started our 2nd semester on the 28th. This summer I completed 7 credits at CSUF in their jumpstart program. Congrats on starting the 3rd semester, you'll be ready to take the NCLEX in no time :yep:
     
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    Awesome! I should have written in past tense, :hammer:, as I was pinned in 2015 and have been an RN since March of 2016.

    All the best to you!
     
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    I haven’t written in here since I first announced I was going to nursing school. Well, I’m about a little under 3 months from graduating. My graduation is December 15.

    This has been the fastest and roughest journeys though school I have ever had. I enjoyed this journey but it hasn’t been easy. You really have to focus and be dedicated. This is what I lacked the first time I went to nursing school. But I’m almost there.

    I am having some trouble with pediatrics. Any tips on that?
     
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    @WhereItsAt what exactly are you having trouble with?
     
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  7. WhereItsAt

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    I just need some hints on how to remember this stuff. It’s like in general, it’s not sticking no matter how I read it.. I keep getting mixed up on signs and symptoms in a toddler vs an unfair. I need a way to help me remember stuff
     
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    Flash cards, writing things in different colors, mnemonics, making up stories or relating things to people you know. Stories always helped me. Suga Baby was my character for diabetes related things, Salty Sarah was for hypertension, Pregnant Patty for pre-eclampsia, etc. Just quick little stories. And I had a friend that would make up little poems. Also check out you tube, Pinterest and IG. There's always little study tips, mnemonics and content review.

    Oh and talk to yourself. When I read things out loud and talk them out, I remember better. Not a whisper like full on talking to yourself...In the comfort of your own home of course. Do it in a way like you got the best gossip ever.
     
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    Thank you so much! These are all good tips I never thought of! I’ll try some of them.
     
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    I can't wait to get where you are, I think I'm going to use UWorld NCLEX to help prepare for the exam.
     
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    Med Surg I is kicking my butt! :cry: Any tips?
     
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    What specific topic are you having trouble with?
     
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    No specific topic. Lol. More so, the way that the questions are worded on the exam. The professor does ‘NCLEX style’ questions, so the focus is on nursing priorities, patient safety, choosing the ‘best’ answer even when other choices may also be right. I spent several hours studying (started studying a week in advanced) and only got an 76, which was later scaled to an 84. Not terrible, but I feel like I’m putting in too many hours of studying to get anything less than an 85. I review my class notes, the textbook and do lots of practice problems. I’m not sure what I could do differently.
     
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    With Med Surg I, they are tossing alot of information at you at once. One thing that worked for me for Med Surg I was re-listening to class lectures and drawing out the information. NCLEX style questions are meant to help you "think like a nurse" but they are really just asking for basic information ie:What is the most important for this patient. If the patient is having a breathing issue, then airway is the priority despite any other issues that are going on. I would also suggest looking up Registered Nurse RN on youtube. Her videos really helped with breaking down those pesky NCLEX questions.
     
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    Thanks. I’ll check out that YouTube channel. :yep:
     
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    Ladies, I'm in need of advice.

    I've been an RN at my job for almost 8 months now and as I mentioned in a previous thread, I've hated it since the first week. :look:Well, I had an interview at a hospital closer to my house (5 minutes away) and they offered me a job on nights. The thing is that I would have to take a 10k paycut and I would have to restart orientation over since I don't have a year of experience and it's an entirely new specialty(psych). I'm at a loss honestly. I wonder if I should just tough it out til March for a year of experience or should I take this new job?

    Any advice or responses would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    I’m not in your shoes, but a 10k pay cut doesn’t sound ideal. I’d keep applying to other positions and take my time to find a good fit.
     
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    Started the process of getting my MSN. I'm hoping that I'll be able to start in January. This also means that I'll be staying on my current unit until I'm done. :cry3:I have lots of downtime more often than not so that will definitely come in handy for studying. Hopefully it's no longer than 2 years
     
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    School starts next week! I'm a bundle of emotions lol. I'm nervous, excited, relieved, scared, overwhelmed (already!).

    Paying for all these books is ridiculous! One class we needed 4! However, I found a way to get even the newest books for free...

    If you're a moral oral don't bother PMing me, but I figured I'd spread the knowledge. I've only paid for two, and it would have been zero had I found this little trick sooner. Just thought I'd share if anyone is interested, shoot me a PM!
     
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    idk if I should put this in this thread but I did go to nursing school but I don't think I am prepared for this. I take care of my grandmother and she has dementia. Sometimes she needs help bathing. She still views me as a child and I look young so sometimes she refuse to listen to me when I ask her to take a bath. What can I do to persuade her to listen to me and get up out of bed to bathe? Maybe this can help someone who work in nursing homes or the elderly.
     
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    Maybe you should try giving her a bed bth and allow her to do what she can on her own or with your assistance.
     
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    Have a job interview on the 1st for PACU!!!!:bounceline: I'm surprised they are offering me an interview since I have no ICU experience...Hmm.. Maybe I should try ICU first?
     
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    I just took my first nursing exam in patho. I'm a little disappointed, I got a B. I felt like I studied a lot and should have gotten an A. :oops:
     
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    This weekend I combed through YouTube vids looking for study tips. I’d say the most beneficial for me would be making concept maps. Do you ladies have any other tips?

    I think one of the issues and why I did not score higher was because the professor really stressed understanding the concepts not necessarily memorizing little things. Most of the test was over memorization type material though! But I don’t want to get stuck on that either. Any advice is appreciated :)
     
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    Oh! And do any of you have any recommendations for good shoes? They said no clogs. I would prefer sneakers, white or black, and they have to be leather. I was thinking air maxes? I had a pair when I worked in the lab, but I wasn’t on my feet as much.
     
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    @afrofaithful I think concepts maps are good if you are a visual learner. I also read over the powerpoints everyday. I notice that the slides my instructors don't go over are the very ones with the info on the exams. I make notecards of the slides to always have a portable visual aid with me to constantly look over. I hate our book personally and learn better from watching youtube. Registerednursern channel is one I use alot to learn concepts.

    Some of my classmates are wearing Reeboks, New Balances, and Air Maxes and say they are comfortable.
     
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    I need some advice on something.
    Ok, I finished LVN school. I take my Nclex Thursday.

    My school is doing a new hybrid ADN-RN program. It’s a 1 year program. It’s first class starts Jan 2019.

    However, I wanted to do this fast track BSN program and it is 16 months long, but it costs more.

    I’ll have to be paying this out of pocket. My question is.. what would you do? I know I am going to get my BSN and more hospitals are requiring that now. However, not sure how I can afford it out of my pocket. Is the pay between someone with a BSN vastly different than someone with their ADN?

    And yes, I know I will have to get my BSN to move up and I have plans for that.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you! :)
     
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    First of all, congrats on finishing nursing school!:bounceline: That is quite an accomplishment and good luck on your NCLEX on Thursday!!!:bounceline:

    Now on to your question: Will you have to pay out of pocket for the ADN program? If not, that would be the one I would go for. I only say this because most hospitals or at least in my area pay for you to get your BSN. In fact, that's what I'm doing right now. In my area, there is maybe a dollar difference between a BSN and ADN. There's no restriction on what I can so as an ADN.

    Ultimately the decision is yours. I'm currently in an RN to BSN program and I will be done in September. I started in January and I'll have my BSN. Good luck to you and let us know if you have any questions.
     
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    Hey! I am in school to get my BSN at the moment, so I haven’t really been in the job market. However, from what I’ve seen, ADN trained trained nurses can still get jobs at hospitals or clinics and many times at just a few $ difference if any. Many hospitals offer really generous tuition assistance to get an upper level degree. For instance, one of the hospitals out here offers 100% tuition assistance for getting your B/MSN, and 75% for phd level degrees. I did the BSN because it was quicker than getting an ADN in my case. Once you get the ADN RN, you can easily do another bridge program, many of them are online and if someone else pays, free too.

    But maybe someone working will have a better perspective. Congrats on being finished and good luck on the Nclex!
     
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    Thank you ladies for your input. I just got my quick results for NCLEX and I passed!!!!!!! I’m honestly shocked as I left feeling like I had bombed it miserably! I did the PVT and got the good pop up and my results were available bright and early at 8 this morning. I passed!!!! I really passed!!

    I don’t plan to pay for my ADN completely so I guess I will go with getting it next since it’s only a year then work for an employee that will pay for my BSN! Again, thanks for your opinions!
     

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