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Old 05-16-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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Calling all nurses! (Or nurses-to-be)

Seems like there's quite a few of us on the board!

How 'bout us nursing sisters (and brothers) come gather here in this happy place?


I'll start.

I'm in my 3rd semester of 5 in nursing school. Monday I'll be starting the summer session - Chronic Health Problems & Mental Health Nursing. I'm also the newsletter writer for our chapter of the SNA! I plan to go into bariatrics one day, but will probably start as a med-surg nurse at a local hospital.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:24 AM   #2
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Nurse for 26 years...mostly med/surg with little forays into insurance utilization review, home health care and informatics.

It's a good job...you get to see th ebest and worst of people and you have the privelege of helping people live or die well.

Good luck...we need good nurses.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:28 AM   #3
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I am on the wait list to get into my Nursing program. I am crossing my fingers I get in for the Fall!
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:24 AM   #4
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:57 AM   #5
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I am on the wait list for fall.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:06 PM   #6
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RN for 20 years. I presently work in an outpatient surgery center.

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Old 05-17-2009, 12:25 PM   #7
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:52 PM   #8
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I am on the wait list to get into my Nursing program. I am crossing my fingers I get in for the Fall!
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I am on the wait list for fall.
Good luck ladies!

If you want some good study guides, look for:
Reviews & Rationales (they get broken down into pharmacology, med-surg, fundamentals, etc.)
Med-Surg Success
You can find these on Amazon.

The trick to nursing school is understanding what the question is asking, so practice taking tests is what I have found to be really helpful. Really, the concepts are pretty simple, and they will build upon them as you get further into the program. Also, group study is good too! Answer those practice test questions in a group, then discuss why you picked the answer you did.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:19 PM   #9
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:27 PM   #10
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Ok, now that some of us are here... let's come up with a discussion topic...


What made you want to go into nursing?
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Starting Nursing classes in the fall... have everything else done ( other than Micro, which I start tomorrow) so I will be taking 1 class, eight credits a semester
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:19 PM   #12
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Ok, now that some of us are here... let's come up with a discussion topic...


What made you want to go into nursing?
Working in a SNF for the past 6 yrs. Mom is nurse. Wanted to go to be a medic, but can do RN in the same amount of time and more demand/better pay for nurses than medics.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:24 PM   #13
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:50 PM   #14
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Nursing is a second career for me; I graduated from nursing school in 1997 when I was 36 years old. I started out in adult inpatient oncology on a 44 bed unit. I loved the patients and my coworkers, but I burned out after three years; I get close to patients and their families, and it was really hard losing patients that were like family.

I've been a NICU nurse since 2000: I work in a large 43 bed NICU. Our average daily census for the last 18 months has been 42. We get babies from all over the midwest; preemies as little as 350 grams, babies with heart defects, birth defects, surgical needs and medical anomolies. We're the #5 NICU in the country, as determined by Parents' Magazine; I'm so lucky to work there, and I LOVE what I do!
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:22 PM   #15
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Been an LPN for 4yrs, hope to continue for my RN soon. I have been in healthcare for 16 years, started out as a CNA. I love my job. There are so many different aspects of nursing. When someone asks me why I became a nurse the answer is complicated but simply put I want to help people in any way I can.
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