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Becoming a nurse is all about education. Getting started in nursing school can be a challenge for some. The jobs are readily available, because the nursing profession has been suffering from a shortage for quite a few years now. It is a very noble profession and requires a certain kind of person to step into it and do it well. You have to love [...]
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Although each state educates and regulates its nurses individually, all nurses take the same licensing exam. For practical and vocational nurses, the exam is called the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, or NCLEX PN. Once the nurse has graduated from an accredited program, she is eligible to take the computerized examination to become a licensed practical or vocational nurse -- an LPN or [...]
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Nursing is an exciting and rewarding career choice. Registered nurses work as part of a healthcare team to provide care to those who are sick or injured. All registered nurses start their careers with attending nursing school and there is a lot of advice on how to get into nursing school. There are several different types of nursing schools to choose from including diploma programs, [...]
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After being laid-off twice since graduating last year, I finally got a job offer as an Acute Care Traveling Apheresis RN (I'll cover 74 hosp in a 75-mile radius). This job sounds awesome---lots of autonomy; I won't be stuck in one place for 8+ hours, 1:1 patient contact; cutting-edge technology in a highly specialized field (which will soon boom b/c of the stem cell stuff [...]
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I've been searching for words of encouragement since my first patient death the night before last--anything that will help me get back to my nursing job.

I graduated in May 2009 and began my first nursing job on a telemetry monitored vascular unit in August. I just ventured on my own after three months of orientation. The night before last was just like any other [...]
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I work in a relatively small ER: 24 beds including hall beds. I am a newcomer to this area, and almost everyone has experience in emergency medicine (in one capacity or another) for much longer than I have. Perhaps this is partly why I interact with patients the way I do, as opposed to the way I see many other nurses do.

From my observations, [...]
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Rookie Wit & Wisdom

After being laid-off twice since graduating last year, I finally got a job offer as an Acute Care Traveling Apheresis RN (I'll cover 74 hosp in a 75-mile radius). This job sounds awesome--lots of autonomy; I won't be stuck in one place for 8+ hours, 1:1 patient contact; cutting-edge technology in a highly specialized field (which will soon boom b/c of the stem cell stuff [...]
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I know that it is frustrating trying to find a nursing job right now for new graduates. I've been looking for over a year now.

I graduated in 2007 with my BSN and passed the NCLEX. I had a few job offers before I graduated from school, but the effects of the economy eliminated those opportunities. I haven't been picky looking for opportunities. I have been [...]
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I am a nurse on a cardiovascular floor. I have been there for a couple of years and can't help but notice the increasing acuity of the patients.

Our nurse/patient ratio is 1:5/6. I know that doesn't sound like a lot to some people, but most of the patients we take care of have a list 20 miles long of medical conditions, which only adds to [...]
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It started with the aches. I thought, what did I do to my back? Did I pull it or something? Quickly I discovered I had a low grade fever, adequately controlled by Tylenol.

Next day, same thing, not nearly as well controlled. I thought I had some kind of weird vague virus that would pass.

Three days later I sit here in my bed after having to [...]
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