Post # 1
I just graduated with my BSN (woot!) and am taking my NCLEX saturday (eek!). I will be working at a children’s hospital on a neurology/endocrinology unit.
Just wondering if there were any other nurses in the hive. Where do you work? How long have you been a nurse? Any tips for your first year after school or boards?
Post # 3
Congrats! I work in marketing, but recently decided to start a second career in nursing. Hope to be where you are in a couple of years 🙂 Sending you good vibes for the exam!!
Post # 4
Not a nurse yet! Staring my senior year of nursing school in three weeks. 9 more months…9 more months! And Hesi…and NCLEX! Be honest – is NCLEX as hard as I’m scared it’s going to be?
Post # 5
Not a nurse, but I work at a children’s hospital (I’m a computer programmer)! Kudos to you for your chosen field! I don’t think could handle being a nurse, especially at a children’s hospital. I don’t work directly with patients, but I do get emotional from time to time at work!
Post # 6
I’m not a nurse, but I have worked as a nursing assistant for the past 3 years, and I start nursing school this fall. Congrats on graduating, and good luck on the NCLEX!!
Post # 7
Find a great nurse in your department that has a lot of experience and is willing to mentor you. This person can really show you the ropes! Ask questions and do research on your own time to really learn about your patients and their medical issues. Talk and LISTEN to your patients and their families. They can give you get insight. Congrats! It is a wonderful accomplishment.
Post # 8
I’m a nurse! Have been since 2003. I work at a children’s hospital as a vascular access specialist. My advice for you is take a review course before the NCLEX. It doesn’t teach you nursing skills, it teaches you about the actual test and how to take it. It helps so much.
Then after you pass, which you will find out within a few days, embark on your new journey of having a ‘career’. You should spend at least a year working med-surg in a hospital setting….it gives you a nicely rounded knowledge of many kinds of nursing. Then, decide what speciality is right for you and pursue it. This is an exciting time for you, CONGRATS!!
Post # 9
Yayyyyy for us 2010 Nursing Graduates!!!! 😀 I graduate this December from nursing school and I am also terrified of the NCLEX! Did your school not give yall a review or have someone come in and talk to you towards the end of your last semester of nursing? Our school is offering that to us through Kaplan. (not sure if you’ve heard of them) Also…what i would do..I would purchase an NCLEX review book…the first part of the book explains EVERYTHING about the NCLEX…it lets you know what to expect on it and how to prepare for it as well. Let me know how you do and good luck!!!!!! 😀
Post # 10
totally just noticed that you wrote this a MONTH AGO so yo’ve already taken it, how was it?!?!?!?!
Post # 12
I’m a BSN also, I work on a Hematology/Oncology Unit. I have been an RN for 5 years. My advice to you is ask alot of questions – all the smart nurses do. And 2ndly don’t expect yourself to be an expert nurse, the next year will be a huge learning curve and thats ok. Good luck. Hope you are a fellow RN now
Post # 13
I’ve been an RN since 1998. I agree with a lot of the PP. Find the nurse on your unit who is nice and receptive to your questions, because she’s the one that you’ll learn the most from. Take a review class before the NCLEX. And give yourself a decent amount of slack during your first year. It’s a hell of a learning curve, but one year from now, you’ll be amazed at where you are!
Oh, and THE MOST important thing another nurse told me when I first started: NEVER call the doctor until you have a set of vitals and the chart in front of you. Trust me on this. 🙂
Post # 14
I have been a nurse for 4 years and I work in an oncology center giving chemotherapy. I agree with other never hesitate to ask questions. It will pretty much be expected that you will have lots of them. Good luck and update us on how NCLEX went for you!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm
@penguinsaremyfriends: Do you work at the UW Cancer Clinic by chance? That’s where my husband’s being treated…
Post # 16
Just got started nursing school! Going for BSN-RN