If you have a serious illness, should you get palliative care?

caregivers

Yes. Palliative care provides an additional level of support while still providing curative treatment. Hospice care, on the other hand, also provides support but focuses on pain management and a good quality end-of-life care. Coming from NYU, I’m aware of the NICHE program (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). One thing it does is provide caregiver resources especially useful while you or your loved one is at the hospital. Here is their guide for helping you determine if you need palliative care.

1. Do you have one or more serious illnesses?

Such as: • Cancer • Congestive heart failure (CHF) • Kidney failure • Liver failure • Neurological diseases (e.g., ALS, Parkinson’s) • Dementia • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, lung disease

Yes___ No___

2. Do you have symptoms that make it difficult to be as active as you would like to be, or impact your quality of life?

These symptoms might include: • Pain or discomfort • Shortness of breath • Fatigue • Anxiety • Depression • Lack of appetite • Nausea • Constipation

Yes___ No___

3. Have you, or someone close to you, experienced the following:

• Difficult side effects from treatment • Eating problems due to a serious illness • Frequent emergency room visits • Three or more admissions to the hospital within 12 months, and with the same symptoms

Yes___ No___

4. Do you, or someone close to you, need help with:

• Knowing what to expect • Knowing what programs and resources are available • Making medical decisions about treatment choices/options • Matching your goals and values to your medical care • Understanding the pros and cons (benefits/burdens) of treatments (e.g., dialysis, additional cancer treatments, surgery, etc.)

Yes___ No___

5. Do you, or someone close to you, need help with:

• Coping with the stress of a serious illness • Emotional support • Spiritual or religious support • Talking with your family about your illness and what is important to you

Yes___ No___

If you answered yes to more than one of the questions, palliative care is something you or your loved one may need. If you feel you may benefit from palliative care, please talk to your healthcare provider today.


Update from April 24, 2014
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How to Study in Nursing School

How to Study in Nursing School

A couple of people have contacted me to ask how I studied during nursing school. These individuals have completed a bachelor’s already (either recently or it had been awhile since they’ve been back in school), but felt that nursing school was different and wanted some advice.

Of course, this is just the way I studied. It is not the only way or even the best way. Just my way.

On the first day of school, you will receive a syllabus for each class. Right away, write down (or enter in) all of the exam dates and due dates for assignments. Personally, I put them into Google Calendar and have it synced to my phone. That way I have that information all the time.

There are 3 major steps:

  1. Prep
    • Minimum: Print out the powerpoint slides and read through it. This way, you’re familiar with the material and can follow along in class.
    • Maximum: If you have extra time, the syllabus will have readings that you’re supposed to do. Read the headings.
  2. Lecture and Take Notes
    • Go to lecture and take notes on the powerpoint slide. If the professor repeats it twice, then it’s super important!
    • Since you’re more familiar with the material from the prep work, you can ask questions on anything that doesn’t make sense to you.
  3. Review
    • Review all of the powerpoint slides and your notes as soon as you can after class (preferably within 24 hours). These slides are your keys to success.
    • If you still don’t get the material, read the text.
    • Once you feel comfortable with the material, do a group study. If you can teach it and talk about it, you got it.
    • Memorizing the material is helpful. Utilizing it will help you remember it forever.
    • Chances are, the textbook has NCLEX style questions at the end of the chapter or even online on the textbook website. Do them!
      • By the way, NYU has nearly all of the textbooks on reserve at the Bobst library. That means you can borrow it for 2 hours at a time. If no one else has requested that some book, you can re-borrow it over and over again.
      • Some students used additional NCLEX books. The one I liked the most was Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment by Linda LaCharity.
    • If that doesn’t help, make an appointment with the professor for office time.

Nursing school is really about gathering a working knowledge base. It is not about memorizing something, cramming everything in, and then forgetting everything you learned. Even if you spend 30 minutes everyday reviewing the slides, it will help you retain the information.

Review everyday or at minimum every other day. I did shorter study sessions and even studied on the go when I was busy. I tried to get in 1-2 hours daily. That doesn’t mean it has to be all at the same time. It was just 1-2 hours over the course of the day. Remember, quality over quantity!!

1 week before an exam, I would increase my study hours to around 3-6 hours per day, or even more (yes, I have woken up at 7:30am, got the library by 8am and studied past midnight… only to repeat it again the next day. It didn’t happen too often though… just for Adult and Elder 2 or Med/Surg 2.).

 

Studying on the Go

Traveling on the train is common in NYC. Instead of taking out all of my paper slides on the train, I whip out my iPhone to review the slides. The program I used is GoodReader. I downloaded the PDF version of the powerpoint slides onto GoodReader. You can do this through wifi, signing into the nyu.edu website and downloading it directly, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Google Doc, etc. You can also highlight and write on the document  and create folders using GoodReader.

Anyway, good luck! Let me know what has worked for you.

My Job Search Journey as a NYU New Grad Nurse

The media has portrayed the hospitals and healthcare systems hiring nurses all the time. Unfortunately, I have not found this to be the case in NYC. Or for many of my classmates.

I am writing my journey and struggles because so far, I haven’t found anything like it on the net, and I know that I wanted to know about this information myself when I first started even thinking about nursing school.

Most people are not willing to write about their struggles through life, especially posted on the internet for the world to read. In some ways, it shows that they are weak. And for me, I personally don’t feel comfortable posting this journey until I have reached some success. It’s interesting that we don’t reveal our struggles because that is what ultimately makes a movie, a story, a journey so much more amazing.

But, what happens if we continue to fail and never reach that point where we’ve created a lightbulb? Anyway, I feel some sort of obligation to write down what I have done so far in hopes of beginning my nursing career.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

During my job search so far, I’ve learn some things along the way. There are some people in my class who already have jobs. However, the majority of my class (including me) do not have nursing jobs yet. What went wrong? Aren’t we all capable, intelligent, hardworking individuals with a RN and BSN? I would say “yes” — my classmates are great.

Unfortunately, most of our applications are sitting in a resume pile that is the size of two med-surg textbooks. It probably explains why it typically takes 1-3 months to hear back from the NYC hospitals after you apply when you don’t have any direct relationships with the hospital (especially the nurse managers who make the final hiring decision). Even if you walk to the hospital and visit the nurse recruiter to hand in your resume in your polished suit, it does not mean that you will get a job any sooner. From what I have seen so far, several hospitals’ Nurse Recruitment do not actively hire New Grads. Instead, they depend on nurse managers to pick your individual application for them to take the next step. Now that is a hard job for the nurse manager, especially if she or he has never met you before.

Friday, September 28, 2012

I received my first pre-screening call ever!!!! It happened at 3:30pm today from Kisha at a Brooklyn hospital about an opening for radiation oncology. Although there are no guarantees, I feel just one step closer! 🙂 This is what I did: I called the nurse recruiter on September 12 and then e-mailed them right away with a personal thank you to the one who picked up the call along with my cover letter and resume.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I received the call from the nurse manager from the cancer center today at 11am. We’re meeting tomorrow at 3pm. I can’t wait! At this hospital, it looks like the Nurse Recruitment does go through all of the resumes and gives it to the appropriate nurse manager who is looking for a position to fill. That is a good sign! Now it is time for me to learn even more about them and get ready for the interview tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The interview. She asked about my clinical experience, my favorite clinical, how comfortable I was with using Mandarin and assessments, my experience with cancer patients, if I had any difficulty with patients, my career goals (basically, they want to see if you are treating nursing as a profession or as a ‘job’). The Director also sat in on the interview.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I wrote thank you letters (e-mail and handwritten).

Friday, October 5, 2012

I went out to my friend’s place in Jersey City and enjoyed spending time together with other recent nursing grads.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

I have to keep working, otherwise I will probably go crazy. I enjoy teaching and coaching swimming so I went to the orientation today that lasted all day. This will be my first time teaching the Department of Education program for second graders in NYC as well as the afterschool program. I start on Friday, October 12, 2012 in the afternoon to help people register to Learn to Swim for free. YES IT IS FREE.

Afterwards, a group of us went out to Olive Garden in Times Square. We were there for 4 hours. I can’t believe it.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Columbus Day! On this day, I got my laundry done, and finally cooked two dishes out of the cookbook. I am so proud of myself.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Instead of being super motivated about finding a job, I have been a little anxious about the interview. I know that the nurse manager said that she will interview other nurses too so it is a little nerve-wrecking. If I don’t get it, then I have to really go forward and keep trying at other hospitals. Perhaps go onto the floors and speak to the nurse managers, and try applying elsewhere. And attending career fairs and trying to network a little bit more.

However, if I do get the job, then I will do the following:

  • Learn Chinese like crazy
  • Brush up on medications with a focus on oncology medications
  • Review nursing diagnoses and care plans
  • Buy the Radiation Oncology Nursing textbook and know it inside out

Friday, October 12, 2012

I called at 9:33am and left a voicemail with the nurse manager. I’ll call again at 11:10am.

I called at 11:30am and 2:30pm and got to the voicemail. Instead of leaving a message, I wrote a short email to ask what was going on.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The nurse manager called me back today at 5:21pm. She said that she got my follow up e-mail from Friday and that she enjoyed the interview. And even though I met all of the requirements, there were several other candidates as well and that it was a difficult decision to make but decided on someone else.

I did ask that if she hears of another position that she would refer me and she said that she would.

Oh well — at least I tried. I just have to stay positive and keep trying!

Today, I did my application for a new graduate program. It was actually nice because the short answer questions were similar to what the nurse manager was asking and in this case, I really got to really think about my answers with my own resources in front of me. Now I have to think about these questions and answers and work it so I feel comfortable saying it.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I’ve decided to think about personal branding. I attended a seminar through the Wasserman Center called Creating and Building Your Personal Brand with the speaker Pamela Weinberg. Her major points included the following:

  • Develop Personal Mission Statement
  • Build personal brand by reading articles
  • Social Media
  • Monitoring Brand
  • Be persistent and “be” consistent

Friday, October 19, 2012

I applied to a hospital in Houston. According to my nursing buddies, they were at the nursing career fair at the Javitts Center this past Tuesday, and they were the most enthusiastic about new graduates. Yes, yes, you may wonder — are you sure you want to move to another state? My answer is Yes! I love traveling and getting to learn more about different areas and culture. Especially when it comes to food.

Monday, October 22, 2012

About two years ago, I became interested in life insurance, mostly because I think that it is an important topic! I learned about a man named Tom Hopkins, who is supposed to be the king of selling. Since I am on the topic of ‘selling’ who I am, I decided to pick up the book called How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins. What I learned is that there are specific words that turn people off and as equally, on. I think this book applies to more than selling physical products but also provides a way to show others who you are and the services you provide.

Here, I also learned that there are motivators and demotivators.

Motivators

  1. Money
  2. Security
  3. Achievement
  4. Recognition
  5. Acceptance by others
  6. Self-acceptance
  7. Love of family

Demotivators

  1. Fear of losing security
  2. Fear of failure
  3. Self-doubt
  4. Pain of change

What can be focused on is what you did right rather than what you did wrong. I think that is helpful in staying positive and pushing yourself to move forward.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

There are five characteristics that important!!!

  1. Ambition
  2. Ongoing education
  3. Responsibility
  4. Humility
  5. Perseverance

I think the last one is the one I need the most right now to push me to get a job.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I’ve taught three classes with autistic children. In swimming. This challenge showed me not only the importance of patience, but also the ability to get inside someone else’s head. The children are really inside their own world and are happy to be there. I feel that the key to teaching them learn to swim is to listen to them and see what they are doing to clue you into their thoughts. After that, some creativity is necessary to put yourself into their world and find ways for them to perform swimming skills at the same time.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I love Amazon Prime. I got the following books in the mail:

  1. Rapid Interpretation of EKGs — While I learned how to read EKGs in my adult and elder II class and more in depth in the Critical Care class, I want to brush up and be ready for it.
  2. AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support — unfortunately, it’s the 2006 version. But since it was only $4 on Amazon, I decided to search the net for any updates for the 2010 version. Fortunately, I found one. Time to take notes.
  3. A cook book — during this time in my life, I feel that I shouldn’t feel down about my job search. Instead, I should take it as a chance to grow as a person and expand my interests. I decided to cook. Mmmm, delicious!

Thanks to the New York Public Library, two books I reserved arrived.

  1. Logo Design Love by David Airey — I’ve been wanting to read this book for over a year now and I now have it in my possession for 3 weeks! Whoo hoo.
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky — Emma Watson plays in the film and there are currently 1,700 reviews on Amazon at an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s gotta be good.

Sunday, October 28, 2012 to Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy. It knocked out NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue. The former is still closed as of today (Nov 19) and Bellevue is only open for limited treatment. It knocked out electricity from 40th Street down on the east side of Manhattan. But I was thankful that the water was still running and the gas was still running. Freezing showers and not being about to see without a flashlight after 6pm — it was nothing compared to the devastation that has happened to those in Lower Manhattan, the Far Rockaways, Red Hook, and Staten Island.

I took the free bus up past 40th Street (or just walked up) to charge up my phone (sometimes at Barnes and Nobles) and for food. I was glad that no other damage was done.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I went to John Jay College to volunteer as a part of the Medical Reserve Corps. 8am-8pm. The patients stories and the people I met there — I think it’ll be unforgettable. The two families I remembered the most:

  1. A daughter needed her mom to stay there because even though they could stay at a friend’s apartment, the mom figured out how to unlock all the locks and wandered off. Dementia. At the shelter, the mom and the aide were allowed to freely wander around. This was a lot better.
  2. A sister came back from the hospital next door to arrange a ride home for her sister. It should’ve taken at most 5 minutes to get home with the ride. But the chaotic fashion of ambulettes and Access-A-Ride caused them to nearly wait the entire shift I was there to get a ride home. Even though they did get to enjoy the hot meals provide, it just goes to show that some things that should take a short amount of time to accomplish can take forever long.

AmeriCorps were there from St Louis and Seattle. DMAT from Arkansas and Florida. NYC HHC always had a physician present. Local volunteers who just stopped by were there. Donations continuously came in. I won’t forget it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012 – Saturday, November 10, 2012

A nursing career fair was canceled. Yes, it is appropriate — working nurses should keep working. Not going to job fairs. And the NYC Marathon was canceled. So in this week, work was resumed. It brought some sort of normalcy back to my life but at the same time, I know that I have to get back to job searching.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My sister’s birthday. My dad said to my sister that I shouldn’t celebrate my birthday in a month because I was having some really bad luck with my job search. I had to turn it around. I turned to finally take my parents’ advice and visit nurse managers and nursing homes throughout the week.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I got a call!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

I interviewed with a truly understanding Director of Nursing at a nursing home and was offered the job. She said that she would normally tell new graduates to work in a hospital first and then come back, but hospitals are not hiring new grads as readily and with Sandy, most hospitals will want to employ displaced nurses first.

I think that it will be a great place to start and I am so ready to be an awesome nurse!! It starts next Monday.

Why We Should Care About A Smooth Transition From Nursing Student to Professional

Due to the projected shortage of nurses, nursing schools are working to get more and more nurses out. There are several schools, including NYU Nursing, that depend on more clinical experience in simulation labs and less time in the hospitals.

While I support technology in all of its glory, nothing replaces human contact and connection. In our process of trying to be more efficient with our time, or in the hospital’s cases, more efficient with hiring, having people submit online application just removes us from feeling personally engaged with an individual. In my humble opinion, technology should enhance relationships, not separate people.

This explains why Columbia students have an advantage over NYU students. During the last two months of their nursing school, they are working with a nurse in the hospital for 40 hours (give or take), working day shifts and night shifts. They are given this time to really hone their skills and to get to know the nurses on a particular unit. This provides both the students and the hospitals great benefits.

1) The hospitals do not pay the students. While hospitals must pay for the nurses to precept the students, they do not have to pay the students to gain this experience.

2) The students are gaining one-on-one attention with the nurses and are honing their skills. They are gaining experience and appreciating everything that they learn.

3) The nurse managers and nurses feel much more comfortable about hiring a particular student because she has been on the unit and they see how she would fit into the unit.

I feel that this work immersion approach, especially for second-degree accelerated students who do not have the summer off for nurse externships, is appropriate for all parties.

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How to Get a New Grad Nursing Job in NYC

Updated 11/21/12: I wrote a short piece on how current new graduate searching for a job can find one. Scroll down.

Updated 9/15/14: Courtney, RN from www.fromnewtoicu.com volunteered first before she got her first paying job. Learn more by reading her guest post and checking out her website.

I am writing this for current NYU Nursing Students because I wished I had an adviser who told me what I should have done to start my career right away. In hindsight, I see that if you really want a job in a NYC/Long Island/Westchester hospital right after nursing school (and not 6-8 months after graduation), it starts DURING NURSING SCHOOL. Now that I am learning from my mistake, I hope that you won’t make the same mistake. Here are some tips.

1. During your clinical rotation, meet the nurse manager. Get her business card. E-mail her and let her know your interest. Once you graduate, e-mail her and let her know that. Once you pass your NCLEX, let her know that you have your license. Keep in touch. This is how you keep a relationship alive — through frequent contact!

2. Volunteer where you are interested in working. Yes, you are volunteering to help people, but you are also volunteering to meet the nurses on the unit to show them that you are awesome and you work well with them. Keep talking. Here is your timeline:

1st and 2nd semester: Study hard and do well in school!

3rd semester: Apply for a volunteer position. It typically takes 1 month to 2 months to be proceed, go to orientation, and begin volunteering.

4th semester: Keep volunteering and definitely let the nurse manager know that you are a nursing student. Tell them about your career goals or what you hope you can learn and do. Some of my classmates volunteered 4-8 hours on their days off and it paid off!

3. If you’re interested in working at New York Presbyterian, I recommend that you become a nurse companion (~$9/hour). Majority of my classmates who worked there as a nurse companion either have a job or in the process of getting a job. Here is the timeline:

~1st semester: Study hard and do well!

~2nd semester: Study hard and do well! After you take your last final of 2nd semester, apply for the nurse companion. Check on their website at nyp.org and click on careers. Type in nurse companion. If you don’t see it, then just check everyday.

~3rd semester: Chances are, you will wait 3 months before you’re called.

~4th semester: You’ll get a call for a phone interview. You may wait another week or two before you’re called again to go in for an interview. Once you’re in, you will choose one or two days to do 4 or 8 hour shifts. From what I’ve heard, you will be on one-on-one duty. That means you stay next to the patient’s side to talk to him and help him in any way possible.

4. Get to know your professors and ask them for help. There is a large group of NYU Nursing students (~300) so it is not the easy for each person to get to know the professors. It makes sense, right? The more people, the less personal each class becomes. However, if you can, your professor should be a good resource.

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Remember, the whole purpose of nursing school is to:

  • Graduate
  • Pass the NCLEX to get your RN
  • Begin to work

At least in the beginning, that is your goal.

Yes, during nursing school, you will learn a lot about research and evidence-based practice, NP, DNP, PhD, and everything about how to elevate the profession of nursing. And yes, these are all topics that I personally enjoy (which explains why I interned at the NYU CSAAH B Free CEED: New York University Medical School – Center for the Study of Asian American Health – National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities — it’s all about implementing research and public health). However, in the end, the biggest hurdle is school, NCLEX, and the first job.

For now, my focus is on obtaining my first job.

Please feel free to comment below to let me know if this was helpful. Thanks for reading!
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Updated on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 — after securing my first job offer
Perhaps right now, NYC is not in a nursing shortage. So hospitals more than ever are dragging their feet when it comes to hiring new graduates. Some say that it is because the hospitals are out of money. Others say that the training for current nurses on the new computer system is more important than hiring new nurses. Whatever the reason, new grad nurses may not be high demand in hospitals but there are ways to get hired as a new graduate.

In hindsight, I say that it’s better to go out and visit the places where you’d like to work instead of spending majority of your job searching time online. Even though some people will say, “it’s all online now– just apply online,” others will be gracious and accept your resume and give you more appropriate directions on what to do next. Even if the website says that there aren’t any positions available, it is still worth a try by going there. You are a new graduate — someone fresh from school with the latest knowledge base and someone who can be molded. And someone who is excited to be a nurse!

Face to face contact is still the best way to make a connection with someone, especially one with hiring power. They can see that you are eager and read your body language. And if you were in their shoes and you met someone who told you that she was a new graduate looking for a job, wouldn’t you want to try to help her? In general, nurses are nice people, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the profession.

So what do you have to lose? If nothing happens, then you’re still back to square 1 – a new grad without a job. If a person likes you there, then you have a lead and something to go on!

Here is a step-by-step process on how to visit places.

1. Make a list of the places you want to visit (it is possible to visit all of floors of a hospital… The staff there probably won’t talk about you to each other. Or you can visit private offices. Or nursing homes.). Do this the night before you head out.
2. Dress business casual.
3. Make copies of your resume (I usually ask the Staples guy for resume paper and I make my own copies. With tax, it comes out to 11 cents a page. That’s still less than buying your own resume paper, which comes out to 13-17 cents a page depending on the number of resume paper you buy. Plus, that way you only buy when you need! If you have them do it for you exclusively though, it’ll come out to 22 cents a page. So if it’s your first time, just ask for help. Remember how they did it and you’ll be an independent copy machine person from then on!).
4. Hit the pavement! Try going there between 10-11am and after lunch 1:45-4pm. This is usually when they are least busy and have some time to talk to you.

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Each organization is different, but I found a couple of similarities in ways to get hired:

1) You must know the nurse manager and appeal to her. If she is happy with you (determined through an interview that you got through persistent calls and emails to her), then she will tell the nurse recruitment your name for them to pull your online application that you put together after you’ve already spoken with the nurse manager. Nurse recruitment will then interview you to mostly make sure that you are a good person.

The best way to know that this is how a particular hospital does this is by the online application process. If you are a new grad and you have to apply to several different positions (and not one position that is actually specifically for new grads), then chances are, your application will sit in the company’s computer. It will likely never be seen if you do apply online.

Let’s say that you applied online. Then my best advice to you is not to see nurse recruitment or Human Resources. It is to see the nurse manager on that unit. Find out where she might be and go say hi!

2) You email your information to the nurse recruitment and the staff there actively look through the resumes and cover letters to place you in a unit. If you are called up, then you will interview with the nurse manager. If she’s happy with you, then several follow up interviews will follow with the head nurse and possibly Human Resources.

Good luck! Stay positive. Find out your old hobbies or discover new ones. I did that to stay sane during my search from July to November. You can do it! 🙂

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Updated 9/15/2014

After virtually meeting Courtney online, I learned that she volunteered as a nurse for 5 months before she got her first paying job. Learn more by reading her guest post.

COW is now WOW to not offend people

Last night, I ate with one of my classmates and she was excited that the hospital she’s working in finally has COWs. Or Computers On Wheels.

In Michigan when I was touring several hospitals, I saw that there were WOWs. I finally had to ask the nurse educator, “What is a WOW?”

“Oh, that’s a Workstation On Wheels.”

“Oh, that’s kind of like COW. That’s what I learned in school.”

“Yes, it used to be called a COW but we changed the name to WOW to not offend people.”

“How would you offend someone by calling a computer a COW?” I paused for a moment to think about it. “Oh, unless someone is self-conscious about his weight and you say, ‘Hey, can you bring that COW in here?’ And he thinks that you’re talking about him instead of the computer. I get it now.”

Interesting choice of words~ I guess we have to be careful with our choice of words.

I passed the NCLEX!

I took the NCLEX-RN on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012. About 4 hours post exam, I performed the Kaplan ‘trick’ where I tried to register to take the exam again and the pop-up message comes up:

Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Please contact your Member Board for further assistance. Another registration cannot be made at this time.

So far, without fail, this indicates that I passed. But, it is a little difficult to believe…

Two days after the exam, on Friday, July 20th, 2012, approximately 46 hours post exam, I clicked ‘Refresh’ until a link called ‘Quick Results Available’ came up. I paid $7.95 for the results and I saw that I ‘unofficially’ passed. Whoohoo!

Six days post exam, on the following Tuesday, I received a letter in the mail from PearsonVue indicating that I passed. And yup, the picture they take of you is on the paper. I probably should have smiled.

Nine days post exam, on Friday, July 27th, 2012, the New York State Online Licensing Verification had my name and License number in the system.

14 days post exam, on Wednesday, August 1, the New York State Education Department sent the “Registration Certificate” – the paper displayed at location of employment – and the “License Parchment”.

Kaplan Nursing for the NCLEX with NYU

Yes, this course is included in the tuition. In fact, Kaplan Nursing is used throughout the entire 15 month accelerated program and I definitely felt that it was helpful to practice NCLEX questions throughout my studies.

Most people finished their finals on the last Thursday in April. Those in the dual degree program finished the masters level class on the second Tuesday in May. Those taking other non-nursing electives finished their classes sometime in the second week of May.

Graduation was during the third week (Grad Alley – Tuesday evening, Yankee Stadium – Wednesday morning, Nursing breakfast & Commencement – Friday morning). My sister also surprised me getting sending me an iPad for graduation (and yes, I’m using it right now to type!). 🙂

The following week we did the 180 question diagnostic. And 3 question trainers. And we reviewed every single question.

The last week of May, we attended 4 days of 10am to 5pm classes where we focused on answering 60 questions per class to master the “decision tree”.

Since then, I’ve been doing 50 questions a day, reviewing medications (2 pages a day since there are about 70 pages in the RN Course book to remember!). Tomorrow, I’ll take another exam.

So far, NYU sent out the information to New York State at the end of May so hopefully by mid June, I will receive my ATT, or ‘permission to test’ and I will be able to register for the NCLEX for mid July.

As for job searching (since a few readers have reached out to me for me to write about this topic)- I haven’t sent out applications yet. As for my classmates, some who have done externships in NYC have a job and will begin orientation in July. Others in Michigan, Texas, and upstate New York already have a job for them as well. However, the vast majority do not have jobs yet. But I am confident that we will soon!

A few classmates have also decided that going into the Masters program for their NP was a priority. One will attend PACE University for the Family NP program and another will attend Columbia for the acute care NP program.

I hope that by writing this, it will help you gain some insight into the NYU accelerated nursing program. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at jesschang07 @gmail.com.

How to Donate Blood at NYU

This location is open EVERY Thursday from 10am to 5pm and is diagonally located from Gristedes (Mercer Street and West 3rd Street). Check out the map below for the location.

The day before you donate, please remember to drink a lot of water (to quicken the flow of your blood) and to eat iron-rich foods (such as meat or spinach).

Please do not exercise before donating. Your blood pressure may be too low and your pulse will be too high and you will be asked to come back another time.

You may donate every 56 days (8 weeks). If you donate, you will receive a free Regal movie ticket and a t-shirt!

Throughout my 15 months here at NYU Nursing, I’ve donated 4 times. The people there are really great and it is truly satisfying knowing that you are helping to save a life or three. Hopefully down the road, if you ever need a blood transfusion, you know that you helped too.