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In the next ten to fifteen years, the baby boomer generation will reach retirement age and move to nursing care facilities, by which time the healthcare industry is expected to see a great amount of growth. A strong system of qualified healthcare personnel will then be needed to help manage all aspects of health care management. For this reason, it is expected that anyone involved in health care will have steady work for years to come.

The health care industry encompasses many different areas of expertise for professionals. There are qualified doctors, surgeons, midwives, pharmacists, aides, and nurses to look after the physical and medical needs of patients. People with administrative and management interests can take care of the large business aspects of the health care industry. This sector provides the management and infrastructure that allows patients to receive medicine and treatments they require, as and when they need it. Those who are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry have limitless job options that can suit their talent and experience.

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Two of my summer classes are Gerontology and GI. The Gero instructor said that saline enemas are not recommended because they cause fluid imbalance. The GI instructor said that saline enemas were recommended because they are isotonic and the least irritating.  It's confusing. 

For NCLEX, which would be correct? 

areas needing nurses?

Hi all,

I'm a new grad with a BSN living in Portland OR.  Unfortunately in my city, there are 8 schools that graduate new nurses, 4 of which convey BSNs.  There are of course several hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, rehabs, jails, etc. But the applicant pool is pretty big at the moment.   Although I'm only one month into the job search, and not being picky about positions,  I have only had one phone interview that went no where.  I graduated Magna cum Laude, have 4 years acute care experience as a CNA and have done several community health and other types of volunteer work.  I think that I may be looking to relocate.  

I'm just curious if you live in an area that seems to need nurses?  Or if you know of a city/region that is less saturated than the Pac. NW?  Any advice or online resources you can direct me to would be hugely appreciated.

(x-posted to cynical_nurse.)

School choices

I've been accepted to 2 programs.  One is a one year accelerated BSN at a school that is probably not well known outside of Missouri. The other is a traditional BSN (I'd only need to do the 2 upper level years) at a well known school, with all the bonuses of attending a state university...summer break, study abroad, and an opportunity to get a certificate in global health.  

I made my decision to attend the one year program because I think getting done quicker is better for me.  There is little to no difference in the cost of either program and the cost of living in St. Louis appears to be less than in Madison.  I decided to attend the school in St. Louis about a month ago and my acceptance from the school in Madison arrived today, which got me thinking for a minute.

I'm content to live in either place and a change of scenery might be nice because I did my first undergrad degree here in Madison at University of Wisconsin.  I eventually want to get a NP, probably women's health, but who knows.  My question is this:  have you ever found yourself having a hard time getting a job/getting into graduate programs because you attended a lesser known and/or lower/unranked school?  I know in some fields it seems to matter, but I don't know if nursing is one of them.

Thank You

Laws in different states

I live in California. In all the facilities we've been to so far in the first semester of nursing school, a nurse has to have a co-signer for insulin and heparin, so I believe it is a state law, but I am not sure. 

I was in the ICU today and was following a traveling nurse from Arkansas. She was giving heparin to a patient and said "Heparin doesn't need to be co-signed," and just gave it. 

So I'm assuming other states don't require a co-signer for heparin? What about insulin? I am just curious about it now. 
I just started my med/surg 2 rotation, I'm a senior in my BSN program (next semester will be precepting! Yay!) I am interested to hear what other people's experiences have been with this rotation because ours is going to be quite limited, it seems. We can NOT do glucose checks (we were able to do this in med/surg 1), it looks like we won't really be giving ANY meds either. Our instructor basically told us that our focus is on patient care, helping with AM care, vitals, etc. To this list I added doing shift assessments, and perhaps hourly rounding for the RN's we are assigned to, and trying to do total care for more than one patient per shift.

I am curious about others because I get the feeling that it is the hospital that is dictating this, and the instructor is trying to make lemonade from lemons by telling us that skills are the easiest thing to learn, it's the patient interactions and bedside manner/care that is most important to get. I can certainly see her point, and I did have a chance to do many skills in my med/surg 1 rotation (the only route I didn't give meds was IV push), I've put in a catheter, d/c'ed IV's and so on, so it's not like I haven't done anything. Others in my clinical group are extremely frustrated, however... and my only major concern is whether I'll be adequately prepared for precepting when the time comes.

What say you oh wise nursing students?


I hope you all have a very nice weekend with your family and friends!...or coworkers! 

One year left!!!

Just took my last final of the semester and my junior year is in the books! This time next year I will be preparing for graduation and my BSN! CanNOT wait!!! :)

Next clinical rotations will be community health and med/surg 2... any advice, tips, cautions, etc. about the last year of nursing school?

Happy holidays everyone!


I have a job! It's at a nursing home...I was really hoping to get into med/surg but hey it's a foot in the door! Still have to wait a few weeks until I can actually start work...I have to either 1) get my temp license or 2) pass boards...could go either way!