Why Dialysis Nursing In An Acute Setting Is A Great Career Choice!

Why would anybody want to go into hemo-dialysis to begin with? Dialysis nursing has a bad reputation but the fact of the matter is it is a focused subject matter profession in the vast world of nursing. Yes you do deal with a blood(a lot of it) but you do not ever come into direct contact with it. Yes the treatments are long per patient and you cannot leave the room but you also converse with the patient the whole time(or cautiously play on your phone). Let’s go over some […]

Is Graduate School Better For Your Nursing Earnings?

Is graduate school better for your nursing earnings? Truth be told, nurse educators do not make more than clinical nurses on average. Believe it or not, it may not help your earnings at all. Because many nurses get yearly increases of 5% due to a union contract agreement, after many years of service it may not be a worthwhile investment to go back to school and spend money on tuition to make money. For instance, you may get a jump start in earnings as a nurse practitioner at a rate […]

Do Nursing School Grades Matter?

Since many nurses work three days a week, it is quite possible to work and go to school all while accelerating your career. While nursing school grades have a strong correlation with passing the NCLEX, what role do they play in your career? The simple yet convoluted answer is – it depends. It depends on your career aspirations. Are you trying to stay put as a registered nurse? Do you want to go back to school and become a nurse practitioner, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, or certified registered nurse […]

What Makes the NCLEX So Complicated?

The NCLEX exam can be very unforgiving. The test is designed to be computer adaptive(gets slightly hard every time you do well), has randomly selected abstract questions, and can have more “select all that apply”(SATA) formatted questions than others. Remember having more SATA questions does not necessarily mean you are doing well. In addition to all this, you may think your questions are getting more difficult but in reality you may getting easier questions are doing poorly. So what does that mean for you? That the nursing profession you chose […]

Program Costs

Estimated Costs Per Pasadena City College School of Nursing: Listed are the items required for their Nursing Program. Please note however that these prices are estimates and subject to change: 1. Health Screening from Pasadena City College Student Health Services (costs will be higher in other settings): o Administrative Fee for services – $13.00 o Lab work – $50.00 o Hepatitis B vaccine – $37.00 o Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine – $ 53.00 o Tdap – $41.00 o Varicella vaccine – $85.00 o Physical exam – $25.00 2. Uniform (2 […]

Reasons Not to Fail and to Pass the First Time Around

The process to retest is bad, it takes another two to three months and you’ll feel like crap going through this again but it is better to get it done sooner than later because of how long it takes to re-register. No fingerprinting is needed again, but the cost and studying are. The process is pretty simple, just go back online to your BRN and click the drop down for retest, then complete the application again and upload another passport size picture and the payment. Then you’ll log back into […]

Work before Bachelors for Tuition Reimbursement and BSN 2020/Magnet Status

Getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing is supposedly going to be mandatory by 2020 https://www.americannursetoday.com/advancing-toward-an-80-bsn-workforce-by-2020/ . So what does that mean for you? If you have not already enrolled in a program and are working in the hospital, they’ll often offer you a tuition reimbursement of 2k-4k per year (after first year of work) towards your tuition because of the BSN 2020 rule and Magnet status – https://www.uclahealth.org/ucla-designated-a-national-magnet-hospital . If you have your Associates Degree in Nursing, the hardest and most expensive part is over and the Bachelor’s is the […]

Nursing Pay Is Often Understated!

To an outside observer, a nurse’s salary is simply a base however this is almost never the case. Nurses make a ton of money with shift differential – basically added bonus in the form of hourly rate for working non-traditional hours(day shift). Afternoon shift will typically give you a rate of $2-3 more per hour while the dreaded night shift will pay an additional $4-6 more per hour. Check out the union contract to see an example of shift differential, bonuses and overtime/double-time rules. In addition, there are bonuses for […]

Picking a Nursing School That’s Right For You

Why is picking a nursing school so important? The school you select will be the place you meet classmates that will be with you through your long days and nights of clinicals. The school also pre-selects what hospitals you rotate to so having alumni at those hospitals helps your chances of landing a position after graduation. However, passing the NCLEX should be a defining factor in the school you select. The best sign of a great nursing school would be the passage rates because if you can’t pass your NCLEX, […]

Process of NCLEX ATT Testing

The process of getting registered and set up with the Board of Registered Nursing is long and extensive. Your nursing school is probably going to have complete your application to the board and get you LiveScan fingerprinting done well before you graduate because that’s just how long it takes. The processing times are two to three months behind as you’ll see here: http://www.rn.ca.gov/times.shtml I remember after graduating in mid-June, I had my Authorization To Test(ATT) which allows you to go on PearsonVue.com and schedule online on July, 27 2017. I […]