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Geriatric Nurse

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The elderly need you. You’ll care for older patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and more. With the US population getting increasingly older, your job outlook is good.
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Geriatric nurses work with the elderly patients.  Because of this, they often deal with illnesses like alzheimers and cancer.  These diseases are all much more common with age, so geriatric nurses do a lot of preventative care.  This type of nursing interests me a lot because I think elderly people are so awesome.  They have a ton of knowledge and wisdom to share and understand things that most people just can't understand yet because they don't have the experience.  They also tend to know what is really important in life.  It would be very interesting to work with people who could teach me new things every day and just be fun to be around.  This type of nursing seems to be similar to long term care nursing though so now I am just wondering if I would rather do long term care because I would get to work with elderly patients and others as well.  But, this job is probably in demand because of the baby boom generation so it might be a smart way to go.

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NCLEX Examinations

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The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the...
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The NCLEX is a test that will prove that you are qualified to be a competent registered nurse.  This test should cover everything that you have learned while getting your bachelor's degree in nursing science.  It costs $200 to register for the test.  You do not have to bring anything to the test.  The test format is changing from pen and paper to all electronic which is very good because you will know your results much sooner.  If you pass the test you will be an official RN and be prepared to launch your career as a nurse.  Part of me wishes that you just had to get your degree and then you'd be set to apply for jobs as an RN, but it's probably good to have one set exam that everyone has to take.  That way people couldn't be underqualified just based on what school they graduated from. 

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Long-Term Care Nurse | Student Resources > Careers in Nursing at Nurse.com

Long-Term Care Nurse - If you're interested in a career as a Long-Term Care Nurse and a career as a nurse, Nurse.com offers you these career profiles for nurses as a sneak-peek into the various nursing positions, specialties, and career...
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This type of nursing seems very interesting to me.  You get a close relationship with the patients you are working with because you get to work with them a very long time.  You are working with patients that have chronic illnesses that will end up killing them.  Because of this, death becomes viewed as just a normal thing.  It sounds like it would be very difficult emotionally; you get very close to the patients and then have to watch them die.  I'm sure it would become easier to cope with this after you have experience, but death is still something that is very difficult to deal with.  Because you are working with patients who have chronic illnesses, these people are often the elderly.  This makes me even more interested because I love old people!

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School of Health Sciences - Seattle Pacific University

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The minimum GPA to apply to the nursing program at SPU is 3.5, which seems high but attainable.  To apply, you have to send in your grades in the courses you have, have volunteer experience, a professional recomendation, and submit the application with the writing requirements.  You also must be on campus February 22nd to be available for an interview.  The prerequisite classes include chemistry classes, biology classes, pschology classes, physiology classes, and nutrition classes.  You also have to do the gen ed requirements.  You have to have completed atleast 4 of the prerequisite classes when you apply, and have to have them all completed when you begin the program.  I think all of these courses sound interesting to take.  The chemistry and biology classes sound difficult but if I work at it I'm sure I would be okay.

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BSN-Prerequisites

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I have heard that the nursing program at UW is very difficult to get into.  This table shows that it is true that more is expected from UW nursing students than nursing students at a different school.  You aren't "required" to take some of the classes that other nursing students would take as prerequisites, but most students will.  So you need to take them anyways if you want to compete.  I thought that I was going to have to take calculus to become a nurse, which isn't true.  You have to take one math course(not prealgebra) and statistics.  I won't have to take statistics if I get a 5 on the AP test this year.  The math course can be replaced with a philosophy course as well.  Other gen ed courses that you have to take are in writing and visual arts.  To get the Individual and Societies prerequisites done, I will most likely only have to take one or no courses because I have already gotten a 5 on the AP Psychology test and AP World History test.  The amount of science classes that you have to take as a nursing student are very extensive.  You must complete some before you are admitted to the program and some during the program.  I haven't taken any AP science tests so I will have to do all of these.  This was a helpful table because I could see everything required of me to get my bachelor's degree in nursing at UW.

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School of Health Sciences - Seattle Pacific University

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This article is frequently asked questions about the nursing program at Seattle Pacifc University.  I found it very helpful because most of the questions were things that I wasn't sure of.  I learned that you don't have to have completed all the 9 prerequisite courses to get into the nursing program; you just have to be on track to complete them before you begin the program.  The program is competitive, so essays have to be written and a GPA of 3.5 or above is required.  You can't receive a 2.0 or lower in any of the prerequisite classes.  To give yourself a competitive edge, it helps to have a job and volunteer hours in the health field.  You should also make sure that the person who writes your letter of recommendation really knows what you can do in this type of atmosphere- what they write should be very relevant.  If I was applying to the nursing program, I would use their suggested course guide to get the prerequisites and gen ed classes done(some of my AP courses would cover a few courses).  I would have someone from a place I volunteer in to write my letter of recommendation.

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Psychiatric Nurse

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As a Psychiatric Nurse, you'll treat patients with conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. You can also practice behavioral therapy.
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To become a psychiatrict nurse, you have to have attained a bachelor's in science degree or ASN.  This type of nursing sounds very interesting to me because you work with patients that have mental disorders and you get trained in behavioral therapy to help them with things that aren't just physical.  You would get to know people very closely.  I also think that mental illneses are very interesting and it is fascinating to see how people behave with them.  However, it is very sad to see how these diseases can change people and I don't want that for anyone so I would love to help these people learn how to cope with their disease and help the family members as well. 

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Registered Nurse Salary | RN Salary, Pay, Wages, and Income in Registered Nursing

Registered Nurse Salary | RN Salary, Pay, Wages, and Income in Registered Nursing | Nursing Programs | Scoop.it
Registered Nurse Salary | RN Salary, Pay, Wages, and Income in Registered Nursing. See average salary statistics by each state in the United states. Nurse salaries are increasing.
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The starting wages for registered nurses is significantly lower than what the average wage for a registered nurse is.  The starting wage is anywhere from $26,000-$50,000 a year.  This sounds decent, but it gets a lot better when you gain more experience.  The average wage varies based on what type of registered nurse you are and what state you live in.  I wasn't interested in any of the types of nurses they listed as being the ones you make the most money in.  But, as someone who lives in Washington, I can potentially make a lot of money being a registered nurse.  The Washington average rate for registered nurses is one of the highest in the country, which is awesome!  In 2010, the average yearly salary for a registered nurse in Washington is $73,270.  This amount sounds great to me and encourages me that if I work hard, I could make a pretty decent amount of money. 

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From this, I can see that for the University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University, and Seattle Pacific University, the pass rates for the NCLEX are all around the same.  They are all between 91-98% passing.  This sounds really awesome and makes me feel confident that if I made it into any of these nursing programs I would be well prepared to pass this test.  The University of Washington nursing program is said to be the better of the 3, but the passing rates at Pacific Lutheran are slightly higher.  This could be because less people take the test that are from Pacific Lutheran University, but I don't think that would really make that much of a difference.  This page made me very happy because I feel like any of these schools could prepare me to be a successful nurse.

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Application

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This page is all about how to apply to the nursing program at PLU and what the requirements are.  You have to have 3 biology classes, 2 chemistry classes, 2 psychology classes, and one statistics class in addition to all the gen ed credits.  I think all of these sound like good classes to take and it doesn't seem too scary or hard to complete.  There was nothing mentioned about any volunteering hours that you have to do to get into the program.  That's nice because you have less to do then, but at the same time it worries me because it seems like you wouldn't have any experience in an actual medical setting.  The volunteering sounds like a lot of work but it would take stress off of you when you actually get your job.  To get into this program you have to submit an application by february first before the year that you will be taking the class.  You also have to have certain grade reqirements but they don't seem like they would be difficult to achieve.

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SPU - Undergraduate Catalog

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I thought that to graduate with a bachelor's degree you just had to take the prerequisites that get you into your major and then do the programs that the major wants you to do.  You actually have to take certain gen ed classes in order to graduate, no matter what your major is.  At SPU these courses include those in arts, history, writing, and religious courses.  With some of these you only have to prove compency, it could be with your SAT or another test score, but most likely it will be a class.  You don't have to do the gen ed classes before you start your classes for your specific major, you probably will want to though so you have more room for the harder classes for your area of focus.  The way SPU lines up their suggested course pattern for a nurse, you will have taken all gen ed classes(except religion) before you start the major.  I like how this page tells you exactly how you can get the credits and what the alternatives are. 

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Pacific Lutheran

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PLU is a very small school, but their nursing program is still very competitive.  After completion of the nursing program, students are overqualified to become an RN by taking the NCLEX.  They are so committed to the students that they not only provide you with the education, they also provide good experiences that will get you more nursing experience.  The school requires religious classes as a gen ed course, which I like, because I have never had any good education about what I believe.  I think that this will help me be a better nurse in the long run.  When I first read this page, I thought it sounded like a very good private school, meaning I wouldn't be able to afford it.  But, 80% of the students administred receive large scholarships. 

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