Need some advice....I will be finishing up my ADN in May and moving to Orlando. We have already purchased a house and are set to move once I finish.
How do I get the best deal when being hired? (coming from so far away) I have heard people getting signing bonuses or moving expenses. Can I sign with a hospital prior to taking the NCLEX? Is any state for licensure more prestigious from another. (NY vs FL).
Anyone have any experience, it would be greatly appreciated.
Dec 5, '05
The new grad program at ORMC is cool. I worked on a step-down unit after graduating (I have since relocated to LA). The one thing I do not like about Florida is the terrible nurse pt. ratio's. On my unit we had 5 patients all on cardiac drips and tele monitors. I don't think this problem is confined to ORMC, but rather the state in general. I agree with the above poster regarding ORMC's super new grad program...it really does help with the transition. ORMC does not pay a bonus or relocation to new grads--only experienced RN's. The starting pay is between $18-$20/hr depending on any prior nursing experience (such as being an LPN before RN).
Florida hospital might be worth checking into as well. I know they have new grad internships. I am currently working at an Adventist hospital here in LA...they are a great organization to work for. We also have a nurse patient ratio mandated by law here in CA, so that plays a large factor in my satisfaction.
Check both places out and go with what you feel will be the best fit for you. The license process takes about 3 months.
brush up on common diseases and treatments for that ORMC PBDS test if you apply there. It is a really simple computer based test--I passed first time as able to critically think independently...but I hear others struggle and must keep taking it until they pass.
Last edit by pedinurse05 on Dec 5, '05
Dec 6, '05
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I want to work at ORMC when I graduate Excelsior...did they give u any problems as far as hiring u? Did u go thru the new grad program? Im definitely interested in that.
Im thinking of trying to get a job there now as an Advance Clin Tech prn or pool to get my foot in the door (those positions are numerous and there are few LPN positions) and then trying to get an LPN position if one opens up. THEN going full time when I get my RN. I know there were a few nurses I saw there whos badge said Advanced Clin Tech/LPN. I wonder if the pay rate is higher as a tech if u are an LPN?
Actually, I had no problems getting the job. I responded to one of their ads in the paper by sending a resume to the nurse recruiter listed. A week later I was called for an interview with the nurse manager. Things went well and she offered me the job at the end of the interview. Yes, I did go through their 12 week new grad orientation. It is a great orientation plan. You attend new grad classes as well as complete new grad modules with the GN coordinators. You will also take a PBDS test in your first week of hospital orientation. This is just a really easy assessment type exam delivered via computer. It shows a clip of a patient expeiriencing symtoms and some lab values and you write in what you think is the problem along with interventions. I passed first try. Many struggle with this test...but they will coach and tutor you until you pass. You will also have your orientation individualized according to this test (strength and weaknesses)...so it is a good thing.
I personally think the nurse/patient ratio in Florida is crazy! I am enjoying the nurse/patient ratios here in California and can't see myself going back to anything else. ORMC is a good organization overall. The new grad program is outstanding. I had 10 years of LPN experience and 7 years tech/cna experience--that played a lot in my hiring process. There were no LPN's on my unit, only PCT's, so I cna't answer any questions about LPN's. Just submit your application as soon as you get your seating pass to take the NCLEX. You can start on the floor as a GN as soon as you recieve your seating pass and ATT letters. ORMC also pays for the Kaplan review
As a new RN, I highly recommend any type of new grad program to help transition you from LPN to RN.
Last edit by pedinurse05 on Dec 6, '05