First job as an lpn !! Helppp!!!

  1. 0 okay yall. so the "hard" part is over. i passed my boards! Now does anyone out there have any advice on how to search for a new job? And once i do find that job, can anyone give me an insight on how a typical nursing interview goes?? Also, when jobs drug test, is it just the usual urine sample like everywhere else? and also..is it inappropriate to send your resume to places that are not advertising a position? Thanks for the help! Im anxious to get out there and start working.
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    Joined Jul '12; Posts: 17; Likes: 3.

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  4. Visit  Fiona59} profile page
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    Every interview I've ever had has required me to answer patient care scenarios. Ie blood sugars are x what would you do? What is your priority if y happens. They want proof that you know what to do.
  5. Visit  xoemmylouox} profile page
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    Well as far as drug screens go each place is different. Some to a cheek swab and some test for tobacco. So if you are taking anything RX wise that you do not have an RX for you need to stop ASAP,
  6. Visit  conroenurse} profile page
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    Test for TOBAccO? FOR REAL?
    Why in God's green earth do they test for that?
  7. Visit  nsalisbury} profile page
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    They test for tobacco?? Thats odd. How nerve racking, answering pt scenarios on the spot! Im leaning more towards the longterm care kind of work. I can already tell this will be a challenge :/
  8. Visit  conroenurse} profile page
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    Aww, they all have some small version of nsg pop quiz that I remember from place to place, ( though a few didn't), nothing that anyone out of school would sweat over. BUT if you've been one place for numerous yrs, and in one type of nsg, it can throw you for a loop for a minute. USUALLY just a multi qx type quiz, maybe a math question or two. NOTHING to ever worry over.
    BUT NOW I AM STILL AMAZED THAT ANYONE WOULD DO A TOBACCO test. Maybe that was just a goof. LOL
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  9. Visit  nsalisbury} profile page
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    yes, i suppose your right. if i can get through school, and boards i should do fine with a little ol' interview (fingers crossed ) and i too find that hard to believe that they would waste money on testing for tobacco, esp. since that cant be a determining factor of whether or not someone will get the job. do you think its inappropriate to send your resume to places that arent advertising?
  10. Visit  conroenurse} profile page
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    OF COURSE, send to anyone and everyone. You never know what nursing needs might be, or how HR handles filling them.
    Sometimes the larger companies get walk-ins looking for job and they are interviewed on spot if need came in. Also I worked for a company that never placed an ad and depended on resumes being sent in or walkin's.
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  11. Visit  TheCommuter} profile page
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    Quote from conroenurse
    Test for TOBAccO? FOR REAL?
    Why in God's green earth do they test for that?
    Many healthcare systems no longer hire smokers.

    In addition, the some of the workplaces that still do hire smokers will charge them higher health insurance premiums.
  12. Visit  conroenurse} profile page
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    But they advertise jobs that way, ask, but not TEST. and yes ins. is higher I'ver heard. ODD though, not higher for people who drink etoh, weigh o ver 20 lbs more than should, geesh, can think of numerous things that SHOULD drive ins. bills up just as high, but smokers are the big sinners for the moment I guess. (no don't smoke)
    Next week it will be people who use cell phones. LOL
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    Quote from conroenurse
    But they advertise jobs that way, ask, but not TEST. and yes ins. is higher I'ver heard. ODD though, not higher for people who drink etoh, weigh o ver 20 lbs more than should, geesh, can think of numerous things that SHOULD drive ins. bills up just as high, but smokers are the big sinners for the moment I guess. (no don't smoke)
    Next week it will be people who use cell phones. LOL
    Off-subject, but there is a healthcare system in Texas that will not hire staff if the body mass index (BMI) is greater than 35. Since weight is not a protected class, they can legally do this.
  14. Visit  Kdrenee} profile page
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    I had a PCT interview and they did tobacco screening. The hospital was very against tobacco use and if you EVER fail a tobacco screening it's immediate termination. They do random screenings once hired.
  15. Visit  nsalisbury} profile page
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    wow thats insane! ive never heared of this, of course everywhere is different. and i think thats terrible about the BMI. what if someone simply has a health condition where they just cant "slim down". i think its crazy they can terminate people for smoking tobacco. i know our hospitals here u have to go down the road or whatever to smoke. i can see how drugs can interfere with your work, and why they would test for that, but cigarettes?? that doesnt affect someones ability to be a good caretaker. the insurance thing i understand. wow theres lots i need to learn lol !


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