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    Just checked today and my application still says submitted. I can't seem to find a HPSA score for my facility, although it is a disproportionate share hospital. Not feeling too optimistic today...

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    I'm taking NCLEX on June 15th! I am excited and scared! I'm doing the online Hurst review and questions from Saunders and LaCharity. I can't wait for this test to be over!

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    I recently moved back to my hometown of Reno after being in Oklahoma for the past 3 years. I moved there with my husband while he went to law school and I went to nursing school. Well, we are back now and I have not had a single callback on any job I have applied for. I have a BSN and am hoping to take boards ASAP (the BON is still waiting on my school to send my transcripts). I have been applying to hospitals out here since January.

    Do any of you work on a unit that is looking to hire a new grad?? I would love to send my resume and cover letter! My biggest interest is critical care (did my 100 hour leadership rotation in ER), but I am open to anything besides psych (only because I want to gain experience with IVs and meds and procedures).

    I am willing to drive far for work and have applied to hospitals in Fernley, Fallon, and even Elko. I have worked in a hospital as a Student Nurse Tech for the past year and am a hard worker! Please let me know if you have heard of any potential openings!
    Thanks!

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    Which rural hospitals are you referring to? I have also applied to the hospital in Fallon. There are not many rural hospitals near Reno- Fallon, Fernley... Elko is 4 hours away but would be willing to move there for a job since that is my husband's hometown.

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    Thanks for the reply. It's hard to be picky right now about where I will work since St. Mary's doesn't seem to hire many new grads. I have applied to Carson Tahoe, the VA and the hospital in Fernley, but can't think of any other options.

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    I am a student nurse tech there and I absolutely LOVE it there! Most of the nurses are really nice and helpful. The veterans are wonderful and make everything worth it! It is a really special thing to serve those who have sacrificed and served our country!

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    Thank you for your reply. I was originally moving to Utah because my husband was going to take a particular job there. That seems to not be working out so well, so he is applying for jobs in Nevada where we are from, as well. Also, since my post I spent some time in the ER for school and fell in love and have switched my leadership position from ICU to ER.
    I believe what you are saying about the lack of jobs in Utah! There seems to be no room for one more new attorney or new nurse as my husband and I are finding out. He has applied for the bar exam in both states and I have applied for licensure in both states and we are both playing the waiting game and seeing where we find jobs. Hopefully we find something before we have to make the final decision on which state tests to take! Again, thanks for your reply!

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    I am currently in my senior year of nursing school in a different state. However, I lived in Reno my whole life up until the past 3 years (went to Wooster HS, UNR, etc). Now that my hubby and I will both be done with school in May we are thinking of possibly moving back to Reno (it's between Reno and Salt Lake). I am doing my leadership hours in an emergency room and really want to get a job in an ER. Does Renown hire new grads in the ER? If so, does anyone know what the orientation/training is like? Do the nurses work well together in that unit? It's hard to get a feel for a certain unit or even hospital since I didn't do my clinicals there. Any help or info is appreciated!

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    Hey everyone. I will graduate with my BSN in May and will be moving to Utah right away. I am planning on applying to the ICU new grad intern program at the Univ of Utah, but am wondering if anyone has any experience with the program? Do they mostly just accept their own nursing school graduates or are they open to taking students from other schools? I am doing my senior preceptorship in an ICU and would love to get the intense training in the intern program.

    My other question is about the SLC VA hospital. There are no nursing jobs open on their website- does anyone have any info about working there or getting hired there? I have worked as student nurse tech at the VA in Oklahoma for the past year and would really like to get on with the one in SLC if I don't get accepted into the program at the U.

    Thanks for any and all advice!

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    Quote from RunningRNBSN
    Out of curiosity.. why did you leave law school after 1 semester?
    I worked for an attorney during my last year of undergrad. He encouraged me to take the LSAT and go to law school. I wasn't sure of what to do when I graduated, so I took his advice. My now husband and I applied to law schools together and we moved to where we both got in together. I knew from the first week there that it was not what I wanted to do with my life. I enjoyed the courses, especially the writing class, but I did not want to do that work as a career. My undergrad degree is in Public Health and I decided to apply to the nursing program at the same school. I got in and love nursing with all of my heart. I have never been so happy. My husband and I will both graduate at the same time next May.

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    Ugh. I will owe about 70k for my BSN. I owe 16K for a semester of law school. My husband is in law school and will owe about 150K. When we get out in one year we will have about 236k in student loans. Neither one of us has started working and we just got married 7 months ago. We also share one old car and live in a scarey apartment. We just pray that we will be able to pay back this debt!

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    Do it! I owe 16k in student loans from undergrad and am now attending nursing school at a private school where my tuition is 24k a year. I also take out an additional 12k a year for living. On top of that, my husband is in law school and takes out 50k a year in loans. When we both graduate May 2011 we will have a total of $238,000 in loans! There are lots of programs out there for loan forgiveness.

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    Try looking into Gentiva. My mom works for them and said they hire lots of LPNs. Personally, I think taking the LPN exam and then continuing on later for your RN is a great idea for your situation. One, your employer may pay a part or all of your schooling to get your RN, and two, your family will all be together. Good luck!

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    Thank you for your response. I should have added that the patient has bipolar disorder. I am watching the video from your link on the neuro exam that shows how all the cranial nerves are tested. Is this testing something that gets done everyday? Every shift? Or just when the patient first arrives on the floor. I have read up on therapeutic communication and know to avoid asking "why" but is it appropriate to ask the pt questions such as how or what they were experiencing when they decided to attempt suicide? I really don't want to upset this pt anymore than they already are.

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    Today is my first day of clinicals at a hospital and I am on the neuro floor. I went to the hospital yesterday and picked my patient, and then spent the rest of the day creating a care plan for him. I have to admit that I am a little nervous about this clinical because the patient just attempted suicide and is on a strict suicide watch. On top of that, I read in the chart that he is very angry and cussess at all of the nurses. He even threw a phone yesterday! I just started my Psych Nursing class two days ago so I'm not sure how to handle this patient. This clinical is for my med-surg class, not Psych. Is this normally the type of patient you see for a med-surg rotation?


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