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    most of the time HR wants a physical copy of your license on file....or at least that's been the cases with the jobs I have worked at. I have a NY license and it took about 3 weeks from the date I passed the NCLEX to get the actual thing in the mail

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    I eat before I leave the house...it takes some getting used to though. I used to get nauseous eating at the crack of dawn, but now it feels normal. I usually eat a huge egg white omlette, sometimes with some oatmeal and fruit. The protein and fiber holds me for a long time.

    I bring yogurt and fruit for snacks and a simple sandwich for lunch (usually go for PB&J on wheat).

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    Penelope_Pitstop likes this.

    An older man asked if we had pay per hour porno channels available on the TVs.

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    I've taken their course while they were in NYC. Sue Masoorli (spelling might be wrong) is the instructor and she is wonderful. Very thorough, and it will help a lot if your IV skills aren't the best. They give you "certification" at the end of it, but I don't think it means much.

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    Williss2, Ayvah, Fiona59, and 1 other like this.

    Much much much worse. If I could do it over, I'm not 100% sure I would have went with nursing. It is devastating to me to feel this way...

    As another poster mentioned, you could shadow 100 nurses or do millions of school clinical hours or do CNA work or volunteer but once you are actually an RN on the floor, you can never get an idea of what it's really like. Nursing school only gives you the positives and does not tell you how underappreciated and disposable you will be as an RN. Or the array of bulls*** you have to deal with on a regular basis. Dangerous understaffing, completely unsupportive administration, families taking out all of their frustration on you. You will never feel like you're getting the credit or respect you deserve.I often feel like my license is in danger given the amount of responsibility/work that is dumped upon me. Double checking other disclipines, picking up other peoples' slack, at times performing unit clerk/housekeeper/maintenance duties...it is horrible. And if anything goes wrong, they will be quick to blame the nurse. We are scapegoats. And to top it all off, we get crummy paychecks that don't reflect HALF of the hard work that we do.

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    prinsessa likes this.

    to the OP...don't be so quick to rule out nursing homes. You very well might end up gladly taking a position in one. I don't think people truly know how bad it is out there....

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    If I were you, I'd stay living wherever you currently are. Do not come to NYC looking for a job as a new grad...not a very smart choice if you are planning on relocating.

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    smily nurse and lindarn like this.

    Depends on what you are interested in. Memorial Sloan Kettering is pretty well known for treating their nurses well (and I'm almost certain they have the highest starting salary for new grads in Manhattan). No disgruntled nurses there.

    I've heard fantastic things about NY Presbyterian, Mt Sinai, and NYU as well.

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    hearts895, RN BSN likes this.

    Definitely apply to as many schools in your area as you can afford to. With nursing programs getting more and more competitive to get into and the record high amount of applicants, a lot of qualified students get turned away every year.

    As for volunteering...any medical setting is fantastic. As a volunteer, you'll probably be limited to doing the same things in both places anyway. Just make sure you keep an open mind, make a good impression, and do a little networking. With the job market as tough as it is now, having your name out there early is never a bad idea.

    And one more little piece of advice to you...when you do eventually end up in nursing school, the "lazy bum" and "I wish I had Yoda" mindset has got to go! You absolutely cannot slack in nursing school, they will not be very forgiving if you don't do well in classes. You need to have a certain degree of intrinsic motivation to successfully get through nursing school, so don't depend on Yoda and make sure you bring your own A-game. Use your experience of missing the application deadline as a lesson in your nursing school journey...be mindful of deadlines and your responsibilities in the future. I wish you the best!

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    hate to break it to you, but the NYC job market is probably one of the toughest in the country at the moment. some new grads have been jobless since last year. experienced nurses can barely find work. have you been keeping up with the news in lately? St Vincent's just closed and there are 700 unemployed nurses...not to mention HHC is laying off many others. chances are you will not find a GN program. they just don't exist anymore in the over saturated NYC market.

    your best bet is to prepare for the NCLEX as fast as you can and try to beat the tidal wave of new grads that nursing schools will be churning out in the next 2-3 months. get your job applications in quickly. try volunteering at hospitals as well. best of luck

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    My brother is allergic to apples, plums, peaches, and cherries. Seriously! Depending on how much of it he eats, the results range from swollen lips/tongue and itchy throat to difficulty breathing. Didn't think those fruits were in the same family either...do they have something in common that I don't know about?

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    I can't tell you how many times I've seen ads seeking nannies that are referred to as "baby nurses".

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    fiveofpeep likes this.

    One of my favorite scenes from House:

    watching one of the young doctor characters sitting and chatting with a peds patient and giving him a beverage. i mean, holding the cup for him and bringing the straw to his mouth and everything.... pure comedy

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    i have had a ton of job interviews and for the most part, yes, I do know afterwards if they went particularly well and that i'm likely getting hired. Also know when I'm obviously not getting hired and all the parting words they are offering seem sugar coated and out of pity.

    but, i've definitely had those instances of walking out feeling like I completely bombed the interview only to get called back within a day by HR saying that "the manager absolutely loved you! you got the job!"

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    im pretty committed to health myself. i have not had fast food in over a decade and exercise constantly. the walk from my home to the subway is 15 minutes, so that is at least 30 min of walking round trip each day. factor in the twice a day 20 min walks for my dogs, and that's over an hour of walking (not including what I may do at work). i also do pole fitness dancing 3x a week, so that keeps me in tip top shape (in fact, NO fitness routine I have ever done even compares to this. hands down the toughest and best workout I've ever tried). it's super important to keep in good shape...how else would we set an example for our patients?


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