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Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in Med-surg

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    An extremely bad decision, in my eyes :-)

    Unless you are thinking becoming a CRNA eventually, well, it takes a long way and might not worth the effort.

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    I concur after some research. Private schools are outrageously expensive in my area. Most of them won't give me extra edge when looking for jobs (besides BSN). Major academic centers, mostly public schools, are only 1/3 to 1/5 of the cost, and have a much better reputation.

    I just need to take more pre-reqs for SUNY. Maybe an extra one year. sign. But I'll manage.

    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    In general you want to go to a school with a good rep. That may be a major academic center, or a small local college. But "big name" may or may not carry a strong reputation. Best bet may be to ask around locally regarding which schools are best prep for an ICU candidate

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    Congratulations on your transfer!

    The biggest issue for me now is to get into a hospital. I've seen too many fresh BSNs in my area have difficulty finding a hospital job. Some have to work in a NH for a couple of years. And some just settled in NHs. Just wondering if more "big-named" school may help me get into a hospital. If I'm a HR, I probably will choose a more 'big-named' school graduate from candidates pool for interview, everything else being equal. This is true in other fields. My guess it is similar in nursing, but not quite sure.

    Quote from JSBSN
    You may have a hard time getting into an ICU right out of school no matter where you go. I went to a private school and did my time in the step down unit (1.5 years in my case) before I got a great opportunity to work in a CTICU/CCU and now I do open hearts all day long. I recommend applying for tele or step down unit jobs in a hospital that has the kind of ICU you want to work in. Then see about floating to the unit and make a GREAT impression and you will get a job there. Be humble and confident. These kinds of things are always about personality and connections. Your education background won't even be considered. Just as long as you have BSN behind your name.

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    Thanks, the state school only have online RN-BSN, and I tend to do badly with online classes. I'm currently looking at SUNY RN-BSN, they have traditional ones and seem more affordable.

    Quote from KJM-RN
    What about a "big-named" state school? Many state schools have great reputations. I wouldn't expect to get a job based upon the school you went to for your bachelors, but rather just having a BSN and working your way into the cardiac ICU will do it. Get the bachelors, get into a good hospital in any area then once a spot opens in the ICU you want, apply and show you have great interest in it.

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    I'm thinking about applying RN-BSN programs. When I graduated from ADN program. I had extreme difficulty finding my first job because almost all hospitals in northern NJ area require BSN. I ended up working in a nursing home for two years, then I started working in an acute rehab hospital where I sometimes take care of Ven pt, Pt on Telemetry monitoring. I learned a lot but still, my current experience is only from a rehab hospital.

    I plan to apply for an RN-BSN program, and after that, hopefully finding a position in a cardiac ICU. Would which school I get my BSN from really matter? Like a big-named school vs a small school? But big-named school are so expensive. Not sure if it is worth it.

    I'm asking because I had co-worker who hold BSN from a 3-rd tier private school and not able to get a job for 6 months. She ended up working in the same nursing home for 2 years before she got into a Transitional care unit in a hospital.

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    As far as I know, NYC has an extremely tough new grad RN job market.

    May I ask if you graduate from some top school like Columbia or NYU? I don't mean to be any of offense, I'm thinking going for my ADN-BSN, just trying to pick up a school and wondering if the school name will worth the big bucks tuition.

    Quote from kobebryant
    I graduated in Jan 2012. Currently, I work full time in two of the nations top hospital and I get a day off the week. I'm happy about the salary though because I have a lot of school loans... and I don't feel burnt out like people would assume. What is the average salary for New Grad in Cali?

    But I eventually want to move to cali from NYC within the year or so... because I have 2 jobs in ER and ICU would I still be considered a new grad after a year?

    Also I know it might be irrelevant but I noticed in my nursing cohort guys tended to land jobs much quicker then females did... Would it be easier for a guy to land a job in Cali as a new grad?

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    Just wondering if a nurse agency take you if you don't have acute-care experiences? I have similar experience as you.

    All nurse agencies I've seen require at least one year experience in acute-care setting, so sub-acute won't count.

    Quote from foqnns
    Hi everyone,

    I need some advice. After I graduated from nursing school I was unable to get into med/surg nursing however I was lucky to get a job at skilled nursing facility working as subacute rehab nurse for past few years. Now I'm trying to get back into med/surg nursing however is still hard to get in as they asked for experience. I'm thinking about going to agency/travel nurse which it will be more easy to get in. My concern is that will I able to cope/manage with the transition of subacute rehab nurse to med/surg nurse. Is there much different in subacute rehab nurse and med/surg nurse. Is busy on my floor ratio 1:18. Still not computerized in charting. Is it a many steps jumps and will end up falling as agency will not provide weeks of orientation. Is it too risky? Thank you!

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    I don't think hospitals accept walk-ins.

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    Hi, how is your job hunting in New Mexico?

    I have a feeling that Nevada has a very tough market as well. Because lots of CA nurses who cannot find a job move to Nevada. After all, it is only 4 hour trip.

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    is it legal to volunteer as an RN on the floor and passing meds, giving nursing treatments, just like a regular hired RN does?

    I think that is prohibited by state labor law.

    Volunteering in the hopital like a high school student does will not give you any real experience at all.

    I volunteered at ER for a short-time after I graduate from school and before taking NCLEX, I basically only allowed to take vitals. I don't think that give me any ER nurse experience at all.

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    I hold a NJ license, I'm trying to apply for a license in another state by endorsement. The application package has an endorsement form that needs to be filled by state of NJ board. This form basically verifies my license in NJ.

    I searched NJ board website, I could not find any instructions on it. Can anybody shed a light? Thank you so much!

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    Thanks for the advices. However I'm thinking. The worst case, I should not have any problem finding a sub-acute or Skilled Nursing job in one of these states.

    So the worst case scenario would be working in a nursing home in Texas instead of in NJ, which makes no difference to me. Still worth a try.

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    Thanks for advice.

    Your mother is a very experienced nurse. In my case, I'm an ADN and don't have hospital experience yet. I'm afraid they are not going to hire me if I stay out of the state. That said, it is very risky to move to a place that I don't konw I have a job or not yet.

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    I'm currently an ADN working in a LTC-subactue nursing home in NJ. Have about three years experience now. I'm planning to move to one of the South states: Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas. Whichever place I can find a hospital position. I'm in the process of applying for the licenses of these states, knowing it would be advantage to have a license in hand first.

    I'm single, no family, have enough savings for at least one year without working. My questions is: Should I apply jobs online in NJ, only to move after securing a hospital offer? or should I quit my NJ nursing home job first, move to one of the southern states physically, and then look for a hospital job locally there?

    I'm afraid that staying in NJ and applying online will hurt my chances, but also worry about moving first to a place that I know nobody and then find no jobs will get me depressed.

    Any suggestions?