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    DeeaCatalina likes this.

    Hi all! I have also just been offered a job at St. Alexius, on the Medical-Oncology floor. The crazy thing was they didn't even interview me, they just called and offered me the job. Two of my classmates are already working there and I think they gave me glowing reviews. I'll be looking for an apartment as well. I'll probably be there mid to end October.

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    I am a new grad trying to get my foot in the door in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has been a frustration experience so far, and I finally got an interview at a small rural hospital after expanding my search into Oregon and Washington. I could probably also find a hospital job in North Dakota, where several of my classmates have ended up. So I have a couple of choices now and the question arose: does it make any difference whether I get the rural hospital experience which includes a little bit of everything including ED, medical/ICU, skilled nursing, IV therapy, etc., or the big hospital experience which would be on one unit, telemetry or med/surg. Does one experience look better on a resume? Does one improve my career chances down the road, or are they both the same? I am very interested to hear from everyone's experience. Thank you!

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    I start my preceptorship during the second week of March in Kaiser Med/Surg. I would love to hear some experiences from RNs about preceptor time...what worked, what didn't work, how you got along with your RN, any tips, advice, suggestions. I'm really excited to get going and am motivated to do well. Thanks for your input!

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    We get to put in our preferences, so just thought I'd put this out there to see what those before me might think. Here is the list:

    Alta Bates
    Highland General
    CPMC
    Kaiser Terra Linda
    Kentfield Rehab
    Marin General
    Novato Community

    Thanks for your input!

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    Thank you for your advice. Your story made me laugh, and laughter is precious.

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    Joe V likes this.

    So we are five weeks into our RN program and our first day at the hospital was yesterday. I was extremely anxious about being there, especially since we had to take vital signs on a real live patient.

    So we got a tour of the hospital, and talked to the OR/PACU nurses, and met a few of the nurses on the medical units. Everyone we talked to seemed friendly and genuinely happy to see us there. So the moment arrived for us to meet our first patient.

    Our instructor handed me a slip of paper with a room and bed number, and a last name. She said choose a buddy and go! So I partnered up with the student who happened to be standing right next to me. We gelled in and walked over to the patients bed. He was in the process of being helped out of bed by a family member who says, "Oh, just in time! He has to go to the bathroom."

    My brain proceeded to switch itself off. This wasn't in the script! My co-student said, "We're here to take vital signs." And then she went on to say that we could come back later, and I may or may not have jumped in at that point. But the patient said it was okay, we could go ahead, he could wait, and lay back down.

    My brain finally woke up and I thanked him, and introduced us as students. He introduced his family member as a nursing instructor at another area college. Pressure! So I asked my fellow student if she would take VS while I entered data on the computer. So I managed to log on, but could not remember how to get into the patient records.

    While I'm wrestling with the computer, my fellow student starts calling out numbers. Sweating now, I had to pause to write them down. She finished up and joined me at the computer, and we both struggled to figure out what was happening. As it turned out there was a glitch in the way we were set up in the system, so it was just a glitch. But it served to throw me off even further.

    Again, the staff was super helpful. One nurse saw us huddled around the computer next to the nurses station and stopped to say hello, and we asked him for some help. He figured out how to get us into the patient's chart so we could document. And that was that. I've been analyzing my performance, and though I should probably cut myself some slack, I feel fairly disappointed that I wasn't able to think a little faster on my feet. But this is a process, just like everything else, and with some (a lot) of practice, it will become routine. Presumably I will look back on this day with some humor.

    I am interested in other first day experiences! Any similarities? Any encouraging words would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    Thanks M. My wife and I have our own business, but since the economy went bad, I started going back to school. We had to close one of our two stores, and I managed to get into my previous job as a tile salesman. That's what I'm doing currently.

    Good luck to you as well. It's really nothing more than hard work!

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    I just got my acceptance letter at College of Marin RN program! I'm working on background checks, drug testing, etc. This is a big career change for me. I'll be 47 when the program starts in August. Really looking forward to getting started.

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    I took the TEAS test at College of Marin on May 8th and passed with an 82%. I have a lottery number of 40. Now I'm just waiting to see if there's a seat for me. They are supposed to let us know before June 1st. Hard to concentrate on anything else while I wait. It's always at the back of my mind.

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    I did both online practice tests twice, and both practice tests in the book once. Don't panic! Keep going over the material. Find online practice problems for the areas you didn't do well on. Ask people for help. I took the test on May 8th and passed with an 82%. If I did it, anyone can.

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    chanel01 likes this.

    I went through the entire ATI test book, did all the practice problems, and took both practice tests. I also took the two practice tests on the ATI website twice. A few of the questions on those online tests showed up on the real thing. Whatever section I did poorly on I studied extra, and found practice problems to do online. Ask for help from anyone willing to show you how to do something you don't fully understand. I took the test on May 8th and passed with an 82%. Good luck! Keep studying, don't give up!

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    Tricia76, CinDRnyc, and Bobmo88 like this.

    I took the test yesterday and passed with and 82%. I found the practice tests online to be most helpful. A few of the questions were exactly the same! Woo Hoo!

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    I studied pretty solidly for about two weeks before the test. I used the ATI practice manual exclusively. I didn't know about the McGraw book until a few days before the test. I took the test May 8, 2012 and passed with an 82%. I was very surprised to discover that was good enough for 91st percentile nationally. Anyway, I read through the manual, did both practice tests in the book once, and purchased the two online practice tests and went through them both twice. I practiced all the problems I missed, looking up practice problems online. That's what worked for me. The actual tests had maybe 2-3 questions that appeared on the online practice tests. I highly recommend trying them out.

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    Crystal_Len likes this.

    I used the ATI practice manual exclusively. I didn't know about the McGraw book until a few days before the test. I took the test May 8, 2012 and passed with an 82%. I was very surprised to discover that was good enough for 91st percentile nationally. Anyway, I read through the manual, did both practice tests in the book once, and purchased the two online practice tests and went through them both twice. I practiced all the problems I missed, looking up practice problems online. That's what worked for me. The actual tests had maybe 2-3 questions that appeared on the online practice tests. I highly recommend trying them out.

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    I used the ATI practice manual exclusively. I didn't know about the McGraw book until a few days before the test. I took the test May 8, 2012 and passed with an 82%. I was very surprised to discover that was good enough for 91st percentile nationally. Anyway, I read through the manual, did both practice tests in the book once, and purchased the two online practice tests and went through them both twice. I practiced all the problems I missed, looking up practice problems online. That's what worked for me. The actual tests had maybe 2-3 questions that appeared on the online practice tests. I highly recommend trying them out.


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