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    AshICURN likes this.

    BeccaBSN- WHERE in NNJ are they starting new grads at $37/hr???

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    Is there any way you can get a position that is more permanent/non-float in the same company? I have been a float and it is VERY difficult, especially as a new grad. Try going to your HR/employer first and tell them floating is not for you, but try looking for new jobs now. When they ask you why you're leaving, just attribute it to floating. As a new grad, repetition and constant reinforcement are key to learning new skills. Floating just doesnt allow for that. Good luck!

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    saszewskiolin and tnbutterfly like this.

    Some goals I have for this coming year are: 1) join a nursing association of some kind 2) become involved in establishing a national nursing residency program similar in purpose to the one doctors have 3) Find a job where I have more focus on and interaction with patients, less so with nasty "support" staff (sorry, it's been a bad year on that front). Wishing everyone the best for 2014 and onward!

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am doing a paper on bullying and nursing and would like to hear your story. This is a to[ic we cannot ignore, as there is significant data showing how it negatively affects patient care and outcomes.


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    Our nursing school conducted a background check before you were allowed to enroll, for just this situation. They did not want to educate someone who would be ineligible for a license. I sincerely hope things went your way!

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    refer to your school's policies at the time of matriculation. that's the agreement you signed when you enrolled. if you genuinely believe your 77 was a passing grade and they retroactively imposed a 78 on you, please contact a lawyer who specializes in education issues. good luck!

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    Maybe you need to take a trip to the BON offices in Newark? I found them to be very helpful in person, as long as you are polite, friendly, and understanding of the enormous workload they have. If you have a TOEFL score to give them, you might as well send it. Better to have too much documentation than not enough.

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    i hear what you're saying. maybe try a surgi-center PACU/recovery room? patients are gone within 30 minutes, family interaction is minimal. as long as your co-workers are good (and that's the tough part) you should be OK. it's high volume, high turnover, but not emotionally draining.

    my colleagues & management in my last job made me seriously reconsider nursing, but we've all worked too hard & too long to give up. find the best place you can & hold on for dear life!

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    TAKE GI/GU FIRST!!! cardiac is VERY difficult, and you'll need the other group's info to help you get through it. also, having an understanding of the GI/GU systems gives you a good foundation for understanding the rest of the body, IMHO.

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    thanks! i've heard great things from the patient side. but as you know. nurses/doctors/staff can be awesome to the patients, not so great to each other. that's my greatest fear- another situation of horrible co-workers.

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    it is in outpatient/asc surgery, not the urgent care or other divisions. how are they to work for? anyone know anyone who worked there?

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    For those who are unfamiliar with it, Valley Hospital is excellent. It is in an upscale area filled with people who have very high standards in healthcare. The hospitals in Bergen County compete with NYC and often win (100% success rate for open heart surgery, meaning patients live at least 30 days postOp). The volunteers there are SO sweet and kind. The healthcare is superb, yet the setting is very small-town, personal, and cozy. Old-fashioned in the best of ways.

    I did student clinicals there and have had family members be treated there. While no place is perfect, Valley is pretty darn good.

    FWIW, Catherine Zeta-Jones had both her children there (big whoop, I know, but maybe that does say something).

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    it actually went pretty well - they hired me on the spot! i'm still considering this & another offer for a completely different position. the OR is actually ASC/not open surgery, lots of triage and periOp, which i love. but the pay is low for our area (under $30/hr) and i've heard they are a chew'em up-spit 'em out factory. so i'm kind of hesitant. in one way, it would be great experience & great skills. in another, i REALLY like working in a factory, where they tend to not train well & shout the rest & make you feel awful every day. not where i want to spend 40 hrs/week, ya know?

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    Anyone have experience working there? Everyone seemed so nice, but I'm starting to hear horror stories. In one way, it seems like a good place for a newer grad to get experience, but if they are a factory that will chew you up & spit you out, maybe that's not the best place until my skin is thick enough.

    Any advice??

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    same situation, unfortunately! i said that my training was inconsistent and fractured (understatement!), that the company's training guidelines weren't followed, and a few specific things without bad-mouthing. you can say positive things about the company, your co-workers, and what you learned.

    you can also own up and say you were a new nurse without the foundation needed for such an assignment - you learned so much from it, and feel better prepared to go into a new job with your eyes open.

    patient load is a HUGE concern and a very concrete reason for leaving LTC (and part of why i couldnt do my last job). you can say just what you wrote - the patient load of 22 was too much for you delivery the kind of quality care you are known for. say you have the ortho experience, understand the patient/work flow, and after 22, can manage whatever an ortho floor throws your way.

    something WILL come up and you'll get your confidence back!!