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    reading this just somehow encourages me. I am a new grad with very limited experience on psych. I am on my 3rd day of my orientation at the psych unit. It is very overwhelming especially i am not really into psychiatry. Aside from that i just came from another country so being so new to the american culture and system adds up to the stress.

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    Hi, i got a job too in Maryland as a new grad nurse for psych department. I am not really into psych but i still accepted it because i am in need of a job. I enjoy reading and watching psych issues but i dont really know about being on the actual unit. I am still very new to the american system, since i've been only here in US for a couple of months. Im really scared. This would be actually my first job as a nurse since graduating 2 years ago. It feels like i dont know anything. My mind gets blank. I am not a talkative person and im not really good at talking to somebody i dont know. I accepted the offer because, aside from needing a job, i'm trying to deal with my weaknesses, i also listened to others' opinion saying that i might eventually like it. I dont know if i have answered you, but i just like to share my opinion.

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    Hi there, i've recently passed the nclex RN, im a foreign graduate. I've graduated 2 years ago. I've just arrived here in US so i'm still on the process of adjusting to the culture. For the past two years back home, i've have only attended cpr certifications, busied my self with the paper works from the immigration and reviewed for the nclex. I've never had the chance to work or have a training at a hospital. So now, i'm trying to look for jobs. I've already attended a cpr class at a community hospital here because they said they wont credit my cpr training from my home country.
    The very big problem i have is i dont know what to put in my resume according to american standards. Any help? thanks.

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    Quote from pumpkinspice555

    Yah, It depends. Some people said they had a lot of SATAs with 180 questions yet still failed... I'm taking mine soon! Really hope I pass.
    Good luck.

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    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    Maternity/Labor & Delivery/PostPartum are highly competitive specialties. Be aware that some facilities hire new grads/inexperienced nurses while others do not. Many new nurses wish to work with moms & babies therefore there are many applications for few slots. You can check out the OB/GYN forum for more information on the specialty. Ob/Gyn Nursing
    Thanks.

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    Quote from pumpkinspice555
    6 SATAs in 75 questions and you passed? That's awesome!!
    Yep. I thought i was going to fail because most people said they had a lot of satas

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    Quote from BMC7

    Yea I agree only 6? I had 30-35 and passed with 82 questions. You were really lucky to have just 6 and 75 questions. Congrats!
    Yes. I was really luck. 6 satas, 1 very easy drug calculatiom, 1 picture of an obvious lesion and the rest were prioritization. Thanks

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    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    Take the US versions if you can, if nothing else take the US American Heart BLS class as it's rather inexpensive whereas ACLS can be a couple of hundred $$.

    As an international grad from more than 2 years ago you may have difficulty being accepted in a hospital new grad program though you have an advantage with a BSN. Was your BSN declared equivalent to a US BSN? Were you a licensed nurse in the country you were educated in? If so, did you work as a nurse overseas? That may help slightly with experience...depending on the facility. You can always inquire with the hospital HR department if you are eligible for a new grad program if the postings are not clear. I've seen some new grad positions posted as "Must have earned a BSN degree within the past 6 months and a valid, unencumbered (no disciplinary actions) registered nurse in __ state (state of hospital), current BLS/CPR card, working experience as a nurse of less than 6 months" Other postings aren't as clear. HR should be able to answer your query so you don't have to waste time applying if not eligible.

    Again, try expanding your search to include non-hospital facilities--long term care/nursing homes, long term acute care, sub acute care, rehabilitation facilities, ambulatory care, surgical centers, ambulatory/outpatient clinics, etc. Some of these facilities are within a hospital network and if you are a good employee you may be eligible for a preferential (over outside applicants) transfer to a hospital department after specific amount of work in an offsite facility. Plus some of the hospital affiliated facility employees are eligible for the same nursing education/continuing education programs as hospital staff that you can use to build up your skills experience. It could be a win win.

    As a new grad I would not recommend traditional home health or hospice as you really need a strong clinical background to function successfully and independently in an isolated/home environment with minimal back-up. Shift work home health/private duty can be a good idea (usually pediatrics or developmentally disabled requiring direct skilled nursing) could be an option and you can get exposure to high tech care & equipment (vents, trachs, advanced IV therapy) if it is available in your area.
    Thanks. Yes, i had it evaluated through cgfns. I'll try maternity, i've heard most new grads go to maternity

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    Quote from pumpkinspice555

    Is nclex 3500 close to nclex as well? At least the alternative format questions?
    From my experience, the alternative formats were almost similar to nclex 3500

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    Quote from obloom14
    IS it just me or does this link keep saying service unavailable! ARGH!
    Try using a different browser. It happens to me too

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    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    Most new grad programs require graduation within the past 6-12 months with 6 months or less experience as a nurse. You could try applying to new grad programs but don't get upset if rejected because of the distance between your graduation to licensing. (but if you get an interview be pleasantly surprised).

    Do you have a diploma, ASN, or BSN? (I am guessing that you passed the NCLEX-RN) Try broadening your search and applying for non-hospital positions LTC, LTAC (long term acute care), ambulatory care, surgical centers, ambulatory clinics, etc. If you can afford to consider taking a refresher skills class or some continuing education courses such as IV therapy, ACLS, renew your BLS CPR if needed to build up your skills, resume and confidence.
    I am a bsn graduate, yes i passed nclex rn. I have bls and acls but had it in my home country, im not sure if they'll consider it. I just took those certifications programs last year before i migrated here in US.

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    Quote from pumpkinspice555
    How many SATAs you had in all?
    I had about 6 only

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    Quote from skyheaven477
    Did you try nurse recruiters? I have been getting interviews from them. You could look up medical agencies in your area online or yellow pages.
    Is that a staffing agency? I prefer direct hiring.if possible but it's hars to look for openings. Nyway, thanks

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    Quote from chikah_dorah
    hi, did you purchase the Q in kaplan online, the 99$? or u use the kaplan book? thanks
    I bought kaplan strategies which comes with online bank. I downloaded q trainer.


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