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    I wasnt terribly impressed with Cornell when I had interviewed, however, they did offer first. Since it was my first job and eager to work, I accepted. They then told me I had to do physical and a pharm test. I said ok fine, no biggie. i took the pharm test and it was hard. not like NCLEX...I had heard it was hard, but I had studied too. Well I didnt pass and it was then I was told that I had one more chance to pass the test because my job was contingent upon it.

    I didnt fail the test by much. I had 100 on the med math part and a 70 on the pharm part. I believe you needed an 80. I decided not take the test again because they weren't honest up front with me and felt it wasnt the right institution for me. I felt they were shady.

    I know Cornell is a good institution and do not want to dsicourage anyone else from going there....just a bad experience for me. I know it wasnt meant for me and I am where I am supposed to be!

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    Jenna,
    What was it about Cornell that changed your mind??
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    Well I'm glad things have worked out so well for you at Sloan-Kettering. The Pharmacology test at NY Methodist in Bkyln also must be passed with an 80%--or you can't even interview with a Nursing Supervisor (but the Hiring office lets you know this before you come in).....
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    I wasnt terribly impressed with Cornell when I had interviewed, however, they did offer first. Since it was my first job and eager to work, I accepted. They then told me I had to do physical and a pharm test. I said ok fine, no biggie. i took the pharm test and it was hard. not like NCLEX...I had heard it was hard, but I had studied too. Well I didnt pass and it was then I was told that I had one more chance to pass the test because my job was contingent upon it.

    I didnt fail the test by much. I had 100 on the med math part and a 70 on the pharm part. I believe you needed an 80. I decided not take the test again because they weren't honest up front with me and felt it wasnt the right institution for me. I felt they were shady.

    I know Cornell is a good institution and do not want to dsicourage anyone else from going there....just a bad experience for me. I know it wasnt meant for me and I am where I am supposed to be!
    Last edit by nyforlove on Jul 9, '07
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    Atl dont pay so well.most of the hospitals is btw 20 and 22/hr for starting
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    JennaRN1006 I have just pm you. Im also glad everything worked out for you I hope I am as lucky as you.
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    I've heard that staffin at NY Methodist in Park Slope is ridiculous. 12 pts on med-surg. Or is that just the norm in NYC? sounds horribly dangerous, and I wouldn't put up with that no matter how good the pay was.
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    I've heard that staffin at NY Methodist in Park Slope is ridiculous. 12 pts on med-surg. Or is that just the norm in NYC? sounds horribly dangerous, and I wouldn't put up with that no matter how good the pay was.
    I can only speak from my experience and what others have specifically told me, but I do think that 12 patients on med-surg would be an extreme case, perhaps where someone called in sick...I don't think that would be considered a "typical" load...I worked a "step-down floor" and had between 5 and 9 patients...the contract specifies one-to-seven nurse-to-patient ratio, but that ratio is not often observed; neverthless, I have found many positives here such as computerized charting, a supportive, friendly administration, good "support" services (e.g., pharmacy, nurse assistants, respiratory therapists, supply dep't), and of course the beautiful Park Slope neighborhood---a nice brownstone neighborhood with cafes, used bookstore, restaurants (and even a Starbucks right across the street for diehard fans!)---nice change from the sterile Upper East Side skyscrapers where NYPresb, Sloan-Kettering, HSSurgery, and Lenox Hill are situated..AND Methodist's current NYSNA contract provides for extra pay for up to thirty years of experience...in comparison, I believe that Mt Sinai, for example, maxes out at additional pay at 7 or 8 years.......
    Last edit by nyforlove on Jul 1, '07
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    Quote from nyforlove
    I can only speak from my experience and what others have specifically told me, but I do think that 12 patients on med-surg would be an extreme case, perhaps where someone called in sick...I don't think that would be considered a "typical" load...I worked a "step-down floor" and had between 5 and 9 patients...the contract specifies one-to-seven nurse-to-patient ratio, but that ratio is not often observed; neverthless, I have found many positives here such as computerized charting, a supportive, friendly administration, good "support" services (e.g., pharmacy, nurse assistants, respiratory therapists, supply dep't), and of course the beautiful Park Slope neighborhood---a nice brownstone neighborhood with cafes, used bookstore, restaurants (and even a Starbucks right across the street for diehard fans!)---nice change from the sterile Upper East Side skyscrapers where NYPresb, Sloan-Kettering, HSSurgery, and Lenox Hill are situated..AND Methodist's current NYSNA contract provides for extra pay for up to thirty years of experience...in comparison, I believe that Mt Sinai, for example, maxes out at additional pay at 7 or 8 years.......
    That's cool that it's been a good experience for you. I got my info from a fellow traveler who worked there, and no, 12 wasn't an extreme case for her. apparently, they also had an ongoing protest petition form that the nurses filled out almost every night because of the dangerous staffing. Sounded like the hospital paid a lot for remodeling and making the hospital beautiful but not for adequate staffing. Oh and anything more than 5 patients on a step-down unit sounds dangerous! I was at a different hospital in the area where the step-down unit nurses got 4 patients, on days and on nights, which is much more reasonable.
    park Slope is gorgeous though. I loved that area.
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    Hey Jenna,
    I'm a new grad and will be at MSKCC in Sept! I'm on Neuro/Ortho. How about you?
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    Hey,

    If a hospital raises its starting salary after they hire you, can you ask for them to give you that raise, or will they automatically give you the extra money? I'm going to start working in September, but I have a feeling they are going to raise their base salary soon, and I want to be able to get that increase too.

    Any info would be helpful.
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    i am currently interning at sloan kettering for the summer (i'm going into my senior year of nursing school). the hospital is unbelievable!

    what i noticed about ny hospitals: to differentiate the good from the bad...find out how long the nurses have been at the hospital. it seems mskcc takes care of their nurses. most of the nurses here have put in years (20+) these nurses are making well over 100k.

    for 2007 new grads started at 70k. next year, i heard it will be raised to 72 o 74k. their reason: "we want to stay competitive"

    i asked why the hospital isn't unionized and almost all the nurses have said, "the hospital takes care of their nurses."

    the do have a pension plan and you become fully vested after 5 years.

    their benefits are top of the line: 20 sicks days, etc

    the biggest upside is that mskcc is a teaching hospital. most of the nurses are the nicest you'll ever meet (you meet the mean ones too)

    they also subsidize housing...so they will pay half your rent in the buildings they own. the set up of these apartments are beautiful...doormen and everything.

    i asked about cornell and it seems the nurses go back and fourth. i haven't heard a lot of great things about cornell. it seems mskcc and cornell compete a lot but mskcc by far seems to be winning the battle.

    i am considering both when i graduate but my experience has only been at mskcc so obviously this is my first choice.
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