Question regarding cumulative gpa and job - page 2

by DatMurse 2,624 Views | 15 Comments

They look at your overall gpa for college right? Not just upper division courses?... Read More


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    Quote from Delgadido
    I guess I will apply everywhere for an oncology position.
    I dont want to spend my first year doing residency for medsurge and then waiting for that to finish and trying to apply for oncology and do training all over again.
    There's nothing wrong with medsurg. In fact, it's a good basis on which to build your assessment skills and you won't have to do "training all over again" when you decide to go to Onc. Med/surg encompasses the fundamentals of nursing. When you switch to Onc, you'll expand your knowledge and your practice based on factors that are unique to the onc population, but you'll still need those skills you learned in med/surg.
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    I know that medsurge is the basis of nursing. You see everything.

    Oncology was my trigger that got my heart set on nursing 4 years ago when I actually got seriously with school and where I literally rebuilt my entire college transcript
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    Understandable, but oncology is difficult to break into without prior experience. That's all I'm saying. And the acuity you tend to see on Onc wards (at least on my onc ward) can be very high for not being an ICU/stepdown unit. You're not giving up your dream if your dream isn't the first thing you do.
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    Quote from SoldierNurse22
    Understandable, but oncology is difficult to break into without prior experience. That's all I'm saying. And the acuity you tend to see on Onc wards (at least on my onc ward) can be very high for not being an ICU/stepdown unit. You're not giving up your dream if your dream isn't the first thing you do.
    True. Many nurses start off in one specialty and then work their way over to their dream specialty. And in this job market, you may need take what you can get--otherwise you can easily find yourself waiting...and waiting...and waiting...
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    I would put your cumulative GPA on your résumé. MD Anderson takes about 70 new grads for their residency program 2 times a year. So there's a really good chance of getting offered a position there. I would highly recommend doing clinicals there though. They prefer to hire those that have done clinicals there.
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    Nobody has ever asked for my GPA, including my first job, which was in oncology. I wouldn't volunteer the information unless it was exceptional.


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