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- Apr 20, '12 by HorseshoeI could not even get an interview with a hospital when I graduated. 4.0 all through nursing school, passed NCLEX in 75 questions in less than an hour, glowing recommendations from everyone I worked with along the way.
- Apr 20, '12 by MN-NurseQuote from tcvnurseI worked alongside at least two new grad RNs at a home health agency who were assigned patients appropriately, used their resources well and did a great job.Having worked in that field for 6 years I would be very very afraid of a graduate nurse who starts in home health.
A couple years later, they are both currently Case Managers and doing fantastic. No disasters, codependency or other foul-ups along the way.
I also have quite a few new grad classmates, and one new grad relative who have been working in home health since graduation - two years in one case and almost a year in 10 other cases and doing just fine.
The disaster predictions I see on this board are simply not coming true in the Twin Cities, MN area for new grad Home Health RNs.
- Apr 20, '12 by AltraWhile I can fully appreciate that recent college grads have entered the job market at an extremely difficult time of recession (as have other college grads in fairly cyclical 20-year increments) I have to ask: is there this level of indignation among college grads who studied different fields? Are the sociology, history and English majors of the world placing blame for their lack of employment/underemployment on their school? Are marketing majors who are slinging coffee and scones at Starbucks theorizing that their current employment as baristas was all part of some evil master plan?
- Apr 20, '12 by netglowI get where you are coming form Altra, but nursing is something that REQUIRES immediate work - eg residency. If you don't get that you've just gambled away a ton of money if you fell for getting a BSN, worse: accelerated BSN, even worse: direct entry MSN.
Other degrees can wait till something comes their way, and interview/get many other jobs while waiting. Finally getting into your area of choice, years later is not much of a big deal. However, nursing expires, and then you have nothing. Nobody in the business world wants a nurse eg handmaiden. The degree without substantial clinical experience is worthless.
- Apr 20, '12 by roser13Quote from HorseshoeI too am curious about the posts that list the # of NCLEX questions and amount of time used to answer them. Is this commonly referenced in resumes now?It certainly didn't used to have any bearing on anything and I'm wondering when/if that changed.Okay, why would anyone care that an applicant passed their NCLEX in 75 questions in less than an hour? Is this something people are putting on resumes now? I've seen this referenced 3 times in this thread, that people hiring weren't impressed with the fact that an applicant passed NCLEX in x amount of questions. Of course they aren't!
- Apr 20, '12 by Horseshoe^^^^No. I can't say I know tons of new nurses, but I do know some, none of whom got their jobs by being related to anyone on the inside.
Of course, knowing someone who can be helpful in the hiring process is another story, and is a fact of life in every profession. I got a job in a plastic surgery OR because a scrub nurse I know told me about it. I got my current job partially because when I was interviewing, the DON gave me a tour where I ran into several physicians with whom I'd worked prior. They apparently gave me a good review-based on their input, the DON said she didn't even call any of my other references.
I had to get my first job without knowing anyone on the inside, or being related to anyone. But once you begin establishing a work history, the contacts you make can end up being very helpful down the road in other places, particularly if you have impressed the people with whom you have worked. It can also work against you. In my current workplace, a nurse came in to interview for a job. No less than 5 docs who saw her told the DON to absolutely NOT hire her, as she had made their lives miserable during their residencies. Taking on an adversarial position with new docs in a hospital didn't work out down the road when she wanted to work in a physician owned facility.
As for the OP, I sympathize as I know that the market is pretty tough in certain areas. I think new grads are faring better in my state, though in certain markets they are showing a strong preference for the BSN prepared nurses.
- Apr 20, '12 by MomRN0913Quote from HorseshoeThat totally threw me in the original post. No one ever asked me how many questions it took to pass and how long.Okay, why would anyone care that an applicant passed their NCLEX in 75 questions in less than an hour? Is this something people are putting on resumes now? I've seen this referenced 3 times in this thread, that people hiring weren't impressed with the fact that an applicant passed NCLEX in x amount of questions. Of course they aren't!
I passed the NCLEX with 75 questions in a half hour. I don't think that made me more accomplished than anyone else.
I just happen to be a fast test taker. I usually finished all my exams first or second. Sometimes I failed, sometimes I did great.
- Apr 20, '12 by MerlynQuote from HorseshoeDear Horseshoe, I hate to disagree with some named horseshoe, because of my Quarter horse, but this is a big accomplishment to the OP. But just wait until her first job that's when old reality hits her in hind quarters and of course she now thinks she's a nurse just like us. I just wonder if she has ever kept pressure on someones face laceration with one hand while eating a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich with the other. I have. Happy Trails.Okay, why would anyone care that an applicant passed their NCLEX in 75 questions in less than an hour? Is this something people are putting on resumes now? I've seen this referenced 3 times in this thread, that people hiring weren't impressed with the fact that an applicant passed NCLEX in x amount of questions. Of course they aren't!
- Apr 20, '12 by Zookeeper44Because if you understand how the NCLEX works, people who pass in 75 questions have a higher level of understanding of the content than those who required more questions. It's just one more measure of your level of understanding of at least the nursing theory. It's funny but I have not once heard anyone who passed in 75 say that it didn't mean anything.