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    NJRN33 likes this.

    They are near me! I haven't heard of them until now. No openings at the moment, but thank you, I'll keep them in mind.

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    I live in northern Jersey. I applied to Starlight Homecare and their only cases right now involve driving two hours from where I live. I know it's a job and everything, but I can't do that.

    What other home care agencies are there besides Starlight that take new grads? Bayada wants a year of experience, and the VNA wants BSNs.

    I work as a nursing assistant at the same facility where my mom works. She works in a CCU that will absolutely not accept any new grads; nursing assistants who worked there and graduated from nursing school have gotten jobs on different floors. Every option I can think of has been exhausted.

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    Home care wants experience, and agencies don't provide an orientation. I'm a recent graduate with 0 RN experience.

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    My nursing friends and I often use that phrase with each other for a laugh. -- "Want to go Christmas shopping?" "Not tonight, Sarah, not tonight..."

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    KATRN78 likes this.

    I have sent out 311 applications to jobs throughout NJ, PA, and NY. This includes emails, online applications, faxes, and mail-out resumes. From this, I have only gotten two interviews. That's under one percent.

    I've really had it. I'm depressed. I don't know how much longer I can keep searching for a job in nursing. I'm so sick of hearing, "Have you tried nursing homes?" YES! I HAVE TRIED NURSING HOMES. Not just nursing homes, but correctional facilities, psychiatric hospitals, doctor's offices, urgent cares, home care, corporate facilities... everything! I've had three different people review my resume and cover letters. I have six different cover letters for all sorts of different specialties (pediatric cover letter, a cover letter tailored to the facility where I work as a nursing assistant, out-of-state cover letters...) I'm certified in ACLS, IV therapy, and did a Basic Arrhythmia class. I thought maybe because I'd be saving some floor SOMEWHERE that much money, I'd get a call back for an interview. Nothing!

    I worked my ass off for two years as a nursing assistant and was rejected from an interview I had with them. I even went to Shared Governance meetings and participated in them. I gave so much time and effort to that unit for nothing in return.

    And this isn't to mention that my mother is also a nurse (who graduated in 1988), who likes to frequently tell me that she got a job right out of school and I'm probably not doing something right.

    Sorry, no one likes reading these job search threads, but I really just can't take it anymore.

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    Why not eat before work and not be rushed? I practically binge before a day shift AT HOME -- eggs, toast with peanut butter, yogurt, and a protein bar for my 15 minute break. There is rarely time for a lunch break, much less a breakfast.

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    Hi everyone, I'm doing a paper for my Nursing Informatics class, but the individual I've contacted doesn't seem to be responding. I'd appreciate if you could answer at least some of the following questions about the information system at your facility:


    • How long has the institution been using the system?
    • What type of system is it? Hospital, clinical, nursing, financial, or administrative information system.
    • Where is equipment located, i.e. bedside, Nurses station?
    • Where is the mainframe located?
    • Do you use PCs or dummy terminals?
    • What type of hardware is in use?
    • What type of software is in use?
    • What types of applications are on line for nursing?
    • What does the system connect with? What types of system interfacing has the hospital arranged?
    • Was there a task force formed to choose the system?
    • What was involved in training the staff?
    • Does the institution experience any regular down time? Is there any down time at all?
    • What are the future capabilities of the system?
    • What type of support is available either from the hospital staff, or from the vendor?
    • How many units are currently using the system?
    • Was there a period during which both manual and automated processes were in motion at the same time?
    • Did you experience any major snags or complications when choosing or installing the system?
    • Has the system ever crashed?
    • Are you satisfied with the vendor?
    • What are your future plans as a nursing department, and as a hospital overall?
    • Does the staff like the system?
    • Has overtime been decreased?
    • What benefits has the nursing department identified, i.e., decreased costs, increased recruitment etc.?
    • Do you have a user-support group?
    • What means is in place for staff feedback and criticisms of the system?
    • Would you make any changes to the system?
    • What are your future plans?
    • What was the greatest cost encountered?
    • Do you pay an annual maintenance fee?
    • Can you update the system at no cost?
    • What is specific to nursing, i.e. care plans, discharge instructions, etc.?
    • Are there any other hospitals in the area using the system?
    • What types of security are in place?

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    Just no Dunkin' Donuts. A Box o' Joe is acceptable, though.

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    MiniBabyRN, nola1202, and tokmom like this.

    Good morning. Please say or spell your first and last name.
    You had calls from a phone and twelve people not from your unit.

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    virgo,student nurse, Tait, xtxrn, and 1 other like this.

    That's sickening.

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    netglow likes this.

    Nurse678, if it was administered very quickly, it has a lesser chance of being sore the next day.

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    What's the difference between nystagmus and a ping pong gaze?

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    "Hope you brought your roller skates"

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    Quote from aikz
    Yea, good idea to apply as a tech while in school. That's what I did 2 months before I started nursing school. Since you'll be around nurses you get a feel of what their work consists of. Plus working as a tech made clinical less traumatic for me haha But remember, once you pass your NCLEX & get your actual RN license or number (which ever comes first) you can't work as a tech anymore!
    Not entirely true. Some places will allow you to stay; the NJ BON allows it. I'm still working as a nursing assistant with my RN license, but I am extremely cautious. If you're a CNA with an RN license, you'll be treated as an RN.

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    itthybitthythpider likes this.

    Yes, it's said that isopropyl alcohol has the potential to cause a falsely high reading.

    Then again, I'm looking at the article about this and they were published in the '80s. I found this on the accu-check website: "In contrast to former recommendations, it is not necessary to discard the first drop of blood and use only the second one for glucose monitoring. There is no significant difference in blood glucose values measured with the first and the second drop."


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