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    Hi there..

    I was hoping to take the Wound Care week long class in Santa Clara next week but with my work schedule as crazy as it is, I'm going to have to wait till November.

    Would anyone like to register for this class so that we can get the Early Bird group discount? If I register by myself it will cost $2900+ but if I can get 3 more attendees it will cost us $2297 +$30 registration fee. There is an exam on day 5 that certifies you as a WCC.

    This class is scheduled the week of November 12-16th.

    Please email me at cvicusandra@gmail.com if you are interested.
    Thanks,
    Sandra

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    Is there a difference between a cordis and triple lumen catheter or is the terminology used interchangeably?

    I thought there was a difference but maybe I'm wrong.

    Would like some feedback from my nursing sisters and brothers please

    Thank you!

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    I currently work in a small not for profit hospital which has a contract with Kaiser. So we basically take non-Kaiser and Kaiser patients.

    Some of the nurses have been interviewing at Kaiser and many instances have been hired on.

    Can a hospital, let's call it ABC, ask Kaiser not to hire or recruit nurses from ABC? It's a rumor but can they really do that?

    Wouldn't that be unprofessional?

    Patientadv

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    Hi there!

    How is the parking at Kaiser San Francisco for their employees? I will be working a night shift 2130-0700 shift-- will I be able to find parking at the hospital at 11:30 PM ; do they charge for parking?

    Sandra

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    Congrats to those of you who made it through the cut! There were over 700 applicants for the handful of positions posted.

    I am a previous Versant graduate of Dameron Critical Care Unit! We are a small, non-profit hospital-- it's family oriented.

    I may see some of you on the floor!

    Welcome!

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    Hi there..

    I'm hoping someone out there can help me. Does anyone happen to know if Regis University in Colorado school is accredited or recognized in the state of California?

    I'm an RN and am considering doing the RN to MSN bridge program through their school.

    I tried to look through the BRN website but can't seem to find the link with all the approved schools. If someone can send me the link I would greatly appreciate it!

    Thanks in advance!

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    Good luck! It's like that in California. I was just hired on through a hospital that has a Versant Program! One of 14 positions out of 500 applicants!

    Hiring managers are telling me that it's not uncommon to see between 500-1200 resumes for a handful of positions!

    My manager told me that all the resumes she has seen has extra certifications---

    So the question is how do you set yourself apart when everyone is doing the same thing, i.e., studying and getting certified!

    Go knock on doors...

    Good luck!

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    I just got hired at a hospital in California which has their new grad RN's go through the Versant program. I'm very excited- heard a lot of positive things about the Versant program.
    Here's a web link about the Versant program.
    Home Page

    Good luck!

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    I purchased Mosbys and Saunders NCLEX review for NCLEX and studied it mid-way through my nursing program- was scoring in the 60's-70. In my last quarter of nursing, I signed up for Kaplan online and used their format to study for the NCLEX.

    Kaplan's on-line study program is TOUGH and I was scoring in the high 60's to 70%. I would supplement with Mosby and Saunder's NCLEX questions and they were a BREEZE! I was scoring in the 90% with Mosby's and Saunders.

    Kaplan's online class is tougher than the actual NCLEX questions and really does prepare you for the NCLEX exam. I passed NCLEX first try and the questions didn't seem difficult at all. I completed all review questions and questions from the Q-BANK through Kaplan.

    Good luck!

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    ..curious, is it true they were only considering applicants with BSN's? Those of you who received calls for interviews, do you have your BSN?

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    Hi there..

    I'm getting a start on studying for the CCRN. I've been reading threads about the videos from Laura Gasparis but from what I've read her videos are a little dated. Does anyone know if she plans to update the videos or in your opinion, does it matter that it's a little dated.

    Thanks in advance!

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    BayareaRNBSN and boochica like this.

    After three interviews (which started mid-July) at Dameron, I was offered a position into their 2010 Fall Versant Program this week! I'm so excited because the competition was stiff!

    I'm running around getting my drug screen and background check done this week. I see myself fortunate given the lack of new grad programs in the bay area!

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    I graduated end of March '10, sat for boards beginning of May '10 and passed! I didn't realize how tough it would be to find a new grad position close to home!

    I live in California (Bay Area) so I have probably an additional strike against me in finding a new grad position. I sent out over 200 applications; physically drove from hospital to hospital to drop off my resume; and even made phone calls. It was frustrating because many of the hospitals in the Bay Area won't take a hard copy- they ask that you apply online because everything is automated.

    The bay area is saturated with new grad RN's and the recruiters are being bombarded with not hundreds but try 400-700 applications!

    I revamped my resume several times and managed to land an interview at a hospital an hour away from home! Anyway- after 4 interviews I got the call and they are making me an offer! It's my dream position and allows me to straight shoot into ICU! It's an ICU new grad position and night shifts (yay- I'm a night owl).

    Good luck to everyone out there and don't give up! A good tip my mentor told me was to keep my resume to 1 page as a new grad! Move up your credentials and education to the top of the page rather than listing your experience. Recruiters know that you're a new grad and expects that we have the fundamentals; i.e., insert iv, insert ng tube; take vitals; pain assessment- well you get the idea! YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIST ALL THAT! Keep it simple and concise! Remember that these recruiters are sifting through hundreds and hundreds of resumes!

    Good luck and I pray that more new grad programs open up in the Bay Area!

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    I'm a new grad who was just offered a full time ICU new grad position. I'll be working nights and am excited! Any words of wisdom for a newbie working nights? Planning to purchase black-out duette for the room and removing the telephone. Suggestions, advice ...would be greatly appreciated!

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    I purchased the MBT- sapatu. I have to admit they aren't the most attractive nursing shoes and my reasons for purchasing them wasn't to lose weight. I purchased them because I was getting back pain from standing on my feet for so long (ICU).
    They've made a HUGE difference on my back and interestingly enough my feet don't feel as fatigued.

    I purchased a second pair because they were phasing the Sapatu's out for a newer stylish set of clogs.

    I tried the new Allegria's as well-- turned around and Ebay'ed it the next day!

    Good luck!


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