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    SarahB84, kcmylorn, AheleneRN, and 1 other like this.

    I wouldn't say anything to prospective employers about this job. Just apply as a new graduate. Don't even mention it on your resume/application.

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    Quote from Pets to People
    When it comes to a persons credit, there are so many more factors involved than that someone is simply willfully ignoring their obligations. Of course, that is not to say there are not people like that out there. But to deny a person employment based on their credit is rediculous.
    Oh I know. I'm just saying that's probably the reason they're not willing to overlook small debts that go unpaid. Owing like 50 bucks and not paying it for 5 years makes it look like you're giving someone the middle finger salute.

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    I can understand why this position requires it. It is common to not be able to get a job with anything having to do with federal law enforcement if you are in any kind of debt.

    The way they see it you are either:

    a.) irresponsible and can't be trusted to take your work seriously (because forgetting about 20 bucks 6 years ago means you're going to let the inmates have free reign of the prison)

    b.) a security risk because you're succeptible to blackmail (over 20 bucks that they're not even actively coming after you for and that does nothing to your credit score)


    c.) you're willfully ignoring the debt.

    Actually, for a job in corrections, that last option is the one that makes the most sense. I can see why they wouldn't want people working for them who don't feel the need to keep their word and make good on their obligations.

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    So, I have an interview at a prison on Monday.

    The prison is run by a private company, but has a contract with the US Marshals. As such, they have very strict standards about credit history.

    Apparently, they won't hire you if you have any debt more than 90 days old, even if it's like 5 bucks.

    I got my own credit reports from the big 3 today in the process of running a background check on myself just to see if everything was kosher, and what to my surprise...some jerk has been reporting that I am in collection for a very low dollar (sub-$100) account for the past 3 years. It's been on there since 2009 and I didn't know about it because I haven't checked my own credit report in years.

    Do they just take whatever is on the credit report at face-value? I would like to dispute the debt since it isn't mine, but if they want to make a hiring decision next week then I may have no choice but to pay it.

    Since it's such a low amount that I could pay with a phone call, do you think they would be willing to let me know if I'm definitely the one they want to hire first and then give me the opportunity to pay it before they hire me? Because if I don't get the job I don't want to pay it. It is scheduled to disappear from the reports next year.

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    Joe V likes this.

    If a new graduate is unable to secure a hospital job right out of nursing school, which one of the following jobs would be easiest to transition from into an entry-level med-surg position after say, a year of experience in that field:

    Corrections (jail/prison nurse)

    Dialysis (one of the big 2 companies)

    Psych (state psychiatric hospital/behavioral health/psych ward of local hospital)

    Long term care/skilled nursing facility/nursing home

    The above options seem to be the "big 4" fields in my area that graduates who are unable to get a coveted hospital slot ultimately end up in.

    If you were going to rank them in order from easiest to transition into the acute care setting to most difficult in terms of the skill set you will acquire in each one, how would your rankings go?

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    Annieb2 likes this.

    What do you consider best? Cheapest? Most prestegious? One that will prepare you the best for what you want to do?

    At the masters level, there are a bunch of big name schools that offer degrees at a distance: Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, Yale are just a few that come to mind right off the top of my head. Expect to pay dearly though.

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    Does anyone know anything about the new grad telemetry program at Bethesda Memorial in Boynton Beach? I'm thinking about applying.

    Two years seems like a long commitment for only 12 weeks of training though. Other new grad programs that make you stay that long are typically 6 months or so. What is the total cost of the training? If you leave before then, do they make you pay it all back or does the amount you owe decrease the longer you stay there?

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    I am a recent grad looking into an acute dialysis position because of the extensive training provided.

    For acute dialyis, will they want you to live in the same city your job is in so that you can respond quickly to pages when you are on call?

    I live in a small town about 35 miles north of the big city where the clinics are located. If I can commute I will just apply there. But if they're going to expect me to move there, then I might as well apply nationwide, since I'm going to have to move anyway why limit myself to just this area?

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    CCM, in many states (though not Massachusetts), you will be denied unemployment benefits if you're fired for cause.
    That's the official word out of the unemployment office.

    However, in practice, the vast majority of employees end up winning their appeal, even if the employer disputes it.

    If there is any subjectivity at all involved in the reason the employer gives for firing you, you'll get your check at the end of the day. If they just write "poor performance" but don't have anything to back it up with, that won't fly. In most cases when a new grad is railroaded like this, the employer doesn't really keep an extensive list of specific incidents that came up with the employee's performance and how they gave them opportunities to correct that. Also, performance standards are different from one organization to the next, so what is poor at one place might be acceptable at another and if that's the case, the employee will usually win the appeal. Basically, they'd need to show that you compromised patient safety and point to specific regulations that you violated. Saying something like "they were too slow" won't get it.

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    whichone'spink and elprup like this.

    If I were you, I wouldn't even mention the fact that you even had this job and just apply to new graduate residencies as a new grad with no nursing experience. Many new grad nurse residency programs will hire people who got their degree within the past 12 months, so if you only worked 6 months, I think it would be easier to find a new grad job having been out of school 6-8 months or so than it would be to find another position while having to explain a firing that really isn't your fault.

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    If you get hired at Trinity, what is the orientation/preceptorship like for new grads? Are they invested in your success and do they actually teach you skills and provide you opportunities to learn? Or do they overhire and then constantly try to railroad you if you don't get complex skills down right the first time and end up only retaining like one person out of every 4 or 5 they hire? I'm considering applying but I want to know that I'll be in a position where I can actually take responsibility for my own learning. Feel free to comment on any unit you are familiar with.

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    Are there any subsets of corrections nursing that actually afford you the ability to use your ACLS skills and run codes and work other critical care cases like managing vasoactive drips or taking care of patients with chest tubes, etc? I guess what I'm looking for would be like ICU or ER nursing inside a prison.

    I like high acuity cases, but I also prefer working with the prison/inmate population much more than the general civilian population.

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    You do not "switch" licenses. If you get the Ohio license first, you will have to apply for a Florida license by endorsement, which involves paying them 218 dollars, having the Ohio Board of Nursing send the Florida Board of Nursing verification that you have an Ohio license, getting sent a pair of finger print cards that you have to take to your local law enforcement agency and have them roll your prints and then mail those back to the Florida Board of Nursing, and then waiting about a month.

    Applicant Information - Florida Board of Nursing - Applicant Information

    If I were you, I would just take the NCLEX for Florida and apply for their license directly out of school if you know for a fact that you're going to move.

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    I am looking for feedback about Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Of the floors and units that hire new graduates, which provide quality training and a good preceptorship experience for new grads, and which ought to be steered clear of? Anyone have any first hand experience or insider info?

    What I'm looking for is good communication and a clearly defined set of expectations with clearly defined, measurable performance benchmarks.

    In other words, no not telling your new orientee anything about how they're doing, or telling them they're doing fine and then turning around and telling management you're having all kinds of problems with them that you never bothered to raise with them in the first place.
    Also, no vague, poorly defined reasons for why they're not doing a good job without being able to point to concrete examples. Would prefer that written documentation be kept at regular intervals.

    Feel free to chime in with any info you might have regarding TMH or anywhere else in the north florida/south ga/south al area. Thanks.

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    Thanks for the information.

    It appears then that new graduates from compact states who are willing to work anywhere have a significant advantage over non-compact state graduates, as they are immediately employable in any other compact state. A month is not an insignificant time period that an agency has to wait before you can start working.

    I wonder if that explains why some states choose to not participate in the compact: fear that making it easier to leave would do more harm than good.

    Aside from Augusta, Georgia has no significant border towns, with the areas along the Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee borders being very rural. However, there are several major urban areas just across the border in adjacent states. Maybe the legislature/BON is concerned that compact membership would allow places like Jacksonville, Tallahasse, and Chattanooga to draw nurses away from rural Georgia by allowing them to keep their homes here and work in the other state's urban area just across the line.