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    it is their job to save lives - they get paid for it like any other hospital, hehe. Have you looked at other hospitals? Look at TCU/LTC too, you dont want to be a stale new grad with no RN job which is around the one year mark. Then people wonder why you dont have an RN job and that doesn't look too good either. Might not hurt to stay casual at Abbott at least until January just to keep the door open. And ALWAYS ALWAYS maintain your contacts.

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    It will be my last day of work soon and there are about 30 people I work with. Is it common courtesy to bring treats on your last day of work or does the supervisor/coworkers normally bring something? If I should bring something, should I bring cookies, candy, brownies, or what do you guys think?

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    JenRN03 likes this.

    St Joseph's is part of healtheast which includes Woodwinds and Bethesda and St. Johns. They only hire new grads twice a year and the last round they only hired a total of 8 new grads for their entire system. Guess how many apply - hundreds upon hundreds! Regions hasn't had any new grads posting in several months besides labor and delivery ironically and there were only 2. MN/WI has one of the best healthcare systems and a TON of nursing schools - economy is just as bad here as it is most places and because the pay and working conditions are great in MN/WI nurses come in droves. New grads are having a VERY hard time unless they have a really good connection (i.e. they precepted on the floor, they have a friend high up or a family member in the in). Most of my nursing class do not have jobs and they are from MN. I think the only reason he has somewhat of a chance is because he is a guy and honestly male nurses get affirmative action around most parts, haha. My suggestion -apply into the MAYO healthcare system - they accept more new grads than most places.

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    I currently live a half hour from a home health visit and the visit only takes 1 hr- 1 1/2 hrs. I didn't realize it was a half an hour away so I called back within 5 minutes to say I didn't want to take it ( I have a choice). But the staffer already called the family to let them know I would take them on a regular basis once a week so she wouldn't let me "unassign" myself at that point. I have no other clients really near him to make it worthwhile either. I also live in a the cities

    Well, I'm moving soon and the visit will soon be 44 minutes long, 27 miles, and I live where it snows a lot in the winter so it could be longer some days. Am I screwed or can I get out of it? Should I talk to my manager if the staffer won't let me or will it look like I'm not a team player?

    Lastly, my client has dementia/mood disorder so extremely agitated at that alone makes it a burnout visit. I get paid per visit and mileage based on the current govt. rate.

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    CherylRNBSN, Sw88tpea, Joe V, and 1 other like this.

    I am a new grad and its starting to irk many how many times people say: have you found a nursing job yet followed by why haven't you, theres a nursing shortage out there. Other things I've heard is - theres tons of hospitals in the city, you have so many choices. Or you picked a good career to go into, you'll never be without a job, you'll find something good soon. Or my friend got a nursing job with a $10000 bonus back in 200*, there's a demand!

    Then I have to explain that 1) we're still in recession and more people are not paying their medical bills and not getting elective surgeries. 2) hospitals laid off a bunch of nurses 3) those nurses that were still there took on more hours 4) nursing schools used a vulnerable time for the masses to lure people into nursing school creating high supply and low demand 5) healthcare is up in the air right now putting healthcare budgets on a balance beam that hopefully will see improvement 6) I have to have someone who can get me a really good in and be able to schmooze nowadays to get a good nursing job as a new grad 7) there is no nursing shortage right now in most areas.

    And they still don't get it. I feel embarrased for myself having to explain because clearly i should have a job by now if i had a good head on my shoulders and applied. Whatever.

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    Quote from KelRN215
    I had the same reaction as Ashley to this post. How would the hiring manager know that this person had a bad GPA and/or that he forgot the due date of some of his assignments? If this person has any kind of common sense- and he must, since he got the job- he wouldn't have used any of these professors as references. GPA matters very little when it comes to getting a job. If he interviewed well and had references who were willing to give him positive recommendations, there's no reason why a hiring manager would EVER find out about any of the negative things you listed, OP, while in the hiring process.
    Yes, that's true. What really should have happened is that he should have failed nursing school and not be a nurse in the first place but they let him slide by and gave him multiple chances to shape up which he also half-assed. I also know he is a schmoozer and I've seen how they fall for his personality even if he is doing a not so great job.

    I wish there was a way managers could see a person's true colors or look beyond the schmooze. I know this guy and its not like he was just bad at tests, its like he didn't care and has horrible time management and prioritization skills. Oh well, so is life.

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    Yes, but does it look bad to recruiters/managers if i apply to both peds positions and adult positions at the same hospital? I don't want to screw my chances with the entire hospital system just because they think it looks like i don't know what area I want to be in or look like i'm desperate.

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    sealford and Joe V like this.

    Two new grad candidates compete for a job and both have worked at said hospital and both have an equal amount of healthcare experience and in.

    One candidate almost failed nursing school, bad GPA, forgets everything under the sun including due dates of assignments, half-assed assignments, loses track of time, late to meetings, but a guy who comes off very passionate and likes to talk.

    Second candidate is a girl has great GPA, very detail-oriented, hard worker, very organized, articulate

    Guess who got the job? The guy. Yup, it doesn't make sense.

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    So I've read on here to apply to whatever you can because new grads can't be picky. But then I read don't apply to multiple types of positions in one hospital system because it makes it look like you don't know what you want. I take that to mean don't apply to both pediatric positions and adult positions.

    So what is it? I technically want to apply to anything that will accept new grads and while I do have stronger interests in some units over others I think I would be happy in most any type of unit

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    Joe V likes this.

    I have a client who refuses showers. He comprehends most things but seems withdrawn and has alzheimers. When asked if he will let us give him a shower he gets agitated. If we explain that it is important that he is clean for hygeine and health reason he gets more agitated. if we say his family really wants him to have a shower because they care about him, he gets even more agitated.

    Distracting him doesn't work because he knows that we want to give him a shower. He starts yelling, slaps, punches, kicks and squeezes my arm if we come anywhere near him in an attempt to give him a shower. He is a two person assist so for him to be that agitated makes it really hard to give him a shower when he is trying to hit us. Its amazing how strong people get when they are angry even if they are elderly - it really hurt when he held on to my wrist with all his might. One of us tries to hold their hands to prevent the punching but its still not easy.

    The nurse is going to see if a agitation med will work right before the shower. Anyone experience this and how do you manage it?

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    I interviewed for a position and it went to someone else. However, the manager personally told me over email post-decision that she still thought I was a great candidate and will keep me in mind for future openings. That made me feel better but what does that mean exactly? Would I definitely get hired for the next opening? Or would I be competing again with others?

    Do I email her to let her know I applied if I see another opening in the future so she doesn't forget about me?

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    Good question. Yeah, saying prioritization etc is fine. But they are like the FBI, they can track you anywhere, wahaha. J/K, maybe? There's a chance one could provide the exact question and answer and get away with it. But why risk it? With all the people on here, I'm sure at least one works for NCLEX. They would probably make the test 10 x harder for everyone else. Who knows. I just believe in not risking it. Just my two cents.

    I do apprecaite everyone's help on here though. The allnurses guide was great and all the support. I may need some more if I don't pass.

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    Just a reminder to everyone to be careful of what you say about the nclex. You're techinically not suppose to disclose the content of questions. I think saying SATA and infection control is okay but beyond that the line gets blurry and I've seen a few already where it does get blurry. This is a public forum and the rules explicitly state that you will get disqualified and everyone's Kaplan scores could be put on hold if you disclose content from the exam. Just a thought.

    On a more positive note. I finished with 75 questions and got the good pop up. Hoping for the best.

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    So the application allowed me to attach either a doc. pdf. or text file to my online application for my resume and cover letter. I attached doc. but when I preview it, the formatting is all off and there are a few random symbols where there shouldn't be. Will it look okay on their side once I submit it. Online apps confuse me!!! THanks!

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    I am a new grad who was offered a 0.4 FTE at a nice hospital. They will orient me at 0.8. Is is worth it because ideally I'd like to work 0.8. Will I easily pick up shifts or will I be able to get my foot in the door so I can easily switch to more FTE on that unit when it opens up?