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    Hi all,

    I am planning to apply for CRNA school and would like the opportunity to shadow one if you all have any information on which hospitals offer shadowing opportunities, or if maybe one of you can take me under your wing. That would be greatly appreciated. I live in Los Angeles, and am willing to make a commute to Riverside, Orange County, etc. Thanks all!

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    Hi everyone,

    When I passed n nclex I knew I couldn't be picky on where to work, because jobs are scarce out there for new grads, so I took this job in the post acute unit of a large acute care hospital in Los Angeles. I felt like I hit the jackpot because I found a job so close to home in 2 months after passing boards. When I got the job offer I never even thought twice, I just wanted it real bad!

    Now that I've been working 4 months into the job, I realized that I really would like to switch to a different unit. I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of learning experiences working in a post acute unit. I would eventually like to transfer out but I really like the ppl I work wih and I don't want to burn any bridges, my manager is awesome too. I also really love the hospital im in. I can request to transfer after a year, which I hope to do but I'm scared to let my team down. However I do feel that I need it for my career. I want to grow as a nurse, and continue to learn and I just don't see me becoming that nurse on this unit. Our patients are all stable and are all mostly there for physical therapy. I would like to be in a more acute setting that is fast paced, where I can learn something new and gain some skills each day. I am still thankful for this job, but I guess I'm just scared that my learning curve will just decline and I'll forget everything I learned in school.

    Any suggestions?? Should I consider transferring or switching out of the hospital completely? Has anyone had experience transferring?

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    Quote from blueorchid981
    Yes what were the positions called?

    May I ask what your GPA was and if you're a CA resident? Thanks!
    the positions were just regular open positions that said Registered Nurse. I just applied to every position, in every unit, that said Registered Nurse. Their regular new grad positions are titled RN NEW GRAD.

    my cumulative undergrad gpa was a 3.8 and i am a CA resident.

    i really don't know how they choose who to interview. i know they are only interviewing new grads with BSNs. there are 4 of us who got hired together and we all had BSNs.

    like i said, two of my friends from nursing school received call backs. one of them actually interviewed for the position i got, and did not get it. and she got another call back for the march 2012 new grad position recently.

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    sandra agas likes this.

    yes, you can use your philippine passport. i used mine. good luck!

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    Quote from ehjoanne
    Thank you for your story. flowerchild89. I realldy don't know what they are lookinf for the candidate. I feel very sad and discouraged. I graduated with ADN in 2009. I could not find a job, I went to back to school to get a BSN. However, I am still unemployeed. I applied hundreds times but never received anything from them. It is sad that my hard working is not paid off at all. I think you can transfer to ICU after 6 months or so. Ask them. I think it is totally possible. Can I ask your email address?
    i sent you a PM with my email.

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    Congrats!! How was the interview? When did they interview you? I never heard anything from them. I am desperate old (new) grad RN. Tell us about your success story! You have a master degree?
    i am a new grad. graduated in may w/ my bsn, passed nclex in october. i was desperately searching for a job for about 2 months before i landed an interview with them. i still feel like i was lucky, because the positions i applied to were NOT new grad positions. they were just regular rn job openings in the hospital. i got a call back after submitting my application after two weeks. i really was not expecting a call back because every other place was sending me rejection letters.

    PIH was my first and only interview. i received an offer as a new grad rn in their transitional care unit. i will be part of their residency training program. although the TCU was not my unit of choice (i am set on ICU), i am using this as a stepping stone and my foot in the door in nursing and i am so excited and grateful for this opportunity.

    the interview was really pleasant. i think they must have interviewed at least 5-10 people for 2 openings. the actual interview, however, was LONG. i just remember thinking, wow this is a lot of questions lol. questions were mostly "what would you do if" questions, "describe a time when"... etc etc. pretty standard interview questions.

    it is interesting that you have not heard anything back from them. two of my friends who graduated with me have also received call backs for interviews with PIH. i was under the impression they were interviewing everyone, or not very selective, since even I got an interview as a new grad with no experience. my mom also has a friend who's daughter got a new grad job with PIH.

    at this point, i don't know what they are looking for when setting up interviews. maybe it's partially luck. all i know is that once you get an interview, you have to wow them. you are competing for a position that two or three others are interviewing for as well.

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    thanks for the article! please keep us updated if you guys hear anything from them!

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    thanks everyone for your advice! i am definitely excited to start in the TCU.

    does anyone have any advice for me on what i should do to prepare myself for my first year in the TCU? what kind of nursing tasks are common? challenges i will face? etc?

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    thanks for your reply! haha, i know i am planning wayyy ahead of myself, but that's just the way i've always been. i plan my life way ahead of myself, and always looking forward to accomplishing more goals. very type A. it has never done me wrong in the past

    yes, in my hospital the TCU is short term skilled nursing for patients not sick enough to stay on the med/surg floor, but not well enough to be sent to LTC facility or home.

    in no way do i feel this job is below me, on the contrary i feel i really lucked out getting my first job at such a great institution. and it is a great blessing. but being the type-A planner that i am, i already want to start planning ahead. just wanting advice on what i can do to PREPARE myself for an ICU opportunity.

    i agree with you that time management and communication are definitely things that i want to work on, and this job will be a great foundation for me. i am actually glad i didn't start in the ICU, and that was never what i wanted to start in as a new grad, because from what i've heard from new grads it's daunting and i don't want my rn license jeopardized. thanks again!!

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    hello! thanks so much for your reply!

    there is no opening for the icu, however i just want to plan ahead. just wanted to get insight from others on what i can do to prepare myself for the icu while i am starting off in the tcu.

    wow, how was your experience in the tcu? is it considered acute care nursing experience? i would love to hear more about how you became an NP and what that entire process what like in terms of going from tcu to grad school to np.

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    Hello all, I am a new grad and i just landed my first job at a great hospital, however it is not in my unit of choice. as you all know, we live in a time where we get what we can take, so i took this position because the hospital is prestigious and supportive to their nurses.

    my position is in the transitional care unit, basically a short-term snf/rehab unit. i really love the hospital i will be working with, and i feel very grateful to even be part of it. i haven't started yet, i am to start orientation on january 14th.

    however, i really really want to end up in the ICU because my long term career goal is to go back to school for my master's as a CRNA or NP. most masters programs require icu/ed experience to be competitive. i understand i should not job hop because that doesn't look good on my part, so i am planning to stay in the TCU for at least 8 months. also, in my interview i made it very clear to the manager that my heart was set on the ICU or step down so she knows what my desires are.

    when do you guys suggest i should request a transfer? what should i do in the meantime while i am working in the TCU. (specializations? certs? classes? shadowing?) when should i start talking to my manager about my interest in moving on to a more acute care area in the hospital? how should i initiate this type of conversation with her? will i have a better chance of getting into the ICU being a transfer? has anyone else had experience transferring?

    any insight and suggestions are welcome. thank you!

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    Good luck! i received a job offer from them, they're great.

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    update: i went into HR on wednesday, did all the paperwork and there were no problems! today i went in for my physical and my lift test and i am now all set for orientation! such a blessing. thank you again everyone for your helpful answers.

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    good luck lpnkerry! prayer really does go a long way. keep us updated

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    i agree with okguy.

    be honest and say that "no i do not have medical experience. HOWEVER, i have "so and so" transferable skills that i feel would lend a hand at being a successful part of your healthcare team." talk about some skills that you have that you plan to bring with you to the position. for example, if you have been a web designer, you can say that you are able to work independently and problem solve on your own because you are creative. etc etc.

    sometimes hiring managers are looking for a person who not necessarily has all the experience, but someone who they can mold into a nurse on their unit. someone who can work in a team, has great interpersonal skills, can think on the spot, and can work in a fast paced environment. good luck to everyone and thank you for the support!