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Joined: Feb 27, '13; Posts: 31 (19% Liked) ; Likes: 34
Registered Nurse; from US

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    I've had two jobs offers in the last month from two different health care systems and neither required fingerprinting just standard background checks.

    Sorry if this is nosey but were marijuana charges really a felony in the early 90's?! My how times have changed. Good luck!

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    I also made myself a small, laminated, easy to read reference "book" of the hospital's standardized procedures for ED clinical conditions that I can check (and double and triple check) in case things get muddy that fits right in my pocket. It's basically the hospital's algorithms for clinical conditions in note form so I can get in the groove of knowing what to anticipate in terms of diagnostics, labs, complaint-specific interventions, etc.

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    This is a good list! I have a couple RN badge cards so I can quickly reference conversions, lab values, peds VS for various ages, etc. that have been very helpful to me as a new grad in the ED. They're $1.99 or so on ebay or amazon.

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    We use a mix of books specifically for NPs and medical textbooks. They're definitely more in depth than any sort of text I used at the same university in undergrad.

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    I may not use the information I learned in my pre-reqs on a daily basis, but they were invaluable in that they taught me how to learn, think critically, and develop my study skills. As someone who really struggled with their pre-reqs, crashing, burning, and picking myself up again to finish those pre-reqs successfully helped me become a hard-worn study warrior by the time I got to nursing school. Good luck!

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    Hello everyone! Great thread thank you for all the resources. I am a new grad starting in the ED next week. I look forward to learning from everyone else experiences and I take comfort in knowing that the extreme bouts of anxiety I've been feeling since being offered the position are completely normal. I hope everything is going well for the rest of you!

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    If worse comes to worse can you go back to school and extend your visa that way?

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    Quote from newnurse1986
    One week before my orientation is up and they let me go...
    So sorry to hear this. Did they tell you why? Poor thing

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    Thanks JMart83! Good luck to your new job too . Did anyone in your cohort be able to apply for a job at hospitals that you guys did the 7 weeks residency at the end of the BSN portion?
    Several of us have applied at our preceptorship hospitals and floors but only one of us has been lucky enough to get hired. Some floors just aren't hiring and others are hard to get into if they have a new grad program you have to get into first as opposed to being hired straight on. To be honest a lot of it is just luck and being in the right place at the right time. Good luck!

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    I've been using the Micromedex Drug Information app since my undergrad days and I find it user friendly and informative. I want to say they have a drug interactions app as well, but I have yet to try it.

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    I got a IPad mini 32 gb wi-fi only. The regular iPad was too bulky, I figured the mini would fit better in my lab coat. I don't use it for e-books because I like to highlight and write in the book as I study, but I did get a little keyboard so that I can use it to take notes in class. I have glasses/contacts and I don't feel like the mini is too small that I'm straining my eyes. So far the only app I've used is the Micromedex Drug Info app, but I am very early on in my schooling. Would love to hear what other apps everyone else finds helpful!

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    Thanks susunhmt! It depends on the facility. Some places want only CNAs with certs, others will consider a nursing student who has passed their first semester equivalent to a CNA, some places have specific positions open for Student Nursing Assistants that are designed for those who are going thru NS concurrently to work in the CNA role. I would apply to all of them and see what pans out. Good luck in all your future nursing endeavors!

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    May 2013
    Southern Ca
    BSN prepared both New Grad positions

    OC Hospital
    Base: $30.50 for first 8 hrs; $45.00 last 4 hrs
    Night: +$3.50
    BSN: +.50 cents

    LA Hospital
    Base: $32. 80
    Night: +$7.00

    Both offer benefits, no weekend diff, holiday pay time and a half

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    I like the Incredibly Easy! Series. They aren't as dry as my old nursing texts and they make for more enjoyable "leisure" reading. I know these books aren't specifically about transition, but I found that it helped to clear up things that were still muddy to me in nursing school and better prepared me for my transition.

    Amazon.com: Incredibly Easy! series


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