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    Overtime pay over 8 hrs?

    Do nurses working in California get overtime pay for hours worked over 8 in a day? For example, say you are scheduled to work three 12 hour days in a week: do you get paid for 12 of those hours (4+4+4 extra hours worked each day) at time-and-a-half? Thanks.
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    Berry & Kohn's or Alexander's

    Hi all, I'm a new grad and will be starting my first RN job in the OR in a little over a month. I want to start learning and to have a good reference on hand. I've heard good recommendations for both of these textbooks. I'm sure I wouldn't go wrong with either, but which would you recommend and why? Or another book? Or additional books? Thanks in advance.
  3. As a new grad, if I wanted to work in the OR after getting a few years of experience, what specialties would be best to work in to prepare for it, i.e. in terms of learning the most roughly applicable and transferable soft and hard skills? Thanks in advance.
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    How many hours do you study for?

    I just graduated from an accelerated BSN program. I studied maybe on average 2 hours a day. It really depends on lots of factors like how efficient you are with studying, how tough and fast your program is, what GPA you are aiming for, how hard the specific class is, etc. My critical care class was devilishly hard because of the teacher's tricky tests and I studied wayyy more for that class than any other.
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    States w/ lots of acute care new grad openings?

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Yeah, come out here! There are many job openings for RNs with at least a year of acute care experience on almost every hospital job board I've looked at.
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    States w/ lots of acute care new grad openings?

    Thank you for the reply. Does anyone else have any suggestions? A few more questions to spur some ideas... In your state, if you were a new grad and got a job, was it particularly difficult? How long did it take? How many applications did you send out compared to how many interviews you got? Were there lots of other interviewees at your interviews, i.e. lots of competition? How about for your fellow new grads? Just a reflection on your experience getting your first job would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  7. Hi all, I'm a licensed new grad in California and it is very hard and competitive to find an acute care hospital job here. I'm hopeful to find one here in the near future, but just in case I don't I want to endorse my license to another state as a backup. The process is quite expensive so I would endorse to at most a few. Does anyone have any idea of states that have a lot of entry level or new grad acute care hospital job openings? And are not crazy competitive? Thanks in advance. Mods: I posted this in the "First Job Hunt Assistance" forum and I've reposted it here because this sub-forum is more active. I hope that's OK, please let me know if otherwise.
  8. Hi all, I'm a licensed new grad in California and it is very hard and competitive to find an acute care hospital job here. I'm hopeful to find one here in the near future, but just in case I don't I want to endorse my license to another state as a backup. The process is quite expensive so I would endorse to at most a few. Does anyone have any idea of states that have a lot of entry level or new grad acute care hospital job openings? And are not crazy competitive? Thanks in advance.
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    NCLEX July Test Takers

    Took it July 2, test shut off at 75, was pretty confident I passed. Very happy to see just now that my license has been posted! I'm in California. Used Kaplan and my own Anki flashcards. Questions felt a bit easier than Kaplan overall. They prepare you well.
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    How to check new license status in California?

    Thank you!
  11. I took the exam this morning, it stopped at 75 questions, and I got the good pop-up with Pearson Vue. I'm pretty confident I passed. But I'm not sure how to check to see if my license has been officially processed. Do I just intermittently check via the DCA license search website that's linked on the BRN page? License Verification
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    Forced to Flex Off

    Are there any nursing specialties/units in the hospital where this flexing is less common?
  13. I'm a BSN student graduating in June. One of my instructors suggested I join a professional nursing association in what I may be interested in, e.g. AACN, and attending a conference or two. I haven't done so because I'm not exactly sure what specialty I will pursue. I'm also wary of putting, e.g., AACN on my resume when I will be applying to jobs and new grad programs that aren't critical care; I'm afraid the employer may see that as an indication I would want to move on once I get the minimum amount of experience, thus making me a less desirable hire. I figure joining the ANA is a safe bet because it's general, but my question is whether it will be helpful on the resume. I figure at worst it won't hurt but I'm wondering if it's worth the money. The primary purpose of joining anything is to enhance my hirability for that first job. Any thoughts or opinions? Thanks in advance.
  14. Hi all, I'll be graduating my BSN program in a few months. I will definitely get ACLS and PALS certification before graduating. Is it worth it to do an online EKG course like this one from AACN, https://www.aacn.org/education/online-courses/basic-ecg-interpretation ? Or are there other better options? Thanks.
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    Most important to study?

    Hello all, I will be starting my ABSN program in a few months. I'd like to start studying so I'm well prepared. Can you recommend any good resources to get started? What subjects are most important to really get down pat that will be of great aid to me in the fast paced program? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
  16. Hello all, I am wondering if someone has compiled a list of students' perspectives on ABSN programs. I see a few "objective" lists searching on Google, but I am also curious about more subjective opinions of people in programs or who know well people in programs who have told them about it. A collection of such opinions would be helpful to all of us considering ABSN programs. Does one exist? I am most interested in the ABSN programs in California and second-most interested in programs in the Western and Southwestern states. But opinions of any ABSN program around the US are welcome. Thank you.