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    Working nights versus working days

    I've actually had the pleasure or working on days in orientation for my first twelve weeks as an RN and then on nights in orientation for 6 weeks. Two different hospitals in two different states. I have to say after my experience, I have enjoyed nights much better. On days, especially if your preceptor gets a normal patient load when they have a new grad with them as mine did (1:6 maybe 7), the preceptor is so busy with meds, calling doctors and social workers and discharge planners etc, getting admissions in, getting discharges out, changing dressings, emptying who-knows what that they don't have as much time to answer questions, to explain things, let you practice in your own time frame, observe activities other professionals on your unit perform to help you understand certain treatments for your patient. On night shift, you have less family around, fewer doctors around, more time to research whatever you need to...not to say nights can't be hectic, just as hectic as days (yes, more codes do occur on nights) The only terrible downside is possibly a higher pt load if you don't work at my hospital (1:5 every shift on med/surg...HALLELUJIAH). You do get more 'skills' experience on days if your preceptor has the time to actually follow you and let you learn and practice the skills....but if you come in on nights, ask all the nurses on your shift to let you know if anything interesting comes up that they think you may be interested in seeing or doing and you'll get tons of experience that way. I've gotten just as much experience with skills and assessments and even calling doctors (unfortunately) in my 6 weeks on nights with 1:5 pt load as I did in my 12 weeks on days with 1:6-7 pt load. And I've enjoyed the more calm atmosphere. It does a new nurse good to feel at least a scant amount of peace while at work, dontcha think? Anyway..good luck with whichever shift you decide on...and if you decide on days I'll keep my fingers crossed for you (only a couple from my class actually got day shifts as new grads...and that was because they already worked at the facility as aides)
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    Winston-Salem area nurses?

    Another great system in the area is Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro (about a half hour from Winston-Salem). I worked there as soon as I got my ADN and their New Grad program is awesome. You get 12 weeks of preceptorship, sometimes a little more if its a specialty floor. You have a whole year of the new graduate classes that are twice a month for the first 6 mos and then once a month the last 6 mos. Its really nice. I just moved to SoCal and wish I could have brought the whole system with me...that kind of support just isn't available for the new graduates in a lot of areas. Good luck to ya whereever you go :)
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    Taxes on Relocation reimbursement?

    I've just relocated to the Ventura area of California and began working at an awesome hospital in the area. They offered great sign-on, relocation reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, the whole nine yards....but I just received my relocation reimbursement check...and they taxed it. Is this how its supposed to work when you get reimbursed for relocation expenses? No one ever pointed out that it would be taxed, and I'm a little confused as to why it's taxed? If anyone could enlighten me on this specifics of this, I'd be greatly appreciative.
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    moving to california

    http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/ I'm assuming
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    moving to california

    I too am moving to California in June of this year. I just now (like 5 minutes ago) got a bunch of answers from several people on this board, and from the actual CA Board of Registered Nursing. You can check their website and there is a lot of information there about what steps to take. http://www.rn.ca.gov/ click on licensing and examination on the left hand side of the screen then go down to licensure by endorsement from another state You can print off all the things you need from there I just talked to someone on the phone at the Board in CA and they said to get your permanent license it takes 2-6 months, but you can get a temporary license so you can work for 6 months without your permanent. The Board of Registered Nursing is in Sacramento, Ca. If you want a temp. license, and don't want to have to go to Sacramento, you have to register on Nursys for license verification ($30), you have to get two fingerprint cards which you can order on the website or order over the phone (I ordered mine online 2 weeks ago and have yet to get them, so today on the phone I ask them to send two more which they gladly did), you go to your local police dept. to get your fingerprints done, then send those 2 cards, your fees, the application for licensure by endorsement, a recent passport type photo, and any documents explaining any prior convictions or disciplinary actions. You also have to send a paper off to your school of nursing to request your transcripts be sent to the CABORN. They said that it would like 4-6 weeks once they get the paperwork for you to get your temp license in the mail. If you are going to be near Sacramento or traveling thru Sacramento when you enter California, you can just go the the Board and do a walk through process where you turn in all the forms that day and they do your fingerprints on some computerized thing (called LiveScan) and you get your temp then. All you have to do prior to that is register on Nursys and if you want you can print the papers and fill them out so you have them with you when you go. Its cheaper this way...but a hassle if you have to travel a long distance to get to Sacramento. Hope that helped Jess ps. you can PM me if you need to. I hope I wasn't too confusing
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    Licensure by Endorsement for California

    Thanks for your response...I just really don't want to have to drive to Sacramento. I want to know how long of a process it was without having to go up there. If we change our cross country itinerary to include sacramento, it adds like 15 hours to our trip. If we go up there and back after we get moved into Ventura itll be a 6 hour trip to and a 6 hour trip from to get it done. I'd like to just have my permanent and save the hassle. If I don't do livescan for the fingerprints, are the cards the same? Thanks again Jess
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    Licensure by Endorsement for California

    I'm planning a move to Southern California from Virginia in June of this year. I am trying to start the process to obtain licensure by endorsement. My question is, has anyone had to go through this process? If so, how long does it take? I'm sure it is a long process, but since theres only about 8-9 weeks between now and when I'd like to start work in California, do I need to go the extra step and get a temporary license? That would be way out of my way to drive up to Sacramento from the Ventura area, but I don't know if that would be necessary. Also, I requested two fingerprint cards on the CA Board of Registered Nursing website, but have yet to receive them. Will my local Police Dept. have the same kind that I need, or do I have to get the ones I requested on the website? If anyone can give me any information regarding licensure by endorsement to CA, I'd be so appreciative. I know the process should have been started sooner, but its just been in the past couple of weeks that its become a definate that I will be moving out there. Thanks guys Jess
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    Working in CA

    I was talking to a nurse who recently moved here (southern Virginia) from California. She mentioned to me that even though there is only supposed be up to 5 patients per nurse, that usually there weren't any CNA's and the nurse had total patient care instead of having someone to delegate to...which doesn't seem all that great to me. She didn't really go into any detail, but mentioned it to me since I'm moving to southern california in June of this year. If anyone could give me any information regarding the nurse:patient ratio and about CNA's out there, I'd be appreciative. I want to have at least somewhat of an idea for when I begin work out there Thanks a bunch Jess
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    Any advice on HESI testing?

    HESI scoring is based on the difficulty of the questions you get correct. The questions considered easy by HESI are worth fewer points than the more difficult ones, thus you gain or lose points based on the difficulty. You may only miss 3 questions the first time and have a score of 780 (because you missed 3 very difficult questions) and the second time miss 14 easy questions but get a score much higher than your first. Jess
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    Any advice on HESI testing?

    I would just like to post a comment about the HESI test. If you don't pass on your first attempt, don't let it time get you down. 16 of 26 in my class failed the first time...but we all passed with flying colors the first time when we took a professionally administered Kaplan NCLEX review test. I don't think the HESI is a very accurate reflector of your chances of passing NCLEX. Everyone in our class has thus far passed NCLEX on the first try with 75 questions. I just don't want your results on HESI to cause you undue stress when it comes time to take your NCLEX as it did for so many people in my class. My personal opinion is that the HESI should be required PRACTICE for NCLEX, but should not be a requirement for passing your nursing classes. Anyway...just my GOOD LUCK Jess