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  1. Hi all. I have an interview with a hospital on Thursday. HR had scheduled me for an ortho PRN position interview with two people. Then, yesterday I got what looks like a generated email after I had also submitted for another PRN position. I have worked with this HR recruiter for a couple of weeks as I had initially put in for a Day Surgery position. I have also put in for other positions at the hospital between the ones I talked about. I say that to illustrate that I think the email was intentional...that she was interested in me for that position. But, it also appeared generated. I have gotten generated emails stating I applied before, but not from the recruiter. It stated to call her as soon as possible, which I did. But I got no response, so I called her that afternoon to follow up. I still got no response, so I sent an email and let it be. What do you all think I should do at this point. I don't want her to think I am not interested, but I also don't want to blow my chances for the shadow interview on ortho. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. LabradorMama

    Should I just go for an ASN?

    Hi NicoleNurseStudent, I tried to do a double degree of Child Development and Nursing at Berea College, but ended up getting a BA in Child Development, teaching for a year, and then completing 2 more years of an Associate Degree for Nursing while working full time. (I only had to complete the Nursing courses, as I had gotten the electives out of the way earlier). Most hospitals and facilities seemed to take my ADN just fine, though on your license paperwork and job applications it helps to have that "Bachelors in Another Field". I personally would go for the ADN and get that secured and then look into bridging to a BSN. But honestly, I haven't pursued it further; because for me the cost /benefit ratio just doesn't justify it. I might make about $10,000 to $20,000 more. But I would also take a big financial hit going back to school for another Bachelors. The kicker is when I looked into the Masters programs, I would have to spend about $30,000 to bridge with what I had. So, it seemed that unless I wanted to go into management, I didn't really need the BSN. But if I wanted to go into teaching the BSN or better yet the MSN would be necessary. Right at the point you are, with what you've said...if it were me, I would get the ADN out of the way and go from there. That's just my experience. And I have been back in East Tennessee since '92. Hope that helps.
  3. LabradorMama

    New here...sorta :)

    Hi everyone. I have been reading from this site every now and then, but thought I would join up. As my user name indicates, I am the furmama of not one but two 80 pound Labrador Retrievers, Bear and Hunter...and two cats Noah and Cheddar. So, now you know what that's about. I've been an orthopedics and oncology nurse for 25 years and love it. I also worked in a 4 bed stepdown unit where we were blessed with a 1:2 nurse ratio so I worked with a buddy who is a true mentor and friend to me. I ran away from work about a couple of years ago and became a vet assistant, but kept my nursing license and now I am back in nursing part time while doing other things as well. I like to work out...OK maybe not so much, but I do enjoy the outdoors...especially Fall nights around the fire pit...so I'm looking forward to that again. I'm a usually pretty quiet, but I will be around. Just wanted to say "hey".