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miss_smartie has 5 years experience and specializes in CVICU.

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    Nurse Clinician pay at Emory?

    Thanks for your feedback! I'm still waiting for the GA BON to process my application... so it might be awhile before I can get an official offer...
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    Nurse Clinician pay at Emory?

    Hi all, I recently interviewed at Emory Midtown for a 'Nurse Clinician' night shift position... just curious if anyone can give me the 'scoop' on the hospital and compensation/shift differential? I have been an RN for two years and have my BSN. At the interview they told me that all compensation info has to come through HR, but HR won't tell me anything until they put together an official offer. Thank you! :heartbeat
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    Sentara Norfolk General 5th floor

    ^5RP is better than 5A from what my friends at Norfolk tell me.
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    Need Help!!Anyone working nights @ Norfolk General

    It used to be $8/hr for shift diff, but they changed it last Fall to $4/hr. Budget cuts and all that.
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    Need Help!!Anyone working nights @ Norfolk General

    I believe shift differential at Sentara is now $4/hr.
  6. I'm a female and I remember strongly disliking my OB rotation in nursing school. Not exactly the same experience as a male student, but I just felt so uncomfortable and out of my element. My clinical instructor was pretty self-absorbed and didn't pay much attention to the students so I just got my required assessments completed, helped out my fellow students, and requested as many nursery, NICU and OR shifts as I could! I think having a competent, understanding clinical instructor makes all the difference in the unique world of OB. Needless to say, I finished out that part of the program sans any desire to be in L & D.
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    Sentara RN program graduate

    Yes, they are moving to only the BSN option come next August, however, I felt there might be students who have just started the program now in August, as well as students who have been accepted or wait-listed for the January semester that still have questions :) But yes, you are correct, they are no longer going to be a diploma program after the January class. One of the big draws of Sentara is that the program does offer many additional clinical hours. From the first semester on you are in the skills labs and the hospital. I definitely feel that made a difference between the Sentara program and other local nursing programs. In the last semester, when we performed our role transition 'preceptorship' it was very apparent who the Sentara students were, versus other nursing school students. Also, just being familiar with the hospital system and the computerized charting system was very helpful to ease the transition from student nurse to new graduate employee. As far as the job search, I'll be honest. I think it's all about how much effort you put into it. We had representatives come in from human resources in our last semester and begin setting up interviews, and some people found jobs through that route. I was set up with two interviews through human resources, but I found my job through networking with the nurse manager on my preceptorship floor. She referred me to another manager in the same hospital, and I was hired prior to taking NCLEX or actual graduation. Others in my class were not so fortunate and took longer to get jobs, but in all honesty, I think they expected the school to practically find a job for them because it was a hospital based program. Hope this helps! :typing
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    Sentara RN program graduate

    Greetings! I recently graduated from Sentara's RN diploma program this past May, and I see that many of you are considering the new BSN program as well as the RN diploma program. Just thought I would put up a post and offer to help out by answering questions you might have about the school and/or program Good luck to all of you!
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    About the CPR certification

    I agree with the above posters First, I would check with the nursing programs you are applying too and see exactly which certification is required. There are several different CPR certifications available. Many nursing programs require you to take the "BLS"- Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider Course. I would also ask the nursing programs if they have a list of recommended providers for CPR certification. You may also check online through the American Heart Association website (www.americanheart.org) and use the online class search. That will give you a list of local places you can take the course at. As an aside, the second class you posted includes information for lifeguard training and water safety. You don't need that for nursing school. Hope this helps!
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    Salary to expect as a new grad nurse

    Hi EmilyLucille, I wouldn't recommend coming back here if you don't have a job lined up already. I was pretty lucky and found a position by networking with my nurse manager from the unit where I performed my internship/role transition hours at. Unfortunately, I was one of the exceptions in my class- we graduated in May from a local school and some of my classmates have yet to find jobs even now It seems to be the same situation like other parts of the country--- the hospitals need nurses, heck, my unit needs nurses, they are almost always short nurses on dayshift and have at least 1 float nurse working. The hospital system just won't pay to train new grads. Nearly all the local job postings ask for nurses with 1-2+ years of experience. Best of luck to you where you are though! :typing
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    Salary to expect as a new grad nurse

    I'm in Virginia Beach, Virginia and they start new grads in the hospital @ $20/hour. $8 shift diff. for nights, so guess what--I'm working nights! Good thing I do well with late hours
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