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  1. ElizabethNJ18

    Advice on going from Peds to Adults?

    Hi all, Really hoping someone can help me 🙂 I currently work in a pediatric step down unit at a large inner city hospital, taking care of mostly trach and vented patients. I have worked there for approx 5 years. I'm considering going back to school to potentially become a family NP, but wanted to get some advice. Should I work as a floor nurse in adults for a little while? I feel fairly supported where I am now, and have heard horrible stories about working with adults in a hospital setting. Some of the nurses I work with now came from the adult world and vowed they would never go back. I've always liked working with older people though, and as long as I feel supported by management/ coworkers, I'm willing to take on a new challenge. Anyone have any thoughts/ advice? Would greatly appreciate it! Just to further complicate things, this may all take place in the setting of relocating to another city in the next few months as well.
  2. Hi, I am looking to relocate to Mikaukee area this fall. I have just under six years of RN experience in a progressive care unit at a large pediatric hospital on the east coast. I'm trying to determine how the job market is for experienced nurses and what are some of the better hospitals to work in terms of nurse to patient ratios, nurses feeling supported by management, etc. Any thoughs on CHOW, Froedert, etc? Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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    question about applying for multiple jobs

    sorry i meant to ask what area are you applying for jobs in?
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    question about applying for multiple jobs

    do you mind if i ask what are you are applying in? just trying to decide if it's time to relocate... :)
  5. thank you so much for responding! it's hard to get advice on these matters, some of the HR people are somewhat vague about what they want and don't want to see in cover letters, etc. On a separate note, I am really wondering about some of the "gatekeepers" in the hospital's HR department - i.e. is an actual nurse recruiter looking at my resume or is it someone in HR who was given specific parameters and if I am a new graduate just places my information into the "circular file?" For instance -one hospital I called said that if I didn't hear back within a 2 day timeframe, most likely I didn't get the job. I called the HR department anyway to follow up and show interest, and they said that the nurse recruiter was on vacation until the following week.... ok, so who was reviewing my materials? who rejected me then? how do you get any feedback from a situation like that? so confusing!
  6. Hoping someone can help with these! :) If there are multiple RN positions open at the same hopsital, do you prepare one cover letter per position or try to have a blanket cover letter that explains that you would be interested in whichever specific departments in that hospital? I am a new graduate nurse, and at this point I am open to working in many different departments. I want to make sure that I'm highlighting my skill set with my cover letters appropriately, but this seems rather difficult to do if I'm writing one blanket cover letter for each hospital. On the flip side, If I write separate cover letters, do I sound disorganized applying for 5 or 6 positions and not stating where my priorities are, etc? Also - any advice for reformatting a cover letter if you've been turned down for one RN position at a hospital (about 2 months ago) but want to reapply for a similar position? I doubt the hospital saved my cover letter and resume, but I don't want to send the same cover letter again. Please, please, please help! ~Elizabeth
  7. Hoping someone can help with these! :) If there are multiple RN positions open at the same hopsital, do you prepare one cover letter per position or try to have a blanket cover letter that explains that you would be interested in whichever specific departments in that hospital? I am a new graduate nurse, and at this point I am open to working in many different departments. I want to make sure that I'm highlighting my skill set with my cover letters appropriately, but this seems rather difficult to do if I'm writing one blanket cover letter for each hospital. On the flip side, If I write separate cover letters, do I sound disorganized applying for 5 or 6 positions and not stating where my priorities are, etc? Also - any advice for reformatting a cover letter if you've been turned down for one RN position at a hospital (about 2 months ago) but want to reapply for a similar position? I doubt the hospital saved my cover letter and resume, but I don't want to send the same cover letter again. Please, please, please help! ~Elizabeth
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    How i landed a new grad position

    SKY- I really though you provided some well-needed encouragement for new graduates in your post. I think your advice was helpful as well. Very often people on allnurses post that they have found new graduate positions, but do not necessarily provide as much insight on how they went about their search. Many thanks for your post.
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    Question Regarding RN Temporary Permit and resume

    Thank you so much! That was very helpful :) This is one of the few times I've had someone respond to my posts and I greatly appreciate it!
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    Rutgers Accelerated Program - Testing out of certain prerequisites

    I think I received mine the middle of February. Make sure you call the admissions office and check on whether or not your application is complete (i.e. transcripts were all sent in from any other schools you attended for prereqs and your first bachelor's degree). I think you may be able to do this online as well. If you see that you have any open items make sure you call the admission office pronto. I think I callled around the middle of January to make sure that the admissions office received all my transcripts and one was missing. Luckily I discovered this fairly early in the process and was able to get my other school to send another transcript.
  11. I was hoping someone may be able to help me with this... I am looking for jobs in both NJ and PA. I have a NJ RN license. I recently received my RN Temporary Permit from the state of Pennsylvania. My permanent license is still in process for Pennsylvania. How should I include this information on a resume? Should I state under my license/ certification heading that I have a RN Temporary Permit and include the permit number? I wasn't sure if this would possibly confuse someone reading my resume. Thanks very much in advance to anyone that can help! ~Elizabeth
  12. I was hoping someone may be able to help me with this... I am looking for jobs in both NJ and PA. I have a NJ RN license. I recently received my RN Temporary Permit from the state of Pennsylvania. My permanent license is still in process for Pennsylvania. How should I include this information on a resume? Should I state under my license/ certification heading that I have a RN Temporary Permit and include the permit number? I wasn't sure if this would possibly confuse someone reading my resume. Thanks very much in advance to anyone that can help! ~Elizabeth
  13. Hi, I am graduating from nursing school in August of this year. My courseload is pretty light for the summer, however I realize I have to put a decent amount of time in reviewing/ preparing for the NCLEX which I will take in September. Does anyone have any suggestions for work experience for someone that is in my situation? I don't know if I can apply for a patient care assistant type of job for the summer in NJ hospital or if I have to have formal LPN training to do something like that. If anyone can help me out with this, I would greatly appreciate it. I would really like to get some more hands-on experience before graduation outside of my clinical time this summer. Thanks very much! :) ~Liz
  14. ElizabethNJ18

    Application for Rutgers Accelerated program

    Hi, Just some further information - I don't know how they are going to run the accelerated program next year, but I can tell you that my classes are split between Newark and New Brunswick. I just started the accelerated program this May - for summer sessions I and II I am in Newark, for the fall semester I am in New Brunswick for my classes and clinical rotations, as far as I know now, in the spring I am in Newark for classes, but not sure about where my clinicals will be just yet - it could be anywhere in the state - then next summer I think may be back in Newark, but I have to double check about that again. Some of this is subject to change. I can also tell you that during this summer I was only in Newark for 3 days during the 1st summer session and 2 days for the second summer session. Again, I don't know if this is how the program will run for next year, but that's how things are working now. I am really not familiar with the traditional program details, sorry I can't help you more with that. Going back to the Newark factor - do you live anywhere near a train station? Some of the people in my program (including myself) take the train on the days we have class in Newark - it is definitely the way to go considering the price of gas and traffic in the area. I live in Monmouth county, so the train ride is like 45/50 minutes, and I can study or sleep while on the train - I really like it actually. Anyway, if you have any other questions, send me an private e-mail through this forum - I think that may be easier. Hope that helps! ~Liz
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    Application for Rutgers Accelerated program

    Hi, I had the same questions when applying to the Rutgers accelerated program. I'm not sure what's the earliest you can apply for the accelerated program - so what I would do is call the rutgers admissions department 732-932-INFO. This is the rutgers admissions department for the new brunswick university, but they should know that information. (Just a side note the program is split up between the Newark and New Brunswick campuses). I thought the earliest you could apply was October, but don't quote me on that. Definitely check with the admissions department. You really need to keep those dates in line though because I know that some of these programs are on a first come first served basis so the earlier you apply the better off you are - I was also thinking of applying to Thomas Jefferson's FACT program in Philly, but was too late with the application process for that school - they start accepting applications like end of August/ early Sept time frame. Anyway, back to the Rutgers program - you can definitely apply online, my application went out in late November '07 for admission into their May 2008 program. Once you apply online, you can check the status of your application regularly - I would encourage you to do this very often- at least until all of your transcripts have been received by the Rutgers admissions department. I took pre-reqs from a few different schools, and therefore I was constantly checking to see if the Rutgers admissions department actually received my info and logged it in. You don't want to get into a situation where your application isn't being reviewed b/c one of your transcripts are outstanding. Just remember to be persistent when trying to find out this information - there are people to help you, but you just need to keep calling/ e-mailing. If that doesn't work, I would suggest even stopping by the school one morning just to speak with someone in the college of nursing. Hope that helps! ~Liz
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