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San Diego New Grad has 2 years experience and specializes in Tele/Transplant.

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    Any extra precautions for visitors due to swine flu?

    Our ID department implemented a temporary policy to limit the number of visitors to 2 at a time, no kids under 16, and no one with flu symptoms. It was a nightmare on mother's day when everyone wanted to bring the kids to see grandma. I explained to several people that we're a transplant unit and that those restrictions are especially important now because our patients are immunosuppressed. Some were understanding, but some were pretty PO'd. I was tired of being the police, so I finally planted my butt on a computer in a back corner so I could get some charting done!
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    Any clinical research nurses out there?

    Hi everyone, I'm a new grad RN, but have been working in pharmaceuticals/biotech for the past 7 years. I recently got hired on a tele/transplant unit but I have shoulder impingement syndrome, so my start date has been put on hold. My doctor cleared me to work recently, but now I'm having another flare-up of the tendonitis. I've been going to PT 1-2x/week for the past 4 months. I still am working at my current job with a pharmaceutical company, and there's a position open for a CRA I that I'm considering, mostly because I'm afraid that I won't be able to do my job as a hospital nurse. So, I'm wondering, is there anyone here who went straight into clinical research without having to work on the unit or floor? Or, if you have any advice for a nurse in the "injured reserve" I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks everyone!
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    Applying for New Grad positions in San Diego, CA

    The VA lists their positions on the federal website. Do a google search for "usajobs" and the link to the website should come up. You can type in "registered nurse" and narrow the search by location. I've heard they only take new grads with BSN's, but that's second hand information, so I can't say for sure. You can ask the recruiter who the hiring manager is--that might also indicate to them that you are serious about applying for the position. I don't know if they'd be willing to give out that info. One of my classmates actually went to the unit and gave her resume directly to the hiring manager. Pretty gutsy, but she got the position. Sorry I can't be of more help.
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    Applying for New Grad positions in San Diego, CA

    Hello Karmy, Welcome to San Diego. I was in the same boat as you--applying to different new grad programs, but not hearing anything. I've been told that the market is saturated with new grads here in San Diego, but I've never seen any official publication that has statistics on the ratio of new grads to new grad positions in SD. As much as you might not like it, you have to be a pest--it will show the recruiter that you really are interested. If you can find out who the hiring manager is, then try to contact him/her directly as well. I know a few of us in my class, myself included, had to do that. What hospitals and units did you apply to?
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    Just applied to Loma Linda

    I attended the School of Public Health (SPH) at LLU and I think this policy applied across the board. Students from all schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, etc.) were required to attend chapel once a week (it was only an hour in the morning). They don't impose any religion on you either, but because they're 7th Day Adventists, there is no caffeine, energy drinks, or meat in any of the campus eating establishments. For the SPH, I also had to take one religion class as part of the requirement to graduate. I took an ethics class which counted toward the requirement. I didn't think it was heavily religious at all. I don't know if this policy applies to the School of Nursing though, so you might want to check their catalog or contact their admissions office.
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    Sharp Employee Benefits

    Hi everyone, Does anybody know the waiting/probationary period for new employees of Sharp? I just accepted a new grad position at Sharp Memorial, but the hiring manager wasn't certain of the waiting time before benefits kick in. She thought it was no more than 30 days, but I've heard that it's 90. I won't start until January, but I'm trying to plan ahead. Thanks! SDNG
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    grossmont college waiting list

    June, Hang in there... it will be worth it. Are you trying to get into the day or weekend/evening program? The waiting list shortens as people drop out or defer, so they probably give you the worst case scenario in terms of waiting time where they assume that everyone will take an available spot once their name comes up. The new grad programs start in January or February for most hospitals. Usually, there are different start dates during the year, most likely on a quarter or semester basis to correspond with graduation dates. Training is the first 12 weeks where you're in new grad preceptorship. Then they throw you to the lions... j/k. According to the clinical educator at Sharp, they assess your skills to function independently about 10 weeks into your preceptorship and determine if you're ready. I took NCLEX 6 1/2 weeks after graduation. I was extremely nervous about boards, but was more of a wreck while waiting for the results! I felt like I failed miserably, but two days later, my name was on the board of registered nursing with a license number. I don't really know why they enroll more in the fall. It could just be that traditionally, since the school year starts in the fall, more people sign up for classes. It could also be that the staff has to teach more advanced classes in the spring, so there are less offerings for the fundamentals classes. Hope that helps! Hang in there...
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    grossmont college waiting list

    Hey June, I was on the waiting list for 2 1/2 years (since summer of 2003) before I was able to get a spot in the weekend/evening program. I was also told that it was a three year waiting list. I got a spot in the day program about 1 1/2 years later but had to defer a couple of times because I work full time during the day. I finally started January 2006. I just graduated in August, passed boards in September, and got a new grad position at Sharp Memorial's transplant/stepdown unit starting in January. It was tough to wait, even tougher to work and go to school at the same time, but definitely worth it. While you're waiting, be sure you do your GE's. A couple of people in my class can't take boards yet because they were missing a PE class or an English class, or whatever. Feel free to send me a mesesage if you have any other Grossmont questions.
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    Let's introduce ourselves...

    Hi everyone! I'm Sharon and this is a career change for me. I worked full time doing product development for a pharmaceutical company while going to nursing school and graduated this past August. I passed boards in September. Today I interviewed at Sharp Memorial Hospital for a progressive care unit for post-op transplant patients and was offered a position on the spot! I start in January.
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    grossmont &/or city college waiting list

    Congratulations... I just finished the weekend/evening program this past August and got my license in September! Feel free to ask me any questions about the classes or instructors.
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    Grossmont Community College

    I got on the waiting list for Grossmont's RN program during the summer of 2003. They originally had me slated for an entry date of Fall 2007! But, I actually was able to get in during the Spring of 2005, but had to wait for an opening in the weekend/evening program. I just graduated in August and got my license last month. In other words, I finished before my original start date! Don't be discouraged about the long wait--I think people get on as many wait lists as possible and pick the school they can get into first. Second--Grossmont did not renew their NLN accreditation because of understaffing in the nursing program. It's just unfortunate because the instructors I had were top notch, but overworked due to staffing. One of my teachers is a cardiac NP, is the transplant coordinator at Sharp, and teaches in the MSN program at SDSU. They have hired new staff and are reapplying for the NLN accreditation. So, the next graduating classes should be graduating from an NLN accredited program.
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    prev bachelor grads: what was deciding factor?

    I did the ASN route out of necessity. I couldn't afford to quit my full time job since I have no other source of income. The only local master's entry program is at a private college ($$$$$) and so a loan would not cover tuition and my living expenses. Fortunately, one of the community colleges has an evening weekend program. It was like working and going to school 7 days a week, but you do what you have to do. Now that I'm licensed, I can work 3 days/week, get some tuition assistance from the hospital, and take online classes for a BSN/MSN. I'm unsure at this point if I want to go into advanced practice, research, or management, so I think this option was good for me. I don't have any healthcare experience, so this gives me time to get my feet wet and figure out which direction I want for my nursing future.
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    How many of us 30 somethings are out there?

    I went to college right out of high school, worked for a few years, went to graduate school, worked a few years more (and I'm still working in that field), and decided that nursing would be a good career change for me. So I started nursing school at 33, and just got my RN license at 35! What's next? BSN/MSN... then maybe a Ph.D. so I can eventually teach after I've got some years of clinical experience.
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    That test was impossible...

    I felt the same exact thing. Usually, you have a good feeling about taking a test, if you did well or not, but I really couldn't tell one way or the other. People say that the questions get harder as you answer correctly, but I kept thinking, are they getting harder because I'm doing well, or are they hard because I don't know my stuff? Anyway, I just took the test on Sept 26th (Wednesday)--75 questions and it stopped. I was so edgy waiting--I just kept telling myself, it's not the end of the world if I don't pass. On Saturday morning, Sept 29th, my name was listed on the California BRN with a license number! I wish I could give you tips to ward off the anxiety. Best wishes to you for your results and to your future nursing career.
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    BSN vs ADN

    Good for you! I just completed my ASN and am taking the NCLEX next week! I chose community college because I had to. They are the only ones who offer a weekend/evening program which allowed me to work full time and still go to nursing school. No university where I live has a program like that for a BSN--all are day programs that would require me to quit my job. But I'm a big fan of education and love learning, and I would like to eventually get my BSN while I work as an RN so that I can open more doors toward advanced practice and/or research. Even if I don't go that route, I don't think more education is ever a waste. Conversely, not going on to a BSN doesn't make you stop learning either.
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    ER- HELP: Dumbest reason people go to ER

    I was a student doing a rotation in the ER and working with the triage nurse on St Patrick's Day, no less. A woman came in because she cut her big toenail and went too far. Granted, it was bleeding, and I know that it's pretty painful, but she demanded to have something topical to numb the pain--of course since it's a medication, we can't do that without a doctor's order. So she and her husband make a big stink--that we were violating her human rights to be pain free for the sake of our "rules." So we call the charge nurse, and then one of the ER docs comes out with a big syringe with a long needle to give her a nerve block.