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Scooter321

RN in pedi psych long-term care, group homes facil
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  1. Scooter321

    First RN job application advice needed

    Thanks for the reply, and congrats on the job! I guess I'll keep on keeping on. :)
  2. Scooter321

    First RN job application advice needed

    That's exactly what I've been doing, but then I started second-guessing myself, worried that with a 'no' answer they wouldn't even bother to look at my resume. It's good to hear that someone else agrees with my original instincts. Thanks for the reply. :)
  3. After finishing the main part of online job applications, many of them have another page with a bunch of questions where you select from pre-set answers. Things like years' of experience, are you legal to work in the country, can you prove it, etc. They also ask if I/we have a valid license to practice in the state. These seem to me to be "deal-breaker" types of questions. I can imagine a recruiter checking that form before even looking at a resume or cover letter. I'm applying for jobs now, about a month in advance of graduating, because it seems to make sense and everyone recommends it. My question is, do I answer Yes or No to that licensing question? I don't have a license yet but anticipate one in June (which I have made clear in my resume). If I say Yes it's a lie. If I say No do they just stop reading right then and not even bother with my resume? So far I have answered No, but now I'm wondering if that immediately sends my application to the circular file. Of course, there is never a comment box on that web page where I could explain, so it's just Yes or No. Argggghh! Any advice, oh wise ones?
  4. Scooter321

    They want my salary requirement--help!

    That's good thinking. I'm not even sure that they have a new grad program at the moment (just taking a chance with the job posting because it says experience preferred as opposed to required), but I know they have had in the past, so it's worth a try. Thanks for the idea.
  5. Scooter321

    They want my salary requirement--help!

    Thanks guys. I'll definitely try that. :)
  6. Scooter321

    They want my salary requirement--help!

    Okay, so as a soon-to-be grad this is all new to me. I'm applying for an RN position in NH, and they're asking for my salary requirement (online application). I'm just not used to this and am not sure which way to go. Should I put the lower end of the scale (seems to be about $22/hour, although it's hard to tell) or a bit more (say $25/hour), or would that "price me out" of a job before I even get a chance? I have no idea if they'll even look at a new grad, but you gotta try, right? The main worry right now is how to answer that stinkin' question--how much do I want?!?!? Any and all advice gratefully received.
  7. Scooter321

    Long commute, need audio cd advise please

    I agree about Jeff Guy and ICU Rounds--I made a playlist just of his stuff and it's fantastic. I always learn a lot from his (and others') podcasts. It's great to get a different viewpoint for the same info you're learning in class. Everybody covers things in a slightly different way, and I often find I get a better understanding of tricky concepts by hearing explanations from more than one person. I don't think I've had an exam yet where at least a couple of questions were answered correctly just because of listening to podcasts. But I definitely agree with relistening to lectures. I always do that, and I always hear something important that I had forgotten or not fully understood in class. Good luck--I'm sure you'll do great with all your "extra" study time.
  8. Scooter321

    High glucose levels, everywhere!

    Also, what type of patients and which meds are they on. If they're on Solu-Medrol (very common postop) or any other corticosteriod, that's enough right there to raise a person's blood glucose. In my clinical last semester (med-surg) most were on this drug, and we routinely checked the blood glucose because of it, and it was usually elevated. Just a thought from a fellow student.
  9. Scooter321

    I want to work in the VA!!!! Well anywhere, honestly...

    Thanks again, April. Very helpful. Wish us luck!
  10. Scooter321

    I want to work in the VA!!!! Well anywhere, honestly...

    Thanks, April. Are you saying that they would call you for an interview now (if they liked your resume) for a job advertised now, knowing that you (I) would not be a nurse or even a graduate for several more months? That's what is confusing me--the logistics of the timeline if we apply for posted positions months before we could actually take the position. Sorry if I'm being dim about this.
  11. Scooter321

    Long commute, need audio cd advise please

    If you have an MP3 player and want something medical, you might also consider some of the free podcasts on offer at iTunes. There are a ton of them--something for all tastes. Some are actual lectures from various nursing schools; some are by doctors, paramedics, nurses and offer extra or new information on a variety of clinical subjects. Just search iTunes using words like "nursing" or "nurse" or "medic" or "surgery" or "med-surg," etc. You'll find a lot of great stuff. If you like a lecture/podcast, you can usually subscribe so that you automatically get new episodes downloaded to your computer when you open up iTunes. I luv 'em! Hope this helps.
  12. Scooter321

    I want to work in the VA!!!! Well anywhere, honestly...

    Thanks for the replies, everyone. I'm still not sure exactly how to go about applying for an RN position months before graduating. I guess calling the individual HR departments might be my best bet. Good luck to one and all of us--it's scary out there!
  13. Scooter321

    I want to work in the VA!!!! Well anywhere, honestly...

    This thread, along with all the others, is truly scary. I do appreciate all the wonderful advice given here though. I wonder if I could hijack the thread to ask a question or two? Applying now rather than later (I also expect to graduate in May) seems like a great idea, but how does that work? Should we apply to actual job openings that are currently posted? Won't they be filled long before we are able to work as an RN? Would HR typically keep the resume on file, and if so, would we check job postings again much closer to the time of graduation and re-apply for anything new? Alternatively, should we just shoot our resumes off to the HR departments without actually applying for a specific job? Sorry if this is a silly question--I'm just trying to understand how it all works. Thanks so much.
  14. Scooter321

    More than one job application to one HR dept?

    Thanks guys. I'd better get cracking on that application.
  15. As I head into the final semester of my ADN course, I'd really love to work as a nursing assistant part-time. My local hospital group (a few different hospitals--one website for applications) has several openings right now, any one of which I would be happy with if I were lucky enough to be considered. Do I have to pick one to apply for, or would it be acceptable to apply for all three? One is in the OR (which I would love) but the others are in different med-surg units, so they are very similar to each other. What do you guys think--is it the "done" thing to apply to a few jobs in the same hospital group at once?
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