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    Where do you find new grad nursing jobs in VA?????

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    Where do you find new grad nursing jobs in VA?????

    As far as getting the names of people to talk to in HR, all you have to do is call the hospital and ask for the number for nurse recruitment. But like I said, I did all that and it got me nowhere. I was applying for jobs, and then making contact with the PCDs for the various units and everything. So I feel your pain. I still don't know how the HR game works. One would think that you could simply put on your suit, go to HR, talk with a recruiter about the applications you've submitted, and follow up with a thank you card. But I don't think it's that simple. I would start by making contact with all the nurse managers and PCDs for whom you did clinical rotations and go from there. Have you tried NVMHI? I did my Psych clinical there and there were some new grad ADN RN's from NVCC.
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    NVCC Class of 2013 Meet and Greet + Q&A

    Hey guys, I also just graduated the traditional nursing program through NVCC and passed the NCLEX. I start work with Inova next week. If you guys ever need any questions answered, I'm here to help!
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    Where do you find new grad nursing jobs in VA?????

    You got a call from a recruiter? I think that is great! I only ever got one call from a recruiter and it was to come in for an interview. But I applied for several jobs and never got a call prior to that. Inova DOES hire news grads, despite any rumors or lies you might be told. I am a new grad ADN RN, and got hired with Inova. In addition to that, there were 15 people from our graduating class (of 150) at INOVA NEW orientation last week! And that was just ONE week of orientation. My class was told over and over that we would have a hard time finding jobs and that most of the hospitals in the local area, especially Inova, wasn't hiring new grads. I have recently found out that nothing but garbage. I'm not saying it's easy, but it's certainly not as uncommon as some might tell you.
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    Pearson Vue Trick - Poll once you receive your results

    PVT worked! Took it yesterday and got my results today (VA has a hotline).
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    How long for VA NCLEX results?

    Thanks Flames! I passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And start work on the 25th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    How long for VA NCLEX results?

    I have the same question. How long was it for you? According to the PVT I passed, but it shut off at 75 and I feel like I failed. And I'm not just being dramatic, that test was HARD.
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    Hurst Q-review questions

    I'm so glad I found this thread! I'm taking the NCLEX in the morning and have gotten the following scores on Q Review : 81, 81, 73, 93. But like the OP said, I have no idea how to quantify my scores. BTW, is everyone giving their scores, or percentages? I just want to make sure we're all talking about the same thing. Because my percentage scores are obviously much lower (64.8%, 58.4%, 74.4%) which are obviously closer to the same numbers everyone else is getting.
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    How long for VA NCLEX results?

    So did you have to wait a full 24 hours before calling? Does anybody know how soon the Automated License Verification is updated?
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    update on 2nd interview

    Do you have an update? I'm curious to hear how it all turned out for you.
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    NVCC to Mason

    No. "NAS 162 & NAS 162 (8 credits) at NVCC will fulfill the requirements for Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology ONLY for students who currently hold a RN license." This is taken directly from a sheet they pass out at the information sessions. This should be included in their online information session for the Traditional program, but it's not. In other words, it's only for students who complete their nursing degree with NVCC, take boards, and transfer to GMU. Yes, that is exactly what I am doing. I just graduated from NVCC's traditional nursing program and I am in the process of applying to GMU's RN to BSN program starting this fall. I was told by a representative at the information session that they basically consider ALL the new grads momentum transfers. I chose not to do the Momentum 2+1 program because it would have slowed me down significantly. Had I applied to it, I would have been in your shoes. I had already completed the majority of the General Studies degree requirements as well as all of the pre-reqs and co-reqs for the nursing program, so I would have had an entire year before starting the actual nursing program (NUR classes). I applied for the traditional program, just graduated, finishing my AA degree this summer, and hope to start the RN to BSN program in the Fall. And from what I was told through GMU, the people who are a part of the Momentum 2+1 program have no advantage over me when applying, because we are all considered Momentum 2+1 at this point.
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    Making contact with PCD

    Did I post this in the wrong area? I was really hoping for more advice or help.
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    Making contact with PCD

    I have applied to 4 jobs. I just don't want to rely solely on HR to get hired. From what I understand, the PCD has just as much, if not more power over the hiring process. I will apply no matter what, but I don't want to apply over and over without following up, or doing my part to show these people I'm not just another desperate soon-to-be-new-grad.
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    Making contact with PCD

    I am in my final semester of nursing school and will be graduating this May. I am currently doing a clinical preceptorship on a same day surgery unit, and did IMCU the first half of the semester. I really enjoyed my clinical experience on the IMCU and for the first time felt like I REALLY found what I loved. I introduced myself to the PCD and spoke with her very briefly, letting her know that I applied for a current job opening on the unit. She informed me at the time (2 months ago) that they weren't hiring that far in advance and that I should reapply after I passed the NCLEX, and she gave me her card. The hospital I want to work for changed their policy in the past couple of years and now doesn't hire nurses until after they have passed the NLCEX. HOWEVER, a girl I go to school with found out last month that she got hired at that hospital. I'm getting a little off track though, I really don't have a problem with the getting hired before or after passing the NCLEX thing. My only concern is that if I heed her advice and wait to apply, there won't be any positions available and that, what she told me is the cookie cutter answer she gives every nursing student who comes by her office to kiss up. I found out today that I am the recipient of a scholarship from the hospital! I will sign an agreement to start work there within 4 months of graduation, as well as work there for 2 years. I was told by a person from HR during a job fair that they give preference to the "scholars". There are currently 3 openings on the unit for RN II positions and I went ahead and applied for one of them. The unit I work on is known for hiring new grads and I have been told on more than one occasion that it is fine to apply for an RN II position. So, now that I have applied for this position, and received this scholarship, I want to write a letter to the PCD thanking her for the experience on the unit and meeting with me. In addition to that I am going to let her know that I applied for a job on the unit, that I plan to take the NCLEX at the first available opportunity, and that I would appreciate an opportunity to work for her. I also let her know that I have applied to and plan to start working on an RN to BSN degree program starting in the fall. The reason why I feel the need to write to the PCD is because I have heard that getting hired depends heavily on both HR and the PCD. I want to cover all my bases, but don't want to sound like an idiot. I have no idea what PCDs are looking for and to be perfectly honest, I don't want her to be irritated that she told me once before to reapply after I pass the NCLEX, and here I am, applying again just 2 months later. I have to cover my tail and apply for jobs when they are available, and not risk losing an opportunity to another soon-to-be-grad, who applied before I did. I want her to know I am serious about working on that unit, and make contact with her again before she forgets about me. Sorry for being so long-winded. If you have any advice I would really appreciate it. This whole experience is extremely nerve-wracking. I don;t know what PCDs are looking for and/or how they make decisions about which new grads to hire. I want to set myself apart from the other students she's meeting, and keep my name fresh in her mind. I have a serious advantage over my peers because of this scholarship opportunity. Although it doesn't "guarantee" me a job, I know it will open doors. I just hope it opens the door to the IMCU!
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    Graduate Nurse with Associate's Degree

    ChristineN, I think you're going way overboard. I have done quite a bit of my clinical rotations at Inova Fairfax and well as one rotation at Fair Oaks and have talked to and/or seen several ADN students who have been hired in the past couple of years. Inova doesn't want to talk to you unless you have passed the NCLEX, beyond that, it's not THAT hard. Like malenurz said, having a license in hand is essential!
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    GUH New Grad Program Summer 2011

    Well that's kind of reassuring. I was bummed out that I hadn't heard back but it sounds like there's still a chance! Signing a 2-year commitment is perfectly fine with me! Just getting a job at such a wonderful hospital would be an amazing opportunity.