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  1. pharmgirl

    I'm trying to hear the Doctor!

    That is sooooooo awesome! I wish I had the balls to do that! Maybe with a little more experience and a few more years under my belt. I wanna be like you when I grow up!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    what is qcgh?
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    Judge My Objective!!

    I agree with skyblue. Your cover letter is your opportunity to re-iterate or say what is not included in your resume, such as strengths you don't want "lost" in your actual resume. Secondly, the cover letter is what needs to catch the attention. It is the first thing read by the employer that says "whew, this person is well spoken and could be a great asset, let's see what her resume says". Keep your objective to one sentence and use your cover to highlight what you don't want lost. Good luck....fingers crossed for ya
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    Why do patients..??

    And stupidity is contagious too....once one patient does something stupid, they all seem to chime in with their clever ways of driving us crazy at shift change! Like burnedout said, its nothing personal....smile and just keep thinking "its contagious and incurable" :)
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    to the rescue

    I would state something to the effect: At the encouragement of Dr. Blahblah I am submitting my application blah blah blah. Secondly, yes I would list the previous job. If you don't it may come across as deceitful if they find out on their own. Thirdly, if you interview then you can diplomatically explain your experience with said company if you feel the need to do so.
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    wise nurses, desperately need some insight

    Here is what I would if I listened to my brain: I would take the insurance job for the time being. Try it out. It is what you need right now for your child. You will be able to better support him financially and be there if he gets sick etc. Then I would keep my eye on further down the road when he was able to be a little more independent (teenage years etc.,) I would look into L&D. You will have been working as an RN for awhile it will probably be easier to find an L&D RN position. While working for the insurance co., take some online classes on L&D or do what you can to gain extra certifications. Now, if I were to listen to my heart (instead of my brain): I would say go for the L&D job. You will always regret not taking the gamble. If you don't like it, then so be it, you tried it. You satisfied that long lived curiousity. If you can hold out and struggle for as long as it takes to get the RN position, it may be worth it. But like I said, either way, you will know and you can either move on or stay put. When I was in a similar position, I went with my heart. The department I long desired ended up not being "all that". I was welcomed back to my previous job with open arms but still remain prn. I don't regret it. It was a learning experience and I never regret learning ANYTHING! Good luck to you....I know you are in a tough spot and I feel for you. Let us know what you decide.
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    New Grad Job Positions Anywhere in America

    Didn't mean to hijack....my instructor when I was in school in Southeast Kentucky was an OB nurse for years lol....just ironic!
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    New Grad Job Positions Anywhere in America

    Jane? is that you? lol
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    Are there ANY nursing jobs?

    I know of a few hospitals in southeastern KY and TN that are hiring, however, d/t the area the pay is awful but so is pay everywhere around here.
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    ER New Grad Hire questions

    Just like the above poster I did my precepting in ER the semester before I graduated. I worked my butt off and learned a ton!! The powers that be knew that I was interested in a position in the ER there but nothing was available. I kept my job on med surg and about a month after graduation I received a phone call from the manager that there was a position available. She stated that she knew I was willing to learn and not afraid of hard work. I had proven myself during my precepting. I agree ER is tough. I worked a year med surg as an LPN and no way would I go back to med surg. I'm still learning and adjusting but I can say that I love it and cannot wait to become more comfortable. But my manager assures me this will take at minimum a year. Good Luck to you!!
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    Conflict of interest, nursing family

    LOL mine is too. On top of that she is completely non-compliant with what I tell her, however, if my sister in law (also an RN) tells her the same thing, it might as well be gospel. MOTHERS!!! gotta luv em
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    What do ED nurses need from volunteers?

    Be available to bring pts urine cups when asked. When pts are done in triage, showing them to their room is also a big help. Stocking the rooms and as others have said making beds. As another poster has said, please don't offer anyone in the lobby a beverage, we don't know what is going on with them yet and they may be required to have an empty stomach once we do see them. Also, we have a "no blanket" policy for people with fevers so make sure of your hospitals standards. I would ask your specific nurses what THEY want you to be doing. Thanks for asking, that just shows what great incentive you have, I'm sure you're a great volunteer.
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    Quick rant

    omg on the floor I used to work this happened all the time. We had a ward clerk that answered call lights at the desk. He would page me, call me, find me, for every single call light that went off. Now, I'm with you, I have no problem cleaning patients or changing them, however, ASK the patient what they need. I stopped med pass, dressing changes etc, so many times to get another patient some ice its not even funny. I started getting so behind in what needed to get done I finally asked him to PLEASE find out what they need. I feel your pain MinnieMom
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    Got Any Tips For An ER Interview?

    Ughhh I hate that "tell me about yourself" question. Another one I hate is "why do you want to work in the ER". I can never come up with a good answer.....because I want to treat em and street em just doesn't seem very compassionate. LOL. So be prepared with a good answer and ifyou find one, let me know lol Oh and another one is "what do you consider are your weaknesses". A good way to answer this is with a potential positive. For example, I tend to be a little OCD when it comes to patient wait times. What the interviewer is hearing "she may be a little over the time trying to get to patients but better then having them wait for hours". Good luck!
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    Tell me someone else has felt like this....

    I graduated with my LPN last May and my RN this May. It took a good year for me to feel even remotely comfortable working on med/srg as an LPN and now I have new responsibilities as an RN. The one thing I have learned.....is there is still A LOT to learn. No one feels comfortable straight out of the gate. I've learned more by doing, seeing and watching. I ask a ton of questions. You aren't supposed to know everything and if you find a mentor at work, use them. As time goes on, you will gain confidence, but the learning never stops. Good luck to you and just keep remembering that you passed nursing school, you passed the NCLEX so you CAN do this!! Take advantage of the people at work who want to help you and use every opportunity as a learning experience.
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    I just wanted to say...

    LOL...and well staffed units