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  1. 06CaliforniaRN

    Research career & per diem bedside job?

    I recently accepted a position as a full-time clinical research nurse. It's a complete 180 in terms of patient population. I work in pediatrics now and am considering trying to work "per diem" on my unit in order to maintain my bedside skills. I don't need the extra money, but my biggest concerns are a) what if i don't absolutely love my new job and b) what if down the road I move and can't find a job in research. For those who work in research, do you work per diem in bedside nursing at all? Do you recommend doing so?
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    Trimming NG tube prior to insertion?

    Has anyone ever heard of trimming an NG tube prior to insertion? I had a patient who was going home on enteral feeds and because the length of the tube (the excess) caused issues at home previously, it was recommended that the end of the tube be trimmed (cut it down from 42' to 36' inches) when we placed a new one.
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    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    So I just hit the 4 month mark of being unemployed since graduating nursing school. With 100s of applications submitted and what seems like even more of rejections, I started to let myself consider non-nursing jobs. With a burst of bravery, I decided to call the nurse manager of the unit I was waitlisted on, I left her a message expressing that I was still very interested in the unit and was curious to know my position on the waitlist. I tried to sound as natural and calm as possible...but probably said "uh" every 3rd word. She called me back today...and said that a position became available yesterday (the day I called) and asked if I was interested. I believe my response was "more than...I mean...I'm more than interested, if I can say that." I'm awaiting the official e-mail offer from HR so I can start chipping away at all the paperwork. Somehow I'm hoping to get everything together and be living in Baltimore in less than a month (I'm currently in California). So ucfRN, your prayers must have worked. And to everyone else...don't give up. Know your worth and believe in yourself as someone worth investing in. Cheers to 2012!
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    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    Morg- Congrats on the interview offer! Depending on if you do "share time" or not in the ER you will need to bring scrubs and proper shoes. As far as what else to bring? On the Hopkins nursing site they give some basic instructions, in my experience whatever they tell you to bring is all you will essentially need http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/nursing/jobs/interview_preparation/rn_lpn/rn_newgraduate.html I believe you will need 2 letters of recommendation from clinical instructors since you are a new graduate. I'd advise having any questions you may have for the nurse manager written down, and bringing a small pad of paper may be useful if you want to jot down notes. Good luck!
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    Is Home care a good choice for New Grad?

    I'm a new grad myself, but one of the nurses I worked with said she started out in home health and found it to be very valuable. In her own words..."Let's just say by the time I got a hospital RN job I was able to put in an NG tube with one hand on a toddler" And if you think about it, it's true, you can become great at a lot of fundamental skills in home health, which will make hospital nursing an easier transition. It obviously doesn't amount to starting in hospital nursing with a variety of patients; HOWEVER, you could always get the home health job, and if you are able to get a hospital job down the road, you can still pick up a shift a week of home health (you wouldn't have to bail on them), I know a couple fellow classmates that have gone this route Good luck!
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    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    My interview got postponed til next month:\ Good luck to everyone else who is beginning the process of applying and setting up interviews!
  7. 06CaliforniaRN

    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    It took about 2 weeks for me to hear back after I submitted my primary interest e-mail, and my interview is next week.
  8. 06CaliforniaRN

    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    Scarlettanager- I had a similar issue when I got my primary interest e-mail. I couldn't remember what type of pediatric unit I applied for. I told them my main interest was in ped's med-surg, followed by critical care. Turns out I had applied for a PICU job, but they offered me a ped's med-surg interview. so my advice is: be honest
  9. 06CaliforniaRN

    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    Congrats!!! And thanks for the time-frame, I feel better now:)
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    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    understandable. I only had a couple 1-day rotations to the ICU and ED. But my classmate had that or less and got offered a job in the PICU.
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    Johns Hopkins new grad 2011

    I've been biting my nails lately, so maybe someone can calm my nerves over this. I got the "primary interest" e-mail from JHH on Friday in response to my application for a peds position (which I couldn't remember if it was med-surg or PICU :\ ). Anyways. I said my primary interest was in pediatrics, with sub-interests in med-surg and critical care. With secondary interest in periop. The reason I'm stressing is because retrospectively I realize "critical care" is broad in the sense that it really covers PICU, NICU, ED, and so on... Not to say that I'm not interested in any of those, because I am, but I'm stressing thinking that I should have been more specific. Did anyone else put "critical care" rather than ICU as one of their primary interests? Where did you get an interview? I'm on my second business day of waiting for a reply...any insight as to how long I should expect to wait?
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    Drexel ACE Fall 2010

    I want to say it took about 2 weeks for me to get my transcript evaluation. I thought I'd have a problem with my nutrition class and my human development since my nutrition class was only 3 credits and the human development class wasn't in the psych department. The accepted both though. However, they did not accept my sociology, but I can understand that since it was an upper level sociology class that was more specific. Hope that helps!
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    Drexel ACE Fall 2010

    Awesome. I think I am going to take it through American Public University, their course dates work the best for me. Good luck with your ethics course!
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    Drexel ACE Fall 2010

    uscdg: will drexel accept Excelsior credits? I know it's kind of a unique program, that's why I'm wondering. I came across it (it looks great), but even on their website they mention that not all programs accept their credit. bridget marie: what is CCP?
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    Drexel ACE Fall 2010

    Can someone please recommend a good (average intensity) online ethics class to take? I need to drop the one I'm in now, it's awful, plain and simple. I need to take it this summer (I'm attending the ACE program in the fall). Thanks.
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    Accelerated BSN at Valparaiso

    Smuffins- I think it's regular tuition (4 semesters worth), which I think when I added it up came out to about $42,000 or more, but that was purely my calculations. It could just be a flat cost, I have no idea. They had sent me an award letter for financial aid, and it was just the basic stafford loan, around $7k I wanna say, maybe less. I think cost of living in Valparaiso is pretty decent though. You'd be about an hour train ride from Chicago too which is awesome. It's ultimately your decision, can you picture yourself starting nursing school in a month? Are you excited about the idea of it? Do you mind going far from San Jose? Valparaiso has a really easy application process compared to other schools, I'm sure you noticed, other schools probably aren't going to be the simple. And applying to them while you are still in school can be a real pain. That's something I would urge you to consider, as someone who has gone through that whole process. I'm pretty sure Valparaiso is one of the only, if not THE only school that offers an accelerated BSN program for students without a previous bachelor's degree, which I think is great. I'm sure it will be pretty tight nit. But also know that Valparaiso is more on the conservative side, being a small, private, lutheran university in a not-so-big town. All things to consider, make a pros and cons list of your options (Valparaiso or delaying nursing school a year), that's what I did.