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  1. CBsMommy

    What is that weird smell?

    You stated he was a long-term resident. Is this a new smell or has he always smelled like this?
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    What motivates you to go to work every day?

    The biggest motivating factor for me is giving my son a chance for a better life. I hope that I can sock enough money away to pay for his college in full, so he won't have to deal with student loans later. I love the job and love helping people.
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    Why did you want to become a nurse/ My Story/Rant

    I was in the mortgage/real estate industry and a skilled workman that is good with his hands earns a heck of a lot more money than most nurses. I have known people who started out as general labor who built themselves up and within 5 years owned a home building company and made way more than any nurse I know, even a CRNA. With the economy the way it is, you won't be guaranteed that future but you never know. You can also be a self-employed home inspector who can make $175/hour. There are many different options for you out there and if it makes you happy, well, no one can put a price on that. Take it from, a second career person who took a huge cut in pay to become a nurse. But, at least I'm doing something now that makes me happy. Good luck in whatever you decide!
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    What does THIS mean?

    Thanks, llg for your insight! Sometimes it's hard not to take things personally but now that I've had some time to think it about it, you're probably right.
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    have you been hired on the spot?

    Yes. I graduated in December and have been hired on the spot for 3 different positions thus far (pending reference checks). I have declined two and started the position I accepted this previous week as a PRN and this company has been wonderful so far! In my previous career, I was hired even before I interviewed, simply by word of mouth about my work ethic. I would get calls at my desk and offers of lots of money over the phone, then I would go and meet these people and I would end up in bidding wars between the employers. Ahhhh, I miss the good ole days when the economy was good.
  6. CBsMommy

    I got second interview!!! now what?

    A second interview is a very good thing! Congrats! You can probably expect more of the same type of questions (although probably not as many). It's a little more relaxed atmosphere (but stay your most professional) and it's more of a chance for this third person to get to know your personality. Good luck to you and just keep doing what you did in the first interview! There's a reason they are asking you to come back.
  7. CBsMommy

    What does THIS mean?

    I talked with my references and they stated that they were still willing to give me references and they are hoping I get a job soon, etc. Maybe they already had someone in mind for the position and since I was referred, they felt obligated to interview me? Oh well, I guess I will never know and will just keep on, keepin' on. At least I have a PRN position and an interview next week (for my dream job). Whatever is meant to be, will be. Thanks for your help!
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    Online RN-BSN

    Hi nrsyann - Yes, I work and am also a single mom. Everyone in my class works as well. You have to be dedicated but you can make it work. The way GCU online works is they set the program up for you. So, I'm not going to be taking stats until my 4th class and there's nothing I can do about it (trust me, it would've been the last class for me if I had my choice). LOL But it's still a really good program and the instructor and classmates that I am working with are great. Good luck and let us know which way you choose to go!
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    What does THIS mean?

    rn/writer - I was thinking that too, but I don't think so. I know that the PRN job I have now checked references (one of my references called me to let me know they gave me a good reference) and they hired me. I was just told yesterday that my passion for being a nurse and my positive attitude just "shine through my smile" by a HR Director. I honestly don't know what else it could be. I am trying to keep a positive attitude and am trying to keep on moving forward but that really stung.
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    What does THIS mean?

    So, I had an interview with a local inpatient hospice unit manager. The interview went very well (second interview, I was referred by someone else). She stated that new grads are fine, which is good because that is what I am. As I left the interview, she asked me if they had checked my references yet. I told her that I was unsure, but took it as a good sign. (This was all on Friday). Yesterday I called just to touch base with her and she stated that they are not going to hire me. I asked her nicely if there was anything I could have done better and she stated they were looking for someone else with "different qualities". What does that mean? I think I have really good qualities and have always given my jobs 150% of me. That is just so discouraging.
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    A BIG pitfall of working office hours. warning long!

    OP - This woman is miserable and sees that you are happy in your life. That is why she is picking on you. Not only that, but it seems that she is getting a "rise" out of you and, in doing so, is bringing you right down to her level. Go ahead and call in sick, so that you can go shadow and get a new job. That's the only way you are going to leave her miserable behind, well, behind. What does it matter that you are going to have to deal with her nonsense for another couple of weeks? What's a couple of weeks when you've already been dealing with it for a lot longer than that? Also, I would just tell her nicely, but directly, that you will no longer deal with her attitude, that this is a place of business and that you would prefer that she treat you professionally and respectfully. If she starts slamming stuff around, get up and leave. If she says something nasty to you, tell her that you will discuss this with her when she can be nice. Good luck! And be sure to go shadow, no matter what!
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    Just wanted to share my horrible interview experience

    Holy COW! I thought I had bad interviews before but after hearing these stories, all of my interviews seem like a walk in the park! LOL. larien37 - I really hope that you get the job you want! After hearing about your interview, you deserve it!
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    Online RN-BSN

    I've liked it so far. They walk you through everything, they make sure everything is in order prior to you starting classes and it's just a year long. It is a bit busy but so far, it hasn't been hard. I'm a little worried about the statistics class myself but I'm hoping and praying that I will make it through that class. LOL Good luck and I would recommend it!
  14. CBsMommy

    How long are we considered new grads?

    I think it is about a year to no longer be counted as a "new grad". I was kind of wondering this too.
  15. CBsMommy

    Will be in Colorado Jan 2013

    I am not sure how often it is offered however I can tell you that when I worked at Swedish (where the Preiop Program is offered), I loved it! It was a great hospital with great employees! One night, we were running very short staffed and the House Supv. actually helped me to change a brief! And it's pretty close to Highlands Ranch too, I would say about a 15-20 minute drive due to the traffic. Good luck and Colorado is a beautiful state!
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    Taking NCLEX on Monday!!!

    We have come so far! Only good things for our careers! Good luck and stay in touch on the new grad forum!