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    Job market for new grads in NO?

    Does anybody know what the job market is like for new grads in NO? Would a new grad who did not do clinicals in the area (and therefore does not already have a foot in the door) stand any chance in getting a decent job? What are the best and worst hospitals to work in? Thanks for any input you have!
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    Have you ever een a CNA FLOATER?

    I was a float as a CNA at a hospital, and I really liked it. It was great for me because I was going to start nursing school soon, so it was a wonderful way to get a lot of different experience. The only bad part about it for me was that it took longer for me to feel like I knew what I was doing b/c every floor did things a little differently. So, if I didn't go back to a certain floor for a while, I would forget how they did things. But I was able to make friends with nurses/aides on every floor and it was good to see different ways of doing things. Also, I don't know if this is how it would work for you, but I was able to set my own schedule since as a floater it wasn't like a certain rotation was counting on me to be there. I just got sent to whatever floor needed extra staff. And, as a float, people are always glad to see you because you are saving the day by providing the help they need. So, for me it was a great experience. I hope it works out well for you, too!
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    Questions to ask at a job interview

    What are some good questions that I would need to ask when looking at hospitals to work at? Things like nurse/patient ratio, scheduling, benefits, etc. Is it okay to ask about salary? What are other questions that would give me a good idea of the type of atmosphere I'd be working in? Are there certain questions interviewers like to hear? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!
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    You know you're a student nurse when...

    -you're watching a medical show like Grey's and explain to everyone around you why something like that could never happen, or when you get excited b/c they're talking about something you just learned. -you're talking to your significant other over dinner about something completely disgusting (to them) and don't even realize it's not polite dinner conversation. -you think you might have every new disease you learn about...until you get to the next one. -and, like others have already said, your family and friends expect you to know more than their doctor, asking you to verify if what their doctor told them sounds right!