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RetrieverGirl BSN, RN

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  1. RetrieverGirl

    New grad frustration

    You don't have the right to a nursing job. Your job after graduating is finding a nursing job. I understand you're frustrated, but you sound like you feel entitled to having a nursing job without putting the work into it. I'm sorry, but I take great offense to these suggestions. Don't make claims against someone you know so very little. I am a VERY hard worker. I am the employee that ALWAYS picks up overtime or extra shifts, I volunteer to work on holidays because I could always use the extra money. I am a mature adult. I am responsible. I worked hard for my degree while working a full time job. I'm the employee that no one wants to leave because they actually value me. Besides all the above, I have accepted 2 positions since Friday. One position is a part time private duty nurse in home care. A case manager that I have worked with in the past recommended my name to a client on her caseload. It is a very interesting case and I am excited to start the position in May. The other position is a PRN nurse position at the mental health therapeutic facility I currently work at. My boss' supervisor approached me and asked if I would be interested in working PRN there as a nurse. They actually added a position for me and I've only worked for the company since July 2013. They are holding a meeting with me next week to discuss the position. Even though it is PRN I am delighted. I was hired as a PRN program facilitator and I have the opportunity to work as many hours as I want. I practically get dibs on the schedule if it's open. Maybe I was being a little impatient, yes, however I've earned my place in the profession. Regardless of being a new graduate I also possess the same credentials and college education. I will close with that being said. I didn't ask for respect, I asked for a chance.
  2. RetrieverGirl

    Yay first RN position accepted!!!

    Thank you everyone. I love the support of this website, it has really helped me not only through nursing school, but in preparing for the NCLEX as well as searching for employment. I am sure I will continue to utilize this nursing forum for further insight as I learn the ropes as a new nurse!
  3. RetrieverGirl

    "Wasteful Nurses"

    What's the nit pickiest thing you've ever been called out for in home care? These are some of the things that I have heard while working as an aide: Don't use too many gloves Use the alcohol wipes sparingly (She even wrote this on the box) Don't use too many towels Don't wash any clothes Don't use the bathroom garbage Don't use too many wipes Don't use too much bleach Don't comb his hair this way... You're not fixing the shower curtain right... Really, I am not a wasteful person at all. In fact, I started supplying my own gloves just so I didn't have to listen to her. I'm sorry, but I like to use gloves when I come in contact with bodily fluids. At most I think I use 2-3 pairs of gloves per day for a shower day. I'm just waiting to hear her complain about me washing my hands or using paper towels (I even reuse paper towels to dry my hands). She says the water bill is too high. I understand the cost issue, but I also want to have a clean working environment and try to maintain infection control also.
  4. RetrieverGirl

    Yay first RN position accepted!!!

    Thank you!!!
  5. RetrieverGirl

    What's in your bag (and/or car) -- the PDN version!

    Good information here. I start my first case in May as an RN. I have been in home care for many years as an aide, so being away from home for a long time can be rather challenging if you aren't prepared for the day!
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    New grad RN seeking first nursing job

    I recently interviewed for an RN position on nights at a LTC facility on a skilled nursing unit. The shift is 6p-6a. 6p-10p I would have 23 patients and work with a LPN. From 10p-6a I would be the ONLY nurse on the floor and in charge of 45 patients. The only other nurse in the building is on the 2nd floor and is also a NEW GRAD. I'm thinking this job is not a good idea. Yes, there's a 30 day orientation, but I am feeling apprehensive about this. They want to do a 2nd interview with me next week, but I'm having second thoughts... I have only been an RN for a month and job searching has been so frustrating. I interviewed for a prison job and this job and that's it. I couldn't tell you how many jobs I have applied for!!!
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    New grad RN seeking first nursing job

    I believe the DON said there's 4-5 aides on the unit. It just seems like a lot of responsibility for a new graduate from the start.
  8. RetrieverGirl

    New grad RN as a camp nurse?

    Did you choose which job you want yet? Where is the correctional facility in Ohio? I interviewed at a CCA facility in Youngstown. I also have applications out to CHC for Mahoning Co. Jail and OSP, and TCI. OSP is the supermax penitentiary and TCI is a medium security. CCA is low security. Corrections nursing pays well. The position I interviewed for paid $32.66 an hour. I am still waiting to hear if I got the job or not. I should hear something very soon. Good luck in whatever you choose!!! I am also a new graduate, and it's been rough finding work. I have only had my license since early March though. I definitely believe the nursing shortage is closing in these days, at least around my area...
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    New grad RN seeking first nursing job

    I keep getting mixed responses. Some RNs I spoke to told me it's a dangerous situation for a new graduate. I'm not sure I will go back for a 2nd interview. If I'm not feeling right about it then I'm not going to even bother. I have another interview today for LTC and an interview tomorrow for a school nurse position for a 1:1 with a disabled student. I am also waiting to hear a response from the corrections job I interviewed for approximately 2 weeks ago. I should be hearing something this week per HR. I received 2 emails from the VA that I met their job qualifications and that I would possibly be contacted for interview, and I am waiting for my home care provider number to come through for non-agency private RN work for Ohio Waiver Home Care Program. I am trying to be patient. It seems as though everything is slow-going, but the ball is finally rolling. I appreciate the support I have been receiving on this website!
  10. RetrieverGirl

    "Wasteful Nurses"

    Home care has it's advantages and disadvantages for sure. I currently work in home care as an independent aide through the Ohio Waiver Program. I am a new grad RN and I am waiting for my provider number to be cleared to work as a non-agency independent RN for the same program. The case I am on now isn't bad, although the client's wife is always finding fault in whatever I do. It's rather ridiculous if you ask me. And I love how they act like they are paying you from their own pockets. Sometimes they hate to see you waste a minute sitting there with nothing to do. The cases I had the most trouble with was working for female clients. They are most generally the pickiest and most difficult of them all. And if they aren't the client it's the mother or the wife that's the pain. Good luck to you. Sounds like a real interesting case.
  11. RetrieverGirl

    School Nurse Salary?

    Where at in Ohio? I shadowed a school in Trumbull County and the school nurse there makes $26 she said. I think she has been there for like 5 years she said. She started out at as a substitute.
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    School Nurse Salary?

    I am interviewing for a school nurse position tomorrow. It is located in Lake County Ohio for PLSD. It is a 1:1 position with a disabled student and it pays $18.60 per hour. I am not sure if it's lower because it's 1:1 or that's what all of the school nurses make there. Kind of surprising for a wealthy town. I've seen tons of positions open for substitute school nurse and they only want to pay $70 per day and require a BSN!!! That's actually less than one would make as a substitute teacher in some areas.
  13. RetrieverGirl

    New grad frustration

    So far I've had 2 interviews. The first one was for a correctional facility. I should find out something soon. I also had an interview yesterday at a LTC facility and I have another one tomorrow for a LTC facility. I feel uneasy taking a job at a LTC facility because I know the orientation is too brief and they pile a lot of responsibility on a new graduate. It's just not safe in my opinion. I worked too hard for this license to screw it up. Hospitals actually take the time to orient new graduates and make sure they are at least comfortable in their own skin before turning them loose. I feel like I am taking on a 3rd job looking for a job!!! I have applications out everywhere!!! I received a few emails from the VA that I met their qualifications and I would be hearing from them for a possible interview. I have my fingers crossed. Hoping these good opportunities are going to happen and that maybe everything is just slow moving right now.
  14. RetrieverGirl

    New grad frustration

    Yeah, it's unfair. It's unfair that no one wants to take a chance on a new graduate. I'm not being unreasonable for expressing my feelings either.
  15. RetrieverGirl

    Pearson Vue trick 2014 -still works!

    Thank you!!! I will be sure to check it out.
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    Corrections Nurse Interview-Tips?

    I am preparing for my interview on Thursday for a correctional center. It is a low security prison while another portion of the facility is utilized for a US Marshal service. This is an agency position through CCA. Can anyone tell me more about corrections nursing, or have any interview tips? Also, what is the difference in agency jobs versus government facilities? Just no retirement? The position also said Registered Nurse-nonexempt, what does that mean? I have received extensive copies of information in the mail along with credit checks. Boy, are they nosy!!!
  17. RetrieverGirl

    Corrections Nurse Interview-Tips?

    Thanks for your response I hope to hear from the facility this week. The last person to interview was on Friday.
  18. RetrieverGirl

    Taking the NCLEX-RN tomorrow 3/5/14...So nervous!

    Congratulations on the new job!!! How do you like it so far? I interviewed yesterday for position on nights. I am very apprehensive about it. In fact, I'm not sure I want it. The shift is 6p-6a and from 10p-6a I would be the only nurse on the 1st floor and in charge of 45 patients. The only other nurse in the building is on the 2nd floor and she is also a new grad RN. Ugh! I hate this job hunt!!!!
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    Pearson Vue trick 2014 -still works!

    I felt the same way. I also had 265 questions. 42-47 SATA, 2 math, 7 EKG, and like 4 or 5 drag and drop. Took my NCLEX on 3/3/14. Glad to be done with it!!! But finding a job now has been rather frustrating....
  20. I received a personal email invitation to attend a hospice/home care event from a local hospital in which I have a resume on file. I have 5 years of home care experience as an STNA and now a new graduate RN. Instead of attending the event, I applied to the hospice jobs online like the letter instructed (if I couldn't attend). The letter mentioned that I was personally invited due to my background in home care. I apply to the jobs and within 24 hours I receive a rejection notice that I don't meet the qualifications! Very frustrated here. I am thinking of contacting HR personally about this matter. Why go through the trouble of inviting me to an event and then rejecting my application? I'm surely glad I didn't waste the gas! Just give a new graduate a CHANCE already!!!!
  21. RetrieverGirl

    Invitation for hospice event then employment rejection?

    You're absolutely right. Maybe I should get out there and network! The event is tomorrow. I hate to miss time from work, but it's not like it's inconveniencing my client since his wife is actually off work that day. Thanks for the advice!
  22. RetrieverGirl

    New Grad PDN (Advice, please?)

    Thanks for posting. I know that agencies require at least a minimum one year experience as a nurse or aide for liability reasons, but I was sure I didn't see anything on my application nor the Department of Medicaid's website about having experience as a nurse.
  23. RetrieverGirl

    Nursing at BOP Facility

    I'm not sure where you are from, but the facility I interviewed at won't even let anyone start their position until the safety training is complete first.
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    New Grad PDN (Advice, please?)

    How is it Medicare/Medicaid fraud to work as a PDN with less than one year experience as a nurse?
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    New Grad PDN (Advice, please?)

    I also applied for my independent provider number through the Department of Medicaid in the State of Ohio to work as a private duty RN. I have been an independent PCA in home health health for 4 years now. I intended to do home care on the side, but I am struggling to find my first job as a new graduate.
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