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    Cape Cod Hospital- Hyannis, MA

    I've never worked there, but I am from the Cape. If you have any questions about the area feel free to ask! It's very different to actually live there than to vacation there. People from the Cape are usually friendly, although we can be a bit hostile towards tourists at times. Hyannis is the commercial center for the region, so you'll be close to the malls, movie theater, restaurants, etc. It is denser than the rest of the Cape, and will have some life during the winter/spring. June-August is the heavy tourist season, and it becomes a different place. It's also only an hour and a half from both Boston and Providence without traffic. I do know some people that enjoyed working there and they do have a fairly strong union. Get ready to see a lot of geriatrics!!
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    US RN Looking to Work in UK...With a Twist?

    Continental works very similarly to US travel agencies. They'll help you with the process of applying for a UK license and sponsor your visa ( I believe that they will pay half the fees for the visa). They help with housing as well, although you do have to contribute a set amount. The assignments are 13 weeks, so you'll have a few days orientation and then are expected to function independently. From what I understand it's going to be very difficult to switch into a specialty that you don't have experience in. Keep in mind that the whole process is extremely expensive. You will have to pay for the ONP course and will have to support yourself in the UK without working for the month (or 3??) that you're taking the course. I think you have wait like another month before you officially get your license and can work. Continental was a little vague when I spoke with them about the availability of assignments, but it might be possible to go through the whole process and not land a job on the other end. I went as far as taking the IELTS, but never finished the licensing application since my sister moved back to the US. There are a few posts on here by people who have gone through the process and I'm sure others can give you more accurrate information.
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    Which NYC hospitals are on EPIC?

    The former Continuum hospitals will all be moving over to Epic, as they're now part of Mt Sinai
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    Moving to Boston (MGH) - questions about in state licensing

    There's no need to fly out to Mass just to take the exam. You can take the NCLEX at a testing center in another state and still be able to apply for initial licensure in Massachusetts. Your school will just have to sign off on the Mass paper work and not that of your current state. Massachusetts contracts out its licensing to a private company. You can find all the information here: https://www.pcshq.com/?page=health,MA-examination
  5. The Cape might be your best bet. Falmouth and Cape Cod hospitals seem to always have openings for experienced nurses, especially in med-surg and home health. It seems the closer to Boston, the more competitive it is. I work in Vermont and there's tons of nurses (new grads and experienced) that moved up from Mass for work. You could also try taking a travel assignment somewhere nearby first. It might make things easier in terms of arranging housing and lining up a permanent position. Good luck!
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    CNA training in Boston

    I did the CNA program at the Red Cross in Cambridge in 2009. It was excellent and I highly recommend it. If anything, it will help decide if nursing is something you really want to pursue and you will be a little bit ahead of your classmates when you start your first nursing school clinical. Good luck!
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    APRN School online

    To me, this sounds like the APRN that precepts you for clinical must have Vermont licensure, if you're doing your clinicals in VT. Most programs will consider your preceptor clinical faculty, and in a lot of cases you will have to find your own preceptors. I would double check with the programs you're interested in and with the state BON. I don't see why your application for licensure would be rejected if the program meets national standards. There are plenty of APRNs that work in Vermont and completed their education out of state or through distance programs.
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    Is Cape Cod just a dumb idea for a new grad?

    I grew up on the Cape, but live in Vermont now. The job market there is better than Boston. I worked in LTC on the Cape for 6 months right after school and landed the job right away. I'm not sure if hospice would hire a new grad, but there's plenty of LTC facilities that would. My facility worked with an excellent hospice, there's a few on the Cape. As long as you're flexible at first, you can probably find a job. Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions.
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    Rn re entry clinical dilemma

    The largest and only teaching hospital in Vermont is Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. You can contact the nursing education department, they might be able to help you. It might be easier to take the whole course in VT, that way you don't have to worry about setting up the clinical yourself. I highly recommend coming in the summer, unless you ski, it's beautiful here in July/August and travel will be much easier!
  10. Vermont requires a refresher course, it is offered by Vermont Tech. It consists of both classroom and clinical time. We had a nurse do her clinical on my old floor, but I don't know much beyond that. I would also call the BON for details. VT is small, so it shouldn't be problem contacting anyone. I don't know anything about NH.
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    NICU RN to FNP or PNP?

    I'm thinking of going back to school this fall to finish my NP (I took a leave of absence from a DE program). I've been working as an RN for a year and a half now with a year of experience with adults and 6 months in the NICU. I enjoy the NICU and working with infants and hope to continue working there while in school. However, I'm not sure if I like the idea of the limited patient population that comes along with being a PNP. It seems like FNPs have much more flexibility to change specialties and a much easier time finding jobs. Has anyone gone from a NICU RN to FNP? Are there FNPs out there that work only in peds? Would my limited experience with adults make it harder for me to find a job in family practice? Does anyone regret becoming a PNP over an FNP? I would love to hear others experiences and career paths.
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    Good Cities / States to Find First RN Job

    I'm from the Boston area and moved to Burlington, VT for my first acute care job. Burlington is a really fun college town with lots to do, but you have to be okay with long winters and cold weather. It's 3 1/2 hours to Boston and less than 2 hrs to Montreal. Fletcher Allen is the major teaching hospital here and there are jobs. It's worth checking out. Good luck!
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    help for a new grad!! Please & Thanks!

    The Kindreds in Wareham and Dennis are both very similar facilities. They both have sub acute units and hire new grad ADNs. Even if you get hired on an LTC unit you can easily switch to sub-acute after a few months. The sub acute/rehab units are very heavy. I started on a dementia unit as a new grad in Wareham. I had a surprisingly good experience and found there was a lot of support. I made the transition to acute care by moving out of state.
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    Is Fletcher Allen hiring?

    My floor just hired 4 new grads and I know we're going to hire more nurses. The process can take a while, especially if you went to school elsewhere. Those who have done clinicals and externships there seem to have priority. It's competitive, but positions do open up. I had my phone interview in may, interviewed with my nurse manager in September and started the job in December. I had 6 months of LTC experience as did the nurse I was hired with. So a little bit of non-hospital experience will help you a lot. Good luck!
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    How to get a NICU job?

    I was in your exact same position a year ago and will be starting in a NICU in August. After working in LTC for 6 months I was offered a job at a large hospital out of state on a neuro floor. I took the job and moved. I've been there for about 7 months now and recently applied for an opening in the NICU. Other nurse mangers I've talked to said pedi or ob/gyn experience is helpful too. It's totally possible and can happen sooner than you think!