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  1. My4Girls

    Reality Check for Nursing Hopefuls

    Just exactly where do you make 100K/yr as a nurse? NYC/ Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and LI pay nurses fairly well and I know the starting salary at a hospital for an NP is 83K + benefits and you need a master's degree for that. So, I don't know where you can make 100K as an RN with an ADN or BSN. New grads in lower NY, meaning NYC (5 boroughs) and LI make about 65-74K + benefits to start as of 2010. As for finding a job within the first year, that may be true in some parts of the country but it's not always the case. BTW: I certainly can't stop or would attempt to stop someone from following their dreams of becoming a nurse. But, it's certainly not being negative (i.e. being a Debbie Downer) to post factual experiences about personal or colleagues' job hunt experiences where one lives. All it's meant to do is to enlighten what one MIGHT face if they pursue a new grad position in a certain area of the country.
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    Reality Check for Nursing Hopefuls

    Hi again....sorry for the many posts. I have a suggestion for all posters. Would it be too much to ask all RNs who were able to secure employment to provide at least a city/state so that people who are considering relocation have an idea where to start the job search? Most posters just say "in my area...." Thanks for hearing me out
  3. My4Girls

    2nd Career in Nursing

    While I agree with most of what leaner1108 stated above, in the NYC/LI area, several of my friends worked through school as a PCA (pt care associate or nurse aide), and were told to come back AFTER they passed NCLEX. No one was guaranteed or considered for any position until they had RN next to their name. It certainly helps to attain one of these positions while attending school. I had another friend who worked in the nursery on nights through school. There were no positions in house for her when she passed the boards. When the nurses found out that she did pass and was an RN, they were trying to force her to leave saying she can no longer work as an aide when now an RN. She fought them on it and held the position. Eventually, she did take a nightshift position on a surgical unit. I also met a nurse aide who had her RN and said she interviewed for about 15 different nursing positions in house where she works and has yet to be offered a position. She said she's competing against nurses with years of experience. A lot of area hospitals closed which displaced many experienced nurses so they are more likely to get the job because it's cheaper to orient an experienced nurse rather than a new grad. Bottomline is, there's no simple answer to this and other dilemmas. In the end, you have to do what you feel compelled to do and know it was the right decision made at that particular moment in time.
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    2nd Career in Nursing

    I agree with the previous posters. Nursing was also a second career for me and had long been a dream of mine for many years. I just never thought I had what it took to be a nurse, but in the end proved myself wrong. I gave up a good paying career working in a nonclinical healthcare job and acquired 50K in loans in the process. I was forced to give up my full-time job because the hours were not conducive to my clinical schedule during my 2nd-4th yrs of school. The hospital would not split the position into a part-time one because it was not advantageous for them. This was a management without staff position with great benefits with lots of vacation time. I can't move because I'm married and my husband has his own business. While no one can make this decision but you, I can only advise you to stick with what you have. The job market for new grads in the NYC tristate area is extremely tight. If you can move, then go for it. There are more new grads than jobs available as I was told today at the Advance Healthcare Job Fair in NYC. See my post on page 7 of "Reality Check for Nursing Hopefuls."
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    Reality Check for Nursing Hopefuls

    Hi all, I live in the NY Metropolitan area and we've never heard of new grads having as difficult a time finding work as they have had until the Fall 2008 when the banking world collapsed. It was the first time in 5 yrs that not all new grads were able to find work prior to graduation. This area is saturated with new grads looking for work. Hospitals which are trying to attain Magnet status need to have a certain percentage of nurses with a BSN. From my experience, the hospitals I've looked into won't hire a nurse with an ADN. I just returned from attending the Advance Healthcare Job Fair in NYC today. This is what I was told by the hospital representatives so please don't shoot the messenger. When you approached a booth, they would ask if any new grads were present and then speak to you as a group. Memorial Sloan Kettering stated that they hired 100 new grads last year and that they are not hiring new grads currently. They feel very badly about the situation as did all the other major hospitals, but did encourage us to consider applying out of state in order to get the mandatory 1-2 yrs experience. They said in the past nursing has had its ups and downs where hiring was concerned, but this time due to the economy it hasn't rebounded. They said things do not look good this year nor next. In fact, they predict that the current situation will last until at least 2015 (not a typo)! I asked if they would consider it experience if someone worked in LTC (I'm guessing not really by her facial expression but she was trying to be nice.). Staffing agencies (e.g. Bayada, White Glove, and Winston Staffing) including VNS will not consider you either without 1-2 yrs of experience. Another example from today...a gentleman who was an LVN approached a recruiter from Mt. Sinai which is a Magnet facility. He asked if they hired LVNs. The man told him absolutely not. He told him that he personally hired the last LVN to ever work there and it's so long ago he had forgotten when it was. Again, this was the reality reiterated by various major hospitals (e.g. North Shore-LIJ, Mount Sinai, Greenwich Hospital in Conn.) Many of the new grads I spoke with were very disheartened, discouraged and genuinely worried about not being able to repay their student loans. NYP (Weill and Columbia) were not in attendance. Most hospital recruiters wrote on top of resume "New Grad." They encouraged you of course to apply online, but you know what happens when you receive thousands of applications via email. In all fairness though, they were very sensitive to the plight of new grads and treated us with kindness while lowering the reality boom. Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to move since my husband has his own business here. I graduated in Dec. 2009 with a BSN (3.87 GPA) and have heard most of my graduating class (150+) have not found work yet. When the economy took a turn for the worse, I was already in my 3rd year. I would have needed a crystal ball to have predicted this outcome. Good luck to all and I hope this post has shed some light on the job search in this area.
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    tired of hearing it, nursing students PLEASE answer

    I just graduated in this past December and I was 47 when I returned back to school (second degree). I was a nearly a straight A student in a BS program in NY. The program sucked the life out of me and my family and caused riffs at times. As my father-in-law said to me, "It's one hell-of-a-sacrifice." I agree with ALL the previous posts. It requires sacrifice not only on behalf of yourself, but also your family and friends. You just can't have it all. If you want great grades, then other things in your life will have to be put on the back burner. Those who tried to work full-time while attending my nursing program found it nearly impossible to pass. Some did and some didn't. You need a strong support system in place because rarely can anyone do it totally alone, especially in the 3rd and 4th years. We had to attend a mandatory assembly at which the Dean of the Division of Nursing gave a speech. She told us to stand up. We did. She said, "Look to your right. Now, look to your left. One of those people will not be with you when you graduate." She was right. This program was grueling to say the least, unless of course, you're a gifted student who does well academically without too much effort. Nursing is a calling and is the most rewarding job I've ever done. I love it! Good luck in all your endeavors!
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    nclex rn QUESTIONS THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOU

    buhlree, God Bless You! I just happened to stumble across this link you posted and wanted to thank you so much!!! I'm writing the exam on 3/4/10. Also, I heard the same about the meds. Smart thinking!
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    My NCLEX Notes

    Hi Stripec30, I found out it was my computer that wouldn't allow me to upload your notes. I was able to access them from another computer. Thanks for sharing; they're great!
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    QT 7 - When to take?

    Thanks!!!!!! Congrats to you!!
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    QT 7 - When to take?

    https://allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/passed-nclex-rn-400399.html There are threads like the one above where people have listed their Kaplan Qbank and Qtrainer scores. I havent' done Qtrainers 6 or 7 yet but on Qtrainer #1: 71%, Qtrainer #2: 73%, Qtrainer #3: 58%, Qtrainer #4: 64%, Qtrainer #5: 69%. QBanks are in the 63% range and I'm about 52% through them. Hope this helps.
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    QT 7 - When to take?

    Hi...did you use Kaplan's alternate questions on-line with the complete study package? If so, was that enough? I also wanted to know if you went to CDC.gov for the infection control/PPE info? Thanks so much. My exam is on 3/4.
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    Just took NCLEX-RN

    Relax as best you can. I'm sure you passed! I still have to take mine on 3/4 and have been doing Kaplan, Saunder's, and LaCharity. Studying for it is a daunting task to say the least. At least, this is behind you now and you could focus on your bright future.
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    My NCLEX Notes

    Hi...thanks so much for responding. Just tried again as I have all day and nothing opens up. Maybe it's my computer. Anyway, if you don't mind emailing them, it would be much appreciated. Congrats on passing and much success to you!
  14. My4Girls

    My NCLEX Notes

    Would you mind sharing how you opened them? I double-clicked on each and was unable to view anything. Thanks.
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    My NCLEX Notes

    Thanks for sharing! Only problem is they won't open. Thought you should know. Good luck!!
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