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  1. i'm looking into ull's online rn to bsn program which i believe just started within the last year. if you are in this program, how do you like it and what are some pros & cons? i'm also considering lsu's rn to bsn program so i'm trying to determine which route to take. i'm eligible for both schools in terms of my gpa and pre-reqs. i know that lsu requires students to goto school one saturday a month and that ull is strictly online. i already work at a hospital which will get me the $6500 rate for ull and i think that lsu's tuition is in the same ballpark. other than that, i don't know much about ull's program so just hoping for some feedback.
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    Spring 2011 charity grad-no job

    Hey, I just graduated from CSN in Dec 2011. Several students have gotten hired at North Oaks in Hammond and some at West Jeff from my class. North Oaks seems to move fast between the first interview and start date.
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    front desk job at a medical office ?

    What about applying for a "unit secretary" position at a hospital. At least you could become familiar with a unit and make contacts and prove yourself as a hard worker with good customer service skills. You would also be an internal employee and learn how to navigate the computer system, put in orders, etc. Also, have you tapped into all your personal resources? Do you have friends or family that could tell their unit manager about you and recommend you. Then you could go in and meet the manager with resume & cover letter in hand. Sometimes that works faster than getting through HR.
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    No one will hire a nurse with only a Associates???

    I will graduate in a few weeks with an ADN and I already have an interview scheduled the day after I graduate for an RN position. I was told not to worry since I've already proven myself as a nurse tech. Also, I have completed all the pre-reqs for an RN to BSN program and they know that I will be getting my BSN.
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    Anyone from Charity School of Nursing?

    It depends on the situation. If you take the TEAS and get a good score, lets say 85-90% and above, that's very important. Do you have a degree already, that counts too. I took the TEAS and applied before I took General Biology which is a pre-req for A&P1 and I got in on my first try. However, I already had a degree and a good GPA. You should call the school and speak to the woman in admissions (cant mention her name) and tell her what you have to go on. She will tell you if you should apply. I ended up taking A&P1 & micro in the fall 2009, then I started in the spring 2010. I had to take the A&PII lecture & lab over the summer before starting NACI.
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    Nolamom, I'm glad that things are improving with the coworkers at least, but it sounds like you are learning a lot. I bet you are learning all your body systems and getting a good review of everything we learned in school. I'm afraid of all those things that you mentioned. As it is, time management isn't my strong point. I'm going to start applying this week. If can get a job and bypass med-surg and just work where I'm a tech, I'm gonna take that. It won't be nearly as diverse as med-surg or tele, but it would still be good experience. However, I still have 4 weeks left with school, and this last semester has been brutal. With all these busywork assignments and all the different instructors, its like a big guessing game trying to prepare for the tests. I'm counting down the days and crossing my fingers that I will get out and not blow the next test or the final.
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    Oh Nolamom, I just saw this post. I'm sorry you have had such a hard time. I cannot imagine having 8 patients especially when so many of them are total care. I remeber when I had clinicals on that unit, I can only imagine what you are dealing with. "O" is a great company, but you just need to be on a different unit. Have you put in a request to transfer?
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    How much did you owe in loans after earning your BSN?

    I went to a community college for all my pre-reqs, then I went for the ADN. Those loans were $7,000 because I saved money by moving home with my parents so I didn't have to borrow as much. For my Rn to BSN, while working as an RN, I will get $1,000 per semester towards school. I'm goig to a state university so the tuition isn't that high, and I will pay the rest with the money I'm earning at work while I pay off my little $7,000 loan. I may have to borrow a little more money for the BSN, but not more than $1,00 per semester. Why would anyone pay for a designer nursing degree when there are excellent schools for a very reasonable price. We all take the same NCLEX and all become RN's. I have an RN friend who borrowed $30,000, and she is constantly trying to pick up shifts and find extra work because she is she having a hard time keeping up with all her debt..
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    vent about RN career over family/happiness

    Stop paying rent, move home into your fiance's house and start planning a wedding and looking for another job. This guy obviously loves you, eventually you will earn money. Look at the big picture. Do you want one child or two or three? I waited til I was almost 35 to have my first and only child, but I would have started sooner if I had been married at a younger age. I would get moving with the family and just look for a job in the meantime.
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    How saturated is New Orleans with new grads?

    Actually they did ask about GPA on the initial phone interview and transcripts were required. However, Beejaycee made a good point about them wanting involvement especially students who are officers. All I can say is do whatever you can to get a "nurse tech/patient care tech/CNA or sitter/PCT" position to get a foot in the door. Network during your clinicals to meet the unit manager and give them your resume with a cover letter and letters of recommendation from your instructors. That helped me land a tech job and I'm confident that I will have a job when I graduate. Make friends with a nurse and see if he/she will recommend you. There is just a lot of new grad competition so networking can really help.
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    Student Nurse Tech in CCU?

    Perrty, It's been a few weeks now since my interview, but they asked me where I want to work when I graduate. I said that i really didn't know and that I know that many new grads start in med-surg, but my friend who works in CCU has been encouraging me to go into CCU and that was the reason I had gone in and introduced myself to the CCU manager in the first place. I also talked about my understanding of how CCU would be a good place to work & learn (b/c its more specialized, etc) verses med-surg (more general where I would learn a little about lots of things). That is something that you may want to be familiar with in terms of how CCU differs from med-surg. They also wanted to know about my experience with customer service and dealing with conflict. They asked about my goals and I would be completing an RN to BSN bridge grogram upon receiving my license and i stressed that I wanted to work in the hospital as a bedside nurse and find something stable where I could grow within the department. I wanted them to know that I was in it for the long haul and not just looking for anything. I even told them that I had a toddler (which normally I wouldn't mention), but when asked if I wanted to work days or nights, I said days would be ideal given that I have a small child. I also mentioned my personal experience with my father when he was in the hospital for heart problems and how he loved his nurses and how it really made a huge impact on me in terms of how important a nurses work is and how a patient may not remember everything a nurse does to them, but they always remember how they felt when interacting with them.
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    Student Nurse Tech in CCU?

    Thank you Nursingpower & Jelly221, I appreciate your encouragement and enthusiasm. I just had my first day of orientation and I'm very excited. Thanks again, Su
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    Where are all the jobs in this state ?

    You may already know this, but I heard that Touro is not really hiring new grads at the present time and that Tulane only hires new grads for med-surg. The Northshore hospital posts which positions are for new grads specifically. A recruiter from Ochsner suggested to a group of us who were looking for nurse tech jobs that we could volunteer or shadow a nurse to get to know unit managers. I don't like the idea of volunteering after working so hard, but these days it may be an option to help you get noticed and get some interviews. With hundreds of new grads applying for the same positions, its easy to get lost in the masses. I wish you the best of luck.
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    Finally Got A Job

    Nolamom, I did email her on Wed & got a response about the physical with an itinerary with a different time than we discussed so I emailed her back to clarify once again. Anyway, I'm finished with the physical so next is orientation next Mon & Tues. When is your orienation?
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    Tough Interview questions

    I haven't had an RN interview, but the nurse tech interviews usually have questions about handling conflict such as upset patients/families, and about being flexible. They may ask you to give an example of one of those situations that you've experienced. I find they also want to know your strengths & weaknesses (always have a positive twist & how you are addressing any weaknesses). Also the famous, "Why did you go into nursing?" What do you like most about it & least? Have you ever experienced conflict with coworkers, clinical classmates, or teachers? They are trying to determine if you get along well with others & whether you can work independently and as a team player.