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flee43

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flee43 has 3 years experience and specializes in Transplant, Med-Surg.

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  1. flee43

    Frustrated Nursing

    I can definitely understand where you're coming from. After I got my license, it took me 5-6 months to find my first job and it even took close to a year for a few of my nursing friends. It's tough out there so definitely don't be too hard on yourself! You're already in a BSN program and working, which is a good thing! My tips are: -Have LOTS of people take a look at your resume. You're reading it over and over again, so a fresh set of eyes can give you a new perspective and catch any errors. It opened me up to different resume styles and helped me refine my own. -If you're able to take any available classes e.g ACLS, Phlebo, etc. I would definitely take advantage of them. When you're not working for awhile or not in acute care, you are often asked in interviews what you've been doing to further your education or advance yourself in nursing. It also shows initiative to possible employers. -Network network network. Linkedin, nursing colleagues, professors, clinical instructors. You might meet someone in an ACLS class offered at a hospital who might be a great contact (happened to a friend). Or you could email a former or even current instructor who is affiliated with a hospital for help. Anything helps! -Be flexible and willing to relocate if your'e able. I applied to several different states which I felt gave me more opportunities, and eventually, I ended up moving for my job. No one formula is the magic key but just keep your head up. The whole process is frustrating and stressful but don't give up. Your hard work will pay off. Also, make sure to post this in the First Year or Career section! Lots of posts similar to this one and have a lot of great advice :). Good luck!
  2. flee43

    NYU Medical Center Nurse Residency Program

    Congratulations on your interview! I apologize for not clarifying the information. The hiring freeze (to my knowledge) applies to new graduates. For experienced nurses, this is probably a different case. Sorry about that! Again, congratulations and I hope you hear good news soon :)
  3. flee43

    NYU Medical Center Nurse Residency Program

    I think that with each person, the offer time may vary (especially since they have a hiring freeze right now). With NYULMC, the best way to get an update on your status is to contact the recruiter. Just let them know who you interviewed with, on what floor, and that you would like to follow up on your status. The recruiters are fairly good with emails and should get back to you in a timely manner. If you have already gone through the interview process Freestyle Pete, congratulations!
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    UCSF NEW GRAD RN Training Program!! 2012

    I just got an email with a copy of my offer letter and a tentative training program schedule for adult acute care. It got sent out pretty late in the day though so if anyone hasn't received it yet, I'm sure many will be sent out tomorrow and throughout the week! And by the way, thanks nocturncal and pkramer for all the great information on SF! :)
  5. flee43

    NYU Medical Center Nurse Residency Program

    You're welcome! I'm originally from CA but actually went to NY for nursing school (moved back after I graduated). To be honest, the job market in CA is pretty awful. While the job market is tough everywhere, I personally think that CA is definitely a different beast! I moved back home after I finished school, but I know figuring out where you want to be is definitely a tough decision. With the tough job market right now though, I think that being flexible about where you want to work or live will definitely pay off. Good luck with the job search! Feel free to PM me if you have anymore questions :)
  6. flee43

    NYU Medical Center Nurse Residency Program

    Congrats on getting started! There is only (to my knowledge) a dosage calculation exam. It should be 15 questions and you must get 100%. The questions are pretty straight-forward though and they will give you a study sheet when they schedule your interview. If you had any dosage calc practice tests in school, review those and you'll be fine. No worries though if you happen to miss a question! They just tell you to take an extra peek at the wrong answer and let you correct it. I haven't heard of a pharm test though from friends who are already working there (if I'm wrong, sorry about that!) Have you already started the interview process? Thanks for the well wishes! It would have been nice to work there but I ended up taking a job in CA. Hopefully I can work there some day in the future!
  7. flee43

    UCSF NEW GRAD RN Training Program!! 2012

    I got an email from HR today. It sounds like they are finally getting the ball rolling!
  8. flee43

    NYU Medical Center Nurse Residency Program

    I don't work for NYU Med, but I did go through their new grad interview process several weeks ago. First, you are screened to see if you meet the qualifications for an interview (BSN, 3.5 GPA, no C's in science pre-req courses) and depending on availability, are scheduled to attend their Nurse Residency Pre-Interview Day. You and several other applicants meet up in a group, and are led to a room to take a dosage calculation exam. Afterwards, the program itself and benefits are discussed with you by a recruiter, and you are then asked what your unit preference is. Afterwards, if they can accommodate a second interview with a nurse manager of your preferred unit that day, they will, depending on availability. If not, they will call and notify you if there is a possible vacancy and interview. I know that my classmates though had mixed experiences. Some people stayed all day and interviewed with a nurse recruiter one-on-one, but I have another classmate who did not attend and instead had a phone interview. I was fortunate that the the nurse manager of my preferred unit had an interview opening, and I was able to interview with her just a few days later. The nurse manager interviews you and then will tell the recruiter whether or not they recommend you for the position. Although I was recommended, I found that I was placed on their new hire wait list. NYU will not be hiring from Sep to Dec of this year because they are instituting a new EMR system. Resources will be going towards training people on how to use the new EMR system and unfortunately, will not be able to train new grads. However, they will be hiring people again starting next January. Since they will not hire people after August, they have been trying to over-hire these past several months. If they cannot fit you into their last orientation, they may or may not place you on their wait list for January. I do not know about the difficulty level on getting into a specialized unit but I have a few friends that work on specialty floors and interviewing for those units was dependent on availability. I have some friends who love working at NYU and others who don't. As it is for many hospitals, some floors are better than others. I have heard that they do have a high turnover rate though. For nurses who are applying and who have more experience, I don't know if the interview process would be the same but I imagine it would be similar (first interviewing with a nurse recruiter and then a nurse manager). I would say though that my tip for people who are interviewing or who would like to get an interview is to definitely follow up with the recruiters on your status and let them know how interested you are in working for them. Following up with them goes a long way!
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    UCSF NEW GRAD RN Training Program!! 2012

    Congratulations KickPushCoast and krumbles! I also was offered a position but on the Transplant Unit (seriously counting my blessings right now!) I have yet to start the paperwork process though. Again, congrats!
  10. flee43

    Moving to NY after graduation

    I think it's great that you're looking ahead! You definitely have so much going for you! Although I went to school in NY, I'm actually from CA and ended up moving back so I know how it feels to make that out of state transition. I searched for jobs in most states but mainly stuck with CA. I will try to answer these questions to the best of my ability though: 1. Should I take the NCLEX in New York and get my license through NYS? Before you either take the NCLEX in New York or Mississippi, I would first take a look and see how long it takes for their State Boards to endorse an RN license. In New York, the endorsement process takes up to 8-10 weeks. Even though they have received your application, they will not process it until you have hit the 8 wk mark (lame, I know). I only recently got my license endorsed but it took me 9 weeks. I was told that it could have taken much longer though because they were still processing applications from a month out. If you had the option, you could take the NCLEX in New York, and then endorse your license in Mississippi (if the wait time is less) and obtain 2 licenses within a shorter period of time. 2. Should I take the NCLEX in Mississippi and work here for a while before I move? I'm not willing to stay longer than 1-2 years before I move. This is a great option. If you are willing to stay for a couple of years, I think that this would definitely ensure that you got experience under your belt and give you better job options. I understand that this is a tough decision though when you want to move back to NY. Plus, you have already been accepted into an RN-MSN program there (by the way, congratulations!). The job market is tough in NY but definitely trust your gut on this one. The decision comes down to what you think is best for you. 3. Will graduating from a Mississippi school look bad on job applications to NY employers? It shouldn't look bad. When I applied to CA hospitals with a New York school, sure, they didn't really recognize the school and where I did my clinicals, but they were more concerned with my experiences and the units I had my clinicals on. 4. Would acceptance into a BSN or MSN program at a New York school increase my chances of getting a job in New York? I think it would, personally. When I applied to hospitals in New York, I definitely got a positive response from hospitals where I did my clinicals at and they were familiar with my program's graduates. It can definitely give you a nice edge over others. 5. Which hospitals in NY are known to hire new grads? And if they do, would they even consider a Mississippi grad? Most hospitals in NY should hire new grads. I only looked in the city but I know that the following hire new grads: NY Presbyterian, NYU Langone (they have a 3.5 GPA cut-off), Mount Sinai, MSKCC, Maimonides, Lutheran, Bellevue, Montefiore, NY Downtown, St. Francis (Long Island), and LIJ. I know that there are plenty more but these are the hospitals where my classmates have been hired at. 6. What else can I do to boost my chances of having a successful job search in NY? I ended up accepting a job in CA but I did get some advice from friends who have gotten jobs there. After applying, definitely follow up with the recruiter. Send an email, let them know how much you are interested in working for them. And continue to follow up, even if they don't respond to you the first time around. I had friends who just kept following up and many times, a recruiter finally responded. If you can drop off resumes, go to job fairs and open interviews to let them put a face to a name, definitely go for it. Networking, of course, is always a go. If you know anyone who works or knows someone who works at a hospital, definitely get in touch. This is just from my personal experience. I think it's fantastic that you are looking ahead and making sure you're prepared. You have a great GPA, great extracurriculars, and it's definitely smart that you're looking into BSN and MSN programs (hospitals want to see this). Good luck in school and with your job search!
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    UCSF NEW GRAD RN Training Program!! 2012

    I haven't been on this thread in awhile but it's really grown! I interviewed last week for the Transplant Unit and the NM gave me some insight into the selection process and when people would be contacted. I know that for her unit in particular, she selected people who had experience or familiarity working in Transplant. I had a clinical on a Renal Transplant Unit so I got very lucky. I was very very surprised when they called! It looks like each unit is running on a different timeline but I was told that I would most likely not be contacted until August concerning the next step (panel interview). They are currently under review this week for Magnet status so I imagine it will take them some time to get back to everyone.
  12. flee43

    San Diego job market for RNs

    Amen to that! I decided to come back to San Diego because it's where I was born and raised and so far, trying to find a job has been really tough. If you are set on moving out here, I would definitely wait to secure a job first. I've also decided to look out of state and I'm currently in the process of getting my license endorsed back where I went to school. The job search is frustrating and the market definitely saturated with new grads. After 3 months, I just couldn't wait anymore. I would have loved to stay close to family but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I already think it's great that you're willing to be mobile and move. I've been told that in this job market, that kind of flexibility will definitely pay off one day. Good luck to you and keep your head up! I'm still searching but I have faith that we will all find what we're looking for in this tough job market.
  13. You can definitely send the live scan application separately! When I was turning in all my application materials a few months ago, I was out of state and could not do the live scan immediately. I ended up calling to ask if I could send it separately and I was told that it was perfectly okay to do so. They will just take note of what they have currently received from you and then include your live scan application later :). What they do or don't have, they have logged into their computer file and will send you via snail mail a notification if your application is complete or if you need to send any additional materials.
  14. flee43

    Cedars-Sinai New Grad Summer 2012

    @lemonchiffon - After uploading my documents, I couldn't see any confirmation either hmm. The only thing I found online was under the FAQ: [h=4]How can I verify that you received my resume?[/h] You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your profile has been created, which requires that your resume is attached. Please make that you click both the Confirm and Submit button But I think @xluescluesx is right, they should be taking a look at it as long as we uploaded it :)
  15. flee43

    UCLA New Grad Summer 2012 program

    I'm from San Diego! :) I just got my assessment this morning so for those who haven't received them, they're definitely coming your way! I also heard that they might be having technical difficulties so that could have been the hold up.
  16. flee43

    UCLA New Grad Summer 2012 program

    Hey @arl50! My status says the same thing so you're not alone. I think we just gotta hang tight. It sounds like they're going to send them soon ad the status change just might mean they're starting to rifle through all those applications! I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that we hear something soon! :)