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  1. Misskala

    Are experienced nurses having an easy time finding work?

    Can anyone explain this: based on your experience of course, if you transfer to a new hospital with experience (x# of years), does the new hospital match your old hospital's salary or will they pay their hospital salary in accordance with the years experience you are at. I ask, as this can result in a salary discrepancy, no?
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    Great News! I Finally Got a Job in Med-Surg/Tele!

    Awesome post! This inspired me to create my own portfolio over the weekend! I have one interview with a Med/Surg floor Monday, and a follow up peer interview with another hospital. I am bringing a portfolio to both! I might leave one for the hiring manager too who already interviewed me :-> Love this!! All the best, KaLyn RN
  3. Misskala

    Thank you card after interview?

    I send emails. I did some research on "job hunting" websites, and it seems acceptable to use email nowadays, we are so techno driven. Make sure you have a professional sounding email address, no "powderpuff at yahoo dot com, ya know! I was given the business cards from the hiring managers who interviewed me, and that is how I got their email addresses. Go for it! I think a note, either way, is a great touch!
  4. Misskala

    Associates degree vs. Bachelor's Degree with RN experience

    I would think too that it may be the time period out of acute care, in which case, she can be proactive and take some kind of supplemental courses. (Which I have only heard of, never investigated, but I know that when an RN has not practiced in awhile, they will want the RN to take refresher courses.) I don't think that just having an ADN is like being a nurse with no training (or a new grad as the OP presented.) In regards to the ADN and BSN "resentment" and "competition," I wanted to add a positive spin to what has been documented here thus far. One of the hospitals in my town is a Magnet status, and they hire BSN and ADN just the same. I have heard some BSN new hires say they are envious of the ADN prepared (who went to my school, I am ADN) because we were so well trained in skills. That is a compliment. Also keep in mind too, BSN and ADN catch up to each other in a matter of months with experience. There is no point in acting superior if you are BSN, and no point in diminishing the education of BSN if you ADN. Anyway, lots of ADN go thru a bridge program nowadays to get their BSN within the 1st 2 years of working, so that is even more reason for everyone to drop the argument. All the best! KaLyn
  5. Misskala

    hospitals 10pm-6am and kids?

    I struggle with this issue being a single mom to a kindergartner, and no RN schedule really is perfect. During school my mom came over in the AM when I left for clinicals, and this let my son still sleep and she took him to school. There are alot of different solutions but you have to be creative. Check with your hospital. Some have daycare where you can drop them off at the start of your AM shift. They can take care of your kids all day during your shift, or a school bus often is routed to come by and pick up the kids and take them to school. I have heard of some daycare centers also doing sleep overs for night sift workers. You can also drop the kids off with a friend, or neighbor, or other mom with kids, on your way to morning shift. This person can then get the kids on a bus, or watch the kids herself, or drive them to where they need to go if they go to school. Or you can take a day shift in LTC that is more like 7am-3pm if you can get it which may cut down on childcare. Look into nursing facilities with childcare options. And ask other single moms/working moms how they do it! Best of luck!
  6. Misskala

    Finally Got A Job!!

    Congratulations! I don't live in California and I hear from the boards here how HARD it is to get jobs. I'm in IL where it is not much different, but seems like people do get hired a little faster. I am 3 months out, and heading into the next "New Grad" season when May grads graduate. I know one hospital will try to place older new grads before the newer new grads, so I am crossing fingers on them. But the word also is they might start a hiring freeze, and my manager on the floor I did an internship with even emailed me that there are just not enough open positions for her to recommend to me. Yikes! So I am 3 months out and am going to renew BLS, get ACLS, and start doing some day shifts at a good nursing home here to keep skills up. Any other advice on keeping fresh, I am all ears. I am hoping it is a matter of time for my number to come up as well! (Interested in Critical Care and Carido if given the chance-) ALL the BEST ladies, and congrats again! KaLyn
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    Illinois Masonic Hospital Chicago

    I am hoping to find some basic information. I was on the Advocate website, but I cannot find specific information on requirements for applying as a "new graduate nurse." In fact, when I did a job search, no nursing jobs showed up. Hm. Encouraging, huh? Anywho, I am applying to Chicago area hospitals, and have been applying to "down state" hospitals as well. Here, "down state" where I went to school, I am familiar with their residency program, their requirements, and the rules for applying. Can anyone give me a lesson on the same for Illinois Masonic. I am interested in "residency" programs; or a formal orientation-training program for a new graduate nurse. Thanks so much, and much regards to the nurses here on the boards!
  8. Misskala

    New Grad RN Jobs

    Really cute "Demand answers, professionally!" That is such great advice, since a person who is not getting feedback starts to feel like they don't deserve to be talked to. I am there right now, and lord I deserve more! Best of luck ladies!
  9. That is similar to what happened with my graduating class. The hiring managers didn't care about grades, and hired based on experience. BSN programs (if you are going bridge ADN-BSN) want you to have the minimal GPA required, which is not as competitive as Graduate programs. I would think grades matters more at the graduate level....and experience. Letters of rec. and work history at the graduate level is really a priority.
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    Job Hunting: MDs as References?

    I was wondering about this as well. I have a Director of Nursing as one of my references as she was a clinical instructor of mine. And I know she has been called and has recommended me. (long story, I didn't get the job.) *But now I am wondering if a Doctor calls HR to recommend an RN for the hospital, what that would do? Many thanks! KaLyn:nurse:
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    Which should I do-RN to BSN OR RN to MSN

    I am similar-hold a BA in another field, and went for my ADN, and am looking to further my education. But I want to put a POSITIVE spin on your wording and hence, predicament: 1.) I don't regret ADN over the BSN. I loved my nursing classes, I loved the schedule, and I love not having a student loan. I already did that (loan) with my first degree. Very much not necessary now that I am older and wiser ;> 2.) If a hospital hires you as an ADN, then they do not expect you to be in a BSN program at the moment. Ask them: do you require me to get a BSN w/in 2 years of my start date? Do you offer tuition support? What is your support for a nurse who wants to pursue a MSN? A future NP? --My point is, don't have regrets. Be proud of what you have chosen to do and how you chose to do it. Don't let the industry make you feel inadequate-don't buy into that. You are qualified with an ADN. Your next step, make it from a position of empowerment. Say: this is what I can offer a hospital. Ask the hospital what they want from their RNs (BSN? MSN?) Ask them also what they will do to support their RNs as they pursue their next steps of becoming a more valuable employee. But please don't have regrets over studying in an ADN program--those were 2 solid years of nursing. :-D *Also, if you can have an open conversation with your employer up front, then this may allow you to work for several years until you are ready to choose your MSN specialty. I wouldn't want to be rushed into a master's program either and I choose to work first, and this is why I didn't do the accelerated BSN or the direct entry masters programs that are also being offered now. HTH!
  12. Just out of curiosity, what interests you about operating room nursing?
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    It's here: BSN only hiring in hospitals

    Well said, QNurStudent. I have a BA from a big 10 school, and an ADN from a well respected CC here, and when I look at the curriculum for RN-BSN bridge programs, there is not much content there that has not been addressed already in my nursing program. AND it's online. The bridge program does seem to me more theory, and more practice at presenting material--granted, more research into best practice. But I am not convinced it will make me better at critical thinking or a better employee.
  14. Misskala

    mnemonic for remembering heart sounds?

    T.P. Ma (toilet paper, ma.) My teacher told a story of what happens in your house when someone runs out of toilet paper while they are in the bathroom? They yell for mom to get it. This is the order of valves through which blood flows. This was easier for me to remember than APTM. Good luck:heartbeat
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    Trying not to beat a dead horse

    When I read your words "more debt and a higher degree" I got really nervous. The market is not good right now to be carrying debt. You may not get a job right away and so I would advise to NOT carry debt. I don't think it is certain either that a higher degree will help you get a job. I don't understand why you would want to take a lot of "research" and theory classes prior to your job as a floor nurse. I understand this happens at the graduate level, but during your first nursing job you need to be focused on policy and procedures and your own time management, less about theory. IN other words, you won't be using that till later in your career, 1 or 2 years in, so why not wait to go to a Master's then with 1-2 years of experience under your belt, and the knowledge that "yes", you do want to stay in this profession. I know this is my opinion. I wish you the best. I just hate to see people go into this naive, which you are not :-D, but thinking they need to spend a lot of money on school so to have a career. The schools want you to believe that. The jobs want you to be skilled, and only then they will care if you are qualified to become a NP. Best wishes!
  16. Misskala

    HR going over benefits and pay during first interview?

    This happened to me at the 2 hospitals I interviewed at as well. You speak with HR first and they go over benefits and pay. Then you meet with nurse recruiters to talk more specifically about my nursing interest. It was from there that the interviews with nurse managers/hiring managers were set up. Then a separate interview happens with each floor manager/hiring manager.
  17. Misskala

    Trying not to beat a dead horse

    I agree with the remarks of the above poster. I have a bachelors also and chose the ADN route (or ASN but ours was called ADN.) I am qualified now to go straight into a Masters program if I so desire because I have all the undergrad required courses already. The only advantage of getting a BSN would be if all the hospitals required a BSN as a new grad upon hire, but that is not true. Some hire ADN along with BSN new grads, you have to look for the jobs. Regarding your second question, yes! Work and see if you like this kind of work before you commit 2-4 years of schooling to it. Also, work as a tech or CNA during school. The people in my class who worked as tech's/CNA's were the only ones hired on the first round. Hospitals are picky. However, this isn't a hard and fast rule, as the above poster said of herself. But it does really help to have a work history with a hospital and then to get hired by them once you are licensed. Lastly, I would stay away from anything accelerated. Accelerated BSN or direct entry Masters. JMO. There is so much material and clinical time that I cannot imagine you wanting to accelerate. I graduated with honors, highest of my class, and am glad my semesters allowed me to spend extra time at the hospital or with my instructor or study group. Plus if you want to work, it may just cripple you. Also, I have seen some people graduate with a Masters who have absolutely no hospital experience. And this is not taken well by others in the field. Keep that in mind. And one last thought, I know that UIC direct entry Masters requires you to claim your field upon application. IE you need to apply to family nurse practitioner when submitting your application. There are 2 problems with this: if there is not room in the family nurse practitioner program to accept all the applicants, then you have to wait another whole term/year until a slot opens up in THAT field. You can't reapply for a different field, say one that does have slots open. Secondly, you are claiming a specialization even before you have started any nursing classes, before you have been on any clinical rotation, so how can you possibly for sure know that THIS is the best route for you? I interviewed with UIC direct entry Masters and my head just said "*****" Makes no sense. Again, JMO, but I think they are capitalizing on those people are career switchers. People who already have a bachelors, or a masters in one field. These people are trained to believe that credentials and MA, MBA or what have you behind their names will open doors and accelerate their career. That mya work in business, but nursing is different. You really need the floor experience and direct patient care before anyone is going to award you the responsibility of working at a higher pay level. Just my 2 cents. Go into the nursing profession smart, well prepared, and proud of your choices. Be certain of your skills first and always, and the doors will open for you. Blessings!
  18. Misskala

    New Grad RN moving to Urbana IL

    Hi there! I am pretty bad about neighborhoods. He will probably want to live close to campus. There are alot of houses and apt. buildings on the side streets off the main quad. His dept. can probably help with general housing, but Craigslist is a good start too. Go for the newer apt. buildings...they have been building more condo style units lately. Is there a way to send me a personal message (not instant message) and that way I can talk more about stuff. I don't want to give out personal info on a national website. The best word of advice I can give....be PATIENT. Human Resources takes FOREVER to get back in touch with you. Also, the last I spoke with them (this week ) I was told no New Grad positions yet. But I understand you wanting to have a general interview or hospital tour.
  19. Misskala

    New Grad RN moving to Urbana IL

    HI! I live in Champaign-Urbana and might be able to help.:yelclap: Have you researched the hospitals here yet? We have 2 major hospitals here, one being a Level 1 Trauma for the area. Both hospitals offer New Grad RN training programs. These programs will train you for 3 months on the floor and in the classroom. The jobs for New Grads are most plentiful at December and May (when people graduate from schools) but I have heard that some New Grads will get hired in between. It depends on the hospital, and whether they will create that position, because as you know, it costs money to train a New Grad. The market is tight. There aren't tons of jobs. I graduated in Dec. and the students who got hired first were the ones who were already working in the hospital as Nursing Techs. Slowly, people are getting hired. We have 2 major nursing schools in town and then about 10 more in the outlying area, so New Grads are plentiful. There are other hospitals in the area too, to consider. Some are 20 min. away and are more small and rural. Others, like in Bloomington-Normal, are bigger hospitals with ICU's and that is a 50 min. commute. I am not sure how hard it is to get on there. 1 girl from my class got hired but she was also working as a tech during school. What else can I tell you?
  20. Misskala

    Anyone Up For Random FACT THROWING??

    I wanted to thank everyone here for the group study vibe... took my NCLEX on Feb. 08 and passed in 75!:thankya: I did the Kaplan course 2 weeks after graduation, then for 2 weeks I focused on Kaplan QBank tests (100-200 questions a day), reviewing rationals too, and at night I would take my lap top in bed and read through the posts on this thread. I just kept reading over, and over random facts, and kept a running log of facts that I found were getting repeated on my Kaplan test questions and in this forum. Good luck everyone!:yeah:It will be over before you know it!