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    Old New Grad - Over 1 Year without a Job

    Take another look at your cover letter and your interviewing skills. Be prepared for the questions that are generally asked...practice interviewing with a friend.....make sure you look professional....check the websites that give you ideas on "how to interview".....keep applying.....make looking for a job your job. When I was looking I sent out two or three applications a day. I finally figured out that my cover letter was weak and bingo.....got two job offers. Also, think outside of the box. Look for temporary jobs....don't forget about some of the associations; American Cancer, Lung, Heart....they need nurses to teach......good luck........
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    new grad in first year on ICU/CCU..need to leave

    I'm a new grad on an adult med/surg unit that gets the overflow from critical care....and I'm at a small community hospital. (Graduated with a BSN from an Ivy League school.) Med/surg is very fast paced. We are understaffed at all times and overworked. Nurse patient ratio is 1:5 (or higher) and level of acuity is not taken into consideration for assignments. I generally get no breaks and no lunch. If there is a way you can meet someone who's already employed at the hospital or unit you want to transfer to, and you can get an honest answer from them about working conditions, you will be better prepared. The only information I had to work with was the information I received during my interviewing process and everything sounded like it was going to be a great experience for my first job. I personally will probably be one of the new grads that quits nursing in the first year. As I talk to more experienced nurses it seems that med/surg is always a dumping ground and the nurses are always overworked in these units. I've been there for three months and every day I work on figuring out a way to use my degree for something else. I wanted to try to tough it out for the magical "year of experience" so I could move on to a more specific unit....but I don't think I can. Just sharing my personal experience.....please don't criticize me for that......Good luck to you.
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    Surge of Young Nurses Could Help Reverse Shortage

    yep....did that
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    Surge of Young Nurses Could Help Reverse Shortage

    ok....ok....not to rain on your parade cuz I see you're all having lots of fun pointing out the mistakes made in the picture...and it's too bad that such an awful pic was taken...but I hope you know that the "models" in the pic are just doing a photo shoot and it's not real or reality....they are posed like that to illustrate something for some advertisement. Anyhow this thread is about the non existent nursing shortage....right?
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    New grad taking ACLS course??

    I see that my last post was from July. Since then I have started working at my first RN job. I've been working for three months. I did not take an ACLS class and I did not take the phlebotomy class that I mentioned above. I have learned how to place an IV on the job and so I didn't need the class. I was hired on an adult med/surg unit so ACLS was not required. I will be taking it the next time my employer offers it so it will not be my cost. As far as getting extra certifications before being hired...I think it is a great idea to build your resume. However, in my case, it would not have helped. I got my job because I know someone who is already working for this organization and they brought my resume to the attention of the hiring manager. Had I not known someone I don't think I would have been hired. Turns out the old saying is true...it's not what you know, but who you know.
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    Surge of Young Nurses Could Help Reverse Shortage

    Regarding "young"....I graduated with a BSN at age 60:smokin: and am in my first RN job at age 61....thrown to the wolves....with no experience, no internship, no summer job as a tech....sink or swim. Anyhow, I agree with the internships, however it is very hard to currently get an internship. I agree that they should be built into the program. My experience in school was that some students were given lots of learning opportunities. I personally had to fight for opportunities. I experienced a lot of age discrimination. I applied for internships and was not chosen. I would have done it without pay. Sorry, got off the point here.....which is....there is no nursing shortage.
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    Surge of Young Nurses Could Help Reverse Shortage

    Personally I thought I would get at least some experience in the nursing program I graduated from......well...I did get some...but nothing that flies in the real world.....and the employers I applied to did not consider my clinical rotations as "experience." If an employer doesn't recognize clinical experience as experience....then there is something wrong with the nursing programs.
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    Surge of Young Nurses Could Help Reverse Shortage

    I agree with several posts...first of all I am a BSN new grad/new hire and am overworked to the point of abuse. I too would NOT encourage anyone to go to nursing school. My personal learning experience included only theory and EBP; no skills. I was able to land a job only because I; #1 knew someone and #2 live in a rural type area with a small hospital where having a BSN is attractive to the employer regardless of experience. There are many, many applicants for each job and again, the reason I was able to get my job was because I knew one of the hiring managers. I had no experience and was lucky, very lucky to get a job. However, now that I have the job it is very stressfull since I have no experience. Throw a new grad into a med/surg unit with six or seven moderate to high care patients... Frightening! I've been lucky so far that all of my patients have survived my inexperience. There is NO nursing shortage! The schools have created that myth...as one person has posted...the myth was created to keep the jobs of administrators and educators. Ask any new grad how long it took to find a job or even if they did find a job. I have friends (and by the way we all have BSNs from a major university connected to a learning hospital) that have not been able to get a hospital position...not even at the hospital where we all graduated...and to get anything else you need to have "previous one to two years experience." I find the entire nursing situation very frustrating. Pay a ton for tuition....go to school for years....graduate unprepared for the real world....no jobs....and yet at graduation, what do they preach? You MUST get a Master's Degree!! Yeh ...right....for what? When I enrolled in the program I really wanted to care for patients and people who needed support during an illness....all I'm doing is passing lethal drugs all day and on rare occassion I have a moment to actually look at the patient and do some critical thinking. Another thing that is not looked at very often is the percentage of new hires that quit the profession in the first year. I don't see a lot of information about that hitting the news. Nurses are over worked, abused and underpaid....no matter HOW much they are paid. Nurses are the ones who save lives and take all the responsibility for the patient. Nursing is not healthy for nurses.
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    New grad taking ACLS course??

    I considered taking ACLS while job hunting after graduation for the same reasons; the resume! I decided to skip it because of the cost. I am determined to find an employer that will offer this certification. If not, I will register for a class. However, instead of ACLS, I decided to get a certification in phlebotmy. I think it will be more beneficial to show a skill that I can utilize with almost all patients. Two months after graduating....still looking for a job, so time will tell.
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    Average IQ of a BSN nurse

    The degree does not necessarily match the IQ level. Some schools have much higher standards than others. You have to be above average intelligence to graduate from one of the top ten schools....as well as very passionate and dedicated to the work. Hard work can get you a long way, but if you can't connect the dots......
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    Possible WCCCD Nursing Applicants

    Contact your local American Red Cross for CPR classes to compare the cost.
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    Possible WCCCD Nursing Applicants

    I'm a new grad :yeah:and I've heard and seen different employment stories. The most successful are the ones who take a tech/nursing assistant job during the very first semester of school or even before they are accepted into a program. I've seen students get a tech job...then get into the nursing program....then get their clinical assignment matched up with their job site.....and have a job waiting for them when they graduate. I personally did not go that route. I graduated and now I'm preparing for the NCLEX before I even start applying for jobs. Why? you might ask...well...I wasn't aware (not in the loop ) that it would be best to get a tech job while in the program. At this point I'm not considered for a tech job and not licensed as a RN....limbo:uhoh3:. I will just wait to get a license and get in line.
  13. that's what I was saying Bhavana....
  14. Got a lawyer.....got more support....finished the program.
  15. Thank God there is not ONE direct....and I emphasize direct...question about care plans on the NCLEX-RN!!!! Of course you have to be able to recognize how different systems interact and how everything is connected to patient outcome, etc., etc.
  16. Yes, get a college degree. That proves that you can write papers and care plans. Learn how to be a nurse after you get hired as a nurse. The SOAP notes are not in APA format. The medical records are not in APA format. Be concise and precise when charting because you wouldn't want your employer to get sued. Cover everyone's a _ _ legally by charting accurately. You will not learn how to do that in school. Every nurse I've followed "cheats" on the daily charting...copies from the nurse who had the patient at the last shift....."fudges" information...but they are legally covered. That's what's important. I catch mistakes all the time when following RN's. They don't like that. Tact....that's what I've learned in school.