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Jakijo has 1 years experience and specializes in PICU, Type I Diabetes.

I'm a Bachelor's educated Registered Nurse living in NYC. I previously worked as a PICU nurse in El Paso, TX after completing the Versant nurse residency there. After that job, I worked as a charge nurse in the extensive medical staff at Camp Conrad Chinnock, a camp for kids with Type 1 Diabetes for four summers and one winter. I'm currently seeking a full-time RN job in NYC after moving here in May 2016.

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  1. Jakijo

    Job Fairs in NYC?

    I just moved to NYC and I'm looking for an RN position. Where is a good place to look for job fairs in the area? I've tried googling and looking on individual hospital websites, but I'm not finding much. I just found the Nurse.com one next week through this website, but is there a good site that compiles them? Thanks!
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    Nurse Recruiter Information

    Thanks for the info on the job fair! Just registered. How can I find other job fairs in the area? I've tried googling to no avail. Is there a good central website for that kind of thing?
  3. Jakijo

    Becoming an Endocrine Nurse

    I just saw this, shame no one responded! If you're still a student, I'd say the best way to get into it is to volunteer at a diabetes camp! I may be biased (I LOVE CAMP) but when I was in nursing school I was hell bent on doing trauma. Then one summer in between semesters I basically took a volunteer job at a diabetes camp on whim thinking it would look good on a resume. And it changed my focus so much! Working medical staff at a diabetes camp is like a crash course on daily treatment of type 1 diabetes. You get to dose insulin, work with pumps, test blood sugars (often at night while the kids are asleep, very fun), and do LOTS of education and support. It's a really great way to see if diabetes/endocrine nursing is for you. After just one summer I knew it was for me! And you're right, depending on the area, pediatric endocrinologists are few and far between. If you're looking for something besides camp, look into any area children's hospitals. They will usually have a diabetes clinic that does outpatient education and check ups on type 1s in the area, and most would at least entertain the idea of an intern for a summer. But seriously, camp. It's the right time of year to start applying to camps for this summer. If you want a list of names, go to the ADA website, they have a whole giant list of the accredited (approved?) diabetes camps in the country (I'm assuming you're US?). Or PM me, I could give you a short list of the ones I know are good places to volunteer at. Best of luck to you!
  4. Ok, thanks for the encouragement, I could really use it! It's so daunting looking at all these job postings requiring 1 year of experience, but I guess I just gotta suck it up and sell myself. I just applied to volunteer at the children's hospital I have my eye on, so hopefully that should help me get a foot in the door. You guys are so nice! I didn't really think about how acting could help with nursing, but you're absolutely right. I know how to take criticism, I'm used to people yelling at me (not that that happens in every nursing job, but still), I can always put on a bright smile and I can act like I'm not nauseated by a weeping tunneling gangrenous stage IV pressure ulcer (which I have seen. blergh). Thanks for the encouragement fellow nurses!
  5. You know, I did play a nurse as an actress, multiple times, it's even on my reel! So I shouldn't consider myself as having 8 months of experience? My residency lasted 18 weeks, so would I consider myself to have 4 months experience (just the post-residency work)? If so, that stinks. I don't know what kind of job I could get with just 4 months of inpatient experience.
  6. So, I graduated with my BSN in Dec. 2011, got my first job as a part of the Versant RN Residency at a children's hospital in the PICU right after graduation. Loved it, but I unfortunately had a medical issue that caused me to miss shifts and I eventually needed surgery and I didn't qualify for FMLA (since I'd only been working there for 8 months) so I had to quit my job. Got the surgery, did the extensive PT, and now I'm great. After I rehabbed, I worked as a professional actress in Los Angeles (something I'd always wanted to do, blah blah). Kept up my RN license and such in the 1.5 years I did that for and I also tutored math, science, and NCLEX prep on the side. Then my husband gets transferred to Texas, so I quit acting and move with him. From 2011 to 2014 I also worked as a part of the medical staff for a diabetes summer camp which involved extensive RN work (dosing insulin, diabetes education, infirmary first aid, even IV infusions). When I get to Texas, I consider going back to nursing, but honestly it scared me. I was afraid I'd get sick again and mess it all up, or I wouldn't be any good after being away for a while. So I chickened out for a year. But now I know I can do it and I'm getting my BLS and ACLS done as we speak. As far as the resume and cover letter go, I'm really at a loss as to what to do about my work history in the interim. I know that an employer would like to see that I was working while not in nursing, but acting? Even though I have a moderately successful acting resume, I'm pretty sure they won't care at all. The diabetes camp RN stuff is good, and I have that as my top post in my "Volunteer Experience" portion. Right now I have my PICU job listed, my RN residency listed, then tutoring, and then the acting stuff in a general category with minimal description, then my previous customer service jobs (restaurants, research assistant stuff, etc). Should I just leave off the acting stuff? Also, I'm only applying to jobs that require 6 months of nursing experience (since that's all I've got), but should I consider applying to jobs that require 1 year because I did the RN residency? My main goal is to get really any RN job where I can diversify my skills (since I'm all peds and diabetes right now) so I can get the two years experience required to get my Certified Diabetes Educator certificate and then work as a CDE. Sorry for the lengthy post! Thank you to anyone who reads it.
  7. I am newly diagnosed with DDH (moderate hip dysplasia) and I have pain in my hip due to degeneration of my articular cartilage and acetabulum. I have a mild to moderate limp when I don't take my narcotic pain med. I just got a job (newly graduated nurse!) in a PICU and I need to do a physical exam with employee health at the hospital. I'm nervous because my orthopedist is saying an arthroscopy is needed and possibly a PAO, but my residency program won't let me take an absence longer than 2 days (surgery and recovery is much longer). For the physical, I'm scared I won't get cleared to work because of this history. My question(s) is whether I need to reveal this hx to the Dr doing the physical, how it may hurt my chances for employment, and if I do get to do the job, if my condition worsens whether I'd be eligible for disability (ADA) protection or not. Honestly, I just don't know what to do. Do I take this job and suffer through until I can take time off for the surgery, or do I quit, get the surgery, rehab, then take my chances (which are long given the state of the economy) on getting a new job? Can I qualify for disability if I get denied this job because of the physical? I'm just so confused and I know nothing about these things, so explanations that talk to me like I'm a child would be welcome!Thanks for reading, I appreciate any info!
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    GPA for California Schools

    I was in a similar situation, not necessarily with GPA but with the lottery system used at many community colleges in CA, and I wanted a BSN anyway and even the state schools for nursing are expensive, and reallly, really, really competitive. Anyway, I went to New Mexico State University, which does participate in the Western Undergraduate exchange program, so you get instate tuition (currently, about $2500 per semester or so). I love the school, and although the location is in NM, it's a neat place with plenty to do. Plus, you'd only be here 2 years (I'm assuming you did your prerequisites) and then you can endorse back over to CA once you get your NM or TX RN license (you get to choose either here). Plus, the acceptance rate is high, it was not unusual to see people with entering GPAs as low as 3.0 (which I believe is the minimum, but I could be wrong). Please consider schools outside of the west coast, you'll save a bunch of money with tuition and with the cost of living being so low (I have a 3 bedroom HOUSE for $1000 a month, try to find that in LA). Think about it...
  9. Hmm... I suppose the one I get most often from people that know me is, "Why don't you want to be a doctor? You're smart enough to get into medical school..." That bugs me more than I can say. Yes, I could have gone to medical school, but I want to do direct patient care and provide the compassion, caring, and long-term care that a nurse provides. I love nursing and I know that I'd be unhappy as a doctor. Do you guys seem to get this comment a lot? I never know what to say either, because I feel it's a pretty disrespectful comment...
  10. I also really hate the last minute scheduling stuff. But, at my school, although we do have issues between people with kids/jobs and those without, mostly it's tension between transportation issues. My school is in one city (we'll call it city "A") and about half the nursing students live in A. However, the other half live in city "B" which is about a 45 minute drive on a good day. Now, our clinicals can be in either city A or city B. Now you'd think that people who live in B will take clinicals in B, right? Wrong. The B people always take all the A clinicals (since it's a crazy first come first served kind of thing) and leave the A people with the 6am clinical in city B. I think that's super lame, being an A person. And then when I want to switch, all I hear is, "Well, you don't have kids or a job, so you should be more flexible than me." and then list why they can't switch either. I hate always being the one that gives in and then wakes up at 4am once a week when I have class till 9pm the night before! Grr. Vent over! Do any of you guys have problems like this at all?
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    What does your uniform look like?

    Man, I didn't realize our program was so strict until I read this thread! We have to wear very specific scrubs. Only one particular top made by Landau and one particular bottom (also Landau) in white and wine, respectively. Ugh, and the pants are those really bad front seam elastic waist pants, and the smallest size looks so wrinkly and unprofessional on me. I recently realized that my school's admins are the only ones that care about the uniforms being so strict; the clinical instructors could care less (and don't even know the rules!) so I just got some cute Urbane scrub bottoms in the exact right color (low rise, drawstring and flare bottoms). My waist is much happier now that it's not being squeezed all day from that dumb waistband. Aaahhh
  12. So, I just started nursing school this January, and I had these exact thoughts before I started. I'm not going to lie, I'm an excellent student. I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in health from a top tier university in December (long story, but now I'm doing nursing school). My university is notorious for how well respected it is, and how difficult the curriculum is. I will tell you right now, that I was thinking that nursing school couldn't possibly be as hard as people were saying on these boards. I was convincing myself that these were people who came from high school or had gotten G.E.D.s and had a couple of community college classes under their belt (not to sound condescending, that's just honestly how I felt...). After being in school, I'm going to tell you that these last 4 weeks have been the most challenging and educationally dense weeks of my entire intellectual curriculum. The material is not only massive, but it is very detailed and kinds of information you are required to know are difficult! I'm currently taking pathophysiology, pharmacology, dosage and calculations, foundations of nursing, and nursing assessment. We have two clinicals a week (as of now, they're just labs, we get patients in March). What has really been trying for me is the fact I have at least two tests A WEEK. My classes each have about 6 tests not including the final and I'm soooo not used to that. For my undergrad, we would have like one midterm and one final, and then probably a project or paper or something. In nursing school, the fact we are tested so often makes it impossible to fall behind and get a good grade. So whereas I could cram for my midterms for my last B.S., in nursing school I have to make sure I get my reading done for that week, because I have to finish a homework set before I have to study for that test. If you fall behind, you fail. Half of my class failed our first test. HALF!! And that was only because they added 8 points to everyone's grade... So, all in all, it is way more than you've ever had to do, I can say that for certain. BUT that doesn't mean you can't handle it! It takes adjustments, a new way of thinking, and some mad prioritizing, but it is doable. But don't underestimate it. I did, and now I'm paying the price by being behind. Stay on top of things and you'll be fine.
  13. Hmm, it does sound like they're less strict. For my classes, it really depends on three things: how nice the prof is, how big the classroom is, and whether its a lab. Now, the niceness of the professor is self-explanatory, but I found that if the classroom will hold more people than the admins in registration thought it could then the prof will let extras in. However, if it is a lab then the prof can only let in as many students as there is room for in the lab. I once had a microbiology class that only had room for 30 students, and about 60 people showed up the first day of class. The prof said "If you aren't registered, then leave. I won't be letting in any more people" and that was that. Sad, yes, but it was already crammed to the walls with 30, I can't even imagine twice that many...
  14. Ugh, I feel you wholeheartedly... in California, there were over 30 programs that I was considering... but only ended up applying to 3 for this very reason... and what I find even worse is that for some schools Anatomy and Physiology is fine, but for others they MUST be HUMAN Anatomy and HUMAN Physiology... so I'm only eligible for 2 out of the 3 I applied to... Grr... I agree, I wish it could just be standardized like Medical School. Another thing I found coming from a 4- year top tier university is that if your school does not have it's own nursing program, it often won't have pre-nursing courses that apply to nursing programs. For example, my uni didn't have the "right" microbiology class or the "right" A & P as discussed above so I had to go to a community college on top of my own university just to do simple pre-reqs! Spreadsheets will do wonders, and I say apply to what you can when you can. Plan on taking the important and versatile stuff first (micro, A&P, and gen bio and chem if you don't have it) and apply to the programs that only require those (there are some, I promise!) and then keep taking the more obscure classes. Then, if you get in right away, you're done! And if you don't, then you didn't waste much time because you needed those classes for the other programs anyway. That's the plan I worked out for myself, and I got in after the basic stuff (thank heavens...). Good luck, and I wish you the best!
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    Anyone Cath themselves?

    haha! I had a laugh at this because, personally, I can barely dye my own hair... I can't even imagine that...
  16. Hey, I applied and still haven't heard back yet. We're supposed to hear "in November" right? Any other date than that? I can't remember exactly...