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  1. gnatRN

    New Grad Work Question?????

    Found this blog. Hope it helps ER Orientation - what you should be doing.... - Nursing for Nurses
  2. I know for both Lehman and Hunter, once you get into the school, you still have to apply to their nursing programs and to apply you must be a matriculated student within that college. So as a full time student as Hunter, I could apply for Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing (HBSON) but not Lehman and vice versa. Not sure about City Tech. Another thing, Hunter and Lehman are BSN programs, so as DoGoodThenGo said, you have 2 years of prereqs and if you get accepted straight away 2 years of nursing courses. City tech is an ASN program which is about 2 years but they do have the RN to BSN pathway (which allows RN's with their associates to obtain their bachelors). Hunter also offers an RN to BSN pathway. The thing about CUNYs is that because of the tuition, they have a high volume of applicants and so competition is high. I'm a Hunter grad I'd say that overall it was a great program. To apply, though the application criteria says you must take the NLN pre nursing exam and have a gpa of 2.5 and above, I can tell you that they do not consider anything in that range. In my year, my classmates were mostly 3.3 and above. Doing well on the NLN balances out low a low GPA. For instance I only had a 3.3 but scored really well on my NLN. They do drop the minuses and the pluses of your prereqs. So for instantace, let say you scored a B- in chem, it becomes a B. But I would definitely strive to keep all your nursing pre req courses B and above. Once again, be aware that there are many applicants for HBSON. They did increase the incoming class size from 60 to 100 recently but understand that the more competitive your grades, the higher your chances. Good luck
  3. gnatRN

    Question about BSN @ Hunter or LEHMAN

    I am a Hunter grad and I'd say that overall it was a great program. To apply, though on the application criteria says 2.5, they don't consider anything in that range (in my year my classmates were mostly all 3.2 and above). Doing well on the NLN pre nursing exam can balance out low a low GPA. They do drop the minuses and the pluses. So yes a B- becomes a B, but I'd definitely strive to keep all your nursing pre req courses B and above. Be aware though that there are many applicants for HBSON. They did increase the incoming class size from 60 to 100 recently but understand that the more competitive your grades, the higher your chances. The first semester of nursing school was the most expensive. Books alone were about $2,000 so consider buying used online or from the year ahead of you and/or making copies. Uniforms and your nursing school equipment (stethoscope, pen light, bandage scissors etc) are yet another expense but it varied from person to person being that prices are different for different brand of stethoscopes. Once you begin I would greatly encourage you to keep on top of you readings for lecture. And in the cases you can't complete it all (which will happen), use the class notes as guides in reading. Every professor has their own teaching styles, so understand that some may be more direct with their expectations of what they want you to know than others. There are changes being made to the lab. They recently purchased simulation dummies and there are plans to buy more so that will greatly improve the lab experience. The lab techs always did their best to set up meaningful labs but some of the equipment is a bit old. Hunter doesn't have the funding of private universities. Nursing school is time consuming so be prepared to make sacrifices We had some pretty good clinical sites around the city (Cornell, Columbia, NYU etc) and I'd strongly encourage you to keep in contact with your clinical instructors because when the time comes you to job hunt, they are very helpful. Oh and do a summer internship. It differentiates you from the rest of the new grad class that graduates with only clinical experience. Good luck
  4. gnatRN

    HSS New Graduate Residency Status

    I applied in '09. You wont get a response as soon as you applied because they have to look through potential candidates. If your resume is good, you definitely have a chance. The recruiter got back to me in October if I remember correctly. But of course, you can call to follow up. You can also go down in person but the nurse recruitment office is a bit tight. She calls you initially for a phone interview (got my call in the evening. completely took me by surprise) in which she asks basic information strengths, weaknesses. Be prepared to explain why you'd like to work at an orthopedic hospital. Last year there was a PACU residency and a MedSurg residency being offered. So it's during the phone interview that you'll will be asked to state the one you prefer. If you pass the phone screen, she schedules a sit down interview. She's really nice and this is a great opportunity to shine as a candidate and make a good impression because the next interview will be a group interview with a nurse educator and nurse managers from the unit you picked. If you go for a PACU position, don't be shy or timid. Speak up and show your personality because in addition to your credentials, they are looking to see if your character is a good fit for the pace of the recovery room environment. Good luck.
  5. gnatRN

    LPN or Straight to RN

    That's a good question. As MiiszKimberlyCNA stated, I've heard of the idea of LPNs being phased out, but here in NYC, there are still a good number of hospitals that hire LPNs. I would also say to weigh the pros and cons. Compare the amount of time you'd need to dedicate for school, cost of schooling, employment opportunities post graduation etc. Do you have the time to complete an RN program (2 yrs ASN, 4 yrs BSN) vs and LPN program (15-18mos LPN)? Do you have the money for the program? I attended Hunter Bellevue which is a CUNY and got my BSN and as you know CUNYs are pretty affordable and I was able to graduate without loans. I have a cousin who went to NYU and got her BSN and she has loans to pay. I have yet another cousin who goes to an 18 mos LPN program and when he graduates he'll have to pay $20,000. Find out what hospitals around you still hire LPN's. Call human resources and speak to recruiters. Ask them about the employment prospects for both LPNs and RNs, because of course, with all the hard work, you'd like to have some yield. There is also a salary difference. Also consider job roles. LPNs and RNs have similar responsibilities but there are differences. If you go the LPN route, will you be able to balance work and school and go back to school for your RN degree? Is there room for career growth and educational advancement as an LPN vs RN? So, just do your research. Everyones situations and resources are different. If you can do LPN go for it, but if you can get your ASN or BSN, I'd definitely encourage you to. All the best.
  6. gnatRN

    New Grad Work Question?????

    I would definitely encourage you to apply, especially if you aren't hearing from anyone at the moment. As a job hunting new grad I understand how the job market is like in NYC. Take what you can in this economy. Plus ER experience is great. You can branch off into so many other fields later on if you want ie L&D, Med/Surg, Neuro, Resp... I mean you'll be exposed to so much. And once you get your foot in the door, you're in, you can always transfer to another unit. I can understand your hesitation though. It's an ER. We're new at this field. Patient turnover is high, you have to asses quickly but thoroughly, watch for signs of decline and decompensation, manage your area, take notes, transfer patients, admit patients, give meds, and et cetera all in a very high energy, quickly paced environment. But this is real nursing. While in my senior year of nursing school, I knew one of the students from the year before who'd landed an ER position. She told me it was stressful (which is the common complaint of many if not all new grads) and a lot of work but at the same time, she was learning a whole lot. I see it as an amazing opportunity. Imagine what your assessment skills, your patient and time management etc will be like in a few years time. If they hire you (let's say when to be more positive), they'll know that you're a new grad. You'll have orientation, you'll be precepted, you already know a nurse there and you'll have the nursing support staff. So, just think about it, but not for too long, there are so many schools churning out new grads like us, not to mention the huge population of nurses out of a job or returning to work because of the economy. Job hunting is networking as well as applying. If you have an opportunity presented by a friend, take it. Good luck :)
  7. gnatRN

    FL soon to be new grad wants to move to NYC

    Hi, I'm a 2009 grad from a BSN program here in NYC. You're definitely welcomed to come, with something for everyone, this is an awesome city but I would strongly advise you to get your first year of experience in Fl before moving up here. The market is extremely tight for RNs in all five boroughs. Hospitals are either closing down, downsizing or just not hiring right now. Landing a position as a new grad is that much more difficult. Many of us are expanding our searches to places like LI and NJ. It's so bad that while speaking with the recruiter from a well known hospital in the city she told me that I should try Wisconsin. I have nothing against Wisconsin or the people who live there but that's just to show you what it's like up here. So I'd say work for a year, volunteer, take certification courses, just do as much as you humanly possible to make your resume look amazing and then try applying. Best of luck.