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    NJ starting rn salary..

    As a new grad with BSN, I was offered $29/hr for days (plus $2/hr for weekends) in December 2012. There is no negotiation when you're a new grad here. I was VERY lucky and happy to have been offered so I took it without resistance. This is in Middlesex county at an acute care hospital. This was also not a residency program; however I was given 8 weeks with preceptor on the floor, plus 2 weeks in classroom including an IV course.
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    Trouble funding job in nj hospital

    I am a new grad with my BSN and passed my boards a month ago today. Since then, I have applied to 30 different hospital and LTACH positions that are as far as an hour drive from me. Not a single call-back, let alone an interview. I attended a career fair, followed up with the recruiters, rediscovered my LinkedIn account, got my ACLS cert and NOTHING. I'm at my wits end here. It seems 98% of RN jobs require minimum a year of experience. I have 6 months experience as a PCT, 6 years as Unit Secretary and none as a Nurse, but VERY eager to start. I realize that its only been a month, but I'm afraid I'm be losing skills and knowledge the longer that I am not working as an RN. What else can I be doing to let my application emerge from HR's giant pile? What other type of settings can I be looking at, besides nursing homes? I've been checking on facilities' websites directly. Any suggestions are welcomed. Just looking for a chance.
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    Resume Critique requested

    Hi All, Like many of you skimming this section, I am currently updating my resume for upcoming career fairs and job applications. I recently passed my NCLEX (from Quick results service, result 48 hours after test) and delving into the tough world of job hunting for the coveted first RN job. Please review my resume and let me know what you think. HONESTLY. What are your first impressions within 10-20 seconds of looking at it? I just get dizzy staring at my own resume for hours!! I would be willing to return the favor and critique yours too. (Once upon a time, I was a hiring manager too!). Thanks so much! REVIEW Resume_SEPT-2012.doc
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    Post interview hand delivered thank you cards?

    I think an email formatted as a formal letter would be appropriate and much quicker delivery if you are crunched for time. Have you scheduled your shadowing time on the unit? You could include the days/times that you can come in next week at the closing of the email. Good luck to you!
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    What to wear to an "Open House Interview Day"

    Definitely invest in a decent suit, in black or navy, or other neutral color. Assuming that you would be a similar size, that suit will be timeless that you can wear over and over for professional meetings, like interviews! Good luck to you.
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    Hi Oneday...I am not applying as I am already enrolled in the ABSN program now. It is in fact impossible to work full time. There is at least one online class per semester. I'm not sure about the RN--> BSN program, but the ABSN is only 14 months with up to 20 students in the program.
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    Rutgers Newark prerequisite courses

    The class equivalent for HIP is Interpersonal Communications class which can be taken in any community college. I do not recommend taking the challenge exam. I would email any of the admins for the challenge exam info, including the syllabus and textbook. Good luck.
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    chiasmus- I graduated with honors from RU in 2003. I took 3 pre-reqs (Microbio, Nutrition, Interpersonal Comm) at a community college last year and earned A's in those classes. All other pre-reqs were taken as part of my first undergrad degree. From what I can remember, my grades back then were: Bio 1(C--> first semester in college, didnt know how to study=\), Bio 2 (B), Anat/Physio (A/B+), Psych classes (A), Stat/Calc/Computers (A), Chem 1-2 (B+)...
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    I work about 16-20 hours per week while in the ABSN program at RU. Daytime work is IMPOSSIBLE. My work schedules are usually weekends. The first semester (Summer) was incredibly difficult. I would allow from a lot of flexibility in your work schedule if I were you.
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    Rutgers Traditional 2nd BSN

    I'm in the ABSN program now. Sounds like you may need to take an english course. I recommend emailing one of the Admins (in Newark or NB) and meet with them to review your transcript. They can give an unofficial evaluation of your transcripts from all colleges you've gone to. Also the ABSN is in BOTH campuses, varies per semester (Summer, Spring is in Newark; Fall in NB).
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    Rutgers ABSN - GPA Requirements

    I'm currently in the RU ABSN program and can attest to the program requirements. While they cannot advertise preference for RU grads, it is known that this is the case. As it was explained to me, the college of nursing can confirm that the candidate has succeeded in completing the rigors and high standards of a Rutgers degree. In their eyes, this is a major a highlight in your application and reflects your ability to succeed in a VERY intense program. Previous RU students (if you've taken any course in Rutgers or completed a degree) completes a different application, called "Re-enrollment Application." It does have a section for a personal statement, which is where I mentioned my work in the health field and other qualifications. I was told that GPA lower than 3.0 are not even considered. My cumulative GPA in my previous degree (Exercise Science) was 3.6. I believe Challenge exams are no longer being offered, so that means that all pre-reqs must be completed before the program starts. Now, if someone who has a science degree from an Ivy league, (but GPA is 3.3) may not necessarily be over or under a Rutgers grad. They do consider other factors. Let me know if you have other questions about the program.
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    Nursing School: Things To Know Before You Start!

    Awesome! Thanks for the tips. I start nursing school in less than 2 weeks! Yay! I'm anticipating quite a hectic life over the next 14 months. It's crazy, but I'm super excited about it! Thanks!
  13. Hi All, HELP!! I'm working on my admission essay and would like at least another pair of eyes to review. There were no minimum or maximum # of words, so I thought it would be best to keep relatively short at less than 500 words. The application for Rutgers University asks for a response to the following: "Please explain why you want to enroll in the College of Nursing." Let me know so I can send the essay by private message or email. Your candid feedback is very much welcomed! Vic
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    Rutgers Applicants ABSN 2011

    I plan to apply for the Accel program at Rutgers. I was a previous RU student, so their re-enrollment process starts in Feb 1 (ie I can't apply until then). Acceptance letters are sent usually mid March. When I attended their Info Session in Oct., they mentioned that although the website says 3.0 min GPA, the accepted applicants have at least a 3.5. It seems competitive.

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