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  1. germanshep

    Have you ever been insulted for what you do?

    A patient looked at my engagement ring and asked which doctor I was marrying and when my last day working would be. Apparently people still think the only reason to become a nurse is to find a rich doctor. Yeah right.
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    I feel so bad.

    I think it is very mature of you to recognize that med/surg is not for you. Good luck!
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    Question for working nurses

    Sorry to be so depressing Hopefully it is different for you! Good for keeping a PRN social work job, that's great! You sound like a you will make a great hospice nurse :)
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    Question for working nurses

    We have VERY similar backgrounds! I have a Master's in Counseling and had a position very similar to a Social Worker and experience in the health field at a hospital. I finished an accelerated Bachelor's in Nursing and hated every second of school. I am a tad bit older compared to the students who entered the program after their first degree. I thought I would get hired over them....I was soooo wrong. It took months and months of job searching for me while my former classmates found jobs very quickly. I had two interviews and was offered a position. I could not figure out for the life of me why people with less education, less work history, less life experiences were getting positions over me. Then I realized some HR recruiters and hiring managers were intimidated of education, work experience and life experience-they wanted to mold new grads who had little to no work experience. I am not sure if you will experience similar situations in hospice nursing. I am finding that nursing is less emotional draining compared to my previous field. I would come home exhausted. Now, in nursing my feet are tired. My advice would be to complete your final internship with a hospice nurse if that is the area you want to work in. Hopefully the market will turn around when you graduate. Stay in contact with the company/contacts you worked at and hopefully something will happen. Or during clinical, you may find another area of interest. Start applying the semester before you graduate. Good luck!
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    Suburban Hospital new grads

    I am so sorry I have not replied earlier-I had no idea that people replied. @Pokytrokyt. I applied on-line but I also followed up and called HR. Ask for the Nurse Recruiter-she actually answered her phone! I know they just posted a new grad position for oncology. Apply now :) @AntMarchingRN. I totally agree! I am so excited. I will see you Monday :) What about you?
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    employer wanted to try me out!

    She is using you! I doubt she will pay you legally (it may be cash). RUN!!! If you are interested in methadone clinics, I am sure places would be very happy to legally hire you. Good luck!
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    snack/food idea for night shift nurses?

    Edible Arrangements. It may be expensive, however, it is delicious!!! I received chocolate-covered strawberries as a gift from students-I felt like 1/2 of healthy and 1/2 was fun.
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    Dealing with emotions at work

    The chaplain is a great idea. Or a close friend. I personally would be leary telling anyone at work, even if you only share the news with one or two people-more people always find out because people like to talk. I have heard horror stories of people going through divorces, miscarriages, etc and telling a few people at work. But in a few cases, it set the ground work for termination from employers. Does your health insurance offer EPA counseling?
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    Cleaner RN jobs

    The great thing about nursing is there are soooo many non-bedside opportunities (mentioned earlier). Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Other ideas is working as a Case Manager, Health Educator, Diabetes Educator, etc (some of these positions may require X amount of experience and additional certificates/education). A major nationwide health insurance company in my vicinity was hiring an RN for a great position-taking vital signs, diet management, medication education, grocery shopping, healthy cooking, etc. It sounded great. Good luck in your search, I know you will find your niche :)
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    Sorry, I wish I knew more for you-I do not know anyone that works there. I know they are a for-profit facility so customer service is huge. I would emphasize the "customer service" focus of providing quality nursing care. Good luck!
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    I have a rehab HealthSouth facility by my house...if it is rehab I would start to look over pain meds, dosages, Hippa, med math, wounds, etc. Prioritizing care may be included. I struggle with anxiety too...email or let the recruiter know ahead of time. Ask for extra time and a private test location (ex: empty office) so you do not feel rushed. When you begin the test, just sit for 5 minutes to gather your thoughts. You will do fine! Compared to some of the tests in nursing school and NCLEX, you will do great :)
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    No job after refresher

    Does your former school (or state career office) have a career center/alumni assistance with cover letters and resumes? As a former student/alumni I can seek help with cover letter and resume writing-some months they offer it free, other months the fee is like $20. The state also has centers to help people so check to see if you qualify. Having a set of qualified eyes looking over your resume is never a bad idea. What if you removed/disabled your account with all the places you applied and redo the application process with your new resume? I know this is painstaking but it may help and will never hurt. In my neck of the woods, a recruiter stated new grads should only apply for full time positions bc the cost of training a new grad....but I have read other posts where new grads are in a prn position. Start looking for Nurse Internship programs, they will be posted soon. Good luck!
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    Hiring RN's in Tampa Bay area?

    I just posted a new thread that Manatee Memorial is hiring new grads. They posted 4 positions for RN 1. Apply ASAP!!! Good luck :)
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    4 new postings for RN I

    Hi FL Nurses, I know the struggle of finding a new grad job (and any job), especially in FL so I wanted to share. I saw 4 job postings for RN 1 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL (1 ER, 1 endo, 1 surgical and 1 outpatient). I wish I could apply! Have a good day!
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    PA Senate Bill 802

    I just saw this article on CNN.com about School Nurses. They highlight that accidents and deaths happened without a School Nurse on site. Very interesting! http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/04/school.nurse.shortage.parenting/index.html?hpt=Sbin