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  1. jadedjane

    I BELIEVE

    I love it! Thank you for sharing :)
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    Hoag Hospital New Grad 2012

    I'll be taking my notebook along with me and keep you guys posted.
  3. I was just wondering if anyone else made it to the panel interview this week for the Versant Residency at Fountain Valley. I had mine on Friday and I have been analyzing everything I said in the interview since then - lol. Here's a sample of my thought process so far: **Friday morning (pre-interview): I can do this! I am awsome, strong, professional mature, and educated. Let's do this! **Friday afternoon (post interview): I did it! I was kind of awesome, fairly strong, mostly professional, still mature but I think I lost a few brain cells.. my odds are still pretty good. **Saturday: I still feel okay about the interview. I know there are some questions I could have answered better, but I was nervous. My odds are 50/50. **Sunday: I'm focused in on all the things I could have done better...can't remember if my posture was good (maybe)? Is it wrong to cross my legs? I had to have a cue card for the questions I wanted to ask. My odds are 60/40 (not in my favor) **Monday: OMG! I'm going nuts!! Now I have to answer to the nurse manager for Transitions (a non-paid residency in L&D - same hospital) and I have no idea which way the pendulum is going to swing on the Versant interview...Yikes. is it too soon to press for an answer (probably). ***Breathe** What if I lose out on both?? (My odds are 80/20) **Tuesday morning: I am going to die old an umemployed. My headstone will say "At least she passed the NCLEX" - lol Really though, I felt that it went well but 30 other applicants could do just as well.
  4. jadedjane

    Hoag Hospital New Grad 2012

    I'm going. It starts at 5:00 pm but registration closed 2 months ago.
  5. jadedjane

    I'll be serving whine at my pity party

    Thanks jenni811! The market out in SoCal is still tough. New grad programs are opening up their online applications for their August cohorts, and closing down the applications after a day (and that's on a good day). Some have closed down in just a few hours. It's a "fair-to-iffy" market if you have the right amount of experience - not too little - not too much. The cost of living IS ridiculous!.. I pay 2,000 a month for 2br apartment. I also pay pet rent for both of my wee beasties (Shells and Lucy-fur). Thankfully I don't have to pay for my iguana (Roxy) even though she's HUGE (~6ft head to tail). Auto insurance is actually cheap!! 550 a year - full coverage with a perfect driving record in a 4WD. Groceries aren't too bad either. The produce is AMAZING! I get a year round supply of just about any fresh veggie you can think of and the prices are usually pretty good thanks to the farmers market. You will need to take out a second mortgage on your home to fill up your gas tank though. The beaches are beautiful. I go occasionally** but sunlight, red-hair, and freckles = limited exposure (SPF 5000, umbrella, rash guard...full body coverage....the works!!). I hike a lot because I live in the foothills of the Santa Ana mountains (Whiting ranch wilderness / Limestone Canyon) and just minutes from Holy-Jim and Blackstar canyons. As for personality type, you might be onto me there. I do have a touch of** "perfectionist personality disorder". I wonder if that's actually listed in the DSM-IV-TR?? It's more of a self-perfectionist issue. I hold myself to a higher internal standard, but have much more patience and understanding with everyone else. I'm also far less forgiving of my own mistakes. Alas, I must finish preparing for my panel interview (tomorrow). I'm stiff fairly** nervous. I'm not exactly sure what type of questions they are going to ask and given that I am a new grad, there is that "remote"** possibility that I might have my brain sucked out of my head at the door, and not know the perfect answer. :uhoh21: **sarcasm glossary** Occasionally = Almost never a touch of = a massive case of Fairly = extremely remote = absolute
  6. jadedjane

    Saddleback Nursing School, Spring 2013

    In all honesty, it depends on several things. What is your learning style? Was pathophysiology and pharmacology really challenging? I did the reading assignments (as much as I could) but I reached a point in second semester where I just couldn't study any more...really - my brain was full. I had to let go of the idea that incessant studying was going to get the job done and believe in myself - and trust that I know the concepts well enough to focus on the new information (the nursing assessments and interventions). It also depends on how supportive your family is. Do you have reliable and flexible child care? The faculty are super supportive and they want you to be successful, but you have to make the commitment to be there - regardless of your home life. As successful as they want you to be, they have every right to ask you "how badly do you want to be a nurse" when issues come up that cause you to miss a class. Right now, as you submit your application, things are exciting and kinda scary. What if you don't get in? What if you DO get in? What if your babysitter bails on you and you need to be in clinicals at 6:00 am? There must be 1000 questions that you want answers for. All I can really tell you is that once you are in, you can make it work. I guarantee you are not the only one with young children. In my cohort, a student delivered a baby between 3rd and 4th semester!! Several of them had children under 5. Some of us worked full time (like me) and we were one HUGE support group for each other. You will see all of this come together fairly quickly in the first semester. Once you are accepted, there is a meeting / orientation about a month before class even starts so you can meet with other members of your clinical group and pool possible resources for rides, babysitting, study groups.... It can happen :)
  7. jadedjane

    I'll be serving whine at my pity party

    Moving forward to the panel interview!!! YAY
  8. jadedjane

    Saddleback Nursing School, Spring 2013

    yes. Theory is class time, and that will always be on wednesday throughout the entire program. Clinical days will vary depending on which hospital you are assigned for that semester. Don't worry about sounding ignorant. Ignorance is what happens when you dont ask questions, and in nursing, that can me dangerous.
  9. jadedjane

    I'll be serving whine at my pity party

    I think the interview went well. It's really hard to tell with a screening interview, plus there are so many applicants. As I was sitting and waiting for my turn, I could hear screaming (and laughter) through the walls..so once I was called, as I came into the room I said "I hear the screaming through the walls...This must be one TOUGH interview" and had them both laughing before we ever started. I was definitely nervous...I'm sure they knew that. I feel like I got the same standardized questions: Why do you want to be a nurse, why at this hospital, why in med-tele. I think my answers were great - except for What's your biggest pet peeve. I had to yank that one right out of my backside and polish it enough to pass for an answer. I had some good questions regarding future plans for their unit (toward progressive care), Hospital and unit turnover rates for nurses, expectations for ADNs to advance /continuing education, I mentioned that I was aware of their union affiliation as well as their HCAP committee and asked how someone becomes a part of the committee (meaning.. are all nurses encouraged to participate or does each unit elect a representative)... and I placed MAJOR emphasis on my penchant for company loyalty as noted by my very stable work history. I was told to keep a certain date open, and was told exactly when they would be calling to let me know if I am moving on to the panel. maybe I can tell more about it later. Right now, I don't want to give away any more identifying details My greatest hope is that I did stand out from the crowd (in a good way). We'll know soon enough.
  10. jadedjane

    Fountain Valley New Grad 2012

    Got a call on April 30 for a may 7th interview :)
  11. jadedjane

    Saddleback Nursing School, Spring 2013

    Hi there! I just graduated in December 2011 from Saddleback. It IS an awesome program indeed. To answer your questions: I really would like to get a sense of what the curriculum will be like: You are right, it is different for everyone - even though we all take the same classes - it's all about how you experience it. The curriculum is intense no matter who you are, but it's also fun. When you get in, if your class is anything like our grad class, all 60 of you will bond like one huge family how much time might be devoted to studying outside of class: In the beginning - lots. Roughly 4 hours for every one hour of class time. Before long, though, you kind of get a feel for the exams and have a better idea of where to focus your studies. Most people figure out (by second semester) that cramming and hardcore studying isn't always best. The content is nothing like the your pre-reqs. Anatomy is all memorizing, micro is 50/50 between memory and concept. Physio is almost purely conceptual. Nursing school is conceptual AND critical thinking. You'll need to pull from your core physiological knowledge, incorporate nursing care and pharmacology with judgement and priority setting - all rolled in to one test question with 4 "right answers" - but only one is the "best" right answer. The hardest thing to grasp is that you can't exactly study judgement or critical thinking. the amount of hours spent in clinicals: Semester 1: 2 clinical days and one day to collect patient data for a pre-clinical work-up. You go to the hospital the day before your clinical and select a patient based on your objectives. you'll have 2 clinical days (back to back). Theory is always on Wednesdays. Mental health: One clinical day (no workups - yay) but there will be lots of assignments to fill in the gaps Semester 2: Med-surg: all 16 weeks. One clincal day, with the same preclinical work-up - only this time way more in depth. (the toughest semester). We had looping rotations to the ER, OR, and Interventional Radiology. Semester 3: More clinicals (one day w/ write ups) - Pediatrics. My personal Fave, then women's health (Labor and delivery). Semester 4: More clinicals - only now it' MICU, SICU, CVICU with looping rotations to PACU, Telemetry, and ER Plan on 8-10 hours of preclinical write ups the day before your clinical - especially in first semester. You'll spent about 8 hours on the floor, and 1.5 hours in post conference on the day of clinicals. Then plan on spending another 12 hours completing your care plan for that weeks clinicals. Most of us got pretty wise, and selected patients based on the topics that were covered that week in theory. that way we could study while we were completing care plans :) hope this helps: I finished cum laude, and worked full time throughout with 2 teen daughters.... It CAN be done :)
  12. jadedjane

    I'll be serving whine at my pity party

    A quick update: I had CrunchRN look over my resume for typos and suggest a few changes (Thank you!) - which I made and I now have an interview for a spot in the Versant Residency program /Telemetry at one of the local hospitals. **Whew** And it only took 6 pints of guinness!! Now all I have to do is shine brighter than the rest of the 200-and-something applicants...and write 3 essays...and get 2 letters of recommendation from clinical instructors, pee a little, bleed a little, smile alot, and know my stuff. I should probably practice putting on makeup before the big day (I wear it maybe twice a year), and buy something other than hoodies from the clearance rack to wear. I'm a "jeans and sneakers" kinda gal. I have a nice pair of pumps that I have been breaking in - so as not to appear uncomfy. I'll modify my diet and eliminate "gassy foods" before hand (if any of you have read one particular thread on embarrassing clinical moments, you'll know why). Any advice on interviewing would be deeply appreciated. I haven't had a real interview on years, and this will be my first ever for a nursing position. I was hoping to get one or two in before THIS one came around. It's kinda scary because this is one that I really want (I've been checking their site daily for the program to open up).
  13. jadedjane

    IV flulids/solutions and WHY??

    I have a book titled Manual of I.V. Therapeutics by Lynn Phillips. It's goes into great detail about all the different types of fluids, and why a patient gets them, and what they do in the body. It's such a great resource.
  14. jadedjane

    I'll be serving whine at my pity party

    There are a few jobs opening up on the west coast. Sharps in San Diego has a good residency program, UCI and CHOC both have a lot, but they typically hire straight out of the UCI nursing school pool. I'm going to keep on top of the job search, keep my resume squeaky clean, and volunteer wherever I can in the meantime. I'm looking into some useful certs that I can get (without needing to have so many hours on the floor). I'm getting my ACLS done and I'll probably go for PALS as soon as I can afford it. I don't want to delve too far in to specialty certifications until I figure out which way my nursing compass is pointing.
  15. jadedjane

    I'll be serving whine at my pity party

    Typo Girl. COOL! I can wear a cape and leotards that says Typo Grli on the front :)
  16. jadedjane

    I'll be serving whine at my pity party

    Good job on snagging the phone interview!. LOL at the beer snob comment. I honestly don't remember the last time I had a domestic beer (and it's NOT because I drank too much). :cheers: I'm just picky. (Guinness, Spaten Munich, Oberdorfer, Singha, and an occasional red stripe)