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  1. jabroadwater

    Starting school at older age! :(

    You're in your 20's and worrying about starting school at your age....!?! I graduated nursing school a month after my 50th birthday!! You're never too old. Regardless of how old you are, if you wanna do it, do it. You're gonna reach 28 eventually anyway, wouldn't it be better getting there and accomplishing what you want than getting there and thinking about how you regret not doing it?
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    RN Boards failed 3x

    I used the Hurst Review. In fact, it was the only review I used and it helped me tremendously.
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    Do Navy Nurse Reserve OFFICERS have to complete boot camp?

    EVERYONE going into the military attends SOME type of basic military training. Not sure how long the Navy's officer training is though.
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    Need Info on Travel Companies

    I am interested in travel nursing opportunities, particularly in Asia or the South Pacific. If anyone has info on companies that supply contract nurses, or how to possibly get on with the military or DOD, to work in this area, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks. Jimmy
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    Recommending a friend for a job

    I've recommended a couple of people I know for jobs at my hospital. I just caught my manager at a time she wasn't busy and told her that I knew there were openings and that I knew someone that would be a good employee had applied if she (the manager) was interested in interviewing them, and let them take it from there. Often times, managers appreciate hearing of potential candidates. All they see is a bunch of names and qualifications which tells them nothing of the personality of the applicant. The fact that YOU are willing to work with this person often tells them much. I wish your friend good luck.
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    Leaving After 10 Months

    I don't necessarily think you're making a mistake if you are changing jobs into one you like, and already have a job lined up. If you were just quitting without having another job in the works, I would recommend that you stick it out for just another two months while you continue to search. Most places want at least a year's experience, and with that year, you become more marketable. You're at 10 months, what's two more? However, by all means, don't pass up that job you want, if it's offered just because you don't have the year's experience. Just MHO... Take care and good luck. Jimmy
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    New Grad Job Hunting

    In today's market, where everything is going electronic, it is very rare to speak with a real person when either applying, or hearing a response from a job application. I graduated in December, took my boards in Jan, and landed my first job in March. HOWEVER, I went to school and live in New Orleans, and had to take a job in Jackson, MS to get hired. Most of my friends who I graduated with, and didn't find jobs right away [those that did were through contacts they made by working as techs or clerks during school], and refused to consider leaving New Orleans are just now, after nearly a year, finding jobs. My advice is, if you have applied to all the hospitals in your area and not getting any hits, start expanding your search outward. Consider some of the smaller city hospitals that are away from the major metropolitan areas where a number of nursing schools are putting out new grads on a regular basis. Regardless of what everyone says, there ARE a number of nursing jobs out there, they just might not be where you are looking and you've got to be willing to go to them, or accept the ones that most people are passing over. Hang in there.
  8. I have to agree with the last poster, in my case, it wasn't so much the associates degree as the lack of experience. I graduated in New Orleans and couldn't find a job in the area. Every place I looked wanted experience. A number of people that graduated with me in Dec 2010 are just now finding jobs. I found a great job, with a large hospital, that is currently working toward magnet status, within two months of taking my boards. The associates did not hold me back at all, I just had to expand my options and search area, and take a job in Jackson, MS.
  9. jabroadwater

    Learn To Say It Correctly!!

    One of the girls I work with calls a Mepilex a Mepiplex
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    How Old Are You?

    Just turned 51 and a nurse for less than a year.
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    Anyone start their career late in Life?

    I graduated a month after my 50th birthday. My first career was 27 years of policework.
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    insignificant complaint...lol

    Our name tags don't have out last names on them either, in fact, I can opt to use my nickname as opposed to my given name (ie, Jimmy for James) on my badge. I personally prefer the use of the first name. It creates for a more relaxed, and personable atmosphere. I know that we all complain about the needy-clingy patients that are always asking for things, but there are those patients who have needs, and are too timid to ask for them, thinking that we are too busy and they don't want to be a bother. I think those "starched whites and caps" and calling me Nurse So-and-So perpetuate that impression. Being able to call me JIMMY takes me out of the realm of the unapproachable medical professional, which they get enough of with the doctors, and puts me more on their level and makes them more comfortable in asking me to help them meet their needs.
  13. jabroadwater

    How long was it between graduation & landing a full time line?

    I live in New Orleans and graduated in December 2010. I didn't even begin looking for a job until I passed my boards in Jan. It took me until March to find a job. While there are LOTS of nurse positions advertised in the area, all of them want experience. I didn't apply to any LTC positions or nursing homes, just wasn't what I went to school for. After not even being called for an interview at any of the local hospitals, I expanded my job search outward in all directions; eastward along the gulf coast, westward toward Texas, and northward toward Jackson. In March I received a call from a large hospital in Jackson, MS where I interviewed and was hired on the spot. One of the best pieces of advice I can offer, is don't limit your options. Be willing to take a position out of town, or travel a bit to get a job. There are still quite a few of my classmates who still have not found jobs. These are people who are not willing to consider relocating or traveling a bit to take a job to get that experience that will make them marketable.
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    New grad and I love my job!

    I am a 50 year old who had a mid life crisis and decided to change careers late in life. I graduated last December and started my first nursing job in March. My ambition was to work ER, and I absolutely hated med/surg in school. My first job opportunity turned out to be med/surg and needing the job, I took it, knowing I was going to be miserable. I'm six months into it, and right now, I can't imagine doing anything else. While hectic and frustrating at times, I absolutely LOVE my job and have to say that I work with one of the best groups of people I have ever worked with. I tell everyone coming out, be open minded, you never know, that job you think you will hate just might be that dream job you never imagined.
  15. jabroadwater

    Advice for a first year nursing student

    Just to offer my "two cents' worth"... I'm a recent grad as of December 2010, who went into nursing as a second career, starting in my late 40's. During that first sememster of school, I like a very large percentage of my classmates, HATED clinicals. I constantly heard some of my own thoughts in the comments of, "...not what I thought..." and "...is this right for me..." I, and most of my classmates, stuck with it, and as we got further into the program, clinicals became more bearable and fun. I took my first nursing job in April working at a large hospital. It took a few months for me to feel "on my feet" and comfortable. You are going to find that as the RN, you are in contact with your patients during that 12 - 14 hours a day a lot more than those doctors who stop in during those 10-15 minutes every day. While you're not "diagnosing" patients and prescribing treatments, doctors do depend on you to notice, and inform them, of missed medical conditions that you notice. I've had several situations similar to the one in which a pt who was admitted to the med/surg floor, through the ER, for such vague conditions as altered mental status, and failure to thrive, and on assessment noticed indications that lead to the discovery of a fractured hip. In short, real world is as different from school as night and day. Before you are quick to decide that this isn't for you, talk to people who have graduated and are doing the job. And if you still don't feel it is for you, then by all means, move on to something else. There is nothing as bad as being stuck in a job you hate.