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    Christmas ideas for the unit

    Hi everyone, My coworkers and I are searching for suggestions on how to celebrate the holidays on the unit. I'd love some ideas on how to make the season a little brighter for my patients. What do you do in your facilities? Thanks in advance!
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    New Grad RN Pay In Greensboro/Winston-Salem area?

    At Forsyth in Winston-Salem, new grads (regardless of ADN or BSN) get $21.50 plus $4 nights. Weekend pay is an extra $1.25 or $1.50 (can't remember).
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    NC ABSN Programs

    Thanks! If you go to a state school, you can buy student health insurance. It's about $700 a semester for one person -- I'm not sure what it costs for and adult and child. Your employer-based insurance is probably cheaper, however. Good luck in whatever path you choose!
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    NC ABSN Programs

    Hi Dani2389, I finish WSSU's ABSN program tomorrow. I also spent one semester in Forsyth Tech's ADN program while I waited to hear if I was accepted into WSSU. The ABSN was definitely right for me -- I can't imagine spending any more time in nursing school right now. I definitely feel prepared for the NCLEX. I don't know about funding sources at other schools. WSSU has a funding agreement with Baptist Hospital in which some students' tuition, fees, and books are covered. The Robert Wood Johnson program offers some students about $10K for school. (I'm not sure about those numbers, however.) Outside of that, WSSU doesn't offer much in the way of help. Dealing with the financial aid office can be a pain. I recommend the state's forgivable loans for service program (CFNC - Paying For College), which offers $7K a year to ABSN students. I moved in with family to complete my program. Others took out additional loans. Several of my classmates managed to keep their jobs, although the program recommends against it. I still do some freelance work in my previous field and am PRN at a local hospital. It is doable if not ideal. I definitely recommend an ABSN program if you can make school your primary focus for the duration, with some caveats. At least at WSSU, the administrators and many instructors do not plan ahead. You will have last minute schedule notifications and changes, sometimes with as little as 20 minutes notice. Authority figures generally do not consider childcare needs, family emergencies, etc. Having been an adult for a decade or two now, it was initially mind-boggling to be treated with such a lack of consideration.
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    WSSU ABSN 2014

    We have to wear white shoes for clinicals. Many of us wear the typical nursing brands (Danskos and such), but some of us wore white sneakers. They need to be impervious (no Crocs with holes). Hope this helps some!
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    Got an offer but nothing in writing

    Thanks for your advice, llg and Nurse2bKimberly. I really appreciate your responses. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed about this job but keep looking. I really, really want this position, but I don't want to find myself heartbroken and unemployed if it falls through.
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    Got an offer but nothing in writing

    Hi everyone ... I just received a much-wanted job offer but have nothing in writing. The nurse manager and I shook on it, and she advised me that HR would be in touch next week. When next week came, I didn't hear anything so I contacted the nurse manager again. She responded that she must have misspoke and that the job would just be an agreement between us. Human resources will not get involved until after I graduate in a few months and pass the NCLEX. Should I be worried? I trust her but not the economy. Am I reasonably safe in stopping my job search? I was so thrilled to be offered this job, but I don't want to put my eggs in one basket.
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    WSSU ABSN 2014

    For the first few months, you're in class four days a week. Once you're finished with the intro courses, you typically have two days in the classroom and two days in clinical. Schedules can vary (in a recent peds class some students had only one day a week off), but you're definitely not expected to be in class or clinical for seven days a week.
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    Nursing program

    Hello, I'm not sure what kind of information you're looking for. I know Winston-Salem State University has established a dual-degree nursing program with a university in China. Here is a link on it. Sorry if that doesn't help. Good luck in your education!
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    On average, how much do CNA's makes starting out in NC??

    Yep, in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area. As far as what's the best area to work in and apply, I don't know. I think conventional wisdom has it that hospital is easier and better paid than nursing home, but I don't know if that's true. I think my pay is similar to what the area nursing homes pay new CNAs. I imagine that home care might be the nicest setting. Then again, I've never worked in that setting. I'd love to hear what other people think.
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    On average, how much do CNA's makes starting out in NC??

    After getting certified this spring, I started out at $9.15 in a hospital without experience. I had also been interviewing for a home care job that paid $10 an hour, but that was an independent contractor position.
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    WSSU's 2013 ABSN Program

    Congratulations! I know you must be relieved. Great news.
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    WSSU's 2013 ABSN Program

    I live in Winston-Salem. I didn't receive an email, just a postal letter.
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    WSSU's 2013 ABSN Program

    The mail carrier just came with good news for me! I'm so happy. Congratulations, ErinJane! Best wishes to everyone else, too.
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    WSSU's 2013 ABSN Program

    Has anyone heard anything? I'm very antsy.
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    WSSU's 2013 ABSN Program

    If anyone hears anything, please post. Thanks!