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    When To Specialize

    Get that 6 months out of the way and start applying right after that. I started in my specialty straight out of nursing school and I'm doing just fine.
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    To tell or not to tell?

    I wouldn't be a tattle-tale.
  3. I feel so unprepared compared to you guys. All I bring in my bag is extra pens, lip balm and moisturizer lol.
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    Sioux Lookout

    Where have you been applying? Have you tried places like Guelph, Kitchener, Hamilton, London etc. I was out of work for like 10 months but now I have two jobs. One of them is where I did my consolidation. You will eventually find something if you keep applying everyday.
  5. I was unemployed before and during nursing school. I finished last year December and now I have two nursing jobs in the specialty that I want to work in. It probably helps to have a job in a hospital for the connections but you don't need it.
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    Preceptor gift

    Card, box of chocolates and a nice plant. Get a card and a box of chocolates for the unit too.
  7. I recently just got hired part time on an inpatient unit. My manager also manages another unit and I've been able to pick up shifts there whenever there's a need for more nurses. How would I include that second unit on my resume without making it sound like I have two jobs at the hospital? Thanks
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    Will volunteering help with finding a job as new grad?

    I think it at least helps to make your resume look better than other new grads who aren't volunteering. If there's a specific patient population you're looking to work with then volunteer somewhere where you will be interacting with those kinds of people.
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    Pros and cons of psych nursing?

    How often does one work with a violent/aggressive patient? (daily, weekly, monthly?) I'm working on a forensic psych unit and haven't had any incidents so far. I have heard stories of nurses being attacked a few months ago though. Is being a psychiatric nurse rewarding and satisfying? Is it an interesting career? For me personally I love it. I find it rewarding to help a patient achieve their goals and be discharged from the hospital. A lot of them have been in the hospital for years so it's nice to see them moving on with their life. How emotionally draining can the work be? I think it depends on the nurse. For me I don't let any of the negative things get to me so I'm fine. I'm able to stay calm even if an angry patient is swearing at me. I understand that I'll have patients who committed very disgusting crimes but I don't judge anyone. I treat everyone with respect no matter what they did in the past.
  10. Before clinical I thought I wanted to work in the ER or an acute care unit at a big hospital. During clinical I learned that I didn't like any of the medical units at all. I found them all to be stressful and couldn't see myself working on those kinds of units. Luckily I had my consolidation on a psych unit and I fell in love with it. It took me 10 months after graduating but I am now working on a psych unit.
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    I can't find a JOB!! I'm so discouraged

    One more thing...a lot of my classmates are working as PSW's since they can't find a nursing job. I know it's not nursing but I'm sure it pays more than Tim Horton's. It might also help you get a nursing job at the facility that you're working at.
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    Wearing Scrubs Outside of the Workplace

    I think it's gross and pretty tacky to wear your scrubs in public. Do you really need to show the whole world that you're a nurse? It's like the guys who wear their military uniform for no reason. It takes two minutes to go in a washroom and change your clothes after work.
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    I can't find a JOB!! I'm so discouraged

    I'm a new grad and I didn't get interviews until I started applying in smaller cities and towns.
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    Pediatric mental health interview

    I have an interview coming up on an inpatient unit at a mental health facility for children. I wanted to know if you guys have any advice on what to expect during the interview for this kind of unit? I did my consolidation on an adult psych unit but I didn't get to be on a pediatric unit at all during school. I know there's different drug dosages and vital sign ranges but I feel like I'm missing some other things. I'm very familiar with psych meds and disorders but it's just the things that are specific to peds that I'm worried about. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  15. I have an interview coming up on an inpatient unit at a mental health facility for children. I wanted to know if you guys have any advice on what to expect during the interview for this kind of unit? I did my consolidation on an adult psych unit but I didn't get to be on a pediatric unit at all during school. I know there's different drug dosages and vital sign ranges but I feel like I'm missing some other things. I'm very familiar with psych meds and disorders but it's just the things that are specific to peds that I'm worried about. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. edit: sorry I meant to post this on the psych forum.
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    RPN- RN Bridging Inquiries!

    Congrats on getting the job. What hospital is it at? I graduated in December and still haven't found anything.