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    VA new grad application

    Thank you so much! This was definitely helpful!
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    VA new grad application

    Also, is the pay grade very low for new grads?
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    VA new grad application

    Hello everyone! This may seem like a silly question, but I wanted some advice on it. My question is, how far in advance should I apply for a job at the VA? I will graduate with my ADN in December 2015. I have heard how hard it is to get a job at the VA as a new grad, especially with an ADN, but am very interested in these facilities. I have seen a few positions at my local VA that are open until the end of June or July. I was wondering if I should wait and apply until later in the fall, or get a jump start and apply this summer? I'm just trying to get a head start on trying to get my foot in the door there and would appreciate any suggestions! Thank you!
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    The FIT Nurse

    I must say I don't think the post was judging at all! I myself am overweight and after reading the post I think it is wonderful and inspirational. You go girl!
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    The FIT Nurse

    I must
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    Student Questions

    Thank you for replying! I appreciate it!!
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    Student Questions

    Hello everyone! First of all I want to say thank you to anyone who replies. I am one semester away from graduating from nursing school. I am aware I need a year or two of experience before going into travel nursing, but had some questions regarding this career path. My main question is that I have no clue how to understand the contracts people tell me about. If it isn't too much trouble I was wondering if someone could break this down for me. I see a lot of abbreviations such as "GSA, and MEI" in these threads. I have looked through a ton of posts, but have not found a post explaining this. My other question is simply how does the process work? I assume you apply for a job, interview, they make you an offer, and you accept/decline? I wasn't sure if they gave you a list of locations, or if they only offered you one location based on their needs. I know these questions will require a lot of detail, so thank you in advance for all the help! I love traveling and have always wanted to venture into this area of nursing. Any insight helps! Y
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    ASN or BSN?

    I am currently in an ASN program. I had the same battles that you are having now. I talked to a few recruiters and managers at local hospitals to see their opinion on this topic. I would suggest you do the same in your area. The hospital I've worked at the past two years considers me "grandfathered in" so I would not have to have a BSN to get hired as a new grad. However, a few local hospitals suggested that they prefer to take a BSN new grad over an ASN new grad. This is why I would recommend you do some local research. Financially the ASN program was best for me, and since the current hospital I work at will not require me to have a BSN as a new grad there was no question about it. My ultimate goal is to get my BSN as well, which is why the ASN was my final decision. Good luck to you. I hope this helps :)
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    VA Medical Center

    Thank you for responding! It's nice to have some insight on the rumors I've heard!
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    VA Medical Center

    Hello everyone! I had a few questions regarding the VA centers. I have heard that the shifts at the VA centers are awful. I have heard that you never know if you're working shifts that are 12s, 8s, or 4s. Is this true? Or is it like any other job where you are hired on for a particular shift with certain hours? Also, I was wondering as a new grad if it is hard to get on there, especially as an ADN. Thanks for any input!
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    night shift depression!

    Although this isn't true for everyone, you may want to check your vitamin D levels. I have been on nights for 3 years, and began feeling depressed, restless, emotional, stressed ect. Someone told me to get it checked so I went for a check up and it was critically low. I didn't think it would help with my depression, but it did. The first couple of weeks I could tell a huge difference, and the fact that it gave me more energy helped with my depression also. Like I said, not true for every night shift worker but it worked wonders for me!
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    Extern while pregnant?

    I would talk to her right away. Just explain that you're eager to start and are excited about the position. I would think your manager would appreciate you telling him/her early on.
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    JCC Nursing School Schedule

    Thanks for responding! Good luck!
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    JCC Nursing School Schedule

    Thanks for responding! It eases my mind to have some insight on what it will be like. Good luck in the rest of your school!
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    homosexual patients

    Part of nursing is caring for all patients regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation, race, ect; A homosexual patient is no different than any other patient and deserves the same care and compassion as anyone else.
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    JCC Nursing School Schedule

    This is for Jefferson community and technical college in Louisville, Ky.. Sorry I didn't clarify.