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    Should a recent RN grad be a supervisor in LTC?

    i was offered a similar position and i have just over a year of experience as an rn. i thought it was risky, how much more for you?? if anything goes wrong, you will be the go-to person and will call the shots. without really shooting down the offer, i said i do not feel comfortable yet about handling such a big responsibility and will need further exposure. i said i will need more time. nobody can force you to take on something that you think you aren't capable yet of doing. it's your license at stake.
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    New grad to Research Nurse

    wow, congratulations! i have always wanted to work in the area of research. i ended up in an ltc where you have a lot of bedside work but many times, i'd wish i can switch jobs to where i can focus and be calm. i'm sucking it up knowing that all my efforts will not go unrewarded in time. as for you, i'd say take it!!!! you'll never know what opportunities will come knocking next time...
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    Got 1st US nursing job, now freaking out...

    hello. it's been awhile since my last post. i should update my screen name because i am an rn now and have been working in an ltc for over a year. anyways, congrats should be in order. what you're feeling is normal but once you get your groove, you will find it easier. try to device a routine for each day you work, i.e. rounds, check and restock on missing meds or follow-up pharmacy or the lab for test results. i know most ltc's have some form of a report sheet where you jot notes on your residents' status from shift turnover. keep this sheet on hand as you move along med pass to write down any further change you notice or a reminder for you to do later. it helps if you write with a different colored pen to distinguish the current observations or notes you make from that of the previous nurse's. also important is to maintain smooth relations with your fellow staff because it's a hell of a difference if they help you or if they just decide to give you an attitude. be pleasant yet firm. bite your tongue whenever you feel like lashing out in frustration whether to a fellow worker or a resident's family. breathe and decide to do what is professional. i know it can also work against you if english isn't your first language but hey, you were schooled in english from kinder all the way through college. so long as you can express yourself effectively, that's all that matters. never mind the accent. you will hear all sorts and get used to them so other people should get accustomed to you as well. this is usa--- the proverbial melting pot of all cultures. there will be times that your day will not work out as you would want it but remember this: learn from your mistakes and just move on. take care and have a blast...
  4. it sure does...same thing with interchanging "their" "there" and "they're"
  5. it's time to change my username.....i'm now an RN!!!! to all who are planning to take the nclex...do practice questions, at least three thousand! RELAX on the day of the exam. to all in nursing school....PERSEVERE! it will be over before you know it...
  6. ----- did i say anything contradictory, then?. no movement until october 2008.
  7. my main concern actually (for those in the u.s. already obviously) is how to keep a legal status given that immigration petition require many steps and moves at a slower pace than non-immigrant visa holders' timeline.
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    retrogression concerns

    -------- i didn't say current... never did. i said it will MOVE though in an ever so slow pace. it would be wise not to put one's HOPE on getting a sponsorship anytime in the nearest future. the point i was just putting across is THINK how you can stay legal given that your greencard isn't coming to you sooner than you think. thousands are waiting in the pipeline. h1bs would be an option if you have a higher degree and specialty which is the reason i was encouraging the op to strive for a bsn at least. eb3 remains the choice for a foreigner to legally work in the u.s. for very obvious advantages over an h1b (i.e. no specialty or higher degree requirements). i'm talking based on what i see happening and current information. if h1b is under investigation, thanks for the info. i understand things do change but until there is an official announcement saying h1b is no longer acceptable as an immigration route for nurses, i believe it remains a viable option.
  9. sorry for the confusion. yes, you can file for AOS i-145 ONLY if your i140 is approved and pd is before the one stated in the latest vb.
  10. i'm looking at VB august 2008. no movement. but since the fiscal year starts again october, i understand pds will move though not fast enough to make it current.
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    International LPN Student seeking sponsorship

    of course, your community college asn is absolutely cheaper than bsn. getting your nursing degree (whether asn, adn or bsn) will extend you a lot of opportunities...not only helping you set foot in the u.s. it's an all-time, in-demand career. do it for yourself unless your heart isn't really into it. nursing pays but it is a hell of a backbreaking and nerve wracking job as well. think about it...
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    International LPN Student seeking sponsorship

    yes it is quite expensive. it is an option to go get an adn however the closest you can get to a job is under your post-completion optional practical training (opt). after completing your adn, you can work for 1 year with your opt. after that, you must either return to school on an f1 visa or go back to your home country in 60 days. the f1 visa seems to be the wiser choice because by then, you have already earned some-some to get you through another round of studying (for bsn). (heck.... i know, it's tough!!) with strict immigration policies, i'm afraid we must take care NOT to think that there is an overwhelming shortage of nurses in the u.s. that employers are scrambling to get nurses everywhere they can find them. we need to look ahead and draw up our plan to stay legal and afloat....
  13. 1. no it has not stopped. it is currently suspended inview of more applicants versus the number of visas allocated. 2. us immigration policy has always been quite volatile. we have to keep track of what's happening with uscis-- visa bulletin and announcements. you can also check better known immigration forums and web pages 3. by october 2008, visa number assignments are expected to move again. this means all who are here in the u.s. and have approved immigrant petitions (i-140) from their employers will be able to file for their i-145 for adjustment of status, ead and ap etc. so they can start to WORK legally. if your friends are associate degree rn's, they either have go back home or apply to get back to f1 status in order to keep a legal status and pursue a bsn. by getting a bsn, they increase their chances of getting hired again and being sponsored (under an h1b on top of eb3). hopefully, no i-140's have been filed on their behalf at this time because this will cause their f1 renewal to be disapproved.
  14. better take a bsn program. it may be more expensive but it is going to be worth your money in the long run. as an rn-bsn, you have better chances to climb up the ladder in your career and have more options toward immigration.
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    importance of grades

    i'd say grades are important BUT not as much as your perseverance. your grades may give a clue of how you performed in school but hey, people change. we make mistakes, we learn. life gives you a lot of opportunities to do better. just keep on going.