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  1. Lauren Bear

    New traveler - moved and still no job...

    Hey all - My girlfriend and I are both nurses (her: peds-onc, me: ER) and we moved from Brooklyn, NY to San Francisco because she was able to get a sweet first travel assignment. I was told by the handful of recruiters we were working with, that it wouldn't be difficult to place me, but alas, it's been over 2 months, many submissions, and not even an interview. I have over 2.5 years of level II trauma experience in a busy Brooklyn ER (would have up to 15 patients on my own at times...) and used my recent time off to study and pass the CEN (yay!). So now I have what I would *think* of as enough experience and certs to set myself apart. I've now heard that it can be extremely difficult to get that first placement, but I didn't think it would be this bad. I've even cold-called hospitals, after being submitted, at one of my recruiter's suggestion, even though that seems very unprofessional to me... At this point, we're looking to move down to SoCal (LA/San Diego) after her contract is up because it seems there are more opportunities down there. The obvious challenge is being able to find both of us jobs within a reasonable vicinity from each other, especially on the same shift. Is anyone else having a difficult time getting placed for their first assignment? Can anyone send me words of advice/encouragement? Thanks! :)
  2. Lauren Bear

    Currently in Orlando, Considering next assignment in NY or NYC

    ED nursing in NYC is not for the faint of heart. I started in my ED right out of nursing school and I had up to 20 patients! My hospital got better though and our ratios are much more manageable, but still can get up to 10-12. I know travelers who have come through and are shocked, but they did it! And we definitely use computer charting. Just know who your resources are - NYC is much friendlier than people think :)
  3. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    @jasonka - check with the admissions office. They can let you know what classes/tests will count.
  4. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    hi all! yes, the messages were in my "other" inbox so it took me a minute to realize. i messaged you all back with the page link :)
  5. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    Congrats to @Vincent_ and @miyajg!!! Make sure you join the SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN: 2014-2015 Class group on Facebook too! Message me if you can't find it :)
  6. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    @annapt yes, I got it a week after the e-mail was sent. Check in with the admissions office about it though...
  7. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    @brooklyn2012 has been really generous in giving info on being a current student. Look at earlier posts :)
  8. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    awesome @khasmom! i have mine as well! lots of info about what we need to take care of before we start the program :)
  9. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    Hey Folks who are waiting for their acceptance package: After some investigating with UPS and chatting with someone from admissions, I found that all of the acceptance packages were returned to Downstate due to labeling errors (transfer paper didn't transfer the info to the envelopes clearly)! They were either sent out again yesterday or will be sent out today.
  10. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    FYI to the folks waiting for their acceptance package - I just heard that they had a delay in sending them and that they went out yesterday with overnight delivery via UPS. Should be getting them today!
  11. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    PM me and I'll add you!
  12. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    I think the Facebook link was removed for Terms of Service purposes, so if you want to join the Facebook group, just PM me and I'll add you!
  13. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    Hey - for all the folks who have been accepted or get accepted and choose to go, join the Facebook group I just started! Look for SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN: 2014-2015 Class
  14. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    Ohhhh. my bad - I think that the person who e-mailed me meant to say that the package would go out no later than the 3rd, not arrive no later than the 3rd. I realized that he probably didn't go through the trouble of figuring out how many days it would take for the acceptance package to reach my apartment building from Downstate lol
  15. Lauren Bear

    SUNY Downstate Accelerated BSN Program 2014-2015

    I'm still waiting for my acceptance package to come in the mail. They said it would arrive no later than Monday the 3rd, so I'm giving them a couple more days before I call. In the acceptance e-mail they said that they need to hear whether I accepted or not within two weeks, so I made sure that I at least told them via e-mail that I definitely accept!
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