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  1. vanilla bean

    L&D to NICU

    Do NICU nurses attend high-risk deliveries at your facility? If so, try to make a good impression. Try to get to know them a bit. Be friendly and helpful. They may just be the ones that can assist you to get in to the NICU by talking you up and telling their nurse manager what a great nurse you are and what a good coworker you'd be. Master your NRP skills and make every effort to become highly skilled in newborn care/assessments.
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    Why wouldn't this cost of living hack work for California?

    I think the OP meant more in the operational sense (separate bank accounts, etc) rather than the legal sense of their finances.
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    Nurses secretive about getting another job

    Sorry Emergent, sarcasm is my default setting. I'll make an attempt to contribute something productive to the conversation. Here goes: personally, I don't feel any obligation or desire to share the decisions regarding my professional life with anyone, whether they feel entitled to that information or not. If my coworkers/work friends become upset, feeling that me not sharing that information with them is me being secretive and/or wondering why I would try to "hide" it because they'll find out anyway, I would be confused by that perspective (and legit would probably say something sarcastic to them in response, unproductive or not).
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    Nurses secretive about getting another job

    Sounds like a great reason to have multiple per diem jobs; more opportunities to work one's desired shifts. I can't believe "Karen" didn't keep you in the loop with her employment plans. What could she possibly have been thinking?
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    Employment Gap - should bring up nursing school?

    If all they're asking about is a gap in employment and you weren't working while in college, why not say exactly that? As in, "during that time I was in college and decided not to work so that I could focus on my studies." If pressed to elaborate, traumaRUs gave examples of great responses.
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    Being bullied at work

    What would I do? I'd find another job. If you exude even a fraction of the contempt for your coworkers you've shown here when you're with them, trying to establish any kind of functional relationship is going to be a steep uphill battle.
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    1 year in and lost - advice please

    Have you considered going back to school and pursuing an advanced degree for an APRN role?
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    Haunted Hospitals/Units

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    Out of State MEPN vs In-State ABSN

    This is a *very* important factor to consider. I relocated to CA last year and knew I was moving to a competitive market but was still surprised that it took me a year *a year* to get a job. I have my BSN and 3 years experience as an RN and it was still a struggle to compete with all of the other applicants for open positions. When you have exposure as a student to facilities, staff, hiring managers and faculty that have local connections you have the opportunity to network and cultivate relationships that could help make that new grad job hunt a whole lot easier.
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    Nurses Are So Bossy...

    No, we don't. You need to address your concerns directly with the facility in question.
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    Mass shooting

    I have no doubt some of our very smart and seasoned friends here will have suggestions for resources for you. Even though I don't have any of that helpful information, I just want to tell you how sorry I am that you are having to deal with this trauma and to let you know that we're all here for you. ((((hugs))))
  12. vanilla bean

    Surviving an Interstate Move

    It's been almost a year since I did a big interstate move. I still feel stressed, lol. Feel free to PM me if you'd like to talk details/specifics. Good luck with your new adventure!
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    How many of you disinfect car after work?

    It's excessive behavior. If you want to continue with this behavior, at least be consistent and wipe it all down after leaving your home and going out in public at all. Disgusting shopping carts, door handles, handling money, touching your children (I mean kids are like walking petri dishes!), your cell phone! Ewww! That last bit is obviously meant as a joke, but do you see my point? Wiping your car down after working is excessive. I would think it would be a lot more reasonable to wear your own clothing in/out of work and only wear your scrubs while on the clock. If you launder your own scrubs then just take them home and wash them.
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    Associates degree in nursing. BA in English

    What words of wisdom are you looking for? Are you wondering what experience and/or education you need to land a job as a school nurse? Requirements will vary by market so one thing I would suggest is to seek out job postings for the job(s) you want and see what their requirements are so you will get a better sense of what's required in your area. In case you haven't found it yet, AN has a very active school nurse forum that you might find helpful (you can find it under the specialties header). There's also a search function which may help you find some of the info you're looking for. Good luck
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    Easiest states for foreign graduates

    Not necessarily. The CA BON will only be satisfied when you have met all of *their* licensing requirements.
  16. I can't imagine that it would be a problem that you haven't been vaccinated before as long as you're willing to receive the vaccines required by the nursing program you choose. Perhaps you can investigate some of the nursing programs you're interested in applying to and find out which vaccines they require and get started from there. As Ruby Vee mentioned, if your parent(s) is/are on board, you can get started or you may have to wait until you're an adult and able to consent to your own medical care without parental consent.

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