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    Help! Landing Interviews, But Not Jobs

    It took me 11 applications, 4 interviews, and 1 offer to get my current job as a new nurse. Have you been looking at graduate nurse positions? These openings don't expect you to have any nursing experience, but you have to be able to sell yourself, s...
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    Nursing advice needed!!!

    Many hospitals still do hire ADN graduates on the contingency of obtaining your BSN within a certain time frame. It really depends on the job market and hospitals in the area.
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    Always being told to "ask questions"

    It only takes a few seconds to ask a question. Either the nurse can give you the answer or direct you to the resource where you can find an answer. I think when you keep asking questions about things that you could easily find for yourself is when nu...
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    Surgical Oncology unit- New Grad

    No worries. I'm also new on the floor, so I'm kind of in the same spot as you. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Know the policies and where to find them at your facility. Surprisingly, all central line care, including dressings, is not done by the n...
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    Surgical Oncology unit- New Grad

    I just started on an oncology med-surg floor. Familiarize yourself with chemo Tx and ports. Also, review the administration of blood products. Know what S/S to look for in sepsis and septic shock, as well as Tx. Good luck! I had no intention to begin...
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    Am I good enough??

    As long as you pass nursing school and the NCLEX, it doesn't really matter if you're an average student or not. However, if you're interested in going to grad school, grades will matter.
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    Nervous about graduating

    Stop asking yourself, 'What if?" You're making up scenarios and psyching yourself out. Stop. If you need help with resumes, there are so many examples and resources available online. You won't be a competent nurse as you graduate nursing school. No o...
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    Nursing options

    There are a lot of specialties, including med-surg, psych, ICU, etc. If you look through the forum or simply do a Google search, you can find all the options.
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    Which job should I take while in nursing school?

    I would take the Peds position if that's ultimately the area you're intending to specialize in and they've voiced that they're willing to work around your schedule.
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    No Senior Practicum?

    My program didn't offer a senior practicum either. None of us who graduated were hindered by our lack of a senior practicum.
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    Is This Normal?

    I just completed my 2nd shift on the floor yesterday. I absolutely feel the same way. My preceptor pointed out that it's different when you don't have someone to supervise and report to because, now, you ARE the nurse. Obviously, since I'm a new nurs...
  12. Pretty eventful day, as it was officially my first day with a patient load. I learned that an INR >10 is possible. I learned how to call a doctor and communicate my patient's needs. Luckily, the first doctor I called (twice!) was super nice and pa...
  13. Viva - I can't even imagine what you're going through. Hugs and support from my end. Today was my first day on the floor, and wow. It was unnaturally filled with craziness and drama, according to my preceptor (I absolutely LOVE her, by the way). 3 AM...
  14. So orientation began this week, and my first shift on the floor is Friday. I have to admit that I'm feeling intimidated and unprepared as that first day approaches. I've met several of the new nurses/externs I'll be working with, and I feel like my p...
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    hospital interview

    For the position I recently accepted, they gave me a verbal offer before running a background check. HR departments are notorious for mostly being slow with the entire hiring process. However, if I were you, I would not have kept applying for positio...
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    How to get my Michigan Licence?

    RN by exam is that you are taking the NCLEX in MI to become a licensed RN in MI. RN by endorsement is when you already hold your RN license in a different state and are applying for another license in MI. I'm not familiar with the process of obtainin...
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    Where to buy Petite Scrubs

    I bought the Grey's Anatomy top and HeartSoul petite bottoms, both of which fit me perfectly. Plus, they're comfy.
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    Went to school in GA but moving to Alabama

    It varies from each state. Have you already paid the licensing fee for GA license? You should check the AL state requirements to obtain your nursing license there on their BON site.
  19. Phew, this was quite a busy weekend. Since I start in 1.5 weeks now, there's a lot to finish. All my references have been submitted, and my background check results should be coming in soon. Looking for apartments is stressful, especially when you're...
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    Nursing student seeking summer job!

    There are some positions specifically meant for nursing students (externships, internships, etc.), where you can actually practice some nursing tasks under the supervision of an RN. Howevet, it depends on your location and nearby hospitals.
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    Nursing School: Present & Beyond

    First, I would advise that you would use minimal identifying information on AN. You never know who might be reading and how easily you can be identified. There are some days where you might want to vent about a professor or employer, and on those day...
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    Class schedule reasonable? (Hawaii Pre-Nursing Student)

    It depends on the individual, but I took 18 credits for my first semester of my undergraduate degree and did fine. Some people take over 20 credits. There are a lot of variables but, credit-wise, it's doable.
  23. Good luck! Be sure to sleep early the night before. I have 4/5 of my references completed for my new position. Even though it was July 4th weekend, many of my references were timely with filling out the questionnaire that the hospital requires, which...
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    New nurse

    I was in a similar situation. Personally, I was not set on a particular specialty, although I wanted a high acuity specialty. However, I ultimately ended up accepting a position on an Oncology unit because I really like the hospital environment, as w...
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    6/26 WILTW: Littlefinger's smirk makes me feel violated

    Thanks, kaly! I'm definitely not one to step away from a challenge. I'm looking at apartments right now, and it's definitely a struggle since I can't physically see it. But I'm really excited to start this new chapter of my life!