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  1. Hey all! I moved out to California to brave the brutal job market here. I got my license last week and have been applying non-stop for jobs. It's only been a week and I know people search for months and months, but I have an interview (my first and only) at a SNF on Friday. I'm debating whether or not to take the job if I get offered it. I'm not picky about where I work and I actually really enjoyed working with my older patients during clincals. I've been in here for about 2 months (graduated 3 months ago) now and I'm just ready to start working and getting some experience under my belt. I feel like so many more doors will open for me once I can apply for jobs and say "yes, I actually have clinical RN experience." I'm also up for a volunteer position at a bigger hospital, and I'm hoping I can use that as a way to maintain a presence in the hospital and possibly make some good contacts for future jobs. I guess I'm just looking for some advice as to whether taking a SNF job as a new grad is a good idea? Will I be overwhelmed? And will I be able to transition back into a hospital job? Thanks guys!
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    boards in california

    Just wanted to share my story in case it might be helpful to you as I was in your shoes a few months ago! I graduated from nursing school in Texas and planned to move out to CA right away. The biggest hurdle was getting the BRN to process my license app. I don't know if it is more or less time consuming to get an Indiana license and transfer vs apply for a CA license and get licensed here but I did the latter. My timeline was, applied in June 2014. Graduated August 2014. Pestered BRN until mid September, got my ATT and tested in October 2014. California license was posted in 48 hours. They are VERY slow so just get the ball rolling on sending your stuff in now (transcripts, fingerprint cards, etc) once you apply. As for jobs, I agree that you may want to secure something before you get out here. But in my case, and maybe I was just lucky, I was able to secure a non new grad job at a major LA hospital and I also got a spot in a new grad program at another. It took about 3 months of frustration and patience but everything worked out for me! I'm definitely not advising you to move out here jobless! But just want to say that it's possible to be from an out of state nursing school and get into a program here. Practice your interview skills and be confident in yourself! Wish you the best of luck!
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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

    Has anyone from OR heard anything?
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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

    Hey Jeannine! Did you get a call from the unit manager?
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    applying for the NCLEX? ca breeze

    I applied in June. Graduated in August and got my ATT (after probably 30 or 40 phone calls) in late September. Tested first week of October. License was posted like 2 days later!
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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

    I interviewed a little over two weeks ago and got the email last week. But as others have said, every unit is different in terms of their timeline, so I would go based off what they told you at interviews as far as when you should expect to hear back! Good luck!
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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

    i posted that as a reply to a question about getting the reference check email, not the job! i dont know why it showed up as a solo post and not a reply. i can only hope to get the magical offer call soon too though!
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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

    yes! got it this past week
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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

    did anyone else from OR get reference check emails?
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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

    hey guys! hope everyone's interviews went well! just wondering if anyone has rooted through the old threads to find out how quickly they send out the reference requests after the interview?
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    Research Nurse Interview Questions?

    Hello all! I recently applied to a research nurse job at a fairly large hospital and I managed to get an interview! I was just wondering how I should prepare, outside of doing the normal research on the hospital values, mission statement, etc. I'm really wondering if there are different types of questions for research nurse positions, outside of the typical behavioral questions? I'm also a new grad, so I'm very uncertain about what I would get asked since I have no prior experience outside of clinicals! I am treating this interview as nothing more than practice, because I don't want to get my hopes up too high, but I would love some insight, if anyone has ever been in this boat, as a new grad interviewing for a research nurse position!
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    Texas to California

    I did a similar thing. I moved to California immediately after finishing my BSN degree and took my exam and got licensed here. I'm in Southern California and it is definitely not easy to get a job out here. I would definitely consider taking a year to gain some experience first. In my experience, there ARE a few jobs here, things like aesthetics and home care but I don't consider them particularly safe for new nurses, because there's usually not a lot of training offered (just my opinion).
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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

    thanks for giving us some insight! just wondering, was the 20 minute session just you and the interview panel?
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    UCLA New Grad Winter 2015

    Does anyone know what the start date for this program is? I can't seem to find it!
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    Help! Should I take a SNF job as a New grad?

    Thank you all for your responses. As a confused new nurse, all advice is much appreciated! I was actually offered a position at the SNF, in a supervisor role, but I do not feel qualified to be in such a role so I am unsure about what to do!
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    ATT time with Breeze Application

    Hi all! I just finished my nursing program in Texas (8/14) and I'm moving out to California next week. I have read lots and lots about the massive delays with licensing through the BRN, but it's mostly from Winter/Spring grads. Just wondering if any summer grads can start sharing if/when they get ATTs and licensing info from the BRN? I am trying to be optimistic and hoping that things have smoothed over since they've introduced the online application but I feel like there's so much talk of waiting 3 to 4 months before even being able to take the NCLEX, that I'm a bit nervous!
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    ATT time with Breeze Application

    September 18th. But that was with the help of one of the ladies at the BRN who really went above and beyond to get my application evaluated as it hadn't been looked at at all when I started calling in early September.
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    California att

    June 2nd and I got my ATT Sep 18th. After many, many, many phone calls to the BRN! I think they are still having a lot of issues, but I was lucky enough to get in touch with two different people at the BRN who were both super helpful in getting my application seen by someone, and then I got my ATT within a few days.
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    How should An AZ graduate to apply CA license

    I suggest doing the online application through Breeze now and starting to send in some of your stuff, like previous transcripts and fingerprints, etc. In my experience as a Texas grad applying for a CA license, the BRN is excruciatingly slow at processing everything so it might be better for you to start getting stuff in to them as soon as possible in order to have all your ducks in a row come graduation time!
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    California att

    Just wondering if anyone is still having this problem? My payment was processed on June 2nd and I'm still waiting to hear something. I used to be able to get through to speak to someone on the phone but the past week or so, I have called countless times only to have a busy signal or hear the recording saying they can't take my call. So frustrating.
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    ATT time with Breeze Application

    I actually had to do hard card since Texas doesn't have live scan. But I did all of that in June so last I spoke to the BRN, they've got it cleared. I'm just waiting on my ATT!
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    CA License as a Texas New Grad

    Hope I've got this topic in the right place! I know there have been several questions asked about this but I haven't been able to find the exact information that I've been looking for. I am currently in a Texas Nursing program, graduating in August and I am planning to move to California ASAP, as in a few days after I graduate. I am planning on just getting licensed there, but I have had trouble getting guidance on how to complete the licensing process with as much ease and speed as possible. Can anyone who has done this before tell me, is it possible to START the application process before I actually get my degree? I want to take my NCLEX and get licensed as soon as possible and seeing as how I know it'll take SOME time to get all my paperwork from Texas there and sorted, I want to know if I can start sending them things, like my fingerprints, previous transcripts etc, in the weeks prior to graduation. Any information/advice on the process would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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    CA License as a Texas New Grad

    Thank you both for the information! I went ahead and applied for a California License. I was actually reading a different thread about moving to California as a New Grad and most of the comments mentioned that the outlook for out of state new grads was pretty grim. I do have a few friends in the Los Angeles area who are currently working and are willing to help me network a bit to line up some interviews. I also have the luxury of giving myself a few months to search before I would consider throwing in the towel and coming back to Texas. I'm just wondering if I were to have more luck with non-hospital settings, just to get some experience, would I still eventually be able to transition back to a hospital setting?