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    NorthWell Formerly Long Island Jewish MED SURG UNIT H.E.L.P

    I agree w/ LM NY. A lot of nurses get their start in med-surg for a good foundation from which to build. It's great to get your time in and gain experience. Northwell Health is a great system if you can get your foot in the door!
  2. I believe there are stages a new grad goes through and one stage is definitely, "what have I gotten myself into!!" I have to say, I've been doing it for just over a year and it DOES get better. Is it stressful? Yes. You will have good days and bad days, but I find that the good days far out-weigh the bad days. It will take time to get used to the job. I can't tell you how many times I just wanted to quit during the first 6 months. I'm glad I stuck it out though because I feel much more comfortable and confident. Do I still have questions and need to ask for help? Of course, but that's what my co-workers and managers are for. We're a team and are there for each other. What you are experiencing is normal. Hang in there!
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    Kaplan NCLEX Review

    Definitely helped. I used Kaplan and passed in 75Q. I felt very prepared for the NCLEX.
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    This is the latest information as of July 2014: City/State: NYC/Queens/Long Island Position: RN 12.5hr shift - Med Surg (although it doesn't matter which floor all RNs start at the same salary) Pay: Days: $40/hr and Nights: $42.50/hr Benefits: FT (3 days/week) 100% Medical as well as dental and eye discounts Housing/Rent in area: Varies greatly by area. Nice area studio or 1 bedroom $1000-$1500 but it probably would not be anything fancy and would be small and plain.
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    New Nurse on Surg/Tele - Organizational Tools?

    I have a sheet of paper that I carry around with me. On that paper I have columns for each pt. I have a column for vital signs, meds due throughout the shift, updates/things to do. I even jot down little things like "get pt water" b/c it's SOO easy to get distracted and forget things! I also find that being organized w/ my meds is huge! I write down (on the above paper) what medications are due and what time they are do. So I can easily refer to my "chart" to see when I need to do something, then I cross it out once I've administered it. Also, at the beginning of the shift, I make sure that I have all of my medications that I will need for each patient throughout the shift. It's VERY frustrating when it's 6PM (or AM) and you're almost ready to go home, then you realize you don't have a medication and have to order it from Pharmacy!
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    hard to get first job with no experience beyond nursing school?

    I could have written your post...except, I'm older. lol I was a SAHM for 20 yrs, went to nursing school, graduated having not worked in 20+ yrs and was hired right out of nursing school. :) How did I do it? I made sure I got to know the managers on the floors where I did my clinicals and then my Preceptorship. I was hired where I did my Preceptorship (Capstone). My floor hires students who stick out. That would be my advice to you. Some people can handle working and doing nursing school - I was not one of those people. I wanted to focus on my studies - not for everyone, but it worked for me. :)
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    Are med-surg jobs extremely competitive?

    I agree w/ BloomNurseRN, most med-surg floors will hire new RNs and the fact that you have at least some experience will probably actually help you. I don't think you will have a problem, just start applying. :)
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    Squeamish future nursing student

    I can SO relate!! I let it stop me for quite some time. Then when I decided to pursue my dream, I had a couple of people say, "Nursing?? Are you sure you can handle it?!" b/c they knew how squeamish I was. I talked to other nurses for input and they all said that you do get used to it. I had to take their word for it. I have to say...it really is TRUE! Sometimes I shock myself w/ the stuff that I'm doing and able to w/o gagging. I won't lie - the first bedpan in nursing school was pretty bad and I gagged my way through it - but it's just second nature now. I went to nursing school realizing that there are so many different avenues that I could take w/ a nursing degree. If I absolutely hated and couldn't handle the bedside, I knew I would have other options. Don't let your sensitive gag reflex and squeamishness scare you away - you may surprise yourself w/ what you can handle.
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    Getting the first job

    I agree w/ the above poster 100%. Depending on where you live, it can be hard to get a job. I applied to nearly 50 places. I got ONE interview...and that was from a nurse manager that I had met and made an impression w/ while in nursing school. I went on that one interview and got the job. :) I've been working for almost a year now. I've interacted w/ students. One student last spring stood out to me and others. She showed up on the floor a few weeks ago and is now a volunteer. The manager is already interested in her when she graduates this May. My advice is to do a good job, don't be afraid to step in and help...AND get to know the nurses and manager. It will definitely help you.
  10. I don't think it would hurt, but I also don't think it's necessary. I was hired in Sept and I'm just now taking an ACLS course - and the hospital is paying for it.
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    Advice about becoming a nurse? UIC?

    I'm sorry I can't be of help as far as the track to take - I just went to a 4 year college and got my BSN. I didn't have previous experience and was never a CNA. That can definitely help and many people say you should...I just didn't b/c I wanted to focus on school. As far as the job? You will get varying opinions. It is a stressful job, but I truly feel fortunate that I am a nurse. I love working w/ and helping patients (most of them lol) and you just can't beat the hours. If you get a hospital job, you really can't beat the pay for working 3 days a week. Yes, they are long hours, but it goes by so fast and then you get 4 days off a week. That being said, just know that there will be good days and bad days. There are times that I go in to work and all of my patients can care for themselves, so I just need to do assessments and give medications... Other days I'm running around from start to finish w/ a patient or two crashing, or some that are bed-ridden. So, some days, I go home and say, "This is a great job!!" and other days I say, "What have I gotten myself into?!?!" lol But it balances out. Yes, you will have both kinds of days. The good days do out-weigh the bad.
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    So scared of NCLEX-RN

    If you're asking for advice/suggestions, I have one for you. I actually think you're doing too many different programs. I heard a lot of people say to focus on one or two programs. I did that. I chose Kaplan and LaCharity. I did 50 questions 3 times a day for about 2 weeks using Kaplan. When I was in the 60-65% range in my scores, I thought I was ready. I took it and passed in 75Qs. When I sat for the test, I took a deep breath and told myself that to just think of it as another test that I was taking in the comfort of my living room. lol For some reason that calmed me down some. The time that I really started to panic was at question 74. lol I was so nervous wondering if it was going to shut off or not at the next question. It did - but it was good news. :)
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    Long Island or the suburbs of NJ. Both expensive places to live. NJ may be a bit cheaper - but the pay scale in NYC is higher than most areas in the US (w/ the exception of CA) so it's very doable.
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    Full time or Part time as a New Graduate

    I agree w/ the majority. You have the best of both worlds - part time work and enough time to be with your baby. Sounds like a great plan. :)
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    Am I dreaming to big? Is this even a possibility?

    I think anything is possible. I don't know the details, but my friend's brother did this. He purchased a large home and only has 8 patients. Mostly his elderly grandmother and aunts because it's a recent endeavor. I don't know him personally, but just the info I got from my friend is that it is a LOT of work (insurance, codes, regulations, etc) but it can be done. It's costly, too... but if you have it in your heart to do it, I say do your research and make it happen. I would add, though...that even though you don't want to be a floor nurse in a hospital, it will make your job a little harder. With an endeavor such as this, Med-Surg experience would be invaluable. In my opinion, you would really need that experience unless you are going to take more of the business aspect of the facility rather than caring for the patients. In that case you would just need nurses with experience. Good luck w/ whatever you decide. :)
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    Nervous Graduate

    I totally agree w/ crossfit nurse. In your last semester if you're shadowing a nurse, STAND OUT and be willing to work, learn, and be part of the team. See yourself as part of the team rather than a "nursing student". That's how I got my job. I was offered a position at the end of the semester. Many of my friends did, as well. Good luck!!