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  1. swoo5

    St. Alexius Bismark,ND

    I worked there also and just left after about a year. I started last year and now am back home with my experience and 2 job offers! I agree with DatMurse comments. Also, I'll add that St. A's is AWESOME!! I'm so thankful for my experience there in Med/Oncology and the wonderful people I worked with. If this hospital and environment and co-workers and managers were home, I would never leave my job at this hospital. I believe it is the ABSOLUTE BEST EXPERIENCE FOR A NEW GRAD AVAILABLE in the country today. The pay sucks, but with differentials and picking up extra shifts every once in a while (which is no problem if you want to) and flying home for a week every two weeks (yes, the managers really worked with me and my schedule to allow me to fly home for a week every two weeks and I was still able to get in my full time hours) and I netted somewhere between $1900-2200 a check depending on how many shifts I had during that pay period. If you can do it, go to St. A's. They also will NOT hire anyone with a heartbeat. I've known one nurse who applied and didn't get hired.
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    Resume feedback Please:)

    Thanks resqbug!! I was starting to think that I did something wrong in posting and no one could actually see my resume.
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    Resume feedback Please:)

    Anyone? No feedback? I guess it must be perfect?:)
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    Resume feedback Please:)

    Anybody?? For the best since I've got another iteration. Here it is. Hopefully someone will provide some feedback. Thanks in advance!! FIRSTNAME LASTNAME, RN, ADN ADDRESS, CITY, STATE ZIP CELL: 555-555-5555 email@domain.com OBJECTIVE: To be hired as a staff registered nurse in a hospital Medical/Surgical Unit. QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY: · Staff nurse in Medical/Oncology Unit of major hospital · Robust critical thinking and problem solving experience; currently as an acute care RN; previously as an insurance representative · Exceptional assessment and highly thorough report experience recognized by fellow staff · Superior organization and time management skills well sharpened in acute care nursing and fast paced insurance customer service · Maturity and a strong commitment to patient care demonstrated by recognizing limitations and asking for help when necessary EDUCATION: · University of Texas, Arlington o Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree candidate, expected May 2016 · College of xxxxx, City, State o Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN). Graduated May 2014. GPA 3.79 LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS and RELEVANT TRAINING: · State 1 RN License: xxxxxxxx valid through 3/2016 · State 2 RN License: xxxxxx valid through 12/2015 · BLS - American Heart Association, March 2014 – March 2016 · ACLS - American Heart Association, March 2014 – March 2016 · American Nurses Association - Active Member · EPIC, Health Connect and McKesson experience and training PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Staff Nurse-Medical/Oncology Unit, Medical Center, City, State, Aug-2014 to present · Recognized by management and fellow staff for calmness under pressure, critical thinking, quick learning, thorough report, flexibility, and teamwork · Recognized by patients for empathy, attentiveness, patience and caring · Consistently attends to 5-6 high acuity medical, oncology and stroke patients per shift · Acts as a patient advocate while adhering to policies and procedures · Supervises LPNs and CNAs · Consistently looked to as a resource to other staff during shifts Office Manager and Customer Service, Insurance Office, City, State, Jan 2003-May 2012
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    Resume feedback Please:)

    I'm glad no one has provided any feedback yet because I just edited it and here is the edited version. Please provide feedback if you can. Thanks!! FIRST LAST, RN, ADN ADDRESS CITY, STATE ZIP CELL: 555-555-5555 EMAILADDRESS@EMAIL.COM OBJECTIVE: To be hired as a staff registered nurse in a hospital Medical/Surgical Unit. QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY: · Staff nurse in Medical/Oncology Unit of major hospital · Robust critical thinking and problem solving experience; currently as an acute care RN; previously as an insurance representative and office manager · Exceptional assessment and report experience in an acute care setting · Superior organization and time management skills honed in acute care nursing and in fast paced chaotic insurance customer service · Demonstrates maturity by recognizing limitations and not being afraid to ask for help when necessary EDUCATION: · University of Texas, Arlington o Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree candidate, expected May 2016 · College , City, State o Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN). Graduated May 2014. GPA 3.79 LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS and RELEVANT TRAINING: · State 1 RN License: xxxxxxxxx valid through 3/2016 · State 2 RN License: xxxxxxx valid through 12/2015 · BLS - American Heart Association, March 2014 – March 2016 · ACLS - American Heart Association, March 2014 – March 2016 · American Nurses Association - Active Member · EPIC, Health Connect and McKesson experience and training PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Staff Nurse-Medical/Oncology Unit, Medical Center, City, State, Aug-2014 to present · Recognized by management and fellow staff for calmness under pressure, critical thinking, quick learning, thorough report, flexibility, and teamwork · Recognized by patients for empathy, attentiveness, patience and caring · Administer total patient care through a team nursing process attending to 5-6 high acuity medical, oncology and stroke patients per shift · Act as a patient advocate while adhering to policies and procedures · Supervise LPNs and CNAs · Consistently looked to as a resource to other staff during shifts Office Manager and Customer Service, Insurance Office, City, State, Jan 2003-May 2012
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    Resume feedback Please:)

    Hello, I would really appreciate some feedback on my resume. I am working out of state right now in my first job after nursing school with wonderful people and AMAZING management but my husband and young kids can't move here and they need me home after being away. I would really appreciate some feedback on my resume. Thanks in advance!! Format looks much better in PDF file. Just cut and pasted here. FIRSTNAME LASTNAME, RN, ADN ADDRESS, CITY STATE ZIP CELL: XXX-XXX-XXXX EMAIL ADDRESS OBJECTIVE: To be hired as a staff registered nurse in a hospital Medical/Surgical Unit. QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY: · Staff nurse in Medical/Oncology Unit of major hospital · Robust critical thinking experience with clients as an insurance advisor as well as an acute care RN · Extensive assessment and report giving experience in an acute care setting · Managerial experience including leadership of small business specializing in customer service EDUCATION: · University of Texas, Arlington o Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree candidate, expected May 2016 · College of xxxxxxx, city, state o Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN). Graduated May 2014. GPA 3.79 LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS and RELEVANT TRAINING: · State 1 RN License: xxxxxxxxx valid through 3/2016 · State 2 RN License: xxxxxxx valid through 12/2015 · BLS - American Heart Association, March 2014 – March 2016 · ACLS - American Heart Association, March 2014 – March 2016 · American Nurses Association - Active Member · EPIC, Health Connect and McKesson experience and training PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Staff Nurse-Medical/Oncology Unit, Medical Center, City, State, Aug-2014 to present · Act as a patient advocate while adhering to policies and procedures · Administer total patient care through a team nursing process attending to 5-6 high acuity medical, oncology and stroke patients per shift · Recognized by management and fellow staff for my critical thinking, quick learning, robust report and teamwork · Recognized by patients for my empathy, attentiveness, patience, caring and competence · Supervise LPNs and CNAs · Contributes as a resource for other staff during shifts Office Manager, Insurance Agency, City, State Jan 2003-May 2010
  7. Hello there. I would really love some advice about what you nurse managers and hospital HR folks think would be the top 5 skills/competencies would be for a RN candidate for a Med/Surg position? Thanks in advance!
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    Resume Help

    Nienna. Thanks so much for the PDF file. This has been so helpful!! I see you have 12 years experience! That is awesome. I wish you the best in your career. I'm on 7 months now and hopefully this PDF will help me to build a resume that stands out. I also ordered the books in the back of the PDF. Thanks again!
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    Resume Help

    Hello. I am currently working in a Medical Unit. This is my first job out of nursing school and I love the hospital, my fellow staff, my managers are INCREDIBLE and pretty much everything about it. The only downside is that my husband and three kids are in another state and I am commuting back and forth and there is no way for my family to move to me. My kids really need me at home and being home only 1 week a month for the last 6 months is really starting to wear on my family. I need to get home and need to get help with my resume. Any suggestion on best ways to get help on my resume would be great. Are there certain key words I should use for the computers to get it noticed? Any help would be amazing. Thanks in advance!!
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    Making the switch!

    I am a new grad RN and I just accepted a position at a medical oncology unit. I'm super excited about it and so happy I found this thread. I will definitely follow the great advice given here! And good luck ValGirlRN I hope it works out for you!
  11. Jban, I would recommend going for at least your ADN if not your BSN to increase your chances of employment. And you should be open to relocating if possible. Nursing school prepared me for the NCLEX so although it was hard it was passable. I have now applied for 100+ jobs in CA without any luck, so I looked out of state and just accepted a RN position in ND so I'm very excited about my new adventure where I'll gain valuable acute hospital experience. Best of luck to you!
  12. Violetsmom, congrats on getting a job!! I'm in the same boat as you were, I'm in the Bay Area, CA, graduated May, Nclex June 9, applied for many jobs, but no bite yet. What's your secret? Do you have any advise to offer?
  13. Hello there. Just wanted to hear if any of you new grad RN's have found any work in CA yet? I could really use some uplifting stories about the job market in CA. If you have found an RN job, what did you get and how did you get it? Thanks!
  14. Hello. I have another question and thanks to all of you that have answered my previous question. The answers have been so insightful. My other question is this: Is non-hospital RN employment considered positive or negative on a new grad RN's resume who would eventually like to be employed in an acute care unit? I'm a new grad RN in California. Passed NCLEX on June 9, 2014. It is very hard to secure hospital positions as a new grad RN. I'm open to also looking at non-hospital RN positions, but have heard that if I want to ultimately end up in a hospital unit, that that experience could be looked on as a negative. Logically, I would think that any experience would only make me a better nurse down the line. Could any of you wise nurses out there please give your thoughts on this to a new RN that is eager to start her career? Best.
  15. Hello. I am a new grad RN in CA. Just graduated in May and took NCLEX on June 9, 2014 and passed! I am official with the CA Board of Registered Nursing! Anyways, I am now applying to many nursing positions and know that being a new grad RN is not an advantage right now. I want to do everything I can to better my chances of getting a job. I have a few questions: 1) For those of you hiring nurses, what is it specifically that deters you from hiring or even considering new grad RN's? 2) What can I do absent a nursing job, to mitigate the risks of hiring me, a new grad RN? Any advice would be really helpful here. Thanks so much in advance!