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  1. ****UPDATED*** I did land my first job in ICU/PCU (Intensive care/Progressive care UNIT). I had an interview with a nursing home, I thought it went well and it ended up not working out. I ended up getting an email from one hospital I applied to awhile back. I was so happy because I had done my last 2 clinicals there back to back. I loved the experience and the staff. So needless to say I am fortunate to have not been hired by the previous potential employer. I thank them a million! I am a huge believer in "things happen for a reason" and this was mine! I had received an email from a recruiter to do a few questions over the phone. Why nursing? Why ICU? Where do you see yourself in the next 3-4 years? After that she said lets set you up for a interview with the hiring manager of the floor. I brought a couple resumes thinking I was going to have a panel to have self myself to. It was just the hiring manager. She was so nice and understanding of a new graduate trying to get hired in ICU. We clicked very well and talked for quite a bit. I had a ton of questions to ask about the floor, training, advancements, culture, environment, staff, patients, etc....She ended up having a few seasoned nurses (3) of them interview me, give me the real deal answers. They were super nice and hilarious. We also clicked very well. Questions of Why ICU, why this hospital, What are your plans in the next 5 years, etc... After that I went back with the hiring manager to tour the floor. We ended up finishing and parting ways. She said it would take 2-3 days to find out if they will hire me. I was bummed out because I always hoped for that hire-on-the-spot scenario. LOL. So I figured, great another wait. I hate waiting, the suspense! The next day, I wake up to an email. The recruiter said I have GREAT news from the hiring manager, call me right away. I called so fast! She said I have great news, they want to hire you. She even commented I knew there was something special about you. I felt like a million bucks! I was so shocked I probably didn't sound too enthusiastic I even said omg! I can't believe it! So after that we went over the offer, pay, hours, benefits, etc... I went the following week to get my badge picture taken, package for benefits, fingerprinting, paperwork etc... I start on orientation Sept 17th and 18th. The same day I found out I got the job, my fiance and I found out we also got an apartment approved. I was so excited to be have my first job in an area I have always said I wanted to work in and we're moving to a new place! Whew! The place is huge, with a gym and pool. So exciting!
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    Resurrection University

    Are you attending or in the process of attending Resurrection University!? I Just graduated. Selling two pairs of scrubs and white coat, great condition. I'm 5'4 about 175lbs. Two tops, cinched backs, LARGE Two bottoms, hemmed, X-LARGE White long coat, size 10 Embroidery on all items with Resurrection University name in red and white Chicago, IL Lake View area Pick up/Meet only PICTURES POSTED ON THESE LINKS Craigslist Resurrection University Scrubs/White coat - clothing & accessories - by owner - apparel sale Letgo! Used Resurrection University Scrubs/White coat for sale in Chicago - letgo Also posted on Offer up! app Thank you!
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    IDFPR endorsement process

    FPR.LMU@illinois.gov
  4. ***UPDATE*** I did get a phone interview from one hospital. I am hoping it lands me a job. Just got my licenses through email this morning from IDFPR....23 days later. I have updated my resume and reapplied to all the jobs I previously applied to if they were still available.
  5. Hello, does anyone know of any current assistance programs that help healthcare workers buy a house? I have done some research and came across Every day heroes, down payment plus, and nurse next door. I was wondering if anyone has used these services. I also know of rural or urban areas that will pay up to 50%of the house to show the neighborhood is coming around or becoming better. I have also seen if purchasing a fixer upper they will pay for the repairs and you may see the money after closing. Please let me know if anyone has used these services and how it went.
  6. Just took NCLEX-RN June 2018. I prepared 1 month in advanced. I graduated April 2018. I went on vacation to celebrate. Cancun! I did visit the test location the day before to see where the place was and if parking was easy. I purchased Uworld for 30 days at $99 May 22 to June 22. It was 2000+ questions, no test A or test B, Only questions. The Uworld package I bought was just questions 2000+. 2000+ means you get 2000 up front and each day after date of purchase you get like 5-10 questions added per day until the expiration date. I did 75 questions per day for 30 days. I didn't check my average per exam, I just did the questions in tutor mode and it gave me the correct answers and rationales. The day before my exam I said I wasn't going to do any questions but I was so nervous I did a couple hours worth. I even bought energy shots to get my brain juices flowing the morning before the exam. I slept 3 hours. Went to the test site 30 minutes before. 4 hours later, I did all 265 questions. Mostly SATA, prioritization, and place in order. I did not have any lab values or math problems. I have spoken to other classmates that have had 1 or 2 math questions, the computer shut off at 75, 77, 78, 79, 200, etc.... It really goes to show you will never know what to expect. I recommend study as much as you feel you need. Take breaks, walk around, workout, eat, and don't forget to take care of yourself. One most important plan I came in with was to NEVER CHANGE MY ANSWER. I read the question twice, read the answers and whatever answer came to mind I said bam! that's it. I did not think long and hard. I either knew it or I didn't. I got an email an hour after the exam. It tells you what to do after the exam. I went to the website. I was not able to purchase my results it said not available. I kept checking every hour and nothing. I tried the "good or bad pop up message" I used my credit card. I didn't use any fake information I said if this was going to be pass or fail, I would have to pay to get a new date if I failed. I got the positive message. It made me feel a little bit better. I waited two days, I finally got a purchase message. I paid 7.95 to see my quick results. I PASSED. I was in disbelief. I felt even better. I just got my official results today. It took 8 days due to the fourth of July I believe it pushed things back. I made a check to the state and ran my butt down to the post office. Spent $24 dollars to send my check of $50 dollars and signature slip OVERNIGHT. It will get there tomorrow by noon. I have read other people have had to check this website NURSYS.COM to see if your license number is posted. I have also read your license number tends to post before your check does. I have tried applying to a number of jobs but have not had any luck. I have read that no one will look at you if you don't have a licenses number. Go figure. LOL. I do know the official results of passing can be used for 90 days of employment if anyone does hire you. So you can bring that letter with you or make copies. I personally am going to wait to get my license number and reapply to the jobs I have been keeping an eye on. I have been using Indeed.com, Monster.com, Glassdoor.com, careerbuilder.com, ziprecruiter.com and using actual hospital websites. I will update this post once I have done the whole process and found a job or sooner. Good luck everyone!
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    How to get nursing school paid for?

    Hi, I will be graduating this upcoming April. I am interested in knowing how thus program works? Does the government pay a lump sum or payments? Do I have to pay the interest or is that covered by the program ? Does the hospital or clinic take money out of your pay check or is it separate from the program? Etc.... any information would be greatly helpful. I have read through the online information but it would he great to hear first hand. Thank you!
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    Hrsa nurse loan repayment program 2015

    Hi, I will be graduating this upcoming April. I am interested in knowing how thus program works? Does the government pay a lump sum or payments? Do I have to pay the interest or is that covered by the program ? Does the hospital or clinic take money out of your pay check or is it separate from the program? Etc.... any information would be greatly helpful. I have read through the online information but it would he great to hear first hand. Thank you!
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    Resurrection University 2017

    I am projected to graduate in April '18, I decided to write this, because I would have liked to have found this when I was debating on nursing school and had questions. I hope this helps someone in the same or similar boat. I applied for Resurrection University because it had an accelerated BSN (days and nights) program. I took the prerequisites at Harry S. Truman and Wilbur Wright CCC. I got my Associates of Science degree at Harry S. Truman. I took the TEAS test and passed. You need a 69 or greater to get accepted (At least in 2016, when I applied it was) I did have a classmate that said she got a 66 and was still accepted by the committee board, I am not sure if it was because she is a phlebotomist or what. I guess you can discuss it with your rep. Anyways. I did the night/weekends program. Orientation, take a tour of the school, ask any questions, even if you think they might not be important, take a picture for your ID, you get it same day within a few minutes, you get a welcome package with important information. I recorded my orientation, they can also email you the PPT that explains the breakdown of how the program works and what you can expect. Because the EW = Evening/weekend is longer by one semester, the first semester of the program is 14 weeks long with an additional class called Transitional Success (NO cost) they lecture about all the resources you have available in the Library, Tutoring, and among other things. They also give you pizza, and drinks at the last lecture. Night: Evening/Weekend = 5 semesters, Which is 10 terms. Terms = A, B, C, D, E, F, A, B, C, D Clinical's are Saturday - Sunday, placements can be within a 50 miles radius of Chicago. Rain or shine, you need to be on time. They really push for car pooling, if you drive, or take the bus, train, uber, etc.. Placement is only switched in extreme circumstances, other than that you are placed and are to attend that placement. Usually the first two OR last two Saturday and Sunday's, after that it just Sunday or just Saturday Clinical's. Classes are during the week, typically can be: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5P - 8P 5P - 7P My elective was Thursday 4p - 6p (Not the same day as regular class) So I had class 4 days M - Th. GRADES 100-92 = A 91- 84 = B 83 – 75 = C 74 – 67 = D Below 67 =F Lab & Clinical Components are PASS or FAIL Level 3 •Complex Adult Care •Leadership & Management •Nursing Role Transition Level 2 •Mental Health •Community •Research in Nursing •Ethics in Nursing Level 1 •Foundational Courses Semester 1 Level 1Term 1 & 2 = 14 Weeks Pathophysiology Health Assessment (class & lab) Pharmacology (ATI) Semester 2 Term 3 > 7 weeks Foundations of Nursing (class, lab & clinical) (ATI) Term 4 > 7 weeks Adult Health 1 (class & clinical) (ATI in Adult Health 2) Elective - Palliative Care (additional cost) This is what I took. There are others that are offered but it varies when they are offered. I would recommend to take it as soon as possible when they become available. Note: You just need one elective Semester 3 Level 2 Term 5 > 7 weeks Women & Newborn Health Nursing (class/clinical) (ATI) Ethics in Nursing Term 6 > 7 weeks Mental Health Nursing (ATI) Gerontological Health Nursing Semester 4 Term 7 > 7 weeks Community Health Nursing (is continuous 14 weeks) Pediatrics Health Nursing (ATI) Term 8 > 7 weeks Community Health Nursing (ATI) Research in Nursing Semester 5 Level 3 Term 9 > 7 weeks Adult Health Nursing II (Lecture/Clinical) (ATI) Leadership & Management in Nursing (ATI) Term 10 > 7 weeks Role Transition ***Two weeks into role transition, there is a comprehensive ATI that determines if you will pass the NCLEX, if you get below a 69 you fail, you can retake a second time before graduation. You should get somewhere above 90's. If you fail, the third time, you pay for a remedial class. (Not too sure, this is what I have heard from others that have taken it passed or failed) ____________________________________________________________________ Days program I am not too sure about the day program. I do have a mock schedule and some information from people passing by. This is very heavy and accelerated, some people have kept their job full time or part time and are doing fine, but others work part time and find it difficult. It varies, but all the more, if you can do it, DO IT! I have a lot of respect for people in my cohort that are parents, working and going to school. Classes and Clinical are during the weekdays, so you can have class Monday 8a - 11a and clinical Tuesday 6a - 3p...etc.. Level 1 Full Semester Courses NUR 3233 Health Assessment and Promotion •Includes class and lab NUR 3140 Pathophysiologic Mechanisms NUR 3240 Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing (ATI) Term A NUR 3141 Foundations of Nursing Practice (ATI) •Includes class, lab & clinical Term B NUR 3241 Adult Health 1 •Includes class & clinical Level 2 Term 1 NUR 4141 Women & Newborn Health Nursing (ATI) NUR 4910 Nursing Elective (1-2 SH)( **you can take it here...OR) Term 2 NUR 4440 Research in Nursing NUR 4441 Mental Health Nursing (ATI) NUR 4910 Nursing Elective (1-2 SH) (**here) Term 3 NUR 4240 Ethics in Nursing NUR 4241 Pediatric Health Nursing (ATI) NUR 4910 Nursing Elective (1-2 SH) (**here) Term 4 NUR 4440 Gerontological Nursing NUR 4541 Community Health Nursing* 15 week course (ATI) NUR 4910 Nursing Elective (1-2 SH) (**here) Level 3 Term 5 NUR 4640 Leadership & Management in Nursing (ATI) NUR 4641 Adult Health Nursing 2 (ATI) NUR 4910 Nursing Elective (1-2 SH) (**here) Term 6 NUR 4470 Professional Role Transition Any other questions or information I would be more than happy to answer or try to answer. Hope this helps! and good luck in your endeavors!
  10. lj18

    Nurse Corps Scholarship 2017-2018

    Hi, I will be graduating this upcoming April. I am interested in knowing how thus program works? Does the government pay a lump sum or payments? Do I have to pay the interest or is that covered by the program ? Does the hospital or clinic take money out of your pay check or is it separate from the program? Etc.... any information would be greatly helpful. I have read through the online information but it would he great to hear first hand. Thank you!
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    2017 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

    Hi, I will be graduating this upcoming April. I am interested in knowing how thus program works? Does the government pay a lump sum or payments? Do I have to pay the interest or is that covered by the program ? Does the hospital or clinic take money out of your pay check or is it separate from the program? Etc.... any information would be greatly helpful. I have read through the online information but it would he great to hear first hand. Thank you!
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    Nurse Corp Loan Repayment 2018

    Hi, I will be graduating this upcoming April. I am interested in knowing how thus program works? Does the government pay a lump sum or payments? Do I have to pay the interest or is that covered by the program ? Does the hospital or clinic take money out of your pay check or is it separate from the program? Etc.... any information would be greatly helpful. I have read through the online information but it would he great to hear first hand. Thank you!
  13. I would love to know more about this! I am hoping to move out to Rockford in several months. Can you tell me any details as to how you applied? what was needed? Thank you so much
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    Resurrection University Applicant Spring 17

    I start in about a week Sept 6. I personally, got all my paperwork done asap, ordered my uniform, books, and supplies asap. I have read that some people start getting all their supplies the first week of class. It all depends on you and what works for you. I have just read through a bunch of forums on here. It really does vary. I will try to update when I start but Good luck and I hope the best for you in your journey.
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    Resurrection University Applicant Spring 17

    I was a committee and still accepted!! Good luck!
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