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ARuiz2015 has 3 years experience.

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    New Grad Starting Rate w/ Experience

    Hi everyone. I have been working as a Patient Care Tech in the NICU at the children's hospital for three years. I just graduated from nursing school, and have been offered an RN position in the NICU (same unit). I am set to begin the new grad program on July 22nd. I am wanting to negotiate a slightly higher hourly rate since I already have three years of experience in this unit. Can I get some advice on how to approach this with HR and my manager? I don't want to sound greedy, however, I believe my time and experience in the NICU should not go unnoticed when referring to starting rate. Frankly put, why should I start at the base new grad rate when I have three years on the other new grad who is fresh in the NICU? Who is it going to take more time (and $$$) to train? Thoughts? Thanks guys!
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    Preparing to be a NICU Nurse

    Thank you!
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    Preparing to be a NICU Nurse

    Hi everyone! I will be graduating in May 2019 and currently work in the NICU as a PCT and have been there for almost 3 years. I am pretty much a shoo-in for an RN position once I graduate :) May I add that I will be the first and only male NICU nurse in my unit haha Anyway, I want to prepare as much as I can until then and was wondering what you recommend I use to better prepare myself: 1. Any specific books? 2. Any specific online courses? 3. Any associations I should join? (NANN?) 4. Any certification you think would be beneficial? (ACLS, PALS, NRP, etc.) Any advice you have to offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Adrian
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    GI Bill and Nursing CEP (Veterans)

    Old thread but just an FYI, the VA now covers the CEP program.
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    GI Bill and Nursing CEP (Veterans)

    Are there any military veterans out there that have applied successfully to a Nursing CEP with ASU or NAU in Maricopa County? I was told yesterday by the nursing advisor that the CEP doesn't work for veterans using the GI Bill. Thanks!