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PhatRN

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    PhatRN got a reaction from Daisy4RN in New nurse, 1st job, how to learn everything?!   
    You are very Welcome! Cool.. 4 weeks is short but it is still good because you know you have someone to ask. Some facilities will just give you 4 days and that's it.You are still blessed!
    I agree with Daisy, learn things everyday and one at a time. We will never learn everything. The best thing you can do is to develop strong relationship with your mentors and other health care workers. You will learn from everyone. From patients, CNA's to MD's etc.
    ASK questions and take down NOTES, learn the best practices from every person you encounter and DOUBLE or TRIPLE CHECK the MAR and the TAR always. NEVER hesitate to ASK questions. There's no RIGHT or WRONG question(s), or DUMB question(s) as long as you learn.
    When you get home, review what you learned or watch a video or read something about it. Be hungry to learn everyday even just for 1 thing.
    CONGRATS!!!!
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    PhatRN got a reaction from Daisy4RN in New nurse, 1st job, how to learn everything?!   
    Is this a Residency program or an actual RN job? Did they have an orientation? How long? How is their training for the New employees? Each facility has their own standard of practice and protocols on top of the Evidence based practice and the things we learn from the Nursing school.
    I have noticed one thing: We all struggle on the 1st 6-12 months. After that...a lot have said, we will be surprised how life gets better everyday.
    CONGRATULATIONS on your new job!
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    PhatRN got a reaction from Daisy4RN in New nurse, 1st job, how to learn everything?!   
    You are very Welcome! Cool.. 4 weeks is short but it is still good because you know you have someone to ask. Some facilities will just give you 4 days and that's it.You are still blessed!
    I agree with Daisy, learn things everyday and one at a time. We will never learn everything. The best thing you can do is to develop strong relationship with your mentors and other health care workers. You will learn from everyone. From patients, CNA's to MD's etc.
    ASK questions and take down NOTES, learn the best practices from every person you encounter and DOUBLE or TRIPLE CHECK the MAR and the TAR always. NEVER hesitate to ASK questions. There's no RIGHT or WRONG question(s), or DUMB question(s) as long as you learn.
    When you get home, review what you learned or watch a video or read something about it. Be hungry to learn everyday even just for 1 thing.
    CONGRATS!!!!
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    PhatRN reacted to Daisy4RN in New nurse, 1st job, how to learn everything?!   
    First, Congratulations!!
    How will you learn everything? One day at a time!
    But i should also say that things are constantly changing so you will never learn everything. That being said, use the next 4 weeks to learn everything you can from your preceptor. Ask questions, ask what are the most important things i need to know about whatever you are learning, CVL's etc. Always ask before you do anything that you do not know, use your resources (pharmacist, preceptor, charge etc).
    Dont worry, this can be overwhelming at times but you will learn over time and it will all come together.
    Good luck!!
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    PhatRN got a reaction from Daisy4RN in New nurse, 1st job, how to learn everything?!   
    Is this a Residency program or an actual RN job? Did they have an orientation? How long? How is their training for the New employees? Each facility has their own standard of practice and protocols on top of the Evidence based practice and the things we learn from the Nursing school.
    I have noticed one thing: We all struggle on the 1st 6-12 months. After that...a lot have said, we will be surprised how life gets better everyday.
    CONGRATULATIONS on your new job!
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    PhatRN reacted to tokmom in Impossible New Grad market Tacoma/Lakewood Area?   
    Try Franciscan Health Care. Our hospital (don't want to name it here. PM me if interested) hires new grads/ADN.
    I think having your WA license might be something you should get sooner rather than later though. That's my humble opinion. :)
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    PhatRN reacted to m.lorieann in MultiCare RN residency 2018   
    I'm in the residency program at Tacoma General and I like it so far. It's 12 weeks so it is kind of fast-paced, but I think that's a good thing! It is full time didactic training, so you will have classes and unit days during the week, but will not exceed 40 hrs/week. I'm in the NICU and I think my educator is really helpful and my preceptors are great. The staff really try to match your personality with the right preceptor.
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    PhatRN reacted to laudamia in New Job - OR Nurse   
    Hi, I saw your post about the OR residency at VM and i was wondering if you could share a bit more about the questions and the whole process plus now that you have been going through the residency, how do you like it? I am in the process of applying and I am working on my cover letter. I have over 5 years of experience in the ER but I am wanting to transition into OR. Any info would be highly appreciated!
    L.
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    PhatRN reacted to scrubsforlife95 in New Job - OR Nurse   
    Hello Nurses!!
    I am a west coast (WA) recent graduate RN who will be graduating soon from the RN-BSN program at UW Tacoma in less than three weeks! I will be done with school for a while before I start working.
    During my time at the RN-BSN Program at UW Tacoma, i have applied to countless jobs and it took me six months to finally get a job! Waiting six months was definitely worth it!
    Last week, I had my nursing panel interview with the OR management team at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Honestly, I did not know what to think about. It was definitely an interesting interview. Most behvarioral questions.
    When I got home, I was overanalzying what I had said in the interview and was feeling very discouraged and wanted to curl up in a ball and cry. I did not feel good about the interview at all. I gave me best and that is all that matters.
    Three hours later, one of the nursing recruiter congratulated me and gave me the offer to accept the OR Residency position at Virginia Mason Medical Center. I could not believe the news. It felt so surreal. I still cannot believe I got the job. Perhaps, the closer I get to the month of August, the more real it will feel. I am just grateful for the opportunity and am excited to start this new chapter in my life as an OR nurse. The residency position will start in August 2018.
    Few things I learned throughout the process: NEVER, EVER GIVE UP. THE BEST IS YET TO COME. ALL THINGS WORK TOWARDS YOUR GOOD.
    I know these statements and phrases sound very cliche and cheesy, but it is the reality.
    Has anyone applied to OR Virginia Mason's residency program and got the offer?
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    PhatRN reacted to fhyre19 in Easiest states for foreign graduates   
    Hi PhatRN
    the TOR was sent by my school. Although I do have the CGFNS too but Cali BON did not ask for it. 
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    PhatRN reacted to fhyre19 in Easiest states for foreign graduates   
    Hi KingK! I too is a graduate from Philippines in 2006. Came here in Florida as an RN in 2015, I applied for California RN license on 2016 and got it after 7mos. Just submit all the requirements and follow through the deficiencies if any. I've been fortunate I guess because they did not request additional schooling for my RN degree. The school I went to from the Philippines had suffice the california BON requirements.
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    PhatRN reacted to tnbutterfly, BSN, RN in New grad struggling to land first job   
    Have you read this book by Nurse Beth, the allnurses advice columnist?
    Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job
    Many new grads have reported the advice in this book is very helpful.
    Good luck in securing your first nursing job.
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    PhatRN reacted to NurseKO93 in Johns Hopkins Hospital Nurse Residency Program 2018   
    Just had my interview at JHH this past Friday in the CVSICU, and I felt it went really well. Here's a quick play by play...
    0830 - Arrived at the nurse recruitment office at 0830, and there were a few other interviewees there for other units. We gave our original letters of recommendation as well as transcripts and copies of BLS card. The nurse recruitment office made copies into one packet so that we can give the packet to the nurse manager during our 1-on-1 interview. Nurse recruitment office kept the original docs. We were then given a few minutes to relax in the nurse recruitment office (everyone was really nice and offered coffee, tea, water, etc until our 0900 interview appt). We were all given instructions on how to find our prospective units and given a map.
    0900 - Arrived on the unit and waited a few minutes for the nurse manager to come out. I was greeted nicely and she escorted me to her office where the interview took place. The interview was very conversational and all of the questions were behavioral based. No clinical scenario questions were asked during my interview (not sure about others). It seemed to be a standardized set of questions. This interview for me lasted 1.5 hours. It was very easy going and she made me feel comfortable! Probably 10-15 questions or so. After the interview, she had me change into my scrubs for the "share time" part of the interview.
    1030-1230 - She introduced me to several staff members of the unit and even talked to them about my EBP project, my interests, and a little bit of my background. I felt very comfortable by the time she introduced me to the nurse I would be shadowing for a couple hours. I was able to witness a discharge, an admission, as well as talk to and meet several other nurses on the floor. I was surprised by how many recent grads there were given the fact that this unit has such a high acuity. I was able to get a lot of information from my nurse about living in Baltimore, working at Hopkins, working for that particular unit, what the culture was like, how nurses viewed the nurse manager, etc. I found all of this super helpful especially as someone who is an out-of-state candidate.
    1230-1300 - Break
    1300-1430 - Went over benefits and salary as a group and then individually with a nurse recruiter. I was surprised to see that they counted my prior experience as a health care administrator to increase my potential salary. Keep in mind JHH is salary (not hourly) and you get paid the same every 2 weeks. Basically you work 240 hours over a 6 week period to average 40 hours per week for the year. This is something different I've never seen before.
    Feel free to ask me any other questions you may have. Good luck to the rest of you who are interviewing!
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    PhatRN reacted to NurseKO93 in Johns Hopkins Hospital Nurse Residency Program 2018   
    Hey guys! Any applicants with impending interviews or recent offers with The Johns Hopkins Hospital? I've got an interview coming up and would love to open a dialogue with anyone else who's in a similar position. If anyone can share any information regarding the interview, shared time, culture at JHH, etc that'd be great even from folks that completed their clinical or externship rotations there. Any current nurse residents at JHH also feel free to chime in please :) I'm applying from San Diego and I graduate in May. Good luck to everyone!
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    PhatRN reacted to didiabu, BSN, RN in Johns Hopkins Nurse Residents 2019   
    Hi! Can you give me an advice on how to get accepted in the nurse residency program in JHH? I am not a new grad, but I am a new USRN. I already have nursing experience for 3 years outside US but I want to start in a residency program here in the US. Do you think they will accept nurses with experience? I live in MD.
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    PhatRN reacted to TriciaJ, RN in New Nurse Tips for Struggling Nurse   
    This might seem rather stone-age, but is everyone using a work-sheet?  When people complain of feeling disorganized I wonder if they're putting a worksheet to good use.  (I once precepted a grad who kept her worksheet in her pocket and wrote notes to herself on her hand.  Very bad idea.  We covered worksheet 101 that day.) 
    If you can't get hold of preprinted ones, or they don't work for you, then design your own.  What information do you need and how should it be arranged for you to stay on top of things?  With a slot for each patient, it should include dx, postop day, med times, IVF and rate, any additional hardware like PEGs or Foleys, diet, activity, abnormal labs...anything you would need your eyeballs to land on in a hurry.  Refer to it often; it'll give you a snapshot of what you need to be focusing on for the next half hour and for the next half of your shift.  Update it frequently throughout your shift.  It will help you stay on track and not feel as much like your brain is all over the place.
    It will also serve as a cue card to help you give a complete and concise report.  Of course, this advice might be hopelessly outdated, but I would not have survived corrections, med-surg or LTC without it.
    For HIPAA purposes, keep your folded worksheet in your pocket during your shift and put it in the shredder box on your way out the door.
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    PhatRN got a reaction from Dean Uguan in Endorsement   
    Hey! 
    How's your application with Nevada BON?
    Our situation is almost similar and I have called Nevada BON before. I was told that if you earned your BSN/Nursing Internationally like Philippines, they will ask you to take English Proficiency test( TOEFL/Pearson test).
    I hope you were able to successfully endorse your license without hassle.
    I would love to hear from you!
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