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Quota BSN, RN

Oncology
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    Should employers check titers periodically?

    Different field but in my previous career of diagnostic lab work Hep B vaccine was required due to exposure risk. They checked my titers when I started the job and roughly every 5 years or so after. I was told people often need a Hep B booster around the 10 year mark once. I finished my initial Hep B series in ‘95 and my last titer check a little less than 2 years ago for starting nursing school still showed strong immunity still. I think it’s a good idea to screen titers every 5 or so years just to be safe. People’s immune responses vary and it’s good to keep an eye on. Some may need boosters and other may have immunity for life. Never know until you check.
  2. I took my NCLEX in September and had the experimental format questions when I finished. Confirm they were in case study format and made me very glad I wouldn’t have to take the exam in that format. I didn’t take the questions that seriously because I knew they wouldn’t effect me. The way the questions built on top of each other is nerve racking though. You can’t go back and change answers but later questions will having you doubting your earlier answers and just gets in your head.
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    RN Licensing by NCLEX in Maryland??

    Just register for your exam in MD, doesn’t matter where you live.
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    Only using Uworld to study?

    I mostly just used UWorld and passed in 80 questions. My school required a HESI exit exam, which we used UWorld to study for really, then we had to attend Hurst review. I’d agree Hurst review is a waste of time mostly. It’s a very general review of what you should have learned in school. A few nemonic were nice but certainly not worth the time. I can’t say enough good things about UWorld, I think it’s fantastic NCLEX prep. I went through the entire q-bank a couple days prior to my exam, did one of my assessment tests a few weeks prior and the second after I finished the q-bank. Read ALL of the rationales even if you get them right, good tidbits to be found in there.
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    At what point should I be worried?

    I’m just in the process of starting my first nursing job and the process is not a quick one for me. The holiday season didn’t help I’m sure. I interviewed on Dec 11, shadowed on the unit Dec 14 and was told I should hear back in about a week. I heard nothing until Jan 4 at the point I’d basically given up on hearing good news. The email on the 4th said another recruiter would contact me on Monday, the 7th, with all the details and an anticipated start date of Jan 28. Other recruiter contacts me on the 7th and gives me an anticipated start date of Feb 25! I respond saying very interested but what happened to Jan 28, the sooner I can start the better for me. They say Jan 28th can’t happen but if everything goes smoothly and xyz happens I should be able to start orientation on Feb 4. That’s 8 weeks after my interview. It’s not a quick process.
  6. Hey there, yet another new grad with no job post. Graduated in August, passed boards in September. Started applying for new grad hospital jobs back in May, slowed down during my preceptorship in June, started back up in July. I'd really like to work on a cardiac unit but I'm applying to pretty much any new grad position that isn't OB or psych at this point. I've had positive feedback on my resume and cover letter from the handful of people I've shared it with. Only had one interview so far and while it wasn't bad it could have gone better, I'm more prepared for next time now. Problem is I'm not even getting past the HR recruiters for the hiring managers on the units see my resume. I'm not big on networking so until recently I hadn't really reached out to the few people I know to ask them to try and put in a good word for me. So far that has gone no where either. Plan at the moment is to continue to apply to all the new grad postings at the 4 hospitals that are a reasonable distance from me and probably put in an application to another hospital that's a bit further out of my preferred range that has a new grad residency program. It's not what I want but I've also been looking at non-hospital options and those not requiring 1+ years of experience are very slim. Most that mention new grads are also part time and therefore no benefits and I'd really like some health insurance if I'm working so that's another compromise. I am planning to sign up to volunteer at the hospital right near my house where I really want to work. Will give me something to do other than mope at home about having no job yet, chance to possibly interact and get my name and interest out there on some units, and something else to put on my resume. Home health is also an option but I'm conflicted about it. My community health instructor runs a home health business and had expressed a willingness to hire me back in July. Not really want I want to do, don't think it's the best learning environment for a new nurse either. I did work home health as part of my community health clinical hours so I have a feel for it. It really does require a good foundation to be good at it which I'm aware I lack as a new grad. Moving is is not an option for me. I own a home with my brother, we've put a lot of money into improvements on the house, and neither of us is looking to sell and move. Any advise? Anyone have luck with volunteering at a hospital getting a foot in the door? Frustration is just hitting a bit harder these last few weeks as classmates with job offers already have been starting their jobs and I'm still struggling to get an interview.
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    New grad struggling to land first job

    OMG the site is finally back up so I can share my good news! Finally got a job offer, after ?8? interviews I got an offer as a new grad nurse on an Oncology unit at the hospital right near my house. Super excited to start in a few weeks. Was a long road to get here and very stressful but ended up at the hospital I really wanted to be at. I had the opportunity to shadow on the unit a few days after my interview so I got a feel for the floor. I shadowed with a new grad who has been on the unit for a little over a year, she had great things to say about the unit and the staff itself. Seems like it will be a great place to start my nursing career.
  8. I'm just finishing my nursing program but every rotation I've done the nurses get their lunch breaks no problem. Most days there is a least a little down time to rest. Every unit had a break room. With lockers, refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea machines, and decent amount of table and chair space. On most units the charge nurse would be checking in to make sure everyone has taken their lunch break. If the day has been crazy busy and the nurse hadn't stopped for lunch around 2pm the charge nurse would be helping themselves or asking someone else to help out so the nurse could get lunch. That's been my experience in clinicals at least, plan to work in the same hospital so hopefully my experience will be the same.
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