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  1. Hi All, I have a wonderful opportunity to interview for a Float Nurse Position that is part of a New-Grad Residency Program. I know it's floating between Med-Surg and an ICU Stepdown unit, also with the possibility of floating between all three of their locations that can be 25 minutes or longer away from each other. Thoughts on Float Residency? Thoughts on questions to ask?
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    AtlantiCare New Grad Position Questions

    Hello, New grad interested in working at AtlantiCare. I'm having trouble finding out more information about each Unit that is posted. I know that 5 and 6 Harmony Floor are Med-Surg with a specialty but can't find out what those specialties are. Can anyone offer insight to these units and being hired a new grad here? Thank you!
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    Help with the Strength & Weakness interview question.

    Thank you Nurse Beth!
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    Johns Hopkins Hospital Nurse Residency Program 2018

    I was invited to interview a week ago, sent references as requested and I am waiting to hear back for an interview date. Anyone else starting in October?
  5. Hi all, I have been thinking about how to answer the What is your biggest weakness question in case I am asked. My thought is as a new graduate nurse, I have a ton of clinical weaknesses with time management being the biggest. If frame the answer as "As a new graduate nurse, my biggest weakness is time management, but I am actively working on ways to improve my time management skills by researching the best ways to get organized and other nursing strategies to improve time management." Is this a good answer OR do I stay away from Time management as an answer all together and focus on a personality flaw? What are some examples of this? This is a tough question and I really want to get it right. Thank you!
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    Johns Hopkins Nurse Residency OCT 2018

    Hi everyone, I was invited to interview for the Progressive Care Cardiac Unit (PCCU) at Johns Hopkins. I am looking for information about the interview process, the PCCU team, the type of shifts offered to new graduates (e.g. 3-12hrs, 10hrs or 5-8hrs), any insight into the orientation and general advice about interviewing at Hopkins. I'm very excited to receive this opportunity but I'm more nervous because I'm a non-traditional student. I think my past work history helps establish me as a reliable, hard-working professional with excellent references. My experience and skills translate well into the Nursing field, but my GPA isn't as competitive as I hoped for. How much emphasis does Hopkins put on grades/transcripts? I was a good student but just missed the mark for honors and the Sigma Theta Tau honor society. Any thoughts on this? Anyone else out there interviewing in the next two weeks?
  7. Hello, I have to work for a facility in an underserved area because I'm a Nurse Corps recipient. I am looking for input from anyone with knowledge about working for the NYC Health + Hospitals system, particularly the Manhattan locations Bellevue Hospital's ER or Medical ICU or the Metropolitan location ER. I'm a new grad and I'm looking for insight, advice, etc. I am putting in a call to the recruiter but would love to hear from you all!
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    Anyone work at Bellevue Hospital?

    Hello, I graduate with a BSN this week. I am starting to apply for jobs, I have to work for an underserved facility because I am Nurse Corps scholar. Bellevue Hospital in NYC qualifies and I wanted to find out more about it. I'm researching their website right now and will be trying to contact a recruiter but I would love some insight from a nurse who works there. In your opinion is this a good place for a new grad to receive a thorough orientation? What is med-surg like? Also what is the ER like? Are there any other units that would be a good fit for a new grad in your opinion? Thank you!
  9. I am graduating in May, I am struggling to figure out what is the best place for me to learn and develop skills. I am not the most confident and I feel that I will probably need at least a year before I get to where I need to be. I have a lot of anxiety (but I don't have panic attacks or anything like that.) I'm beginning to think that I should start on Med-Surg to begin with and get more comfortable with my skills before pursuing someplace like the ER. The thing is I have a clinical in the ER now and I really like it but it is the most intimidating and scary placement I have had thus far. Part of me thinks I should push myself to get over the fear of the ER and try to get in a Residency program. I also have a strong interest in psych but I know it would be best to develop my skills first before looking into that. I hear good things about Floating, I have no idea if that is a good or bad idea for a new grad. I don't understand all of these roles enough to make informed decisions. I would appreciate all of the insight I can get. Thank you!
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    Special ER Clinical Opportunity-Advice for how to prepare.

    Thank you! Everyone is very nice so far! Day one I did more new skills than I have in the last 2 years! That alone blows my mind. I am also facisnated with psych which they say they get a lot of in the ER. I feel like it will be the most well rounded experience I can get. And those 12 hour shifts are NO JOKE! I have a brand new appreciation for what it's really like to be nurse!
  11. Hello, I'm excited (and kinda terrified) to start a special one-on-one nursing preceptor program in the ER tomorrow as my final clinical! There were limited spots for these clinical oppertunites and I'm lucky to be there. I want to suceed and do well, any tips on what skills I can look over besides Catheter or ECG? Any tips on how I can stand out or go above and beyond? Thanks!
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    PaO2 vs SaO2

    They do not teach ABG's that in depth in most nursing schools, they say that if you go into Critical Care you will be trained based off of your facilities policy. ICU nurses and ER nurses may know how to draw ABG's but that doesn't mean they all know how to interpret them. Many Med-Surg floor nurses do not draw ABG's, nor do school nurses, LTC nurses. So no the average nurse and especially a new grad nurse would not have the experience to interpret them unless they were trained on the job. Many facilites use RT for that. You are probably in the minority if you know how to interpret them.
  13. Hi all, I'm doing a short EBP practice powerpoint presentation on Mandatory Overtime as a patient safety issue. Right now I am looking at: 1." What can we do as Nurses to help stop MOT?" 2. "How do we Implement and assess our plan?" 3. "What outcome do we hope to see with our implementation of this plan? After reading this article from the American Nurse Today, I came up with this list of things I thought that Nurses can do to stop MOT. Stopping the vicious cycle of mandatory overtime - American Nurse Today Push for Magnet status because nurse retention rates are linked to less staffing issues. Join your state nurse association, get informed on your state law, work with them for change. Raise awareness: With other nurses, nursing students, state reps, family, friends, and communities. Make sure to decline working if you know you are too fatigued. Fight to have proper staffing ratios so OT isn't relied upon so heavily. Implement voluntary OT with some guidelines to prevent working when fatigued. Longterm solutions like proper recruiting, implementing new graduate nursing programs or residency programs, investing in new nurses leads to long-term retention rates. Implement Direct Education Unit programs with nursing schools to have nurses work one-on-one with a student for their entire shift and entire patient load, have that same nurse assigned to one student longterm like a preceptorship. This allows the nurse to train the student to be more efficient and the student will learn the nurse's style, needs and be able to better anticipate what the nurse and her patient's needs. This leads to student nurses being a more effective low-cost resource for direct nursing care and gets rid of the problems associated with the disjointed Clinical group approach. The IOM recommends public reporting of Nurse-patient ratios and turnover rates, nurses should get behind this and help make this the new normal. What are your thoughts, do you have anything to add?
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    Nurse residency program info

    Does anyone have information about what the Temple New Grad residency program is like? Or the Crozer-Keystone Health System Residency program? How is the experience for a new grad?
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    2017/18 Philly area New Grad Starting Salaries

    Is anyone willing to share anything about the Temple Nurse Residency Program, or Crozier Residency Program?