1st job offer! YES!


Well, well, well.....Today, round at about 1pm, I gotta call from a LTC I went for an interview in. And guess what? I've been offered a job! WOW, I was speechless.After months, been licensed since October '09--I landed my first door of entrance in my nursing career today. Am so humbled, so appreciative. Although I was beginning to get frustrated and hurt, and feeling down because things weren't going the way I had planned, I believe that it all came at the right time, at the time where I would have appreciated it the most. Maybe earlier I would have taken things for granted-who knows! But all in all, my advice to those new grads out there, don't give up, someone will give you a chance. Even when you start feeling discouraged and incompetent, keep going, it's worth the time and money. There was a point where I was renting cars to go to faraway facilities to fill out application forms and drop resumes. One of the jobs actually had the audecity to call my references and ask if I were black or white, I made it a point that I don't get discouraged because when they discovered I was not the colour they had hoped, din't bother calling me.

All in all, keep striving, it's defenately worth the fight!:lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2:

O' and as for experienced nurses, or newly hired newbies, plz tell me on what to focus on, how I could best prepare for orientation next week, what books and articles to browse through.


NamasteNurse, BSN, RN

4 Articles; 680 Posts

Specializes in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, LTC. Has 8 years experience.

Hi Dankie,

I am just finishing my orientation in a LTC facility. I am a new nurse, my first job as a nurse. Mostly what you will probably be doing is passing meds, so study up on duonebs, (nebulizer treatments), laxatives, miralax, sodium doucasate, metoprolol, digoxin, narcs, lyrica, klonopin, percocet, morphine, eye drops, insulins and what hypo and hyper glycemia looks like. UTI's, pneumonia s&s in the elderly, how to give injections, do vitals.

Help the aides, they are your backbone. Be really nice to everyone, sit back and listen at first, be polite, don't talk a lot. Review charting.

Do you know what exactly you will be doing? Charge, meds? Relax and have fun...good luck



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I sure hope your experience with LTC is better than mine has been. I just turned in notice to the second one I have worked at since I got my license last October. I worked at this last one for three months. I plan on returning to school in July to begin pre-reqs so I can get my RN.

No more nursing homes for me! If that is the only thing I can find I will work at Walmart. Although they pay very well, I have discovered there is a reason for that and that sometimes money is not worth the stress lol.

I wish you the best of luck!

Have a great evening!


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Hooray! I know how it feels! I graduated in Aug. 09, obtained my license in Nov. 09. I went 3-5 places to put in application forms almost everyday since Nov. till i got hired. Finally, in Feb. I got hired by a very busy rehab. facility! I am gracful and loving my job.

I agree " new grad. don't give up, there is a place for you! "

I am so glad you have a job offer! It is a great feeling! Best luck!


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op, congrats on the job offer.