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Job market is tough. Talking to one of my classmates that is still looking for one. I suggested looking further away, like I did… but it seems that positions have dried up here as well.

She’s thinking of volunteering now. She realizes she won’t really be working as a nurse, but it’s something, right?


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April 10, 2011 at 23:00

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Stamp of Approval

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While running around grabbing supplies, I pinched my finger between two doors.

Yeah… don’t think I’m ready to do that kind of case on my own.

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February 18, 2011 at 16:37

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The Never Ending Case

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My room has only had one case today. I left the room at noon for nursing orientation and came down during a break. The case is still going on.

We started at 7:30. It is now 13:30.
Hopefully it will be done when I get back.

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February 15, 2011 at 14:24

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Finally – Job Hunting

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I got a call back for an interview. Med Surg position at the local VA hospital. Not what I was looking for, but in this job climate, being picky is not an option.

A week after submitting my application, I got a call to schedule an interview. It was also suggested that I review some material, since it would be a panel interview using a specific interviewing style.

For those of you who are applying to VA hopsitals, here’s some things you should know:

  1. The person calling to schedule your interview may tell you to go to the VA website for info on how to prepare for the interview. Listen to them. Somewhere in there is a link to sample questions.
  2. Those sample questions? Know them inside out, complete with actual examples. None of the theoretical, “well if I were ever in that position I would…” They want “here’s an example of a time I did blah blah blah…”
  3. I don’t know if it’s true for all VA interviews, but I was given six questions and they let me look them over before the interview began. Good idea, because it gives you a plan of attack on how to answer them. I found a few questions where I could combined my answer with the next question.
  4. Eye contact.
  5. Smile, smile, smile.

According to my SO, the panel thought I had done a very good job in the interview and it was starting to look like I would be offered the position. But then two weeks flew by and still no word about the job. Finally, just as the holidays began, I got a letter from the VA.

A thin envelope.

I’ve been there before.

While you were interviewed for the position, we regret to inform you that you were not selected. Chin up… you’ll find a job somewhere!

Okay, maybe that last sentence was not worded exactly like that.

Turns out a few med-surg nurses from another hospital applied. And experience wins. So I moped for a bit, and when that was done, I went and applied to other hospitals. I ended up with a few more interviews. How did those pan out? Not sure… I should hear back after New Years.

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December 29, 2010 at 03:27

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Now that I’m an RN, what’s next?

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For the time being, nothing.

I’m not looking for a job, but I am considering taking as many certifications as I possibly can. The reasons for my delaying the job search are personal and I’m not sure if I want to share it on an “anonymous” blog. I may in the future when this is over with, but right now I’m going to say no.

On another note, my license came in a few weeks ago. It was a great feeling, opening front door and finding the envelope waiting there for me. Inside the envelope was my official license, which is waiting to be framed and hung on the wall, and the paper version that I would bring with me on interviews.

And in true fashion, I got that paper stuck on the envelope’s adhesive. But don’t worry, a few blow dryer sessions later, it was freed from it’s glue trap.

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September 20, 2010 at 19:57

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Oh… the NCLEX?

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What can I say?

Spanked it, that’s what.

Now just call me Stereotypical, RN.

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August 31, 2010 at 11:18

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Nursing Shows

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Hi there. It’s late.

Pretty darn late. But I’m still up NCLEX studying.

And when I write studying, I mean I do mostly other things and then study. For example today- things started off well but then my mind started to wander; what’s on tv, what have I missed, remember that really good show about blahblahblah… So I went ahead and took a break and looked up things. Ait turns out, some of my favorite international shows were still online, complete with english subtitles.

Watch half an episode. Do some studying. Watch the rest of the episode. It was like this all day.

Anyways, nursing seems to be the theme of the newer shows (Nurse Jackie, Hawthorne, Mercy)… and that’s just here in the US. Back in Stereotypia, I remember seeing at least one nurse themed show in the last year. And it wasn’t very good. The show I found was done back in 2007. It’s called Nurse Aoi, and even though it’s a little silly, it was a nice distraction.

And now that I’ve let you know about that, I can get back to studying.

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August 13, 2010 at 03:38

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