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Interview with a Correctional Facility Nurse

February 25, 2013

Nyoka Young is a colleague of mine with over two and a half decades of nursing experience. Sixteen of those years were spent working in several different correctional facilities. I spoke to her about her experience while working in the infirmary of a jail.

1. Can a new nurse get real experience working at a correctional facility?

Yes, all inmates are seen by the in house facility and only sent out to the hospital if deemed necessary by the infirmary. A new nurse would see all sorts of read more …

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Should I finish my BSN?

January 21, 2013

There are numerous ways to become an RN. One way is to go to a four year college and come out with a Bachelor in Science of Nursing, known in short as a BSN. The advantage of this option is that it’s a straight route that allows the graduate access to the most jobs. This is because many hospitals and administrative positions are restricted for those who possess a bachelor degree. For the nurse whose end goal it is to be read more …

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Landing Your First Nursing Job

January 8, 2013

I was approached by a friend who recently graduated a nursing program. She told me that she applied everywhere but she couldn’t get in. I asked her if she applied to my nursing home. “A nursing home!? I want to work in a hospital!” was her automatic response. Apparently she had made up her mind that she wants a full-time hospital position and nothing less.

Hospitals are a great place to work. They provide diverse experience and develop critical thinking skills. However, not everyone can land their dream job right out of school. In an article entitled “Interviews and Statistics for the Healthcare Executive”, Deloras Jones, RN, MS Executive Director of California Institute for Nursing & Health Care projects that when the economy recovers there will be a mass exodus read more …

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