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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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Congratulations! You graduated nursing school…Now what?

November 25, 2012

So there I was finally finished with nursing school, easy street, I thought. I mean I had everything going for me, critical care experience as a paramedic, plenty of extra certificates, and contacts in high places. I even had the manager of a clinic in which I worked previously as a lab technician guarantee me a position as soon as my classes ended. Upon graduation, I immediately printed out the papers from the New York State Health Department allowing for a provisional licence until my NCLEX test date. I figured I would be working the next day. read more …

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