NEW GRAD NURSE SURVIVAL GUIDE
The NCLEX is the exam for Registered Nurse Licensure that is taken after graduating from nursing school. The test has a minimum of 75 questions and a maximum of 265. The test adapts to how you answer questions. If you miss a cardiac question, the NCLEX will give you more cardiac questions in order for … Read More
We all know, internal applications get looked at first. Then, if there are any positions left, external applications will be considered. As an external applicant, your resume and cover letter MUST be perfect. Your pieces of paper need to scream out “pick me!” This takes time and effort. Every cover letter should be customized to … Read More
Clinicals are over. Exams no more! That piece of paper you worked so hard for (your degree) is framed on your wall. You are now in a whole new ball game…trying to gain employment as a new graduate nurse, amongst thousands of other deserving candidates.
You now know how to stand out for your interview. One of the easiest and most pivotal things you can do for your interview is to prepare for it! Remember ten nursing scenarios that can be applied to situational questions. For example, “Tell us about a time you were creative.” Having at least ten scenarios on … Read More
The new standard is to provide nursing portfolios at your interviews. This requires your’s to stand out amongst the others. I purchased 1/2 inch binders and plastic sleeves. I used my label maker to title the dividers. My portfolios were customized to each hospital I interviewed for. Anything I provided for the online application was … Read More
Dressing for an interview is extremely important. It is the first thing the interviewer sees about you. Did she take the time to press her shirt, did she comb her hair, did she wear nice shoes?
One of the most important parts to an interview is your follow up. Make the institution remember you. At the very least, send a thank you email to your interviewers. To truly go above and beyond, send handwritten thank you notes. This gesture speaks measures to your character. It shows that you truly care and … Read More
Granted it is rare, some people get more than one nursing job offer. If this is you, consider yourself lucky…and qualified. You wouldn’t be in this position unless you worked hard. The choice between various institutions can be tricky. I know this firsthand. After interviewing at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Miller Children’s Hospital, and Children’s … Read More
In the moment, nursing school may seem like the end goal. It is important to remember that schooling is not the end. Everything you are doing or have done is to gain employment as a nurse. The competition for nursing positions, especially new graduate nursing positions is fierce. How can you set yourself apart and … Read More
Kiddos are nothing like adults. Everything, every piece of data, is more sensitive in an acute child than an adult. I found that all the nursing brains I was using didn’t allow enough room. For adults, you can put three patients on one sheet of paper. However, in peds, I needed one piece of paper … Read More
The most important things in life are the intangibles. However, having money in the bank helps relieve so much stress and anxiety. Granted money is not the most valuable thing on this earth, it is still very important. It may seem impossible as a student to be able to set aside cash. If anything, your … Read More
Nursing school seems like a blur…did I actually go through three years of blood, sweat, and tears….why yes, yes I did. However, the second it ends, it feels as though it happened decades ago. I finished nursing school at the University of San Francisco in August 2017 with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and … Read More
Nursing school keeps you plenty busy, but setting time aside to work helps in so many ways. It helps bring in money and even helps you take your study-time more seriously.
With my graduation around the corner, my Nona pulled out some of my Great Grandmother’s old nursing school graduation stuff! Her diploma was placed within an engraved, leather clutch…I wish these still existed! My Great Grandmother, like myself, went through three years of nursing school. With 85 years between her graduation and mine, there are … Read More
As a new graduate nurse in the state of California, the only way to employment is through a New Graduate RN Residency Program. These paid programs are wonderful, especially since they customize their training to the hospital’s policies and procedures. They mold their new graduate nurses into the RNs they need. The programs begin as … Read More
Finally! White can be SOOOO last year again! Those white suckers have been with you for three years and seen you through the worst; blood, sweat, and tears. Thank goodness for bleach. But now that time has come to say goodbye and finally purchase a pair of fun colored scrubs! Give your scrubs the ultimate … Read More