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Old 09-23-2007, 12:19 PM
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Wow jojodow, that's amazing! I think the last year of nursing I'll definitely take a look around and probably see what my friends are doing as well. I have 2 more years, so I guess I'll see what happens then.

Did any of you guys move because of a great offer someplace else or did you just stay in the same city?
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Old 09-29-2007, 03:13 PM
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Wow jojodow, that's amazing! I think the last year of nursing I'll definitely take a look around and probably see what my friends are doing as well. I have 2 more years, so I guess I'll see what happens then.

Did any of you guys move because of a great offer someplace else or did you just stay in the same city?
I moved, but it was a planned move. I knew that I wanted to move to a big city with a major medical center. So I applied/was offered a job prior to graduation and schedualed a start date 2 1/2 months after graduation. So between graduation and the first day of work I found an apartment/moved and studied/took NCLEX.

If you're considering moving, I would recommend giving yourself more time. It was a lot of work, and took a very large toll on my family.... eek!
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Old 09-30-2007, 01:28 AM
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I worked through school as an extern, and so I am now currently working in the same place, at least until next May. I had to wait until my official papers came in for graduation before I could start work, so I was off for about 3 weeks. I began as an RN applicant, which changed as soon as I passed boards. I would love to look at a larger hospital system, especially one that does a lot of teaching. I really think it would it be interesting. But then again, I don't know that I would want to commute either.
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:04 AM
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I graduated on a Friday, and I reported to work at my local hospital on a Monday. The biggest break that I've ever had from nursing was a two week stretch after the birth of each of my children. I had kids before the establishment of the the Family Leave Act. I would have lost my job if I had been off longer than two weeks. Thank God some things have changed.

Holy cow! Two weeks? I had three c-sections and had to go back in five weeks for #2 because hubby was a student and we had very little money!

It took me two weeks just to be able to stand up straight!
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:08 AM
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Hi all. I'm just curious to know what you did after you finished school. Did you decide to start working right away? Did you take a break?
I passed out.

Took the boards a month later (we had to sit and take them in a huge hall with proctors monitoring it - six hours a day for two days - the good ol' days), worked in med-surg at a VA hospital for three months and found my calling in Coronary Care.

You would be shocked at the changes I've seen in just 29 years, I imagine I'll be saying the same thing 29 years from now!

And yes, I'll still be working. I just know it.
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Old 09-30-2007, 05:52 PM
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As I said in another thread, I graduated in December from an accelerated bacc program. I had talked w/the VA LTC DoN who had agreed to hire me (I didn't want to work acute care), then we had a big snow/ice storm (well, for the Pacific NW that doesn't have dedicated snow plows) that stopped everything in the area for about a week. Then I had to put up with the VA bureaucracy, so I didn't start working until March. It was kind of nice to have a "break" after doing my intensive (360 clinical hours in 10 weeks in the ICU!), however I also went right back to school in January, so I didn't really take a break! That said, because I have been in school, except for summers I've only worked part time, which has meant I worked weekends eves/nocs to get the most of the pay differential. Now that I'm doing the Palliative Care Fellowship (also part-time), I have weekends free for the first time in years!
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:55 PM
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I graduated in June of 1995, took my boards, and then took the entire summer off. I did one road trip after another and had the funnest summer of my life. It was my "last hurrah" before joining the working world.

I started on a med/surg floor in October. I've been steadily working ever since.
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:42 PM
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Wow, it's great hearing about all your experiences! Thank you all, these posts have really opened my mind to what I can do after I finish school. Of course, everyone's life is different, but this thread is quite helpful.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:48 PM
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I took just under two months off. I had my job line up, just told them I wasn't starting until I was ready.

Also, Jess I would caution you to wait a full year to start working...it will look bad to your future boss(es). They will question why it took so long for you to start and also wonder about your clinical skills, knowledge, etc being current. That having been said, a year off is great. I've had two weeks off and I feel great (almost ready to go back!).
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:50 PM
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I took just under two months off. I had my job line up, just told them I wasn't starting until I was ready.

Also, Jess I would caution you to wait a full year to start working...it will look bad to your future boss(es). They will question why it took so long for you to start and also wonder about your clinical skills, knowledge, etc being current. That having been said, a year off is great. I've had two weeks off and I feel great (almost ready to go back!).
Dang, that does make sense Elocin22. I guess I won't take a full year off then, haha. I guess I didn't think about that because of the nursing shortage here in Canada...wouldn't the hospitals just be desperate to get/hire a new graduate nurse/RN and won't care too much about how long it took him/her to start working?
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