Originally posted by CraigB-RN
My wife and I just accepted positions in "Frontier Kansas". Nurses do it all, mix thier own meds, no unit dosing. Fee for service hospital. I'm getting a chance to be a nurse again and not just a glorified techician.
Taking a $25+/hr cut in pay, but am paying cash for a house. The don't lock their doors and leave the keys in the car incase someone needs to borrow it.
To those of you who are fed up the rat race you are in, don't forget the oportunities in rural nursing. It's not for everyone but for some, it is a God Send.
Have fun, Craig!
I work in a CCU/ICU for the second smallest hospital in Massachusetts. Although the community is not "frontier", it's small and intimate. As a nurse, I mix all meds, put in all nursing charges in the computer, do all ekg's, blood draws, IV starts . . . basically everything!! However, I have the luxury to spend lots of time with the patients (provided that they're awake . . . I work nights). The patient/nurse ratio is probably the best I'll ever experience. . . right now, I have one cardiac patient (very stable) and he's peacefully sleeping and healing. Prior to him going to sleep, we chatted (talked about politics . . . his choice), gave him a back rub, adjust his nitro gtt, talked some more. It was nice.
Of course, working in such a small facility (total potential bed occupency is about 30 with five beds in the CCU) has it's quirks. The gossip can run rampid around here which sometimes is not cool. However (at least during the night shifts) we all help each other out . . . and that's a real strength.
Of course, we're expected to cross train to other units. For me, that means cross-training to the E.R. What's cool, at least for me, is that I can care for a patient in the E. R. and then transfer that patient to the CCU and continue to provide care for the rest of the night . . . talk about continuity of care!!!
I love my job and will enjoy it while it lasts. I keep wondering how long this small, rural hospital can exist. They keep telling me that it services a large geographical region and will not close. However . . . did I mention that I'm caring for one patient . . . he's the only one in the unit!!! There's the little "worry-wart" in back of my head that wonders how long this charming small hospital can keep its doors open. But that's another subject and another topic thread.
Again, Craig . . . have fun!!
P. S. You mentioned a $25/hr cut in pay for your new job?!?! Ouch!!!