Just passing through here and I see that someone quoted me from another board. I feel I must add...just recently I recieved a call from a local VA hospital. They want me to come work for them on the Med/Surg floor! I just got done complaining of "no" options, and here one rings at my phone out of the blue! (He works in mysterious ways.)
I am currently in the wage negotiation stage and took the time to investigate this opprotunity. They offer a $400 sign on for clothes, or whatever. After one year of employment they offer to pay for and pay me to get my RN. As my previous post states...I earn $10.91/hr, no benefits, etc. The VA initially said they would give me $12.00/hr starting with shift diff and full bennies. I am bargaining for .50 more...what the heck...might as well go for it!
I love my job as a physicians nurse in the clinic atmosphere, and also assisting in surgeries for the OR experience. I have been nursing for 2 years and concurrently was the only Ortho/Urology/Triage Nurse for the clinic. I have created protocols, forms, and fill in ANYWHERE the need be. (Internal Med, OB/GYN, Surgery, Reception)
When I approached my doc with the news of a new job opprotunity, I wanted to give him and the clinic a chance to keep me, before I walked out the door. As I see it, I am their investment and it is within their best interest to keep me. But his response was, "You will never be replaced, and all that you have given to my practice and patients can never be matched. But I know this place won't offer you a penny more. Look out for you, and if you have the chance to further your education, do it." Well then...so I am awaiting to hear back from the VA DON as to what the "board" decided on my wage. The down side is shift, holiday and weekend work, and the longer drive. But the pay is worth it, not to mention the floor exp, and education opps. So I guess there are avenues for those that are dedicated and work their a** off! ha ha. It is a compliment they sought me out, there are some that have their applications in for years and never get hired! Well, time will tell. Lord grant me strength, wisdom, and courage for decisions/changes that lay ahead.
Health and Blessings to you all. Keep your chins up! Some of the best nurses I have had the honour to work with are LPN's!!