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"Be the type of nurse you want to work with" - Brian Short RN, founder of allnurses.com

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  • Dec 3

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment among Registered Nurses will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. They also report that large metropolitan cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, etc will be hiring the most nursing jobs.

    According to PayScale, new Registered Nurses (RNs) earn between $30,233 - $63,540 per year (2012). That's not bad compared to other professions.

    How do you feel about your salary compared to other professions?



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  • Nov 26

    The Memory Test

    Three elderly men are at the doctor's office for a memory test.

    The doctor asks the first man, "What is three times three?"

    "274," is his reply.

    The doctor rolls his eyes and looks up at the ceiling, and asks the second man, "It's your turn. What is three times three?"

    "Tuesday," replies the second man.

    The doctor shakes his head sadly, then asks the third man, "Okay, your turn. What's three times three?"

    "Nine," says the third man.

    "That's great!" says the doctor. "How did you get that?"

    "Simple," he says, "just subtract 274 from Tuesday."

  • Nov 24

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment among Registered Nurses will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. They also report that large metropolitan cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, etc will be hiring the most nursing jobs.

    According to PayScale, new Registered Nurses (RNs) earn between $30,233 - $63,540 per year (2012). That's not bad compared to other professions.

    How do you feel about your salary compared to other professions?



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  • Nov 24

    What do you do after a rough shift? Have fun with the girls? Eat chocolate? Or, do you just go straight to bed?



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  • Oct 24

    Admit it this is you. LOL! Don't you just hate it when work calls you to come in on your day off? What do you do? What do you say?



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  • Oct 21

    The wonderful thing about nursing is that it is open to everyone of all ages. Please give a cheer to all the people who believe that age is not a factor in learning. And, to all the people who strive for knowledge regardless of age. How old were you when you started nursing school?

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  • Oct 19

    I never watched Nurse Jackie but I do know that many people enjoy it. Do you get anything from watching Nurse Jackie or similar nursing shows?

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  • Oct 16

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment among Registered Nurses will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. They also report that large metropolitan cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, etc will be hiring the most nursing jobs.

    According to PayScale, new Registered Nurses (RNs) earn between $30,233 - $63,540 per year (2012). That's not bad compared to other professions.

    How do you feel about your salary compared to other professions?



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  • Oct 13

    The word NO in this instance, needs to be in caps. Overtime, working extra shifts are a reality. Deciding to work extra though is or should be your choice. allnurses hears frequently about nurses being "mandated," "forced" or made to feel guilty if they turn down an extra shift. When you don't want to work that extra shift, what do you say? Do you make up an excuse or do you just say NO!?

  • Oct 9

    Admit it this is you. LOL! Don't you just hate it when work calls you to come in on your day off? What do you do? What do you say?



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  • Oct 5

    Admit it this is you. LOL! Don't you just hate it when work calls you to come in on your day off? What do you do? What do you say?



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  • Oct 2

    After reading so many threads here on allnurses.com about the hard times many new grads are having at getting jobs, I just wanted to share a few words of encouragement.

    My feelings go out to all of you who are having a hard time finding jobs. I feel your pain and know what you are going through.

    I graduated in '95, we all had the similar issues with new grads having a hard time finding a job. The market was saturated, hospitals only wanted 1-2 years experience. I found it very frustrating and scary. Months and months of applying, sending out my resumes and applications, and continually getting rejected. Eventually, I came to the realization that my dream of working in a hospital as a new grad was not going to happen.

    I began applying at Long Term Care (LTC) facilities, something that did not interest me at the time, but I was wanting so bad to begin my nursing career that I was willing to take any job that I could find to begin getting some experience etc...

    While my goal was to to work in a level one trauma center and ICU, or ER, I found myself in long term care, and once I accepted it, I really enjoyed long term care. I found myself learning a ton of nursing assessment knowledge and personal skills. It really forced you to become independent and autonomous, working on time management and so many skills that are essential to all nurses. I learned a ton from so many LVN's and RN's in LTC, they were amazing sources of experience and mentoring. I really felt that my experience in LTC was a wonderful asset to my future working in Critical Care. I eventually ended up working in CCU (Coronary Care Unit), and the vast majority of our patients where elderly, and I felt I had already been accustomed and educated on that clientele, and my experience with that population from LTC, it was a great source of confidence.

    After a few years, I began re-applying to the hospitals and with my experience, and the nursing saturation cycle changing, I eventually moved into a long term acute care facility, got hospital experience, all while continuing to apply and followup with multiple hospitals, eventually was hired by a hospital in telemetry, then CCU and I finally moved into a job that I was wanting from a new grad. Also, during this time, I took every opportunity to get certificates in ACLS, EKG classes and other certificate classes to help make me more marketable and attractive to hospital mangers. But it was a long hard journey, but well worth it.

    As you all know, the market and nursing shortage (or not so shortage) varies dramatically based on different geographic regions, cities, states, etc... I have no idea on the long term care employment marketplace where you live. But I would recommend you explore ALL employment opportunities, whether or not it's in your overall dream on how you thought you would start your career.

    No one has a crystal ball on when things will turn around, but historically, they will eventually will. There are so many positive indicators that nursing is still a strong profession, and a wonderful career choice. The average age of nurses (upper 40's), the baby boomers creating more demand for health care, etc... all indicate that nursing will be a strong employment arena. I feel that the projected nursing shortage we've all been hearing about for years was and is a legitimate concern. However, the changes in the economy other industry job losses, has brought many existing nurses back into the workforce, kept nurses working later in their career than planned before retirement etc... All of these issues have skewed the projections and the nursing marketplace is not really hot for the time being.

    My gut feeling and my hope is that in the next year or so, as our economy improves, more nurses will be retiring, more baby boomers putting more and more demand on the health system, the hiring freezes will lessen and that the nursing marketplace will eventually open up more and all you newer nurses will have many more opportunities.

    No one has a crystal ball on when things will turn around, but by historical records, they eventually will. There are so many positive indicators that nursing is still a strong profession, and a wonderful career choice.

    So my words of advice to all of you is try to remain as positive, do your best to get employment, open your boundaries to acceptable driving distances, possible relocation if that is an option for you. Take jobs that may not be your ideal job, gain any experience that you can, even if it's not what you want. Continue to educate yourselves, certificates and classes (ie. ACLS, PALS, EKG) that are related to the type of nursing you want to do. So when the time comes and the employment opportunities do open up, you are prepared and ready.

    Best of Luck!

  • Sep 30

    Nurses, we've all had rough shift, and I'm sure you can relate.

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  • Sep 19

    Every often we get a patient that has a fear of needles. What do you do? What's your secret in calming these patients?

    Please share your most memorable experience with the community.



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  • Sep 12

    What do you do after a rough shift? Have fun with the girls? Eat chocolate? Or, do you just go straight to bed?



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