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Joined Oct 24, '06. AnnieOaklyRN is a RN, Paramedic. She has 'Previously ER RN, 17 years in EMS (yes, I still love it) , IV RN 8 months!' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'IV RN, (911) Paramedic'. Posts: 1,875 (30% Liked) Likes: 1,853

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  • Mar 20

    UH Rainbow is a great place to work, lots
    of applicants.

    I did not know that about Metro. What is the max an RN can make hourly there?

  • Mar 17

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    I did always note how much more friendly the people are compared to my area
    Ohio is technically part of the Midwest, and people in the Midwestern states have always had a reputation for having bold friendliness.

    On the other hand, people in the Northeast are stereotyped as being more terse and direct, which can come across as rude to those who come from other regions.

  • Mar 17

    Go for it! My husband and I sold our house in the Northeast and moved thousands of miles away without ever having visited the place we were moving. We had no jobs, no place to live, and didn't know another soul here. It was exciting to explore somewhere totally new and make a new life. Now here we are, 15 years later, and we're gearing up to do it again! Although this time around we're checking out our potential new cities ahead of time and at least one of us will have a job secured in our new area before we make the move. Enjoy your adventure!

  • Mar 17

    I got to spend a mere 4 days in NICU during my OB rotation, and luckily, I had a nurse to follow that fit your goal exactly. She gave me the best nursing experience that I'd yet encountered in a clinical rotation.

    I went into the semester with some interest in possibly going into NICU, but wasn't sure. I knew by then that I wanted to work in pedi at least. After working with this particular nurse, I was sold out to the NICU, and am still working toward accomplishing my goal of being placed there.

    On behalf of all the nervous and scared nursing students, thank you for caring.

  • Mar 17

    I so agree with all the above statements. I am a recent graduate and new(unemployed) RN. During my Pediatric rotation I was allowed to spend two days in the NICU. The first day I wasn't allowed to do anything and was pretty much ignored. I busied myself by reading all the charts of the current pt. population, looking up things I read about and was completely clueless about, and researching meds. I didn't know. The second day however I lucked out I already knew the nurse. I had worked with her when I was a CNA on a med/surg. unit and our kids go to school together. I had no idea she had switched positions and now was in the NICU. Anyway, when she hit the floor for report I was there with my little cheat sheet. Afterwards she turned towards me and asked me "ok so tell me about these babies". After my previous day of research I was able to tell her everything about her assignment and more. I was allowed to do everything for these babies with her watchful and caring eyes upon me explaining everything along the way. It was an awesome day.

  • Mar 17

    So today I was wondering..... how well do we as NICU nurses best represent what NICU really is to nursing students?

    Too often, nursing students are abruptly dropped off at the NICU door, handed a scrub sponge, and abandoned by their nursing instructor, who is equally petrified of what lies beyond the glass-paneled door...

    We all know that students rarely get a glimpse of what we do in NICU, let alone get to experience the day-to-day life that is our job as a neonatal ICU RN. Often we groan inwardly at the idea of having someone tag along with us on our highly organized and structured routine, interrupting our seamless flow of care with the interjection of questions and gasps at "how small these babies are."

    Nursing schools haven't changed much in the way they teach neonatal nursing care. They just, well, don't. I mean, when I was in nursing school 5 years ago (= ages), We briefly covered nursing care of the well newborn along with the onslaught of information that comes with learning enough antepartum, labor/delivery, pediatric and newborn nursing in a mere 15 week semester. I can't even remember what I learned about neonates.

    So where does that leave us, the lucky nurse to have been volunteered to show a student around?

    I think it leaves us NICU nurses with an obligation to give them a realistic and honest taste of what NICU life is like. This means having them get report with you, check orders, go on deliveries, calculate meds, run fluids, change diapers, feed, assess, look up labs, observe procedures, attend rounds, etc. The most important thing is to let them get their hands "dirty." I can't tell you how many students have followed me, with a wild, petrified look in their eyes, suddenly relax and melt when I've picked up a bread-and-butter 31 weeker on room air and passed him to them while I changed the isolette mattress....The look is priceless..puzzlement, terror, then excitement... They suddenly go from believing "This is something I could NEVER do" to "Wait, I could do this!"

    We need more good nurses in NICU. Here's our chance to mentor a few good ones, before they leave the unit thinking, "Wow... I could never do that.... I'm going to med/surg!"

    My goal is to have that wet-behind-the-ears nursing student, overwhelmed by life, school, and the choices ahead of them, leave the unit after that one day thinking "THIS is what I want to do....."

  • Mar 17

    It's one of those life events that causes the most stress... I have moved probably more 30 times, across country, ocean, city... you name it. I get stressed out every time. We are moving across country this year. So, to get myself geared up, I look for activities to get myself and the kids involved in to make the transition easier. I look for places I want to visit on weekend getaways. Get out there, get outside, and start building your new tribe. Working as a nurse, especially in a hospital, makes it a bit easier to meet people (and this is an introvert talking) You'll be ok :-)

  • Mar 17

    Im going through the process now moving from overcrowded south Florida to Springfield Illinois. I was flown up to get a feel for the town and it is like noght and day almost. But thats part of what makes it exciting. The fact Im also going from living with my parents to being on my own in a state with no family or friends is terrifying. But as the others have stated before. Having to accept and face the challenges teaches you a lot about yourself. Best way I deal with it is make a list of everything you have to do before and while you're there. I started with getting my RN license in the other statw. Now its grown a mile long with everything from finding out local cable providers and how utilities are delt with to figuring out how to moved my car with what little I do have. Having family who knows the area will help tramendously though!

  • Mar 17

    I embrace change, probably because I grew up as a military brat which meant living overseas and moving around. I get antsy if I live in one place too long! So recently we were waiting for the hubby to get accepted to his top choice of med school, and I decided to go ahead and apply in that city for jobs I wanted if I saw any. And since we're moving to an area of the state that I call "Hospitalville," you can bet I saw some jobs! I think I had five applications in at one point, lol. Three offers later and after the husband got his acceptance, I landed what can only be described as my dream job and we're moving in about a month, though my husband doesn't start school until August. YIKES, we need to start packing and then we have to find someone to rent our home, hopefully quickly! Did I mention that I love change?!

    Good luck to you in your wanderings!!

  • Mar 17

    Finding new people helps. I highly recommend checking out meetup.com once you get to your destination.

    I did not have a fabulous experience relocating, but I moved to an area that was totally incompatible with my personality just to get that magic first year of experience out of school. I still managed to enjoy my coworkers, and I learned a lot, but I couldn't have picked a worse place for myself if I'd tried. I distinctly remember thinking when I applied for that job that it was in the worst city I'd ever heard about and it sounded like a terribly isolated place to live with nothing to do, and that I really hoped I'd get hired somewhere else.

    Just don't move somewhere you know you're going to hate! That's the best advice I can give.

  • Mar 17

    I moved from GA to PA after I was done with grad school b/c I could not find a job where I lived. I was single and had nothing keeping me in GA (aside from my parents that lived about an hour away). I decided to just start applying for jobs all over the US and I ended up where I am now. Been at my job for 11 years. They flew me up for the interview (I interviewed for several positions) and I stayed in the area for a few days to get the lay of the land. Before I went up for the interview, I researched apartments online so I could visit them while I was there. I knew no one, never been in the area before but I survived! I LOVED the area where my job was, felt right at home after I explored around a little. I rented my condo in GA until I was able to sell it and lived in an apartment near my new job for a few years. I am SO glad I made the move. My family supported it. It has been a great job. It has really felt like it was meant to be.

    I found a church I loved as soon as I moved here so I was able to meet people that way. My neighbors ended up being great (both in my apartment and then the house I eventually bought). Trust your gut. See how you feel when you interview. Explore the area and see if it "fits". See if you can find some apartments you can tour that are close to your work. If it feels right, go for it!

    A lot of people thought I was nuts to move so far away into a place where I knew no one, but it was the right decision for me.

    Good Luck!

  • Mar 14

    Hmm. I don't know how to adjust for your experience. New Grad in the Cleveland market (close enough to Akron) is about $25 to $27ish.

  • Mar 11

    "I dream of preemies" instead of genie

  • Mar 11

    You either enjoy change or worry over it. Either way.. you have to do it.

    I was a traveler/agency nurse for 5 years. Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Kaiser in Honolulu. A little nerve wracking yes... but an experience I will always remember.
    You will come out stronger ... I promise.

  • Mar 10

    I moved 1,400+ miles from coastal southern California to North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area) in 2005. I sold my house in CA four months prior to the relocation and kept my possessions in storage during that time.

    Things worked out. The move was exciting for me because I was 24 years old and had never lived outside my home state. Thus, I viewed it as an adventure.


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