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  • Jul 9 '15
  • Jul 9 '15

    Perfectly said. I agree 100% but hospital administrators do not care what you think.

  • Jul 22 '11

    [font=book antiqua]heartbeatthere is a job fair at reliant arena on aug. 9th.
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    [font=book antiqua]10-3 p.m.
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    [font=book antiqua]employers are:
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    [font=book antiqua]hca (all facilities)
    [font=book antiqua]christus st. john
    [font=book antiqua]memorial hermann
    [font=book antiqua]va
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    [font=book antiqua]and lots more that i am too lazy to type. sorry you got axed, hope you find something soon
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  • Jul 5 '11

    I worked for a Methodist Hospital as a traveler when I my family and I first moved to San Antonio in the fall of 2008. BAD EXPIERENCE...Started with a private cardiac hospital last fall 2010 that had a a very different feel. While it is challenging and the physicians have high expectations of the RN's. We were unfortunately purchased by Methodist in January 2010 and in 6 months we have lost many solid experienced RN's. Change can be tough and uncomfortable no doubt. I have been a nurse for 8 years so i have weathered change. The increasing patient to nurse ratio,diminishing auxiliary staff has made for very stressful working conditions. We are are strong nursing group but feel very beat down and forced to "conform". I refuse to be a sheep in the herd . Their focus is anything but patient care. While I agree profiting is essential for a business it should not be at the expense of dedicated staff and their patients. You end up with burned out staff,poor patient satisfaction and unfortunately poor patient outcomes. I am seeking to work for a hospital who practices what the preach.
    I don't have any information on Christus Santa Rosa but it is one I am targeting for new employment. I wish you well and your search. Nursing can be highly exhausting but in turn highly rewarding.

  • May 17 '11

    It is hard to believe that it has been three years since I started the epic journey towards a PhD in nursing, as a part-time student who already had a full plate as full time nursing faculty in a busy university setting. Since then, I have alternately been exhausted and invigorated, with never a dull moment in between. I have been stretched to the limit, challenged beyond my natural ability, and equipped with a wide range of academic skills beyond my wildest dreams.

    The PhD nursing program at my university consists of 50 to 56 semester hours of coursework, to be completed over three to five years. Due to my whirlwind schedule, I quickly learned to multi-task and take advantage of every free moment. Somehow during each successive semester, every assignment was completed satisfactorily on time. A 'little here' sprinkled to a 'little there' caused even the most intimidating mountain of scholarly work to become manageable. In the midst of it all, I grew in ways I could never have envisioned. For instance, I can now write effectively with clarity and insight and can make tangible connections between nebulous concepts and ideas.

    Way back in fall 2008, I embarked on my journey into the doctoral world by taking the first core course, Philosophy of Science. There I was quickly submerged into assigned readings of numerous books and articles written in almost incomprehensible language that discussed foreign concepts such as ontology, epistemology, phenomenology, existentialism, rationalism, empiricism, positivism, and realism. I couldn't even pronounce these topics, much less understand them. I felt totally lost. As I persevered, however, a whole new world opened up to me. I was introduced to some of the brightest minds throughout human history: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Husserl, Popper, and Kuhn - just to name a few.

    Another core course was Statistical Methods, which included critiquing numerous nursing research articles and conducting statistical analyses with research data. We learned to use the dreaded SPSS software with the same familiarity and ease as Excel or Word. We performed descriptive statistics, multiple regression, logistic regression, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling.

    One class had us perform a concept analysis, while studying nursing theories/ theorists in depth, as we completed three major research papers in one semester (this was quite a feat, while working full time). Of course, it was the expectation that our papers be crafted in immaculate APA style.

    During yet another semester, my cohort and I explored quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in great detail, actually performing a mini-qualitative study from start to finish!

    By the end of the spring semester of this year (2011), I had successfully completed all coursework in the curriculum plan - a notable milestone. It was now time for me to sit for the Doctoral Candidacy Exam, to assess my readiness to pursue independent research and my ability to think critically. The candidacy exam consists of a written and oral portion. The written part was five questions, open book, and I had eight days to complete it. During that week, I barely slept or ate, while I feverishly cranked out 30 pages of typed material to turn in. This was, of course, in addition to my faculty duties. The oral part consisted of me appearing before the three members of my candidacy committee for approximately two hours, while I defended my written responses to the questions. The experience was grueling, bruising, and exhausting - that's all I want to say about it. As the committee members grilled me unrelentingly, I felt certain that I had failed the candidacy process. Imagine my surprise when they announced at the end of the two-hour ordeal that I had passed!

    Now that I have achieved the status of doctoral candidate, I must form my dissertation committee, further refine my research topic and research question, and then begin to pursue my dissertation research. Please stay tuned for Part 2....

  • Mar 21 '08

    Because most everyone has praised Denver Health, I just want to offer an alternative perspective.

    I'll be a new grad BSN (second degree, 20 years prior career experience but not healthcare), and I was singularly unimpressed with the nurse recruiter I spoke with at DH.

    After a cursory questioning, she told me since I had no prior healthcare experience, DH would "insist" I spend a year on Med-Surg. She then said, rather testily, (and this is a verbatim quote), "I don't even want to talk to you until you have your license in hand."

    Fine by me. I don't want to talk to DH again, either.

    Mind you, I was polite and to-the-point throughout this phone conversation, which lasted all of 3 minutes. Maybe she was feeling stressed that day, but it certainly didn't leave me with a good impression of DH. There are too many other hospitals for a new grad to choose from. And, btw, I rank in the top 15% of my class and have stellar letters of rec for my preferred practice area.

    Just another opinion. I don't doubt the others who say nurses are very happy there.


  • Mar 16 '08

    I have two friends who eagerly paid back their sign-on bonuses to be free to leave TMC, if that says anything.

    They did not work in L&D, or NICU, though.

    I'm hearing about more and more areas in which new grads are having a hard time finding jobs. I think the myth of a nursing shortage is starting to crumble.

  • Mar 13 '08

    Well, I was just looking at the MN forum and still basically quiet. I had posted some time ago about troubles finding a job in northern MN and had finally made the move south. We've (family) been in Tucson since June 6. I got hired at Tucson Medical Center. Very busy hospital. I was thinking today about the comparisons between Duluth/Cloquet, MN hospitals and here. All the hospitals here are full all the time. You wouldn't dream of getting sent home due to low census! I got to pick my shift (days of course) and everything is 12 hrs. No rotating shifts unless you want to. The orientation programs are very good. They generally orient you for 6-8 wks and you do not go on your own until you are finished with orientation. You can move along sooner if you wish. I am working on a cardiac/medical/tele floor and have never been so busy in my life! We get absolutely everything. In January, I'm going into the cardiac ICU with a 6 week orientation. All charting here is computerized and you take your computers (called stingers) in the rooms with you for assessments and meds. No union here but because they ALWAYS need nurses - pretty hard to get fired. Wages aren't as great starting out. I started at 20.50/hr. 17% shift diff and 2.00 increase on weekends (not sure about that though). However, you can work as much as you want here. They have E-Schedule where you online and pick the days you want to work. Schedules are made about a month in advance. Also they post what's called "Bidshifts." When they need more nurses for a shift, they will post incentives like....time and a half + $10.00/hr. Anyway it comes out to around $40/hr and up. And that's for someone like me just starting out. You do get annual increases as well. They also offer to pay for your ADN to BSN if you agree to work with them for a certain amount of time after you graduate. They have an online program for that. No manditory OT - they just offer a whole lot more $$ until someone agrees to come in.

    LOVE the weather. We had one of the hottest summers on record here - 39 days of consecutive 100+ degree weather. Sounds miserable right? Wrong. There's virtually no humidity. We live in an apartment, 1350 sq ft and pay $1000/month, 3 BD, 2 BA. It has a nice pool (live somewhere with a swimming pool because you will be in it ALL the time) and a nice fitness center. We're in the foothills (PRIME real estate here!) right by the mountains and I am 20 minutes from work. It's much greener than I expected. Alot of green trees but yes, cactus and desert too. We do have tarantulas (can't spell it - those big hairy spiders) here but they're not venomous and they eat the scorpions! Seen a couple of those already. Haven't seen any snakes or scorpions yet.

    The downside - it is expensive! Real estate is as pricey as the cities now. But it virtually happened overnight. Californians are buying everything here and driving the prices way up. Nothing against them, but its true. We plan on renting for a couple of years and then I don't know what. Day care is high too. For 2-3 days a week, full time we pay average $100. Maybe this doesn't sound high to other people, but when you're used to having grandma watch baby at no cost, then you have an eye opener. Plus we came from a city of 13,000 people, so obviously the cost of living was much lower. The real estate market is inflated here for the time being - we truly are in one of those "bubble" cities.

    In conclusion, am I happy we came? Yes. I signed a 2-year contract with this hospital. They paid all moving expenses plus out of pocket moving expenses (driving down, hotels, meals), they arranged the moving company and it was a direct pay, also got about $6000 in bonuses. The downside of all of this is not knowing a soul. No family, no friends, nothing. However, most people that live here are "transplants" also. Alot of people from the norhtern states live here. Traffic does SUCK. In the first few months you are here - you will either: a) nearly get hit by someone else or b) get into an accident. Car theft is bad too. Get a decent alarm system on your car or it won't be in the parking lot when you leave. Sad, but true.

    Well, sorry so long but now you all have a few details if anyone wants to make a move like we did. We are considering coming back to MN after the 2 yr contract is up. I just can't imagine getting used to that weather again - that would be a problem. Take care all!


  • Mar 2 '08

    As I understand it, a situational interview is sort of like a behavioral interview, except instead of asking you to tell a story about a past event (behavioral), the interviewer asks how you would handle a hypothetical situation. For example, the interviewer might ask, "How would you respond to a family member expressing anger about a patient's care?" (The behavioral interview equivalent of this might be: "Tell me about a time you had to deal with a family member who was upset with a patient's care.")

    To prepare for any interview, you have to inventory your professional strengths (e.g.: efficient, good communicator, clinically competent, etc.) and compartmentalize them in your mind so you can emphasize them throughout the interview. For a situational interview, you need to think about possible scenarios that may arise in the job you're interviewing for, and then "plug in" the corresponding strengths within your answers to the questions. For instance, in the above example, about the angry family member, you could stress your communication skills: "First, I would allow the family member to vent. Next, I would try to determine, specifically, what aspect of patient care he's unhappy with. I would stay calm and empathetic." Etc. It's extremely helpful for both situational and behavioral interviewing to practice with friends.

    A phone interview can be somewhat intimidating because you can't see your interviewers' reactions to your responses, and that makes it hard to gauge how you're doing. (I've participated on both sides of phone interviews before.) You should expect to be on speakerphone or a conference call with multiple interviewers. One hour seems like a long time for a phone interview, especially since one would think this is basically a screening interview. So you have my sympathy there!

    Couple of tips for a phone interview: don't be afraid to pause to consider your answer, but if you do that be sure to say something like, "I'm taking a moment to gather my thoughts," so they know you're not floundering. Try not to stutter or use fillers like, "Um." Find a comfortable chair to sit in so you are able to BREATHE. (Seriously!) Smile when you answer, because it will come across in your tone. Avoid distractions; for example, put your dog out in case she barks in the middle of your interview, turn off the TV/radio, etc. Have paper and pencil handy and write down the interviewers' names so you don't forget; also, you can jot notes about the questions if you think you will find it helpful.

    If you do a Google search on "situational interviewing," you'll find quite a few resources. Good luck to you! Maybe you could let us all know, after the fact, what types of questions they asked you and stuff, in case this is becoming a new trend in healthcare employment.

  • Feb 28 '08

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    Excellent....thank you Tweety.

    I appreciate your advice and I am looking forward to hearing from the gals and guys in CO.
    Hi La Bellota,

    Take your NCLEX before moving out here. It's a great bargaining chip when you're looking for work. Plus, it'll (stress and anxiety) be behind you, and you can turn your attention and efforts to the future.

    Cost of living is not decent out here. It's expensive, not as expensive as NYC, Chicago, but still, expensive. Real Estate is exhorbitant out here. Rent depending on where you live can get expensive. Coloradoans pay the highest taxes per gallon of gas, highest in the nation. Unfortunately, mass transit isn't great here either. So we spent lots of time on the road in our cars, paying mega bucks for gas. :angryfire I've lived in Colorado for 36 years, not a native, I live in what is considered the Denver Metro region. (Being a native Coloradoan is a big thing here. Don't ask me why, I can't know! )

    The Front Range is roughly from Fort Collins, to the north, and ending at Pueblo, to the south. It's known as the Front Range, because it's on the east side of the Rockies.

    Comparatively to the other towns on the Front Range, Pueblo is a small town. It's been struggling economically for years, ever since the steel mill shut down. Not a lot of industry, etc there, mostly small businesses. Pueblo only has one or two hospitals, if I remember correctly. I only go there once a year, the State Fair is held there.

    Aurora is part of the Denver Metro region, lots of hospitals, and/or access to other hospitals. Aurora is a multi-ethnic town. Before the economic crunch, they were building like crazy.

    I have to give you a warning. The altitude wreaks havoc with newcomers, we call it Altitude Sickness. I've had visitors get severe headaches, dizziness, and feel nauseous. It takes about a year to acclimate. My town is at 5480 feet, and the surrounding towns only vary by 500 to 600 feet.

    Ohhh, last thing! Wear sunscreen! We're 1 mile closer to the sun, and have 330 days of sunshine per year.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!