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    I was wondering what a typical salary would be for an RN in a psych specialty with 15+ years experience. Anyone with experience in either an acute of long term state hospital setting? I have a dream of living in the country with mountains and nature at my disposal.

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    My wife is set to take her RN boards tomorrow and we've been discussing our options. In the Tucson area, are there good opportunities in the psych setting? I have almost three years RN experience in MR/DD psych long term care and am more than open to new opportunities. My wife is wanting to work on a reservation for the experience and possibly loan forgiveness?? Does anyone know the salary ranges for the areas I have mentioned? Any experience in these areas? Also, we've been thinking about real estate and are wondering where the best areas to live are. We will be budgeting for around $200K on our first purchase. Any other info regarding the Tucson area is appreciated. Chris

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    Does anyone work at the Ralph Johnson Medical Center? If so, can you give me a rundown of the benefits/salaries, working environment, job satisfaction?

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    Quote from P_RN
    OF course the biggest would be MUSC in downtown Charleston.
    http://c-if-google.musc.edu/search?q...=muschealth&oe=

    Truthfully I don't know of others, but MUSC would be a starting point. Salaries should be pretty much in the $30 range, but again I am not sure.
    by $30 range, do you mean per hour? per year in thousands? thanks for the info..............chris

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    I have been working as an RN in an Indiana state hospital for the past 2+ years. My wife is getting ready to start her last semester of her BSN program and has shown an interest in psych nursing as well. We both love the Carolinas and are particularly interested in Charleston for many reasons; the ocean, laid back southern living, climate, and the overall aesthetics. Does anyone here have any info on psych jobs in the area? I'd be interested in any input regarding pay, benefits, types of facilities, etc. Also, what do you like best about living in or around Charleston? Worst? Thanks for your time...........chris

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    Who all here works for an agency? I have 2 years psych RN experience and am thinking of taking the plunge into agency work. I would prefer to stay in psych but would consider other settings. What type of wages are offered? Is there any permanency to the positions? Thanks in advance........chris

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    I work at the Logansport State Hospital and am now at 19.16/hr as an RN on dayshift. I believe evenings and midnights make about 5,000 more per year. It's not a bad rate of pay for the area.

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    thanks to all for your input. i have decided that i will not take it a third time, in other words second time is going to be a charm. i feel i do know the material, but on test day i wasn't able to access it or think critically. i figure there's no use in pointing fingers as to who is to blame. it rests on my ability to analyze and interpret what is before me. i'll be purchasing a book or two for the next exam to touch on some problem areas. i will join you all in the RN ranks shortly. chris

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    maybe i was too confident, maybe i didn't study enough, maybe i rushed things a bit. i took the lpn boards last year and passed at 85 questions, this year i went well into the 200's on the rn and got my failing results today. i didn't feel like the material covered on the exam reflected what i had learned in school. the thing is, i'm not too devastated. i'm still an lpn. i attribute my failure to lack of preparation/review. so what i'm asking of you is some tips or pointers to prepare me for my next nclex in september. i'm willing to do whatever it takes at this point. i've heard there are some excellent resources out there and would appreciate some input as to how good they are. thank you......chris

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    hey people,

    haven't been around in a while. i guess i've been studying too hard. well, it's finally over! i have my asn and am ready to tackle the NCLEX. i've heard there are a few changes happening this year (format-wise). anyone heard anything? one thing i noticed about this program compared to the lpn program is the amount of self-study you have to do. i was spoon-fed during the lpn program! what a wake up call the rn program was. i almost didn't make it during the cardiac/hematological/respiratory semester. i had a 67% for about a month and was stressing beyond belief. passing is 79% that's when it hit me, "study your A$$ off or come back next year". let me tell you, that is one hell of a hole to dig yourself out of when you're down that low. well i ended up passing with an 81%. my first "c" :angryfire oh well, i look at it this way, none of my future patients are going to care how i did in school just as long as i give them the best care possible. anyhow....congratulations to all 2004 graduates! best of luck on the NCLEX! chris

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    another guy here. graduated in 03 from LPN, graduating in 04 with ASN, then probably onto bachelor's program and beyond. i believe that eventually there will be a closer to equal ratio of men to women. we are in one of the most stable professions in existence and once people realize this, we will see more people making career changes. While corporations fall and recession rears its ugly head and leaves thousands jobless, we will always need nurses to give that caring touch to those in need. I definitely believe males are as capable of being caring and nurturing as our female counterparts.
    Take care, Chris

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    can't offer advice but do have a question or two. what are the educational requirements prior to being accepted? what is the course work like in the actual program? (meaning, kinds of classes) best of luck to you in your career....................chris

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    well, last night was my first official day as an lpn. i was working the alzheimer's unit as charge. i had previously worked on this unit as a qma but wouldn't you know it, my first night as the nurse and things go bad. i was passing medications in the hallway and started hearing a resident become very congested. i went in to ask how she was feeling and every other word she said was drowned out by the congestion. she was on 2 Liters of oxygen and her oximeter reading was at 84%. there was an order to titrate which i did to 3Liters. her sats gradually came back up but not to the desired level of 92%. i called a nurse from another unit and she suggested calling the md which i did. he told me to send her to the ER. I checked her sats again which now were at 78% to which i increased the oxygen to 4 Liters. The medics arrived and when she left for the hospital her sats were at 70%. I got the call about two hours later saying that she had passed on. So, i guess it's welcome to the nursing world with a bang. I found myself questioning my abilities, but everyone said i did the right thing and that it was commendable that i caught her decline in condition. Definitely a learning experience..................chris

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    thanks everyone, now on to rn transition program. more school and headaches, but it'll be worth it.

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    nclex results came with a big ol' fat PASS next to grade. thanks to everyone for their positive vibes.........chris, lpn


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