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    In-patient oncology nurse here looking to see what out-patient oncology nursing is like. I am assuming there is probably a decrease in pay but the M-F dayshift/holidays off really intrigues me. I'm sure it is more than checking vitals and administering chemo. What is the patient rapport like? Just trying to get an idea. All input appreciated, thank you!

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    Hi everyone! I've been reading at several places that it can take weeks to obtain a fingerprint card from CA BON. My husband and I are on a pretty tight deadline, so I went ahead and got fingerprinting done locally yesterday and was able to submit everything in. I was just reading a previous reapply about some ORI number to write on the card? I didn't write such a number down, all I did was add a signature on the left, and was wondering if there was anyone else who did the same, but still got their license in a reasonable time frame? Hoping this doesn't slow down the process for my CA license!

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    Thanks for the input! My husband ended up accepting the job offer (yay!!) and the same day I started my PA to CA license application. Just waiting for the fingerprint card. Any idea how soon I can get the temporary license? I plan on staying at my current job until I (hopefully) receive a job offer so there is no financial gap in our living expenses. I guess I'm just trying to get an idea of what the odds of an RN of 3.5 years has at getting a job in a SF hospital.


    Quote from gunrock
    I wouldn't wait till you decide to move to start transferring your license. The process can take months (for me it took 2 months, and my wife took about 3.5months). If there's a strong possibility you might move id start the process now.

    As far as oncology hospitals (that's not my field) but UCSF is one of the major academic hospital in SF, they will also be opening a brand new campus. The new campus will also house their oncology services (both out patient and in patient). It's scheduled to open early 2015.

    Good luck and take a look around, east coast vs west coast nursing (from my experience) has been very different, not necessarily worse, just different.

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    Hello! My husband has a job offer in San Francisco, so I am currently researching what nursing is like in the SF area. Currently, I'm a Pitt BSN graduate (with Nursing Assistant+Internship experience) working on an Oncology unit for 3.5 years. I absolutely love my job, the staff I work with, management, the pay, etc. I know this is rare in the field, and as such, I'm pretty hesitant to leave, but am excited for the prospect of living in a beautiful city such as SF and seeing what else is out there. From what I understand, the San Francisco market is already highly saturated. Are jobs difficult for nursing as a whole, or just difficult for fresh new grads? What are the best hospitals to look Oncology nursing jobs? I know my first step is to transfer my RN license to CA (which we will do after making the final decision to move). Any and every input would be highly useful! Thank you!

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    Hi! I've had the same issue! Im 5'2", 103lbs. It's extremely difficult for me to find scrubs that don't look too baggy and unprofessional. I found a brand of scrubs, inspiration by letap that make XXS pants that fit great. They are pretty much a ripoff of the Greys scrubs and colors match similarly. Prices are usually a little cheaper too. Most of the time i find myself browsing through clearance, and its usually a hit or miss in the fitting room. Though I gave in and paid the hefty price for two pairs of Greys and they have lasted me a very long time. Let me know if you've found other brands! Maybe I should just invest on a sewing machine.

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    I have had major trouble finding scrubs pants that fit. I am very petite (5'1" and 98 lbs) but my legs are long. I've found that by "petite" most scrub companies actually mean "short" and that's not what I need. I need smaller, but still the same length. So far, the best fit I can find are Grey's Anatomy scrub pants in XXS (hard to find, but they exist!). My problem is that these sizes are extremely hard to find and Grey's Anatomy is an expensive brand. Has anyone had a problem similar to mine? Or found a scrub pant size similar to Grey's Anatomy XXS?

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    any idea if the upmc internship is full time hours or part time hours? thanks!

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    I completely forgot about this thread... I decided to go to pitt beacuse I like Pittsburgh more than Philly, and I actually start this fall... This past year I got bountiful patient care experience working on a step down icu as a nursing assistant, then promoted to a patient care tech and now I just passed acls and I'm looking to become an adv pct by the end of this month so I absolutely do not regret taking a year off one bit (although technically it's not a year off if I'm taking prereqs every semester). Good luck to everyone in whichever path you choose to pursue!

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    thanks babyRN, I forgot to attach the link!

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    Being relatively close to Cincinatti, Im wondering if you're hospital's NICU will hire new GNs in terms of the downfall economy?

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    University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing also has a very well know Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program :-D

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    I know this thread is a good 2 years old, but I just hope the job market has not been hit too harshly as I am also a second degree student wanting to work in the nicu, and the nicu alone!!! I hope the nurse managers will be as open of new nurse graduates when i start looking for jobs in a year (yikes!) and that i get as much luck as the OP did :-D

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    Quote from june2009
    I'm interviewing for the 11th floor at Montifiore on Tuesday. Two of my friends just got hired on the 10th and the 12th floor. They are still offering incentives such as chatham college online at half price with $3500 in tuition reimbursement, (that's a savings of close to $12,000) flexable scheduling and free pitt tuition. If there was a freeze you would think they wouldn't offer that anymore.

    yay 12S (I'm a current pct there, VERY exciting)

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    Yea, I've definitely seen this happen too. Depends on the type of work you're looking for. I've opted to contact the Nurse recruiter for nursing assistant/pct/rn positions, and its worked out well in that sense. they will tell you the job id number to apply, etc.

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    Congrats!! I currently work on 12S so one floor above as a PCT :-) good luck on orientation and don't stress out too much, take it one day at a time. I see lots of new nurses here and they feel so overloaded with work. The whole point is to learn, so do the best you can, and eventually you will do great.

    Just curious, where did you go for your undergrad? I currently go to Pitt.

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    Oh wait, i see that it is already there, thank you!


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