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Joined Jan 29, '09 - from 'Palmdale, Ca'. mercedesbattista is a RN. She has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'ICU, Heart/Lung transplant'. Posts: 26 (27% Liked) Likes: 7

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    I wouldn't know what the highest has been for my unit. The hospital I just started working at is still paper charting & the insulin protocol is confusing. Most of the time I have the pump programmed incorrectly!

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    Most of the companies that offer these travel positions do offer health insurance. However, no other benefits like vacation & 401k.

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    Why not JU or UNF?

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    I want to move out of the state of Florida to California. I have my resume ob Monster & CareerBuilder. I get lots of phone calls from nurse travel companies that only have 13 week assignments. I need a stable, permanent job that will pay for relocation & benefits. Seems like unless I want to work in Savannah, Ga or some other state that I would never live in, relocation & permanent work isn't going to happen. Why have so many travel positions if nurses are needed this bad?

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    tokidoki7 likes this.

    I didn't go to mine. Our pins coated $60! I just wanted my papers so I can take the boards & get a job! I don't think you'll regret it. Ive been a nurse for 2yrs & I don't ever hear anyone talking about their previous pinning ceremony.

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    lindarn likes this.

    I live in a conservative state so I get comments all the time about politics. We have TV's in patient rooms & it's always Fox news on. I ignore the comments patients & families make as Fox news commentary goes on. I didn't get a 4yr degree to discuss politics. I usually try to change the subject.

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    Wow, that's crazy but I can see my hospital doing sone crap like that!

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    It's not expensive to live in Jacksonville but according to these posts. Im living in the wrong city myself. My hosp is one of the top paying.

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    I took the 2 week course in class. I learn better in classroom. The. I studied about 5hrs a day. About 1-2hrs at a time.

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    lkwashington likes this.

    I graduated last year. Took Kaplan a week after graduation. Took the NCLEX 3 weeks after that & passed. It's well worth it but you have to put in the time to study. The Kaplan is all about how to answer the questions not just content. When I took Kaplan, they said if you fail, they will give you a refund.

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    lindarn likes this.

    I'm a new nurse with a BSN. Specialty hospital in Jacksonville, FLa.
    My base pay is 23.59/hr with me working nights & weekends comes to about $29/hr.

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    Be confident in everything you do. I'm 35 but people say I look early 20's. It's. Kind o a disadvantage looking young because I don't think I get the respect that I would if patients & family new I was really 35. I'm constantly having to prove myself & demand respect. After having the same patient for a couple days, they realize that I do know what I'm doing & it's all good.

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    My hospital is all about customer service. And screw how many patients we have, dressing changes, meds & what education we have to do. It's all about customer service. My patients constantly call out for water, ice, coffee, they dropped the remote control, & the pillow needs to be fluffed & buffed. We do alot of education & dressing changes on our floor, its hard to do that when I keep gettin calls from the front desk that my patient is calling & I go runninng in & they want the head of the bed up.

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    I graduated July 31st & took Kaplan a few days later. I took the 2 week Kaplan course & studied while waiting on my auth to test letter which took almost a month to come. I did all my qbank questions & question trainers for Kaplan. The class part of Kaplan helped me alot because they go into dept about what to look out for on the NCLEX. I also studied a review book by Mary Ann Hogan. I only did about 200 questions a day & read over different diseases & lab values. I took the test this Mon. & found out today that I passed.

    On the NCLEX I had tons of meds, especially about type 2 diabetic meds for some strange reason. 1 OB & 1 Peds, alot of who would you see first & about 8 SATA about what would you teach a patient about a certain procedure. I didn't have any math thank goodness!
    Most of the questions I used the decision tree that I learned from Kaplan & could narrow it down to 2 choices then from there I just guessed. I will say that I over studied on diseases & lab values.

    Good Luck to everyone who is going throught the process of trying to finish the grueling process of nursing school & studying for the NCLEX.:wink2:

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    I jsut finished OB & Peds so I know how it is to try & come up with some care plans for those babies.
    How about altered family processes r/t hospitalized infant. If she's constantly at the hosp, then whose taking care of home?
    Impetigo is contagious so thing of some interventions that teach the mom about prevention.


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