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  • Aug 28

    Quote from flyersfan88
    I have a friend from school who has had about 5 different careers....she's 37. She seems to be unhappy no matter what she does.
    When I was unemployed 6 years ago, I completed a computerized career battery test at the local state employment office. It basically asks you all of these weird preference questions and it results in a printed report explaining the industries where your skills would be best utilized. Ironically, the career I was trying to leave was my lowest ranking industry, and among the top were health care and business. I started volunteering at a hospital a couple of months later and discovered nursing. 6 years later, I could not be any happier being a nurse!

    Your friend might benefit from this assessment tool.

  • Aug 15

    Quote from NedRN
    Good synopsis!
    Thanks Ned! It's through your guidance that I was able to become so savvy

  • Aug 15

    I am personally avoiding southern states for travel assignments, particularly Texas and Florida. Those states dont seem to be worth my time and effort, particularly in the sense that travelers have not been treated well there from what I've heard, and the staffing situation is not good. I know people will pipe in as being exceptions to the rule, but popular criticism is enough for me not to even consider going there. Besides, I lived in Florida for 5 years before I became a nurse and that experience alone validates my desire not to return as an employee there.

    California however is not only one of the best paying states, particularly Northern California, but it's popular due to the mandated nurse-patient ratio law, the only one in the USA at this time. Definitely work on getting a license there ASAP, as it does take a while to get. And there's also the nice weather which is a bonus.

    Other states that I am considering for assignments are Colorado, Arizona, Maryland, Connecticut, and Hawaii. These are due to personal interests and are balanced out by good reviews from other travelers.

    I'm currently in NYC on my first assignment, actually on an extension. NYC is also well paying and worth the experience.


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  • Aug 13

    I am personally avoiding southern states for travel assignments, particularly Texas and Florida. Those states dont seem to be worth my time and effort, particularly in the sense that travelers have not been treated well there from what I've heard, and the staffing situation is not good. I know people will pipe in as being exceptions to the rule, but popular criticism is enough for me not to even consider going there. Besides, I lived in Florida for 5 years before I became a nurse and that experience alone validates my desire not to return as an employee there.

    California however is not only one of the best paying states, particularly Northern California, but it's popular due to the mandated nurse-patient ratio law, the only one in the USA at this time. Definitely work on getting a license there ASAP, as it does take a while to get. And there's also the nice weather which is a bonus.

    Other states that I am considering for assignments are Colorado, Arizona, Maryland, Connecticut, and Hawaii. These are due to personal interests and are balanced out by good reviews from other travelers.

    I'm currently in NYC on my first assignment, actually on an extension. NYC is also well paying and worth the experience.


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  • Aug 11

    My first job was on a med/tele unit with an inordinate number of patients with heavy psych co-morbidities. We were not an official med psych unit per se, but it turns out we were a dumping ground for these kind of patients because other med surg units refused to take them. Found out some of the doctors at the hospital nicknamed our unit "The Abyss" because of our reputation. It took a toll on the staff, working with these patients was tough and naturally the turnover was incredibly high.

  • Aug 11

    My first job was on a med/tele unit with an inordinate number of patients with heavy psych co-morbidities. We were not an official med psych unit per se, but it turns out we were a dumping ground for these kind of patients because other med surg units refused to take them. Found out some of the doctors at the hospital nicknamed our unit "The Abyss" because of our reputation. It took a toll on the staff, working with these patients was tough and naturally the turnover was incredibly high.

  • Aug 10

    Age is just a number. It should reflect physical and mental capability. Some 60 year olds still run circles around 20 somethings.

  • Aug 8

    Quote from paramedic-RN
    Lol I'm curious exactly what you said.
    Conversation more or less went like this ...

    ME: "What? Absolutely not! I don't do that."
    PATIENT: "My feet hurt, I'm in pain. You're saying that you won't massage my feet to relieve my pain?"
    ME: "Nope. Not doing it."
    PATIENT: "The other nurses have done it."
    ME: "You're dealing with me tonight. And I'm not doing that. Good night!" [shuts door]

    I used to be the type of person long ago that had trouble saying NO. Something snapped along the way, I guess I got tired of people using me and now it's not something I have problems doing. Especially this woman. And had she complained about my refusal it would be attributed to the craziness she had already established with staff. I was never approached about it lol.

    She was extremely demanding and was always on the call button. She would come out into the hallway and yell out "Where's my nurse?" (Mind you, she was isolation too), claims she's been waiting 20 minutes since the call bell was rung, when it was really 2 minutes. Always complaining about staff not giving in to her outrageous requests and ridiculous meal orders. I remember once telling her (had her multiple times during her 45-day stay): "If you hate it here so much, why don't you just go to another hospital? You have that option. We are not the only ones in the area." Her reply: "Because I'm here."

    The way I was with this patient mind you is definitely NOT typical of how I treat my other patients! That woman was a serious mental case. I've never had anyone else in my career so taxing in patient care.


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  • Aug 8

    I once had a patient who requested to have her feet rubbed before sleep. I flat out refused. She said other nurses did it (because they didn't have the courage to say no). I still refused. She happened to be one of the nastiest patients to staff I've ever encountered, so nasty that staff had to be rotated every day. The DON even screamed at her once out of frustration. It was my pleasure not giving in to her Waldorf desire, and at that point I couldn't have cared less about Press-Ganey scores!!


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  • Aug 4

    Age is just a number. It should reflect physical and mental capability. Some 60 year olds still run circles around 20 somethings.

  • Aug 3

    Age is just a number. It should reflect physical and mental capability. Some 60 year olds still run circles around 20 somethings.

  • Jul 26

    Quote from KelRN215
    I've never heard of a nursing license being granted as a wall certificate.
    New York sends one in addition to a paper license.


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  • Jul 22

    I don't feel sorry for you people that lose $200 in an attempt at instant gratification. Take test and forget about it, do something more fun with your time. The $200 could have been spent celebrating that the test is over!

  • Jul 22

    I don't feel sorry for you people that lose $200 in an attempt at instant gratification. Take test and forget about it, do something more fun with your time. The $200 could have been spent celebrating that the test is over!

  • Jul 21

    I don't feel sorry for you people that lose $200 in an attempt at instant gratification. Take test and forget about it, do something more fun with your time. The $200 could have been spent celebrating that the test is over!


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