CrazyGoonRN 10,891 Views
Joined Aug 14, '09.
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I am new to travel nursing and am trying to figure out the best option for health insurance. I am too old to be on my parents insurance and I don't have a spouse who can put me on thier insurance. I plan to go PRN at my full time job when I travel, but I will loose my health insurance. What has been the best option that you have found? Do you just take the insurance the travel agency offers? I want to be home for a few weeks in between assignments to spend time with family and work at my PRN job. I don't want to have gaps of time without health insurance. Cobra is expensive. Do you just get private insurance?
I am new to travel nursing and I have been submitted to two hospitals by my recruiter . How long does it typically take to get a call from the hospital for an interview? It has only been a couple days. I am just wondering about other peoples experiences I know every hospital is probably different. What is the longest you have had to wait for the hospital to call and interview you?
I agree 100% with everything you said. I was a LTC LPN for 3 years and I had many frustraing encounters with EMT's. My supervisor would get mad and tell them to just "load and go" because that is their job. I am now a critical care RN and I have no more than 1-3 patients at a time and it is very different. I am treated with much more respect by the EMT's and paramedics than I was as a LTC LPN. There is absolutly no reason that I should have been treated so poorly by them when I worked in LTC. IN LTC nurses rarely ever know the entire medical history of their patients because it is not practical when you have 30-40 during one shift. I remember running non stop for 12-16 hours when in LTC and never getting a break. I sure didn't have time to look up medical history on any of my patients.
Call the general hospital number and ask who ever answers what it stands for.
No absolutly not. If a patient is too hemodynamically unstable for hemodialysis and requiring CVVHD then I do not see it being safe to get them out of bed. Sounds like the higher up's are out of touch with reality.
Thanks for your reply. I have not spoken to them yet. I have been researching compaines before making contact. I'll probably apply with them, but it's always nice to get some insight from those who have worked with the company in the past.
How did your conversation with their recruiter compare with other recruiters? The agency brand is close to irrelevant, the most important predictor of traveler success is their relationship with their recruiters. It is fine to use top 10 lists as a starting place, but do understand where lists are coming from. The particular one you cite is an advertising supported site, using agency self reported information (meaning only agencies who respond to a questionnaire are included), and ratings are largely based on benefits they report they offer.
Have you heard of this travel agency? What is your opinion or experience with this company?
I have not been able to find many reviews on this company. They are rated #1 by Highway Hypodermics for 2017 but other than that I don't know much.
Any info is appreciated
I was an LPN who transitioned to an RN. During school I found that I was drawn to critical care. However, when I graduated I was too intimidated by it to attempt to start out as a new RN in critical care so I applied to med surg jobs instead. What I really wanted was to get some hospital experience since this was never an option for me as an LPN. After 1 year on a neuro/ortho floor I transferred to critical care and now I can't picture myself doing anything else.
What were you most interested in during school?
Our vaso is mixed by the pharmacy in 50 ml bags. It is never titrated and runs at 0.04 units which is 2.4 ml/hr (I think?). I have never heard of the 18 hour rule.
My first reaction is no, new grads shouid not be hired in the ICU. However, if the new grad has an adequate length of orientation and a good preceptor then I think it is fine. However, I know that my hospital is hiring anyone and every one they can find in the ICU's because of short staffing. This means a large number of new grads on night shift in the ICU. It is not safe because the more experienced nurses do not have time to answer questions all night long and take care of their own critically ill patients. I only have 1 year of ICU experience and I still have a lot to learn and I am helping the new grads. It is frustrating. Management is shortening the length of oriention to get nurses on their own quicker. It is very unsafe. I'm not sure how long the orientaion for new grads has been cut to, but I know experienced nurses with no ICU experience used to get 8 weeks and are now getting only 5 weeks.
I wonder if this is happening at other hospitals?
It depends on how long you are committed to go to school and your money and living situation. However, you will have many more opportunities as an RN.
I went through a full time LPN program that lasted 1 year. It was intense because everything is compressed. It was 5 days a week. It was hard for many students in the class to continue working at their other jobs once we were about 6 months into the program. It was tough because we would go over information and often be tested on it a few days later. It also required an 80 or above. Below an 80 was considered failing.
I later went through a LPN-BSN program. Compared to the LPN program, in the BSN program we dug deeper into every subject and had more time to learn it. I learned a tremendous amount of information in my BSN program that was never mentioned in the LPN program. Going through a Associates or Bachelor's degree program is a big committment that lasts several years. Also, if I want to go on to grad school I can go anytime with my BSN.
I am glad that I became an LPN then later an RN. However, I always wanted to work in a hospital with really sick patients. That is something I could never do as an LPN.
What do you want to do as a nurse?
As an LPN your opportunities are limited and the pay is less.
As an RN your opportunites are endless and the pay is better.
I've never worked there but I know a couple of nurses who used to work there. They do not recommend it. They say it pays well but they felt their license was on the line.
The job offered is ortho/joint and spine. Its not ortho/neuro. Will this matter?
Happens all the time. I'm an ICU nurse at a large hospital and I came from a neuro/ortho floor. There is going to be a high learning curve no matter what background you come from. I honestly don't think the ICU manager will care which background you came from.
My LPN experience was factored in and I received a higher starting hourly wage but I was still treated like every other new grad. However, my LPN background was in LTC. If I had acute care experience I don't know if it would have been different.
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