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Wolf at the Door, BSN, RN Pro 14,172 Views

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  • Dec 12

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  • Dec 5

    Are you sure they're union? A lot of hospitals in Southern California are not. When I lived in Orange County none of the hospitals I worked for were union. Not everyone is CNA union either. You could always call and ask but some HR managers get shifty if you say the U word down there.
    its also much harder to access contracts in California. Every place that I have worked for that was Union you had to already be hired to access the contract. Either it's on their internal website or they give you a booklet. Sorry to not be of more help.

  • Nov 28

    If you do not deal with this successfully now, or at least see it through to the end with your best effort, you will find yourself with the ADDED stress of starting over at a new job in addition to the same problems you are now experiencing. That is, if you can find a new job any time soon. Whether or not you resign tomorrow, next week, or next month, work on devising a plan to cope effectively. Do not continue to react to the environment at work, start to act in a proactive manner. You will grow as a result.

  • Nov 28

    Hello, a Californian here. Having lived and worked in both SF and LA (and still here) and therefore knowing the situation in California, I am acknowledging the OP's frustration at the current state of affairs. I would like to give a different perspective, however. Not everyone should or needs to avoid the Bay Area. Yes, I agree some things can be a little insane price-wise but people have priorities and preferences, and the culture in Danville or Madera may not suit a nurse in their 20s. There is something also just called living and enjoying life while you can until you're ready to do something else.

    Nor Cal has probably the strongest nursing union in the country, esp Kaiser, but I've heard that there are changes that are being made or have been made which are not as cushy as before. If nurses keep fighting to be union and vote for representatives who support unions and support each other, then everyone could have something similar.

    I know everyone has their own opinions so this is is just my two-cents' worth.

    As for So Cal, I echo what I just said above about wanting to live near things to do, etc. I would personally not live all the way in Inland Empire. It is super suburban with not much to do. Good for families and someone who wants to get away from it all.

  • Nov 22

    Our society has minimal critical thinking skills as well as a decreased ability to cope. Frustrating for everyone!

  • Nov 14

    Don't be so quick to denigrate the experiences of those who did not have your good fortune. Renting just a room may not be everyone's cup of tea.

  • Nov 12

    I'm a little confused. You ask about NYC, but say you want to go to Rochester. What is the actual geographic area you're considering? Are you bound to the NY area for a particular reason or have you just not considered moving?

  • Nov 2

    It's not nearly enough money.

    It's good that Payne was fired, but his Lieutenant should also have been fired, not just demoted.

  • Oct 28

    You're right. This HAS been asked NUMEROUS times before.

  • Oct 23

    Stick out your year. Everyone feels incompetent in their first year.

    Answer these questions with yes or no:

    1. Can you afford your student loan payments without your paycheck? Yes? read on. No? Stay in the job
    2. Can you afford your house/rent without your paycheck? Yes? read on. No? Stay in the job
    3. Do co-workers with 2+ years of experience feel the same way you do? Yes? Get out. No? Ask them about their first year and see if it comparable to how you are feeling right now.
    4. Did you think nursing was going to be glamorous? Yes: rearrange your expectations. No: good.
    5. Do you ever want to work in nursing again? Yes: don't quit. No? quit.
    6. Did you win the lottery or is someone in your family making more than 100k a year? Yes? You can quit. No: Depending on answers on 1-5, you may or may not be able to quit.
    7. Do you have a plan other than nursing? That's up to you.

    Forget anything where you read nursing is a "calling". Forget about that nonsense. While nursing may be a calling to the select angels and seraphim, the rest of us collect a paycheck. It is a job and it requires time, knowledge, and patience. You will get this, you will know what you don't know in a year. You'll be able to help some new nurse through their first couple of months. This, like nursing school, shall pass.

    The first year is hell, the only way to wade across the flames is to take one year's time. But you do you. Cheers.

  • Oct 15

    Usually, when your manager offers you an option to transfer, it means you should transfer.

  • Oct 15

    For all those who say public health or community health is useless - read the All Nurses article: Public Health Nursing - A Critical Speciality.

  • Oct 11

    Quote from TrashPanda
    if they do not have their BSN completed by 0000 on 1/1/18, they no longer have a job as a nurse in that hospital. Many are now pushing for MSN.
    I seriously doubt "many" hospitals are pushing for their bedside RNs to be prepared at the Masters level of education.

  • Oct 9

    Agree with APRNKate - way too soon to leave a job.

    What don't you like? LTC is similar to primary care - maybe change your mindset?

    Leaving a job so quickly unless there are concrete reasons like they aren't paying you, might not be wise, especially since you are going to have to keep this job on your resume.

  • Oct 7

    OP has 7 years experience...isn't a new grad. One CAN live in LA on those wages, but they aren't going to be living a glamorous life. Average person has a car payment and combine that with easily 1800 to 2k rent that eats up most of one biweekly check. I DID live in southern California and for the cost of living, it was very hard. I did also have a one income household due to an ill husband and am quite aware my situation is not the average. Most people fall somewhere in the middle.

    Yes you can live in LA on 50$ an hour, but no you aren't going to be "rolling in dough."