Bottomed out, BSN, RN 5,654 Views
Joined Jan 29, '12.
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I'm from California and have been living/working in Los Angeles for the past three years. I started off as a new grad. This is my second career. I was living in San Francisco but went to school out of state because it was easier to do so. I came back to San Francisco after graduating but couldn't get a job up there so moved down here.
Just to let you know, it took me eight months to get into a new grad program. I was able to survive because I was still working in my previous career. I met people in my new grad program who had been out of school for more than a year (and from California) and this was the first time they had gotten accepted. I also met people who were accepted right out of nursing school into a new grad program.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the reality is that the choices for new grad programs in this state are few and extremely competitive--what to speak of Los Angeles. The new grad program that I got into, I applied three times before I was accepted.
There is no "best" hospital with a new grad program, although I would say some of the hospitals are better than others. Like others are said, the "best" hospital is the one that hires you! Here are the ones I know that had or have new grad programs:
Keck Hospital/USC, City of Hope, Ronald Reagan/UCLA, Cedars (the first four are prob the most competitive), White Memorial, Centinela, UC Irvine (Orange County, not LA), Children's Hospital, Citrus Valley, Fountain Valley, Kaiser
LTC and SNF is also another way to get your foot into the door. If you're itching to work acute, you can always transfer out.
It is expensive in Los Angeles, as I'm sure you've heard. Make sure you come with a lot of money in your savings account because you don't know how long you'll be searching for work. The traffic is from hell, so choose your housing situation carefully. Plan for the worst, hope for the best. Good luck!
$2/hr is an insult
Some of you must be very young, as this sort thing is *NOT* new in nursing.
Pick your group and there have (and still are) nurses that cannot be bothered and will make it known to God and the world. If pressed to provide care it can and often is in a very passive-aggressive manner.
This list is varied and exhaustive.
The "poor", "unwashed"
And so it goes....
Best anyone can hope for is that in these modern times such persons can be isolated and frozen out by other staff. This and or being sat down and spoken to; however often that does not happen and even then the damage has often been done.
Even with the supposed tight labor market for nurses here in NYC there are plenty that won't apply nor work in the municipal hospital system. If they do it would only be Bellevue (it looks good on a resume) and only for a short amount of time.
When AIDS/HIV was in full crisis there were nurses who pretty much felt that those men were getting what they "deserved", worse they said so either within ear shot or even while caring for such patients. You had grown men literally crying as those witches (cannot use the other word here that is a better fit and rhymes), provided "care" with a strong dose of morality. It is worth noting that federal anti-dumping laws for patients came into being during the AIDs crisis. It was an attempt to put an end to the long standing practice of hospitals "dumping" the poor, minorities, or anyone else they didn't want to be bothered with at the steps of the nearest charity hospital.
Again these biases still go on and can have horrible consequences: Hospital's reputation in the dump - NY Daily News
This thread isn't about hatred of non-Caucasian people, nor sexual minorities. It's about working with negative people.
I've never heard of high dose insulin therapy for beta blockers. Its usually treated with glucagon and supportive therapy.
High dose insulin therapy is usually reserved and well documented for calcium channel blocker overdose.
nothing but a JOB.
one thing i've learned after working as a grad for almost 9months is that...if someone is deliberately giving you a hard time or trying to embarrass you, **** them.
So some NP applies for a position with less than 2 years nursing experience and a degree from Walden and she should make almost as much as a physician. That is a hard pill to swallow!
I've hit a wall with my work and I feel very bad about it which then feeds into guilt and then hating work even more and so the cycle goes on. I work full time days outpatient, usually leave work on time, have fantastic co-workers, all the good stuff. I have identified no reason "Why" I should just feel uncaring anymore. I feel a patient complaint or request for me to do something for them that is beyond my expectations of "minimum requirements to get the job done" is a burden.
I work with geriatric patients who get sicker and older and hurt more and more no matter what the crazy, expensive to the healthcare system interventions we do for them. I feel bad, but I feel like screaming if someone starts talking about their psychosocial issues or whatever else is going on. I used to be like, "Awe, let's see what I can do to help..." But now I feel like saying, "Oh spare me!"
It's not a good space to be in and I want my badittude to vanish and the caring nurse to come back. Has anyone else hit a sudden wall like this? HElllllllllllp!!:uhoh21:
EMS--slow walk----> Nursing -----RUNNING-----> EMS
If your facility is expecting you to be able to circulate in addition to PACU nursing, they need to provide the orientation that would properly cross-train you- it should not be something you should have to do on your own or pay your own money for. If the facility is unwilling to do so, it is one I would not be willing to work for. It's not a safe practice.
1 year 3 months. And I never looked back
I'm working in the LA area and have fellow nurses who are licensed CRNP's still working at bedside nurses in the ICU because they don't like the idea of the huge pay cut they'll take when they take their practitioner job. The medical groups you'll join up with don't care how well your nurses union got you paid as a bedside nurse, it's a whole different ballgame as a salaried CRNP.
Also I know there are a lot of California nurses talking about how they have got great pay in California but I should shed some perspective on that for you. I've lived in The San Fran and the LA area in the past year, you need to earn $130,000 to $150,000 to live somewhat comfortably there with the outrageous cost of living. In the SF area you need $1 million dollars (literally) to buy a crappy 1000 sq foot 3 bedroom home that needs updating. In SoCal you'll need around $500,000 to $600,000 in a cheaper/higher crime neighborhood but your pay is significantly less in SoCal as well.
I've lived and worked from New York/Connecticut down to Atlanta to Tennessee to Texas then all down the coast of California. I love California but don't let these high pay numbers fool you. A nurse making $90,000 a year in 85% of America is probably actually having a better and more luxurious lifestyle than a nurse making $130,000 in many places in California.
I think we may have worked at the same place! Call the company that sent you there. Review the contract and if you have no penalty for leaving, give a notice and get out the door. I've gotten a call 5 times about an interim position for an ADON position. They told me up front they expect the ADON to work the floor and do the rest of her duties. It's no wonder they can't keep staff.
Yup, I don't think I would take another assignment at that hospital or Agency A.
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