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  • Aug 13

    Quote from outriton
    Moving to Sacramento from out of state is the best thing that's happened to my nursing career. The pay is excellent compared to what you make in other states, and the nursing union is so strong that you will have fewer patients and, often, fewer random non-nursing-related task-y things required of you. All of my coworkers from out-of-state agree that the job is so much easier in Sacramento for 2.5-3x the pay.

    Best perks of working in California/Sacramento:
    - Patient ratios are strictly adhered to. I no longer have 2-3 ICU patients of my own PLUS my neighbor's patients when they go on break.
    - Taking your break or being paid if you didn't get a break (which is practically never) is prioritized. It's not like other states where they only care if you clock out, not if you can actually step away. It's also an hour long meal break!
    - Lift team comes around every two hours and helps you reposition your patient so you don't throw out your back.
    - The pay in Sacramento is very high for being a smaller/cheaper California city. This partially has to do with its proximity to San Francisco, where the pay is higher but the cost of living is much, much higher. You make more in Sacramento than you do in Southern California even though the cost of living is higher there too.
    These could be my exact words too. I used to live in Southern California and every once in a while I tell my friends down there they are nuts. I doubled my pay in 3 years with the move. Quality of life is soooo much better up here, just really hot for a few months but no place is perfect. Cheers fellow sacramento-an

  • Aug 3

    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    Why would a person want to work at such a place again? They have policies and practices you don't believe in, that's a clear signal to go elsewhere.
    It isn't so much that a person wants to return, it is the fact that many prospective employers will not hire someone once they hear the "not eligible for rehire" verdict from the previous employer.

  • Aug 1

    We rent a place in Georgia, it's our only place of residence and is my mailing address with the Georgia Board of Nursing. Is this considered permanent resident of GA?

  • Aug 1

    Georgia is not a member of the original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Georgia and North Carolina are both members of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). While the eNLC became effective when North Carolina became the 26th state to ratify it. However, as far as I am aware, it has not yet been implemented.

  • Jul 30

    At a facility I worked at we had a girl fresh out of school who did complete her RN orientation and then almost immediately put in her two
    Weeks for a different gig at a different place (more money "better" department) She was not respected by any of the other RNs as they felt she wasted everyone's time. Even our manager was wishing she didn't even bothered with her.

    I know my story is not the same as your issue. You should give you two weeks and all that but I suspect you might leave with that same type of rep.

  • Jul 30

    I am 29 years old planning on going into travel nursing this coming March. I am planning on bringing my two dogs and two horses on my travel assignments. Has anyone done this before? Any advice for at least my first travel assignment? I plan on sticking to areas out west and rural communities where horse boarding may be easier to find. I also plan on getting a trailer with a full living quarters after my first assignment so I have the option of camping to save some money/ make it easier to have the dogs. Any advice? I feel like it may be a big venture, but I'm also excited for the challenge of logistics place to place.

  • Jul 30

    Well, I don't expect it to be terribly easy, but I've researched areas that have assignments and horse boarding facilities within a 10 mile radius and have found options (once again in specific areas of the country... not planning to do cali or NYC). I think my biggest fear is being cancelled and having to find a new assignment, but I'm planning on having a little financial cushion prior to going to prep for that kind of thing.

  • Jul 30

    Thanks for your feedback. I'm looking through all kinds of boards, joined gypsy and the Facebook group to try to learn as much as I can. My other dilemma is that I'm a mother/baby nurse wanting a specific location and shift so my options are limited with agencies.

  • Jul 30

    I am moving back to Dallas soon. More than likely in the summer of 2017. I have been a RN for 3 years with a BSN.

    I'm just wondering what the salaries are like for nurses in Dallas, TX? I am also wondering which hospitals are nurse friendly? I would be willing to make less to be treated well. Like decent nurse to patient ratios and fair schedules.

    Also, I am considering working for an agency. Does anyone know which agencies are good to work for in Dallas, TX? And please give reasons as to why you like them.

    Thank you and much appreciation to all who respond.

  • Jul 30

    My biggest thing is being happy! I would really like to work in an ICU. I've applied for jobs at Grapevine, Plano, Denton, and Dallas.

  • Jul 29

    There are circumstances when the nursing supervisor/manager should be informed when a patient who is a sex offender is being admitted. For example - some small facilities have combined pediatric/adult floors in smaller community facilities. This would not be floor to admit. Also, cohorting with another patient may be a problem.
    But all of those things would not be documented in the chart. The charting should state facts "ankle bracelet in place, foot warm, pulse +" and so on. The criminal history is typically not documented.

  • Jul 29

    Check with the BoN, some states have provisions for military and spouses

  • Jul 29

    Hello. Thank you for your advice. I'll be moving to San Jose so I was considering all options to get a job. After all the info I've received I'm thinking I just want to apply to hospital jobs, especially SCVMC. I didn't even think about Stanford. I'll definitely look into that. I'll also have to check travel times for my commute.

  • Jul 29

    La riviera has some cute little neighborhoods. If you have a family Roseville or folsom is ideal. It really depends on what your looking for

  • Jul 29

    Quote from Julius Seizure
    Why don't you have a friend call your former employer and pretend to be someone considering you for a job. See what they are saying. It might have nothing to do with them at all.
    I agree with this. I had an employer years ago that did this. I live in a state that also allows you to record a conversation. I had a friend call, recorded the former supervisor (who was beyond incompetent) bashing me and all of the information was untrue. She did this because I resigned after she first got the job and she begged me to stay six more months so I "wouldn't make her look bad". She also violated company policy b/c only HR could verify employment.

    I paid a lawyer $75 to send a cease and desist order directly to her. Last time we had that issue. Money well spent.

    I figured out this particular one was the problem when I was told that after a reference check I would be called with a start date and never heard back.


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