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  • Mar 8 '14

    Harrird

    I don't think it is weird at all. The poster happens to be young, many people wait and waste many years before realizing that they wished they had gone another route. Maybe she will come to the realization that nursing was what her soul was searching for or maybe not, in any case she isn't dropping out of school, she is still becoming a nurse but exploring all options. Kudos to her for being aware enough to investigate all avenues at the START of her career and not 20 years later.

    Also as far as her being a motivational speaker and needing a mentor I don't understand your confusion. Maybe you don't realize that some of the greatest motivational speakers in the world (past and present) have mentors and guides. That's why they become great.

  • Feb 23 '14

    But school is hard, and 24hours/week is a lot of time to take away from your education.

    In five years, those five months will be meaningless. Take the summer to regroup, spend it with your kids (no daycare costs!) and come back in the fall ready to kick butt!

    Been there, done that, got the tee shirt (and the degree)!

  • Feb 23 '14

    It is really difficult to compare staff pay with travel pay and it often depends on where you are staff for whether you can really make a financial case for it. In terms of total compensation per hour, most contract pay between $40 and $50 an hour which is 80 to 100K per year for minimum weekly hours. But this doesn't tell the whole story as it doesn't include tax benefits which can increase your bankable pay substantially beyond staff pay of a similar gross amount. However, the benefits of being staff with good insurance, vacations, holiday pay, education and sick pay does add 20 to 30 percent to staff pay (at least from HR's perspective). If you are in fact making between $40 and $50 an hour as staff, then you may have a difficult time doing the math on paper. For nurses from the south (where most travelers come from), it is easy.

    Some travelers working rapid response jobs working 48 hours plus can actually make over $200,000 a year, but this is far from the norm and usually requires a lot of hard work at crappy hospitals. I think of most travelers working normal contracts and not taking time between assignments as making on average 80 to 100K gross, but more take home with tax benefits. Some new travelers do much worse as they spend as if they are on vacation. To do better in savings, you have to be disciplined, especially with housing. Lots of no cost or low cost ways to enjoy new locations. I do a lot of exploring by bicycle myself.

    Things are really different going from staff to travel. For myself, I went from 3 years as staff in Baltimore to travel and there was no comparison. In 3 years, I just saved enough to buy a good used car ($2,000 in 1995) and started traveling broke. And I am super thrifty but housing ate up too much. My first several assignments paid within a couple dollars an hour of my staff job, but with housing and per diem I started saving 80 percent of what I made. Some 18 years later, I've paid for a house cash and have enough banked to retire modestly.

    There are tons of individual variables, specialty, ability to adapt, people skills, family, health, and desire. The last is the most important. Basically if you do anything just for the money, you are not going to be happy. If you have wanderlust, or truly want to improve or maintain professionally and not get in a rut, these are the best reasons to travel. Don't do it for the money, if you have a good staff job with a decent pay to housing cost, you may well do better financially to stay put.

    Too much thought about number crunching and you will never do it. You will have to try it to see if it works for you personally, professionally, and financially.

  • Dec 25 '13

    In many years of traveling, I have yet to pay extra for internet. Often I am taking shared housing, and these days everyone has internet service. Apartments many times have neighbors with open wifi networks. I often pick the location based on local networks. In fact the last apartment I rented overlooked a coffee shop with open internet. When all else fails, I use my smartphone phone (I've used dumb phones since 2000 to connect my laptop as well), and then time visits to coffee shops or the library (and even many grocery stores now) to do some work, or load up browser tabs for later reading.

    A smartphone is your friend, and even if your cellphone service provider does not allow tethering (ways around that of course), you can use file sharing apps to get documents on your phone from your laptop for emailing your agency/hospital. There are also budget providers that provide unlimited voice, texting, and data for as little as $40 a month. Often 4G is faster than wifi anyway. I was at my sister's this evening and their wifi was significantly faster than my wifi at about 14 Mbs. I thought that was pretty cool until I connected LTE through Verizon and it was 33 Mbs!

    Often paying for internet service gets you a significant price break for three months, as low as $15 a month. While that is really a trivial (and tax deductible expense), frankly I just don't like the hassle. But I understand many want internet all the time and anything less is a greater hassle for most. And if you have to drive to a hotspot, you haven't saved any money at 50 cents a mile real cost of the trip. I always walk or bicycle to hotspots.

  • Jun 2 '13

    Favorite quote of the week:

    "Look my degree penis is bigger than your degree penis"

  • Jun 2 '13

    Quote from healthstar
    So many medical students and doctors are threatened by DNP program...it's not like nurses are taking their degrees away.

    I don't even know if it is threatened so much as it is just engaging in a ******* contest that a vast majority of people seem to enjoy. Look my degree penis is bigger than your degree penis, I'm better and more important that you, and so on and so forth.

  • Jun 2 '13

    It depends......there are the homeless and there are "the homeless". There are patients that do blatantly abuse the system......but.in most cases.....that is not for me to judge. IN the cold northeast......I don't turn out the homeless in a blizzard. I just don't especially at night. The is always a corner that can be found for a cup of coffee and a sandwich. Grant it this was a few years ago. We would collect all the held trays that were untouched to feed those who were needy. Key word needy .......not entitled and abusive.

    There are those who look for the free meal and want that cab ride home and that needs to be handled differently. But if they are found dead in the parking lot on a cold winters night huddled next to a car by the door ...it will not be my conscience that will be haunted.

  • Jun 2 '13

    Quote from morte
    doesn't come under the heading of "enabling"?
    Yeah (assuming you mean enabling the substance abuse and not their homelessness), but we are also enabling wealthy people who want their splinters out, or think vomiting once a day while pregnant means they need a hospital admission, or just can't handle the cold they've had for 78 minutes, so it all comes out in the wash. I can actually understand the desire to hunker down in a warm bed and wash my feet if I lived on the street more than I can picture myself hauling my butt in for the sniffles without trying a tylenol first.

    I don't really like it, I would love it if these people got clean, got off the street or even just sought out the appropriate resources in the first place, but c'est la vie.

    We can kick them out, treat them badly, refuse to enable etc. but I really don't think that will change what they do (I believe someone mentioned above just moving on to the next ER). At least by getting social work involved we may reach some of them and facilitate some better choices (a girl can dream).

  • Jun 2 '13

    Quote from Adenosine6
    When I escort the homeless out the ambulance doors, I say "Welcome Home!"
    And they haven't bopped you upside the head yet?

  • Jun 2 '13

    Oh God...I don't think I have ever facepalmed as much as I have reading this thread....

  • Jun 2 '13

    Quote from Little_Mouse

    "Therapeutic wait time". That's great..I don't remember learning that in nursing school . Lol! Great nursing intervention.
    We have some docs who read the triage note and say ***!! Give them a dose of lobby time then I'll see them.

  • Jun 2 '13

    Quote from okienurse68
    My favorite complaint was after our first Tulsa earthquake. Nothing spectacular but a little shake for 45 seconds. This guy comes in with a complaint of post earthquake anxiety. I look at him and say "you're afraid of earthquakes yet you come to the ground floor of a ten story building just after one?" Sounded like a candidate for therapeutic wait time to me.
    "Therapeutic wait time". That's great..I don't remember learning that in nursing school . Lol! Great nursing intervention.

  • Jun 2 '13

    Quote from Miiki✿
    Parent brings in 5yo who is afraid of the dark and wants to sleep with the lights on.
    You win.

  • Jun 2 '13

    I have always been amazed by how many people are "bitten by spiders" and never see the arachnid. I always laugh when I see that complaint and go ahead and get the I&D kit...

  • Jun 2 '13

    Paraphrased for simplicity:

    Pt. I think I have a kidney stone.
    Me. Describe your pain.
    Pt. Vague, diffuse, mild.
    Me. ?? Have you ever had a kidney stone before?
    Pt. No.
    Me. What makes you think you have one now?
    Pt. I have a diagnosed staph infection in my ear, and I read on the internet that staph infections can cause kidney stones.
    Me. (to myself) If your ear infection caused a kidney stone, you must have a Eustation tube longer than my..., well, it'd be pretty long.


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