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    I am a nursing student going to college in Lumberton (mentioned above), but living in Fayetteville with my husband who is in the 82nd at Ft. Bragg. I can't speak for the working conditions, except what I've heard, but yes the hospitals here hire ADNs and you will have no problem finding a job. Even if you don't want to get into the government service jobs at Womack, they have contract positions (which pay better) that only require a year of experience. I've heard that overall, Womack has the best staff ratios and reputation in this area. I do my clinicals for school at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, which is probably the hospital the first responder mentioned as starting their new grads at 14+ an hour 10 years ago. Their current pay rate is about 20 for new grads and more for more experience. I may keep doing the drive (which is about 30 minutes) because the pay there is better than at Cape Fear Valley Hospital here in Fayetteville and because they have better opportunities for new grads (you can start out in the ICU with a training program or L&D). As for the area itself, it's a typical military town, some nice areas, and some areas to avoid. The best part about it is that it is not a long drive to some pretty cool places. Raleigh is only an hour away and they have tons of shopping and lots to do, the beaches (Wilmington and Myrtle Beach) are less than 2 hours away, and the mountains are about 3.5 hours away. As far as schools. In a word, they are terrible. My son is just a baby, so I've not had personal experience, but talking to other parents and hearing about local test scores, I will not be sending him to the local public schools if we're still in the area at the time. I'm not sure how you feel about private schools, but there are several in this area with good reputations and (as I understand) reasonable prices, most notable Fayetteville Academy. Believe it or not, the on-base schools have a better reputation than the Fayetteville public schools, so if living on base is an option for you, there is that. Fayetteville State does have an RN-BSN program, but I've heard lots of bad things about it and I'm pretty sure they do lack accreditation. As a previous poster mentioned, UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina both have online programs that are highly regarded (I'll be doing mine at ECU). Overall, I like living here. My husband had training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and Ft. Benning, GA, and the only place I'd rather be living than here of those is Ft. Sam Houston. Feel free to PM me with any questions, sorry to write so much!

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    Thanks to all for your input. I happen to agree with Siri in regards to SmilingBlueEyes. I have lurked here long enough to recognize expertise in a field. You should be delivering babies! Thanks again to all for input. I will definitely checkout the midwife specific forums as well for information.

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    I have lurked on this board for a while because of my interest in L&D and because I think I want to go to midwifery school (although I have another year of nursing school). I mentioned my ambitions to my step-mother in law (a nurse) and she kind of tried to shoot my dreams down by telling me that she believes that CNMs don't have much of a future because of the increase in elective c-sections, especially in light of the fact that I am not interested in practicing as a midwife doing homebirths (for which there will probably always be some interest), but rather am interested in working in the hospital/clinic setting similar to the CNM who delivered my son. I don't agree with her, but what are your opinions? Do you think this is a career on the decline rather than on the rise? Do you think the future of CNMs is more a homebirth/unmedicated birth/alternative birth center kind of thing? Thanks in advance for your opinions!

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    I really enjoyed SA on the three occasions I visited there (especially the Riverwalk). I just don't understand why the pay is so low. I understand that cost of living is less there than in Dallas, Ft. Worth, etc., but it is still higher than it is here in NC and nurses make more here. Someone suggested to me that it might be because SA has so many little colleges and probably a glut of nurses. I don't know, I guess I need to stop complaining and get used to it. Still, if there's anyone out there with information on living there, the hospitals, and any orientation programs, I'd appreciate it. I can't find any good info on the hospital websites.

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    I will be moving to San Antonio next June after I graduate from an ADN program in May and (hopefully) pass the NCLEX. Can anyone tell me about any new graduate internship/orientation programs and the timeline for when they usually begin at the hospitals there. I have also seen in various places that the new grad pay is somewhere around $18/hour. Can this be right? That seems very low given that cost of living is significantly higher there than where I'm at (Fayetteville, NC) and the pay here is higher than that for new grads? I would also appreciate any info anyone can give me about places to live (probably apartments) somewhere within 20 min drive to Ft. Sam. Any general info about living there, tips and tricks would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    I had to fly when my son was 3 weeks old due to a death in the family. Our pediatrician gave the okay and gave me some tips for flying. Try to schedule feeding during takeoff and that will help with the ears. Put in a couple drops of children's saline nasal spray to moisten the mucous membranes so the dry airplane air doesn't irritate them. The airlines recommend purchasing a separate seat for the infant, but I think they just want to make some money. I held my son on my lap and that's the only way it would work when they're that young anyway (IMO). You can bring your stroller or travel system right to the gate with you and they stow it for pick up on landing, which helps. Also make sure to ask to preboard, I found out the hard way that all airlines do not automatically offer preboarding for people with kids. Good luck, I recommend trying your best to get nonstop flights, I had a connection and it was a long and frustrating day (I didn't have help though as my husband was out of town).

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    My second cousin's name is Kaelyn Marie Reality Cech (pronounced check), at least her mother (my cousin) was able to convince the father to have 2 middle names so hopefully the kids in school won't get hold of it.

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    My husband is AD and I want to work in the military hospital here after I graduate in May. I understand that I may need a year of experience, lots of paperwork, etc. and I think I can handle all that, but when I was trying to figure out what the pay would be, I came up with ADN nurses starting out at GS 4 and make about 10.50/hour or I guess 12 something with locality pay (whatever that is, my location would be the "Rest of US" category). Surely this can't be right? I expected that the pay wouldn't be as good, but that's only just over half as much as regular hospital employees make in this area, that's less than I made working as a waitress. In other posts in this category, It was mentioned that people were working in GS 9-GS 11 positions, but maybe you need a whole lot of experience first, more than a year for that, I don't know, but the document I read seemed to indicate that brand new nurses started out at GS 3 - GS4. Also, please explain steps within pay scale, is this comparable to time in service in military? Please help me decode this system and give me an idea how it works. Is it beneficial to wait until you've got a few years under your belt in a regular hospital before jumping ship to GS? By the way, I should mention that I have no interest in working VA as I want to do OB and L&D (future plans to attend midwifery school). Thanks in advance!


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