Losing your license in Nevada? - page 2

I recently informed my clinical instructor that upon graduation I planned on moving to NV and practicing there. Her mandible nearly hit the floor. She was concerned that because Nevada has the... Read More

  1. by   505girl
    Quote from barefootlady
    I took the posters message as the instructor was not warning her not to attempt a difficult assignment starting out in nursing. After further reading, I realized I overread the post. I do not think it is wrong to warn students of probable trouble spots. I wish more instructors would take the time to do it. I just wonder why NV is not doing like so many other places are doing, giving better money, seems like there is lots of it there, making working attractive by supplying scrubs(any color but your size for x amt of shifts worked) giving tickets to shows, free meals, whatever to get nurses. I do know the price of housing is skyhigh, my cousin lived in LV as a teen, when she went back to visit, she was astounded at what her old home cost in the market then, I would never guess what it would be now. Crime is on the rise too. My daughter was so surprised at some of the things she saw on her recent trip to Vegas. Me I guess I am just not cut out for that fast life, but I would like a long weekend there one of these days.
    I am moving to Las Vegas, too, once I graduate next week. I keep hearing horror stories of 11:1 ratio. I rotated in AZ; worst it got was 6:1 on the Med-surg floors. Isn't there anyone in Las Vegas on this board who can support or deny this claim? I interview at Valley Hospital next week; I'll post the scoop there....
  2. by   barefootlady
    Quote from 505girl
    I am moving to Las Vegas, too, once I graduate next week. I keep hearing horror stories of 11:1 ratio. I rotated in AZ; worst it got was 6:1 on the Med-surg floors. Isn't there anyone in Las Vegas on this board who can support or deny this claim? I interview at Valley Hospital next week; I'll post the scoop there....
    505girl,
    Good luck on the job. Like you I read posts about how bad nursing ratios are there in LV, but I have no personal experience, so who knows. What position are you going for? Med/surg is a really good place to start. Anyway, one again, I wish you luck on the job and the move.
  3. by   505girl
    Well, I really liked Med/surg during my clinical rotations, I LOVED how the 12 hours just flew by. But I know, even with 4 patients, it was hard for me to keep up. I used to live in Las Vegas, before I got accepted to school in Arizona. I was a pharmacy tech there for 3 years at Mountainview Hospital. ( And a tech for 10 years total) So, I kind of know about Mountainview through the grapevine and my experience working there. They seemed to have between 6-8 patients,clustered in pods. I liked working there.

    My goal is to get a 3 day a week, 12 hour shift job at a hospital on a Med-Surg floor, and a 1 day a week job at a wound care or long term care facility there. There still is some affordable housing in NW Las Vegas; and that is a nice area. You can still find houses for $150,000 if you don't mind living in
    "bad" areas. Maricopa County, also has some appealing nursing jobs...like med.nurses for inmates. (Well, its appealing to me at least) They have good starting salaries. UMC is nice because you don't pay FICA, and I have heard it is a good teaching hospital.
    I also know all the good restaurants, casinos and hangouts...LOL

    Quote from barefootlady
    505girl,
    Good luck on the job. Like you I read posts about how bad nursing ratios are there in LV, but I have no personal experience, so who knows. What position are you going for? Med/surg is a really good place to start. Anyway, one again, I wish you luck on the job and the move.
  4. by   jayrelic
    505girl - how did the interview go? Were you offered a position?
  5. by   505girl
    I dont interview till next week...I applied to Mountainview, UMC also. I just need to set up some more interviews. Oh, and also through an agency which is hiring for nurses at the Military Treatment Facility (Mike O callaghan hospital) near Nellis Air Force Base. A girl I am graduating with got a job at St.Rose Dominican also...I'll will keep you all posted...
    Quote from jayrelic
    505girl - how did the interview go? Were you offered a position?
  6. by   jayrelic
    Quote from 505girl
    I dont interview till next week...I applied to Mountainview, UMC also. I just need to set up some more interviews. Oh, and also through an agency which is hiring for nurses at the Military Treatment Facility (Mike O callaghan hospital) near Nellis Air Force Base. A girl I am graduating with got a job at St.Rose Dominican also...I'll will keep you all posted...


    Did you get an offer? If so, care to share starting salary? I'm 1yr away from my search in the area for a job.
  7. by   barefootlady
    Hey, 5050 girl,
    Let us know what is happening with you!
  8. by   Euskadi1946
    Quote from RNnTraining1973
    I work in Reno, NV (northern NV) and in my current, and final rotation on a Med-Nephrology floor, I have seen ratios during the day as high as 7:1, with a couple of RN's taking 8 patients. I'm appalled. I've been working at this facility for the past 1 1/2 years, but in a critical care area. We don't see this where we are at. I never realized there were staffing issues in the hospital until this rotation. This floor is notorious for this, I guess. It's a running joke around there.

    My friend is an Apprentice Nurse in the GSU (General Surgical Unit) and she would take up to 9 patients at noc. Crazy to me.

    Nevada is last in the nation with licensed RN's and has the highest shortage. It doesn't help that property is skyrocketing here (you can't TOUCH a house for under $325k and to find a decent one, you had better get closer to $400k) and gas is around $2.50/gallon for the cheapest stuff at the cheapest gas station. It's getting expensive to live here and I don't think the pay is increasing enough to keep up. I will be starting my new position in a critical care area for $26.35/hour, including my shift diff. (I will be working nocs). The hospital that is closest to my house (5 minutes away as opposed to the one I work at now, which is 30 min. away) pays about $2 more an hour, but their insurance rates are insane....$278 per paycheck for a family...that's over $500 a month!!! I also don't care for the hospital itself and love where I currently work. We are the only trauma hospital in the area and that's where my true love is at.

    I love living here, enjoy the weather, the surroundings...just wish they would get more nurses!!!!

    Melanie = )
    I got my nursing degree at TMCC in 1993 and I'll bet you're working on the same unit I did as a new grad. I miss Reno so much. I lived in the Reno area for 25 years before coming back to Utah. PM me....
    Last edit by Euskadi1946 on May 30, '05
  9. by   505girl
    Quote from barefootlady
    Hey, 5050 girl,
    Let us know what is happening with you!

    Well, the job seeking process has been slow; so far I have received only 1 official offer at the Valley Health System, $22.27/hour, $2300 sign on bonus for a 2 year committment, 15% more in your base pay (which would equal 25.60) if you dont take the paid time off. Day shift 7am-7pm on a Med-Surg Floor. I didn't take the offer because I want to work at Mountainview, which is like 2 minutes away, instead of 20-30 for the Valley Hospitals. I interviewed at UMC also; the person interviewing me was 20 minutes late--then proceeds to say, that she doesn't even know if there are any new grad positions left...I felt like it was a complete waste of my time. For hospitals with 100's of positions open, they sure aren't doing much to attract new grads...don't they realize if expereinced nurses aren't flocking into NV to fill these positions, that new grads is their only alternative? The Valley hospital said their ratio was 1:7 and sometimes 1:8. UMC said 1:6. Mountainview is 1:6. So....I will update you all soon...There are still alot of houses here for $250,000, however, $350,000 buys a house that doesnt needs renovation.
  10. by   barefootlady
    505 girl,
    Keep your chin up.. That attitude is everywhere, the institution can need so many nurses but they just don't seem to know how to make you feel wanted and welcome. I hope you get the job you want soon.
  11. by   505girl
    Quote from barefootlady
    505 girl,
    Keep your chin up.. That attitude is everywhere, the institution can need so many nurses but they just don't seem to know how to make you feel wanted and welcome. I hope you get the job you want soon.
    I accepted a job at Mountainview Hospital; Just under $22/hour, plus $2.00/hour for night shift differential, and an additional $1.50 on the weekends. 3/12 hour shift on Med-Surg, 1:6 ratio. 8 week preceptorship, all computer charting, and all of my moving/transfer expenses up to $5K paid for. Benefits after 30 days. Only 3 minutes from my place. The view of Mt. Charleston is nice...Now I just have to pass the NCLEX in two weeks...
  12. by   LynRN04
    I am currently a med-surg nurse in New Mexico. Our ratios are 6 or 7 to 1, depending on census, and sometimes 8:1 (but that's rare, and usually only for a short time). It was really difficult at first, but I spent my first year on time management...that's it! It's still tough, but you just have to learn to hit the ground running.

    Also, I'm planning a move to LV in two years when my youngest graduates from high school. I have family there, and worked as an ER tech and as a paramedic off and on in the city for about 10 years. I spent some time at Valley, but mostly I was at UMC ER and the Trauma Center under Dr. Dale Carrison. (OMG, what an awesome person!) UMC is not the horror story it's made out to be. Just depends on what you are after in your career, I guess. I was younger then, and of the 'paramedic mentality', so I wanted chaos and adrenaline in my life. I loved every crazy minute of it!

    Anyway, my advice to you is something I plan to do myself: do local travel nursing. Get on the web and find a travel nursing agency that is based in Vegas (I know there are several). They will give you 13 week assignments in various hospitals in the Vegas area, pay is excellent, housing is provided, in most cases all medical/dental/malpractice insurance is paid for 100%. That way, you can see where you might want to work permanently. If you hate it, it's only 13 weeks. Only one catch: you need a year of med-surg experience to travel (usually). Look into it. Maybe you can knock out a year where you are now, and then move. Good luck with whatever you decide!!! Lyn
  13. by   jayrelic
    Congratulations on holding out for the place you wanted to work. Now, in a year's time, make sure you put in a good word for me!

    Take care and keep us posted after you've started.

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