Introductions - page 2
Hi everyone! I just thought I'd start the new State forums off with an introduction thread. Please feel free to reply to this thread if you wish. Otherwise, feel free to start a new topic if you... Read More
Sep 13, '03Hi all, I'm so glad that I found this page.
I'm relocating in Deming NM, next month at this moment only have the job that is helping me with the relocation and hope that I will get to be a home health nurse, Can any body give an idea of the lpn pay per hr.? I have geropsych exp., vent care, IV and therapy and blood withdrawl certification.
I hope to hear from you guys.
Cruz A. Ortiz
Oct 14, '03I am an RN from Santa Fe, NM. I got my BSN from UNM, several years ago. I moved to Los Angeles in 1984 and I have been practicing here since 1985. I worked at Presbyterian Hosp. in Albuquerque and I also worked at UNMH for a little bit.
When I was finally able to land a full time job in Los Angeles, I worked at Cedars Sinai Medical Center for 13 years. I was a Clinical manager in Newborn Nursery. (7000 deliveries a year). Took care of lots of movie star and celeb babies but, alas, I got bored. I went back to school to work on my Master's degree. In the middle of all that, I changed hospitals and now I work at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Last November I became a member of the ECMO team here in the NICU. I also FINALLY finished my Master's degree this past June so... I am waiting to find a teaching job, on top of my NICU job. I love it!!
Nursing has been great for me. Yes there were times when I wanted to throw in the towel and run back home to Santa Fe but.. I perservered.
If anyone ever decides to come to LA and work, look me up!
By the way, I am now on my 22 year as an RN. I wouldn't change it for the world!!
Nov 15, '03ECMO stands for Extra Corporeal Membranous Oxygenation. It is basically a heart lung machine that we use for critically ill children who meet the criteria for this type of intervention. We are a team of nurses, perfusionists, surgeons, neonatologists and fellows who take care of these patients. Neonates usually have the best outcome. We do pediatric ECMO in the PICU and in the CTICU as well but the older the child is, the longer and harder the course.
The neonates who are candidates for ECMO are meconium aspiration, PPHN (Persistant pulmonary hypertension), sepsis, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, cardiac issues (depending on the issues). The infants have to be term, although we have cannulated a special circumstance premie at about 36 weeks gest. age. The candidates cannot have a cranial hemorrhage. there is a list of criteria but those are the basics.
Anyway, there are several centers throughout the world that do ECMO. We are the largest pediatric team around.
Hope that answered your question.
Dec 6, '03Hi,
I plan on moving to NM.
I'd like some advice on what hospitals are good to work at there?
What do you think of Hobb's?
I've heard to stay away from Lovelace.
Do you have any suggestions also on other hospitals?
Dec 7, '03Sorry, I pushed the wrong button on this stupid thing. Any way, I've never worked at UNMH before but have many friends that do--they say the pluses include 5-1 ratios and that if you have a confused patient, getting a sitter doesn't take an act of God. However the patient population there is definitely different than the other hospitals as this is our county hospital. I have worked at Lovelace and really enjoyed it, however that was before all this turmoil over the buy out. I think once all the transitions are made and the new changes become the norm, things will be ok.
Dec 7, '03Hi Jackieliz .
pushing the wrong button..lol that's ok, sometimes I do that too.
It's nice to know I'm not the only one.
Thanks for the feedback! You're wonderful.
Yeah, I've taken care of alot of confused patients. I had one that kept on crawling over his bed rails and was at high risk for falls. It was too difficult to constantly check on him and help him (something anyone with no certification can do) so we had to get a 24hr attendant to sit in the room with him.
I read about UNMH only through their website. I left a message with Human Resources this weekend, so hopefully they'll call tomorrow (Monday) and answer my questions.
Temporary bummer for Lovelace.
Did any of your friends that work at UNM hospital take classes or online courses to get a BSN while working? I'm just wondering if the hospital pays for it and for anything else such as the NCLEX and if they give sign-on bonuses. Hopefully, I'll find out this week, but I just wanted to ask you anyway just incase I didn't.
Dec 8, '03Hmmm...
I know that tuition at the University is free for emloyees of the hospital, you still have to buy books etc... They also offer alot of classes for ceus. Whether or not they pay for NCLEX I dunno. Good luck!!
Feb 2, '04Hello!
I live in Northern New Mexico, and moved here from the east coast about 2 1/2 years ago. I love the weather, outdoor activities and natural beauty of this state.