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  1. Sign on bonuses
    When I graduated in 2011, I heard of a hospital in McAllen, TX offering $15,000 sign on bonus. Still not enough to make me move that close to the border lol
    Dec 31, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Pregnant Nurse!
    I was really exhausted back in October-ish, but its mostly passed now. I work nights and it never seemed to bother me at work... Just at home on my days off. It's much better now though!
    Dec 31, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Pregnant Nurse!
    Yep, June baby! Find out what it is on Wednesday! :)
    Dec 29, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. what did you get for Christmas from your employer?
    I came to work on the 26th and had an Xmas card signed by our management staff and a mini candy cane. The techs got full sized candy canes, we got mini candy canes. lol
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Pregnant Nurse!
    I'm 16 weeks also... Also not showing, but have already told my coworkers. I asked my Dr and she said pretty much the same thing... Universal precautions. And said try to avoid CMV pts. I asked...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. What kind of holiday bonus do you get?
    Nada!! I'm off Christmas Eve and Christmas Day though, so I'm happy!
    Dec 15, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Does your hospital ID badge have your first AND last name on it?
    Ours has our first name and last initial. I wouldn't mind though if it had both first and last on it.
    Dec 8, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Curious about what your job offers
    1. Unpaid with FMLA. I did find out you can use short term disability if you have it, but I didn't know this until about 2 weeks after our open enrollment for benefits, so I missed out. I did talk...
    Dec 1, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Two and a half week orientation?
    Definitely not enough time.... I had 6 weeks and still felt very nervous on my own. I would have declined the position if they only gave me 2.5 weeks!
    Oct 25, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  10. RN's forced to do CNA work
    I always welcome the night that we are short a CNA and nurses have to be one. That happened to me the first time a few weeks ago and I loved being able to get my stuff done, do charting on my vitals,...
    Sep 29, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  11. Name Badges Worn Backwards
    Ours always turn around but the back card on our badges is about 2 inches longer than our ID and where it sticks out at the bottom it says RN real big on both sides. So the patients know we are an RN...
    Sep 27, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Can I vent? Just a little... you can vent too if you want, I won't tell...
    These days it's not even who you know anymore. When I was a new grad last summer I applied for several positions at a hospital where my mom has been a nurse for 30+ years. The anesthesiologists I...
    Sep 14, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Is an Associate's degree a waste of time?
    I graduated with an ADN and didn't find a job for 8-9 months because of it. Everywhere I applied wanted BSN nurses. I finally got a job at a smaller community hospital that was still hiring ADNs. I'm...
    Aug 30, '12
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  14. What is the nurse-patient ratio where you work?
    I'm in Texas on a med/surg floor at night.... Typically our ratio is 5:1 or 6:1 (usually 6:1). But it's not unheard of to have 7:1 at night (I did the other night). We don't start out with 7, but if...
    Aug 25, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  15. New Grad Pay in Texas?
    I work med/surg at a smaller hospital in the DFW area. As a new grad, I started at 25/hr. And then I'm night shift, so that's an extra $4/hr, and then $6/hr weekend diff. Working a weekend night is...
    Aug 17, '12
    Forum: Texas Nursing
  16. Say What??????!!!!!!!!!!
    Just the other night, doing an admit for DX pancreatic mass. The lady kept saying something about a pantry... Finally she said "they told me I have a mass on my pantry" lol We also have a fairly...
    Aug 12, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  17. Postoperative vital signs frequency
    We do q15 min x 2, q30 min x 2, then q1 hour x 4.
    Aug 8, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Working night shift, difficulty sleeping during the day!
    I work 7p-7a so I can't sleep 12-7. I am usually in bed by 0830 and sleep until 1600-1630. I take 2 ibuprofen before going to sleep, I know it sounds silly but it helps my achy legs and relaxes me....
    Aug 8, '12
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  19. Which shift do you prefer, 7pm-7am or 7am-7pm and why?
    7p-7a, no doubt about it!
    Aug 2, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. 7p-7a Six nights a pay period VS. 23-07 Nine nights a pay period
    I love 12 hour nights! Love having four nights off a week!
    Aug 2, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Is it possible for a RN to work five 12 hr days?
    I've worked 5 12-hour shifts in a row twice since I started and they just about kill me. It's usually a Friday-Tuesday and I have a few days off afterwards, but it's still not worth it. By that last...
    Aug 2, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. ACLS
    I became ACLS certified right before my third semester of nursing school. You don't need your RN license to become certified.
    Jul 31, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  23. When do they get a return on investment?
    For an 8 week orientation, my facility requires a 2-year contract or $6000 to break it. So I'm guessing for 8 weeks, it cost them about $6000 to train me. They break it down if I were to leave after...
    Jul 28, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Washing those scrubs?
    I throw my scrubs in the hamper with the other clothes until I do laundry. Usually wash scrubs by themselves with warm water. I have 11, maybe 12 pairs. I don't have to wear a certain color so I...
    Jul 13, '12
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  25. Need input from NIGHT SHIFT nurses
    Completely agree with the meeting thing! I will have meetings at 1300, 1500, or 1600. Definitely not staying for any of those if I have to be back that night. As far as friendly things... Letting...
    Jul 4, '12
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101


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