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  1. I've been a nurse since.....(fill in the blank)
    LVN since before hurricane Katrina (march 2005) and RN since 2009. My ultimate goal is to participate in the crust old bat society, but I have a long way to go. Still trying to get out of the job...
    Aug 26
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Nursing School Oopsies
    I was already an LVN when this happened, but I didn't sle much before my night shift. Always get rest! I spiked a bag of tube feeding, then realized the vent part of the tubing was broke so I'd...
    Aug 26
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. The face of a medical error...
    It's so hard to slow down in the ED environment. I've made my mistakes too. I caught a dangerous error once, patted myself on the back and then the same year, not paying attention to the med in the...
    Aug 16
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  4. Starting out in Trauma
    I think it depends on facility. It's pretty rare for us to get a SICU bed in a reasonable time frame. We stabilize and sent to OR. It's more often than not than our ICUs get down graded. I think...
    Aug 14
    Forum: Trauma Nursing
  5. FAILED nursing school. ;( Now what? Lvn program??
    LVN isn't easier, there is a reason the majority of colleges give you a year of credit towards your RN in bridge programs.
    Aug 14
    Forum: California Nursing
  6. For those wishing to move to L.A.
    SF has to be up there too!
    Aug 14
    Forum: California Nursing
  7. No more 12 hour shifts?
    There has been steps towards this though. I've worked at 2 hospital systems that no longer higher ADNs. There are jobs, yes, but there's also restrictions. I'm paranoid, "they are watching." ;)
    Aug 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide.
    Location has a huge influence. I'm probably pulling close to 140k this year, with a some OT. But I live in CA. Yes, it's hard to get a job here, because of the money. But even then, because of...
    Aug 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Should I quit my job, sell my house and sail to Hawaii?
    [QUOTE=mclennan;8070077]*lights a corncob pipe* Crusty the Old Bat here, to tell alla you youngins and grasshoppers jist how it's gonna be. I've been wiping butts, eating my young, wearing my old...
    Aug 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Best hospitals and expected RN pay in Orange County area
    Hoag is a great place to work. I had 2 years experience in 2011. Just finished my BSN and with my base was to make 34$/hr. night differential was 6$ hr. so had I stayed it would have been 40. So...
    Aug 11
    Forum: California Nursing
  11. Annual Pay Raises in 2014
    4% january, 2% in july and that's every year through 2017.....Even though I'm not huge on union, I'm grateful for that.
    Jun 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. What is the most overtime you've ever worked
    3 extra shifts in a pay period, I only worked 6 days straight. I stayed at the same tax rate and brought home 4500$, not too shabby for two weeks. It was also for a down payment. I actually try to...
    Jun 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Who/what keeps track of your hours?
    Old fashioned paper slips, and little slips we attach with paperclips for overtime, not uncommon for me to have 3 sheets some pay periods, I use a LOT of paperclips because I want to be paid! I look...
    Jun 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. It is my dream!
    If you're mobile, you may be able to get into a rural ER with no experience, however the training can be "limited." So to speak. I would look in a large urban area. Congratulations on your...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. CEN exam
    I'm wondering it it's more the wording of the questions, sounds like you know the material, but maybe something in the wording is messing you up? You know how the "always" and "never" that could be...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. Feel like quitting
    It took me over 6 months to get comfortable in a Level 1. That was with 4 years of ICU experience. ER is a completely different animal. Especially a level 1. I would give it more time. No one...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. Will be relocating to orange county after school!
    It's not an easy economy to get a job in in OC. Especially without RN experience. When I went out there, my BSN was almost completed, I had two years ICU RN experience, 4 years LVN experience and...
    Jun 2
    Forum: California Nursing
  18. To those who like their nursing job....
    Level 1 trauma ER, it's not perfect, but most days are awesome. I see crazy things, get to help take care of the toe pain to the super septic to the post death defying accidents. Everyday...
    Apr 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Centimeters Away From Brain Death
    Bah, my face is all wet now!
    Mar 27
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  20. Longer length scrub top?
    aviators scrubs you can custom make the length of the shirt and the pants. :)
    Mar 27
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  21. Night shift, days off can't get out of bed.
    What I did is when I completed my last shift, I would go home, shower, and go straight to bed, get up around 130 or so, usually allowing me 4 1/2 hours sleep. I'd be a vegetable that day, pretty...
    Mar 27
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  22. Torn - advice appreciated
    What about clinical education in whatever your specialty used to be? Teaching the next generation of nurses? You get to do a bit of "hands-on" for teaching without the rush/rush that can occur at...
    Mar 27
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Why isnt Emergency Nursing listed under critical care?
    I work in an ER where it isn't uncommon to hold an ICU patient in the ER for days. So honestly, our ER nurses ARE critical care/tele/med surg because the floors are full. We have to do it all. I...
    Mar 27
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  24. Moving to Northern CA, Job prospects?
    I moved from southern California to northern California with 4 years ICU experience, I did not move until I already had the job. It took me about 6 months to get a job. I started applying in...
    Mar 11
    Forum: California Nursing
  25. Legally Protect the word "Nurse?"
    I wish it was. I had a family of a patient yesterday where they were making a big deal about the family member who was a "nurse." She was very demanding, rude to our staff including one of my...
    Mar 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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