Fingerprinting in Georgia for TX, FL, and CA RN License - page 2

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Hi, I'm getting ready to start traveling and I want to get my licenses in order. I live in Georgia and I'm applying for licenses in California, Florida, and Texas. I'm having a hard time finding a place in Georgia to do... Read More


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    Grapenut, have you tried calling the Cherokee County Sheriff's office in Canton, GA? I was able to have my prints done there for California.
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    Quote from NedRN
    All my opinions are based on opinions of travelers who have actually worked there. Yes, it is a vast generalization, but if you answer every question with an "it depends", no useful information has been transferred. Then there are dead factual issues like the blacklist I mentioned above that is well and thriving, and even expanding outside of Texas. The high malpractice insurance costs are not random, actuaries don't do random. Attitudes by management and physicians are among the worst in the country.

    Here is another vast generalization for comparison: California is generally great to work in. Start with the mandated maximum patient ratios. Next try pay.

    Try saying something nice like that about Texas. I don't hate Texas, in fact I've worked there before I became a nurse. But nursing sucks there. As a generalization. It is what it is, my opinion. If you think Texas is a great state for travelers to head to, well I respect your opinion (but I noticed you haven't said so)!
    Well, I'd rather someone say it depends on things such as the location, the organizational hospital, the specific floor. Instead you said "bad managers, horrible patient ratio, etc.". How can you say that when you (or the people you reference) haven't experienced every manager or every floor. Something more helpful would be "I have heard in Dallas, some some say the managers are horrible" or "I have heard the patient-nurse ratio on San Antonio sucks". That would be more help.

    The blacklist isn't as bad a people who are outside of here thinks and it does not apply all over Texas. There is more than meets the eye there.

    And if you have never worked here in Texas as a nurse, how can you say it sucks? Lol! I know lots of nurses, myself included, who actually work here in different units and settings who love it here as a nurse. I actually MOVED here for nursing and the opportunities it has afforded me. I also work agency at HCA hospitals (bet you heard those sucked too, eh?) and I have had all good experiences there. Will everyone have the same experience as me? No, probably not because...it all depends! Lol. I can only offer up my personal experience.

    I'll say this..as a new grad, Texas was the only place that was open and welcoming to me as a new grad. I couldn't get the position I had any my own home state and probably not in California. And of course California has a high pay, there is a high cost of living. So, that balances out.

    And yes, I believe Texas is a great place for a traveler, given by Texas travelers who I have personally worked with, know and those who say so on this site. A little research on here will show that.
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    Oh and when I looked up malpractice coverage with my company and just did a quote for California, NJ, TX and Florida for the same amount of liability, both TX and NJ (for me) was the same amount. California was cheaper...by $10. And Florida was $59 more. Go figure.
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    OK, chalk it up for one happy nurse in Texas. But you are not a traveler. Hate to say it, but there is a reason why hospitals hire travelers. Because they can't get enough staff. Well, one of the reasons why is that they are not good places to work. So travelers may have a skewed perspective on working in Texas. But there are a lot of travelers from Texas, and most of the ones who post on traveler forums say they will never work in Texas. I know several personally (in person) who actually live in Texas and refuse to work there. So we have that on one side, and a new grad and non-traveler on another side.

    I'm glad you are happy and I hope your workplace continues to be a positive experience. I have zero doubt that there are many happy nurses in Texas. But as a vast generalization, I continue to believe what I've heard an overwhelming amount of time from both strangers online, friends online and in person, and my own research and reading. I'd like to point out that there is probably some excellent underlying reasons why Texas was so welcoming, lots of vacant positions because more experienced nurses were not getting paid enough to work in Texas.
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    Quote from NedRN
    OK, chalk it up for one happy nurse in Texas. But you are not a traveler. Hate to say it, but there is a reason why hospitals hire travelers. Because they can't get enough staff. Well, one of the reasons why is that they are not good places to work. So travelers may have a skewed perspective on working in Texas. But there are a lot of travelers from Texas, and most of the ones who post on traveler forums say they will never work in Texas. I know several personally (in person) who actually live in Texas and refuse to work there. So we have that on one side, and a new grad and non-traveler on another side.

    I'm glad you are happy and I hope your workplace continues to be a positive experience. I have zero doubt that there are many happy nurses in Texas. But as a vast generalization, I continue to believe what I've heard an overwhelming amount of time from both strangers online, friends online and in person, and my own research and reading. I'd like to point out that there is probably some excellent underlying reasons why Texas was so welcoming, lots of vacant positions because more experienced nurses were not getting paid enough to work in Texas.
    First of all, I'm not a new grad. I'll have 2 years under my belt in 3 months. Second, I work agency/registry and that's basically a local traveler. And third, most importantly, I'm actually on a higher level ground because I know FIRST hand what it's like to work as a nurse in TX and along side travelers. Just like you claim to know some people who wouldn't want to work here as staff or a traveler, I know some who would. If I was so pressed, I would actually reference many of the posts that are here on the site.

    All in all, I still state before one makes a generalized statement on hearsay, they need to be careful what they say. Hearsay isnt admitted in court for a reason. People may take it as fact. And I now must rest myself before work tomorrow with my bad managers and horrible working conditions. Haha! Can't wait to share that with my coworkers and traveler/agency friends.
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    Ok, have to chime in here... I have worked in TX, CA and NV. I love working in TX..... I have done 6yrs of my 13 yr nursing career here. I have worked Traveler, Agency, Staff and have just transitioned to an IT position. I have never even heard of this blacklist you are talking about and have even been fired from a job (should've quit first .... I've had good bad and ugly experiences.... Having said that I have had HORRIBLE experiences in Vegas, and difficult experiences in CA.... You may have ratios and get paid more in CA but the difference in cost of living is insane.... I wouldn't move for any reason!!!
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    Well, we are not in court here. This is a discussion site and no one will get sued or put into jail for their opinion. Your statements here are also hearsay, not that it matters. Any reader is free to make up their own minds or not, and any reader would be crazy to take either opinion as "fact". I'm glad you all like it there. You can round up twenty co-workers to tout how great Texas if you like, but neither of us are going to change our minds.
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    NedRN, you are right about Florida, South Fl in particular, where I live. That is why I became a travel nurse!
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    Are you making a vast generalization about South Florida? Or my experience or opinions? Thanks!
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    Quote from Lovelymo79
    The blacklist isn't as bad a people who are outside of here thinks and it does not apply all over Texas. There is more than meets the eye there.
    There is indeed! I've written an article on the GroupOne blacklist, and another on [misuse] of the federal law that gave legal cover to a practice that is otherwise completely illegal. I helped to shut down an attempt by the travel nurse agencies association to mount a similar blacklist nationwide. For other opinions there are extensive threads right here on AllNurses. Many of them have been closed in the last year because of the arguments. AllNurses has provided a great forum for publicizing the issues with GroupOne. You will note that many if not most of the posters are from Texas. All part of a pervasive anti-nurse attitude in Texas (in my humble opinion).

    http://allnurses.com/texas-nursing/g...nd-108647.html
    http://allnurses.com/texas-nursing/g...nd-290063.html
    http://allnurses.com/texas-nursing/g...ck-511844.html
    http://allnurses.com/texas-nursing/f...ne-486583.html
    http://allnurses.com/texas-nursing/g...st-750393.html
    http://allnurses.com/texas-nursing/g...ng-696604.html


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