IHS -- Chinle, Shiprock, &c - page 2

Hi all, I'm not sure which forum to post this (AZ, NM, Native American, General, OB) so I'll post here for starters. I am interested in an assignment in one of the IHS hospitals in L&D,... Read More

  1. by   nightingale
    So, does Shiprock have tele, m/s icu? I do not do PP or L&D.... I do not mind taking care of the mums for a bit, after the birthing... and that is about it.

    Any idea of rates? Does anyone know if OA Staffs there?
  2. by   bagladyrn
    Quote from Anon Nurse
    Hey bagladyrn -- we've emailed from Delphi Forums. You're right about staffing in L&D at Shiprock. I do like it here but they have 3 - 4 RNs (1 for PP, 1 for nursery, 1 for L&D, 1 charge, who winds up in L&D most times) and when the pregnant lady bus lets off, like it has since I've been here, it's dicey. They've put me in PP mostly so I've been spared the worst. For now. I do not know if they try to get more RNs and can't, or if they have a mandate to run the place with only 4 RNs maximum. I will say, the staff pull together and work well together to get through it all.

    If census is low they will put the PP pts in L&D -- esp when there are only 3 RNs. Today we had one PP pt and L&D had one triage pt all day (thank the goddess as I was in L&D and it could have been like last week, with all the rooms full and pts in the waiting room.)
    I was there for 9 years before I was a traveler (and before they built the new hospital as well) and know what it can be like - feast or famine for both pt. and staffing. Just wouldn't want anyone to walk into it without knowing what it can be like. It is a whole different world isn't it?
    I may get over there some time soon to catch up with old friends - maybe we can meet in person!
  3. by   Selke
    Quote from Nightngale
    So, does Shiprock have tele, m/s icu? I do not do PP or L&D.... I do not mind taking care of the mums for a bit, after the birthing... and that is about it.

    Any idea of rates? Does anyone know if OA Staffs there?
    Shiprock does have an ICU, and a med/surg unit, a peds, an ER, a NICU, postpartum, and OB. Note I said "a" med/surg unit ... there is one. The NICU is the "nursery" for L&D -- they staff it with a NICU trained nurse and they attend births, watch after and chart on the well babies on PP, as well as any NICU babies, although those are generally occassional level II babies, ie needing extra O2, or not feeding well, or IVF, antibiotics. They are so short now they have one of their med/surg nurses floating on noc shift (it's fairly easy to teach a m/s RN how to do PP than to do L&D.

    This is a very nice newer hospital (built in 1990s?) so I have no idea what the old one was like.

    I'm paid 34/hr, 20 of that is nontaxed, by ABSS. I still don't understand why it's not taxed. Plus housing, utilities, cable, internet, insurance, all paid by ABSS.

    Check it out. It'd be fun to meet a few RNs from allnurses.
  4. by   jstr
    Selke, I know it's been a while, did you enjoy your assignment at Shiprock, NM? I am checking AB Staffing site, of course it sounds really good. Were they a good company to work for? Thanks.

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