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 wish to discuss other topics... Read More

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    I will graduate with an ADN in December and plan to work in Pt.Pleasant, WV(starting pay is $17.80, you get a dollar more after passing boards, I think). I could drive for an hour and a half, but don't really want to. I'd make more money in Charleston or Parkersburg, but I'm tired of long drives to school everyday (over an hour one way). I've been lucky and have carpooled in the past, but now I'm driving it alone. Today was the last day of Peds rotation, next week I have a rotation to an elementary school to help with life screenings, and to the YWCA day care. The week after that we start OB.
    Tomorrow my husband has an appt at the Cleveland Clinic and is going to have a balloon angioplasty on Friday. He's had 2 CABGs, 1 stent. Keep us in your prayers.
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    Dixie, You are not missing a thing by working close to home. I worked in Charleston for over 10 years and the money was not worth the drive or the price of the gas. The money is not good in the long run, the raise's are small and getting smaller every year. I hope your hubby does well. I have a cardiac hubby too. He has had 2 CABG's and a window. I am currently looking for some type of Baylor option in NC. Have family there and want more time with him. Hope everything goes well in OB. That was my hardest rotation. Hated it. Seemed like all we did was stand around and wait, then be told to move over to the side. I never really saw a birth. Instructor was not looking for interesting things for us to learn or see. Hated it. Loved Peds. The kids are great and we just have to learn to smile and deal with the parents. Anyway, thanks for the reply. It seems like no one is interested in our little state or how it is faring in our field. Good Luck.
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    Hello all! I have been a nurse for 4 years. I am an Outpatient Psyciatric Nurse. I love the hours. Monday-Friday, Weekends and holidays off. I had to take a dollar pay cut on the hour, however, it isn't back breaking work and I have my own office. I think it is a pretty fair trade. I am located in Parkersburg, and I hope we can get some good discussion going on this board.
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    WOW, Nutty RN, that does sound nice. Am looking for a new job right now. I will not however, work for HCA or anything like that bunch of cut-throats again. Nursing here in the mountains of WV is in bad shape. Maybe it is because we are mostly female, but it seems like we cannot do anything to improve our status, or our circumstances. I am so tired of the "just get it done" attitude of administration. I see it over and over again, how we just let administration take the power and we follow meekly behind. No thought as to how some of the decisions will impact our practice and our lives. Does anyone else feel this way. If you do expound and give some ideas on how we can improve our nursing practice. It will be good for us and even better for our patients.
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    Hello fellow West Virginia Nurses! I am from Parkersburg. My name is Wendy. I have been an RN for about 2 years and before that, was an LPN for about 3 years. I work in an outpatient psychiatric clinic. I have worked inpatient psych, LTC, Med-Surg, and some Skilled Nursing. I dabbled in critical care pediatrics for about a year and correctional nursing for about 3 months (yuck). I am extremely happy where I am now. It is the ideal job. I work Monday-Friday. Weekends and Holidays off and I have my own office. There was a pay cut from the hospital, but I think it was worth the trade. It wasn't that big of a pay cut.

    Anyway, I hope we can get some interesting discussion going on this board.
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    sorry for the double post
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    I feel like a real dope. I posted a thread thinking that nobody from the mountain state had used the board before. I am glad to see that there are some folks out there for me to communicate with. My original thread talked about low pay and the crappy hospital system here in the valley. Anybody have any job leads for a semi-burnt LPN?
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    Barefoot lady,
    I am in Fayette County too. Maybe you can e-mail me with some advice on nursing sometime. Feel free to e-mail.
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    Barefoot lady,
    I see we have the same views on HCA. I was afraid I would get into trouble for mentioning their little hospital in Charleston. I wish you luck on your baylor job in NC. I lived there for ten years and worked baylor in a LTC facility in Kennansville, NC.
    What part are you hoping to move to? Just nosy I guess.

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