Introductions - page 4

by brian Admin | 5,021 Views | 39 Comments

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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    Hi Everyone;

    I have been off for over a week. I think we all have an idea of what issues here in WV we, as nurses, have to face and are facing each day. Yes, the pay SUCKS. Yes, administration is not interested in hearing our problems. It is our job to be more vocal
    and more active in the policy making committee's in our various
    institutions. We need to speak up in staff meetings about issues that effect our practice. We need to brain storm and use this forum to support each other. Just some idea's.
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    Ohhh..thank goodness I am not a new grad! I graduated from WVU in 1986. I've wroked various jobs, and right now I'm teaching part time--and trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up the rest of the time!

    Nice to meet you!
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    Hi. I am Sarah and I just got my acceptance letter for Garnet's LPN program. School starts at the end of January. I look forward to coming here (and to the other discussion boards) for help.

    Regarding the low pay, remember, every job pays lower in West Virginia. We have one of the worst economies in the country; parts of the state are darn near third world. Also, our cost of living is a lot lower than other states. It really does even out (mostly).
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    Hello, I never knew there was a forum for WV nurses until now. I am an ADN working on my BSN and found this BB while doing research for a paper. I worked in the hospital for two yrs and have done home health for the past 6 yrs and love it. The hours can be long and the paperwork overwhelming, but I love the independence and flexibility. I lived a few yrs in VA Beach area and found that the nursing wages were the same there as here. I would love to work some per diem shifts in a local hospital, but the overtime and staffing conditions has thus far scared me off. Can you imagine how powerful nurses could be if they worked together?
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    hello bb mates; i have been off for a week or more. i am still looking for that weekend option in nc but i may have to give up on it. i think i may have to give up on lots of things, like eating, soon. i am sorry that i have not gotten back to some of the people on here who have asked questions, either been gone, flooded with no electricity, or out looking for work. right now with the holidays, its the pits to be looking for work. i hope everybody had a good thanksgiving. am leaving again later tonight for another look into positions. will be back on soon.
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    Barefootlady,
    Are you going to move to NC? I have been thru there a few times. Went to Myrtle Beach 3 times, love it there.
    Good luck in finding the job you want.
    Dixie
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    I don't think that the cost of living is low here, at least not in the Charleston area. Perhaps compared to some large metro areas it is but when we moved here we were shocked at the cost of real estate, food, gasoline, and taxes. I made several dollars an hr more in an area which had lower cost in all these areas. Hospital administration likes to use that mantra about low cost of living to justify our low wages.
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    Greetings all. I am a senior nsg student at WVU. In the accelerated program so I walk on stage in May then go back to school til August. I am working on getting a job at Ruby. I am a non trad (46M). I have worked as a CNA in GA, CA and WV. Had a twenty year career in photography first. I am a hard studying student and just got inducted into STT. I am married and the wife just decided to change her career from retail to mental health. I hope to work in the ED but will probably start in ICU. Let's go eers!
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    Quote from mary915
    Hey everyone im a new nurse i just graduated in july i work in a hospital in Parkersburg in Orthopedics send me a message some time
    So what hospital do you work at in Parkersburg?
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    Quote from barefootlady
    Hi Everyone;

    I have been off for over a week. I think we all have an idea of what issues here in WV we, as nurses, have to face and are facing each day. Yes, the pay SUCKS. Yes, administration is not interested in hearing our problems. It is our job to be more vocal
    and more active in the policy making committee's in our various
    institutions. We need to speak up in staff meetings about issues that effect our practice. We need to brain storm and use this forum to support each other. Just some idea's.

    You have no idea how much I agree with this! I work per diem, so my pay is pretty good at $36/hr. However, it ISNT WORTH IT!!!! I worked down south in NC for a year before coming back home to be with family, and frankly I wish I would've stayed there. In NC I was treated with respect and valued by staff members, physicians, managers, etc. Here, if you speak up or rock the boat at all they will find any way to try to discipline you or get rid of you. We work short staffed most days and as a per diem I get none of the normal per diem benefits (I have to work holidays, I have to go to all staff meetings, I can only take 2 weeks of vacation, etc) as all I really want to do is my job and go home! Here, the physicians flip nurses off, curse at them, flat out have told me I'm 'f'ing' stupid, and if I express concerns, I get audited! The paperwork is so insane that if you get chart audited you will never pass, so of course then come the nastygrams and threatening of discipline. I have been promised things, only to be told later that I would not be getting them (I asked to be switched to AMs, they said that was ok and a month later after the schedule came out they said "sorry but no" AFTER I switched MY life around to work AMs), I work in ICU and at least twice a month I get a 3 patient assigment, and not easy assignments, usually 3 vents, 2 insulin gtts, etc. I have gotten double admissions within 15 minutes of eachother, UNSAFE! I have asked for help from fellow nurses for turning, etc, and simply get the answer of "no, I'm tired and dont want to do it." I have never been treated so badly in my life.

    Is this just my hospital/unit or is this happening elsewhere in WV? I am applying to school soon, or I would have quit months ago, and if I find out I'm in I will be traveling until school starts, as I cannot do this any longer. I agree that if EVERYONE would get together and fight for better pay and better treatment, we would get it! We are worth our weight in gold to these hospitals but we are treated more like crap on the bottom of their shoe.


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