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Drowning in Skills

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by River&MountainRN River&MountainRN (Member)

River&MountainRN has 3 years experience .

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River&MountainRN has 3 years experience.

141 Likes; 1,617 Visitors; 157 Posts

Wow, it's incredible to see how far I've come in just three months. Now I'm doing just about everything: complex wound dressings, trachs, vents, G-Tubes, J-Tubes, TPN...all without batting an eye. Of course, now the agency is dying out from underneath all of us nurses, but that's corporate takeover for you!

 

To answer LPNTORN's question:

We only have one hospital system within a 50 mile radius to us. The system treats its patients and staff with equal contempt: the patients are only there to pay them money and the staff are only there to earn them money. Despite such poor working conditions, they require a minimum of a BSN to work in the hospital, plus multiple years of experience in that specialty (yes, even MedSurg), and ideally your certification in that specialty. They just can't get those cherry picked nurses to come out to the middle of nowhere to work for them, either, because the cost of living is very high for very little in return from the area. They'd rather leave positions open and run their current staff ragged, rather than staff with ASNs or have to train nurses into a new specialty.  I'm actually leaving the area soon as soon as my house sells, because the job market/labor conditions are so poor, the area's quickly going downhill, and I'd just be happier elsewhere. Thankfully, I've done better homework in researching the area I'm moving to than when I did coming here.

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Alex Egan has 9 years experience and works as a Peds PDN.

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Glad to hear things are going a little better. Agency buyouts are always tough. I have never experienced a sale/takeover that went well for the office. If you’re lucky it’s better in about a year. 

Good luck on the move. Let us know how things turn out. 

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