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    I am not a nurse YET, but I already work within UPMC and most of the nurses who have their BSN tell me that the only time it makes a difference is they might pay you a few more dollars an hour. Other than that they tell me that they mainly got the BSN to eventually help them move into perhaps a management position.

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    I tried for years and years to get into UPMC, the only way I got in was when I started nursing school, the recruiters came and told all of us to apply online.

    I feel without the connection through the school I never would have heard from them.

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    I applied for a job in Sept/Oct didn't get a call until Nov. Then didn't hear from them until January with the job offer.

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    For what it's worth, Western Psych has their nurses in the SEIU union.

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    For those who have done a fair share of traveling, I would like to ask are there specialties (ER ICU) that would make me more valuable/in demand?

    I know that there is nothing wrong with being a "floor" nurse, I just wanted to start in the right direction and get the proper training under my belt before I start traveling.

    Also, I noticed on a website they posted some hourly wages for their assignments. Something didn't seem right, what I read was that they had a position that was paying $40 an hour. Now in addition, it listed what the job would pay for overtime. It listed the overtime wage at $43.33.

    Now, where I come from, overtime is paid at time-and-one-half. How do they get this as the overtime wage?


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    I truly appreciate all the responses, as far as my ability to obtain further financial aid, that is out of the question. No one I know can co-sign for additional funds, regarding scholarships, yes there are billions of dollars just sitting out there, but I can't rely on applying, being accepted and being awarded a scholarship. I have bills to pay, just like all of you.
    As far as cutting corners, I am only living on the bare minimums, I live an hour, one-way, from my school and the gas is killing me. I have a mortgage on a mobile-home so, unfortunately, I just can't up and move.
    The main reason I failed the exams was because I don't have enough time to study, due to my work and drive time. I have actually tried to sell my musical equipment and have received no offers.
    Thanks again.

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    How does a student know when they don't belong in Nursing School?
    I just got the results of three exams and I failed all of them, I'm in the middle of my first semester and I don't know which route to take.

    I've wanted to be a Nurse for some time now and we all know how hard it is to get into school. I'm also in a Tuition Loan Forgiveness Program, where as long as I agree to work for the sponsoring hospital upon graduation, they'll pay my tuition.

    I'm not used to failing exams and this has really knocked the wind out of me. I can attribute a lot of the failure to needing to work full-time, I can't get any additional financial aid beyond the Federal Loans. So the main issue, just like life in general, is money.

    Thanks for reading.

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    Are you guys are talking about the tube they put down through the nose? I had my appendix removed and when it came time for my tube to be removed, they simply put a paper towel over my nose and pulled.

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    Quote from TazziRN
    Even if your employer did find out, which they won't, it should not affect your employment. My pre-emp blood work was the first time I found out I had high lipids, and I was able to get it taken care of.
    This is what I was worried about, but just like you said, I don't think it will get to my floor.

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    Quote from Sabby_NC
    Wow am glad they found a problem now get those Triglcyerides down.

    This will potentially prevent probs for you down the track.
    That's the one good thing that came out of this, I would have never known about this problem.
    Once I'm covered under their health plan, I'll get this issue taken care of.

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    Quote from Perpetual Student
    Was this done before or after you were hired? It seems rather invasive to me and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't tolerate it unless I was pretty much guaranteed a job that I REALLY, REALLY wanted. Were you aware of it ahead of time and able to fast to ensure accurate levels, or did they kind of just spring it on you?
    The physical was after the job offer.
    I was told of a mandatory medical screening, I didn't know that they were going to draw blood.

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    Well, the phone call came from the employee health dept, which is in the hospital.
    I don't know if the results will reach my unit director or not.

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    Yeah, they checked my glucose, cholesterol. I got all this told to me in a telephone call. I'm supposed to get the results in the mail some time this week.

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    I'm starting at a hospital soon and as part of the pre-employment medical screening they took a blood sample. This was tested and when the results came back they informed me that my triglycerides are 1600.

    After thinking about this, I feel that this is something my employer doesn't need to know about me. I realize that my health is very important, but how do I know what else they tested my blood for?

    Is this standard policy in hospitals?


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    When I worked as an Aide for a large Pittsburgh area health system, it was not uncommon for nurses to have ten patients.

    This was a Med-Surg floor. Once a week I saw nurses with tears in their eyes.