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    has anyone taken the aann neuro nursing certification. the book looks pretty tough. my hospital is starting a brand new neuro icu and they are talking about requiring it for all nurses. any thoughts/comments on starting a neuro icu from scratch would be appreciated

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    Hospitals I've worked at always talked about being "competitive" with benefits. In my mind they mean they want to be as good as but not better than the competition. Heavens, that would cost too much money. In this era of staffing shortages I find that the hospitals are still only doing the bare minimum to keep the staff they have. Instead they are focusing on getting new nurses into the fold. This I don't understand.
    I find raises aren't based on performance but only on if you finished the year.
    why don't hospitals offer to pay off school loans in exchange for a few years?
    There are so many other benefits a creative administrator could come up with. Not the least of which would be some real appreciation for what we do.

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    all hospitals are looking for recruiting and retention advantages. are there any hospitals that offer to repay school loans?
    are there any programs for school loan repayment that I am not aware of? I would appreciate any information
    thanks in advance, charlie

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    I have been party to a couple of these and I am wondering if they are worth it in general. It seems to me that they aren't a 2 way street like they should be. It should be that if you achieve certain goals and acquire set skills and all this can be documented then you can get the raise or whatever. I've seen ladders that require much beyond the scope of nursing on the unit. Research, teaching outside the hospital, all of which is good and i'm not knocking it but it seems to discount that we work hard every day taking care of patients and their families that there is no time for this at work so then what? Take it home? LIke I don't work hard enough already. This system discounts how well people do their jobs and penalizes them if they don't do "homework". How many have this kind of system in place and how do they work?

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    I applied at St. Lukes in houston for an ICU job. They said they were needing nurses badly. When I applied they had me take a "survey" which actually was a personality test of some sort. It asked the same questions over and over but in different fashions concerning violence in the workplace, drugs, theft. I FAILED. They said I did not pass and therefore would not be considered at this time but to feel free to try again(?). I was floored and could not imagine what had happened and they would not answer. Has anybody ever had this happen and what do you think of this?

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    I was hired into a general icu straight out of school. It has been both a good and bad experience. All the pitfalls that were mentioned previously were made in my case, orientation was practcally nonexistant, no classroom at all, burnt out preceptors who looked on precepting as a chance to take the night off. Although I have progressed and I really feel I have come a long way, I know that there are gaps in my education as a nurse. I would encourage you to find the hospital with the best training program even if it might not fit in with some other reqirements you may have i.e. money. Money is a lousy reason to go into nursing because you'll get burnt out fast chasing the big paycheck. I don't know any rich nurses. Get trained right and you'll feel better about what you doing. If you get really good at what you're doing good money will follow.
    good luck.

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    I'm considerting travel nursing. The recruiters all say the same things while badmouthing the other companies. I haven't worked with many travellers and I have many questions. How come the pay seems to be different when the hospitals are the same ones who are hiring? Are the hiring hospitals expecting a nurse who needs no training? My hospital is fairly small and my experience somewhat limited due to that. I'd like to know hospitals where teaching and learning are valued. Is travelling a good way to gain knowledge and experience or am I expecting too much from these hospitals. I don't want to get in over my head. 1 recruiter says they don't give private housing but you can pay extra for it. Other companies say private is all they provide. Company #1 says yes they do, but they put you in bad places and they charge you a little more for better housing.
    All very confusing. Do hiring hospitals dump on travellers or do they treat them well because they need the help so bad. I've heard some tales about that.
    Any info/discussion would be great.



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