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    3**835Y and gunny48 like this.

    I don't know about the other one, but I borrowed a Cardiology III from one of the girls at work because my stethoscope was MIA (I found it later that night). It was AWESOME! I actually told someone that if I didn't find my stethoscope I know which one I would get to replace it. Definitely better than my run-of-the-mill Littman!

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    jmh219 likes this.

    I started this thread way back before I moved to Wilmington and the problem with pay vs cost of living here is that we are close to the beach. A lot of people retire down here and while certain things like home prices and taxes are a lot less than up north, it's still a pay cut. I figure that while the cost of living is maybe 30% less (probably more like 25% less than NY because of where we live in Wilmington) the pay is 40% less, so the two don't add up!

    That said, the experience I've gotten here and the people I work with are fabulous! The hospital still needs to work on staffing and retention of good RNs but I hear that's the way it is most places so hopefully they'll get it together.

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    I just started there in the last month and so far everyone I've met (well, mostly everyone) has been super nice. I also found it interesting that out of about 30 new nurses that started with me, about 25 were from out of town or out of state. It seems that the culture has been changing there and according to my mgr, they won't tolerate the nurses who "eat their young" anymore so they're being weeded out. I say if you can handle the low pay (and it's MUCH lower than NY of Cali) then go for it and try to get as much out of the experience as you can. AND - I think you should ask about retention. Ask about what they're doing to retain their nurses and train them and such. They want to know that you plan on sticking around so that's a totally valid question to ask!!

    Good luck and keep us posted

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    Quote from Milijs
    If you're scheduled to go to the hospital 3 weeks into the program, what happens on the day you're scheduled within those u attend regular class on campus with the same time scheduled for the hospital?
    In 101 you'll have "class" on the clinical days on campus until it's time to go to the hospital. They do your orientation and infection control and all that stuff during those days.

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    canoehead likes this.

    Kudos to you for doing the RIGHT thing for your patient - you're there to advocate for your patients and give them the best care you can. You did the right thing by refusing the additional patient and by standing up for your patient and YOURSELF! I agree with the other posters that it may be time for a change. Sometimes we need something like that to make us realize that it's time to know the "handwriting on the wall".

    GOOD LUCK with whatever you choose

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    Thanks - the interview was actually last week and I got the offer today - YAY!

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    Hey Everyone - update, I finally got an interview at NHRMC. Any advice on what to ask, how they interview, etc? It's for all Med/Surg positions and I'm meeting with HR, the Hiring Mgr and then the PRW team...I was so busy writing everything down when I was on the phone, I didn't ask what PRW stood for -anyone know?! LOL!!

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    I was an evening student and we didn't need to bring any textbooks with us to class (not sure if was different for the day classes). From 101 to 105 you'll probably use the same books (Fundamentals and Med/Surg) and then 203 and 204 you'll have to get a few new ones for Maternity and Peds to add to your library. You will probably get power points with the lecture for the day so bring them with you if you have to print it out at home. This way you can follow and take notes during class. Our clinical instructors used to tell us to make sure someone in the group had a Med/Surg textbook with them for clinical in case one of use needed to look something up, but a lot of people used their phones because it was faster.

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    Anyone on here know about Columbus Regional in Whiteville? I saw a few positions there and thought about applying if it has a decent reputation. Thoughts? Salary for a new grad RN?

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    Wow - what a let down I think they definitely need to get with the program in Wilmington and realize that they are way behind everyone else and they're not going to get good talent unless they start paying. It's definitely disappointing when I think about working in NY and getting some killer experience and then going down there to make the same amount I would as an extern

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    Ebony_RN likes this.

    Quote from Ebony_RN
    Just an update on myself. I was able to get an in-person interview last week Monday (June 20th) and was offered a position the next day. I am sooo happy
    Also NYP IS leaning towards BSN only. I will be finished with my BSN this August and will officially start in L&D in September (of course with passing their pharm test first which I'm doing in August).
    WOO-HOO!! Way to go - congrats on the new job!!

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    Does anyone work at Columbus Regional in Whiteville or have any info about the pay, benefits, management for a new grad (RN)? I was thinking of applying and figured I'd try to do a little recon first!


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    Thanks so much for the advice - I'd really love to get the experience here and then do Travel - that was my original plan...but hubby and I are getting sick of living in an apt and want to put down roots SOMEWHERE!! Houses here in NY are coming down in price, but the taxes will kill you ($12K/year)...otherwise we might just buy here. I guess we'll see how it all plays out and I'll keep everyone apprised!!

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    Well put - I think nurses are underpaid in many places, but hearing the differences between NY and NC makes me appreciate that although we pay a boatload of $$ to live here, the compensation is at least decent. I definitely don't look forward to making almost the same amount per hour as an RN (with a LOT more responsibility) as I did as a student extern with no's a hard pill to swallow.

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    Quote from amarilla
    JMO, but if you don't need to spend the extra cash, I wouldn't. Friends of mine who took similar classes, (using simulators, computer programs and mannequins), were disappointed in the experience for the price. You still go into a job never having started a real IV.

    I went through a certification course when I started a hospital job and it also left much to be desired. The two sim arms didn't work and the computer experience was frustrating, personally. You had to use a very high angle (>30 degrees) for the computer to recognize the 'cannula' so it didn't help much for learning technique.

    The best way I learned was on the floor during orientation. Lots and lots of sticks until I started to get them. Save your cash!
    Thanks - that's kind of what I was thinking - I'll just stick to the ACLS course for now. I definitely don't need to spend more $$ - the state and testing company already has $343 of my $$ ransom and I don't even have my approval to schedule my NCLEX yet!!!