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Merrells! They are the most comfortable shoes ever. Try on different styles, though, becasue I have some I relly like (jungle moc and encore breeze) and others I don't.
I use Davis Drug Guide through the Skyscape app on an android based phone. I just put my phone on airplane mode (no network connection), and was able to access it. I imagine you would want to connect periodically to the network to check for updates, but it might work ok.
Does anyone have any information or resources they could direct me to about I/DD and Borderline Personality Disorder? I am working with a woman who has Down Syndrome, and her psychiatrist thinks she is showing behaviors consistent with BPD. I know that there are people and organizations out there with more experience in this than I have, so I was hoping for some ideas.
I donate regularly. I try to go every 8-10 weeks. Sometimes I am deferred for low hemoglobin, but if I remember to load up on iron rich foods in the week before I go I am OK. I have also been deferred for: an irregular heartbeat (side effect of medication I didn't notice I was having until they felt the skipped beats), recent vaccination post human bite (that was a 1 year deferral, although they don't routinely ask about humn bites), and because I have dated men who have sex with men. The American Red Cross changed the guidelines so that a woman who has had sex with a MSM can doate after 1 year. This is the one that annoys me the most, as I know what my safer sex practices are, the frequency with which I have STD testing, and the recent STD results of a partner. I was a person who donated before I ever became a nurse, so I know that being a nurse didn't contribute to my donating blood, although my comfort with donating blood may have had something to do with the personality traits that also led me into nursing.
I am an RN with my BSN. I have been a nurse since Sept 2008. In Oct 2008 I worked for some flu shot clinics and then began working at an ATF (Adult Training Facility). This is basically a place where adults with mental health/ mental retardation come during the day to gain work skills. I also work part time in a residential facility with disabled adults. The ATF pays REALLY poorly, but it is consistent and 40 hours a week plus benefits. The residential facility pays well, but that is only part time. I interviewed for a peds home care job and was offered a position there doing shift work, but it is per diem. I would need to work at least 30 hours a week to balance out what I make in 40 at the ATF.
So I am trying to decide what to do with my career. I like working with this population, but I am afraid of limiting myself. I have applied to every hospital within 1 hour of where I live more than once and have not even been called in for an interview. I would like to earn enough money to pay my bills on time, and maybe even start to build some savings. I don't really know what kind of nursing I want to do- but I keep hearing that I "have" to get a year of med/surg to make myself marketable. I know I really like to be challenged mentally when I work, and I am not using most of my nursing knowledge or critical thinking skills in this job. One suggestion I have gotten from other nurses is to stay with my current full time job for at least a year before quitting to show I am reliable. Other nurses say to go with the home care job to show I am seeking out new learning experiences. I wish there was a clear answer.
Yeah, I've done it. The only thing I would find out about is if you have to collect money from the patients. I did not and that made it relatively easy to do. I will be doing it again this fall.
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Thanks for that info. I am talking to my boss about taking the BLS training course and training them in Heartsaver. I'm hoping work will pay for it.
Philly is a great city, but the nursing options for new grads are pretty bad here. Personally, I love Boston, and would move there is it wasn't so far from family and so darn cold. Unless you are heart-set on Philly, I'd look somewhere else.
We aren't finding them at all as far as I can tell...
DO any of you provide training for your coworkers in CPR? This is something my agency is interested in having me look into, but I am unsure about how to do it. I know before I was a nurse, I worked for agencies where the nurse would train us and we would get a Red Cross or AHA card, but I don't know how to set up something like that here.
Nursing is recession proof>>>We will always have a job...
I have my BSN and RN, and have only had them since September. I am working in Developmental Disabilities nursing right now, and while I enjoy what I do, I really feel like I need to get some hospital experience to keep up my clinical skills. Unfortunately, I live in an area without a nursing shortage, and relocating to another part of the country is not an option. Would it be worthwhile to apply for part-time jobs? Is this a good way to get in at a hospital? I am very underpaid, so part-time wouldn't be any worse financially than I currently am, and I could COBRA my health insurance if I have to leave my job, so that would give me 18 months to move from part-time to full time, if that is possible...
What do you all think?
Does anyone know of hospitals in the SEPA area that are hiring RNs without 1-2 years experience? I got my RN in Sept, and have been working in Developmental Disabilities because I managed to find a position. I was expecting this to be a temporary thing while I found a hospital job. I really enjoy my job, but I'm not getting good clinincal experience, and I'm barely making LPN rates. As much as I would be sad to leave my job, I don't think this is the right place for this point in my career. I have applied to every job listing I have found online, all the way out to Reading, and I don't get any reply. If I do, it is that they have filled the position without even talking to me.
Does anybody have any suggestions?
Thanks. I think I need to start that here.
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