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    Yes! I have been with them for 6 mos. I've referred a friend, and I'm about to take a 26wkr. My recruiter is Kristen Ricci and she is fabulous. And she has paid me better than any other agency offered for the same positions every time. They say it's all in the recruiter and I believe it.

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    I actually used to work in a stat lab before I was a nurse and I pretty much just ran ABGs all day. Preemies tend to have a higher Hct so the samples are more viscous by nature. You may need to deproteinize the analyzer more often. We never used "fleas" in our cap tubes. We did have "clot catchers" that were optional to use...I was one of the few to not routinely use them. Also, with a new analyzer, you probably switched to using their cap tubes...that might be the real problem. You don't have to use theirs. Try some of your old ones for a while and see if that makes a diff. Hope that helps.

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    So did you extend or did you go there 3 separate times? I might want to stay out in Cali for a little while. Where did you stay? Thanks.

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    Has anyone worked at either of these two hospitals or any others in Orange County, CA that have NICUs? What's the scoop?

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    HI! I'm looking for info on NICU units in LA and Orange County. I lived in W. LA as a teen and am thinking about coming back to SoCal as a traveler or maybe permanently. My travel agency mentioned Long Beach Memorial, Pomona Valley, Comforce Children's (Is this really CHOC?), UCI, and Cedars. If I end up moving out there permanently, I don't want to commute--so any info on the area near these hospitals would be greatly appreciated as well!
    ~pinayRN

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    I actually lived in Deerfield for 3 months and worked for the North Broward Hospital District. They have 4 hospitals. I worked at Coral Springs Medical Center which is maybe 15 away. North Broward is very very close. Broward General is in the city...a little further by freeway. NOt sure exactly where Imperial Point is. The District is highly recommended. There is also Northwest Medical Center in Margate, which is right next to Deerfield Beach area and is an HCA. I did PICU/NICU/Peds. Any other questions?

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    So sorry to hear the news...I think the first baby you take care of that doesn't make it always has a special place in your heart. I know mine does. Take care and thanks for keeping us posted.

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    No actually, it's not the agency that pays the best. I work in the NICU, so I'm limited to the hospitals that have a NICU. And all but 4 in my area are HCAs. One of those I just finished a contract with. One I'm starting a contract with next week. Almost all of the agencies have contracts with AAS, which staffs for all the HCAs in my city. I'm just starting to wonder if its my agency that is the problem...grrrrr.

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    I know this thread is somewhat old, but I'm guessing this former 23-weeker is still in the NICU, so here goes...I agree that the parents need to be informed, but here are some thoughts on why they may not have told them ASAP. As someone already said, the treatment plan for Grade 4 IVH will just be to wait and watch. The head ultrasound will be repeated numerous times and will hopefully start to resolve without resulting in PVL (peri-ventricular leukomalacia) which is REALLY bad. But this doesn't always occur, and doesn't always require a shunt be put in. We were running a special on Grade 3-4s about a year ago and none resulted in a baby needing a shunt. I must say that as far as developmental delays and eventual learning disabilities, those can occur without ever having a bad bleed. Temporary anoxia from bad desats aren't helping those brain cells any. We did have one baby with a really bad grade 4 that everyone said was the worst they'd ever seen. Those parents were encouraged to withdraw support, but they refused and he eventually did not live. It's definitely a matter of practice styles with the different Neos too. The only other thing I can say is that ignorance is bliss...it's hard enough to deal with a pregnancy resulting in a 23-weeker in the NICU on a vent and all the other fun things we do to them, but to explain to them the possible "life-sentence" of a grade 4 bleed...maybe it's better to wait on that one. Plus, we can NEVER predict the outcome of a bilat grade 4...one of our neos has a former 26-week nephew, now in his twenties, who does not have CP, did not have a shunt, no PVL, went to college and all that good stuff...so there is always hope.

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    Could someone please give me some tips on how to NOT get cancelled? I am between contracts and was trying to pick up some shifts through a local agency that works through All About Staffing for the HCAs in my city. I got a call last week to pick up this past Fri, Sat, and SUn night shift and was cancelled for ALL OF THEM!!! Then I got booked tonite and got called off again! THen 15 minutes later after I sent my mom home (who watches my kids when I'm at work) they called back and said they were able to get my shift back. Is there some rhyme or reason to this madness or what?! I read through some past posts that suggested signing up with more than one agency. How will this help if I'm trying to get booked at the same HCAs? Does each agency bill the hospital differently, so AAS cancelling me because my agency is more expensive that perhaps another in town? Any feedback on how to KEEP my so-called "confirmed" shifts would be greatly appreciated!

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    Well I received my contract and there is a questionnaire that is for the agency to determine if I have a "tax home" that is outside of where I'm working. So apparently I will be taxed on the housing stipend. Still a pretty good deal, though. As far as insurance, I do know that it depends on the agency you're with. Some will give you a larger housing stipend or pay if you do not take the insurance.

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    I have interviewed for a travel contract in the city I live in and will probably be getting the contract details today or tomorrow. This is my first "Travel" assignment. Does anyone know how the housing stipend/home tax base will affect me and my pay? Both the hospital and the agency are aware I live in the city, and there is no >50mile from the hospital clause. Has anyone out there done "local travel?"

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    I have read many negative posts re: how long it takes to get a FL license by endorsement and how bad the salaries are in FL, which had me kind of worried, but my experience has actually been a positive one!
    I sent in my application for endorsement on March 2nd. It says on the application that within 30 days, they will send you a letter with temporary licensure or a letter saying what they still need to process your app. I received a letter dated March 29th giving me temporary licesure for 60 days. Today I received a letter saying my permanent license has been approved and I will receive it within 2-4 weeks, although my perm status is available online.
    Regarding salaries...I graduated with my BSN in Aug. 2003, and have worked in a level 3 NICU in Kansas City, Missouri since that time. Grad nurses make $19/hr at my hospital, which is one of the higher paying, but not top paying in the city. I applied to 2 Ft. Lauderdale area hospitals in Feb. and flew out to interview last month. One offered me a position but HR quoted me ~$18/hr last month saying that I am still at grad level pay and not really caring that I'm already making more than that and work at a hospital that is part of their hospital system! The other hospital unofficially offered me a position this week (pending background checks) and their HR had quoted me ~$23+/hr. This hospital gives me credit for having a BSN (I also have a Bachelor's in Biology and 3+yrs health care related exp, and am halfway through an MSN program, although I don't think that plays a part) and also takes into experience in 6 mos. increments. This also includes a $1/hr crit. care diff. I also found out that their PRN rate is $27/hr or $28 for crit. care areas. Fortunately, the position at the higher paying unit is the one I am most interested in and will most likely be accepting. My hiring mgr. is also looking to the possibility of relocation money since they do not offer sign-on bonuses.
    I will post an update when I receive a final salary offer. Just wanted to post an experience that has been a positive one!

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    Hi. I am moving to Coral Springs this summer from Missouri (aka Misery). My brother lives in C.S. and has been trying to talk me into moving for over a year. After visiting last month and then coming back home to below zero temps and 9 inches of snow last week, I easily made up my mind! I am looking for info on Coral Springs Med Ctr and Northwest Med Ctr in Margate, or any other local hospital. I currently work in a level III NICU at an HCA hospital, so transferring to NW is a possibility. By the time I move, I will have abt 9 months of NICU exp. My other areas of preference would be Peds, ER, OR, or some sort of outpt area. I'm not so crazy about floor nursing. Also, if anyone has any thoughts about starting out as a travel nurse to scope out the area, I'd appreciate that as well. I do however have a 4 yr old and one on the way (due in early May), so I'm not sure how traveling would work out with insurance...Thanks for any advice!



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