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  • Feb 18

    Thought I'd add on a little bit to this post for anybody wanting to know more about pay at UT. Now I am not an RN, HOWEVER, I do talk to nurses on my floor. One nurse who had 1 year of experience, they willing to give her an bonus after her annual evaluation of $28 an hour minus shift diff (not sure what she's making right now but I assume that's a little better than she's making currently). If UT offers critical bonus for coming when the hospital is short (which is another reason why I like working for them versus Medical City as they had cut a lot of these bonuses off) for nurses, it can be a bigger bonus. Critical shift for RN=$150 + time and half; Double critical for RN= $300 + time and half. Benefits are better than other hospitals (on some things). Of course what floor you work on and how much experience also determines how much you will make as well. Hope some of this info helps if you're looking at UTSW.

  • Feb 18

    Hello everyone,
    I know this is an older thread but I am moving back to texas in a month. I have had an interview and job offer from Baylor starting pay 31.37/hr $3 dollar evening, $5.00 nights and $6.00 weekends for the Float Pool. I have interview with THR for Observation Unit starting pay 35.12 $4 dollar evenings, $4.25 nights and 9.00 weekend evenings, $10.00 weekend nights.

    Background I am a PCU nurse with 6 years of experience total. I asked for a higher rate with Baylor and at most they are working on 33.00, am I the only one that thinks that is a little low? Am I being to picky? Any advice on which I should take?

  • Nov 18 '17

    I brought my own, it's gluten-free.

  • Nov 18 '17

    I work in acute rehab. This is my first job and I would have NEVER guessed I'd work in this type of nursing. My patients range in acuity but are usually stable. They often have significant medical issues like extensive wounds, infections, uncontrolled diabetes, and many comorbidities. I like a less acute setting and I am more interested in improving my patient's lives. That's what rehab nurses do...help our patients live better lives and get better. I love to watch my patients improve. I love that my patients actually want to be there. Families are often extremely supportive and I love that I build relationships with my patients and their families. In rehab we're concerned with how functional a person is. There is a lot of focus on adls, bowel and bladder, and skin integrity. There are no specific qualifications but there is a certification exam for rehab nurses.

  • Nov 18 '17

    Be sure to look at the different levels of TBI, sounds like your patient is a Rancho Level 4. He's inappropriate, perseverative, uninsightful, and agitated. Present to therapy that this is what's going on with your patient and they can help by setting up low stimulation times between therapy, with tv off, shades down, and a calm and quiet environment, as well as times to work and be stimulated. They can also help by assigning simple tasks, homework, and games he can do to keep himself busy when not in therapy. He's on PRN anti-anxiety but does he have scheduled antipsychotics such Risperdal or Seroquel? This can be beneficial with agitated behavior. Brain injury patients are the most difficult and most misunderstood patients there are, as most of this behavior is part of their injury. Good luck!

  • Nov 18 '17

    I am an old RN,BSN and have worked in rehab for 10 years. My last job did not acknowledge that rehab was a specialty, so did not encourage or reimburse for CRRN education or certification. 2 years ago I started working for a facility that not only encouraged CRRN, but reimbursed for testing when passed and gave a substantial bonus. Check and see what your facility will help with education. I agree with nursebetty1982 to work on your BSN while you get the experience to apply for your CRRN.

  • Nov 18 '17

    Hi rnrgoodson!

    You'll need to have at least two years of rehab nursing experience before you can sit for the CRRN exam. In the meantime, you could work on getting your BSN. In the long run, it would benefit you more to have your BSN because that would open many more doors for you as opposed to the CRRN certification which of course is only specific to rehab nursing. I received $1 more per hour when I got my CRRN certification. Many healthcare facilities are wanting nurses with their BSN and should you want to go into certain specialties such as case management, supervisor, etc then a BSN is pretty much the standard. If you're still in rehab nursing two years from now definitely go for your CRRN though too because your facility might even pay for you to get it (mine did).

  • Jun 23 '16

    Quote from nlitened
    Are these at a real hospital or just what you wish the ratios were???
    Yeah, so where exactly do I have to move my family to???

  • Jun 23 '16

    Wow some of these are scary for me. We staff based on level of care.
    ER anywhere from 1:2, 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, maybe 4:1 (all very basic if we're slammed and short, not common).
    Med surg is 4:1 or 3:1
    Surgical and Intermediate trauma 3:1
    Neuro 3:1 or 2:1
    Tele mostly 3:1, only 4:1 if they are very basic/obs)
    All ICUs 2:1, 1:1, or 1:2
    Oncology 3:1, can be less if level of care necessitates

  • Jun 22 '16

    Quote from Orphan RN
    I just don't understand cost of living disclaimers - it pretty much cost the same in every state to fly some where, buy certain items, and pay to live. We are under paid ladies and gentlemen, no two ways about it.
    A lot of things differ in price from state to state, even city to city. Gas and housing vary wildly. You can find 450sqft studio apartments in Portland that rent for $1700/month, which is a house payment (or two) in most places. You can also compare average price of the consumer index to what you pay to see if you pay more or less than the average price of goods. in my case, I pay more than the average for virtually everything except apples. If you multiply the10-20% more I pay across 10-30 items, every week for a year, it's several thousand dollars. Plus the high cost of housing, where I pay as much to rent a 2-bedroom apartment as I paid for a whole house in Washington.

    Alternately, if I move across the river to Vancouver (which a lot of people who work in Portland do) my effective salary increases about 10-15% based entirely on differences in cost of living.

  • Jun 22 '16

    Glad to see Oregon on the top. I love living and working in Oregon and northwest in general but want to travel in a few years after I finish my BSN. Oregon does have a high cost of living though and rent and mortgage's here is increasing rapidly.

  • Jun 22 '16

    You are NOT TOO old!!! I say go for it!!! I'm 52 and just starting back to work in cardiac critical care after being off for 14 years to raise my three kids. I had to go back to school for a while but it was a blast! I couldn't learn fast enough. I love it!! You will do great!

  • Jun 22 '16

    I live in Flagstaff, AZ as a new grad I am making $27.50 in behavioral health clinic, most of my classmates that landed in the local hospital are making $31.50 including differentials an hour and some of them are starting in the ICU and ER and making more. I think we are doing pretty good for new grad nurses. Forgot to say we only have associates

  • Jun 22 '16

    I'm surprised WV isn't in the bottom 6. Woohoo a list we're not on the bottom of!

  • Jun 21 '16

    I have been a Nurse for five years, I love it. I work in a skilled Nursing facility, and I am a summer camp Nurse. Those are my two loves.

    Part of my job as a Nurse in a skilled Nursing facility is to give sad news, the other aspect is to be a Nurse to rehabilitation patients. We have hospice patients as well as many geriatric patients, so the sad news tends to be related to advising a family that a loved one is moving towards death. Our rehabilitation patients typically have a goal of returning home. They participate in PT, OT, and ST, all in an effort to regain their strength. The largest hurdle here is pain control. Surgery hurts, PT and OT hurt, and pain control is vital to a patient's success.

    I was a relatively healthy 31 year old female. I took a prozac a day and lamotrigine to manage my Bi polar sub-type II disease, it worked very well and I had been stable for years. I took a BP pill, but I am active, 5'6 and 132 pounds, so weight loss was not going to manage this case of hypertension. I was working as a Nurse, living life, having fun, so I considered myself fortunate.

    It was June 19th of 2014, just about three weeks prior my 32nd birthday, when those three words fell into my life "You have cancer." I felt a lump in my breast in early spring, so I went through all of the steps a patient normally would when they suspected a problem. I suspected a problem, but not Breast Cancer. I was diagnosed with Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma. It was a nuclear grade of 3, 1.7 cm, and was ER+ PR+ and Her2+. I had an aggressive type of breast cancer, but I had zero family history. No explanation, no faulty DNA or genes, it was just a fluke. I began to grieve, I became angry, sad, strong, and defiant all at once. My life, my plans, what would become of them? My risk of recurrence was high, would I accomplish my dreams? Would my husband be able to handle this? What would I do? I made choices regarding my care. I saw specialists, attended support groups, and armed myself with information related to a disease that I was not accustomed to.

    I made the choice to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, and afterwards I would begin chemo. I went through surgery, and recovered well. I had a Bard port a cath placed for chemo, and I shaved my head prior to my first cycle. I also gave myself a pink mohawk, because when have I ever had a chance to do that?!

    For the first time in my life I understood what surgical pain felt like. I grasped it's intensity, it's hopelessness, and it's ability to be relieved. I experienced having a foley catheter post surgery, as well as it's removal. For one day I was unable to place my hands in a position to wipe my own butt. It was a humbling experience to feel that vulnerable, to NEED that help. I took more colace those weeks than I ever had my entire life, yet I still ended up with an impaction. Yes, I handled that myself. It sucked, but I experienced it. Chemo left me nauseated, unable to work, and further dependent on people to care for me. The Oncologist said that he had never seen someone as young as myself have such a reaction. My hemoglobin went down to 5.2, I earned my first blood transfusion for that. I still have my armband. I quit chemo after 4 of the planned 6 rounds due to poor quality of life. I also quit Herceptin 8 months into a 12 month plan. I found a new Oncologist whom I felt was more supportive, and she is amazing.

    I returned to work 2 months ago. I saw the healthcare world through a Nurse's eyes and a patient's eyes. I have experienced both worlds. I have an intimate understanding of what pain control does for quality of life and healing. I no longer look at a narcotic card and occasionally think "Wow, that is a high dose." I took that dose, maybe even more sometimes. I have an intimate understanding of vulnerability, losing the ability to care for ones self, and grieving the possibility that life may not turn out how I had hoped. Giving bad news comes with slower, more thoughtful words. I know what it is like to hear bad news, and the way it is relayed matters more than I have ever known. I have experienced pain, loss , sickness, and the need to make my wishes known in the event that I cannot do so. I truly understand quality of life over quantity.

    I offer the voice, touch, care, and compassion of someone who has been through hell and back. I am a better Nurse because I have experienced what a patient has. I have had the ultimate Nurse/patient relationship.


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