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I live in NYC so a 15 mile can turn into a 2 hour drive if you hit rush hour traffic. So for me, it's not really how far it is but how much traffic i'm going to encounter when i drive to get to a job. If traffic is not a problem then i don't mind travelling up to 50 miles for a job even if it's only part time.
Look up online the average salary for a nurse in your state so you'll have an idea of what to tell them. Since this is a private office, it might pay a little less than what you'll get in a hospital but this job might have other benefits, like you only have to work days and it's not as hectic or stressful than working in a hospital.
If you feel that this is something you would like to do, then go for it. If you try this and then realized you'd rather do something else, then look for another job. Remember, it's easier to look for another job while you already have a job. As you already know, job market for new grad nurses is pretty tough right now so take this opportunity if this job is appealing to you.
What about doing Home Health? You can be a Home Care Nurse and since you're on the road most of the time, there's no chance of being bored plus you get to spend ample time with each patient. If you don't like that, you can be a Field Visiting Nurse wherein all you do is go to people's houses and do mainly assessments or sometimes their job is to determine if the patients are eligible for long term home health care program. Whatever you decide, best of luck to you!
Hi! To be a nursing assistant, i think you only have to take the program for a few weeks so it's definitely a lot easier than studying to become a nurse. I'm not so sure about it's job prospect. I would think that there are a lot of demands for nursing assistants in nursing homes. I do see a lot of job listings for home health aides (HHA) in New York City so it might be another area that you can consider. And just like the CNA program, it only takes a few weeks of training to become a HHA and the salary for the two professions are relatively the same.
Congratulations on becoming a nurse! Unfortunately, the job market is pretty tough for new grad nurses in NYC. The only hospital in Manhattan that i know that may hire new grads from time to time is Mount Sinai but it's very difficult to get in there. I know Montefiore Hospital just hired a bunch of new grads late last year but that's in the Bronx. North shore Hospital may also hire new grads sometimes but that's in Nassau County. Be thankful you have a back up plan since i know some new grads in NYC that hasn't found a job in over a year. Anyway, goodluck with your search!
Hi! I tried posting this in the home health forum but didn't get any response so i'll try posting it here. Anyone here have experience with psych homecare? Do you only handle the mental issues with the patient or do you render other tx/procedure that the patient needs, for example wound care, drawing bloodworks, etc. How do you feel about the safety of going to the psych patient's residence on your own? Thanks for whatever you can share!
Well if i have my way, i would go back to school to be a PT or OT. I already researched how long and how much it's going to cost me. To go from being an RN to OT in New York, it will take approximately 2 1/2 years and though i wouldn't mind going back to school again for that long, i do mind the very expensive tuition fee. For another 2 1/2 years of school, the tuition in a private school near me is almost $80,000! I looked at the public universities but they are very competitive with just around 5% chance of being admitted and some of them even require you to take your prerequisites again if it's been over 10 years since you last took the prerequisite courses.
To be a PT, it will take at least 3 years more hence more tuition that OT schools. I am just not sure if i want to spend all that money. If you have the money to spend then i would say go for it. The job prospects for PT and OT are very good. I've been looking for a job as a RN since Sept. and i have seen so many job listings for PT and OT that accepts new grads and will even sponsor them for a greencard if they need it. I've also seen employers offer relocation costs for PT and OT. This is how nursing used to be in demand. A friend of mine said that the demand for PT and OT will go down just like it did with Nursing but i beg to differ. It only takes 2 years for anyone to be an RN but you have to go to school fulltime for at least 6-7 years to be an OT or PT which will explain why there's not a lot of them.
Whatever you decide, goodluck!
To all the full time educators out there, do you miss doing bedside nursing or do you try to work in the hospital at least a few times a month to stay current? Do you think your losing your clinical skills by being an educator?
Hi! I would love to hear from nurses who do psych home care. What is it about this field that you like and is there a lot of safety issues considering you're going to the residence of a patient who has a hx of mental illness? Does your agency provide you with escort if you feel unsafe sometimes?
If it makes you feel any better, i had ZERO clinical skills after i graduated. On my first job, i asked a lot of help from my coworkers and while most of them wouldn't give me the time of day, some were so helpful, kind and supportive so after a few months, i learned to perform a lot of clinical skills that i never got a chance to do at school. What got me through was i wasn't afraid to ask for help when i need it.
Congratulations on your pregnancy and the new job! Btw, don't worry so much about not informing the nurse managers about your pregnancy during your interview. You already informed HR (even though you didn't have to) so just wait to speak to the nurse manager in person and discuss your situation with them if you want to. Believe me, they will not hold this against you. Goodluck!
Well base salary here is around 65,000-70,000/yr. and if you work night shift with a 2 year experience, then obviously you'll get more. Northeastern part of Queens have a lot of good public schools, such as Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck and a 2BR apt here will cost around $1,200/month. There is no subway in this neighborhoods but they have LIRR. What will probably cost you a lot is childcare. A babysitter in my area of Queens cost about $12-15/hr! They will ask more if you're in Manhattan. I've seen some daycares that are advertised as $600/month but they look pretty shabby. Good daycares will cost more than that so be prepared.
Hi! With all the time and effort you invested to get in to medical school (and you actually did!), i can see why you have doubts about not following thru with your plan but at the end of the day, you have to do what is best for you and if your heart is in nursing, then go for it! Sure your parents might throw a conniption because of the change in your career goals but sooner or later, they will understand. Besides, nursing is not the end of the road for you. You can always go to medical school later after you become a nurse if you had a change of heart again but for right now, follow what your heart is telling you and what is best in your situation. Don't worry about what other people will say and worry about your own happiness.
I guess I'm the odd man here but i would probably take the job if i were in your place. We're kinda in the same situation, not having worked in awhile to raise the family. I started looking for a job recently and got offered to be a nurse manager in a LTC facility. I turned it down because i've never worked in a nursing home and do not feel i would be effective in this role plus it's not really what i wanted to do.
With home care, i would looove to do it even though i haven't done it before so i will overlook all the negatives so i can get some experience. I know home care nursing is very difficult but it seems like that facility is willing to give you an extensive orientation. Now if you don't really want to do home care then i can see why you don't want to accept this job, just like i declined the nurse manager position in the LTC because my heart wasn't in it.
Hi! I posted a similar question on the NY forum but didn't get any response so i'm posting here and hoping i get some replies. I wanted to hear some feedback from nurses who have taken the refresher course in Adelphi or Molloy College in New York. Queensborough College just started a RN refresher course so if you've taken that, please provide some input as well. Thanks a lot!
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