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    Unfortunately you are starting out at a surgery center and I truly hope they at least precept you for a while because if they don't you will not have the basic foundation of peri-op 101 and learn bad habits that come from surgery centers and later if you decide to go into a hospital setting it will show.

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    You definitely are in a tough spot. Most places have the same policies regarding call, if you take that away you risk losing people in your dept. If you cut back by laying off staff you risk burnout and increasing work load and staff has to take more call = more overtime. It's a bind and as a traveler I see this frequently. Some places lay off their staff immediately then realize they need staff to run OR's then have to hire travelers for a period of time but essentially lost good employees they had in place. Good luck and keep us posted.

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    Since it is a travel company we are dealing with I have to agree with Ned and say it is BS. Cross Country used to pay biweekly back in 2008 but with all the complaints they received from travel nurses they switched like 99% of the travel companies that pay weekly.

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    You might want to gain more than a year experience since most facilities specifically list nowadays at least 2-3 years of current experience in your specialty.

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    Quote from marcos9999
    Thank you all for your reply. I guess I'll parse the fine combing ounce more in Cal this time only targeting rural hospitals. I did get two calls yesterday from Texas and North Dakota(wow they actually called me I was so happy). ND has jobs and they will hire without experience but there's a big problem and that is no housing. I you have an RV that can take that kind of weather and are willing to make $23/h they will hire you. I guess I can do better than that. There are tons of small 25 bed hospitals everywhere in places no one wants to go and I'm just getting started.
    Pay may be low but I'm sure cost of living is not bad either so it actually evens out. Look at the fact that they will hire you and train you since most new grads these days are averaging 1-2 years in finding a job after graduating. Bright side is if you take the job offered you don't have to stay there forever, gain the necessary experience and move forward.

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    Just wanted to know what your specialties are because it has picked up like crazy for the OR in the last month but then again OR is always open.

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    No confrontation is necessary but you do need to call her out on her behavior and establish professional boundaries.

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    Did you take a formal preceptorship class that is a 2 part beginner and advance class? Those classes offered by your facility would or should have taught you how to precept and handle situations.

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    Quote from GonnaAmazeYou
    And today I saw an ad online that says COME TO THE USA- be a nurse! These companies are bringing foreign people in, sponsoring them and helping them to get their license. I'm sure they don't Validate their employment history, they just bring them here. So frustrating. There are thousands of unemployed/underemployed RNs ready and waiting but yet they keep shipping in people to fill up the hospitals. I have now began checking the minorities box, the male box and the disabilities box. Something will work lol
    Unfortunately there is a nursing shortage but what they forgot to tell most people is the shortage applies to experienced nurses. As far as foreign nurses don't think they have it easy coming here because most of them were doctors in their countries at least the ones I work with. Some that are sponsored here had to wait 4 years and btw get paid way less than they should because a hospital claims the cost to sponsor them is enormous which is actually false. Co worker of mine from England was getting paid 50% less than the other nurses and of course was barely scraping by and since most places frown upon discussing salaries she had no idea that she was getting robbed her salary by the hospital.
    It is difficult for new grads to find work at this time but keep trying because I am quite sure someone will hire you and give you a chance too.

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    US Virgin Islands.

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    Been traveling since 2002 and it did take a dive in 2008 but picked right back up in 2009 for those of us in OR. Even during that time we just extended at the hospitals we currently were at. Depending on your specialty too would determine how scarce jobs are for you and how much money you would actually make.

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    Currently I do both. Love the hospital OR for the excitement and I don't have to deal with compliance issues for the most part. Depending on the ASC you go to and whether it is affiliated with a hospital or not, you might notice some things that appall you and some of those places not affiliated with a hospital tend to have issues with compliance along with AORN guidelines. ASC's are quick easy mindless cases you could do in your sleep with super quick turnovers compared to a hospital OR. After a few months boredom sets in when you're at an ASC.

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    Have you tried places that no one wants to go to in CA such as high desert areas? Bakersfield, Fresno, Barstow, Victor Valley, Apple Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale, Santa Clarita?

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    Enroll in the BSN program that way you finish necessary courses and by the time you complete those you are considered an adult to go into your clinicals.


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