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    Telling A Little Bit Of My Business

    Congratulations, that's so awesome!!
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    Dropping off resume/portfolio to unit you applied to?

    I wouldn't want that personal information going to just anyone, who knows how many people will see it either before it gets to the manager or on her desk? My last job interview I did take a copy of my resume, they had one from HR but had return it to them so they did take the one I offered. They seemed pleased that I offered it, and I knew exactly who I was giving it to.
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    Potential new employer trying to rush me into accepting job offer.

    I got my last job offer a couple hours after the interview, even though they told me they had to interview other people and I told them I had other interviews set up. This was on a Friday and I didn't hear the message until Monday, and when I told HR I had other interviews already set up they were very understanding. I'm sure they needed nurses but they respected the fact that no one wants to be put in a position like that. Run. Run fast.
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    Assisted Living-License in Jeopardy? Help!

    You can always anonymously call your BON and ask....and report that facility at the same time. Maybe get a new job first? Think of it this way, even if your license wasn't in jeopardy, how bad would you feel if something happened while you were there?
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    Show drivers license to patients in home health

    Yeah, that's a big "hell no!" from me.
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    Graduate Nurse Status-Military Spouse

    Call the LA BON, that way you'll have official word. Or HR where you're going to work either should know or will get the answer.
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    Free Standing ER Patient Abandonment

    It looks you'd be ok if there weren't patients, but I'd just call the BON and ask them.
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    Big Decision Please HELP!!

    One OT shift every two weeks will help make up that deficit, and I can't imagine any trauma ER that doesn't need people to work OT. Plus (as others have said) it'll be easier to transition later should you choose to.
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    St. Louis New Grad

    It's been several years but I worked at Children's from 97-02 and loved it! I was in the NICU staffing was great. Starting pay wasn't as good as I had hoped but since I wanted to move from a smaller IL hospital to a big NICU I was willing to take it. There were plenty of opportunities for OT.
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    Hired on the spot? Take it or look elsewhere?

    I agree with FacultyRN who says is you can handle 27 LTC patients you can do 5 med-surg patients!
  11. Elaine M

    Future Graduate Unsure of What Speciality to Choose

    I've worked L&D and if you like to be in control it might not be the area for you...
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    You're welcome! I think it all depends on where you are and how hard it is to get nurses to work ICU. It might be easier in a small hospital than a big one. Personally I wouldn't recommend it as I think it would be more helpful to work med-surg first, but if someone is willing to hire you straight into the ICU then you might as well try. But it'll definitely be a steep learning curve.
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    Here's 2020, they have the grade and time in service opposite but there's a $100 increase/month. Your grade is your rank in numerical terms: O-1 is 2nd LT O-2 is 1st LT O-3 is Captain https://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geK.QhBQNe280APAZx.9w4;_ylu=X3oDMTBybGY3bmpvBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMyBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg--/RV=2/RE=1577285025/RO=10/RU=https%3a%2f%2fmilitarybenefits.info%2f2020-military-pay-charts%2f/RK=2/RS=shtVG3aubfIzl9Le51qYyjAcijg-
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    Here's the link for the current pay, well, 2019, FY 2020 started in October. So your pay as an O-1 with less than 2 (years) would be $3188/ month. This usually increases every year but it's not guaranteed. There's also a housing allowance which depends on your rank, time in service, location you're stationed and whether you're single or have family members. https://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrJ7JRcAwNe5mQA0j1x.9w4;_ylu=X3oDMTByOHZyb21tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg--/RV=2/RE=1577284572/RO=10/RU=https%3a%2f%2fmilitarybenefits.info%2f2019-military-pay-charts%2f/RK=2/RS=NxaQKt1y02W6DFyRz1UoYWe5IdM-
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    Hi, I had to look this up but it interested me as I'm former active duty AF and former civil service for the Army. So, to even apply you need one year ICU experience. It looks like if accepted, you enter into active duty as an officer, probably a 2LT. You'll also need to meet the requirements of being an officer which includes physical fitness requirements, weight standards etc. I'm assuming they'll do the physical fitness requirements before acceptance into the program (or in conjunction with), and you'll have to keep up with this throughout. As of now there are PT (physical training) tests every year (may every 6 months, they keep changing the program), as well as weigh in (more if you're overweight). But I don't think you'll get in if you're overweight. You'll get paid as an officer but also possibly have responsibilities other than school, but probably not many. When you graduate you should be a 1LT, and will then owe the Army 5 years, during this time you'll make Captain. ROTC is for undergrads wanting to go into the military after graduation, it gives you military training while in college, a monthly stipend and pretty much a guarantee into the mitary as an officer. OCS is the school you go to after graduation, before you go to your first job. All military officers go through this, I'm not sure of the length. In the AF when I went in it was pretty short for nurses, longer for other jobs. So if you apply for USAGPAN or join ROTC you'll go in an as an officer. You can look up the salary because it depends on how long you've been in and your rank. I don't know if they count the 3 years of schooling as "time in service" (how long you've been in) but I don't think it's $80K right off the bat, but if you stay in long enough it will be. It looks like it's a very competitive program and while they take non-military people I think that would be even more competitive, as they're staking a lot on someone who hasn't proven to be a good military officer. I have a friend who's an Army CRNA so I can ask her if she did this program and how many civilians were in it. She was active duty for at least 3-4 years before she got accepted. I personally think you'd have a better chance of getting accepted if you go into the military first, but you have to be aware that there's no guarantee you'll get into the CRNA program or even into the ICU, especially into the ICU as a new nurse. But of course there's no harm in applying, and if you don't get in then you can review your options. Feel free to email me through this site for any questions, I'll ask my friend about how many civilians were in her class if she did this but I'm not sure if she did because I know she doesn't have her DNP yet.
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    Night shift and healthy eating

    I lost 18 pounds once after going to nights and having another trauma happen in my life. I had NO idea I'd lost that much till I pulled on a pair of jeans and realized they were too big, though I did know I wasn't eating as much as previously. I think once you get more used to working nights and all that entails your intake will increase and improve. Just hang in there, give your body what it wants.

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