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Birdsofprey ADN, BSN, LPN

Tele/Med-Surg, Covid Stedpown
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Birdsofprey has 2 years experience as a ADN, BSN, LPN and specializes in Tele/Med-Surg, Covid Stedpown.

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    Kings County Pay Question

    OOooOOOoo nice, at least NYC is paying up, perhaps BK is too then.
  2. I am a Travel RN with Tele, M/S and Covid Stepdown experience. I love being a traveler but I am also trying to diversify my skill set and move into more critical areas of nursing. I always thought I would enjoy ICU, but these past few months I feel I am drawn more to the pace and diverse tasks of ER. Eventually I am going to have to become a Staff Nurse again in order to gain my year or 2 of experience in one of these areas. My question is, which one is better for a traveler in the long run and opens more doors? Lately I feel ICU and ER contracts have very similar pay. Should I do ICU even if I want to do ER just so that I can "go into almost any area" as a travel RN after- ER, Tele, MS, ICU, PCU, etc. Are there any ICU RNs who have travelled as ER nurses and enjoyed it? Is ICU really still the best way to go because it opens more doors? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!!
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    Travel RN Tax Questions

    Hi! I am a relatively new travel RN and I am wondering if anyone has any good resources for finding a good tax accountant who specializes in travel nursing or is very knowledgeable about it. I need someone who can help determine what I can deduct, sole proprietorship versus LLC, etc. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!
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    Fired from my first travel gig after 4 days

    Thanks NedRN, it seems that I have learned some of the reality of travel nursing the hard way. Just because I am marketable for having experience in a dysfunctional city hospital where I had 12 patients at a time and went through the first wave of Covid in NYC does not mean I can be placed in a new hospital without needing adjustment. I am not saying that to toot my own horn, but that there is a big difference between surviving as a nurse in a hospital where policies aren't really enforced and then being able to cross your t's and dot your I's in an easier, private setting. In fact, this travel assignment showed how me how things should be done in a hospital. I think I did a good job that day - but they were going to use my inexperience against me. As you mentioned, I figured that because they were willing to hire me, it meant I was ready- I guess it slipped my mind how cold and high-pressure hospitals can be. I am going to mull over what to do next. Many are urging me not to give up on travel just yet, but depending on how I feel I may get an additional year of experience before trying travel again, especially since I get my BSN in December and will be marketable to private hospitals after that.
  5. Hi All, I was hired as a travel nurse with 1 year of experience in Tele/then Covid stepdown(when the first wave hit NYC). I know that usually you need at least 2 years, but due to the Covid crisis, I was able to snag a travel nursing contract from a large agency. I oriented for 1 day(I understand that is the norm). I trained with the senior nurse on a med-surg floor. After that, I was floated 2 days in a row to PCCU, and Covid stepdown ICU for "me to help out". I did admissions, discharges, transfers, administered some meds, glucose, etc. The 3rd day they assigned me to the same floor where I previously trained with a senior nurse for that 1 day. This is a med-surg floor. I was stressed only because it is different pumps, med dispensing system and glucometers than I am used to. I was running behind on meds but other nurses said "that always happens and they (management) do not care about that very much. Anyway, the next afternoon my travel agency calls me and tells me that the hospital decided not to move forward with my contract "because I am too inexperienced", and they cited a bunch of reasons which were absurd. Some were sort of valid but still miniscule according to other travel nurses I know. For example, they claimed I gave a patient a glucose tab they did not need, which is not true at all. They also claimed they had to give other nurses on the floor more patients because I could not handle the assignment- that is also not true- I was assigned those patients from the start of the shift. They also claimed I gave lantus 2 hours late and also did not give lunch aspart- both meals were hours late that day and the lantus was late because the FS was low enough that I had to confirm if it was OK from the doctor first, which took forever. The aspart was not needed due to the FS value (rolling scale). They also said I did not chart any assessments on my patients until hours into my shift (which from what I gather is typical at this facility also). I explained all this to the Clinical Director of my travel agency. I explained this to the Clinical RN Director of the Staffing Agency. They said the facility's Clinical Director "adored me" personally and would even hire me as staff to give me more training which makes ZERO SENSE if they think I am so horrible. Because of this, my agency needs to make a decision among their clinical team to decide if I can move on to travel gigs after this. I will find out within a few business days. I sounds like they were watching me moreso than others. I think this might be because of something that happened that 1 day that I trained with that senior nurse- she asked me how long I had been a nurse and I said "a year", without thinking anything of it. She made a face and glared at another nurse. She seemed to grow to like me over the course of the day, but now that this all happened I am starting to think I should not have disclosed that I have been an RN for a year and should have said "A few years" or something. Would an experience like this keep me from getting travel contracts after this from this agency? I am just looking from feedback from people who are travel nurses. I am replaying how I did yesterday on the med-surg floor and I honestly keep feeling that I did OK for being new to a floor with a new med system and pumps than I am used to... I feel stupid now because I left a job to be a travel nurse and now I have no idea what is going to happen with this path. Thanks.
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    New York Presbyterian Queens

    Exactly this- so many of my fellow staff are sick.
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    New York Presbyterian Queens

    This is most definitely not a hoax. I am someone who often feels the media makes things much worse and highly exaggerates things. But trust me- this is not a hoax. I know it may seem that way if you live far away from where the cases are spiking. A basic rundown- Every unit in my hospital ( a public hospital in NYC) has turned into a covid unit except for some of the psych floors and L&D. This is the story at most hospitals. We are definitely running out of PPE all the time. Hospitals ARE running out of vents- I know that for a fact because it happened at my hospital the other day.
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    Can you return the bedside? NYC

    Hi Libranurse- I work on a telemetry unit which is really a step down unit, but they combine it with med surg so they can get away with the insane patient ratios. Many times I have total care pts who should be in the ICU but were rejected. Sometimes half my patients are on Tele monitoring, sometimes none are. The other day I had a patient with multiple pressure injuries, a suprapubic Cath, feverish and septic needing a blood transfusion, one pt having seizures, and a third one who was rejected from the SICU having respiratory distress and almost coded. This is too much for anyone.
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    Can you return the bedside? NYC

    I'm thinking of leaving the bedside until I get my BSN and get in with a private hospital. Right now I am only marketable to public hospitals and the conditions are abysmal and all the nurses are at their breaking point amd want to leave.I care for way too many critical patients at a time as a new nurse and have very little support. I work in a unit where the patient ratios are supposed to be 1:5 and they are often 1:8 or 1:12. I can't fathom staying here until I finish school. I've tried as hard as I can to leave but the places without a ton of red flags are all more hands off (rehab, detox, clinic, community health, home health). The idea of working in a public hospital makes me feel anxious and exhausted. Also, I've been in school and working full time for 4 years at this point with no break- this alone is another factor here too. Thanks for your input. I would love to try hospital nursing again- once I'm more marketable.
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    Can you return the bedside? NYC

    Hi All! Is it possible to return to hospital nursing after leaving and doing something more hands off as an RN for a year or two? I am thinking of doing this until I finish my BSN. Any advice or personal stories of leaving the bedside and then coming back would be helpful.
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    New York Presbyterian Queens

    Hi Everyone! I landed an interview with NYP Queens for their ER department, I am very excited. I wanted to reach out here on Allnurses and see if anyone has any insight or experience into how their interviews or hiring process tends to work. Any feedback would be appreciated. I am currently enrolled in an online BSN program but have 9 months experience as a Telemetry RN in a city hospital. I am hoping the lack of a BSN won't be too much of an issue- I was upfront about it on my resume when I applied. Thanks!
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    Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn

    Hi All! I would like any honest feedback regarding what it's like working at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Staffing/morale/patient ratios, etc. Particularly in their Emergency Department if possible. Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
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    Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn

    Hi All! I would like any honest feedback regarding what it's like working at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Staffing/morale/patient ratios, etc. Particularly in their Emergency Department if possible. Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
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    Leaving before 1 year? Don't know what to do..

    Apparently all the floors are this bad, and the ER is even worse. The ICUs are even short-staffed. Management is complacent and does not help, they always claim they are "hiring more nurses" but even when they do, those new nurses simply replace the ones who leave due to burn out and frustration and find opportunities at better places. I will definitely try to hang in there until 1 year unless I get a call from another hospital gig.
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    Leaving before 1 year? Don't know what to do..

    Thank you for your input- I cannot transfer internally until 1 year (believe me, I have checked). Nice Daria avatar by the way.
  16. Hi All, I have been working on a telemetry unit in a public hospital in NYC and this month makes 6 months experience for me as a new RN (I was an LPN prior to this but it was in a clinic setting). I am so stressed out and burned out already due to short staffing and caring for 10-12 patients per night (many of which are severely ill and should be in a stepdown or even ICU). I am learning by sheer force. I know that nursing does not have to be as bad as this, but in a way I just want to run and do home care or something that still in the nursing field but is not as stressful as this. I have trying to get in with private hospitals but they want me to call back at 1 year of experience(6 more months from now). A friend recently told about her experience as a UAS assessment RN and enjoys it. I am wondering several things- 1) Is leaving a hospital job prior to 1 year of experience going to bite me in the a## later? 2) If I leave for a less demanding/stressful position (UAS, dialysis clinic, or home care gig or something like that), I am concerned that this will make it very difficult for me to return to the hospital setting later (ideally I want to do ICU or ER)? NOTE: Further complicating matters is that I am finishing my RN to BSN program online and am less marketable due to this. I feel kind of stuck in my current position until I finish it, or get a year of experience. I just don't really know what to do here. I almost want to plow thru my BSN course work just to be more marketable but this will add even more craziness to my schedule of working 12 hour night shifts and already being a student at the same time. I could just tough it out for another 6 months... but a large part of me would rather just take another job ASAP. Perhaps I am being too impatient? I know there are many posts about things like this. I know that adjusting to an RN career is difficult. But I know it is not this bad in other places. I guess if anyone has advice or words of encouragement, this can help. Much appreciated. Even if it is just to politely say this is "how it goes".