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NurseChristinaB

NurseChristinaB CNA, LPN

Geriatrics/Staffing Nurse
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NurseChristinaB has 6 years experience as a CNA, LPN and specializes in Geriatrics/Staffing Nurse.

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  1. NurseChristinaB

    NEED CAREER ADVICE!

    Thank you so much! I got the Denials Analyst job. They even increased the salary after asking me what my current rate is. I start the second week of August 😊
  2. NurseChristinaB

    NEED CAREER ADVICE!

    Thank you everyone for all of your thoughts and opinions. I have decided to set RN school aside for the time being, however, I am highly considering continuing online schooling to earn another health care associated or social work degree while I am working. If anyone has any input on a good degree to pursue online, I am all ears! (I have been doing online classes for a few semesters already, so I am aware of the workload) I had my urology interview and it went well! They were unable to discuss salary until the 2nd interview, and they have not called to schedule that as of yet. I had my Denial Analyst interview this AM and she was fantastic! My second interview for this position is Thursday and my fingers are crossed! She states she is very flexible and completely understands about having children and a busy life. I couldn’t have been happier. The salary is decent, and the hours are great. I love office-work and think I will enjoy this position if I am offered it.
  3. NurseChristinaB

    NEED CAREER ADVICE!

    Hi all! Sorry this is so long, I don't have anyone to brain-dump all of this to, and I'm just looking for advice from someone. No one in my family is in a profession like this and I'm always the one everyone else comes to for advice. I am currently an LPN and work per diem for a staffing company. I make AMAZING money 15 minutes from home. 12 hour shifts, but as with any agency, you get cancelled and facilities drop contracts without notice, so it is a very unreliable source of income. I can't fully commit to traveling for work because I have a 6 and 4 year old, and no reliable babysitter. I am forced to work around my husbands rotating schedule. He works 12's & 8's days, afternoons, and nights. I have completed all of my pre-reqs and applied for the LPN-RN transition course at my local college. My intent was to begin this fall, pending admission to the program. The program is part time 1 day class & 1 day clinical for the most part, near the end I heard it gets a little hairy and clinicals can be added, so you'll be in class up to 5 days a week. This past week I have done a lot of brainstorming. Part of my life that is non-negotiable is my children and all that comes with them. If they are in sports, I am either coaching or watching. I will not miss these moments in their life. I am a mother before I am a nurse. I love my job, but the 12's make it impossible to be there. My son started football and I have just a glimpse of how busy our life will be as they grow up. I have decided to either 'take a break' from school, or if I find a job that fits with our lifestyle and allows me to be there for all of my kids extracurricular's forego school all together. I have always wanted to become an RN and hopefully go to NP school but with the challenges of child care and being able to be there for everything, I'm wondering if working an office job as an LPN would be the best fit for me. We make enough to live, and I can pay my own bills with 4 agency shifts a month, but I guess I'm ready to settle into a career at this point. I'm 27, I've been in and out of school since I was 18 years old. Got unexpectedly pregnant 2x and dropped out of the RN program I was in, and completed my LPN. The office job would be perfect. 8-4:30 so I can take them to school and be there when they get off of the bus, no holidays, weekends off. It just sounds perfect on paper. I don't want to say I'm 'giving up' on my RN dream but, right now I am so tired of trying to figure out childcare for my shifts, and how we are going to get them from point A to B. I am totally burnt out from trying to manage my life, I think I am just looking for convenience at this point, something steady. Has anyone else been in this situation? Do I sound stupid for doing all of this work to get into the program just to quit? I know no one can tell me what is best for my life, besides me, but I figure if I can give everyone a little glimpse into it they could just give me opinions. I've already got 2 interviews because I was tired of wasting time, but nothing is final at this point. One is for a Urology clinic, and the other is a denials analyst for insurance. Both of the hours are amazing, M-F and the insurance job is specifically for an LPN, the urology job is Med Assistant or LPN so I'm sure that pay isn't great. I know I won't make nearly what I am making now but, the hours will be steady. Any urology nurses or denials analysts that could tell me about their jobs?
  4. NurseChristinaB

    NEED CAREER ADVICE!

    Hi all! Sorry this is so long, I don't have anyone to brain-dump all of this to, and I'm just looking for advice from someone. No one in my family is in a profession like this and I'm always the one everyone else comes to for advice. I am currently an LPN and work per diem for a staffing company. I make AMAZING money 15 minutes from home. 12 hour shifts, but as with any agency, you get cancelled and facilities drop contracts without notice, so it is a very unreliable source of income. I can't fully commit to traveling for work because I have a 6 and 4 year old, and no reliable babysitter. I am forced to work around my husbands rotating schedule. He works 12's & 8's days, afternoons, and nights. I have completed all of my pre-reqs and applied for the LPN-RN transition course at my local college. My intent was to begin this fall, pending admission to the program. The program is part time 1 day class & 1 day clinical for the most part, near the end I heard it gets a little hairy and clinicals can be added, so you'll be in class up to 5 days a week. This past week I have done a lot of brainstorming. Part of my life that is non-negotiable is my children and all that comes with them. If they are in sports, I am either coaching or watching. I will not miss these moments in their life. I am a mother before I am a nurse. I love my job, but the 12's make it impossible to be there. My son started football and I have just a glimpse of how busy our life will be as they grow up. I have decided to either 'take a break' from school, or if I find a job that fits with our lifestyle and allows me to be there for all of my kids extracurricular's forego school all together. I have always wanted to become an RN and hopefully go to NP school but with the challenges of child care and being able to be there for everything, I'm wondering if working an office job as an LPN would be the best fit for me. We make enough to live, and I can pay my own bills with 4 agency shifts a month, but I guess I'm ready to settle into a career at this point. I'm 27, I've been in and out of school since I was 18 years old. Got unexpectedly pregnant 2x and dropped out of the RN program I was in, and completed my LPN. The office job would be perfect. 8-4:30 so I can take them to school and be there when they get off of the bus, no holidays, weekends off. It just sounds perfect on paper. I don't want to say I'm 'giving up' on my RN dream but, right now I am so tired of trying to figure out childcare for my shifts, and how we are going to get them from point A to B. I am totally burnt out from trying to manage my life, I think I am just looking for convenience at this point, something steady. Has anyone else been in this situation? Do I sound stupid for doing all of this work to get into the program just to quit? I know no one can tell me what is best for my life, besides me, but I figure if I can give everyone a little glimpse into it they could just give me opinions. I've already got 2 interviews because I was tired of wasting time, but nothing is final at this point. One is for a Urology clinic, and the other is a denials analyst for insurance. Both of the hours are amazing, M-F and the insurance job is specifically for an LPN, the urology job is Med Assistant or LPN so I'm sure that pay isn't great. I know I won't make nearly what I am making now but, the hours will be steady. Any urology nurses or denials analysts that could tell me about their jobs?
  5. NurseChristinaB

    Travel staffing nurse during COVID

    WOW!! Thank you so much for all the information!! When I started with this agency they told me my flat rate for everywhere was $25. I have been to this particular LTC facility before and was paid $25 per hour, today they asked if I wanted 2 day shifts at that same facility and I asked for $27 an hour d/t the travel time, and the fact we don’t get any mileage.. I’ve heard from other agency nurses I’ve ran into that you should always request more as well.. compared to other rates and agencies I definitely think I am at one of the lowest paying ones, especially for the fact that I have to travel so far for work and get no mileage pay. Also - I had to call the health department to find out about the COVID positive patients at this facility because when I asked the recruiters, I never received an answer. 🙄 Thankfully my husband works in the steel industry and has access to N95s and he will be bringing me some for my shifts this week because I was told once by a recruiter that “once I accept the shift and enter the facility there is nothing they can do for me” 👍
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    Travel staffing nurse during COVID

    Hi everyone! I am looking for some insight..I work as a staff member at a LTC/SKILLED facility, and I also travel with a staffing agency. The agency I work for has no work locally so I travel at least an hour. I receive a flat rate that is pretty decent, because there are no perks or benefits, and agency nurse work (in my experience) is always tough, especially when staffing LTC facilities. I am traveling this week 1.5 hours to a COVID + facility. I will have no increase in wage, no PPE supplied by my agency because they state that the facility has proper PPE. Is anyone else doing this? Are you receiving crisis rates from your employer? I’ve been with this agency for a year, I love the flexibility, but every facility at this time that they have available to staff is COVID +. I’ve seen a few other posts about crisis pay, and I’ve seen a lot of difference of opinion, just wondering what other staffing nurses are doing/what their agencies are doing for them!