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  1. CarolineRn

    Nclex Prep - Which Is Best?

    I agree. I wouldn't waste money on prep classes with a 3.5 GPA. Just get the Kaplan review books and do some of their questions so you'll be familiar with the test layout, which you most likely already are since most nursing programs utilize testing questions based on the NCLEX standard. Also, take the NCLEX as soon as you can. Best of luck to you, congrats, and welcome to the wonderful, wacky world of nursing! :balloons: :balloons: :balloons: :balloons:
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    KY Surgeon In Court For Allegedly Hitting Nurse

    Un-freakin-believable!!! Talk about your "good-'ol-boy network".. My apologies and sympathies to our nursing colleagues in Kentucky. The prosectution should be ashamed of themselves-- I wonder how Mr Moore, Ms. Mills and Ms Watson are able to sleep nights knowing how they "sold out?"
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    KY Surgeon In Court For Allegedly Hitting Nurse

    Absolutely! And look at the lousy penalty the guy faces: MacDougal is due in court at 9:00 Monday morning, to face the misdemeanor charge which carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $250 fine if convicted. WTF is wrong with this picture? A 250.00 fine? That's absurd! Also, why is it always surgeons who behave this way?
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    Relocating to Ann Arbor/Detroit Area--HELP!!

    Hey Erin! I have heard back from several units I forwarded my resume too at both hospitals I applied to-- The U and St Joes-Mercy (Both in Ann Arbor). In both cases, a nurse recruiter contacted me the following day, we discussed the areas I would be interested in, and one day later I have offers from both hospitals! The U is interested in putting me in their CTICU-- which is pretty close to what I have been doing, and St Joe's wants me in their step-down. Also, I put a resume on rnwanted.com's website, and have had nurse recruiters calling me for all kinds of places. (I have OR expericence too). And I am a fairly new RN, so I'm a little suprised by all the responses I've gotten. I just got a call from St Joes' as I am typing this-- they are interested in speaking to me for a Hospice position! (I've always been intrested in that, too!) My advice to you Erin, just apply for all the units you're interested in-- they may be willing to train you, and this move may turn out to be a real-career booster. So far, it's looking that way for me, and I couldnt be happier! You are right though, Ann Arbor's property taxes arereally high! We're considering renting for awhile, and then maybe get something outside the city, maybe Chelsea or Dexter, or even Ypsilanti. (for some reason, my hubby doesn't like Ypsi, but it's a little more affordable there) One bad thing about moving to Michigan from Florida is that in FL, we have no state taxes. I think it's 3.5% in Michigan, maybe that's why the pay is better. Anyway, best of luck to you, Erin!
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    Relocating to Ann Arbor/Detroit Area--HELP!!

    Hey Erin! Congrats to your husband and family on his retirement from the military!! I'm getting ready to move to the Ann Arbor area myself, and have been doing alot of online research, maybe I can help you with some links I've found re the "U". If you looked carefully at the contact of wages that Kris posted, you'll see that was from the last (I don't think current) contract that began in 2001. That link goes into detail about the clinical ladder, and gives a pretty good idea of how they advance nurses. Here's another link-- more simplified, from Aug '04. http://www.med.umich.edu/nursing/benefits.htm As you see, it looks like they pay those with more experience at high end--28.35/hr. BUT here's a link to the salary/wage contract they are currently (or just finished) working on. Actually, it's still listed as "tentative" so who knows if it's just not been updated yet, or if the university and the union are at a standstill? I beleive someone (maybe Kris-- not sure) told me yesterday on another thread that the contract has been agreed upon, so there could as yet be changes to this union website-- Anyway, take a look down the contract, they certainly are planning on taking care of the nurses who advance along the clinical ladder, much better than Florida, at least! I just hope the clinical ladder is realistic and achievable. http://www.umpnc.org/summary.htm I was just going to say that the benefits are awesome, but I'll bet with your husband being military, you're pretty well set in that dept. I have had nothing but time on my hands the past few days. LOL! But I am doing as much research on the area as I can. And Kris wasn't joking when she told you about the high cost of living up there. But there are some really, really pretty suburban and country areas that wouldnt be too much of a commute for me. I'm willing to sacrifice a little to get the change of seasons, though! For a city-to city comparison try this website: http://www.homefair.com/homefair/calc/salcalc.html Best of luck to you, Erin!
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    Can't wait to move to Michigan

    Kris, my husband's grandfather (90 years old) has lived there his whole life, and my husband used to spend all his summers up in Alpena. We were just there last week, drove up US 23 along Lake Huron-- OMG, it was soooooo beautiful! I fell in love with E. Tawas-- and all points north. We didn't go across to Rogers' City, but I would venture a guess that it's probably beautiful also. I'm pretty excited about the prospect of driving up that way in the Fall, I'm sure to fall in love with the area all over again. On our trip back, we stopped in gaylord-- long story-- but that place was so nice, DH and I found ourselves sitting at a Elias' Bros Big boy, sipping steaming hot soup from a cup, looking out over a beautiful snowy afternoon, and all I could think was "I wanna LIVE here!" It must be so nice to have a change of seasons like that. I know FL seems ideal to many people, and I guess I can kind of understand why some people would be attracted to the idea of living here, but I'm not one of them anymore. I'm starting a savings for a couple of snowmobiles too--For that day in the not too distant future when we are free to move way upstate! My hair will look like $hit, but at least I'll be having fun!!!
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    Can't wait to move to Michigan

    hey everyone! Well, so far St Joes AND U if M has called me back! I'm really excited-- I hope it doesnt take too long for my RN endorsment to go through. Both hospitals want me to come up and and look around their units. I'll know more next week once my husband's financial ducks are all in a row. And there are other depts at the "U" that are looking over my resume, according to the Nurse recruiter I spoke with. At this point, the unit in the U that wants me is willing to give me that hours that I want too. An impossibilty here in FL. Here, those with senority get their choice of shifts first. And I guess there's not as much of a shortage in FL as in MI, because I know of people here who have a hard time finding a job (can you believe it!?) All I did was forward a resume online to the MI hospitals I wanted to work for, and they contacted me before the end of the week! (before the end of the hour in the case of St Joe's!) I really think Michigan is going to be a great fit for my family-- the schools are better, the pay is better, and the people are better! Thanks to all of you who have responded, and best of luck to everyone else who is going to be relocating. Maybe some of us will get to work together!
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    Trinity-Healthcare vs U of M?

    Hello all! Can anyone tell me about the Trinity hospitals? I'm considering employment with St Joseph-Mercy in Ann Arbor, and am also considering the U of M-- but I hear the U of M is more of a "transient" hospital-- people coming and going--higher turnover and worst of all-- I hear they utilize "mandatory overtime" quite often! (U of M, that is..) On the flipside, I heard that trinity avoids that as much as possible, and the Nurse Manager for the unit I am considering told me that she has not had to use mandatory OT in over 3 years. Pay seems comparable between the two hospitals, and U of M is unionized, which on the surface seems like a good thing, but as far as I can tell, the Union and university are currently working on ratifying their contract, and who knows what could happen in the near future? Being from FL, I've never been part of a union, but I've always supported the idea of collective bargaining. Can anyone offer any insight? Thanks!
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    Can't wait to move to Michigan

    Well, we just got back this week from a trip up there, and it looks like Ann Arbor (outskirts) is the area we'll be going to. We drove all OVER the state. Went as far north as Tahqumenon Falls (breathtaking in the winter!) and back downriver. We have a lot of family around Detroit, and after seeing just how long of a drive it is to Alpena and the UP (areas we were considering) we decided on Ann Arbor-- I applied at U of M, and St Joseph's Mercy. I know the area is crowded, and yeah-- I expericenced some of you potholes and even learned about making a "michigan left," and I STILL would rather live up there than down here! We've contacted a realtor, and hopefully we'll be moving in the next six weeks! I really liked Saline, and Dexter, so we're looking there for now. PS, I *LOVE* the snow, and can't wait to spend my first autumn up there! To finally see the leaves change again--WOW! Can you tell I am excited?
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    Can't wait to move to Michigan

    I cannot wait to move up north to Michigan!!! This may come as a surprise, but I live in "beautiful, sunny Florida." I've lived here almost thirty years. Now I know the following may seem offensive to some, but this is coming from an almost native who has even raised her children in the sunshine state. Take it from someone who's grown up and raised her kids here... Florida SUCKS! Forget what you've heard about retirees and this being an "old persons" state. FL is now peopled with everyone who hates the cold-- and that's a considerable amount of people. We have people from all over the world here now, and most of them are *not* retirees. They bring with them their driving skills (Oh--My--GAWD) and their reluctance and /or dislike for the neighborly hospitality I grew up with. (when FL was still small-time) They bring with them the attitude that nothing in FL can ever compare to their way of living "Up North." They bring with them the notion that people from the south are all "Slower" and that Floridians are so backwards and in needing of northern help that we don't know what the hell a "pop" is. (You may find one or two, but dont count on laughing too much) The thing that those people looking to move to FL need to know is that nowadays about 95% of the people they will encounter in this state are from other states, and when I grew up here-- making forts in the woods that held palmetto brush and palms but now hold high-rises and apartment complexes, most people were natives. But now, don't expect small-town values for your kids. And don't expect any form of southern hopsitality from your probable New York City/LA intoverted neighbors. This state (FL) has changed so much, and has developed so much, that I cannot wait to return to the state in which I was born. I know that the whole "fast-paced" life exists everywhere these days, but I suspect that in MIchigan, I'll deal with people who have a certain way of life in which I can quickly adapt to-- not a mismash of people who all bring their own way of life and expect everyone else to adapt to, or else ostrasize them. I guess this post is kind of my swan-sing to Florida--- the once beautiful place where I grew up, because despite what anyone tells you, living here sucks. Fl is now a "Great place to visit, but I wouldn't wanna live there" state. The traffic here alone makes one nuts. I would much rather drive 15 miles in the snow and ice than drive 15 minutes of stop and go inner city traffic with a "Q-tip" (Come visit, you'll know whar I mean) leading the way any day. Plus, during season a drive that normally takes 5 mins is increased to 15. NO LIE! I live it. The roads are simply not equipped. Screw it all. I'll vacation in Fl, but at least in MI, I know my neighbors (for the most part) have common sense, compassion, and still know their neighb ors. Where I am now, I could be screaming in pain and nobody would respond. That's how neighborly people here in FL are. But man, FL used to be so nice.
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    What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?

    LOL Stevieray! I've been out of the OR for awhile, and am honestly considering going back. Thanks for the heads up! I guess saying "wheatie" is inappropriate also? :chuckle Thanks though, things like that bug me, so I will definately remember this one.
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    What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?

    Sorry Bets, if it seems like I keep responding to all your posts--Actually I agreed with most, but I have to disagree with this one on a technicality. (spell check, please!?) :) Anyway, I just wanted to remind you that if one passes the NCLEX, one has proven to have demonstrated a "minimum level of competancy expected to practice as an entry level RN." The wording is probably different, but my point is that the boards do make it clear that you must prove at least a minimum competancy level in order to pass. If you'd said that passing a test (for any other test beside the NCLEX) doesn't make one competant, I could not take exception. But-- *supposedly* if you pass NCLEX (ADN or BSN-- same test) you have proven to the experts to have at least the minimum amount of competency to practice as an RN at a beginning level. So anyone who has passed the NCLEX needs to be given props for that. It goes without saying that the true test of competancy starts on the unit or the floor, but even the brand new RN should have enough competance to access ABC's, and be instrumental as a team member from day one. If you were strictly speaking of skill levels and critical thinking abilities, then as before, we are in agreement. We all know these things take time and experience. I'm not trying to create a "duh" moment here, just as I know that your post wasn't meant to belittle new RN's. Just taking a minute to remind our new RN's that they are valuable, possess competence and are very much needed!
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    What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?

    Ugh. I am guilty of this too. And you know what is worse? I used to pride myself on my grammar and spelling-- wanted to be a writer. In fact it's still a long-term goal of mine (Have a WIP that I've been playing with for years now), but I've noticed my spelling and grammar going down the tubes lately. It actually began in nursing school. I wonder if it has anything to do with the whole left brained/right brained thinking process? Spelling and grammar used to come naturally to me, but ever since I began nursing, I've noticed a big difference! (I almost had to spell-check that word!) :chuckle Nevertheless, to this day I notice errors in everything I read-- and I'm never looking for them! I would make an excellent proofreader-- unfortunately minimum wage is just a tad bit less than needed to repay my student loans! :chuckle I have to agree with you and other posters who say that when another Nurse misuses a word like prostrate for prostate, I secretly question their intelligence. But many times these same people run circles around others in nursing skills and in the end, unless we're writers, editors, or poorly compensated proofreaders--it doesn't amount to squat in nursing. :rotfl:
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    What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?

    LOL!! Absolutely, this is my BIGGEST pet peeve! I don't even mind answering call lights for others when I have a chance, in fact I would rather pass the time actually *working* than reading cosmo or some other such nonsense that some enjoy. Real work kills time, and the faster my shift goes, the better. But it is soo very difficult for me when I am doing something important and I get family in my face demanding I acquiesce to their demands for pillow fluffs like a hotel concierge or something. And I agree with you, I know it's important to the family member/pt at the time, and they cannot possibly understand that I am involved in something more urgent when it looks like I am just playing with a computer or reading a chart, but it really takes every single reserve of my patience to cordially smile at them and say, "I'll get to it in just a moment," when I want to just scream because there are ten more emergent things I need to deal with! The public is horribly misinformed about what nurses actually do. And although nine out of ten times I genuinely like my patients and their families, and always enjoy providing comfort to all of them, they just do NOT get priorities, and who can expect them to-- unless they are nurses also? So I suppose this will continue to be my main pet peeve, because there is nothing to be done about it. Were I in the family member's shoes, even being a nurse, I'd consider my loved one the biggest priority. And man, don't you guys all just treasure those family members who help out in any way they can? Getting ice from the machine themselves for their dad instead of hitting the call light every three seconds? Fluffing pillows, and yes-- even going to the linen cart and getting a blanket instead of calling me? And I pray that despite my irritation at some of the seemingly silly requests, I never lose sight of the fact that these people are only doing these things out of love. Annoying as it is, I always try to remember that that irritating family member could be me, just as I always try to remember that pt could be my husband or child. I wonder how many nurses end up needing psych help before retirement? :chuckle
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    Accident Scenes: Do You Always Offer Assistance?

    Very valuable advice!! Thanks so much for the tips! After all, the most any of us (regardless of degree, experience, or education) can do is quickly triage the situation for ABC's, and wait for the Pro's! (EMS) As to the poster who declined to remove a fishing hook-- I'm with you. I would not have done it either. How big was the hook? What if it were lodged in the brachial artery and the second you remove it this guy starts to bleed out or develops a hematoma later-- and what are the chances this guy would bother to go to the ER after you removed the hook and gets a tetanus shot? You were correct not to remove the hook, IMO-- even if the guy never knew your name and there was no risk of a lawsuit had you removed it, you should rest easier knowing that he pretty much *had* to go to a hospital or clinic to get it removed, and received the care that you--off-duty, were simply not equipped to provide.