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BeccaznRN RN

NICU, High-Risk L&D, IBCLC
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BeccaznRN has 14 years experience as a RN and specializes in NICU, High-Risk L&D, IBCLC.

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    RN from vancouver to Seattle

    I can only answer your third question - most Seattle RN positions are union represented. The two main unions are SEIU 1199NW (https://www.seiu1199nw.org) and WSNA (https://www.wsna.org). You can find the pay structures for different facilities by looking at their contracts. Just know that these are very difficult financial times for the hospitals and some are on a hiring freeze for external candidates. This might be an extra challenge for you if you need to be sponsored.
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    Why Do We Continue to Harm Patients?

    Top-notch incentives and benefits for senior, experienced nurses to stay at the bedside. We need their knowledge and expertise to help keep our patients safe.
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    How late after your shift do you stay at work?

    I have 11 years of experience in the NICU. Just this past week was the first time in forever that I was still there 30 minutes past my shift. My night went to you-know-where in a hand basket around 5 A.M. and as I was trying to give the oncoming nurse report, I was constantly interrupted by every service imaginable coming by on early rounds to see my patients and needing some form of assistance (supplies, dressing changes, questions answered, etc.). I would say 95% of the time, I'm out on time or even early. The other 5% is usually over by just 5-10 minutes, mostly because the oncoming nurse is late and/or asking numerous questions. My employer doesn't require any explanation if we go into overtime.
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    Stlcc Forest park or Meramec?

    I took courses at both campuses and found little difference in the educational offerings. They are both part of St. Louis Community College, meaning your failing grades at Forest Park will show up on your transcript no matter which campus you attend.
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    PCS Military Spouse__Germany

    When I moved to Stuttgart with my husband, I planned on not working and continuing my education online. Most of the military spouse nurses start out volunteering with Red Cross or at the clinic while waiting for a possible job to open. The clinics utilize medics and LPNs as well, so RN jobs might be a bit more scarce. Other nursing opportunities pop up in the DoD schools and contract positions for programs such as New Parent Support (but this program highly prefers a maternal/child nursing background). The job situation for nurses (or any spouse) isn't the greatest. Personally, I wouldn't try to get a position at Landstuhl while living in Vilseck. You're looking at a VERY long commute just for the sake of working, and German traffic jams ("stau") are frequent and easily add hours to commutes. Not fun. Go and take full advantage of the travel opportunities - trust me, you WON'T be bored. I spent the best three years of my life in Germany and would do it again in a heartbeat. =)
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    Seattle Children's Pay

    Seattle Children's most definitely does NOT offer free parking. Nights, weekends, and holidays allow for employees to park on campus for around $3.50 per day. Normal M-F daytime hours, the cost depends on arrival time (going up to around $8.00 per day, I think). Driving alone - you park off-site and get shuttled in. Carpool/vanpool - you park on campus and split the parking fee between riders. Any alternate commute (bike, walk, bus, carpool, basically anything other than driving alone) earns a $4.50 commute bonus per day. They do offer a steeply discounted ORCA card for bus/Link commuting as well - about $130 per year.
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    RN pay for Washington/relocation

    Once you narrow down where you would like to live, finding information about pay/benefits is pretty simple as most nurses in Washington are union represented. To get you started, here are some links to the two big union pages (WSNA and SEIU) that will show you represented hospitals and current contracts: Your Union | Washington State Nurses Association Chapters | SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Relocation bonuses are pretty common for experienced nurses as well. You should have no problem finding a job as an experienced L&D nurse. As I'm in Seattle, I will second the above opinion that UWMC (University of Washington Medical Center) is a great place (with a high-risk L&D unit).
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    YOUR Childhood School Nurse memories

    I think I was in second grade when I started crying in class and promptly threw up. Our awesome school nurse (who wore all white) came to walk me to her office and had to stop at least 3-4x during the walk with me so I could throw up. She was such a wonderful lady.
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    Move to Seattle?

    Of course the recommended hospitals depend on your specialty, but there are some very good hospitals in the Seattle area. Most are travel-friendly and are doing a lot of hiring as Seattle continues to grow by leaps and bounds. On the flip side of Seattle's increasing population, housing can be quite expensive and challenging to find. I would recommend finding housing as close as possible to your chosen hospital so you will have commuting options beyond a car, because the traffic here is no joke. Best of luck in your new adventure!
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    Statistics prerequisite

    I recently took the hybrid Stats course through North Seattle College. Lessons and weekly homework were completed online with a 2.5-hour class held once a week for tests/quizzes and review. It worked very well for me. I don't know if I could've done the entire course online, but the hybrid setup was a great alternative.
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    Nurse and military wife

    You didn't specify if you were looking for only a hospital job, but you could certainly use your experience to apply for school nursing jobs, community health jobs, or other positions outside of the hospital. If you are looking for hospital experience, do you know where your next duty station will be? If so (or even if you have a general idea of where you'll be going), start researching local hospitals to figure out what their needs are and how you could meet them. If new grad positions have a timeline, look into refresher courses. Hospitals that are expanding will obviously be looking to hire more staff and possibly be willing to give you a closer look. GS jobs are extremely difficult to obtain unless you have substantial contacts, especially as a new grad with minimal experience. You can always try, but I certainly wouldn't spend a lot of time/energy applying for those positions.
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    Can a new grad ADN get hired in a NICU/PICU/L&D position?

    I'd go the BSN route if you are set on those specialties and wouldn't be interested in starting out elsewhere. Although anything is possible, with an ADN you will most likely be at the bottom of hiring preference for popular units that only hire 6-8 new grads. And STL has a lot of BSN grads.
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    Smart! If you can knock out a few random prerequisites now, that will shorten your time in the RN program anyway. You won't want to take on too much right now anyway with the new baby coming - you'll certainly be busy with that new aspect of your life. And who wants to miss out on the precious moments of that first baby?! Relax and enjoy! Congratulations, by the way! =)
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    Sit tight, have your baby, enjoy the time, and start a bridge program when you head off to the new duty station. As soon as you know where you're going, start researching nearby schools and applying. This will be the best way to complete the program before another potential relocation. I wouldn't do Excelsior as not all states accept their educational program for licensure. I know California doesn't.
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    Missouri Nursing Pay Rates

    Nursing wages will be in line with local economies, but I have to say that I've always enjoyed stable middle class wages as a RN. Starting rate quoted above sounds about right, and that's not including differentials (nights, weekends, holidays, etc.). I worked at a SSM facility back in 2010 and was able to command a higher wage by choosing their weekend option program (my base rate was around $23/hr. with 3 years of experience plus an additional $8/hr. for weekend option). Nursing will most likely never make you rich, but you will live comfortably.