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  1. Redneckmedic63

    Good area of nursing for a male to work in?

    I've worked PICU since I graduated and love it! (I'm just an overgrown, arthritic kid anyway!) ER is a good fit, too. Also know alot of guys that are very happy working other critical care areas, and med-surg as well. The field is pretty much yours. As stated above, and not to sound sexist - beware the assumption that you are a man, therefore you can do all the heavy lift assists, take the combative patients, etc... - it really does seem to be a common theme wherever you go, though generally I think it is unintentional. Nursing is defiinitely a good career for guys!!!
  2. hey guys. Have been made a decent offer for employment in the area, and am considering commuting from WVa for a week on / week off schedule. Anybody have suggestions on less expensive housing in the area? Just looking for some place to start - will be asking HR next week... any help / input is appreciated! THANKS!
  3. Redneckmedic63

    Washington DC

    Nurseinadream - I am just now investigating possibilities of travelling, and the DC area is a primary area d/t its location near family, etc... would you care to PM me with what company you work for and some of your thoughts? I would be VERY interested in hearing some first-hand DC travel advice... Thanks!
  4. So just looking around. Does anybody have any experience with the MedExpress Urgent Care Centers in the Huntington/Charleston area? Good to work for? What is the pay scale? Just looking for part-time or casual, but not alot of info out there. Any help is appreciated!
  5. Redneckmedic63

    Sick and tired of the AAS BSN debate

    Some arguments never end... Lets speak from a practical level. As a general rule, ASN/ADN programs tend to focus heavily on skills and practical means, while BSN programs tend to enjoy more time to focus on theory and leadership. That being said, from a functional standpoint, new grads from both areas tend to be equal. A co-worker of mine made the statement - "I have a BSN, which meant I might not be able to do *%^$ like you, but I can sure write a paper about it!" So from a new hire, functional standpoint, there's not much difference. But then down the road, when a company is looking for motivated people for leadership positions, doesn't it make sense to look at the time spent educating one's self as an indication of how motivated they may be? Not exclusively - they may have other qualifications that trump the BSN - but certainly it makes sense to consider it. It makes sense, then, that some places feel it necessary to hire BSN's because they feel they may get more long-term bang for their buck from a more motivated employee. The BSN is the only thing they can judge at the start, because they haven't seen the person in action. Truth be told, the best employee there might be an ASN/ADN in the future, but who can predict? Before you fire off all those bitter replies LOL... I AM an ASN (who happends to have a bachelors in another discipline), but have also furthered my qualifications along the way (CCRN, etc...) I have been on both sides of the world - grunt and management - and can tell you the best qualification for a good nurse has nothing to do with the papers they hang on the wall!!!! Watch how hard they work - and where their heart is - and you can see who will be the "most qualified" to take care of my family OR run the place that takes care of them... And FYI - some of us chose the ASN route simply for financial reasons. Change in careers late in life, soul income provider, etc... I had to feed my family and did NOT have the time to scrape by for 2 more years, when I could earn the income in less time that way. Starting pays are generally the same - and the places that DO pay more for BSN's do NOT pay enough to make it worth it...
  6. Redneckmedic63

    Calling in: different time frame for night and day shifts?

    That is also the policy where I work. Dayshifters get an extra couple of hours to call in versus night shift - always did seem unfair....
  7. Redneckmedic63

    What do you call your "greatest" compliment?

    "I can tell you're a Christian, arent you???" It's hard to beat THAT one (and YES I am!)...
  8. Redneckmedic63

    ED ratio across the US

    WV Night shift 4:1 medium - high acuity, Level 2 Trauma, primary cardiac and stroke center usually 12-14 pt's per 12 hour shift barely safe; staffiing is always short and staff satisfacion low becomes quite concerning when you are asigned/receive 1:1 patients and still must care for your other rooms - sometimes multiple times per shift, sometimes with more than 1 1:1 at a time
  9. Redneckmedic63

    picu room design

    Although our current PICU is in a place once used as an adult ICU, we are looking at moving to a new unit in the next 5 years. Our new adult ICU's were all built with very spacious rooms utilizing columns - I have occassionally floated there and found that to be a VERY user friendly setup. Using wall-mounted equipment just doesn't allow good access to airways in an emergency, and makes management of equipment such as head bolts and EEG's difficult on complicated patients. These set-ups save room, but are not as user-friendly (especially to those of us suffering from BNLRS - "big nurse-little room syndrome" LOL) Booms are nice, but you are at the mercy of where the boom will swing. I believe everyone has their preferences, and all designs have their benefits... JZ
  10. Hello neighbors! Live and work in WV, have been PICU CCRN for 5 years. Looking for per diem / part-time PICU-type jobs in Ohio - recently got my Ohio license. I know many places aren't hiring right now - just looking for something to commute to a couple times a month. Kids getting ready for college - dad needs the money!!! Any suggestions???? Any help is appreciated - thanks!!!!!
  11. Redneckmedic63

    New grads in PICU...thoughts?

    I was a new grad when I started PICU as well. Keep an open mind - know that there is ALOT to learn. Be a sponge! Soak it all in, ask questions, and have fun! It's nothing like nursing school, but there;s no better place to be! Gotta love the kids!!!!! Good luck!
  12. Redneckmedic63

    pediatric crash carts

    We don't use the Browlow Bags - generally they were designed more for EMS or for Rapid Response situations. But we DO have Broslow Crash Carts - all color coded. Of course, it is up to your facility to stock them properly. We have been VERY happy with ours. Ours is a Pediatric referral hospital / trauma / burn center. 12 Bed PICU, etc... IM me if you want some good cheat things for drugs.
  13. Redneckmedic63

    Have you ever seen a seizure for hypoglycemia?

    Seen it many times. The beauty of it is - fix the sugar and you fix the seizure!
  14. Redneckmedic63

    Thoughts on hospitals near Beckley

    Just to help you out - it never took me more than an hour. From Hinton, the interstate is the long way - instead take Rt 3 via Alderson. The hospital is actually in Fairlea/Ronceverte. It's an easy, country drive. To me it was worth it. My in laws were near Hinton, so I often would stay a couple days and drive back and forth from there - piece of cake! PM if you have more questions... Might also check out Princeton Community Hospital. Used to be a good place to work years ago. Its about 45 mins from Hinton if you take Rt 20.
  15. Hey guys. Live in the Huntington area and have been considering commuting to work per diem in Columbus at Nationwide. Anyone from WV driving to Columbus hospitals for work - Nationwide, OSU, Riverside, etc... - is it worth the drive? Do any of these places help with travel expenses or lodging??? Would love to hear from anyone with experience in the area - thanks!!!!!