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    "Do Nots" New to Administrative Role

    If you are not supported by your manager, I suggest using your chain of command. Have you addressed this with your director? But of course, have you spoken to your manager first?
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    Anyone become a RN with a criminal record in FL

    Does petty theft that got expunged even count as a record? I thought that the questions specifically ask if you were CONVICTED (found guilty) of a felony. I'd ask your nursing board for a definite answer.
  3. I'm currently enrolled in their executive track, and I completely misspoke in my last post. I competed my BSN with Chamberlain/Devry and the MSN/MBA track has been just as the same. No complaints. Classes are more managerial but ok to manage.
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    Phillips Beth Israel Applicants 2014

    That's so awesome, congrats.
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    Phillips Beth Israel Applicants 2014

    Good luck!
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    To leave or not to leave?

    That's great, congrats!
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    What state is currently hiring RNs

    Norfolk/ VA Beach, Virginia.only 6hr drive from NYC This is a military area so nurses don't stay longer than a few years, creating a lot of vacancies. Which in return equals low pay ($20's/hr) but they're recruiting grads into ICU's. So you can get your experience and get out if you don't like it. The hospitals are nice, all private rooms, not like in N.Y. where you have 4 people in one room, so on top of being a nurse, you have to play the referee. Computerized charting, med scanning. Everyone is nicer too.
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    To leave or not to leave?

    I agree with above, you've put up for this long might as well not lose the experience value you've been putting time into. I did home health for a few months after my hospital closed, and I HATED it. I realized that it wasn't for me and I wanted to be in acute care. What I hear about home health is that you either love it or hate it, which honestly applies to all nursing. I wanted to be in cardiac ICU every since nursing school, now that I'm in it, I still have all the same complaints. You won't know what you like/dislike until you've tried it.
  9. Sounds like a "trendy" hair cut might not be all that professional. Tastefully style your hair for the interviews, get a new outfit to update your look, but I wait till after to cut it.
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    Best paying areas of FLorida

    Thank you so much for all of your input, it's really helpful. We'll be going there in 3 weeks as soon as school gets out to look at houses.
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    Best paying areas of FLorida

    Also, do you have any knowledge about the differences between hernando and Pasco counties? Is Pasco considered better?
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    Best paying areas of FLorida

    Thank you so much for your reply. We are so pleased with the incredibly low prices that I keep looking for a negative. I saw the schools are pretty low in the rating. And areas like trinity, new port Richey and wesley chapel have far better schools, but more expensive housing. Are private schools expensive? Regional bayonet is the closest hospital, do you know if they have a bad reputation? I'm ok with learning things with time, and I dint mind changing hospitals after a few years if I don't like them, I just don't want to move into a dangerous area.
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    I'm not the doctor!

    It is definitely not a feeling shared by all, actually I've never met anyone (outside of this thread) that shared that view. A great deal of nurses that I work with strive to become an NP or a CRNA to gain more respect and responsibility.
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    I'm not the doctor!

    I finally feel like someone understands how I've been feeling. We pride ourselves on being "nurses" a title that carries so much pride. But when I go to work, my voice matters to no one but myself. When the MD's round, you are nothing more than a runner, someone to carry out their orders. And this is in an ICU where I have the most autonomy I've seen in all of my experience. While getting my BSN, i was greatful for the knowledge of my professors who saw nursing as a professional title, and taught me that nursing is not just " butt wiping" but a professional role. But in order for us to be seen as such, we have to present ourselves as professionals. We are already there, we follow evidence based practice versus doing things the way they have been done. We are far from being seen as an equal to an MD, even as an NP, but I refuse to be proud of my profession if we are seen nothing more than maids.
  15. I don't know where you are transferring from, but CA pays great money and san diego is a gorgeous place. My brother is a marine and lives there too. Experience is experience. Even though it might not be acute care experience, med surg experience is the bare minimum. New Grads get hired into med surg. It's not like you're applying into a specialty ICU. Get your CA license and apply. If anything might look bad, is the fact that you will have 3 jobs in under 1 year. But it all comes down to how you are in the interviews and how well you sell yourself. As a perspective, in NY, you won't get a job right now unless you know someone and in Virginia, you'll get hired into an ICU as a new grad. California is somewhere in the middle of those 2 extremes. Yes it's saturated with nurses, but you have a lot of hospitals. ( ny has a lot of nurses and no hospitals, VA has a lot of hospitals and no nurses). all you can do is apply and pray for the best. I'd move to san diego in a heart beat if it wasn't for a stubborn southern husband >
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    Job roles of Nurse Assistants in the CVICU..

    uhm, where do you work and are they hiring?! in my hospital a ncp/ care partner basically stocks supplies (to keep busy) and if i manage to find one i'll ask for help turning a pt. that's it. This is compared to a med -surg floor where a care partner is responsible for so many tasks: vitals, I&O's, baths, bedpans etc. And yet we can't seen to keep a position filled. *I have to clarify my post* Everything depends on you and the unit that you're on. On my current floor, the care partner has very few responsibilities outside of stocking supplies in our carts. None of them want to learn anything past that and no one is willing to teach them. THis is a very stressful unit on s many levels, and most care partners and nurses do not stay longer then they have to. I have worked other ICU's where a care partner knows so much about their unit that I can easily go to them if I need assistance with absolutely anything. This was a unit with a great manager and staff that wanted to be there. we currently have a care partner that is going through nursing school, and I don't know if she feels that she is to good for her job, but you will find her reading a magazine instead of helping out. Don't be that person.