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PACNWNURSING

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PACNWNURSING specializes in Emergency Room.

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    CGRN Exam

    I just took it today and did not pass. Only missed it by 7pts. Though I did not even really prepare much except for cramming this weekend. Many questions on drugs hurt me. Which I was kind of surprised to see the amount of questions related to drugs. SGNA study guide is not good, which was my only study tool that I used in my quick preparation. I will retake it next May but will supplement my study resources with other textbooks. The study guide and the SGNA core curriculum textbooks are poorly written. The study guide has zero drawings, pictures, etcs. The Core Curriculum text book is also poor, with no color visuals, drawings, photographs etc. GI Endoscopy is very visual so I do not understand why these texts lack this type of material.
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    Low Census

    How does your facility handle low census? I work in a large level one trauma center hospital. I applied for and accepted a 40 hour 1.0 FTE full time position. Working 4 10 hour days. Since I have started I have yet to work a 40 hour week. I have been asked to start later and end they day sooner once all procedures are done. Basically average about 8 hours a day. I accepted the position because of the 1.0 FTE. But its obvious all they really needed was a 0.8 FTE. I would have never accepted the position If I knew this. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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    Low Census

    How does your facility handle low census? I work in a large level one trauma center hospital. I applied for and accepted a 40 hour 1.0 FTE full time position. Working 4 10 hour days. Since I have started I have yet to work a 40 hour week. I have been asked to start later and end they day sooner once all procedures are done. Bascially average about 8 hours a day. I accepted the position because of the 1.0 FTE. But its obvious all they really needed was a 0.8. I would have never accepted the position If I knew this. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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    No Nursing Shortage At The Present Time

    Exactly Patti, you nailed it... I have been saying the same thing since 09 when I graduated. It took me a year to land my first job. The ANA has used the nursing shortage as a scare tactic and a political tool to bring the importance of nursing to politicians, hospitals and physicians. Unfortunately their claims were very much exaggerated. I would read articles in 2009 and 2010 that this hiring freeze of new grads is temporary. It is now 2012 and new grads are still finding very difficult to find employment. Whats amazing to me is potential future nursing students come on to these forums and ignore all the warnings of no jobs and still pursue nursing... There are other great careers in health care just do some research. YES INDEED THE NURSING SHORTAGE IS OVER!!!!
  5. 12 hours is not the issue its consecutive 12 hour days. The last 4 hours of your 3rd consecutive 12 hour shift your more likely to miss something and make a mistake. I worked 5 10 hour shifts in a row... terrible schedule. Now I have a new job much happier.
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    ANY students finishing ITT tech portland Nursing Program

    Unfortunately no body will listen to your advice, people are too desperate to become nurses....... and I do not know why....
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    Utah RN pay, Salt Lake City area

    As much as I love nursing. It is a very difficult and challenging job, and I want to be paid accordingly. I have done nursing and office work living in the life of the cubicle and one hour lunches with little to no stress. Why would I choose to go into nursing if the pay is the same. As far as the future of nursing, I believe we are reaching a cross roads. Hospitals are losing millions of dollars in medicaid and medicare reimbursements. Hospitals because of this are now having to lay off people. Which means less support staff for the hospital, which eventually leads to nurses having to do more with less. Nursing salaries and benefits are the largest expense for every hospital. My fear is that the hospitals will reach a breaking point and start reversing salaries and benefits of nurses and begin to shut out all nursing unions. Hospitals are some what in a losing battle they must maintain high standards of care and safety while still maintaining proper staffing levels and educating the staff because of these standards. Complying to all these regulations is expensive and time consuming. Add to the mix all the uninsured care being provided by all the hospitals. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next 3-5 years.
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    Got No Job? Come be an RN !

    Wow people are still replying to this post, it must be a new record
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    New RN,BSN looking for a job

    If your not willing to move out of state your stuck and you will just have to keep applying. Advice stop telling people to go into nursing :)
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    Pay difference Denver, CO Springs, Ft. Collins

    Any chance you work for Kaiser?
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    Kaiser Permenante Northwest Laying off 700 RN's

    I used to work for Kaiser, Kaiser layed off RNs last year without any announcement. I do not expect Kaiser to make a major announcements about nurse layoffs.
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    Pay difference Denver, CO Springs, Ft. Collins

    I was attracted to this post because I had the same nurse salary sticker shock when I moved here to Utah. I moved from Washington State to Utah to land my first RN job and ended making less money then I was making as an LPN in Washington. Housing is not cheap here and I am living pay check to check. I was looking into moving to Colorado, but saw that the salaries were also low and housing is expensive. Thankfully I landed a job back in Washington State and will be making 30k more a year. I move there next month. Colorado, Utah, Idaho nursing pay is not good. Many nurses here work OT or have second jobs to earn extra money.
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    Kaiser Permenante Northwest Laying off 700 RN's

    I have several friends that work for Kaiser they received an email regarding this.
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    Would you take a pay cut?

    Your family must live in Utah!!! LOL....
  15. I just learned from a friend that Kaiser is laying 700 registered nurses in their northwest region. The Portland vancouver are is about to be flooded with experienced RNs looking for work over the next several weeks.
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    Utah RN pay, Salt Lake City area

    The bottom line is nurses get paid more for doing the same exact job in other states. I would rather be making 30,000 more a year and have more financial freedom than dealing with Utahs lower salaries across the board. Of course its your choice. 21.80 an hour or 34.29 an hour, I will take the 34.29 an hour, thank you. :)