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    question about san martin

    where do you work now? What makes it stressful? (i know how stressful it can be but I am just wondering how others feel) I am not currently chemo certified but they asked me if I was willing to be certified and I said yes, so I will keep you posted about how that goes and how I am going to go about it. :) Glad to help and I will definetly give you the unbiased inside info once I get into it....
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    Nursing at University Medical Center

    Hey RegNur2008, how do you find st. rose? Which St. Rose are you at? I am thinking about applying there when I get to Vegas as well. Any info/tips would be greatly appreciated. I dont know if I should try full time or per diem to start with. Soooo confused. Anyway thanks in advance!
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    Med Surg in Vegas?

    Hello all, I have heard that working Med/Surg in Vegas is like gambling with your license because the ratios are so bad. I hear a lot of nurses are unhappy. I am moving to Vegas very soon (already recieved my temp Nevada license). I have one year Med Surg experience. Is this the time to switch to another specialty? Should I try per diem? Travel? Do any or many of the hospitals require that you sign contracts to work for a minimum set time? I am very nervous as you can imagine. This is the first big move I will have ever made. I have to leave everything behind. My boyfriend lives in Vegas so I am moving to be with him. Any opinions/advice is welcomed and appreciated , good, bad or indifferent! Thanks in advance everyone! :0) :typing:D
  4. Ok, so I am thinking of moving to Vegas soon. I am an RN with a BSN 1 year experience in Med/Surg/stepdown/hospice. I currently live in NY and work in a city hospital. Any suggestions for what hospitals have good reputations from a nursing standpoint? What is the average salary for an RN? Any experiences anyone would like to share would be greatly appreciated. I just want to do my homework before I pick up and go. I have heard some good things about Sunrise, St Rose etc... Anyway thanks in advance! :0) ~Ria
  5. wow...that's harsh....
  6. Ok, so I wrote it...came up with 3 pages, still am not totally satisfied with it but I gave it to my NM. I will keep my ears open to hear the feedback. I think they have some sort of a meeting on wednesday. I tried to keep my negativity out of the paper (not so easy to do). I am glad its over but I almost feel like its wasted time and energy. They will never give us the respect we deserve!
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    charge rn differential?

    I can't believe it but my hospital pays $3.00 per shift (not per hour) for taking on the responsibility of charge nurse. That can't even get you to work and back if you take public transportation in NY! On top of it you have to take patients! (Maybe one or two less then your coworkers but it's no walk in the park) It seems crazy when compared to what other hospitals are paying. Being a charge nurse on my floor is really hectic too, noone wants to do it ...ever!
  8. Just to add fuel to the fire I enquired about what doctor asked this question of my NM.... it was the cheif of medicine! I cannot believe it! How can this hospital be magnet status? Doesn't that include doctor/nurse relationships? Yes it is a teaching hospital by the way. I am the newest one on my tour... I have no idea why i got myself into this. I think if anything it should be a floor effort and not placed on one person. My nurse manager should definelty be capable defending what we do if she feels she should, since she herself did it for so many years...and she is the one who has to make sure everyone is doing their job, following policy etc. The more I try to write, the more overwhelmed and infuriated I become. We shall see what happens... I do not want to use my day off to be writing something like this but in a way I want to stick it to them with something great. I want to defend the profession I worked so hard to be a part of.... I don't know... Thanks for all the comments! :0)
  9. I greatly appreciate all the responses! And yes I am supposed to be writing somewhat of a short essay, on my own time! I am so sorry to say that the doctors do not show the nurses at my hospital any respect (even though the facility is magnet status). Even when you are clarifying a shady order, or reminding them that this or that has expired, or the pt is npo without any order for fluids etc.... they still have the nerve to get angry at us! I mean if they did their job we wouldn't have to call them half the time. Anyway I am just venting now.... I think my nurse manager wanted to have something in writing to defend us although I am really not sure. I work on a busy med/surg/hospice/stepdown floor and we also get postpartum with fetal demise. So as you all can imagine the nurses do a great deal. It is so insulting to have the doctors ask the question as if we do nothing. Especially when everyone works so hard. It's sad to know that when I get a doctor that listens, and treats me like a human I am surprised and almost grateful. I've even had a psychiatrist tell me once "I don't talk to nurses!" Could you imagine? Who spends the most time with the patient and knows the patient best? Anyway thanks to everyone again... keep em coming if you have anything to add and wish me luck in my task. Lord knows it is a large and convoluted one. :) take care ~ria
  10. Thanks so much for all the info. I am definetly thinking twice about taking this job. I am just having a hard time finding something right now...I am so confused and intimidated by it all. I find talking to people that have gone through it gives me the best insight into it all. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I appreciate it more than you know. :0) ~Ria
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    Should I take this job? Please help!

    Thanks so much for all of your help! My instincts are telling me that it's way too many but it is hard to differentiate between that and the anxiety of starting in this profession. I am having a hard time finding something....thats why I feel like I am almost stuck with taking it. I am going to try to go looking again this week. Wish me luck! Thanks again to all. ~Ria
  12. Ok I will try to make this brief. I was offered a job in med surg in a city hospital in ny. I am a new grad RN. The unit is a stepdown and hospice unit. They told me that while their ideal nurse to patient ratio is 6 to 1 this is hardly ever the case. The nurse is responsible for total care of 12 patients with the help of only 1 nurses aid or 1 LPN. Orientation is 8 weeks. It sounds intimidating for me especially having no experience. Can anyone give me some advice? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! ~Ria
  13. Ok I will try to make this brief. I was offered a job in med surg in a city hospital in NY. I am a new grad RN. The unit is a stepdown and hospice unit. They told me that while their ideal nurse to patient ratio is 6 to 1 this is hardly ever the case. The nurse is responsible for total care of 12 patients with the help of only 1 nurses aid or 1 LPN. Orientation is 8 weeks. It sounds intimidating to me especially having no experience. Can anyone give me some advice? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! ~Ria
  14. Thank you for the advice! I went on the interview and found out more about it. I would be doing chart review in various different clinics to evaluate if the things that the clinics are billing as medically appropriate actually are billable.(medicare) Is this considered a part of QI? I am so new to this. I got the job! It begins in a few weeks but I am nervous. I just want to be capable of doing it well. There are three days of training and then you are sent out into the field (maybe one facility every 2 to 3 days). It does not sound difficult but maybe I have been misinformed. I figured it would be a good experience, good on a resume and all. Too bad I'd have to begin the job search again afterwards. Let me know what you think. Thanks again! ~Maria
  15. I am a new BSN graduate. I just got my license...() and I have been looking for employment. I was planning on working as a staff nurse in a hospital but I got a temporary job offer from a company that does quality improvement. They would be willing to train me even though I am a new grad. I know I would be running around(no car), the pay is good but it is only for 6 weeks. I figure it would be a good way to try it out and see if its for me(and get me through the holidays). The woman I spoke to said that if I liked it they could try and push for a permanent position. I have an interview on tuesday. Does this sound like a good idea? Is this position really suited for a new grad? Any help/comments/opinions would be appreciated. ~RIA