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  1. kcalohagirl

    Will any hospitals pay you to relocate?

    I just relocated here from Kansas. My advice would be to stay there and get some experience before relocating. The job market here is tough, especially for new grads.
  2. kcalohagirl

    Considering Locating

    How easily you are able to find jobs may depend a lot on your specialty and experience. My husband and I are relocating to Las Vegas, and we were both lucky enough to have verbal job offers within a few days of submitting our resumes. The "official" offer came a few days after that, when HR and all its ducks in a row. I was completely surprised at how fast everything came together, since I'd read a lot on these boards about how slowly the wheels of HR can grind. I was fully expecting it to take several weeks. Our temporary NV licenses came in within about 2 weeks. We just have to get the fingerprint cards in and done and we should be good to go with our permanent licenses. Good luck!
  3. kcalohagirl


    I swear by sports bras! I have some really good ones by both Nike and Adidas that are fairly high cut at the neck. They completely take care of that annoying gap that you get when your name badge dangles while you bend over. Plus, I don't have to worry about straps slipping. I don't think I could wear anything else!
  4. kcalohagirl

    16hr shifts

    Just a thought. . . . Maybe there are other nurses that are in a similar situation, and you could all get together on a small efficiency apartment close to work and alternate schedules so that you might be able to work two 16 hour shifts close together, get some rest, and go home to your little one for the rest of the week. Where I grew up, it was very common for nurses to commune a hundred or more miles up the road to the "big shiny" hospital for their 3 days in a row, then head back down the road for their days off. I'm sure in this economy, there has to be at least a couple of like minded souls where you are working! Good luck.
  5. kcalohagirl

    I'll be blunt. . . .

    I actually think that giving new grads a realistic view of the employment situation is one of the best things this forum does. It seems like all you hear through nursing school is about how there is a nursing shortage "everywhere", and I think it may come as a surprise to a new grad that that isn't necessarily the case "everywhere". The tendency is to come out of nursing school with rose-colored glasses, and a good dose of reality is never a bad thing. I can't remember exactly what the comment made was, but it had something to do with the fact that a mainlander wouldn't be able to understand the culture as well, and wouldn't be as effective as a local nurse would be. That just struck me as odd. It seems to me that anyone with an open mind, anyone who is willing to adapt and learn more about the different cultures that are encountered on a day to day basis would do fine. Sure, there might be a bit of a learning curve when someone is new to the island, but it seems like after someone's lived there awhile there is no reason why they shouldn't adapt. Of course, not everyone does. I guess I probably didn't phrase the original statement particularly well, it just seemed from reading a few comments that it was the prevailing opinion that mainlanders wouldn't "fit in." Luckily, that wasn't my experience in my jobs I had when I lived there before, Hopefully it won't be when I move back.
  6. kcalohagirl

    Resident vs Attending vs Hospitalist, etc.

    wow. you are so right that this is something that should probably be covered in nursing school! (It's not.) A Resident is a doctor that is still training. They are an MD, but they are still learning, and are generally working under the auspices of an "Attending." The "Attending" is the doc that is the "big man on campus..." lol. They have graduated, they have generally been working for awhile, and at least in a teaching hospital, are the ones you call if the resident doesn't have a clue ore isn't answering pages. At a hospital that isn't strictly a teaching hospital, a lot of times you will have "hospitalists". Those are doctors that deal strictly with the admission. They don't have outpatient practices. You may or may not be lucky enough to be dealing with your patient's primary care doc. . . . It gets a wee bit complicated. . .
  7. kcalohagirl

    Anyone work at St. Luke's Hospital in KC?

    I didn't work there, but I went to nursing school through Saint Lukes. I know I got a great education there, and I thought very highly of the nurses I encountered while I was there. I don't know about the gym there, but I know that without a doubt you will have some absolutely fan-freaking-tastic co-workers. Best of luck!
  8. kcalohagirl

    I'll be blunt. . . .

    I've seen a bit of animosity on this forum towards nurses that aren't "local". When I was a bit younger, I lived in Hawaii for quite a few years. I worked on the local economy, and I felt accepted by the "locals". Hawaii was not the state of my birth, but for many years, I felt that it was the state that had adopted me. Yet in this forum, it seems like there is a certain amount of animosity towards the mainlanders that choose to come here and make Hawaii their chosen home. Why is that? Although I lived in Hawaii for many years, I am reluctant to bring my husband to the islands to make our home. I'm not kama'aina, but I would say that i was a malihini that chose to make Hawaii my new home, and I embraced the cultural idiosyncracies that make Hawaii unique. My best friends still live on the island, and I long for the day I can come "home". But I read this forum, and I feel that I may not be welcome when I do have the chance to return.
  9. kcalohagirl

    working in Hawaii??? please help today!!

    However, depending on how long it is going to be before you all ship out, if you can manage to get a few months experience before he is shipped here, Tripler will happily employ nurses with 6 months experience. (At least from what I have heard, and someone can absolutely contradict me and I won't get my feelings hurt.) I have also heard that Tripler will give preference to military spouses. Again, I may be mistaken. Best of luck!
  10. kcalohagirl

    Recent college grad: BA to BSN

    I had a B.A. in Music. Which was for all intents and purposes, useless. *grin* I bartended, waitressed, managed eateries, etc for about 10 years, until I bowed to the inevitable, followed my heart and my gut, and went to nursing school. Even though I had a B.A. Classes needed for NS were different, and they were unique. All the programs I was looking at required SOME of the same courses. Each of them requred a little something different. What I did was, in the first semester I was fulfilling the rest of my prereqs, scope out the 2 or 3 programs I thought I wanted to get in the most. One of them would accept anatomy and physiology together in the same class, another wanted them separately. The first was more than thrilled if you took the two separately, even though they had the lesser requirement. I ended up applying to both schools, and I was accepted to both. My advice is. . . .take a look at the programs where you are? Which programs are most desirable? Which ones do you think you have the best chance of graduating from? Which ones are most financially feasible? Which ones offer the best financial aid? Tailor your prerequisites to two or three of those programs. That way you won't have a program disqualify you because you don't have the necessary coursework, and if you have a class or two extra, it's just extra material you have to draw upon. Best of luck! If it is something you truly want to do, you will make it work!
  11. kcalohagirl

    Tips for 1st interview with no experience

    Believe me, you are not the first applicant they have ever seen that doesn't have a gazillion hours of clinical experience. Why are you excited about the position? What other jobs have you had that you were passionate about? What experience in your life made you want to go into this particular area of nursing? If you did have some experience in that area in nursing school, which particular part of it really lit a fire under you? In short, what makes you want to do this? What makes you want to go into this particular field more than something else that you may have had more experience with while you were in school? If this is truly your passion, why? Speak truthfully, speak from your heart. In my (limited) experience, most nursing programs only provide their students with a basic and limited overview of mother/baby, neonatal, etc. I think that if a hospital knows that that is truly your passion, they may be very willing to give a new grad a shot. Especially since they wouldn't have to break you of any bad habits. LOL Best of luck.
  12. kcalohagirl

    Drawing blood from a PICC line

    Very rarely, have I seen a patient that you can't stick them anywhere. You may have to get a bit creative. In the past, I had one patient that the only IV we could sink was in her right upper chest. We use PICC lines for all normal labs. (If the patient already has a PICC, of course.....) Why put the patient through the pain of an extra stick if we have a central line? If we need blood cultures, we take one from the central line, then one from a peripheral stick. We do a 10 cc flush, a 10 cc waste, draw what we need, then a 20 cc flush, clamp it, and we're done.
  13. how do you guys address constipation? given the amt of narcs most of these pts are on, do you give anything to prevent it? or ask pt if they have gone? leslie I work on a CTS floor. Our patients come out of the ICU on some pretty heavy-duty narcs. If they haven't had a BM by the early morning of post op day 3, we do things like. . . . Milk of mag + warmed prune juice + a splash of either coke or coffee. disgusting, I know, but it generally works. Or we have a PRN order for a dulcolax suppository. If all else fails, we call in the Mag Citrate. Since we are a post-op floor, our surgeons give us pretty much a free rein with what we think will make our patients poo. One of the things I think new nurses should know is that a lot of "older" patients take laxatives, etc on a regular basis. If they do on a regular basis, and you aren't giving them laxatives or stool softeners when they are in the hospital, bad things will happen. And people may not be completely honest when you first ask them about their bowel habits. (I think that is probably one of the first and most valuable lessons I learned. LOL)
  14. kcalohagirl

    Have done all I can

    *grin* 2 years ago, I think I made the exact same post as you just did! LOL You have done as much as you can, you have jackhammered every single bit of knowledge into your brain that you possibly can. Sit back. Take a really deep breath. Let it out, now take another one. Let it out too. You're gonna be fine. . . . *hugs*
  15. kcalohagirl

    I was slapped by a doctor!

    Though I am glad the doc in question had repurcussions from the incident, I wonder why your place of employment felt the need to put a virtual "gag order" on you? I think other newbie nurses (and veteran nurses, truth be told) could learn valuable lessons from your experience. Glad you aren't going to have to deal with that particular jerk anymore. How is the hospital going to deal with similar jerks in the future?
  16. kcalohagirl

    To be or not to be......bilingual

    I LOVE Welsh! My family emigrated to the US from Wales, and of course, no-one speaks the language anymore, but I visited Wales about a decade ago, and fell in love with the language. The other half of my family came from Ireland, and of course, none of them speak Gaelic, either. How quickly my family assimilated (within less than 20 years from either side.) The grandparents flatly REFUSED to teach us the "mother tongue'.