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Barkow

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Barkow specializes in L&D/postpartum.

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  1. Barkow

    High Risk L&D question

    I've worked in both high and low-risk L&D units. I think your bigger difficulty would be adjusting to travel nursing after only working in one facility for seven years rather than the high-risk/low-risk issue. At high-risk facilities you have sicker patients more often, but as long as you have the experience and assessment skills, I don't think it's difficult to adjust. Also, from an L&D RN perspective, a higher-risk unit might be delivering more preterm or sick babies, but it's not like the actual work of the L&D nurse differs much in this case since NICU is responsible for the baby. If you want to start traveling as soon as possible, I'd focus on finding a first assignment where you can be successful and get used to traveling, without worrying about a crazy acuity jump. Your recruiter's 1-10 question is difficult to answer, but it sounds like you have a decent skill base. But a lot of L&D managers will be focused on delivery numbers that you're used to on your unit, how many patients you're used to taking at a time, and how often you do things like mag. Some high-risk units will be really focused on these numbers, while others might be desperate and give you a pass. I'd still favor a good, functional assignment initially at a travel-friendly location, and then you can more easily experiment with different types of units later.
  2. Barkow

    Travel housing California

    Don't automatically classify all of California as having expensive housing! Definitely check pay with multiple agencies to find the best rate, but there are areas with cheaper cost of living and great pay. A city like Modesto, for example, has 1-bedrooms listed on Craigslist for $1000 and under as short-term rentals. Whether you want to spend 13 weeks in Modesto depends on your travel goals and what you seek from an assignment, but it's good to know your options.
  3. Barkow

    Travel to Nyack Hospital

    It's just a very local sort of hospital in a town that's pretty cute and on the Hudson River, but not quite accessible enough to NYC to attract a lot of outsiders/travelers dying to go there. I grew up about 20 minutes away and there were so many local hospitals that I literally have no real opinion of it and never heard much, good or bad.
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    Travel to Nyack Hospital

    Nyack Hospital is probably a bit too obscure to find anyone on here who has been there as a traveler. The NY forum might provide more help.
  5. Barkow

    How to go travel nursing in Africa?

    The Peace Corps has a program for healthcare professionals that's a shorter time commitment than regular assignments. Might be worth checking out, and it could give you connections for the future if you wanted to stay.
  6. Barkow

    Nursing Salaries in Utah

    I just left Utah a few months ago, and there was no pay differential for BSNs in Intermountain at least.
  7. Barkow

    Travel Nursing - In SERIOUS need of advice

    There are obviously differences between a vacation versus 13 weeks somewhere, and it looks like the OP may be able to do a few assignments given her circumstances. However, she said she wants to use travel nursing to help pay down debt, which may or may not be a good idea depending on a variety of factors we don't know, and whether her husband can be employed on the road. She also does not particularly like her current specialty and would like to cross-train to something else entirely, and is actively working toward a NP degree. While travel nursing might be good if she needs a way out for a bit, most of her long-term goals seem better served in a permanent setting. I was just pointing out that those wanderlust needs can be accomplished in different ways, or the OP may simply be better served relocating to a larger city.
  8. Barkow

    Travel Nursing - In SERIOUS need of advice

    My last staff job was great in that my manager was really supportive about vacation requests, so don't underestimate the benefits of a staff job in which you are established and know the ins and outs of the scheduling processes. As a full-time employee I was able to take several international trips each year by self-scheduling efficiently and using minimal PTO. Depending on your travel RN contract you might not have that flexibility, and taking time off between assignments means not getting paid during that time. You don't need to be a travel nurse to travel, it's about just going for it.
  9. Barkow

    Young L&D nurse hoping to travel

    Oftentimes working L&D at a small hospital gives you an incredible degree of autonomy and skill not found on larger units, due to working with limited resources. If you take travel jobs where you can gradually work your way through higher-risk settings to gain exposure to situations that you don't often see currently, you'll probably do really well.
  10. Barkow

    Frugality thead:work less, spend less

    I was super cheap when I first became a nurse. I was a money hoarder, rarely ate out. But, as a result, I was able to buy a new car and save up a 25% down payment on a house. Over time I've gotten less cheap and used my savings to travel the world, since experiences are worth more than stuff. I still save quite a bit despite the traveling, and have grown to the point where I can understand that coffee is more valuable when served in a cute setting where I can get work done. If I want to buy something extraneous, I calculate how much I'd have to work to pay for it, and will work extra shifts to justify those expenses. I think equating how much nursing work has to be done to buy something offers great perspective and helps guide choices.
  11. I don't particularly love nursing, but I love the benefits nursing has given me. I was able to become a homeowner at a young age and have always been able to support myself. Seeing friends struggle really gave me perspective. I have the freedom to move anywhere when I need to. If I do self-scheduling I travel during blocks of time off, and have been all over the world. I'm thankful to do L&D and enjoy it for the most part, but it's really the stability and life freedom that keeps me going.
  12. Barkow

    So I thought I would ask if you guys can share...

    I was able to secure an LDRP job before graduation. It was in a rural area near where I went to nursing school, but found out after working there a bit that there were huge problems between the nurse manager and staff, and several long-time nurses had recently quit, so the manager was hiring new grads to get bodies in to replace them. I stuck it out for two years and I was glad to gain skills in all intrapartum areas, which made me very marketable to future jobs.
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    Housing between night shifts

    Ned, do you think it really matters how often I'm home if the job meets travel criteria otherwise? Heck I could take a travel job 2,000 miles away and still opt to use my money to fly home for half of the week. Seems like that's my prerogative...?
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    Housing between night shifts

    Just relocated and thinking of taking a local assignment (~60 miles, but congested driving conditions) to have something to do while thinking about where to work permanently. I would ideally have at least two shifts blocked together. For a day assignment I would stay at a hotel 1-2x/week between shifts and live at home the rest of the time, but what would you guys do for a night job in that situation to sleep during the day between consecutive shifts? Are chain hotels willing to rent rooms in the day if they're not full? Would airbnb owners be more likely? Hospital call rooms? Thanks!
  15. Barkow

    HR posting day positions that don't exist...

    Thanks for the input. I guess everywhere I've worked has simply transitioned the next in line person to days, and a night position is posted. Maybe the positions were posted internally or for a token period of time, but the day postings I'm seeing are weeks to months old. I have never personally even had the option of applying straight to a day job, only nights have been posted when I've applied in the past. Just seems like bad HR mojo, especially with potential external candidates, to start off a hiring relationship that way.
  16. I'm an experienced RN relocating across the country. To my surprise, I've seen postings for part-time day positions in my specialty. I get quick responses from HR and chat on the phone, followed by some sort of response that the manager is really interested in interviewing me, but the real need is for full-time nights and there is no day position. I'm aware that most nurses new to a facility generally start on nights, but is this some sort of bait-and-switch recruitment tactic, or just a way to feel out willingness to do nights? The day position remains posted. Has anyone else experienced this? It's just frustrating to put in effort applying to certain facilities based on shift availability that may not represent reality.