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    Physician Office RN

    Hi Guys....I am on the hunt for a job working in a Physicians office near Morgantown, WV. My problem is that I have always worked in a hospital and I don't know where to start as far as negotiating a wage for an office job. Could anyone offer some insight as to what office RN"s make in that area? A starting point would be so helpful! Thanks in advance!
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    WVUH......any info???

    Hi! I graduated from school with my ADN in May and am currently undergoing orientation at Ruby for a GN position. I must say I am feeling VERY overwhelmed... but also excited! Does anyone here have any input as to what WVUH is like as an employer? Have they been fair? I heard that on a med-surg floor that it is realistic to expect to be on your own after 3 or 4 weeks of precepting. I am also thinking about re-enrolling in school this year to get my BSN, but am scared to ask them to accomodate my schedule...I may have to cut back my hours to do this. I don't want to ask too much since I am new. Does anyone know how often raises are given and the percentage a raise normally is? Wondering if it is performance based or across the board? I had 2 other job offers but chose Ruby because it has such a wonderful reputation...I am just hoping I didn't bite off more than I can chew!!!! Thanks in advance for any information you might have!
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    Glory to God, I did it!!

    Congratulations! And a well deserved one at that...! I know what a long, hard road nursing school is, the commitment and dedication, and the sacrifice you make to take on this endeavor. I hope that nursing is everything you want it to be! Good luck in all you do!
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    Hey, New Grad!!!!

    Hi...I am graduating on May 16...have my finals next week (fingers crossed)! I am starting a job at Ruby Memorial in June. I had 3 offers of employment in the area and chose to work at Ruby...I am pretty excited about it...although I am also very nervous. I decided to go with a med/surg floor instead of a specialty for now because I want to get some general experience. Not sure yet about the first paycheck thing...I want to start a few accounts such as savings, college for son, retirement...etc. Won't be much left over after that...lol. I am also looking forward to a new car sometime in the fall before the snow flies! Oh and we musn't forget starting to pay off those lovely student loans....:-(
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    May 2009 Graduates!!! Do you have a job yet?

    MomofStudent...You are SO RIGHT. From my experience in nursing school, it seems as though a lot of my classmates are just expecting the flood gates to open and the jobs to come pouring out. It's tough out there!
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    Elkins WV says HI!

    Thought I would join in and say hi! I live in Fayette Co. Pennsylvania, but will be working in Morgantown starting on June first. I will be graduating from school in May and accepted a position at Ruby. I am excited but MUCHO nervous! Any advice for working at Ruby? Thanks guys, and....NICE TO MEETCHA!
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    May 2009 Graduates!!! Do you have a job yet?

    Hi, I am in S.W. Pennsylvania...I have interviewed at 3 hospitals and have been offered 2 jobs so far...one of them in Morgantown at Ruby. I still have another interview coming up next week at yet another hospital. I am so confused! LOL. Starting pay is between 19 to 21 an hour generally. Insurance is not a consideration for me because my husband has excellent insurance. Most hospitals in this area have done away with the student loan reimbursement programs...shoot! One of the main things for me is the shift. One hospital is offering all nights with a 10% shift differential and 3 12 hour shifts. The other is offering 2 16 hour shifts and one 8 hour shift, but is self scheduling and not all night work, however shift differential is only 60 cents. So right now I can not decide what to do. It is so hard when you have interviews in different weeks, and then some hospitals will offer you a job right away and some hospitals wait a month or so. Then they all want an answer within 1 or 2 days. You almost have to accept the first offer while waiting on the second and end up having to call and tell the first you have changed your mind. Then they are not happy campers! I wish I knew a better way to handle this. Well, either way, I am grateful that I have a job offer in this economy.
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    Not all of our boyfriends are physicists who can cover most of the bills. My husband works pretty hard, and right now he is covering our expenses too. I don't buy 300 dollar purses or get my hair and nails done on a monthly basis. As a matter of fact, I have never had a manicure. I pick up part time work when I can. It is HARD right now making ends meet. It costs money to raise kids and make your house payments and rent. We all don't have sisters or brother's to move in with, we have our own homes to make payments on and we all don't have room to spare! I think its fantastic if some people are not having a hard time, but let's appreciate the fact that we are all in DIFFERENT circumstances....some better than others. Nursing school is hard, and takes up a lot of our time, so let's encourage each other, and have some understanding!
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    Mon Valley Hospital

    Hi Everyone...I was wondering if anyone here knows anything about Mon Valley Hospital in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania? I recently did a clinical rotation there and thought it was pretty nice. Any thoughts? Does anyone know anything about the pay scale, how often you are up for review/raise, or the benefit package? Appreciate your help!
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    uterine rupture

    Hi Everyone, I am hoping there is a l/d nurse here who can help me with a few questions. 1. Is it normal for a mom for contractions to cease immediately after a uterine rupture? if so, why does this happen? 2.What are the IMMEDIATE nursing interventions in a case like this? besides preparing client for immediate c-section? are there any other nursing interventions besides prep for c-section? Thanks everyone, I love this website!
  11. Hi Everyone, I am doing a concept map on a pt with ulcerative colitis and came up with these nursing diagnosis: 1.diarrhea related to intestinal inflammatory process 2.Chronic pain 3.Impaired Skin Integrity r/t diarrhea 4. Risk for deficient fluid volume 5. Knowledge deficit I have all of my interventions and rationales, but I am having a hard time prioritizing them in order of importance....I am thinking the order in which I listed them...I know that deficient fluid volume is very important but it is just a "risk for" so I did not think it would come first...anyone up for some teaching!? It would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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    OB clinicals...Am I gonna vomit?????

    I'm with AZMOM on that one.....no way!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Nurse extern interview

    Hi Guys, I just found out today that I got an interview (at the hospital I've been trying and trying to get in at) for an externship this summer. This is so important to me. I have never been on a job interview this important before and I was wondering if anyone had any idea about the types of questions they may ask...any help or advice would be so, so appreciated! Thanks, me
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    uterine rupture

    Yes, I have looked in my textbook, it does not have much in-depth information on the subject of uterine rupture. Just an overview. That is why I was asking for info!
  15. Hi Everyone, I am doing nursing diagnosis and rationales for an OR experience that I had on Friday. The woman had surgery on her vulva for VIN and I am required to do 3 diagnosis and rationales. Here is what I have so far: 1. Acute pain related to tissue trauma, secondary to vulvar surgery, manifested by grimacing and verbalization of pain as a 7 on a scale of 0 -10 with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain ever felt. 2. Risk for infection related to inadequate primary defenses (broken skin) secondary to vulvar surgery. My question is this: do you think that disturbed body image would be a good nursing diagnosis? does anyone have any other suggestions? I need 3 diagnosis. We didnt actually see the patient except during surgery, so we dont really know how she felt afterwards, this is just something we are doing by "assuming". Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advance!
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    terms in OB

    Hi Everyone Currently I am a student in an ADN program, and we are doing our maternal/OB rotation right now. Our instructor gave us quite a few crossword puzzles to familiarize ourselves with some OB terms. I have them all done but I am missing 3 answers. I have looked and looked in my book and cannot find them. I was hoping someone here could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated! 1.) What a nurse may need to do every 2 hours for a client with an epidural. 2.) Gentle, steady pressure against the fundus of the uterus to facilitate vaginal birth. (at first I thought Leopolds maneuvers, but that is just to check position, right?) 3.) Daily fetal movement count. (could this be kick counts?) Thanks so much for your help! By the way, I LOVE OB! Lisa
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    terms in OB

    Thanks everyone for helping me out! I knew I could count on you!
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    Why are some nurses so nasty?

    I am in my first semester of nursing school, and I am doing my clinical rotation at a smaller community hospital. The evening before clinicals, we all go to the hospital to pick up our patient assignments. Tonight, there were 3 of us sitting behind one of the tables with a computer ( mind you there are approx 15 computers) doing our patient reports/careplans and gathering info from pt. charts. This nurse walks up and slams her folder onto the desk on top of our papers (scared the daylights out of us) and says in a really snide voice, " this is the computer I like to use, and that is the seat I like to sit in, so I will be sitting in it now. You girls will just have to find someplace else to go". WTH? am I overreacting? I don't know why this is bothering me so much, but I have been thinking about it all night long! Should I just let it go ( which is my first thought ) or should I tell my clinical advisor about it? If she would have rephrased it differently, I would have had no problem, but her tone was just SO nasty! Sometimes I don't think they remember the days of being students themselves. I just wish I could figure out why it infuriates me so much.
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    Why are some nurses so nasty?

    Wow...that's something to think about! I know we all have bad days....
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    Why are some nurses so nasty?

    Thanks for your response...I will let it go. For the most part the nurses on our unit are very helpful although very busy. This was just way past anything I had witnessed before and the reason it is bothering me so much is probably shock!
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    No She/he Did Not!!!

  22. Hi Everyone, I was hoping I could get some opinions on nursing school. I am attending a major university (Penn State) and so far I have racked up over 10,000.00 dollars in student loans. It takes me about 10 to 15 minutes to get to school from my house. There is a community college about 45 minutes away that also offers the associate degree in nursing. I am really confused. My university tells us that when we are going through the hiring process, that our degree will look better and we will be hired before the community college graduates. I wouldnt expect them to tell us any different. However, I dont know that I really believe that! The community college does their clinicals in the same area hospitals as Penn State does. Is there any one out there who is knowledgeable about the hiring process that nurses go through that can help? Is it true that someone who has the same degree from a major university vs. a community college will be hired first? I am trying to decide if I am willing to rack up more debt...is it really worth it? Please give your honest opinions...I really appreciate your help! Thanks!
  23. Congrats! I am proud of you! Yes, it is a wonderful feeling when you are accepted into your program..it makes you feel like you are walking on air! The best of luck to you!!!! Lisa
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    Community Colleges vs. Major Universities

    Thanks to all of you for your opinions. I want to clarify that the program I am in at Penn State is also an ADN, the same as offered at cc. I love the fact that I am so close to my school now, but I guess if I really want to be an RN I wont mind travelling that extra 1/2 hour to 45 minutes each way...I will be 40 yo in May. I also am married with two children at home. My oldest son will graduate high school this year and I will probably have more loans racking up soon. My husband is verbally supportive but picks and chooses whether he will help around the house. I think it is a control issue! Anyway, being a nurse is something I have dreamed about since I was a child and I am proud of myself for finally going for it. Thanks again to all of you!