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    Pediatric Oncology in Baltimore

    I am an experienced RN currently working in inpatient pediatric hem/onc at a children's hospital in CA. My husband and I will be moving to Baltimore this summer as he will be attending Johns Hopkins. Looking at websites I don't see any openings in pediatric oncology, anybody know anyone or have connections that may help? I have my BSN and my CPHON (pediatric hem/onc certification) in addition to inpatient and ambulatory care experience so I am well qualified. Let me know if you can help or have any advice for me!
  2. "Chase them intelligently." CA is a hard place to get a job right now. I think the only reason I got mine is that RIGHT after I submitted my application and resume online I called the recruiter and asked some questions and made my genuine interest known. She said that she'd send it to the correct manager right away. I got a call from the manager later that day and had my job after my interview a week later. Another thing that you need to do when getting a job in CA is emphasize your connections with California. A lot of people come here and then realize it's not what they want or expected and then move back after not a long time. When you get an interview make sure you bring up that you are here for reasons other than warm beaches and you won't be moving back after you see the price of rent.
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    Planning to move to California...

    I moved to CA as a new grad but had a job lined up and even then had major sticker shock at the price of rent. I was lucky and got work right before the economy took a big tumble. Keep in mind the economy in CA state-wide is in shambles. I would echo the sentiment that unless you have a LARGE amount of money saved up you should find a job before making the move. Many places just aren't hiring right now. If you're wanting to make the move to a sunbelt state the prospects in AZ and TX are far more promising at this time. There are even experienced CA nurses at my hospital considering the move to TX because of the more stable economy and lower cost of living. There is also a big variation in hospital quality out here. We do have patient ratio laws that vary by area that you work in. I've noticed that there are fewer CNAs though due to ratio law. I work on a 48 bed pediatric med-surg floor and when we're full our staffing is 12 nurses and 4 CAs (that's without any sitters or patients who are 3:1s due to high acuity). We have plenty of transport staff and rarely take a patient to CT or MRI unless they are unstable and need the RN to go with for that reason. Good Luck in your decision making process. CA is a beautiful state but it's definitely a difficult time to be looking at making the move.
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    Standard of living for Los Angeles nurses.

    Depending on what you liked about LA there are plenty of other areas in Southern California to live and work that have a lot to offer and where you can find a huge variation in affordability. Orange County has gorgeous beaches, Disneyland, and a diversity of its own. San Diego is also a gorgeous city with perfect weather, more beautiful beaches, and plenty to do. Up the coast Ventura and Santa Barbara each have their own unique qualities. California has a high cost of living and a car is a definite must. Preferably a newer car that you will feel safe and comfortable in because you'll be spending plenty of time in it. Stuff here is SPREAD OUT but not only that, there is so much to do in Southern CA that you'll want to see it all. I wouldn't limit yourself to one area when looking for an apartment. Santa Monica is gorgeous but can be through-the-roof expensive for what you get so you really need to think about what is important for you to spend your money on. And do NOT rent anything before you've been there in person. Also the hospitals here vary quite in bit in terms of quality and whether it's a place you'd want to work. So I'd do my research on that as well. Good Luck to you!
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    Anyone Up For Random FACT THROWING??

    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone on this thread! It came in handy on my NCLEX on Monday. I passed with 75 questions!!!:hpygrp: Good Luck guys and keep up the studying!!
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    Anyone Up For Random FACT THROWING??

    The level in the water seal chamber (chest tubes) fluctuates with respiration- no fluctuation indicates an obstruction and excessive bubbling indicates an air leak. Stay with the client for 15 minutes at the start of a blood transfusion. Nephrotic Syndrome leads to proteinuria while Glomerulonephritis leads to hematuria. Goodell's Sign is the softening of the cervix at the start of the 2nd month of pregnancy Nagele's Rule is First date of last menstrual period + 7 days - 3 months + 1year. Vinca Alkaloids (Vincristine) lead to neurotoxicity and can present with numbness and tingling in the legs or paralytic ileus.
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    Quit nursing school?

    Nursing school can be very hard, especially in the beginning when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel and no end to the clinicals in sight. But there is a light! I am finishing my BSN in May and it has been a long, hard road. My BSN is my second four-year degree and I can tell you that nursing school is way harder than other 4 year programs. You have to do what is right for you. But with a nursing degree there are so many opportunities- beyond just hospital and LTC work. There is public health, corrections, legal consulting, school nursing, forensic nursing, the list goes on and on. So don't think that just because you're slow to learn IV skills or don't like the hospital or whatever you'll be a terrible RN. We're all in nursing school to learn and it can be really difficult to maintain your self-confidence and self-esteem through it all. After years of clinicals I know, some days I'd come home feeling like the most hopeless, hapless, incompetent person on the planet! Call a hotline, reach out to a friend, make an appointment with a school counselor or trusted instructor. Taking care of yourself will be the most important gift to yourself- and your future patients!
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    May/June 2008 Grads!!

    Graduation is May 15th!! :w00t:NCLEX will be ASAP after that- I just want that over with! We're moving from MN to Southern California late July and I'm starting that first RN job on a med/surg floor at a Children's Hospital on August 8th! I would like my gift to myself to be a new car, but I don't think my husband will allow it. So I think it might just be the nice SoCal weather. :weathersunsmall: :ancong!: WE ALL DESERVE IT!!!
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    Priority: Job vs. Board exam

    I am from MN and graduate from a BSN program in mid-may. About half of the people in my class, myself included, have jobs already. And it was sort of difficult to find one. A lot of people applied to 5+ places without getting a job. I've heard it may be easier to get a job a few months after graduation, simply because less new grads are applying then. Most places the job actually starts at the end of the summer, after you've taken and passed your boards. It also depends on whether you want to just be hired onto a floor or if you want to do a New Grad or Residency program. BUT I don't think there's one right way to do it. You can get a job now or later. Do what's right for you and don't let the pressure of other people getting jobs get to you. In the end you've worked for it, you've earned it and it's YOUR career. Do what's best for you.
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    Getting CA license, went to school in another state

    I got a job in CA that starts at the beginning of August and am graduating in MN in mid-may. What I heard from an instructor who is a licensing expert and from the CA BRN is that it would be faster to take the NCLEX and get licensed in your home state (or the state you went to school in) and then apply for CA licensure by endorsement. That way you can get a temp license in Sacramento on a walk-in basis if you're really in a hurry. This way may end up costing a little bit more but it is supposed to be faster. I haven't done it yet, but that's what I've heard and hope it works! Hope that helps!