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pursuing second degree BSN

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  1. Dino

    best rural hospitals for RN to land first job

    Honestly I like the many different landscapes that Texas offers. My original background was in biology so I love to explore when time permits. I also like riding horses. So I'm pretty open to most areas of Texas where I can keep horses. I was being open to any area as new grads seem to being a hard time everywhere. I was offered a nice position as an cicu intern at a local hospital however there is a two year commitment after the 6 month process. Wasn't planning on waiting that long to relocate. Which is why I posted to inquire about opps in rural tx. So any hospitals etc in rural tx north south central east and west tx would all be considered. Thanks.
  2. Seriously considering TX to relocate sounds as though job market may be tough esp as a new RN. I'm looking more rural any suggestions on rural setting hospitals in Tx that hire new grads? Thank you.
  3. While everyone here is talking about CO and Wyoming nursing jobs can anyone offer me some advice or help regarding finding an RN position in CO my family wants to relocate out west but there just doesn't at least appear to be jobs for new grads. Im even willing to start at a nursing home. AAny ideas? Im looming for more rural settings. Thanks _
  4. The real issue I think people are having is that they entered nursing school with the idea that there are many jobs and that nursing was promoted as the biggest in demand profession expected for the next 20 years. As I mentioned in a previous post that is a bunch of crap. Many people chose nursing because of a combination of liking to help people, good pay, and job security with limitless options as far as practice types. As with everythingelse the economy is a factor, but it's not the only factor. Right now there are literally hundreds if not thousands of RN and BSN nursing programs across the country from community college, hospital based programs, university based schools, 2nd degree BSN programs etc... if you think about it if each school turned out only 20 students which for many of these programs, they turn out more than that, plus have multiple classes graduated per year ie) spring and fall my guess is at least 20,000 new RN's are graduating nation wide each year and I bet that is a low figure to boot. Now couple that with all the nurses who left nursing because of low pay, better opportunities in other fields, or retired but are now re-entering the job market due to the poor economy, which will not turn around to the way it was before for at least 3-4 years, if even then. Then look at hospitals, they are businesses, with money as there main concern to either stay in business or make a profit. The reality is and I am in a nursing program myself is that nursing is not going to be a fun place to be, now and in the future. Sure, some new grads are getting jobs in the remaining giant metropolis's such a NYC, Phily, but they will soon fill up too with many new grads still being pumped out the door. Hopefully, you may find a job, but don't expect great pay, not that nursing paid well to begin with. Having to live in NYC on a nurses salary is like living on a poverty wage and having to work your butt off to boot. Making 30 bucks/hour in a big city is chicken feed, maybe elsewhere it would be nice, but not the big city. I am a second career nursing student that fell for the bait of nursing being in such big demand, you can move anywhere after you graduate, make great money, with limitless opportunities for advancement. As I was told recenlty by a nurse, "there is not shortage of nurses, just nurses who want to remain in the field". I now believe this to be true. If you trully love nursing, know the facts about being a nurse, not what you hear. The future of nursing is going to be even harder that it already is, with too much competition for jobs, low wage, exploitation, and as I have seen in my clinicals, the old saying "nurses eat there young". If you have other options in life, go for it. I am going to finish my nursing program only because I am a semester away from being done, but I am definetly keeping my options open to enter a different field. All the caring to help people in the world desn't make for all the hassles of being a nurse and now having to beg to even get a job as one?
  5. Looking to possibly relocate to NW Wyoming of West Montana. Will be finishing RN program in a couple more semesters. This is a second career for me. Anyway, looks like slim pickings in Montana for RN jobs is this correct? What is my best shot for a job in SW Montana? And per my question in the title of my post, here in PA where I am from, one doesn't have to be a millionare to buy a home with a few acres of land, can a nurse do the same in west Montana, north or south? Or is it a pipe dream in Montana? IF so what towns or areas are best? Also, if finding an new grad RN job will be impossible, and or salary won't cut it for a home and a few acres, how is it for nurse practitioners out there, do they get paid enough? Thanks, I am 39 years old and as mentioned this is a second career for me, and other than my interest in science and healthcare, I was hoping this new career path would give me the opportunity to relocate to a new state, Montana being one of the top on my list, so any honest help would be greatly appreciated!!
  6. This is really concerning as I knew this before going into a nursing program as a second career student. I always heard about the shortage and how you can literally move anywhere and find a good job. But my gut told me that this wasn't the case. As I was told by a nurse, "there is not a shortage of nurses, just a shortage of nurse who remain in the field". Now, with the economy, some are going back to work as a nurse after being laid off other jobs, ie) drug rep, or spouse lost job, or just need more income in the household. So, this makes the hospitals chose anyone they want, and thus new grads are left with nothing but loans and false promises by schools to draw in more revenue to their nursing programs by continuing to say false opportunities about the profession. Plus, with the economy which is not expected to return to normal for at least another 3-4 years, if even then, as we continue to fall behind in technology advancements vs other countries, and have too many people fighting for too few good paying jobs, hosiptals will continue to run tight staffing with over worked and underpaid employees. Three years ago I was making close to 6 figures in my previous job, now after believing nursing schools and the media reports about how great it was to go into nursing, I am looking at additional loans after graduation, little job opps, and terrible salaries as a nurse that is already an underpaid field for all the learning and skills they have to acquire. I was hoping to move out of the state I live in to a different state too, now I see none of the states i am looking into moving are hiring, plus wages appear to be dropping, and if there are open positions, they only want experienced RN's. I chose to go into nursing because I liked the idea of helping others, along with the idea of a stable future, and the ability to relocate, none of which appears to be true anymore. For anyone on the fence about going into nursing, just make sure you know that facts before diving in, there is alot of misinformation being presented about the field of nursing. Truth be told!
  7. Dino

    Wyoming RN's?

    I am a second career nursing student graduating in a year and am thiking about moving to Wyoming. Love the outdoors. Was curious as to how well can an RN live in Wyoming? I would really like to be near Yellowstone as my background is in wildlife/biology outside of nursing. However, it looks like you need to be a millionaire to live anywear near Yellowstone/Jackson. I would like a decent 3 bedroom home with a little landand not hear my neigbor when he/she sneazes and of course a nice view. Is this a pipe dream for an RN in Wyoming? Any feedback on the state, job market, and beautiful areas that area affordable. Thanks in advance for any help.
  8. Dino

    new RN jobs in Fla?

    Well if you say it's across the board low pay then that's another thing. Here in PA there is very high liability and low reimbursement as well, but again salaries appear much higher than down Florida. As mentioned, I will have no choice to go to Florida in a years time, I will then weigh my options as far as nursing goes. And you are right in that if there is no room for salary growth I might have to look at the possibility of going back to my old job or become a NP. I realize there is an issue in Florida more so than other places, though as mentioned, here in PA we have similar issues but wages still much better. If one wants to study that hard and work that hard to help other people great, I enjoy helping people in need as well, but if it is going to short change me and my family's life and how we can live it, or lack there of due to salaries not meeting cost of living with aleady too low of wages, well then I can now partly understand the gross dissatisfaction I have seem among nurses in my clinicals. I will give the profession my best, but I won't be taken advantage of either. You only live one life, and unfortunately to live life to it's fullest in a capitalistic society one needs money, not how I like it, but who am I. If someone wants to go through life being underpaid for there level of education and work effort and can live their life to it's fullest that way, great, wish I could, but with a family, a need for a decent home,car,bills, and our activities we enjoy, 22/hr isn't going to cut it. My uncle is a retired steelmill worker in PA and makes 26/hr mowing lawns on the side and can barely read due to dyslexia. Sorry but if 22/hr is all I'm ever going to see in Florida than it is demeaning for the education level and work required as an RN. Best wishes and thanks for the insight into Florida.
  9. Dino

    new RN jobs in Fla?

    So, what you are saying is in Florida due to the economy there, the people on the business end of running these hospitals, the physcians who work there, the nurse practitioners, and PA's all took salary cuts too right???
  10. Dino

    new RN jobs in Fla?

    Well, I still think the saying "get paid in sunshine" is a bunch of crap to falsely elude one into thinking that a nurse can't make more money. Again, it comes down to having enough backbone to demand more, as mentioned all the caring to help people in the world doesn't change the fact that one needs to make a living, not just to make ends meet every month,if that. Maybe those homeless people living on the beaches mentioned by the previous reply are actually RN's getting there pay checks in sunshine!!
  11. Dino

    new RN jobs in Fla?

    Sounds like a sad case of too much capitalsim in healthcare in Florida. Some is ok, but too much creates greed, where the workers, the ones who actually make the money for the hospital are underpaid and underappreciated. No wonder Florida hostpitals try to acquire foreign nurses, so they can rip them off no questions asked. All I can say is from what I have observed in nursing thus far, is that nurses need to get more of a back bone, lose the catty attitudes and start working together and demand more, or in a few years with the cost of living increases it won't even pay for a college student to go into nursing, too many other professions pay more with less work and hassle. "Caring to help people" isn't reason enough to go into nursing if it's not going to pay the mortgage, car, food, and raise the kids.
  12. Dino

    Where Is The Worst place to work in Florida?

    Can someone clarify what the heck the problem is with nursing in Florida??? Our area here in SW PA is on a down turn right now too, but it is still relatively easy to get a new nursing job starting 22-26/hour. My family is relocating to Florida in a year at same time I will be graduating and I am wondering what the heck I am going to do moving to Florida. I thought being it was a big state for retirees that there would be a big demand for nursing down there. Is the state saturated with RN's?
  13. Dino

    new RN jobs in Fla?

    I am from PA and will ge graduating in a year hoping to relocate to north Florida with family. I've been reading on here how poor job prosepcts are in Fla as well as low salary. Any idea on the reason and how long this will last? Can't totally blame the ecomony, here in SW PA, we have nurse recruiters that come in the fall where I attend and several students have job offers 4 months before they even graduate, salaries 22-28/hour starting with benefits, and further education assistance. I realize in other places it might not be the same, but yet in other areas of the country they pay even more. I know several recent grads from the ADN program I am attending that have been out only a couple years and are in the 30+/hour range, one is at 41/hour. The sad thing is the cost of living here in PA is way less than Florida. For me, I am a second career student, the thought of 18-19/hour is sickening, that is LPN and even in a few places nurse aide salary here. I know many LPN's that make in the low to mid 20's/hr. My family will be moving to Florida in a year right about the time I graduate any thoughts on if this situation Florida will change by then? Is the market flooded with nurses down in FLorida of what? This being a second career for me, making 25-30/hr is already 1/2 of my wage in my previous job, less than 20/hr isn't even worth getting out of bed for, how on Earth could one afford a half decent home on that wage. If you think about it, it's almost insulting and down grading to RN's, my previous job was half the work and effort and 3 times the pay, and wasn't even in a position to help people. Some national nurse organization needs to fight to get RN salaries up to where they need to be relative to all the duties nurses perform. Anyway, does anyone have some insight onto this Florida situation, how long it will last and the dreadful salaries in the state?
  14. Dino

    Florida nursing relocating

    I may be relocating to the Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda area of Florida once I graduate in 2011. I am from up north and have sailed boats as a hobby my whole life. Can a nurse afford to live in this area of Florida and if so what type of accomodations are we talking? Nursing is a 2nd career for me and I anticipate I will be pursuing NP soon after as well. Was also wondering if any had input on any other areas of Florida to live in which I can afford as it relates to my interests of sailing, nice beaches, nature. Unfortunately, I used to make alot more money in my past occupation in the pharmaceutical sales industry but I am tired of working in that field. I am not aware of how well I can fair in Florida on a nursing salary. Any help on Florida, locations, etc... would be appreciated. It seems from what I read, Florida is not a good place to practice, what about NP? Appreciate the input on all of the above mentioned.
  15. I am a male RN student and will be finished in another 15 months. I was wondering what fields of nursing, if any, I can pursue that will minimize fecal exposure? I have no problem with blood and guts, but I can barely contain myself from throwing up when I enter rooms with patients (most I have treated thus far were elderly) who have fecal incontinence. Any recommendations? I know some will say try another field all together, but was wondering if there are any fields of nursing that I might be able to handle better? I can't honestly see how anyone would want to be exposed to some of the environments I have been in thus far ever day of their lives, even if they do care.
  16. Dino

    Need Advice!!!!

    Actually, it looks like most of your grades are A's and B's, with B's in A&P, so you are in pretty good shape. Again, as I posted a reply to another post about doing poorly and how to recover and gain admission to nursing school, the best thing is to find a school you are interested in, make an appointment and explain the situation with microbiology. Naturally, they will say that nursing school will take up most of your time and that working during nursing school is not encouraged. So, for one you need to decide about your present work situation and if it is absolutely necessary while attending nursing school. People have different rates of learning, and as mentioned there is alot of info. in nursing school. You need to think about that for a moment before focusing in on getting accepted, then decide if worse came to worse while attending nursing school you saw that you couldn't work and go to school for one reason or another, could your wife hold down the fort. Also, you need to understand that nursing school has very erratic schedules, and it will change from semester to semester, mostly with regards to clinicals. Keep in mind clinical attendance is absolutely mandatory. I would think about these scenerios first then decide if you can do nursing school based on your situation. If you decide that yes you can attend, then again talk to a school you are interested in let them know your microbiology situation, then re take microbiology, make sure you have the time needed to put into it, as it can be a little more time consuming than many classes, get the grade you need, then apply, your past grades seem fine, you shouldn't have too much of a problem getting accepted.