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AWanderingMinstral

AWanderingMinstral

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AWanderingMinstral has 6 years experience and specializes in Ortho/Uro/Peds/Research/PH/Insur/Travel.

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  1. AWanderingMinstral

    4-hour Floating and Assessments

    I understand and respect your opinion. I feel as though I cover my bases under these circumstances. I also invest in the maximum malpractice insurance. Thank you and be well.
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    4-hour Floating and Assessments

    Well, miam, a lot of nurses, travelers or otherwise, I have spoken with do not feel that a full assessment is necessary under the circumstances. Therefore, I was simply wondering what other nurses do. NedRN's response insinuated that I wasn't fulfilling my job responsibilities. Would you appreciate someone insinuating that? Probably not.
  3. AWanderingMinstral

    4-hour Floating and Assessments

    Thank you for your helpful response, RNewbie.
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    4-hour Floating and Assessments

    Actually, no, NedRN, I haven't been "dinged" by anyone. I was simply curious. I learned that people default to facility policy. That may seem like common sense to you, but, to me, it wasn't. Allnurses is meant to be a supportive environment. Your responses, particularly the second one, were inappropriate. I feel sorry for you.
  5. AWanderingMinstral

    4-hour Floating and Assessments

    Just curious, NedRN. The tone of your response speaks volumes.
  6. AWanderingMinstral

    4-hour Floating and Assessments

    As a travel nurse, I am prepared to float at any point. Whenever I work a 12-hour daylight shift (7a-7p), I don't usually float (unless the majority of staff works an 8-hour shift). I recently floated from 3-7p and, having already assessed and charted on 6 patients for 8 hours on another unit, I did not assess the patients. I received a thorough report and I knew what issues I MAY have with each patient. Instead, I did their vital signs (this was total care of 4 patients), administered any medications that were due, completed blood sugars (and administered insulin coverage as ordered), and ultimately wrote a 2-4 sentence summary at 630p or so of anything that occurred during the 4 hours. I had a manageable group of individuals, but it's NOT always like that. I'm SURE someone will tell me that I'm a "bad" nurse because I didn't assess the patients, but I do NOT feel that 4 hours with them should trump a nurse coming in for 12 hours at 7p. What do YOU do?
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    case manager taught me a gem about families

    I was thinking THE SAME THING when TheCommuter weighed in. MDs are guilty of this too...and get to walk out of the room in 5-10 minutes and possibly not return for 24 hours.
  8. AWanderingMinstral

    Nursing Hostility and Other Nonsense

    I can assure you that we'd have better uniforms...
  9. AWanderingMinstral

    Nursing Hostility and Other Nonsense

    This IS a generalization, BUT stereotypes exist for a reason. So, I'll sum up the problem in one word: women. I'm a gay male nurse and I rarely encounter drama and, more importantly, I won't put up with it. I'm IN THE MOMENT with my patients, but I don't take any of it home with me and, if you're organized and know how to prioritize (and no one just coded), you shouldn't be there more than 15 minutes past your scheduled shift time. It's a 24/7 biz. So, someone will be there to pick up where you left off. And for the individual who noted nurses looking for a resident to have a fling with/marry, the residents look for nurses too. Be well!
  10. AWanderingMinstral

    Pay Package Evaluation!

    It's $20.22 per hour, not $22.22.
  11. AWanderingMinstral

    Pay Package Evaluation!

    Without factoring in the housing stipend, I'm getting $27 and change per hour (pre-tax). Factoring in the housing stipend, I'm getting $36 and change (pre-tax). Seems low for an ICU RN.
  12. AWanderingMinstral

    Any twenty- or thirtysomething gay travelers out there?

    Hey, guys! I was a nurse for nearly four years before I started traveling. I largely worked in orthopedics, but I also had some experience in outpatient pediatrics and nursing research. It is REALLY important to be organized and know how to prioritize. The reality is that the core 50% of nursing is the same regardless of which specialty you are working in. I've considered taking a full-time position in a different specialty to vary it up.
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    What is the one thing you wish you had known on your first assignment?

    First off, congrats! I have done a lot of med/surg float as a traveler and, as a result, I have learned that nursing care is 24/7 in a hospital. I used to work nights and I'd be floated at 11p. Unless a patient is quickly going downhill, it's OK to leave some loose ends (it's not ideal) because the person following you has time to tie them up. I also agree with another post regarding orientation. Make sure that you ask the individual that you interview with IF there is any orientation and, if so, how long it is. Good luck and enjoy!
  14. AWanderingMinstral

    Any twenty- or thirtysomething gay travelers out there?

    Thank you, A Gay Male Nurse, for responding. I'm really looking for a traveler, but I'll drop a line if I find myself in Southern California.
  15. AWanderingMinstral

    Hourly Rates in Palm Springs, CA

    Does anyone know what the three hospitals in Palm Springs/Coachella Valley are paying these days? I visited Palm Springs a few weeks ago and I LOVED it. I'm going back for another visit in a couple of months. I am approaching my sixth year as a nurse and I possess a master of public health degree. Thanks!
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    Palm Springs, CA

    Certain travel agencies have exclusive contracts with certain facilities, etc. That's what I meant. I am currently a traveler and I'm with four agencies.
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