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

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    High paying warm weather areas

    Last time I checked, NYC isn't a high-paying warm weather area.
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    Where should a new grad BSN move?

    1) IF you're TRULY interested in an adventure, try applying for openings with the Indian Health Service. They also have loan repayment: http://www.ihs.gov/careeropps/loanrepayment/ 2) I have been a seasonal/travel nurse for the past three years. I really enjoyed my time working at Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, NY. It's on the edge of the Adirondacks and it's an AWESOME place to be both in the winter and the summer. Good luck!
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    High paying warm weather areas

    I have really enjoyed working there as a seasonal nurse. We're allowed to participate in their clinical ladder and, if you choose a benefits-eligible compensation package, you qualify for 50% tuition reimbursement. My only complaint is the lack of housing. However, I found a roommate each of my first two years on Craigslist. Fortunately, I met someone during my first season and we live together. Good luck!
  4. Well, you could...gasp!!!...relocate to an area with more openings and fewer graduates. Just a thought.
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    High paying warm weather areas

    I am returning to NCH in Naples, FL, for my third season. I earn a flat rate...$44.32 plus $2.60 differential between 3-7p ($5 differential starting at 7p). There are several apartment complexes in the Naples area that offer 7-month leases. NCH offers 4-6 month contracts in all areas.
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    Resume Format for Travel RNs

    I need to revamp my resume, but I could use some advice. I have always managed to keep my resume to one page. However, as a travel nurse, I have accumulated a lot of work experience and, as a result, my resume is getting too long. I typically organize each contract like this: Name of Agency, City, State Dates Employed Title - Name of Facility, City, State -- Job responsibilities (i.e. "Provided competent nursing care on four medical-surgical units. Any advice on combining assignments (especially since I typically work medical-surgical float) to help save space? Thanks!
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    Why you shouldn't become a nurse practitioner

    The OP has some VERY valid points...even if s/he could benefit from a basic grammar course. In addition, it is important to remember that s/he is a whopping 25 years old and has been a nurse practitioner for one year. So, s/he likely possesses a whopping three years of experience as a nurse (assuming they didn't go from BSN to NP). Now, I will relocate in order to focus on my area of interest, infectious diseases, as well as to earn the hourly rate that I am worth (ACNP, MPH) (many people either won't or "can't" do that). If I am going to undertake ANOTHER graduate degree, then I am prepared to learn a new and different skill set. Furthermore, as a part-time student at an in-state university, I won't end up broke or spending all day AND every day with my nose in a book. Finally, I am fine with being (slightly) under the thumb of a physician ("It's on YOU, dude!"). Of course, this all helps that I have an awesome spouse who $upports me in EVERY way. Good luck and take everything that people say, here and elsewhere, with a grain of salt. Oh, and become a nurse practitioner...if that's what your heart desires!
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    RN to BSN folks; Clinical sites in Pittsburgh

    Good luck with your experiences! It can be a good chance to see an area that you're curious about and unfamiliar with. I have always had an interest in public health. So, I enjoyed being in the health department. Unfortunately, those positions do not pay very well.
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    RN to BSN folks; Clinical sites in Pittsburgh

    Do you have a particular interest? The Allegheny County Health Department can be an interesting place to spend a couple of days. I completed my graduate school practicum within the STD/HIV/AIDS Program. You could also try their immunization/travel clinic. If you have any contacts at, say, Pitt, you could try spending a couple of days with a research coordinator (RN). Hospice sounds like a good idea too. Having worked in medical oncology as a travel RN, I imagine that family's would be comforted to know that a RN/volunteer would be present IF they could not be.
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    RN to BSN folks; Clinical sites in Pittsburgh

    I graduated from nursing school in Pittsburgh in 2007/2009. What sort of site are you looking for?
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    Fake call outs irritate me

    Three other thoughts: 1) I have always felt like more individuals would be willing to work PRN and/or float IF the facility provided a comprehensive orientation. Instead, they hire someone for one of these roles and their orientation is their first day on the unit...with 5-6 patients. 2) I once reported a legitimate sick call off purposely to a unit clerk. The manager called me back within minutes of calling off. She attempted to justify why another nurse's call off superseded mine. The lesson I learned is to never answer your telephone if you recognize it as a call from work. If it's truly important, well, they'll leave a message. I have worked for managers who are mysteriously never available on the weekend. 3) I have learned to always do what is in my best interest...while remaining professional.
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    Fake call outs irritate me

    If an individual has paid time off, then it is their prerogative to call off. While it is not professional on a holiday (or the day before or after), your facility should have a policy in place to penalize this individual. As for being short-staffed, that, too, is the responsibility of the facility. If this is a chronic issue in your workplace, I would try to enlist the support of several other nurses and address your collective concern(s) with management. If all else fails, well, maybe consider working for a better-managed facility.
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    Going "Above and Beyond" UGH

    When a patient expresses frustration when a nurse or nursing assistant isn't available EXACTLY when they need/want them AND we're short-staffed, well, I encourage the patient and/or their family to speak with the manager or, better yet, their surgeon. That is the ONLY way to get things changed.
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    Why did you become a nurse?

    I became a registered nurse after serving in the Peace Corps. I continue to have a strong commitment to helping those most in need. However, I quickly learned that the bedside wasn't where I wanted to be. I'm still looking...
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    Goodbye, fellow nurses

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I resent it when individuals (often inexperienced nurses or those who have worked at the same community hospital for the past 25 years) assume that a nurse couldn't possibly be competent and caring AND able to leave it all behind at the end of the shift. Not every nurse aspires to be Florence Nightingale. OP, GET IT, GIRL! YOU'VE GOT ONE LIFE TO LIVE!
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    Goodbye, fellow nurses

    TheCommuter - I feel your pain. While the OP could have chosen his/her words more thoughtfully, it is his/her right to vent (complain?). My calling was (is?) opera. It is what I initially studied in undergrad and I belonged to Actor's Equity and performed. However, I am NOT starving artist material. So, because of a sincere interest in helping those in need, I left NYC, was a Peace Corps volunteer, and decided to pursue a career (which, for me, is a job) in nursing. I pursued my passion, public health, in graduate school and I am now qualified for low-paying jobs at county health departments. Great! I do my job well...heck, VERY well...but I do it for the money. I'll be back in a NP program in a year to attain a SPECIFIC skill set and, ultimately, make more money. So, OP, don't feel bad. Many of the nurses that I have met don't love their jobs either (like many individuals). Nonetheless, we all have to keep a roof over our heads and food on our tables. As long as you do it with a smile and an open mind, well, what more can they ask of you. Good luck!