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

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  1. High paying warm weather areas

    Last time I checked, NYC isn't a high-paying warm weather area.
  2. 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: 2) I have been a seasonal/travel nurse for the past three years. I re...
  3. 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 ho...
  4. Well, you could...gasp!!!...relocate to an area with more openings and fewer graduates. Just a thought.
  5. 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 offer...
  6. 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 organiz...
  7. 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 whop...
  8. 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...
  9. 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 cl...
  10. 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?
  11. 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 d...
  12. 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,...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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 l...