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smallnurse10 has 5 years experience and specializes in L&D.

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    Frontier clinicals

    Hi everyone: I am a per diem L&D RN, and a FNP. I am going to start working as a nursing professor at a community college in the Spring of 2019 teaching obstetrics. Since I will have the summers and holidays off, I am thinking I would like to return for a post masters in midwifery at Frontier. I would love to do some international volunteer work and work per diem while teaching. My question is for those that have completed the program: I would likely have to relocate for clinicals as I work for the hospital that runs the only midwifery service in town. As an educator I will be limited to completing clinicals in the summer and winter break (mid Dec to mid Jan). Do you think this is feasible with their 32 hr week clinical requirements? I have spoken to a recruiter but she has not given any helpful information to that question. When I break it down it doesn't really seem to work out unless all clinicals can be done within the summer term. Thanks!
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    Interview help

    Hi colleagues, I have an interview for a np position at a specialty women's health practice next week. I am a new grad and have been working in urgent care for the past 6 months. I really want to work in women's health as that is my background as an RN. When I graduated there were few jobs available besides urgent care and family practice so I had no choice but to accept my current position. I did interview at a GYN office and the MD offered $35 an hour with a straight face and I politely declined (this was about 2 months ago). Since opportunities in women's health are thin in my area I would really like to land this job! What questions should I ask when I go for the interview? I know they had an np that was there for a year or so, but I'm curious why she left. How would I bring this up? Thanks!
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    Everyone Wants to Become a Nurse For Different Reasons

    Katie I thought your story was lovely. It is great that you have found your calling and love geriatrics. Nursing is stressful, but it is also very rewarding career if you have the right attitude. Good luck in all your future endeavors.
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    Banker to nurse - Would you make the switch

    Call the hospitals in your area and see if they would be willing to let you shadow to see if the career is for you. I have had several people shadow me mostly high school students but it can be done. It isn't about peeing or pooing as all patients in all units do that. L&D nursing is an extremely stressful, high pressure environment. Family members tell me all the time how great my job is because I get to play with babies all day. This is far from the truth. I never play with the babies. We deliver and then move them out. This is why shadowing would show you what being an L&D nurse is an does why I think it is a good idea for all potential nurses. Trust me I love my job, but it is not easy and extremely challenging especially for the first few years. I'm not saying you're one of those people that doesn't get it or that would say "I just want to play with babies" but this is what many people think about this area of nursing and I just want to make sure you have a good understanding of what the career entails before you jump in and make a major career move.
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    Banker to nurse - Would you make the switch

    I work in L&D and really enjoy my job. I would suggest shadowing a nurse in mother/baby & L&D to see if it is for you. Many potential RNs in women's health realize it isn't really want they thought it would be after working in the field a bit. I am a travel nurse now but when I was staff I would have never been able to go part time. The unit was chronically short staffed and the manager forbid it. We lost several staff nurses due to this rule. Also, a good L&D unit will keep its staff so that means many, many years on the night shift. I know units where L&D nurses work nights for ten years or more before they land that coveted day shift position. However, this is highly dependent on where you live and choose to work. L&D and surgery positions usually take call in a big hospital and often you get called in. Call pay is minimal depending on the hospital but 1.5 times pay when called in. Personally, I hate call and like to avoid it at all costs. It can easily add another day or two per month to your working life. OB surgery is done by L&D nurses in a large hospital and by surgical nurses in small hospitals. Those surgical nurses do not only circulate on OB cases, but also must know every surgical specialty as they circulate all surgical cases.
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    Asking a higher rate

    In the last two months I have seen 3 jobs that paid $2800 per week after taxes for travel assignments in California and Washington state for 36 hours per week. If I wanted to work 48 hours per week then I could have brought home $3500 per week (but I don't). I am currently working on a travel assignment and not available but money is out there if you want to travel and have the right specialty. If you wish to work per diem then do so. I also work per diem but don't make nearly the same money as I do traveling.
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    What's your speciality?

    Thanks Ned. To me it is commuting distance, but it's not feasible for me to travel home after each shift. The assignment is 3.5 hours from my home and I will be staying there in my RV unless I have several days off together in a row, but if I need to get home it will be easier than say being 1000 miles from home.
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    What's your speciality?

    I have four years of experience and work as a L&D nurse. I just started my first travel assignment and submitted my information to three hospitals and had three job offers. I was actually quite shocked about how easy it was to find a job within commuting distance to my home (this was important to me).
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    Staying prn at "home" hospital

    I just started my first travel job 3.5 hours away from my home and still work per diem at my home facility. I never have trouble getting hours so I don't think it will be an issue. We will see how it works out as time goes on. I don't think it would be feasible if my facility required two shifts per month or something similar to that it would be too stressful.
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    Arizona Nursing Student- fish out of water

    I love L&D and felt that way before school, during school and after. I had to work on a telemetry floor for over a year before the L&D dept at my hospital would hire and train me. When I graduated in 2010, no one would hire a new grad on L&D and my floor still doesn't hire new grads. Don't be discouraged if you don't get your dream job right out of school. I learned a lot on the tele floor and do not regret that experience. Just apply like crazy and take any job you can get and then transfer to L&D when you can. Best of luck to you!
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    The midwives I work with always scrub in at night or if they are busy then a family medicine resident will be called. It is probably hospital specific vs. state specific.
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    Grad School while Travel Nursing

    I am going to FNP school part time and will graduate in 2016. I haven't started clinicals yet but will begin Spring 2015. I am an L&D nurse and looking to start traveling around the same time. I am hoping that traveling will give me the ability to take time off for clinicals/homework between assignments. Thank you for starting this topic and I look forward to reading other responses.
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    Do you scrub and/or circulate c-sections?

    We circulate for sections and other surgical procedures but rarely if ever scrub. We have surgical techs that only work on our floor. We also do pre-op and pacu.
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    RNs Relocating to Las Vegas

    I definitely agree with Anisettes on every point. You can't tell that LV is miserable from a weekend visit. It takes a few months for it to sink in. The crime is insane. I lived in a very nice part of town and four murders occurred in a three month period down the block from me, and my best friend's son was jumped and stabbed in a very upscale casino's parking lot by gang members. He was just trying to get to his car. Imagine what occurs if you live in a slightly less "upscale" area. NV in general does not like to hire many out of state applicants because they don't tend to stay very long. They usually want you to have a NV ID and address unless you are in the military. It shows them you are serious.
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    RNs Relocating to Las Vegas

    I don't know why you want to relocate to Las Vegas but I would suggest you find another place. I just moved after living in the area for three years and it is a horrible place, especially if you have children. It is dirty and filled with crime. I know I'm being negative, but it is honestly the truth. Nevada hospitals get a lot of out of state applicants and the job market is horrible! Many experienced RN's have lost their jobs over the past few years and the market has become competitive. Just keep plugging away if it is really where you want to be and I'm sure you will eventually be successful.
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    Helen Mirren says many hookers came from nursing profession

    I agree with you RN/writer that Helen is not the villain. Girls contact the brothels because they believe they are going to make a lot of cash. This is not always reality though.