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    Looking for work in Charlotte, NC

    You are here! I would look at the local hospital's websites. That is where they post all their openings. Google Carolinas Healthcare and Presbyterian Hospital ... both in Charlotte, NC. Good luck!
  2. Hi everyone. Just a quick question. I am currently 4 classes away from graduation with my BSN at University of Phoenix online. My plan is to go on for my masters but would like to have a 3rd school experience (one from my AAS, one from my BSN and a different school for my Masters). Anyone make this choice? What were some of your decisions and deciding factors? Thanks for all your help!
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    entrepenuarlship outside of healthcare

    :::bump::::: does anyone else have any stories to share?
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    Duke or East Carolina online Masters

    Wow. Thanks for the info. I am currently 5 courses out from completing my BSN with University of Phoenix. I am curious if it would be wrthwhile for me to go through ECU for my Masters. Anyone else have experience with this school? Or any other in the area? Thanks for all the info I find here!
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    Who runs your ECMO pumps?

    Our ECMO team is made up of mostly RNs and some RTs. Experience and training necessary. I am at CMC, Charlotte, NC.
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    Univerity of Phoenix

    I am attending U of P for my BSN. I started when I lived in NY and had some reimbursement. Now I get $1500, and that's a bit more than one class. Not too helpful. Anyway, I didn't qualify for assistance except for a student loan. I can't do it any other way. Good luck to you. It is nice to read this encouraging thread. With U of P being so large it is easy to find negative thoughts from people. Not many people say anything if they don't have a complaint, KWIM? BTW, so far, 7 classes into this, I have had a positive experience.
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    Whites or Colored scrubs?

    I love to weqr colors, but in the last 2 hospitals I have worked (one in NY and one in NC) they have made it a hospital policy to wear white pants. I hate it!
  8. Thanks for your advice. I am hoping to find a way to do this that is WAY less expensive. $1300 (give or take) is just crazy for us right now.
  9. I started at U of P 3 years ago this fall and had to stop when my daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia. Since then I have read so much pro and con (mostly con) regarding their program and the cost involved. I was wondering if anyone here has any success or experience with transferring any of their credits over to another school. I have about 5 or 6 classes under my belt and hate to walk away from them. Anyone?
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    Do you "foil" your lipid tubings?

    In my 12 yrs and 5 hospitals, this is the first hospital I have ever seen that puts brown bags on the TPN and Lipids (or Triple Mix, as they use here). We change our setup like everyone else here, every 24 hours. Nothing on our clear tubing.
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    omphalocele baby

    Just curious if you all see a trend? I have noticed that most of our gastroschesis and omphalacele kids come from young mom's. An unofficial poll in my present unit was that most (not all) gastros come from teenage potsmoking mothers. Has anyone else seen this? Please don't take offense, I am just interested to see what is happening in other parts of the country.
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    Do you say NICK_U or N-i-c-u?

    I have worked in places where it is called N"eye"cue, Nicku, NICN, Neonatal Intensive, you name it. I think each hospital has a culture of it's own............
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    Securing OGTs

    I like the sound of that stapleing method, but until that gets approval we go with plain old tegaderm on the cheek and tube....
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    British Nurse coming to NC

    Hello. I believe we "met"on another forum, unrelated to nursing. Small world.Anyway, I can only speak from my very limited NC experience, as I have only recently moved down from NY(:chuckle ). Anyway, I have almost 12 years of NICU experience with a little cardiac and med/surg thrown in and am looking for employment in the Charlotte area. It seems the rate of pay (from what I have been told by recruiters) is from $19.00- 29.50/hr. No they are not unionized down here. I honestly don't know if that is good or bad. I have worked in unionized hospitals that were awesome and some that were horrible. I guess it depends on the Union. I'm sorry I don't have a lot to tell you, but there is another thread here that has other's pay experiences. Good luck to you. As for the lifestyle here, I have to say it has only been 3 months, but I am loving life down here. The people are unbelievably warm and friendly and the weather is terrific! My kids are fitting in okay, with a few little "growing pains" along the way and I just love that each morning I watch the sunrise from my porch and the sunset from my back deck. No place is perfect, but this was a great move for my family! Good luck to you!
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    I have recently been interviewing in the Charlotte area and have been offered everywhere from a laughable $20.00/hr. to a fairly decent $29.50/hr. It seems the closer to the city the higher the salaries and of course there are differentials for weekends and nights that brought up to an extra $7.00/hr. I have 11 years experience in NICU, but some nurses in other in specialties with less experience have been quoted pretty similar #'s. Good luck to you!!!