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Ella26 BSN, RN

Allergy and Immunology

2 years BSN, 6 years RN, 4 years LPN

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Ella26 has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Allergy and Immunology.


No children

LPN 2009

ADN 2012

BSN 2017

Experience in Chemical Health, Allergy/Asthma and Immunology  

MN to FL in September 2018.

Ella26's Latest Activity

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    LPN to RN woes

    It will be worth it!!
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    Phlebotomy question

    We only use the Tiger tops (SSTs) and lavenders too, like you mentioned. We do not use the greens for anything. I’m at a clinic. Maybe is faculty specific?...
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    Something Has to Change

    You’re welcome! Perhaps, you could take a IV certification class at the local college? Keep trying. You’ll find something that works for you.
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    New Nurse, Med Error = Lost Job

    OP, sorry that you had such a tough time... Perhaps, you could try assisted living, LTC, home care, psych or clinic nursing?... The hospital has a steep learning curve (as it should, those patients are very sick). To be honest....I have avoided the hospital at all costs! I absolutely HATED it during clinical. I was terrified I would kill someone. Or having a patient die on me and even if it wasn’t my fault, I wouldn’t be able to get over it. And god forbid if it was, I would have had a mental breakdown! So, I knew I wasn’t cut out for it as my JOB. It was too fast paced for me and too much responsibility-IV meds, patients coding, high patient ratios... I’m a very cautious person and felt like I would have been too slow as well. I have anxiety and tend to overthink and ruminate on everything, so I know I wouldn’t have been able to hack it. Maybe... “hospital/bedside nursing” isn’t for you... at this time... or at all...and OP, that’s OK! I know we’re all told that you’re not a real nurse unless you work at the hospital. That is simply not true. Not every nurse is cut out or meant to be a hospital nurse. We all have different strengths/weaknesses. Something for you to think about... But, nursing has plenty of avenues to explore. Don’t throw in the towel just yet! Good luck to you!
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    Who are the Scariest Nurses in Movie History?

    Nurse Ratchet from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’!
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    R.N. debating to pursue BSN

    Hey there, I too, was hesitant about wanting to get my BSN and I didn’t necessarily want to stay in a leadership role. But, I knew down the line it would open more potential doors than an ADN would. So I went for it. I am no longer in leadership (I was a private clinic nursing supervisor at the time, now just a staff nurse at a different clinic in a different state), but, I do feel good about my future prospects. It’s like extra security in a way. Not necessarily vital, but, can help give you an edge in an otherwise pretty competitive market. Now... you are right that it will be costly, but, you can do it reasonably. Perhaps, your job has tuition assistance?... You can try applying for scholarships. As a single mom in college, there may be some help for you... Something to think about as well, some places pay same for ADN and BSN. So, some people don’t feel it’s financially worth it. Especially if you like your job and don’t plan on leaving, have good benefits and pay, why go into more debt?... And the “research papers “ yes, there are definitely tons of papers involved. Your mental laziness is warranted. It will be mentally exhausting. Prepare yourself! Lastly, I’d like to note it was not just a professional goal, but, a personal goal of mine as I was the first one in my family to get a bachelors degree! I wanted to make myself and my family proud! Some food for thought. Good luck on your decision.
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    Tell me why an LVN/LPN is a "real nurse"

    I completely understand where you’re coming from. I progressed from CNA>LPN>RN>BSN. Took over a decade. I was an LPN for about 3 of those years. I have been told more than a few times... ”An LPN is not a real nurse”... it did hurt my feelings as I had worked extremely hard for that designation. I’ll be honest, those statements did motivate me to further my education, because I didn’t like that being said to me. Since becoming an RN, I try to make LPNs feel accepted and respected because I never want an LPN to feel the way, I felt.
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    News Article on Nursing Shortage in Florida

    Thanks. Good luck!
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    News Article on Nursing Shortage in Florida

    Yes, it’s so frustrating! I strongly dislike how they are trying to advertise a shortage. They just don’t want to train or pay that well! I finally found a job in a clinic! Just keep applying. It’s such as sad state of affairs!
  10. I’m just seeing this now as I don't come here as often as I used to. Anyway.... I had a chuckle at the previous poster’s comment on it being boring. I have heard people say that about this specialty. I’ve been an allergy nurse for 10 years. I don’t find it boring at all. Some people either like the slower pace or find it mind numbing... I wonder if you took the position and if so, how’s it going now?... I enjoy the specialty. Things I get to do: Patient histories/rooming, medication teaching, Rx refills, steroid injections, biologic injections, nasal cultures, other injections, IV infusions (rare), phone triage, prior authorizations (not my fav), allergy injections, pneumonia and flu vaccinations, serum mixing, PFTs, Nixon, nebulizer treatments, medication and oral challenges, phlebotomy, other injections. Let me know if you have any questions. Ella26
  11. https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-pinellas/st-pete-nursing-school-and-hospital-team-up-to-tackle-nursing-shortage I would like to add... Healthcare facilities such as BayCare and TGH can help alleviate the shortage by actually hiring nurses already out there. What I mean by this is... BayCare (which is one the largest hospital groups in the area) apparently has hundreds of openings for RNs. However, just months ago, when I was desperately looking for a job, I applied to over 30 open hospital positions. I even applied for nursing residencies (to be properly and patiently trained) and nights on med-surg! I am an RN with a BSN. Not one call!!! I was completely ignored and repeatedly rejected!! Yes, I understand my background experience is not “hospital” experience (I’m a clinic nurse of 10 years), but, I am still a REGISTERED NURSE. I can be trained accordingly. They didn’t want me! So, while they claim there is a “shortage”, there is not. There is probably a shortage of “hospital qualified nurses”. But, not a shortage of nurses. I’m sure there are others with similar stories too. But, how does one get the experience if one can’t get hired?.... let’s see...train an experienced nurse or a novice nurse?... Why is this happening? Just my person opinion on this article. thoughts?.... Ella26
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    Pay in Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater?

    Hi there, I feel like it’s a wide range as well. I came from the north (MN). The pay is definitely a lot lower here. I have had 2 positions in a private practice clinic and the pay ranges were $24-$25/hr. I also had a job offer for LTC/Rehab facility that offered $26/hr. Not sure about impatient RNs though.... Baycare is very reputable, but hard to get into. Good luck.
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    My everlasting journey towards my nursing dream/goals

    It took me 14 years to go from... CNA>LPN>ADN>BSN... you just keep going. Set small goals and crush them! Sometimes, I still pinch myself that I finally have my BSN, because it was a long and arduous journey.
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    5 Steps to Nursing Career Satisfaction

    Very good advice! Thank you!
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    Class of 1998: A Journey Through Two Decades of Nursing

    I have only been a nurse for 9 years....But, the mere thought of taking a pencil and paper NCLEX and then waiting months for results... is absolutely terrifying!! Kudos to all that came before computerized NCLEX. I was a wreck for 1 DAY waiting for results!
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    Just took NCLEX-RN June 2018 and my experience

    Very good advice. Congrats! Good luck on the job hunt!