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smellyacres BSN, RN

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smellyacres has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Surgical/Trauma ICU.

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    Starting per diem or take the full time plunge?

    Thanks for the tips!! Yeah I'm not leaving before I'm vested regardless - I might have the option to do HH full time now, within my current company, because they are associated with the hospital I work at now. I'll definitely ask if they pay hourly, good advice. I also wonder how flexible the position is, like, can I schedule my own hours as long as I meet 40/week. And how they are supporting their employees through covid. I have an application out to a different HH company, per diem through a different hospital organization too, so I might start there. I know many patients and healthcare workers who think highly of them. Wasn't sure what the learning curve will be so I was more asking if its better to go full time right off the bat, or do per diem first (because with either option I can stay at my current company). Do you work full time? What are your typical hours and days like? How much charting do you do at home versus at the patients home?
  2. Hi All, I've been a RN at the bedside 4 years, in the ICU for the last 2. I used to do LTC home health assessments on the side (pre-covid), and loved visiting patients in their homes. I also have years of live-in caregiver experience from before I was a RN. Basically I've known home health is something I've wanted to do from the beginning, but didn't want to jump into it without first having a strong clinical foundation. I like my ICU job but I don't feel like it's my "calling" or anything. I do miss visiting patients in their homes. Based on your experience, would you recommend taking a full time home health position or starting per diem and working up to full time? Keep in mind I could always go back to my ICU job if I left for a while (they like me and are known to re-hire & re-orient nurses after leaving the bedside for extended periods of time). My thought process is that going into home health case management full time would really give me the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the job, so I'd get better/more comfortable with it faster - and I could always go back to the bedside if I wanted. On the flip side, starting off in HH per diem might be nice so I could keep my current job incase I decided it wasn't for me or didn't like the company, but it seems like it'd also take a lot more time to learn the ropes and actually get good/efficient at the job. Also, with my experience I already know I like the home setting and am fine with the charting aspect. I recently found out I have a connective tissue disorder and I'm basically a L&I claim waiting to happen, so that's another reason for considering leaving the bedside all together. I'm feeling an itch to do something different with my life, and hopefully find my niche, just undecided on how to go about doing it. I need to stay with my current company (large healthcare conglomerate) a total of 5 years to be vested in my retirement and have just under a year left, so my options are 1) full time home health job at same company 2) decrease current FTE and go per diem at a different home health company What would you do if you were in my shoes and/or had to do it all over again? Thanks 🙂
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    New Grad Nurse - NIGHT SHIFT ONLY

    I thought I could never work nights... then I started my new grad residency on a tele floor, and became so overwhelmed during my preceptorship on dayshift that by the time I was told there were only night shift positions available for my cohort, I was thrilled. By far the best way to start and learn as a new grad in my opinion. I lasted about a year before it became too hard for my body and went to dayshift. Had to go back to nights when I started in ICU, but again, great for learning. It's also nice to get to know everyone on night shift, then when you get to dayshift you feel like you're friends with everyone. At least that's been my experience (x2). A day shift position will open up. At my first job one opened up after about 6 months (I didn't take the first opening). At my ICU job I had to wait a year before getting on dayshift, but there's just no way to predict how long it will take anywhere. Night shift money is nice too. Good luck!
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    Patients Say the Darnedest Things Nurses Week Contest

    We had a resident dementia patient on our tele unit for quite a long time due to placement issues. He used to stand outside his room by the nurses station and greet people. A patient’s wife walked up to the desk and he looked at HER and said, “If I didn’t know any better I would say that was a toupee on your head!”
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    Swedish Residency February 2017

    Hey guys! Just FYI I started in October, had my first interview in the beginning of July, and didn't have second interviews until mid September. Don't lose hope!
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    We have!! Did you get in?
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    Yay! Congrats!
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    Yeah I had my first phone interview the first week of July! Long process for sure. I hope you both hear back soon! I'm coming from Los Angeles!
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    Yeah it's great you have a backup plan! Yes, it does start October 24th. She said the onboarding process can be done remotely (background check, drug screen, etc), so you don't have to be up there until the first day. I was worried because my apartment is not going to be ready until the weekend before the start date. They also have a great relocation package and assist with your move.
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    Oh good I'm glad some are still deciding. I was told by cardiac telemetry and Neuro ICU this 10/7 was their deadline, but they have been behind with everything so I'm not surprised that it's been extended. I took cardiac telemetry at cherry hill, not neuro tele. Same campus, different unit. Yes, rejections are sent out via email and offers by phone. (I received two rejections and one offer)
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    They called me last Thursday about the cardiac unit but I was waiting til yesterday to find out about neuro icu before accepting. I was told all offers had to go out by yesterday. For me rejections came via email and offers came via phone call.
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    I ended up accepting a position on the cardiac telemetry unit at cherry hill! Super excited to start. Anyone else starting the end of the month as well?
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    Bummer! Fingers crossed you get the other one! Good luck!!
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    So the recruiter emailed me today that they chose another candidate for the first hill step down icu position (not sure how many they accepted, I don't think very many), but they liked me and recommended I interview for another unit... I have another skype interview with the Cherry Hill Neuro ICU on Friday. Haven't heard about the cardiac telemetry unit I interviewed for so not sure what that means. Fingers crossed I get neuro, I'd actually prefer that over step down and tele.
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    Haha yeah just glad to know I'm not the only one still waiting. Hopefully we will find out this week.
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    Seattle's UWMC/Swedish Nursing Residency 2016

    This wait is bruuuuuttttaaaaaaalllllll lol