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NickiLaughs ADN, BSN, RN

Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care
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NickiLaughs has 10 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care.


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  1. Hi NickiLaughs!  I am relocating to your neck of the woods from Minnesota and will be looking for a job in early 2021.  Could you message me about a hospital that would hire a stellar candidate with an ADN?

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      NickiLaughs, ADN, BSN, RN

      If you’re talking about Northern California job market for new grad RNs it’s abysmal.  When I relocated up here for work I had significant critical care experience (4 years) which included CRRT, post renal transplant patients and post open hearts and 5 years prior as an an LVN.  This did not include my professional nursing associations and a BSN with high honors.  On top of all that, I had a person I know help me get an interview for an ER job.  I was able to further work myself up from there.

      I currently work with a couple RNs who are still working as LVNs until they can get a job within our company and they’ve been waiting months.

      I would not move to this area without at least two years experience in a sought after specialty.  

      Good luck to you.



    2. cx4457uk


      I thank you kindly for your words of advice.  Perhaps it would be best to try a rural hospital outside of Sacramento after I have some experience to get my foot in the door.  Have a great weekend!

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    What city do you work in and how much do you get paid hourly?

    I live in northern California and we get by on one income. We live in Sacramento area though. My mortgage is 1800 a month for a 4 bedroom in a nice suburb and wages are competitive with bay area. I'm expecting to make 170k this year. We bought a house 5 years ago before housing costs went up. I'm very lucky.
  3. There is specialties for a reason. Nurses DO learn ACLS etc of their specialty demands it. I worked ER for 10 years and have passed several accidents/potential emergencies where my husband asked if we should stop. My answer is always NO. I have no equipment not am I an independent practicioner, beyond basic CPR and calling 911 there is nothing I can do. Obviously I'd stop if safe as first on scene. There is no scenario I can think of where I'd be able to do anything beyond that. Don't let your family get you down. I also don't give medical advice and tell everyone to see their doc. If they want help that bad they should go to the person they pay for. Reality is they should go to the person who can help them long term.
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    What city do you work in and how much do you get paid hourly?

    I work for an organization that most definitely places numbers before all else and our union is strong to the point that incompetent nurses are safe in positions when they have no business being a nurse in the first place. Unfortunately its becoming the trend and I think I'd have to leave nursing all together. I love nursing though and keep hoping our unit gets some leadership to lead us in a positive direction. I am very blessed to make what I make though, and I'm in an affordable part of northern california. Well at least it was 5 years ago when I bought here.
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    Purpose of On-Call. I need to vent

    52 patients with 9 RNs and 5 techs? I wish i had the ability to hire you for our unit. All of you. Sometimes we cant make 40 patients work with a staff of 14 RNs and 9 lvns/techs. I'm guessing you arent unionized? You may as a group want to get a labor lawyer because adding a 6th day to your job because they decide to doesnt seem entirely legal. I imagine they will lose almost all the staff if they keep this up.
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    Bay Area hospitals hourly pay

    I work for kaiser and our contract is the same across northern California. Your base with your experience would be 68.5949/hr. Swing shift is 7.18$ an hour and night is 11.45 an hour. You move up quick though with experience.
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    UC Davis Medical Center

    Obviously it greatly depends on the unit. I worked in the emergency room. It was incredibly challenging. You take care of very sick patients and it isnt uncommon to be out of ratio when one of your patients turns into an ICU patient. The old timer nurses tend to get placed in triage, or team lead and tend to not be a great resource. They've been there forever. I left as soon as I had enough experience to get a new ER job. It just felt incredibly unsafe for my nursing license. Unfortunately I couldnt speak for other floors, but the ICU nurses seemed just as rushed when I'd come drop off my patient. Maybe other floors are better? I just would never work in the ER again.
  8. Clinic nursing can be fun too. I feel like there isnt a ton of charting, mostly hands on stuff.
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    California Per Diem information

    I'm interested in your per diem job
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    Spouse of nurse

    Unrealistic. I make 3x my husbands income potential, sometimes more. My next biweekly check is gonna be morethan what he could make in 2 months due to overtime. He has a degree and happened to pick the wrong trade. I hold no grudge against him because he is my partner. He worked 14 to 16 hour days to put me through nursing school. We are a team. Our income is ours. It's his money as much as mine. He actually stays at home with the kids because his entire check would go to daycare anyway. Finances can lead to stress in a relationship. I would look at ways to adjust things because nursing is a separate entity from most other jobs. You cant compare it.
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    What city do you work in and how much do you get paid hourly?

    Inland Northern California * I have 10 years experience 78$ an hour benefitted position 4$ an hour when I’m charge I’m in a clinic but if you are in the hospital these are additional: swing dif 7$/hr nights dif 12$/hr i will say if i had other career options I would walk away in a heartbeat.
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    What I did and where do I go from here?

    Thanks. I’ve actually thought about this. I’m still awaiting the position to be posted, but I have thought about applying. The wait continues.
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    What I did and where do I go from here?

    Background: 4 yrs ICU, 1 yr case management and 5 yrs trauma ER . I took a gig in GI clinic per my husbands request for better work life balance. He was tired or struggling with the kids alone on the weekends by himself. I cant blame him. I'm terribly bored in GI. I actually got trained as relief charge nurse after a year and was involved in education committee, etc. I was starting to feel fulfilled. Then things hit the literal fan. First thing was both my bosses were put on mandatory personal leave. 4 months later we still have no boss. Everyones at each others throats. I havent been assigned relief charge in months because the more senior relief charges (theres 3 of them) decided it wasnt a good time initially. I agreed and just tried to be as helpful as I could with all staff. A little over a month ago they said they were going to start using me as relief charge again. However later that month, because i spoke out about missed breaks and encouraged everyone to follow labor laws. If you don't get a lunch you dont clock out for it, etc. I also got involved with filing a complaint via union about the lack of actual management and our staff nurses being pulled from the floor to cover for it. Apparently that ticked my 3 coworkers off despite their claims that they were tired of doing it and wanted to be back on the floor. At least now I learned that they were lying. They've been punishing me additionally by putting me in the same assignment all week, and that "you have to be willing to sacrifice certain things." I'm at a very pro union hospital and am baffled my coworkers would shoot themselves in the foot and encourage others to follow suit. I've held my ground firmly but because of their high school nonsense I ultimately am taking a part time position there and getting a second job in ICU or ER to regain some perspective. I'm debating going to HR and filing a retaliation claim but also dont want to ruffle feathers further as it appears they get away with it all anyway. The lack of formal leadership in our department doesn't help. I just needed to rant a bit. I feel like my career is all over the place and I'm not going to get growth opportunities because I lack the patience I need and dont have the ability to keep my mouth *** when things arent right.
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    UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento

    Benefits arent as great as others make it our to be. You pay 10% of your check automatically onto the pension. I think its pre tax though. I had to pay for my family's health insurance of I remember right it was 500 or so a month. 100$ a month for parking. That's all I can really remember. I left when kaiser offered me a job. They also work their nurses super hard. And the culture on the unit I worked in was you just were expected to suck it up.
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    Reasons NOT to be CRNA

    This right here is my biggest concern. I'm the primary bread winner for my family. We have an autistic toddler and I can't even imagine trying to figure out finances at this point in my life. I'm thinking later on potentially if we are cautious with money. The grades I have. 3.9 undergrad and I think 3.8 in my sciences. I had 5 years cardiac ICU then SICU/MICU experience and 5 years trauma ER. I've been in a incredibly easy GI clinic job last year and a half and I'd need to go back to ICU for a couple years. Ultimately though I make very good money for my job, 170 k/a year plus full benefits and I work maybe one Saturday every 10 weeks. Most holidays off. I have what many seek but I'm feeling very unsatisfied.