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    PICU Transport Training Programs

    I worked on a pedi transport team six years ago. We had to go through six months of training - some was well organized, some not. Since we did both ground and flight we spent two weeks with the helicopter team - flying with them where ever they went - so we could learn all the safety procedures for the helicopter. We spent two weeks in the OR doing intubations. Two weeks in NICU, two weeks in PICU (most of us were from different hospitals - so we did this to learn their way of doing things). We also had training in PICC line placement. In between all these - we just followed a preceptor. Then for our last month - we did an Acting Internship in the PICU. Basically we acted like a fourth year med student - assigned to a third year resident in the PICU. We had to follow their schedule - 12 hour days, on call every forth day, only four days off for the month. We did complete patient management for our three or four patients - wrote all orders (the third year resident would sign off on all orders). We were the first ones the nurses called for orders when on call. We learned and did all art lines, CVCs and intubations - and occasionally chest tubes. It was a very intense month - but I really learned alot (and I though we RNs had it bad with paperwork - doctors have about ten times more than we do). Our medical director was very supportive and we had very extensive protocols. She wanted us to be prepared for anything. Plus - when we weren't on transport - we helped in the PICU. When they were slammed, we were often using our skills there - starting CVC and art lines and intubating patients. We would often have to run the codes - because the residents were not always capable (once I went to a code where the resident was in the corner crying). I loved it. But I have noticed that not a lot of teams are so progressive. It was a RN - RN team. I have been wanting to do transport again - but I can't seem to find another team that would let me do all my skills.
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    Any great ICUs out there?

    I have been an ED nuse for ten years (six as a traveler). I have finally burned out on the ED (and traveling). I am looking for a place to settle down and a new unit to work on. I have always thought that the Cardiac or burn/trauma unit would be a great change. Does anyone work on a unit they would recommend? Great coworkers, great doctors, and a place that really values great patient care? I want an environment where I can really learn - not one where they just throw you out on the unit and expect you to know it. And all this should be in a great town/city with lots to do outside or inside. Does such a place exist? Thanks
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    Any great ICUs out there?

    I have been an ED nuse for ten years (six as a traveler). I have finally burned out on the ED (and traveling). I am looking for a place to settle down and a new unit to work on. I have always thought that the Cardiac or burn/trauma unit would be a great change. Does anyone work on a unit they would recommend? Great coworkers, great doctors, and a place that really values great patient care? I want an environment where I can really learn - not one where they just throw you out on the unit and expect you to know it. And all this should be in a great town/city with lots to do outside or inside. Does such a place exist? Thanks
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    Any great ICUs out there?

    I have been an ED nuse for ten years (six as a traveler). I have finally burned out on the ED (and traveling). I am looking for a place to settle down and a new unit to work on. I have always thought that the Cardiac or burn/trauma unit would be a great change. Does anyone work on a unit they would recommend? Great coworkers, great doctors, and a place that really values great patient care? I want an environment where I can really learn - not one where they just throw you out on the unit and expect you to know it. And all this should be in a great town/city with lots to do outside or inside. Does such a place exist?
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    ICUs in the big three cities?

    I have been an ED nurse for ten years - traveling for the last six. I have finally burned out on the ED (and traveling). I would like to move to TN - looking at the three big cities and their surrounding area. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for great ICUs in the area - great coworkers, great doctors and a unit that really values great patient care???? I'm looking for a burn, trauma, pediatric or cardiac unit.... Any suggestions? Thanks:bugeyes:
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    Picking a Travel Agency

    i've been a traveler for six years. i change companies almost every assignment - based on location. here are a few websites that are wonderful for gathering info on traveling. www.geocities.com/hobonurse http://forums.delphiforums.com/travelnurses/start good luck
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    Moving to Tampa in July

    Nursegreen - Wow - impressive. That's alot of orientation! I have always wanted to do ICU but I've always worked ED. Most places I look at just through you in - because they figure you are an experienced nurse so you can handle it. How much time do you owe TGH after all that orientation? How did you apply for it? Have fun.
  8. Wow FlyingScot - that sounds like a glowing recommendation. Did you do a travel position there? Would you tell me more about the ED there? Does it have lots of trauma? What are the pt:nurse ratios like? Are there residents in the ED? Did you have a good support staff? What was the town like? Is there enough to do for a 30 something single gal? Thanks for any info you can give me. It always helps to have an inside knowledge of an area.:bowingpur
  9. So far - all good suggestions. I may have to look into Hersey. I had a friend that did a travel assignment there and loved it. Bonus, my little brother is doing his residency in PA too. Tampa is the leader so far. I know pay is low - but if I can just get $30/hr I'll be happy. I am truly a west coast girl - but I've heard such great things about TGH. I still have no idea where to go. I wish I could get some travel contracts in the places I'm interested in but contracts are drying up. I can't even get to Florida this winter - there's just nothing out there for ED. Keep the idea coming. Every little suggestion helps. You may say something I've never thought of. Thanks:yeah:
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    Moving to Tampa in July

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    Moving to Tampa in July

    I see that you've been in Tampa for several months now. I am also thinking of moving there and working at TGH. The recruiter I spoke with said that they would be happy to interview me because of my past experience - even though there are no official openings for my specialty. I was wondering if you like Hyde Park or if there are other places you would rather be living at. I would love to know what you've learned during your move. Thanks
  12. I have been a travel nurse for five years and I am ready to settle down. I have whittled my list down to four places - Flagstaff, Reno, Fort Collins/Loveland, or Tampa. I eventually want to get back into flight nursing - but I need to sharpen my trauma skills again (I have traveled to a lot of small community hospitals during the last five years). I was hoping someone could give me the inside scoop on these places. I'm looking for an ED that is well run, good relationship between staff - docs, nurses, management; has lots of support staff, offers lots of educational opportunities, max of four patients to a nurse.... And I don't want a facility that deals with just drunks and drug addicts with the occasional trauma. As far as the city - I'm looking for an enviromentally friendly city (recycles, public transport), lots of outdoor activities (natural beauty), and lots of indoor activities when it gets cold (movies, mall, plays, restaurants). Must be dog friendly. I am a single, thirty something female - so I need a place where I can make friends my age. I'll be renting a place - but I would like the payrate to match the cost of living. With that in mind - how much does a nurse with ten years make? I am also planning to go back to school - so I was wondering if there is a master's program in the area. If you have experience with any EDs in the towns above - please let me know what you love or dislike about the place. Or if you work in the perfect place, and its not on my list, please pass it on. Sorry for the long post. Thanks for all who reply.
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    Reno - Renown Emergency Department?

    I have been a travel nurse for five years and I am ready to settle down. I have whittled my list down to four places - Flagstaff, Reno, Fort Collins/Loveland, or Tampa. I eventually want to get back into flight nursing - but I need to sharpen my trauma skills again (I have traveled to a lot of small community hospitals during the last five years). I was hoping someone could give me the inside scoop on Reno. I'm looking for an ED that is well run, good relationship between staff - docs, nurses, management; has lots of support staff, offers lots of educational opportunities, max of four patients to a nurse.... And I don't want a facility that deals with just drunks and drug addicts with the occasional trauma. As far as the city - I'm looking for an enviromentally friendly city (recycles, public transport), lots of outdoor activities (natural beauty), and lots of indoor activities when it gets cold (movies, mall, plays, restaurants). Must be dog friendly. I am a single, thirty something female - so I need a place where I can make friends my age. I'll be renting a place - but I would like the payrate to match the cost of living. With that in mind - how much does a nurse with ten years make? I am also planning to go back to school - so I was wondering if there is a master's program in the area. Sorry for the long post. Thanks for all who reply.
  14. I have been a travel nurse for five years and I am ready to settle down. I have whittled my list down to four places - Flagstaff, Reno, Fort Collins/Loveland, or Tampa. I eventually want to get back into flight nursing - but I need to sharpen my trauma skills again (I have traveled to a lot of small community hospitals during the last five years). I was hoping someone could give me the inside scoop on Fort Collins/Loveland. I'm looking for an ED that is well run, good relationship between staff - docs, nurses, management; has lots of support staff, offers lots of educational opportunities, max of four patients to a nurse.... And I don't want a facility that deals with just drunks and drug addicts with the occasional trauma. As far as the city - I'm looking for an enviromentally friendly city (recycles, public transport), lots of outdoor activities (natural beauty), and lots of indoor activities when it gets cold (movies, mall, plays, restaurants). Must be dog friendly. I am a single, thirty something female - so I need a place where I can make friends my age. I'll be renting a place - but I would like the payrate to match the cost of living. With that in mind - how much does a nurse with ten years make? I am also planning to go back to school - so I was wondering if there is a master's program in the area. Sorry for the long post. Thanks for all who reply.