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  1. srahamim

    Who wants to hire a graduate nurse at 55?

    Another suggestion - apply to your local blood center organization. They are always looking for good people, the “patients” (donors) are healthy and want to be there and are usually in a great mood! The work can be a little physical if you setup mobiles, but otherwise it is a fantastic job.
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    Least stressful nursing job at a hospital?

    What about working in a Blood Center? I have found it very rewarding and the donors are healthy and want to be there.
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    Trying to figure out what to do with my life

    Adding my 2 cents. I started pre-Reqs at 47 and graduated at 50. Tried bedside but not a good fit for oh so many reasons (another time, another story) I became a Blood Center Collection nurse and have been very satisfied with my career with my blood center for over 10 years. No, I'm not making 6 figures but otherwise very satisfied. An RN has lots of options even with an ADN and a BS/BA not in nursing other than bedside.
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    Least stressful nursing specialty

    Blood banking. Less pay but the "patients" (donors) are asking you to stick them with a sharp needle and they are usually happy about it!
  5. Blood center nurse! Healthy people who want to be there. Great teamwork and lots of fun! Flexible schedule! I love it!
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    Donate Blood - Become a Hero

    A blood center is a great low stress job for an RN. I've been a blood center nurse for 8 years now. Imagine healthy people who want to be there, get angry if you don't stick them in the arm with a sharp needle. No heavy lifting, nice people, opportunities to stand around and chat! It's been great for me!!
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    Donate Blood - Become a Hero

    Don't let one experience deter you from donating. Good for you to insist changing gloves. That phlebotomist probably broke all kinds of other regulations!! Pick another blood center, please.
  8. I'd like to put in a plug for atypical nursing roles such as legal nurse, chart reviews and Blood Center nursing. In a blood center, you deal with healthy people who want to be there and your job is to be sure they make it out safely! Lots of friendly people who get mad at you if you don't stick them I the arm with a huge (16 gauge) needle! where else can you find such a happy nursing job?
  9. A lady came in with a splinter in her butt. A very generous butt to be sure. And had 5 family members with her. It it surprises me how many people think ER is primary care then complain about the wait for their clearly non-urgent issue.
  10. srahamim

    Nubee- not cut out for floor- what else is there?

    Sorry for not replying earlier - look into Informatics, working as a clinical consultant to IS projects at your current hospital would be a good starting place... As regards salary - I am currently making (in California, in blood banking) about $15+/hr less than I would be making had I stayed at the bedside, if that helps. Also I am working 8hr shifts, 5 days a week and that includes some weekends. Good Luck! Let me know if you come up with some interesting alternatives. There's always the possibility of Legal Nurse Consultant if you have the experiance - I see that advertised frequently. Sarah
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    What's a "Use Case"?

    Are you asking the question or just providing information? Use cases have been around for over 15 years, starting as a tool for systems/application development around the same time as object oriented programming concepts. As the article says, it is a way of documenting the paths taken, and the participants of the path (users, data, etc) to ensure accurate collection of requirements. It is a lot of fun (IMHO) to "use". Let me know if you want more info. Sarah
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    Nubee- not cut out for floor- what else is there?

    In my case, after leaving the hospital (I tried ER for 15 months) I took positions that were specifically for RNs but very non-traditional such as chart reviewing with MedAssurant (look for another thread) and now working at a blood center. Since I also have about 20 years in applications development as a project manager and data and process analyst, I am working on a software application implementation at the blood center to automate the collection process. MedAssurrant is part time, no benefits, the blood center is full time with benefits... good luck!
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    Nurse shortage gains attention of White House

    Excellent advice - a great way to get some skills!
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    How to network????

    Did you contact ENA? http://www.ena.org
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    Are there enough "New-grad" positions in your area?

    What you are suggesting is a good idea except... clinical sites are necessary for this. In some areas maybe this is practical but in the Silicon Valley area of northern California there are way more schools (both RN and LVN) looking for clinical opportunities than there are hospitals able/willing to provide it..... All of it is a catch 22 that's for sure!
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    Lawmakers plan to add more nurses

    Ifor one, would like to see the stimulus money go to teaching hospitals for new grad RN residency programs to give new grads a proper start - maybe if it was considered part of the education process like internships for newly-minted physicians.....

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