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  1. meg816

    GA traveler nursing pay

    I am thinking about taking a traveling nursing job in ATL next year and am wondering what traveling pay for an RN is. I live in Alaska right now and make good money. I specialize in OB. Any insight to help me make decision would be great.
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    CA travel nursing pay

    I was thinking about taking a travel nursing job in CA next year and was wondering what the average pay is. I live in Alaska now and make decent money but I heard CA RNs make alot more. I specialize in OB. Any insight to help me would be awesome. Thanks!
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    Just resigned from RN Supervisor - right reason?

    I work in a 160 bed facility and the nursing supergiants are responsible for only nursing. They would never dream of floating.... There is too much for them to do as it is!! You are worth so much more! You can find a job anywhere that will be less stressful. Good luck super nurse:)
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    Atlant pay

    Hey all, I'm hoping to move to Atlanta next summer and am wondering about pay. I will be moving to Decatur and my preference would be Emory or Dekalb Medical for convenience but my dream since nursing school is Grady for the experience. Im currently in Alaska and will have 2 years experience in labor&delivery and post partum when I plan to move. I would really love to get in an ICU as i have plans to go to anesthesia school. I would take a med-surg job short term to get there as my experience is specialized in labor/delivery. What are the chances of me getting a job easily, night shift for sure, and what is the expected pay? Thanks ahead of time for your replies.
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    UAA nursing through Fairbanks

    I was 4th on the alternate list and it just means that if someone who was accepted can't go then they start going down the alternate list in order and accept people on that list. The year I got accepted 6 alternates got into the program because so many people couldn't accept their spot. If you don't get in by the time classes start you have to wait till the next year. We did have two LPN"s come into the program at the beginning of the 2nd semester because 2 people dropped out, but it was only because they were LPN's that they were able to come in late. I know it changes year to year, but my score on the NET test and GPA weren't nearly as good as yours and I still got in a really good alternate spot. And if you don't get in, just take classes towards your BSN so you don't feel like you are just wasting time while waiting to get into the program.
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    UAA nursing through Fairbanks

    I think you have an excellent chance of getting in! They don't start going through applications until the end of summer semester because they count summer courses into their consideration, so you should get an extra point for your CNA if you put that on your application. And they don't start sending out acceptance/denial letters until September or October. Good luck and let us know what happens!
  7. Hey, I don't know you have found anything yet, but if not, here is my input. I just graduated from the UAA RN nursing program in Fairbanks and had 2 LPN's in our class. Unfortunately, there are not many opportunities in the Fairbanks area for LPN's and our acute care hospital, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, stopped hiring them years ago. However, Denali Center, a long term care facility is connected to FMH and does employ LPN's. You may find some openings on the Banner Health website http://www.bannerhealth.com/Careers/Locations/Alaska/Alaska+Careers.htm. Banner also employs LPN's at Tanana Valley clinic Urgent Care. One of my fellow student worked there and loved it. State jobs pay the most and one is the Pioneers Home, long term care, and they employ LPN's. It sounds like you have already been on the state website, but I encourage you to check it often as the openings change frequently. I'm not sure if the jail employs LPN's. I recently got on the website and found only RN positions, but state jobs pay dollars more than other facilities, but as a new grad, acute care experience is invaluable and I seeked out the hospital for a job. The other LPN in my class worked at a private clinic and loved it as well. Check out Craigslist and The Fairbanks Daily Newsminer want ads and you make have some luck there as well. Goodluck on your job search and welcome to the cold cold north and Land of the Midnight Sun. We are definitely a unique state with a unique way of life:nurse:
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    Calling any Moms in Nursing School

    Congrats on getting in the nursing program. I live in Alaska (although would love to be in GA)and can't speak to GA nursing programs, but I am a single mom and just finished nursing school and got licensed this month. I'm not gonna lie and say it was easy, because it wasn't easy. Nursing instructors expect you to make school your number 1 priority and if it isn't it may not go well. My children, ages 4 and 8, definitely had to sacrifice not having their mommy around as much as they needed so we could have a better life. But I will tell you, every minute was worth it. Now that I am done and looking back, I am like how did I ever do that!!! Nursing school is intense and seems never ending, but it is sooo rewarding and you can get through it and will be glad you did. I had an aunt and my children's dad to help with the kids, but most of my study time and writing care plans and papers were done with my kids in the same room. You just have to make sure they are fed and have something to do and get to studying. If it's anything like here, getting into a competitive program is half the battle and the rest will be over before you know it! My program was 4 semesters over 2 years and now I am a labor and delivery nurse and LOVING every minute of it. Good luck and like the other post said, enlist as much support as you can. And....as my first year instructor told us...don't be afraid to say "no" when people ask you for things. If you are the kind of person who likes to do for others (which you probably are since you want to be a nurse), you have to set boundaries with friends and family and not sacrifice yourself for others. I didn't see my best friend for months at a time because nursing school and my family had to come before anything to be successful. And many won't understand unless they have been there, but keep your head up and your eye on the prize and you will be an RN before you know it and that's a priceless feeling! You go girl!!!
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    Status on Grady

    I live in Alaska, but hope to move to Atlanta and would LOVE to work at Grady. I heard from my inlaws that Grady was talking about closing...again. Does anyone know anything about this? I can't find anything online besides them closing their outpatient dialysis unit, so don't know how ligate this is but would like to know more. If so, what a shame. I do know Grady is needed in the ATL area and their Trauma 1 unit is invaluable at this point. Thanks ahead of time for any posts about this:)
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    Interested in moving to Alaska, need advice!

    I apologize if I was not clear. All of the online programs are for licensed RN's. Of course nobody can get an online nursing degree pre-licensure, because clinical hours are always required. We had a recruiter come visit our class from Grand Canyon University and the program I mentioned is and RN to BSN program that is totally online.
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    Interested in moving to Alaska, need advice!

    Hi, I encourage you not to waste your time get a BSN through a college you have to be physically present for. There are a ton of online programs that are accredited. I will be starting with Grand Canyon University in the fall. The classes are 5 weeks long, one at a time, and you can be done in 16 months...and it's all online! There somebody else that I commented on about living in Fairbanks..this is my copy and paste job fyi....... Hey my fellow new grads! I just graduated from the RN program in Fairbanks, AK and will start working at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in about a month. New grads around the country are finding it difficult to obtain employment (contrary to what my high school guidance counselor told me:)), not just Alaska. From what I can tell new grads from Alaska do have priority from out-of-staters. I know from the past two years anyway, FMH found positions for all of its Fairbanks new grads. This is most likely because we do our clinicals at FMH and our they are huge supporter of our program in many ways including financially. They take pride in Fairbanks students and can't wait for us to come work there. They also have a mass interview process for the new grads that only include Fairbanks graduates interested in applying. With that said, right before my class interviewed, FMH hired 9 new graduates from out-of-state and are still finding positions for our class. I can't speak for anywhere else in the state, but there are always positions open at FMH. It is not nearly as big as the Anchorage hospitals, however, it is a teaching hospital and the majority of the nurses are patient with students and new grads alike...you can't ask too many questions. Fairbanks is a great little city. I was born and raised here and love the place. It has a small town community feel without feeling like you are in the woods (although if you live in the woods, you can drive 5 miles and be in town). Housing is a different story..and I can only speak for Fairbanks. I am also a single parent and have lived in a small apartment while obtaining my dream job. Now that I am looking at making a decent living as a nurse, I am looking for a house with a yard. Right now housing is slim pickings for sure. And the housing for a 3 bedroom house or duplex is about $1600 or $1700 plus some utilities, and of course a 2 bedroom is cheaper. In the spring there will be a ton of places for rent, but also a ton of applicants. There are apartments that are even cheaper, a 2 bedroom apt is about $1000 or $1100 depending on the area. I would recommend Willow Wood (google JL properties) apartments as they are nice and there is a great school across the street (Joy Elementary). Craigslist(beware of scams) and Fairbanks Daily News Minor are pretty much the only place to find housing. I know I didn't have a whole lot to add to the conversation, but please feel free to contact me with any further questions about Fairbanks. FYI.....New grads at FMH start at $28.00/hr. Fairbanks can get very cold in the winter, but is very unpredictable. Last winter we had -40 for 2 months straight, but this winter has seen no -40 days. But the summers are amazing and Alaska is a truly unique place to live....and I feel so safe after taking trip the the lower 48. Good luck to you all!
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    Arkansas student wanting to move to Alaska

    Hey my fellow new grads! I just graduated from the RN program in Fairbanks, AK and will start working at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in about a month. New grads around the country are finding it difficult to obtain employment (contrary to what my high school guidance counselor told me:)), not just Alaska. From what I can tell new grads from Alaska do have priority from out-of-staters. I know from the past two years anyway, FMH found positions for all of its Fairbanks new grads. This is most likely because we do our clinicals at FMH and our they are huge supporter of our program in many ways including financially. They take pride in Fairbanks students and can't wait for us to come work there. They also have a mass interview process for the new grads that only include Fairbanks graduates interested in applying. With that said, right before my class interviewed, FMH hired 9 new graduates from out-of-state and are still finding positions for our class. I can't speak for anywhere else in the state, but there are always positions open at FMH. It is not nearly as big as the Anchorage hospitals, however, it is a teaching hospital and the majority of the nurses are patient with students and new grads alike...you can't ask too many questions. Fairbanks is a great little city. I was born and raised here and love the place. It has a small town community feel without feeling like you are in the woods (although if you live in the woods, you can drive 5 miles and be in town). Housing is a different story..and I can only speak for Fairbanks. I am also a single parent and have lived in a small apartment while obtaining my dream job. Now that I am looking at making a decent living as a nurse, I am looking for a house with a yard. Right now housing is slim pickings for sure. And the housing for a 3 bedroom house or duplex is about $1600 or $1700 plus some utilities, and of course a 2 bedroom is cheaper. In the spring there will be a ton of places for rent, but also a ton of applicants. There are apartments that are even cheaper, a 2 bedroom apt is about $1000 or $1100 depending on the area. I would recommend Willow Wood (google JL properties) apartments as they are nice and there is a great school across the street (Joy Elementary). Craigslist(beware of scams) and Fairbanks Daily News Minor are pretty much the only place to find housing. I know I didn't have a whole lot to add to the conversation, but please feel free to contact me with any further questions about Fairbanks. FYI.....New grads at FMH start at $28.00/hr. Fairbanks can get very cold in the winter, but is very unpredictable. Last winter we had -40 for 2 months straight, but this winter has seen no -40 days. But the summers are amazing and Alaska is a truly unique place to live....and I feel so safe after taking trip the the lower 48. Good luck to you all!
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    Looking for a job in the Atlanta area?

    This sticky is wayyyyy out of date. There are no jobs in Atlanta as far as I can tell.
  14. Hello, I will be moving to The Decatur part of Atlanta from Alaska in June. I just recently graduated and will only have a few months experience. After many hours of researching ALL the acute care hospitals in the Atlanta area, I have found very few job descriptions that don't require a minimum of a year experience. I know across the country new grads can't get jobs. I have heard new grads in Atlanta look for about 6 months before getting a job. Is this still the case? If I won't be there until June, should I start looking now and make a note on my resume that I can start in June? This is a huge move for myself and family and not knowing if/when I will get a job is adding to an already stressful situation. I will die if I have to go back to waiting tables while waiting for my dream job ( not really, but I would think about it:))Any thoughts or advice will be sooooo welcomed!! Also.... My top two choices are Dekalb medical center north (for the location) or Grady Memorial (for the experience). Any thoughts on those locations. I know people either HATE or LOVE Grady, but I think I would get alot from the experience...I have a heart for poor and indigent people!:)
  15. I just graduated from the UAA RN program in the outreach site of Fairbanks. I am relocating to Palmer next month. I am wondering if new grads are being hired at Matsu Regional or any of the Acute care hospitals in Anchorage as I am willing to commute. I, like many, will be desperate for a job on any floor that will give me a chance and am wondering what kind of competition I am looking at. Thanks ahead of time for any replies!!
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