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PacoUSA BSN, RN

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PacoUSA has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PCU / Telemetry.

Second-career RN and loving the change!

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  1. PacoUSA

    I can't wait till next year can I just take my NCLEX in vegas

    I can see the appeal of people from California taking the NCLEX for a different initial state of licensure and then endorsing that license to CA, especially if they are thinking of becoming travel nurses later on. Verifying an initial state of licensure via NURSYS is much easier and cheaper than verifying a CA state as an initial license state!
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    Where are the RN transition training programs?

    Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles and Sharp Chula Vista in the San Diego area both had recent listings of transition programs for experienced nurses interested in L&D.
  3. Hello, I currently work as a PCU nurse full time (36hr/week) at one facility and also work per diem as PCU float pool at a different facility in another nearby city (4 shifts a month). The two jobs complement each other in terms of scheduling (my per diem job is very flexible around my full time schedule). I am seeking a new full time job in order to switch from PCU to ICU. I intend on keeping my per diem job because not only does it pay well, I enjoy working there and it would also be closer to hospitals that I am looking to work at as an ICU nurse. My real question is whether I should include my current per diem job on my resume along with my current full time job or should I just keep it off my resume? I ask this question because I am not sure if having a per diem job might be a negative thing and whether that creates the perception of a potential conflict with the job that I seek (which I never anticipate happening because I can work the per diem shifts around any full time schedule I get). I recently interviewed for a transition program to ICU for experienced PCU nurses at a different hospital in the same system I currently work full time, so in essence it would have been a transfer. I did not get the position, and for that job I did NOT include my per diem job details because I did not think it was necessary. I do not know the real reasons behind their decisions not to take me into the transition program, and I doubt this was a reason but it made me want to just leave my current health system altogether. BTW, I do not have an interest in pursuing ICU job at my per diem facility only because I dont want to live in the city where it is located. I enjoy just traveling there for per diem shifts despite that it is a good facility! Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to give comprehensive info. Thanks for reading and for all replies!
  4. PacoUSA

    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    Oh HELLL NO! 😠
  5. PacoUSA

    Reputable Per Diem Agencies

    Through Aya's registry it was @ $43/hr @ UCSD. Per diem rates are much higher there if employed directly by UCSD, in the 60s I believe.
  6. Thanks for all the great feedback, I am glad I was able to contribute to you in this way!
  7. PacoUSA

    MedStar Georgetown Nurse Residency Program

    Critical Care Fellowship @ Medstar Georgetown Univ Hospital Has anyone here been through this program @ Georgetown? It is designed for experienced nurses in non-ICU specialties to transition to ICU or PACU. Would love to hear feedback, thanks!
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    Reputable Per Diem Agencies

    I used to work for Aya doing registry at UCSD, but that was until I found I could make double that $ in L.A. working per diem through the hospital.
  9. PacoUSA

    New Grad Los Angeles, CA

    As an experienced nurse, I would only recommend that you apply to acute care hospitals and stay away from LTACs and SNFs. Your best bet is to get into a residency program for new grads at any hospital that will take you. I would also recommend looking out of state as well where the competition is less than it is in California. I know many new grads that left the state for a year or two to complete residency/earn their nursing experience and came back to jobs in California successfully.
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    PCCN vs CCRN

    If a PCU nurse takes PCCN, earns that certification and later on goes to ICU and takes CCRN, can that nurse just let the PCCN lapse and keep just CCRN? I assume it is kind of silly to maintain both if the nurse is staying in critical care/ICU.
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    UCLA Hiring Process

    That is so unusual that they do that kind of "test" lol
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    UCLA Hiring Process

    I’m an experienced RN, took me 6 months from application to offer to get a per diem job there.
  13. PacoUSA

    Who is attending NTI? We are!

    Finally getting around to posting here. I am so BUMMED and have the lousiest luck. EVERY TIME I stopped by the allnurses booth at NTI this year, it was empty!! 😞 ... and I didnt get a pen 😞 Indianapolis: YOU will be my priority 😄
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    Who is attending NTI? We are!

    I am here!! It’s my first NTI and I’m loving it so far! 🥰
  15. Am very interested in applying for a job at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I am currently coming from California (not a native Californian here, I am originally from the northeast so no stranger to snow 🙂 ) ... Truthfully, how hard is it to get a nursing job @ Mayo? I am a PCU nurse and ideally want to get a job in an ICU. Are they open to training new ICU nurses transitioning from PCU from outside their hospital? Or do I have better chances of getting a PCU job at Mayo first and then transferring internally later on? I am planning ahead, working at Mayo would be a dream come true! All feedback welcome especially from current employees!
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    I found a way to avoid HIPAA violation!

    Come to California, with our ratios we have time to stay connected and keep our patients alive 😏