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PacoUSA BSN, RN

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PacoUSA has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PCU / Telemetry.

Second-career RN and loving the change!

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  1. PacoUSA

    Have FT and PRN Jobs. Include PRN on Resume?

    This was in line with what Iโ€™ve been thinking, I just needed another person to validate it. Thank you!
  2. 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!
  3. PacoUSA

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. PacoUSA

    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.
  6. PacoUSA

    UCLA Hiring Process

    That is so unusual that they do that kind of "test" lol
  7. PacoUSA

    UCLA Hiring Process

    Iโ€™m an experienced RN, took me 6 months from application to offer to get a per diem job there.
  8. PacoUSA

    Who is attending NTI? We are!

    I am here!! Itโ€™s my first NTI and Iโ€™m loving it so far! ๐Ÿฅฐ
  9. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ) ... 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!
  10. PacoUSA

    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 ๐Ÿ˜
  11. PacoUSA

    I found a way to avoid HIPAA violation!

    Itโ€™s 2019, itโ€™s a little unrealistic to get 100% of the nursing workforce to part with their cell phones for even half of their shifts.
  12. PacoUSA

    February 2019 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    "Oh goodie, a room where no one knows my real name."
  13. PacoUSA

    PCU Nurse Feels "Second Rate"

    I have applied to ICU positions, and nurses with ICU experience always get the interviews before I do ... I am seeking some sort of transition program for nurses that want to learn a new specialty. I believe one occurs in my present hospital system (I am fairly new here) but I dont think it occurs too frequently. I do have a question tho. I am interested in eventually moving on to a university hospital, it is where I would like to spend the rest of my career. I am not interested in staying in a community hospital setting as this is where I landed a job currently and just took it. I used to work at big university hospitals and loved it and I wish to go back. My question is: were I to get ICU experience in a community hospital (300 beds or so) is that decent experience for me to go on to a university hospital ICU?
  14. PacoUSA

    Advice from experienced nurses please

    I have been on this site since I started my prereqs about 10 years ago. I bet I can go back and find a post or two and be like WOW! were you thinking? Lmao! ๐Ÿ˜„
  15. PacoUSA

    Advice from experienced nurses please

    If it makes you feel any better, I was a train wreck as a new grad and used to fumble with many details as you are doing. To be honest, I read your post and I have to say I was worse than you ๐Ÿ™‚ ... I remember ignoring an order to stop a heparin gtt at 10pm and by george it was still running at 7am when handoff occurred. Needless to say, the patient could not get surgery that day. 7 years later, I have gained much more confidence in my skills. The ONLY thing I still struggle with even so many years later is delegation, which stems from the fact that I worked in a facility as a new grad where CNAs where notorious for hiding out and as an RN you were forced to do certain things you would normally delegate because it was faster than searching out the CNA (but wouldnt you know, they magically appear the second you are completed). Because of that my time management was affected too. That is my worst PTSD but it has gotten a tad better. Wanted to share my story because I know how you feel. I could have written the same post years ago. It gets better and in a few years you will laugh like I Iaugh at my new grad days too. I only wish I had a YouTube video to post of me back then so you could see. I am proud of how far I have come, and you will too. Hang in there!
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