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  1. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Looking for a change?

    I have been a PDN for almost 3 years. It is the only job I have ever had as a nurse. I have 1 case (a quadriplegic on a vent). I have PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder), so I can not handle stress or tolerate it as well as many other nurses may be able to on a floor, or in demanding positions. I guess I am starting to feel like I am not doing "anything important". I feel like I would like to work in a hospital and be around other nurses and socialize. But I am also afraid that if I take the leap, get a new job, and melt under the stress that I will be left jobless. I'm also afraid that since I have had my "time" as a new graduate, and I used it on home health, that I have lost most of my skills. I am comfortable and satisfied with my job, but I have an "itch" for something new. Maybe I should look for an additional private duty case? I feel like the home setting is good for me because it is consistent and there is down time for me to relax. But I've been feeling like I'm in the movie groundhogs day and things are just so predictable. No challenges (little ones that I could handle) Sorry to ramble on. Any thoughts or opinions?
  2. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Looking for a change?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post. I guess sometimes we all feel like we are taken for granted!
  3. I have been a private duty nurse since I was an LPN going through school. I am an RN and I am still taking care of my 1 case (1 patient who is a quadriplegic on a ventilator). I took the job because it was easy to do while I was in school. I have been there over 2 1/2 years and I feel like I might want a change. But now I am afraid that I have missed the whole "new graduate" phase that is accepted when you first start a new job in a facility. Has anybody been in my shoes? I pretty much have not used my skills besides suctioning and caring for trachs. Guess I'm just wondering if its a lost cause to even try and get a hospital job. I *think* I would like more out of my nursing career. I have just become comfortable and am afraid of applying/getting hired at a hospital and having nurses wonder why I can't do anything if I have been a nurse for a few years. Thanks :)
  4. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Tell us about you!

    Thanks for PM'ing me the link also Jenn55e (I'm not very active on this board so I am not allowed to PM) weird. Anyways Thank you!!! Anyways....I am a Registered Nurse. I have 1 case that I have been on for over a year. I care for a vent dependent male who is also a quadriplegic (fractured c1/c2). It's the best job I have ever had. I work every other weekend, and a few days during the week. (shifts vary from 4s,8s and 10s). Other nurses do 12s but I don't like them We have a great time watching sports on tv, and when the weather is JUST the right temperature (he is on a vent and his thermoregulation is "broken" as he likes to say)....we like to go out to the bar and he likes to have drinks. Seriously where else can you say you go to work, get paid GREAT ($32.69/hr for RN's in WI) you can watch tv, go on facebook, knit/etc.....and go out to the bar or the fair?!?!?! I love my job and my case is great. I am enrolled to get my BSN this spring, so I am not sure if I will look for a hospital job quite yet (Overload with 2 kids, 2 jobs and full time school).
  5. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Tell us about you!

    I am also wondering the same thing JenMSN!
  6. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Become Medicaid/Medicare provider

    I'm a M/M provider in Wisconsin. Here our rate of pay is $21.xx/hr for an LPN, and $32.xx/hr for RN. Does anybody know what the rate of pay is in Illinois? I have looked all over and can't find a job board for Illinois patients.
  7. Ashton&AverysMommy

    private duty nurse

    I see that this thread is old, but I felt that I should tell others that professionalproviderservices.comis no longer a working website. It is now called Index . I have been a PDN for over a year (wisconsin) and I love every minute of it. I am my own boss, work my own schedule, work with a great group of nurses and we care for a patient who is on a ventilator. LPN's make $21.xx an hour and RN's make $32.xx an hour. Where else can you make that as a brand new graduate in wisconsin? No where!
  8. I am a graduate nurse, and will be taking the NCLEX-RN January 20th. I am currently working as a home health nurse making really good money. But the thing is, is there is no insurance. I am interested in working part time somewhere near Burlington. I have been thinking: United Hospital system (kenosha/pleasant prairie) Froedert (milwaukee) Wheaton Franciscan (racine/franklin) Mercy (lake geneva area) Can any employees tell me about the employee benefits/insurance....and starting pay? I will have to get insurance for my 2 toddler children and myself...so family insurance is what I am looking at. :) I have heard a lot of negative things about aurora and want to stay away from aurora if this is true (is wheaton franciscan an aurora hospital?) Any information on these hospitals would be great!
  9. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Former job hopper...help!

    When I was younger, I notoriously job hopped, I would just up and quit and not show up to my CNA jobs. I have burned my bridges and don't have any good references. (Part of my problem was having an undiagnosed mental illness) Now fast forward, I got diagnosed, am taking meds....and I grew up. I have a job I love, and I have been working as a home health RN for a year. I have NEVER missed a shift, I have been a model employee. But I want to work in a hospital, and I am finding myself with rejection letter after rejection letter. I think it is due to my sucky resume Because I don't have any good references, I have had to kind of "tweak" my resume, and it looks empty. The only job I have listed on there is my current nurse job. Believe me I have learned my lesson, and I grew up. I live in Wisconsin, and I know that the job market isnt the best, but I also have realized that I am one of the few left out of my graduating class (december 2011) who does not have a job in a hospital. :/ Is there any hope for me? Or does anybody have an advice?
  10. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Dec 2011 Graduates

    I'm a December 2011 grad in wisconsin. Have had 1 interview and 2 phone interviews. Still no job Luckily I work as a home health nurse but I would like to get my foot in the door of a hospital!
  11. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Best employee benefits/insurance in southeastern wi

    Well I just wanted to update everybody, that I did apply to froedert and united hospital system. I was denied within a few days from froedert (because i had to answer yes or no questions such as "do you have a license for this position" and I had to check "no" because I didn't take the NCLEX yet.). I did however get a call from United hospital I had a great phone conversation with the HR person, and she said she would forward it to her manager, and if they are interested they would call me back. Crossing my fingers!!!
  12. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Best employee benefits/insurance in southeastern wi

    Anybody else? :)
  13. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Help with Nsg story problem

    I have to do about 40 story problem questions...and need the proper equation as to how to set it up. I haven't done math since 1st semester and now I am entering 4th semester this week and need to get a 90% on the first day! Please help me break this down so I can figure out the other questions. "The order reads Amrinone 250 mg to infuse at 5 mcg/kg/min. The drug is supplied as 250mg/500 ml D5W. The client weighs 202 lbs. Drop factor is 60 gtt/ml." a. how many mcg min must be administered? b. How many ml per hr will provide the required dose? c. How many gtt per min will provide the required dose? d. How many mcg per gtt will be administered? If somebody could please point me to a website or show me how to do this problem I would greatly appreciate it!
  14. Ashton&AverysMommy

    Brands of tops that run LONG?

    I'm just wondering if there are any brands of scrub tops that run LONG? I have quite a long torso I suppose and a lot of scrub tops just feel like they are on the short side. I am a XS/S size and just want a brand that has longer length tops. I dont want to look like I am drowning in my top, but I do like my regular street clothing to hit mid butt length. A lot of scrub tops seem to just be "boxy" and go to like the top of my hips, then I constantly have to pull down my shirt.
  15. Hi guys!!! Well I will be repeating Health Alterations 1 this fall I was just wondering if anybody could give me ANY helpful websites or study tips.....I plan on studying over my notes, and power points that I did get in class. I am going to try and get a tutor from my school and see if that helps prepare me to ace this class, after all I only get 1 more shot! Thanks guys!!!