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NurseVN

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  1. NurseVN

    Baby during grad school

    I think you will appreciate my comment because I'm working full time as a RN, going to school for FNP (half way done), and am currently 25 weeks pregnant! At my hospital, we work 7 shifts/ 2 week pay period. I've been taking 1-2 classes (theory) per semester, including during my 1st and 2nd trimester. I even think of taking 1 course during Summer school which ends when I'll be 37 weeks pregnant :-) So far, I did Advanced Patho, Advanced pharm, advanced health assessment (while pregnant), bioethics, research, spiritual care (required at my school), and advanced Roles. I have 5 more clinical courses which I plan to finish in 2 years. So, yes, it's doable if you're type A like me, over-energized, can enjoy an semi- easy pregnany, and have a supportive husband. We have a housekeeper who comes twice a month. My husband does laundry and grocery. I cook 1-3 times/ week and we do take out when I can't. I work night shift and my husband works 7am- 330 pm so we have dinner like at 5 pm. I'm off every other weekend so we plan our going outs accordingly. After my son is born, we plan to have family help for 3 months then hire a live-in babysitter. I will also take 1-2 semesters off as my baby dues in August. Hope that helps!!!!
  2. Thanks so much for the reply. I actually tried to PM you but your mailbox was full at the time :-) I didn't know you're no longer at Hoag. Glad you are happy where you are! I am very happy where I am: great coworkers, good managers, abundant OT opportunities, etc. However, LA is just too congested and air quality + traffic are horrible! Anyways, I'm looking at UCI, Hoag, and Kaiser and they all seem hard to get in....Do you think it is reasonable to get round $38-$40/hr with 2 year+ experience? Is it 72 hr/pay period? How is the medical coverage? If you don't want to share too much info here, you can PM me anytime! Or I can PM you if you want to streamline your mailbox :-) Thanks again!
  3. Hi NickiLaughs, I'm a RN with 2 years experience in a Stepdown unit (cardiac subICU) at Cedars Sinai, LA. I would like to move to Irvine due to my husband's job and to raise a family (I'm 6 month pregnant). I'm looking to move some time next year (2013). I get paid very well here with excellent benefits. I'm making $48/hr night shift ($40/hr if day shift) with 7 shifts/pay period. I do not mind a pay cut if it's worth the experience :-) So, how do you like Hoag Irvine so far? How is the pay for RN's with 2 years experience? Any inputs will be greatly appreciated 'cause I know nobody working there at this point. Thanks!
  4. I work at Cedars and I see RNs who worked st St Johns, White Memorial, and Kaiser and other hospitals tranferring to Cedars loving it here. Great benefits, great pay, well staffed. I'm on Cardaic stepdown (CABG, AVR, heart transplant, etc.) and the ratio is 3:1. With 24 beds, we're almost always staffed with 8-10 RNs, 1 LVN, 3 CNAs. I've only been here 4 months but I see RNs who have been here for over 20-30 years. I believe one of the reasons Cedars has a slightly high turnover is b/c some RNs from out of state or out of region come here for the experience and then come back to where they're from to be with their loves ones. Also, Cedars is a teaching hospital and Kaiser is not. UCLA I heard has rotsting shifts. Again, just to give you a different perspective. Every place has pros and cons. I would choose UCLA over Cedars, Cedars over Kaiser :-)
  5. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    I called the recruiter and he said he didnt receive the test result yet and will go see the result now! That's so weird! I hope he'll call me back tomorrow :-)
  6. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    Been a week... Still no call... I'm so anxious!
  7. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    Good 4 u! Good luck and keep us posted...I'll give myself a week too!
  8. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    No. Holly told me the test result will be ready by Friday so I don't think they start calling us until next week ( if they ever call!).
  9. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    Btw, do we bring all the required paperwork (resume, unofficial transcript, LORs, and five year goal essay) to final interview? How long should the essay be? I wrote 1 page 'cause I think they have to read many essays...What do u think?
  10. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    Thanks. I just had my calculation test today so more waiting for me...
  11. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    Do you know how many they selected already? which floor?
  12. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    We'll meet next Wednesday and let's exchange info so we can keep in touch or we can update here too :-)
  13. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    Final decisions? U mean hiring decision? That's great. We will have a happy holiday if we have good news :-)
  14. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    She just interviewed today but the manager said "it's basically a yes" and she will hear back by the end of this week. I don't know why I am so absent-minded lately. Hopefully I still have a chance.
  15. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    She interviewed for DOU and 3 South Adult. She said she had a verbal yes from 3 South Adult manager and she will hear from them by the end of this week!
  16. NurseVN

    White Memorial New Grad 2011

    I don't know which units but I can ask her later. I put down telemetry and med-surge as my top choices. Another week until I can move on. My classmate's interview is 3 weeks after her calculation test!
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