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  1. cbcle

    Providence Hospital DC RN salary range?

    A couple years back I applied for a PRN L&D position and the offer was $43.25 and hour.
  2. I am An experienced L&D nurse looking to relocate to OKC. What are the best hospitals to work for int RN area? I'm less worried about benefits and looking for good pay and good work environment. Thanks!
  3. What is the pay range? Does anybody know their PRN rate? What do you like or dislike about working there?
  4. cbcle

    How to: increase yearly evaluation points

    Compile a list of achievements/contributions from the year. Did you attain any certifications? Did you serve on any employee committees? Did you make any suggestions for changes that improve work flow and efficiency? Did you orient new staff? Precept a nursing student? Think of concrete examples of how you achieve goals that you set for yourself and how you went above and beyond. Good luck on your eval!
  5. cbcle

    Stethoscope for Mother Baby job?

    Congrats on the job! I love my Littman Classic II Infant stethoscope for my wee ones, but I covet the Cardiology III. It's nice when you're assessing moms and babies because all you need to do is flip it over to use it for peds or adults.
  6. Help! I have horrible laryngitis and can't call in sick because I'm still in my first 90 day probation period. Anyone know any good tricks for getting my voice back so that people can hear me on the phones? I've tried gargling with salt water, cough drops, increasing fluids, etc.
  7. Hi there. Congrats on your offer as well! The background check ended up taking about 3 weeks from start to finish. Gather all of your paystubs and W2s because they do follow up and ask for documentation for each job you've had no matter how small. It all ended up being fine, just tedious. Thank goodness I keep all that stuff. Did you do your PBDS test yet?
  8. cbcle

    what's up with "best ever scrubs"??

    I bought a couple of pairs of Best Ever scrubs a few years ago. They were ok, but not worth the money. I liked the tops better than the bottoms. My favorite are Grey's Anatomy scrubs. They're about half the cost of Best Ever scrubs. And if you need some inexpensive good looking scrub bottoms I like the Cherokee flare pants.
  9. cbcle

    New and need help with call times

    Before I let my pt launch into the long-winded version of what's going on, I ask the required yes or no questions first. "Hi, Mr. Smith, you're calling about abdominal pain today?" "Yes" "Ok, really quickly I'm going to ask you some yes or no questions that will help me determine how urgent the situation is. Do you feel cold and clammy, feel like your heart is racing, you're breathing fast or that you're having any mental status changes?" "No" "On a scale of 0-10 with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain you could imagine, how would you rate your pain?" "I'd say about a 7." "Is it so severe that it prevents you from bending, walking or working?" "Yes, it hurts when I walk." "Any fever/chills/nausea/vomiting/diarrhea/constipation?" "I feel a bit feverish." "And if you were to point to where it hurts, where would you be pointing?" "Just below my ribs on the right side." This takes about 1 minute, then I let them tell me what happened, when it started, what it feels like, what makes the pain worse/better, etc. This seems to cut down on the pt's narrative a lot by getting some of the key things out of the way. Hope it helps.
  10. cbcle

    How have you helped save your unit money?

    I give report quickly and efficiently and promptly clock out. I don't stay for hours "charting" while I milk the clock. That way the unit can use that money for staff when they really need it or for education money.
  11. cbcle

    Kaiser nurses? Anyone out there?

    I'm in the Mid-Atlantic region and yes, it's true, Kaiser pays significantly better than comparable employers. It's a nice place to work!
  12. cbcle


    Johns Hopkins has it. So does UVA. Good luck!
  13. Generally as long as it's the same specialty, I've had anywhere between 3-6 shifts after I complete HR orientation and hospital nursing orientation which takes about a week or two at most. I'd go nuts if I had to shadow somebody for any longer than that!
  14. Mine was postpartum. I couldn've believe that we got paid the same as ICU/ER nurses! Note: Easiest job and favorite job are not necessarily synonymous!
  15. cbcle

    New to night shift

    I love sleeping during the day on a rainy day. Bliss!