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    Salary Inquiry

    I am thinking of relocating to Charlotte, NC. I was wondering on what to expect for salary. Right now, I have a little over a year experience and make 27/hr working in LTC in RI. I know there will be a pay decrease, but just wanted to know what to expect roughly. Thanks in advance.
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    Salary Inquiry

    I am thinking of relocating to Charlotte, NC and was wondering what salaries are for nurses that have only one year experience. Right now I live in R.I. and I make 27/hr working in LTC. I know that there will be a pay decrease. Just curious as to what to roughly expect.Very much appreciated if nurses that actually work/ed in the state can answer. Thanks in advance.
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    Is this common?

    It's a LTC facility with Rehabilitation. It's a four floor facility. One dedicated to Alzheimer's/Dementia and another dedicated to Psych issues. The other two floors are a mixture of them both with some rehab patients too. Sorry for the confusion.
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    Is this common?

    I am wondering about nurse to patient ratios in LTAC facilities and what is deemed to be safe. I work on a unit that has 40 residents and sometimes get floated to units that have 58 residents to one nurse. When I floated I ran around for about three hrs just putting Exelon Patches on people that all had to be signed off, (all on count, mind you). Unit manager was nowhere in site, (went out to a doctor's apt, Dunkin Donuts etc.). I had labs up the wazoo! Also, not to mention all the charting that needs to be completed (still paper for everything). Answering the call lights and telephone rings off the hook. Waiting for doctors to call you back because you have many labs to report. Dealing with behaviors, and then, you have to clock out by 3:30pm because they don't want to pay you overtime. There is enough work for at least three people, that one must try and get done in 8 hrs. Break that gets taken out of your paycheck even though you never eat. Unfortunately, what they (management) wants us to complete cannot be done in the timeframe they want. So, the work gets passed on to the next shift and so on. I feel more like a secretary than a nurse. Definitely, cannot provide the kind of care that is so necessary. God forbid that you have an admission and a fall almost at the same time. Yes, it did happen. I know that I am complaining, but need to know if this is common.
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    New grads Need Not Apply

    First, I would like to congratulate all of the new grads who have been able to secure RN employment in this bleek economy. It is a tough market for a new grad RN. A "year experience required" or "not considering new grads at this time" is pretty much the norm. Heck, I even saw a job posting that read, "No new grads or nursing home RN." What?! So, even LTC RN are not wanted. I have become so discouraged in my job search. I graduated this May with an ADN took my boards and passed on the first try, I also have a BA in Psychology. I know there are many of you who have been looking for a chance to get into nursing careers longer than myself. Being unemployed is really no joke. I haven't had a real sustainable job since I lost my full-time job in 2009. It has undoubtable been a very tough time being a single mother to a now seven year old. Most employers want you to have that one year experience, but if everyone wants it who is going to give it? I say to people that I am an RN and they say, "Oh, what hospital do you work in?" I reply, "None!" People that hear this say they thought there was a great need for RNs because of the nursing shortage. I have to correct them and say there is no such thing. There is only a nursing job shortage. What will happen when baby boomer nurses start to retire in droves and current new grad RNs with no experience give up on their dreams of being nurses move on to other career paths? Where will these facilities find their new workforce? In my opinion, there will indeed be a nursing shortage. So instead of waiting for that scenario, let them act now! I have been a part of allnurses.com since entering nursing school. There has been a lot of great threads and comments on this site. I have read through many discouraged new grads postings and feel that instead of complaining about let us band together and make this a real public issue. We can be heard if our voices are numerous and loud. I hope that I have made sence in this posting. Thanks for any comments.
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    CCRI Fall 2010

    I just mailed it Enrollment Services. Ii guess it really is grade based, but you could have gotten a rejection letter because the classes were all full. Make sure that you only apply to one program, do not apply to all the campuses because they will disqualify your application. Just be patient and re-apply and you will get in. And thank you for the congrats.
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    CCRI Fall 2010

    Congratulations to all who have been accepted into the Fall 2010 nursing program at CCRI. I, too have been accepted and will be attending the Liston campus in the fall. I am so excited because I actually mailed by my application and it was received on June 29th one day before closing of the application period and I finally heard from them on July 24th! I hope when the time comes for us all to graduate, we can find some jobs because this economy right now is no joke. Good Luck to everyone of us future RNs!!!
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    No waiting list at CCRI

    For your information I was accepted into the RIC Nursing Program, but I chose to attend CCRI like I said becasue of its affordability to me as a single mother trying to make a difference in my life. I didn't post the thread to try to get any negative feedback. Under no circumstance did I say that RIC was not a good school. I actually graduated from RIC in 2005, like I said, with a Bachelor's in another field and at that time I had a newborn. I did apply to the program and was accepted because I had good grades. However, I chose at that time to take care of my son. Now that he is older I have chosen that this is the time to go back to school. So please know what you are talking about before you pass judgement. And by the way, show me a nurse who in the middle of taking care of a patient in a life or death situation is going to be worried about valence electrons, the periodic table or remembering some of those dire chemistry experiments!! I am never resentful. I actually feel a sense of empowerment. So please keep any negative comments to yourself if you don't have anything good to say. Thank you.
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    No waiting list at CCRI

    I sincerely appreciate the positive reply. I just thought that I would let it be known to those who cannot afford a four year institution that they have the option of attending a community college at a fraction of the cost. I will go on to get my BSN because I actually want to be a Nurse Practioner, which requires an MSN. In the meantime I will keep an update on my progress for the Fall 2010 acceptance into the Nursing program.
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    No waiting list at CCRI

    I am just starting this thread to help spread the word about the Nursing program at CCRI. I am currently a student finishing up my last prerequisites this semester. I am going to apply for the FAll 2010 Nursing program in June. I am very excited to have gotten this far in my education. I am have previously received a Bachelor's Degree in another field from RIC back in 2005. I chose to attend CCRI because of its affordability and the fact that you spend less time in school (its a two year program not including the prerequisites) to make your way to a great career. Don't get me wrong in thinking that it is by any chance easy to accomplish. The courses that are required are pretty darn tough, mainly the sciences, but if determined, a person will succeed. The main point of this thread is to let prospective students know that CCRI does not retain a waiting list and as long as the student maintains great grades and fulfills all other requirements (i.e. TEAS test, immunizations, CPR certification etc), they should not face disappointment when applying to the Nursing program. A student will receive an ADN which is just as good as a BSN because both of these degree students take the same NCLEX-RN exam and can apply for the same nursing jobs. Something else worth noting is that students who graduate from CCRI with an ADN can go on to receive their BSN and receive credit for holding an RN license and still get that BSN in a short amount of time, say at RIC or another school. Oh yeah, like some other schools chemistry is not a prereq. Thank Goodness!!
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    Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program

    I am currently attending CCRI and am finishing up my prerequisites this semester. I am going to apply to the Fall '10 Nursing Program here at CCRI in June. I was thinking of applying to the BSN program at RIC, but decided to go to CCRI and get my Associates. I chose this school because of its affordability and there is a less amount of time to get into a great profession. A huge plus is that now CCRI Nursing students are no longer placed on a long wait list. Any prospective student just needs to maintain good grades and get all requirements done (i.e. immunizations, TEAS test, CPR etc) and he/she will be able to get into the program. Something worth noting is that students whether they get an ADN or BSN all take the same NCLEX exam and can apply for the same nursing job. Just trying to spread the word. Oh yeah, we also do not have to take chemistry!
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    No waiting list?!

    Yes, I took all my classes there at CCRI.
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    No waiting list?!

    I go to CCRI in RI
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    No waiting list?!

    It's great that you chose to continue to further your education. You're still very young and it will hopefully be very rewarding for you.
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    No waiting list?!

    I go to CCRI in Rhode Island.
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    No waiting list?!

    I am currently finishing up my last prerequisites for Nursing in about 2 more weeks. I will be applying to my school's Nursing program for the Fall '10 semester. To my current knowledge my school no longer has the god awful two and three year waiting list that it once had. As long as a prospective student keeps up their grades and completes all other requirements (i.e. immunizations, CPR certification, etc), then they willl be admitted into the Nursing program. All this sounds so great, but now the new worry is that once all this hard work is accomplished where will I be able to get a job as a new graduate. The job market is horrible and most places want experienced Nurses. I won't let myself get discouraged, I'll just continue to pray that it all works out for the best.
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