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  1. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Disappointing Travel Pay

    Thanks for the responses! It turns out I just had to do a lot of research regarding travel nursing in general. I definitely had to research the lingo and some of the tricks of the trade regarding pay and negotiating. I also spoke with quite a few different recruiters and different agencies. I actually ended up speaking with a different recruiter within the same company I originally had concerns about and this second recruiter was offering a much better offer in Florida than what was being offered in Cali! Even she was shocked at the quotes listed above. Considering that Florida pay should be less than Cali pay I think that says a lot about how challenging it can be to make sure we get a decent pay and advocate for ourselves. Still, that company in general seems to pay less than most. I'm currently being submitted for a position in FL with CCTC. Hoping that I get this first assignment and that it goes well! Glad the recruiter I'm talking to now is very straightforward. I still have a lot to learn about this niche world of travel nursing. Knowledge is power especially in this area of nursing:cat:
  2. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Disappointing Travel Pay

    Hello all! I am an L&D nurse really wanting a first time travel job in San Diego and this is what I was offered. These numbers just seem so low especially from what I've heard about California pay and my specialty. I would want housing set up for my first assignment since I would be traveling across the country. Is it time to explore other agencies? Laguna Hills position Guaranteed Hours: 36.00 Regular Hours: 36.00 Hourly Wage (taxed): $23.00 Overtime Wage (taxed): $50.00 Medical Solutions Provides Housing Weekly Per Diem: $448.00 Weekly Gross Pay: $1,276.00 Federal Tax* : ($133.31) State Tax : ($33.12) FICA : ($63.34) Weekly Take Home: $1,046.23 *San Diego position Guaranteed Hours: 36.00 Regular Hours: 36.00 Hourly Wage (taxed): $18.00 Overtime Wage (taxed): $45.00 Medical Solutions Provides Housing Weekly Per Diem: $171.50 Weekly Gross Pay: $819.50 Federal Tax* : ($89.42) State Tax : ($25.92) FICA : ($49.57) Weekly Take Home: $654.58
  3. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Week 11 of orientation... Lack of confidence :(

    Hi there! I am currently in the last week of a 12 week orientation of L&D also It is a lot to learn and overwhelming. If you have a couple more weeks of orientation I would say to ask your preceptor for more sections if that is where you feel like you need more practice. Also, requesting a day to possibly do IV starts in an area of your hospital where they specialize in infusion therapy might help (i.e. outpatient surgery). If you miss an IV a couple of times or have a patient that is a hard stick it should be ok to ask for assistance from a team member. Not that they should be relied upon on every occasion but it should be expected that you may need a hand at times. At least that's how I see it. Keep trying. Let your team members know that if they need an IV started you would like more practice and would like to start it on their patients. Hopefully can see the initiative your taking. I too am excited and anxious to be on my own in L&D but I think the anxiety and nerves will be their for a while since the area is so specialized, unpredictable, and critical. I am sure you are trying your darndest and want to be great at this and I'm sure you will. Wishing you all the best during the rest of your orientation and when you are independent in L&D. Sending good vibes. Please update on how things turn out. :)
  4. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    I don't get the "anxiety" part of nursing

    To the poster, I am glad that you are a very organized person and have the ability to cope with the plenty of stressors that come with being a nurse. With that being said, it cannot be expected that people are going to deal with anxiety and stress in the same manner. If I was working with you I would admire the way you can handle stressful situations and I would commend you for it but I cannot always relate to it. I've dealt with stressful home situations that would trickle into the workplace, med errors, mean co-workers, short staffing, bad codes, preventable mistakes, lack of necessary equipment for my job, mean family members, drug seeking patients, violent patients, angry MDs, patient deaths and their distraught families, etc. I still sometimes struggle with episodes of anxiety (I've come to realize that it is part of the job) but I still love being a nurse. To anyone who does sometimes struggle, ask questions, lose confidence, question their reasoning for becoming a nurse, feel overwhelmed, need a hand or advice, etc., I can relate. I support all nurses because I was new once, I am humbled by my profession, and now I love being the support for my colleagues. Instead of seeing those crying on the job as a nuisance, maybe take the opportunity to be empathetic.:)
  5. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Resources for a new L&D nurse

    Hello, I'll be starting in L&D next month and I am wondering what are some handbooks or reference books that you find useful for this specialty? Thanks in advance!
  6. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Transition from med-surg to labor and delivery

    Thanks for responding. I had 3 interviews and now I'm just waiting for references/background. I'm very excited and nervous. Any other tips and experiences on starting in L&D are welcome
  7. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Transition from med-surg to labor and delivery

    Hi fellow RNs! For the last two years I have been applying everywhere to get to my dream job in L&D with no luck so far. I have been an RN for two years now with experience on a med-surg unit and an oupatient clinic. The hospital I currently work for does not have an OB unit. To those you who've been in a similar predicament, how long did it take you to find a job in L&D? Also, any insight on your experience transitioning into the specialty would be great. Thanks!
  8. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Transition from med-surg to labor and delivery

    Hi fellow RNs! For the last two years I have been applying everywhere to get to my dream job in L&D with no luck so far. I have been an RN for two years now with experience on a med-surg unit and an oupatient clinic. The hospital I currently work for does not have an OB unit. To those of you who've been in a similar predicament, how long did it take you to find a job in L&D? Also, any insight on your experience transitioning into the specialty would be great. Thanks!
  9. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Weirdest/most difficult thing swallowed by a patient

    A patient swallowed two zipper tabs and a paper clip on purpose in order to come to the hospital instead of going to jail.
  10. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Applying for UIC College of Nursing BSN program 2011

    Hi there NikitaPatel I'm a UIC-CON alumni now. I transferred into UIC's nursing program from a community college and only had volunteer experience as well so it is possible. From my experience with the application essay I would say think of it like a creative writing piece. Enhance, exaggerate, and creatively make yourself look like the most amazing candidate for a spot in the class. Make your experiences sound very unique and personal. Definitely use your volunteer experiences and your nurse care tech experiences in the essay. Make yourself standout. And be sure to all the word space available. When you finish your first draft or maybe even just one question go to a professor, library, or writing lab at your college and ask someone to edit it, help you revise it, and ask for advise on how you can make it better and then move on to your next draft. That is how I went about it and I repeated that process a few times before I was confident enough to submit the app. Hope this helps. If you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask. Good luck and I hope you get in! Please post if you do.
  11. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Clinicals

    Starting this week as well. I hope someone posts some useful info about what to expect in clinicals before Thursday. It would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to both of you in your clinicals.
  12. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Applying for UIC College of Nursing BSN program 2011

    Yeah I meant the summer package. I bought it at orientation because they made it seem mandatory. Oh well, I need a refresher anyways. :tku: as always for the helpful info I really appreciate it.
  13. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Applying for UIC College of Nursing BSN program 2011

    Thanks bullielover and good luck in your senior year. It's very exciting as we get closer and closer to the first day of class. lol. A lot of preparing to do this summer until then. Did the pharmacology book help you for your first dosage calc test? On another note I'll be at NWM for clinicals w/ Reese. How were your clinicals there? Any info on the instructor?
  14. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    wearing makeup to work?

    So I am about to start nursing school and I am a girly-girl who likes wearing makeup. If any makeup is allowed this is what I would use and recommend: BareMinerals because it looks very natural and doesn't make me break out, any under eye concealer if you have serious dark circles like me, Almay water-proof mascara because it looks natural and will last all day, natural blush, natural looking lipstick like Clinique Long Last lipstick in Creamy Nude or your favorite lip balm, a taupe or nude colored eye shadow with little to no shimmer. If you love doing your brows just fill them in a bit but that's definitely extra and I highly doubt I'll be doing that very often. If you like eye liner and your hospital allows it try not to make it look too dramatic. I guess I would recommend the no makeup- makeup look if that makes sense. I give props to those who love their faces au naturel so these are recommendations for nurses and future nurses like me who want some extra help to look awake, radiant, natural, and professional. If all else fails just get a good night sleep. I hope this helps any nurses out there. :redpinkhe:heartbeat:D
  15. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    Need scrub and shoe recommendations please!

    Hi KGMM, So I'll have clinicals in the fall. From the research I've done on shoes I'm looking to try on Alegria, Asics, Dawgs, Nike Shox, Quark Pro Air II (all white), and Earth Shoes. Those are just some I thought looked good and from what I read online they all seem to be very comfortable too. Good luck on your search!
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