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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

    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!
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    UIC transferred Nursing students Please help!!

    Hello, I am not in the program but I will be appyling in the fall for the 2011 class. I am currently a student at a city college so I will be transferring as well. Here are some stats for you that I received from going to the UIC CON info session: 80 people are admitted to Chicago campus 64 admitted to Urbana up to 40 students are accepted during early admissions 35% of the class is from UIC 65% from other colleges The main things they are looking for: GPA writing ability/essays letters of recommendation experiences (volunteering/working in a hospital) You can apply into the nursing program. You don't need to be a UIC student. Hope this helps:nurse:
  13. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    UIC Fall 2010 BSN Admittance!!??

    Thanks meganSt and harrynuts, i appreciate the feedback. Congrats and good luck in the program:nurse:
  14. hi everyone:) i am planning on doing the early application for fall of 2011. i was hoping you guys could fill me in on some things. Does anyone know how essential it is to have experience volunteering or working at a hospital to get into UIC because i am having a lot of difficulty volunteering at any hospital. they have waiting lists and i am not a CNA or anything. has anyone been accepted without that experience? i do have a 3.8 GPA, finished with most prereqs at one of the city colleges, and can write some good essays but is that enough? are there any transfer students here who got accepted into the program or who are going to apply? also, has anyone here tried applying for early admissions and got pushed to regular admissions? and if so, were you accepted in regular admissions? Is anyone else applying for early admissions? thanks! Good luck to everyone who has applied for fall 2010 and to everyone who will apply for fall 2011
  15. StyleNurse, BSN, RN

    UIC Fall 2010 BSN Admittance!!??

    hi everyone, good luck to all of you who applied:) i am planning on doing the early application for fall of 2011. i was hoping you guys could fill me in on some things. Does anyone know how essential it is to have experience volunteering or working at a hospital to get into UIC because i am having a lot of difficulty volunteering at any hospital. they have waiting lists and i am not a CNA or anything. has anyone been accepted without that experience? i do have a 3.8 GPA, finished with most prereqs at one of the city colleges, and can write some good essays but is that enough? are there any transfer students here who got accepted into the program? also, has anyone here tried applying for early admissions and got pushed to regular admissions? and if so, were you accepted in regular admissions? thanks!
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