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  1. Is it ok to touch a pt to check responsiveness? If a patient with a triage note stating ems found them unresponsive was lying supine in a bed with a towel over the head and not responding to being called, is it ok to touch them (tap their foot) to check responsiveness? Sounds weird, i know, but there was a patient threatening to call police for assault for doing just that.
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    PMHNP Salary in So Cal

    Been an ER RN for 5 years, thinking of going back and getting my PMHNP. Live in So Cal. Pretty much have admittance to a program because they are telling me it's often hard to fill their cohort because not many people want to go that NP route. I've seen the payscale data etc that shows how much NPs make. I've also heard anecdotes on how much PMHNPs can earn. I don't really trust the salary numbers that are reported in the media, because as an RN in So Cal, I make way more than what is commonly reported. I'm curious if anyone has information on what realistic expected wages are in the So Cal area for this specialty?
  3. I am curious if intermittent (0.1 fte) nurses at the VA get holiday pay if they work on a holiday? I realize they probably don't get the holiday pay like full time nurses get whether they work or not, but if an intermittent nurse works on one of the 10 Federal VA holidays (i.e. Columbus Day), do they get paid holiday pay rates (double time)?
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    I think I was awarded the wrong level at the VA?

    So they can drop you from a baseline of Nurse II to Nurse I if they don't like your resume (I've always been told mine is excellent). I never had to write a statement. As someone with a BSN and 5 years RN experience post BSN, I think I should have easily been awarded Nurse II
  5. I was hired as a part time/ intermittent (per diem) RN at the VA in So Cal. I have a BSN with 5 years of RN experience after obtaining my BSN. I also have another bachelors degree in an unrelated field. I was recently awarded Nurse I, level 3 step 8. Shouldn't I be at least a Nurse II? I didn't have to write any sort of statement for the nurse review board, just submit my diploma, transcript, and any awards. What should I do as I'm still in the onboarding/orientation?
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    VA nurse pay scales

    I have a BSN with 5 years of nursing experience after getting my BSN. I was just offered Level I, grade 3 step 8 at approx . 95k in San Diego ER. This is a per diem/part time spot. I'm curious why I wasn't given Level II?
  7. I am an RN working full time in the ER. I want to go back to school in San Diego, CA to get my psych NP (PMHNP) part time. I think I earn too much money for financial aid? I was curious if there are any programs like scholarships, loans, etc. that I can apply for that will help me to pay for graduate school? I plan on working part time in order to pay for living expenses and to keep my "in" at the hospital. I'm not looking for a free-ride, but maybe a loan that I can repay or a grant? Considering I want to get into a highly underserved specialty, I would think there'd be something out there to help. Thanks.
  8. As a CCT nurse, I am reimbursed from the company per trip. I am an independent contractor and was told I need to provide an invoice with the name of the patient, where they were picked up, where they were transported to, date, time of run and unit number. I have been taking pictures of the face sheets in order to put together my list to submit for billing purposes. Is this OK? I don't think it violates any HIPAA because I am strictly using it for work related/billing purposes. These photos/copies of face sheets will be destroyed/shredded once I have submitted the invoice and have been paid. Am I right?
  9. I am currently a working ER RN (4.5 years), thinking of going back to get into NP/Psych because I like psych but also because people I know have gotten multiple job offers as psych NPs before even graduating. I also live in So Cal. Which route would be better - PMHNP or FNP with an and add on specialty cert to become PMHNP? My friends say getting the FNP first would be wise because as well as psych, you'd have the ability to manage the patients medically if necessary as well as having more clout as an FNP with a post master's cert in PMHNP. Thoughts?
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    Any free ebooks on critical care?

    I was curious if there are any free ebooks on critical care - vents, hemodynamics, etc..
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    End of CCT Nurses in California?

    5 years from the original post and CCT RNs are still here in So Cal!
  12. I was interviewing for a CCT nurse and wanted to know if anyone knows of the pay/perks/time commitments of each company in San Diego? What is the on call pay, hourly or per trip pay, on call at home or posted? Etc. Rural Metro/AMR Ambulnz Balboa Care Schaefer
  13. When I started nursing, I bought a few pairs of the Dickies Gen Flex Cargo Scrub pants along with the matching tops that have front "side" style pockets. I work in the ER so I figured the cargo pants and multi pocket scrub tops would be useful. It seems a lot of new nurses wear either Dickies or Cherokee scrubs. After a couple of years, I started wearing hospital scrub bottoms (free!) and single pocket tops from Cherokee or Dickies (still in the ER). Now at 3+ years in the ER, I rotate between hospital scrub bottoms and Koi James Men's Cargo bottoms. For scrub tops I'm now wearing Jockey Classic Fit or Landau 3-7% spandex stretch scrub tops with a single pocket. I find that the Koi James are very comfortable, tapered/form fitting and have the pockets I need. The hospital scrub bottoms are super comfy (a plus) but my wallet often accidentally slips out of the back pocket when sitting down (a minus). Since I have a muscular build, I find the Landau and Jockey spandex/rayon/poly blend tops are super comfortable and very form fitting, which I like. Curious what other guys on here wear and why? Landau, Carhartt, Dickies, Cherokee, Koi, etc.
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    As a CRNA, Can You Still Pick Up RN Shifts?

    Another reason I'm wondering is if it took me a while to find a CRNA job, it would be nice to work as an RN to earn income!
  15. I'm curious if, as a CRNA, you are still allowed to pick up bedside shifts as an RN? I know, you might say, why would you want to do that, you make more as a CRNA. But to have variety in work and keep up bedside skills (NGs, foleys, person-to-person interaction, etc.) I think it would be nice if I was able to become a CRNA and then pick up a shift here and there in the ER or ICU. As a CRNA, are you restricted from performing the role of a bedside RN? Thoughts?
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