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    Does this sound like a decent rate?

    Recruiter offering take home of 1300 per week. Out of that I have to pay housing. This is in Calif. They are offering 1000 completion bonus at end of 10 week contract. I appreciate any feedback. Thx.
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    Z track for IM injections?

    Hi, I just started working at a new job on a psych unit. My preceptor watched me give a IM Ativan. I have given many an injection at other facilities, so it's not a forgien thing to me. Anyway, after he and 6 other co-workers watched me give an IM into L buttock, he told me "You need to practice your injection technique". He said I have to give all IMs Z track method, and aspirate. Well, every where I've worked no one aspirates when giving a STAT emergency IM, we just get it into the patient. I would just like some feed back from some other RNs out there. Also, after giving injection do you just flick the plastic cover down over the needle with your thumb, or do you rub it on the side of bed? He does not want me pushing plastic cover down with finger. Thx for any input! I just felt really stupid.
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    Travel opportunities for psych nurse

    Travel for Psych RNs is not plentiful. They are few, and lots of competition. My first contract was by lots of phone calls all over to recruiters, took tons of work. So, in my personal opinion, don't up and quit your job thinking you will be able to pick up a travel job right away. Good luck.
  4. Hi, have any of my fellow Psych RN's ever worked at Olive View/Sylmar LA County Psych Unit? It is in So Cal. I am up for a job there and wanted to get input from RNs that have worked there. I'd appreciate any feedback. Thx
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    Psych nursing in MD/DC/Northern VA

    Hi, I just wanted to know how your ADN to BSN was going. I am looking into different colleges at this time. Is it a do-able thing to work full time and go to school. If I may ask, what school did you pick? I appreciate your input. I'm sorry I can't help with your questions, as I am on the west coast. Thx.
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    Travel nurses - any regrets?

    Psych is really hard to find travel jobs in, especially now. I don't recommend traveling if that is your speciality, there is no real demand. You can find a job, but it takes ALOT of work and persistance. If you are an ICU or L and D RN, you can still make bank as a traveler, they are really in demand. Psych is even hard to find a perm job in now, at least here in So. Cal. Get your BSN 1st, and think real long and hard about travel.
  7. This is very discouraging for Psychiatric RNs in So. Cal. Cedars had a great psychiatric program. California is cutting back on all of their services for the mentally ill statewide now. I've lived here on and off my whole life, and things keep getting worse. I am a psychiatric RN, and have no Med Surg experience, so I am seriously contemplating a relocation to another state. How is Psych out there for my fellow RNs in other states? I'd really like to know, where you are working and what the climate is like for Psych RNs. Thank you so much.
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    Travel position turned permanent

    The last travel assignment I did, they offered everyone a perm job, so it's not unusual. My company had no problem with it. I think it depends on the company. I decided not to sign on perm with the hospital, d/t ageism and descrimination regarding my ADN degree. I went perm at a hospital closer to my perm home and I am working part time and going back to school online for BSN.
  9. I just started new job. This hospital uses "Cerna" system. Have any of you used it before? We have this grueling orientation, where you sit for hours going thru it with an instructor. I feel totally overwhelmed and that I'm not getting it at all. Computer systems take me a little longer to learn, but I'm capable, just really freaking out about it. Everyone around me seems to be catching on fine but me. Any suggestions? I thank you for input.
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    Which job would you take?

    I've been offered two different jobs. One is 40 miles one way on the hellish 101 freeway in Los Angeles, part time, 8 hour shifts, evenings, very low pay. This job does offer benefits at a cost of $145. per month for myself, at a private psych hospital. The other job is also part time/per diem (set hours) no benefits, better pay, 20 miles one way, no traffic at a county psych hospital, 12 hour shifts. I only want to work part time because I'm going to start my ADN to BSN d/t increasing discrimination towards ADN's by employers, and that was my plan anyway for the future. I'd appreciate any input. Thank you.
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    VA RN pay? Step system- previous degrees?

    From my experience at a VA in CA, you are going to do very well. They are really big into people with degrees, the more education you have, to them you walk on water. You will hire in at a higher rate of pay, or step, your promotion potiential with a master's is great. It really doesn't matter if you are a good nurse or not, if you have some letters behind your name you are set with the VA system for making excellent $$. Hope you like it.
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    Rude interviews - Common?

    I am wanting some feedback regarding job interviews that you have experienced. I've been on quite a few, but this last week was the icing on the cake for me. It started out when I was in the waiting room; this man opened the door and pointed his finger at me, motioning "Come with me." He then said "Down the hall, 1st room on left." I entered the room and there were 2 women sitting there. I said "Hello, I'm _____, and extended my hand. Netiher women looked up, and just said "Take a seat." They then told me I would be asked a series of preformated questions and graded on a scale of 1 to 5 on how I answered. No nice to meet you, tell us about yourself, nada. The man just seemed really ****** off about being there. I answered the questions to the best of my ability. At the end they asked me if I had any questions, I asked a couple. They then said "The interview is over, we will contact you if we are interested." They did not look up, nothing. I said thank you and left. I thought the whole interview was just awful, but maybe this is the norm now. I'd appreciate any feedback. This interview was for a County job, outpatient psych RN.
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    Rude Interviewers - Common?

    I am wanting some feedback regarding job interviews that you have experienced. I've been on quite a few, but this last week was the icing on the cake for me. It started out when I was in the waiting room; this man opened the door and pointed his finger at me, motioning "Come with me." He then said "Down the hall, 1st room on left." I entered the room and there were 2 women sitting there. I said "Hello, I'm _____, and extended my hand. Netiher women looked up, and just said "Take a seat." They then told me I would be asked a series of preformated questions and graded on a scale of 1 to 5 on how I answered. No nice to meet you, tell us about yourself, nada. The man just seemed really ****** off about being there. I answered the questions to the best of my ability. At the end they asked me if I had any questions, I asked a couple. They then said "The interview is over, we will contact you if we are interested." They did not look up, nothing. I said thank you and left. I thought the whole interview was just awful, but maybe this is the norm now. I'd appreciate any feedback. This interview was for a County job, outpatient psych RN.
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    Job Market (Specific to Psych Nursing)

    There is no shortage of psych RNs. When I graduated in 2009, no jobs were to be found for New Grads in So. CA, and believe me I went to every job fair far and wide, tons and tons of competition. I had to leave the state and got my 1st job working at a private Psych Hospital. Now, with 2 years of experience, it is still difficult. I finally got a job last week, took a huge cut in pay in So. Cal. I strongly advise to do a year of med/surge or Tele 1st. You will be thankful in the end. This has been my experience. California is in such a mess financially right now that Mental Health funding has been slashed. It is harder and harder for hospitals to make $$ with inpatient psych. There is no shortage of RNs anywhere in CA.
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    Psychiatric Nursing at Glendale Adventist

    VVMaze: Have you applied to this unit yourself? Let me know. Thx
  16. Hi, has anyone out there ever worked at Glendale Adventist, in Glendale CA, behavioral health units? I was wondering if you could give me any feedback. It is much appreciated. Thank you!