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AFwife727 BSN, RN

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AFwife727 has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in GYN/Med-Surg.

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  1. AFwife727

    Advice about school nursing

    So I was thinking about all of this. And came to realize I had more questions than I initially thought. I'm concerned. I was told by a retired nurse who worked for the district for 17 yrs that they are using Health Aides at the schools and they are allowed to administer medications and handle the day-to-day in the nurse's office. Is this a normal thing when there's a multi-site RN who is in charge of multiple schools? During my interview I was only told that there's LPNs at the schools and wonder if they are not being honest. The older nurse did tell me that she does not know why the district isn't honest about the fact that they use HA's in the schools when the nurses are not there. What are the implications if the HA at a school makes a mistake with a medication or something?? Isn't it my license then since I'd be the RN overseeing? What about liability insurance? Are you required to carry your own? I'm so used to working in the hospital that I know I'm covered under the hospital should anything happen.
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    Advice about school nursing

    VaccineQueen - Yes, I PM'ed you!
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    Advice about school nursing

    I am a hospital nurse working night shift and I'm looking for a change of pace... Wanting to get out of the hospital environment and have a more normal life! I should mention too - I have a 5 year old starting kindergarten in the fall and a 3 yr old. Kindergarten starts at 8am and I'm not even home until at least 8am! So I had an interview for a school nurse RN position (I have a BSN) and I feel that it went very well. I was told it would be awhile until I heard anything due to school being out and principals being out of office. I was also asked whether I wanted elementary/middle/high school. At the time, I told her I wasn't sure and was open. After thinking about it, I think I would like to avoid high school due to the nature of the issues there - teen pregnancy, drugs, etc. Does anybody have advice about which area of school nursing they like and why? Also, I know the pay is very low.. I'd make $7 less than I do in the hospital with my shift differential. I was told I'd be eligible for a $2 raise in 7 years, lol. I'm afraid that I wouldn't be able to afford to live on such low pay. I'm just wanting some advice and/or perspectives on school nursing from nurses who actually do it :) Thanks in advance!
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    2nd Interview

    How did it go?? I interviewed there a couple years back... Did not get the job. St. Joe's standards are pretty high.
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    HELP! Interview for Quality Management Coordinator Job

    Thanks for the advice! Happy to say I landed a second interview... But I am nervous. This one will be 2 interviews in one day for the same position - one with the vice president and the second a peer interview. Then apparently after that there's a phone interview with another top person. I haven't interviewed in over 2 years... Hope I'm not rusty. And I think the hospital has tightened the belt more for the interview process after the last time I interviewed for my current job there - I know this because I did not have to do a peer interview for this job. Just with the director and then I got a call saying I got the job.
  6. Hi all... I need some advice! I just received an email regarding one of my applications for a quality management position at my hospital. I got a phone interview and it is tomorrow!! I'm currently an acute care med-surg/GYN RN working 12-hr night shifts. I want to step outside the bedside and work a day job due to having young kids, etc. I just cannot do night shift any longer. Day shift in the hospital is nuts. That said, I have no quality management or case management experience besides my nearly 3 years of bedside care. Can anyone offer some advice for an interview for this type of position and a little bit about what it entails? I intend to do some research tonight and try to be prepared.... Also, any advice for a phone interview? It's been awhile since I've had to interview and am worried my interviewing skills are rusty... lol. Thank you in advance :)
  7. I am a hearing impaired RN and I work in a hospital on an acute-care unit. I'm currently still on orientation while the hospital tries to figure out how to get me a telephone that I can use. Since I'm unable to speak on a normal phone, we tried getting a captioned phone (CaptionCall was the company), but the company refused to sign the privacy/HIPAA agreement. So right now the hospital is keeping me on "orientation" status until they get this issue resolved. My question is, are there ANY other deaf/HOH nurses out there who can't hear on the phone, who have found a solution that works for them and their employer? I wear one hearing aid and one cochlear implant and do just fine in face-to-face situations since I lip-read. I just have a problem when it comes to having to make phone calls. Right now, my preceptor has been making all of the Dr/lab/pharmacy, etc. calls. I am really concerned that I could lose my job over this issue. I am doing well with my orientation and my coworkers, supervisors, and patients like me. I am a fairly new nurse so all eyes are on me to do well. Anyone have a solution that would be a viable option to consider? Thanks in advance for any suggestions :)
  8. HOH11225RN, sure you can PM me.
  9. So I am wrapping up my orientation for my new job as a GYN nurse in a hospital. I am a BSN, RN. I have severe hearing loss in both ears and am bimodal (wear a hearing aid and cochlear implant). I am unable to hear on the phone. The biggest problem I am having right now is figuring out how I'm going to use the phone while at work. At home, I have a captioned phone which works fine; but there are technical issues in the hospital (firewall may prevent it from working) and HIPAA issues (there is a 3rd party present while using the captioned phone; the 3rd party is an actual person behind the scenes typing what the other person is saying so I can read the captions on the screen). Thankfully, they seem to be willing to work with me on this and accommodate me as needed; but it is making me uneasy. I don't like feeling like I'm causing them trouble. Of course, HR is involved and now corporate is involved. I was wondering if anyone has a similar situation and has found a solution for calling physicians/pharmacist etc. in the hospital?? It may just be a matter of being creative and coming up with a solution but I really have no idea as of right now. I have heard of completely DEAF nurses working in the hospital with an interpreter at their side... So there must be SOMEthing that can work for me. I'd appreciate any feedback! Thanks :)
  10. AFwife727

    Finally landed hospital job!

    Newnurserpn2014 - my very first job was home health nursing as well. What I dislike about it: it's PRN, meaning, they call me whenever they "need" me. That could mean they'd need me that DAY to take a shift, or take a start or resumption; or to see the patient the next day. For someone with children, it is extremely difficult arranging childcare when you're at their whim all the time. I tried to get my kids in full-time care so I could be available more... then they just didn't give me enough work. Pay is extremely low. Yes, I feel that it was a luxury being able to "choose" when I wanted to work, but the instability of the work was difficult to deal with. Consistency and continuity of nursing care is also extremely difficult to maintain in the home when you've got nurses coming and going. Many of them are lazy and/or have become comfortable. I'm talking about forgetting to document their nursing care, carrying out incorrect orders, not informing the Dr or agency supervision about a change in care or meds.... It can really be a mess if you're not with an agency that has their crap together. I work for a small HH agency. If you don't have kids, I can imagine that it'd be a lot easier.
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    Tips for surviving working nights as an L&D nurse

    I too just accepted an offer for a night shift position on a GYN unit! I'm so excited. After working as a home health RN, I'm really looking forward to working in the hospital. The way I see it, once you get that hospital job, you're golden. You can always try to switch to day shift if you feel you need to, in a couple years after you put your time in. Congratulations!
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    Finally landed hospital job!

    So last week I received a job offer for a full-time nights position on a GYN floor in a hospital! Got the offer a few hours after the interview, actually! After 2 years of searching, I'm so relieved that I finally found where I belong. I graduated '12 and after a military deployment, a move, and 2 babies, I got a job this past May doing home health nursing... Needless to say, I don't like it. But I was unable to get a full-time job in a hospital after countless interviews. Well, I guess persistence and perseverance do pay off! I want to encourage other RNs who are having a difficult time finding meaningful employment, to stick it out. I too was close to giving up. It really is true when they say that you will find your "right fit" in time. I start general orientation Nov. 17th and I couldn't be more excited! Nervous about my abilities too, since it's been so long since nursing school; but I'm excited more than anything. Hope I can wow them!
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    Advice for GYN unit interview

    Thanks, scaredsilly. I'm happy to report that I got the job! :) Got a call w/ an offer a couple hours after the interview :)
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    Advice for GYN unit interview

    So I managed to snag an interview on a GYN unit thanks to a nurse tech who works on that unit. I have my BSN. Graduated with honors from a university in 2012. I currently work as a home health nurse doing private duty pediatric shifts and do NOT like it. I also do some RN visits. I need this full-time, facility job to support my family and it's all riding on this interview! I would LOVE to work in GYN. I was told by my friend that the unit is very short-staffed on nights and I've already expressed to the recruiter my willingness to work nights. I wanted to know what specific GYN things I should keep in mind during the interview, and what things I should mention to really show them that I'm prepared, besides the typical interview stuff. I'm terribly afraid that because I've only been in home health and even that's limited experience, that they won't really consider me a top candidate. I've interviewed for many hospitals in the past. I'm dying to get this job! TIA for any advice! (Originally posted on OB/GYN nursing thread)
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    Salary questions?

    I've been told it's only appropriate to discuss salary if THEY bring it up during the interview. Otherwise, do not mention it until they give you a job offer.
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    Advice for interview for GYN unit

    So I managed to snag an interview on a GYN unit thanks to a nurse tech who works on that unit. I have my BSN. Graduated with honors from a university in 2012. I currently work as a home health nurse and do NOT like it. I need this job to support my family and it's all riding on this interview! I would love to work in GYN. I have a feeling that I would really enjoy working with this patient population. I was told by my friend that the unit is very short-staffed on nights and I've already expressed to the recruiter my willingness to work nights. I wanted to know what specific GYN things I should keep in mind during the interview, and what things I should mention to really show them that I'm prepared, besides the typical interview stuff. I'm terribly afraid that because I've only been in home health and even that's limited experience, that they won't really consider me a top candidate. I've interviewed for many hospitals in the past. I'm dying to get this job. It would really help my family tremendously. TIA for any advice!