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SquishyRN BSN, RN

ER, Trauma, Med-Surg/Tele, LTC
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SquishyRN has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER, Trauma, Med-Surg/Tele, LTC.

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    TNCC for a Travel Nurse

    4-6 weeks I think is too much given that TNCC is a class. I like to think of TNCC as the trauma version of ACLS or PALS. It's not just a test, it's a class that the completion of would demonstrate competency in the subject. I think you're thinking more of the TCRN, which is like the CEN or CCRN, which are tests that demonstrate proficiency/expertise in the subject. For the TNCC I just gave myself a week to read through the book and the content was gone over in class.
  2. Location: Los Angeles, CA Experience: 6 years RN in November, 3 years LVN (LVN experience did not count towards wages) Current specialty: ER, 5 years same employer in November Pay: $41 base, $1.00 BSN, $3.75 night, $2.25 weekend, $2.50 charge, $1.25 ER/ICU differential, $1.00 MICN, employer covers medical and dental premiums 100% Yes, my pay is low for LA, but some things are more important than money.
  3. Every facility (sometimes even department) handles scheduling differently. At my current place we self-schedule 12hr shifts, at another place we had set blocks of 12 hr shifts. Neither place rotated between nights and days though.
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    12 hr night nurses-how many recovery days?

    I feel like I'm never "over that jet lag," jet lag is my baseline 😛 On a positive note, I travel all over the world on my days off and adjust to new time zones relatively easily.
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    Harbor UCLA or LAC USC for ICU

    "Relief" nurses in the County system are internal registry, which is the equivalent of per diem nurses everywhere else. If hired specifically for the ICU they board you in med-surg until the next ICU training program starts. This is because hiring is done on a rolling basis but the training programs only occur about twice per year.
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    RN's and LPN's working as Nursing Assistants?

    At a facility I used to work, this would not happen because the nurses didn't usually want it done that way. The patients were all usually total care and ventilated so it threw eveyone's daily routine into a funk to have to do all the bedside care too, even if it was less patients. If we were short NAs, as an LVN, I'd "take one for the team" and volunteer to be the NA, which was very much appreciated by all the other nurses.
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    Current hourly wage LA area

    Nope. Large level I trauma center.
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    Current hourly wage LA area

    My $36.88/hr before differentials is starting to look laughable... and I'll be at my place of employment 3 years next month. But some things are worth more than money.
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    LVN am i underpaid?

    2 years in you're good in terms of experience before looking for another job. Time to move on indeed.
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    Base Hospital/MICN Question

    Non-base hospitals are capable of receiving EMS patients, but they are directed there by a base. Does that make sense? Pretty much the process is that EMS will call a base station from the field and the base station will direct them to the nearest appropriate hospital, regardless if that hospital is a base or not. EDIT: I think the confusion came from when I said non-base hospitals don't receive EMS calls. EMS will not call a non-base for orders and directions, but can take a patient to a non-base hospital after being given directions by the base hospital to do so.
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    What good does a BA in anything do for nursing

    Yeah pretty much. And once you're done with school, it means absolutely squat in the nursing employment market.
  12. SquishyRN

    Length of Time it Takes to be a Good Nurse...?

    As a new grad LVN working in SNFs it took me AT LEAST 6 months before I wasn't a nervous wreck going into work, not to say that after those 6 months I wasn't nervous, I just at least wasn't ready to cry, throw up, and quit nursing altogether after every shift. It WILL get better with time and experience. I would probably say I didn't feel like I was a "good" nurse until 2 years in. And then I became an RN, changed specialties, and went through the roller coaster all over again Hang in there. It will get better.
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    Base Hospital/MICN Question

    A base hospital is, like previous poster mentioned, a hospital designated by the EMSA (or Emergency Medical Services Authority) to give EMS personnel orders for treatment of patients in the field and designate the nearest appropriate destination hospital for said patients depending on certain criteria. Contrary to previous poster, the base hospital does not only designate destination for MCIs (or mass casualty incidents), they designate destination for ALL calls. For example, if EMS calls a base station and a patient exhibits stroke-like symptoms, the MICN will direct them to the nearest primary stroke center open to receiving patients. A non-base hospital is any and every other hospital that is not designated to receive EMS calls. The format/procedure for answering the phone is irrelevant to you right now, and will be for quite sometime actually, since in LA County you have to have at least one year of RN experience before being qualified to start MICN training. At my facility, nurses typically don't get offered to get MICN trained until they're 3 years in and have more than ample ED/trauma/triage experience. Even if your facility only requires the year as required by LA County, that's a year more ED experience and knowledge you'll have than you have now. I love your foresight and initiative, but as a nursing student, I would focus less on what the MICN does and more on what the other ED nurses do since that's what's you'll be doing right out of school if you decide to work in ED.
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    Parkland ER Residency Feb 2017

    Nothing to do with the topic, but I figure since y'all are going to be in Parkland's ED soon someone might know something Does anyone know what type of scheduling the nurses in the ED have? Do they have set assigned shifts or self-scheduling?
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    Moving to Seattle, I have some questions

    The union contracts of a lot of the Seattle area/Western Washington hospitals can be found online. You'll be able to see what the hospitals are offering straight from the horses' mouths including base pay, differentials, premiums, vacation, benefits, etc. Here's a link to hospitals represented by SEIU, the link to each hospital will lead to another link to the contract: Chapters | SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Here's the link to UW Medical Center (not SEIU): https://www.wsnacdn.org/assets/local-unit-assets/university-of-washington-medical-center/2016-08-01-2015-17-WSNA-UW-CBA-CLEAN.pdf
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    Influenza Epidemic Declared in Western WA

    Got my flu shot. Still got the flu. Several of my co-workers have too. I'm assuming the shot for this year didn't cover the strain going around.