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    How does your ED address the Observation Unit?

    Nope. We are ED nurses only. Heck, we barely have enough staff to cover our shifts, little alone cover other areas.
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    RODP FNP in TN? Anyone?

    I cannot find application deadline dates anywhere on the RODP website. Just finished BSN (yay!) last week and motivated to keep going. Want to apply while I still have this motivation. Can anyone help?
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    Job Availability and Pay Irvine Area

    Any more suggestions?
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    What's my next step?!!

    Go the the other interviews. Worst case scenario, you get some valuable interviewing experience. Best case, you wind up with the L&D job you want. If your heart is really in L&D, don't miss a chance to get that spot unless the distance is too big of a factor. If it is really what you want, it will be worth a few more minutes in the car. I use my hour and a half commute time to unwind and relax before bringing home stresses of the day to my family. Good luck!
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    Job Availability and Pay Irvine Area

    Thanks, y'all, lol. I don't have to be right in Irvine. I just want to be closer to him than a 28 hour drive or 6 hour plane ride. We've been 4-5 hours apart while he did his undergrad and that worked well, but I would like to be closer so he could come by for dinner once in awhile. So 2 hours isn't out of the question, especially if there is affordable housing and a nice new RN job in that area. I'm coming from a town of less than 5,000 with our nearest city at 60,000, so outside of the major city does sound better to me.
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    Job Availability and Pay Irvine Area

    Is there somewhere near OC with a lower cost of living but within 2-3 hours drive of Irvine? Thank you for your help, Commuter.
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    Job Availability and Pay Irvine Area

    My one and only child may be attending grad school in Irvine. We are from TN. Should he decide on going this far away, I may follow. And he's cool with that; our relationship is more like a friendship at this point. So...what is BSN job availability in this area and starting pay for new grad? Will have my BSN in May but have 10 years experience as a LPN. Would RN pay be enough to live comfortably? I've noticed rent is about 4 times what I pay now for a house on 2 acres. Thanks in advance!
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    N'ville and Mempho New Grad Salaries

    Thank you, Fawnmarie, for the suggestion. I live smack-dab in the middle between Nashville and Memphis so I am willing to commute to either for the right about of money. I'm driving pretty far for LPN pay right now so it won't be that much of a change. I really am not ready to move right now. But I have visited Chattanooga multiple times and do love that city!
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    N'ville and Mempho New Grad Salaries

    I sure hope it is more! I make more than that as a LPN! Can't pay off these student loans with only a dollar/hour raise!!
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    N'ville and Mempho New Grad Salaries

    Greetings, fellow Tennesseans, Graduating in May with BSN with 10+ years LPN experience (whoohoo!!!). Looking for new grad starting salary information and if facilities offer pay for LPN experience. If you have knowledge of pay at one or more facility (or others Nashville to Memphis), please chime in! Especially interested in: Centennial St. Thomas Vandy Methodist University Methodist LeBonheur Regional One (The Med) THANKS!!!!
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    When Should I Start Applying

    I am a LPN who will graduate with my BSN the first week of May (whoohoo!). I do want to change employers as I am currently working in private duty and hope to get back into an acute care setting. My question: when should I start submitting applications/resumes? Can I now or do I have to wait until I have my license? Thanks in advance for advice!
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    When Should I Start Applying

    I am a LPN who will graduate with my BSN the first week of May (whoohoo!). I do want to change employers as I am currently working in private duty and hope to get back into an acute care setting. My question: when should I start submitting applications/resumes? Can I now or do I have to wait until I have my license? Thanks in advance for advice!
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    Maxim or MHM

    Hello, Thinking about corrections because honestly, there are no good jobs for LPNs in this part of Tennessee anymore. Thought I might try something different; have a lot of ER experience and have dealt with many inmates and mental health patients over the years. My question is: Has anyone done corrections nursing through MHM or Maxim? They seem to be the primary agencies hiring for the prisons in my area. Would love you input on how working with these companies was for you. Thanks!!
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    I Don't Know My Role!

    My case (OP) is not a Medicaid case. My state does not participate in the Medicaid program but instead has a state run program which is even a bigger mess than Medicaid. I too agree this is a waste of funds but my place is not to judge but to do my job. I am just having trouble figuring out what my job is. The nursing director is no help...she has just told me to enjoy an easy case. MG: do you have life guard skills or any other training that would teach you how to save someone from drowning? I worry if I get into the pool with my patient, I have increased my liability. By getting in the pool, I feel a jury would look at it as I feel I am capable of rescue should he go into crisis. Were it left up to me, the patient wouldn't be in the pool when under my care as water rescue is not within the scope of my practice but it isn't up to me with the relative there. I'm not trying to insult you in any way for swimming with your patient; these are just my worries. I also know if I were swimming with the patient and he drowned, there is no way in heck the agency would back me when it went to court. I guess coming from a hospital background I'm just more leary of lawsuits and now being in an area where the lines between nurse and family get so blurred worries me. I see my coworkers doing things that I am 100% positive the agency wouldn't cover if anything bad happened. My director is very laid back and knows some of these things go on; she just figures the nurses are smart enough to know they are risking their license. I feel should be taking a more proactive approach and stopping some of these things before a lawsuit does happen and she is held liable because she was aware, but there isn't anything I can do to change her behavior. I just have to protect myself. And I'm sure the family is going to think I'm some kind of stick in the mud since I won't do all the fun things the other nurses do but I can't help that. I have to take care of my patient and protect my license the only way I know how.
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    I Don't Know My Role!

    In order to reduce my work stress while in school, I've changed jobs. I've left med/surg to do pedi pdn. Now I have a different kind of stress. My case is a toddler who "used to have seizures". Thanks to meds, he hasn't had one in a long time but of course still could because of the condition he has. I am with him all day during which I give one med one time, assess him, and get VS once. The rest of the day he is an active, happy toddler playing and watching movies. He does have some developmental delays so to pass the time I have been trying to teach him things to bring him up to speed with other kids his age; he lost some ground when he was having frequent seizures. There is a family member home with us during the day; not a parent but someone who provides a lot of the care when I am not there. When I am there, this person leaves everything up to me from potty training to discipline but this person follows me and the child around talking, talking, talking so that it interferes with us working on the things I think I could teach the child. I hate to ask this person to give us some space because I don't know if teaching colors, shapes, letters, how to form sentences, etc. is even what I am supposed to be doing. It's just something I started doing rather than sitting on the couch waiting for a seizure that may not come. Anybody have any advice on what to do with a case like this? I know for a fact the other nurses on this case get so bored and aggravated by the person in the home that they pack the child up and take him home with them to spend the day. They do have the mother's permission but this is against agency policy and pretty stupid if you ask me. I am less than 2 years away from getting my BSN and I will not be jepordizing my license by driving this child around just to get away from the aggravation of the relative sharing way too much information regarding things that go on in the family. Each one of us has signed a document with our agency stating we will not transport a patient in our private vehicle so you know the agency isn't going to cover if there is an accident. So this isn't a viable alternative to me. Also, the relative puts the toddler in the swimming pool while I am there. She suggests I bring a swimsuit and join the toddler but I am very uncomfortable with that situation. Swimming while on duty? It just seems like a foreign concept to me. But if the toddler gets into distress in the pool and I wasn't in the pool, am I in more trouble than if I were in the pool? I guess this is so different from anything I've ever done I'm just not sure how to handle it. What would you be doing with your hours while you were there? Basically, except for the potential that is there, I am with a healthy child. But because of the "condition" the child has, the relative thinks the nurses are there to do everything. What kind of boundaries would you want to draw and how would you go about it? Looking for advice from folks more experienced than me working outside of hospital walls. Thanks!! And sorry for the length!!
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    LPN to BSN Program at ETSU

    I am wondering if anyone knows about this program? How competitive it is? How high your GPA needs to be to get in? Any information anyone could give me is very welcome!