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    Got the Job!!! (Health Dept.)

    This is my second month working at the health department and I LOVE IT!!! I was working on the WIC/Nutrition Education the first month. Right now, I'm learning the Hypertension/Diabetes program. Which is basically a joint managed program(MD & PH nurse)..... We talk about their diagnosis, assess, educate and issue their medications.... The autonomy almost makes me feel like a NP.... Next up are STDs and family planning!!!
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    Scholarships in Georgia that will pay cost of living expenses

    Most hospitals are approved.... But they might be changing those rules soon.... So check with the scholarship program.
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    Scholarships in Georgia that will pay cost of living expenses

    There is a monthly stipend that gets direct deposited each month. The school gets a separate payment for your tuition & fees.
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    Coliseum Medical Center

    I was told that I'd have to sign a 12 or 18 month contract... & If I broke the contract there would be a fee to pay. But, thats becoming more & more common with RN positions... especially if you're a new grad. I guess it's to make sure they have staff...
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    Mandatory Overtime?

    At my first job, we were required to do 4 12 shifts one week & 3 12 shifts the next.... Mainly due to staffing issues... & If you were a tech, you'd work 4 12's and occasionally 5 12's... The management just couldn't seem to keep people there. Eventually, I got overwhelmed & left.... It was like a revolving door. I agree with the above posts. The overtime should be spread equally or they need to hire more staff. Period.
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    Got a JOB Today!

    :monkeydance: Congrats!!!
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    What grosses YOU out?

    GI Bleeds & Poop.... :grn: Everything else I can handle.... lol
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    Stolen Identity

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    My shift got better.....Staff Massage's

    Wow.... I wish!!!
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    BSN or MPH? Advice please - thank you :)

    The best advice I could give would be to look at the job descriptions at the health department. Figure out which job/role you'd be most interested in and look at the education requirements.... I know in the state of Georgia some jobs require a BSN, and then others require an MSN or MPH. For my position as a PH Nurse(entry level), the minimum requirements were RN license & one year of experience.... If it's the same in your state, then maybe you could get an entry level nursing position while working on the MPH.
  11. How heartbreaking.... :*(
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    81 year old nurse still working strong!

    Me too!!! This article reminds me of my grandmother... She's in her 70's still working as a nurse in a doctor's office... Not out of need, but out of love of what she does...
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    Coliseum Medical Center

    I posted this on another topic.... but it is very relevant to your questions as well.... In addition to this, one thing I will say is that the director was VERY understanding.... She started out as a CNA, then RN, then Charge Nurse, now director.... So she understands all the different roles.... and she really encourages teamwork. Now, whether that actually happens is another story... Hopefully, someone that actually works on the floor will chime in and give you the real story. :)
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    Scholarships in Georgia that will pay cost of living expenses

    When I was in nursing school, my cousin, who works for the government, told me that they offer a LOT of scholarships & loan repayment options... After some research I found the Nursing Scholarship Program. They paid all of my tuition & part of my fees. Plus I received a $1200-1300(give or take a few dollars) monthly stipend. After graduation, they gave me 6 months to pass NCLEX & accept a job offer. Then I would have 3 months to actually start work. The only stipulation is that I have to work in one of the following areas for 2 years (or more depending on how many years of funding received) Ambulatory Surgical Centers; Federally Qualified Health Centers (including Look Alike Health Centers); Home Health Agencies; Hospice Programs; Hospitals; Indian Health Service Health Centers; Native Hawaiian Health Centers; Nursing Homes; Rural Health Clinics; Skilled Nursing Facilities; and State or local Public Health Departments including Public Health Clinics within the Departments Ineligible sites include but are not limited to: Assisted Living Facilities. Free Standing Clinics that do not qualify as one of the above critical shortage facilities; Private Practice Offices; and Renal Dialysis Centers. If you're interested, here's the link so you can find more information on the program. http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/Nursing/