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evelynkarirn BSN, MSN, RN

Public Health, School Nursing, Psych
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evelynkarirn has 17 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Public Health, School Nursing, Psych.

RN who loves working as a School Nurse. Short commute, great hours, and emotionally rewarding.

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    Do You Like Being A School Nurse?

    Not all RNs in a district are considered “certificated“ staff/retirement eligible. It’s a question for the district you anticipate working for as to job classification and the contract/MOU between the district and the union. My position as a Credentialed School Nurse (CSN) has CalSTRS; we are on the same contract and pay scale as the teachers, and our retirement is the same. Hope this helps.
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    School Nurse Job Offer Help!!!

    So great! I love that you’re starting just in time to get paid for the winter break. 😁 I think you’ll love it and when you have a tough day just reflect on the awesome schedule. Good luck!
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    Do You Like Being A School Nurse?

    Yup. A city school district.
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    Weekend hospice nursing job

    I just started a weekend on-call RN position (Fri 5p - Mon 8a). This is a newly created (full-time) position to back-up the existing weekend on-call RN. No scheduled visits. Our territory is >100 miles in any direction, so my role will be to make visits when the primary nurse is busy or too far from location that needs a visit. I'm excited and a little nervous.
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    How Much Does a Hospice Nurse Make?

    I just started a full-time On-Call RN position (hours Fri 5p -Mon 8a) in central CA. $80,080/year, fully benefitted. Salary is $20-30K less than school or hospital nursing. Should be interesting as I also work FT as a School District Nurse (184 days/year, 7.25 hrs/day).
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    Do You Like Being A School Nurse?

    School Nursing is my dream job. I've done LOTS of jobs as an RN, including ED, L&D, Tele, Public Health, Mental Health, Step-Down, Utilization Review, and more. Been everything from an interim permit nurse to a Deputy Director. I've taught RN classes at a state university, worked in a state prison, and conducted psych practica at acute care facilities. I've had love/hate relationships with almost all my positions till I became a school nurse. General Info Hours 8a-3:15p (with a paid 50 minute lunch) 184 days/year School sites are within 1-2 miles of my home (1 middle and 2 elementary) Oversee care for 1,960 children Lots of autonomy Great benefits (sick time, medical, retirement, etc.) Pay decrease (but still make $93K) Health Attendants at each school take care of superficial injuries, incontinence, mailings, routine health office care, etc. Spend lots of time on Vision/hearing/scoliosis screenings IEP/504 health reviews, reporting, and meeting Communicating with parents - sometimes the hardest part of the job Tracking communicable disease exposures/outbreaks Immunization issues Writing Health Plans/Emergency Care Plans Managing non-compliant, brittle diabetics Completing state reports I love the variety, how quickly my days speed by, the kids, my co-workers, the cyclic nature of the work, and the typically stress-free nature of the position. The only con is that despite having an MSN, I have to spend $9K on university classes to become a Credentialed School Nurse (not all places/districts have this requirement, so you may not have to worry about this).
  7. I would expect the LVN to do the first responder note before moving to the next step. Exceptions would be rapid exsanguination, hypertensive crisis, possible CVA, acute change in mental status, or the like (call the ROVER ASAP). In any event, the LVN should be able to clearly articulate all steps they have taken, the order of the actions, the times of the actions, etc. This covers them, helps the MD/RN to take next steps based on what has already occurred so there is an easy transition of care to the TTA RN/MD. :redlight: Hope this helps.
  8. As pointed out, California's "No Hostage" policy is a risk an employee accepts if they accept employment with CDCR. There should be no expectation that an employee will be "rescued" through negotiation or meeting an inmate's demands.
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    Best shoes ever?

    I agree with the many people who said Crocs - at $40 a pair, you can get several! They are really easy to clean (Simply Green and/or Mr. Clean Eraser), super soft on the feet, have massaging tips on the interior, and you can buy "shoe jewelry" (jibbitz) to customize or show some of your personality. I've tried Nurse Mates, Quarks, Birkenstocks, Danskos, Nurse Mates, big-buck tennies, and Sanitas - thought Quarks were great till I got my Crocs. Love the looks of my Sanitas (they're so cool), but the shoes I wear when I'm doing three in a row are my Crocs.
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    RN Preparing for 1st Day in (or at) Prison (Chowchilla)

    Thanks Lorry - I was equally surprised that HR was unable to answer these questions. They kept telling me I would be a FT float RN until there was a permanent position so no details about the location were available. They said to wear acrubs and arrive at 8a on Monday morning. I just happened to ask about any color limitations and learned there was a cadre of colors that are not allowed (orange, ceil, navy, green, burgundy, teal). I was repeatedly told my supervisor would provide answers to my questions...but they haven't determined who my new supervisor will be. Ambiguity to the nth degree, but I'm hopeful I will be able to navigate thiings effectively with input from peers. THanks for the kind note! Psych RN Evie
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    Scrubs for Prison

    Good to know! I went shopping and focused on print tops. After working ED and Psych, I forgot what it's like to wear "fun" scrubs...
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    Scrubs for Prison

    Just discovered I can't wear scrubs that are: Ceil, navy, orange, lime green, burgundy, teal, or red. I asked, "What do I wear?" They said most people wear pink and black. Joy.
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    Pharmacology and Pathophysiology at the same time?

    Summer schedule creates a challenge because course matter is so condensed, but with focus, organization, and strong self-efficacy you can do this!
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    Associates vs Bachelors Degree

    A couple things... In California one university has an "accelerated" program for people with a BS in something else. The students go through an "Entry Level Master's" program - get licensure at the conclusion of the BSN portion (after passing the NCLEX of course) and start working while they finish their MSN as a part-time student. Secondly, where I live some of the hospitals actually have a different pay scale for BSN v ADN (starting pay $4 more). Finally, the hospital where I work now is phasing out ADNs, paying employees' tuition for RN-to-BSN programs, and hiring all BSN new-grads (SO much more competitive for new grad nurses these days - one local hospital just laid off 46 RNs). In the 11th hour (while on an ADN waiting list) I decided to do a BSN instead of an ADN and have been thankful MANY times over. Plus, it was really easy to apply to/get into the MSN program a year later and only took 2.5 years as a part-time student to complete. Worth it, worth it, worth it.
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    Abrasive supervisor...can I do this job?

    Two things to consider: You probably won't actually be reporting to the abrasive dude:eek:, BUT organizational culture is top-down. That means he will probably treat your boss that way, and your boss may be expected to use the same dictatorial/abrasive management style with you (probably why the DON is leaving). Secondly: All things are temporary (including your boss and the management team). Depending on how difficult it is to get a gig at the prison, you may want to accept it and work your way AWAY from him. That which doesn't kill us (and all that)...
  16. HELP! Accepted a position in Chowchilla at the California Correctional Women's Facility (despite leaving a psych nursing job I really loved) and am having nightmares I joined the military, am forced to wear ugly uniforms, and am always getting in trouble for not marching in a straight line...so weird. Would appreciate any info on the following: Location: Am I in an office? Am I with other people/nurses? Attire: Scrubs? Any rules on scrubs to be worn? Day-to-Day Tasks: ED nursing? Psych nursing? Assessments? Paperwork? Evaluations? Passing meds/FS/Insulin? Charting/Documentation: Is it all on the computer? Do they even have medical charts? Is it separate from their legal documents....? Hours: I think it's a mix of 12- and 8-hour shifts. Do they balance it so you're working 40 hours a week or do they just make sure you work your 160-176 hours per month? Paydays: I know I get paid at the end of the month, but is it for THAT month? So if I start my job on 7/18 will I get a check on 7/31 paying me for 7/18-7/31 or do I go "checkless" till 8/31 and then only get paid for 7/13-7/31? Thanks for ANY info you can provide about the work environment, people, clothing, tasks, etc. Psych Nurse in Prison