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    Moving to Albany NY or Seratoga Springs

    My husband took a job in Malta, NY so we will be moving and would like advise on if Albany or Seratoga Springs has better opportunities/wages and how cost of living is? Anyone know wages? I am thinking of working for a travel company so I can see what I like. I have 3 years acute care experience, ACLS abd PALS certified. Do not have a BSN. Any info on the areas would be very helpful!!
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    Moving to OR, what ER to work at?

    I have 6 years of experiance. I have my BSN, CEN, ACLS, PALS, and BLS. I have worked at level 2 trauma for a short period of time; worked in Washington state and New York. Looking into Portland area hospitals. Plan on living in Hillsboro area or ourskirts of Portland. I know this will create a hassle with commuting in the morning to work with traffic but it can't be as bad as New York so I'm ok with that! What I'm really looking to know, is: 1. what hospitals have best reputations as far as ER nursing goes? 2. are any hospitals not for profit? 3. are any hospitals union? 4. any hosptials chronically short-staffed? 5. are wages comperable from hospital to hospital as far as wages go? 6. any education reimbursement? (Looking into doing Nurse Practitioner) and any other comments are appreciated! Thanks in advance! Looking to move this summer (2014).
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    Washington vs Oregon

    Are you saying that if you live in WA and work in OR you don't get the state income tax for OR? I don't quite understand cause you also said you have an OR license?
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    Moving to OR, what ER to work at?

    Looks like I'll be moving end of August so I'll be starting in September wherever I go. I haven't applied anywhere yet cause I still haven't decided for sure where I want to work. Thanks for everyone's advice/input.
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    Moving to OR, what ER to work at?

    Does anyone by chance know if parking is easier with a motorcycle? The hospital I work at here in NY has a desinated area for motorcycilists which always has spots available.
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    Moving to OR, what ER to work at?

    Thank you everyone for the tips/advice. I likely will be working nights so this will help with commute and parking it sounds like. I've also considered trying to get a teaching job so I've been looking at colleges to teach at... I would still want to work in an ER at least part time to keep up my skills though. Thanks again! I'll be moving in September so hopefully all will work out!
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    Relocation/Jobs in Portland area

    orionsbelt123 Something else to consider is that Washington State does not have a State income tax so if you live and work in Vancouver WA but do your shopping in Oregon (where there's no sales tax) you'll end up saving a good chunk of money and that would make up for your pay scale difference. Something else to consider.
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    Moving to OR, what ER to work at?

    I hadn't even heard of OHSU until this post. It looks like a nice hospital and sounds like it has a good reputation in the community based on some outside research I've done... I can't find if they give employee discounts for master level nursing program if I took their program, but I would think they would... Plus it looks like we are going to be living in Hillsboro area, and OSHU will be less traffic to fight with than going through Portland every day for work. Thanks for the advice!
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    Hospital Wages in Capital Region

    Moving to Albany area soon. Wondering what the average pay scale is in Capital Region. I am interested in ED mostly. Any input is appreciated!
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    Hospital Wages in Capital Region

    jan286 I have worked in Capital Area for 3 years now, and Albany Med by far pays the worst... Most the hospitals in the area pay shift dif as a percentage of your wage instead of a flat rate. I know St. Peter's Health Partner Hospitals (St. Peter's, Samaritan, Memorial, and St. Mary's) and Ellis Medicine pay around 10-15% for evening and 20-25% for night shift dif. Albany Med probably pays around the same percentage but since wages are low the shift dif will be effected as well. If you have at least a year of experience I would advise going through agency to work at Albany Med. You can work there for years as an agency nurse on contract and make 2-3 times the amount you would make as staff. If you are interested I know a couple of reliable agencies that are local that I could refer you to. Plus, if you don't like Albany Med you aren't burning your bridges by leaving so quickly. Good luck on job hunt!
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    ED RN possibly relocating to Hudson Valley area

    I'm sorry to hear of the experiences you are having. Having worked on both coasts as well, I can say that the west coast is much nicer and people seem to have a bit more compassion. I think here they are just grossly overworked and underpaid. Just keep this in mind and don't let it infect you as well! My husband is fortunately able to transfer back to the west coast. We are actually looking into Portland, OR! I am interested in Emanuel hospital and Providence as potential candidates for ER nursing. I used to live in Yakima, WA where there is not big trauma hospitals, we were only level 2 trauma there. Anyhow, good luck and hopefully you will learn to love it or get the opportunity to move back in a few years as we have been lucky enough to do!
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    Charting Bloopers

    While doing home med rec my finger it the p and the o when typing prn. So it said porn. Fortunately I caught it before it saved!
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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    I've seen La-a (pronounced la dasha) twice! And I once cared for a patient named Ana Mae who was Japanese and has just moved here from Japan... in case u don't "get it" say her name out loud...
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    Travel Nurses - Share your stories

    I've been a traveler on contract as well as per diem. Travel wages are much better then staff wages depending on where u are. For example upstate NY nurses only make around $25 with several years experience but as agency/traveler you can make that plus free housing plus a daily food allowance so if u live close to where u do ur agency work you'll basically get the same wages byt free rent and free food... that adds up! Plus if you are more than 50 miles from your home you get tax free benefits. The other option is to just make a flat agency rate which does not come with tax benefits but has a higher overtime rate. I work overtime so I like the base rate, also because I live about 10 miles from the hospital so I don't get tax benefits either way. My agency wages is close to double staff wages. Plus working per diem as agency there is no gaurenteed hours but also no minimum requirements for hours, weekend, or holiday. So you only work when you want to and they have openings which usually isn't an issue to find openings at hospitals that are using agencies. In regards to computer systems, I've worked at 4 hospitals and none had the same system. You just learn It and ask questions until u get it.
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    Albany Medical Center

    Get a year pf experience then go agency. Favorite healthcare has a lot of local contracts and wages bump up to around $35 for med/surg.
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    Albany Medical Center

    I will tell u that st peters offered me $25 w 5 years experience and Ellis offered more.
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    Albany Medical Center

    Ellis is union so they do pay the best. Dont know new grad wages tho. St Peter's for new grads is around $21 and thats for all of at peters health partner hospitals. Saratoga I have no ideas on.
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    Albany Medical Center

    New grads make a pathetic $19/hr. With 6 months you would probably get the same. Nurses go there for the experience not the wages.
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    New Grad Float Pool

    The hospital I worked at had computerized charting and the computers all had micromedex for med information and compatability, and the charge nurse was always a good resource for floor specific questions. So I didn't carry any books w me. I was very nervous at first but I found that I just trusted myself to ask for help when needed and relied on my education and everything went fine! Good luck!
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    Pregnant ER nurse

    I just found out I am 4 weeks pregnant. Also an ER nurse. I know that being pregnant is supposed to weaken the immune system and that doing physical work is ok as long and it is not too physically straining. Like I can still boost a patient as long as they don't weigh 300 lbs! I got my flu shot before so I'm not too worried about that. I know to avoid radiation and maybe wear a mask around sickos, also I've been told to not care for anyone with shingles or chickenpox since it can go to the baby and cause a miscarriage. Does anyone else know of any major illnesses to completely avoid? I would maybe guess meningitis? Thanks! -New Mommy
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    June 2013 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    This is the only stethescope I could find that would fit the doctor's head.
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    New grad...what are my job outlooks for central WA?

    I worked at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital as my first job and I loved it. I now live in NY and wish I could be back at Memorial, it was a great place to work which is why they don't always have postings; people don't leave there! I would keep an ear out for that hospital but in the mean time obviously you need to work. Yakima Regional isn't bad, then there's a few small hospitals; an Indian Hospital I believe is in Wapato, a small hospital in Toppenish, and another in Ellensburg (but this requires going over the pass in the winter...). Good luck!
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    New grad RN residencies in Eastern Washington

    I went to school in Wenatchee. Central Washington Hospital is your best bet for getting hired, but the Wenatchee Valley Medical center has more "happy" employees... I also know that they offer the residency program (at least they did last I heard - I no longer live there). Hope that helps! If you are willing to commute, there are other hospitals in about a 30 minute drive as well.
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    pay differential for bsn

    $1 per hr more was what I was paid when I worked in Yakima, WA
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    Pre req questions

    They are not easy classes. I would say that if you are a good, motivated student that it would be ok - just not with any other classes! Keep in mind that it is better to take them separate now then take them separate next year! Your judgment call.
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