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SanDiegoCaliRN has 2 years experience and specializes in OB/GYN, L&D, Postpartum Couplet Care.

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  1. SanDiegoCaliRN

    Nurse as a patient-how not to be a PITA???

    Hey Redmorgan, here's wishing you the best of luck tomorrow with your induction. You sound like an awesome pt with realistic expectations and a great sense of humor so I know you'll do great! :)
  2. SanDiegoCaliRN

    Pay Rate

    I've lived in both LA and San Diego and can say if you're looking to relocate to So Cal, make sure you have a job first. San Diego is an extremely tight market to break into, even with experience. You may have better luck finding work in LA but will the area and hospital be desirable? Who knows. I would let that be your guide before you pack the moving van and drive it clear across the country. I hate to say it because I'm an LA native but San Diego (IMO) is by far the best place to live in the So Cal area. It isn't cheap (as someone erroneously claimed in an earlier post) but it's well worth what you pay to live here for our gorgeous beaches, nightlife, proximity to the desert, mountains, and sand dunes and near-perfect year round weather. Oh and did I mention that it's about an hour and a half drive to LA for some change-of-scenery fun but you don't have to live in that madness? With almost 3 years' experience, I work at one of the big 3 hospitals with a base of $39, night differential of $4 and weekends $2.50. Another thing to consider is here in Cali, we get time and a half after 8 hrs, which significantly increases our bottom line so the hourly rate here isn't apples for apples when comparing them to hourlies in other parts of the country where they get base pay for all 12 hours. Good luck to you and your future life endeavors :) Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  3. SanDiegoCaliRN

    Lets talk about $$$

    I rarely work HH anymore but I'm still on with my agency and am offered shifts. Ours is private duty, 12 hour shifts with only one (wealthy) client, usually with minimal and sometimes no nursing interventions required. The pay is $35/hr for the first 8 hrs, and time and a half for last 4 (Cali). It's a cush job for someone burned out with bedside nursing but as a newer nurse, I found it incredibly boring (even if I did work in fabulous mansions with chefs, housekeepers, etc and visited 5 star restaurants with client on their dime and on the clock). I find labor and delivery far more fulfilling and exciting, even if I'm not making near the $ I do in HH Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  4. SanDiegoCaliRN

    What's The Weirdest Name You've Heard A Patient Name Her Baby?

    We just had a little boy named Anakin. Poor kid Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  5. SanDiegoCaliRN

    New to nursing field - got fired after 2 months

    Let's hope they were honest with you about the reason they let you go. I know our hospital just let a nurse go during orientation because no one liked her personality. It got to the point where she had a target on her forehead and they looked for the slightest misstep as the reason to let her go. That nurse could be so much more successful in her next position if she knew all the details of why our managers just felt she wasn't going to fit on our team. But instead, she went home thinking she screwed up a procedure. With that being said, you may want to zoom out and think about other scenarios of why you might have been let go. These can me really invaluable learning experiences (although painful). I'm sorry for what you're going through but brush yourself off and get out there and show another facility what you have to offer them. You're a survivor, I can tell. That'll take you a long way in the sometimes cutthroat environment of clinical nursing Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  6. SanDiegoCaliRN

    Dealing with nosey nurses

    I don't think other nurses who ask questions about your agency work are being nosy, I think they're just curious or trying to gather information to see if it's a viable career move for them. I know I'm curious about the in's and out's of travel nursing because it's something I *think* I want to try in the future (but I have more questions before I'd make such a drastic career move). I do know just about every nurse at the hospital asks me very specific Q's about my other home health agency job and I never feel threatened or defensive. I answer their questions as openly and honestly as I can without sarcasm or suspicion of their intent. It's human nature to size up our situation and to see if a move might be in order. C'mon, chill out peeps. We're nurses and we're supposed to be helpful to others - not inflict harm or create unnecessary hostility. Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  7. SanDiegoCaliRN

    The Wisest Thing I've Ever Heard on Allnurses ...

    "The hard is what makes it good" That quote helped me to persevere through school and to not shy away from life's challenges Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  8. SanDiegoCaliRN

    I think I've landed my dream job

    I, too, work in home health and absolutely love it! As someone already stated, I am my own boss and do not have to deal with hospital politics, I have more time with my pts, get to interact with them in their more comfortable, home setting and have so much flexibility with my schedule and time. I work three 12-hour shifts a week at $33/hr for the first 8 hours and $49.50 (time and a half) for the last 4 hours. Holiday pay is $66/hr (double). I'm called for additional cases often which I take sometimes, and other times turn down. I haven't been offered mileage but now that I've read this thread, may go back and ask my agency if they do reimburse for mileage. It could be you just have to ask! I would definitely recommend home health nursing to a hospital nurse who's burned out :)