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kat29 has 8 years experience and specializes in MICU, SICU, Neuro ICU, Trauma ICU,.

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  1. It looks like we will be moving the family to the Denver are in January. My husband is being transferred to Lafeyette and since I've never been there, I'm looking for some information about local hospitals, schools of nursing and school systems. I am an ICU nurse with MSN and 9 years experience. I currently teach full time at a school of nursing and continue to work PRN bedside to keep up skills. I would prefer to keep teaching but it looks like faculty jobs are not plentiful and the universities prefer a PhD, which I don't have (yet) but it is in my 5 year plan. So some questions.... Where are some safe, family friendly towns/neighborhoods with good schools within a 40 minute commute to both Lafeyette and Downtown Denver (in case I end up at a hospital in town)? My kids are 4 and 5 so parks and other children are important. Nightlife is not. We'll be renting at first so keeping rent in the $2000 range would be nice (we're still in sticker shock- coming from Atlanta). Do any of you recommend/not recommend particular hospitals/ICUs? Schools of nursing (most likely community colleges since most universities require PhD) ? Again, I would prefer to teach full-time and work bedside PRN but I am willing to just work more PRN hours at the bedside (even as a traveler) if I have to. I don't need benefits- only $$$ ;-) and unfortunately, night shift is not my friend. Can anyone give me information about how PreK and Kindergarten work there? Where I am coming from, PreK is state funded- runs from 730-2 and then my daughter stays for after care at appx. $65/week. My son has Kindergarten from 8-3 (state funded) then is picked up by his aftercare center (also $65/week). How does the schedule there compare? Costs? We're being forced to move on very short notice but not being given much of a choice by my husband's company (unless, of course, he wants to look for another job) so any and all information is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
  2. kat29

    Job market for educators

    My husband may be taking a transfer to the Denver area (Lafayette) and our decision is hinged on whether I will be able to find a good position in the area. I am currently a faculty instructor and simulation lab coordinator in GA with 9 years ICU experience. I would like to stick to education since it's what I enjoy- I love most running a lab but it looks like those jobs are few/far between. I am MSN prepared so I'll most likely be limited to ADN programs or hospital based education. Anyhow, we need to have an idea of the pay differences between GA and CO before we move forward with the transfer and I don't relish the idea of flying out for multiple interviews, just to be offered positions I can't afford to take. We already know that housing is 2-2.5X more expensive out there. Does anyone have an approximate range of what ADN Faculty, Clinical Adjunct Faculty and hospital educator salaries are in the northwest Denver, Lafayette, Loveland area? We'd need to be in a commutable distance of Lafayette (and whatever position I end up at).
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    Gwinnett Tech bridge requirements

    I know this post is getting old but I haven't been on in awhile. I may be able to help you. I am one of the nursing instructors at GTC. We would LOVE for you to apply to the Bridge program. Yes, you have to be licensed as an LPN or Paramedic. No, you don't have to be practicing or have a certain amount of experience but you do have several prerequisites to take. You may apply before your prerequisites are done but you must have them completed before the start of the program in May. So if you are in progress of completing your last prerequisite class when you apply to the program in the spring, we will still consider you. Here is some info about the prereqs and the courses you would take. Feel free to PM me if you'd like more info. Associate Degree Nursing Paramedic Bridge Option (ADN) AD33 Program Description The associate degree nursing paramedic bridge option at Gwinnett Technical College is designed to provide nursing courses for students who have completed their education and obtained licensure as a paramedic. At successful completion of the program of study, the nursing student is awarded an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Graduates are then eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN and licensure by the Georgia Board of Nursing, graduates are employed as registered nurses in a variety of settings. (Program Length: 3 Semesters plus required core prerequisites) The Gwinnett Technical College registered nursing associate degree program has full approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Georgia Board of Nursing 237 Coliseum Drive Macon, GA 31217 478-207-1640 The program is accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 www.acenursing.org Prerequisites Length of time to complete prerequisites varies depending on applicants' transfer credit and/or testing results. The time to complete prerequisites is not included in the total program length listed. File completion does not guarantee acceptance. In order to begin the program, students must complete a physical exam, tuberculosis skin test, supply proof of immunization, undergo a background check, and submit to a drug screen test. Prerequisites must be completed by the deadline. These include BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114 and BIOL 2114L, BIOL 2117 and BIOL 2117L, ENGL 1101, FYES 1000, MATH 1111 or MATH 1101, and PSYC 1101. The following core courses must be completed prior to starting the nursing transition courses. ENGL 1102, PSYC 2103, and a humanities/fine arts elective. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all prerequisites. Please see the competitive health application at www.gwinnetttech.edu/forms for additional information. *Note that these courses must be completed prior to the application deadline in order to be considered for program admission. Additionally, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2114, and BIOL 2117 cannot be older than 5 years at file completion deadline. Employment Opportunities Graduates will find opportunities in a wide variety of settings, including, but not limited to acute care in hospitals, long term care facilities, ambulatory clinics (inpatient/outpatient), physicians' offices, home health care, private or governmental industries, school and hospice facilities. [TABLE] [TR] [TD]COURSE TITLE[/TD] [TD]NUMBER[/TD] [TD]CREDITS[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: essential] [TD] Essential General Education Core Courses[/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD] 15 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=colspan: 3] Area I – Language Arts/Communication[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Composition and Rhetoric[/TD] [TD] ENGL 1101[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Literature and Composition[/TD] [TD] ENGL 1102[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=colspan: 3] Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Introductory Psychology[/TD] [TD] PSYC 1101[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=colspan: 3] Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (Successful completion of MATH 1111 or MATH 1101 is required)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] College Algebra[/TD] [TD] MATH 1111[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Math Modeling[/TD] [TD] MATH 1101[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=colspan: 3] Area IV – Humanities/Fine Arts (Choose ONE of the following)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Art Appreciation[/TD] [TD] ARTS 1101[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] American Literature[/TD] [TD] ENGL 2130[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Introduction to Humanities[/TD] [TD] HUMN1101[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Music Appreciation[/TD] [TD] MUSC 1101[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: essential] [TD] Essential Technical Courses[/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD] 46 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] First Year Experience[/TD] [TD] FYES 1000[/TD] [TD] 2 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Anatomy and Physiology I*[/TD] [TD] BIOL 2113/L[/TD] [TD] 3/1 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Anatomy and Physiology II*[/TD] [TD] BIOL 2114/L[/TD] [TD] 3/1 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Introductory Microbiology*[/TD] [TD] BIOL 2117/L[/TD] [TD] 3/1 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Human Development[/TD] [TD] PSYC 2103[/TD] [TD] 3 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Pharmacological Concepts and Drug Calculation[/TD] [TD] RNSG 1102[/TD] [TD] 2 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice[/TD] [TD] RNSG 1500[/TD] [TD] 5 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Bridge to Professional Nursing for Paramedics[/TD] [TD] RNSG 1520[/TD] [TD] 5 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Concepts of Maternal Nursing[/TD] [TD] RNSG 2101[/TD] [TD] 4 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Concepts Pediatric Nursing[/TD] [TD] RNSG 2102[/TD] [TD] 4 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Concepts of Adult Health III[/TD] [TD] RNSG 2103[/TD] [TD] 10 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] Transition into the Profession of Nursing[/TD] [TD] RNSG 2105[/TD] [TD] 2 [/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: total] [TD][/TD] [TD] Total Hours[/TD] [TD] 61 [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] **Suggested First Semester classes: FYES 1000, ENGL 1101, PSYC 1101, and BIOL 2113/L
  4. kat29

    What nurse life-hacks do you have to offer?

    Have a really confused patient who insists on throwing off the sheets and displaying themselves to the world? Take a hospital gown, with snaps- turn it upside down and snap the armholes around the thighs. Makes a great pair of shorts for the 'less than modest' patient. We used this a lot for our very squirmy TBIs. Also, run the foley tubing down the leg out the shorts and they won't be so likely to pull it out.
  5. Sorry to ask what seems like the same questions others are asking but for the life of me I can't find a clear answer on this forum. I'm talking with a recruiter for my first travel assignment. I have NOT signed or agreed to anything as of yet. My question is about the nontaxed vs taxed amounts. Ive been offered this... $19.50/hr (which seems absurdly low since thats the hourly I make as a staff nurse in MO) $2800/mo housing and the usual 1.5 after 8hr & OT (its California) $.55/mile travel reimbursement Heres my question. I know that the housing is tax free (yes I have a legal tax home elsewhere). But she mentioned that the IRS allows a certain amt of money a month tax free (she mentioned around $3000). Is this what the IRS calls "per diem" and is it untaxed IN ADDITION TO the housing stipend? Does this mean that ~$3000 (or whatever the IRS allows) of my HOURLY wage is untaxed? AND my housing stipend is also untaxed? And does this make $19.50/hr a decent rate for a California area. thanks to anyone that can help me understand this!
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    Nurse Moving to Denver--Looking for Roommate!!

    Are you opposed to a yellow lab and two cats?
  7. kat29

    Acute HD by ICU staff

    We have a similar set up at our hospital. The acute dialysis unit (4-5 beds) is actually a part of the ICU. We have a number of nurses who work both dialysis and staff the ICU. If an ICU patient has to have dialysis, the unit nurse scheduled for dialysis that day will come to that persons room and dialyze. The patient would essentially have 2 RNs (their ICU nurse and their dialysis nurse-who is also one of our ICU nurses). If there are floor patients who have treatments scheduled and also ICU patients, we get another of our cross trained RNs to help out. These nurses have been working both dialysis and ICU for years though and are very experienced. We also have some PRNs that are strictly dialysis but again, it is considered part of the unit. It works out well, expecially if the patient suddently becomes unstable. We (the rest of the ICU staff- and the code team) are right outside the door if help is needed. Feel free to PM me if you'd like any more info. Let me clarify too that the RN scheduled for dialysis on a particular day is just that...DIALYSIS. He/she is NOT at anytime the primary nurse for that patient. You should never be staffing the unit and dialyzing at the same time!
  8. My husband and I are pondering a move to the West Palm Beach area. Mostly for the diving! Im looking for anyone who has worked in that area to give me some info on the hospitals....where's good, where's bad...pay scale etc. Im a BSN RN w/ 2 years ICU exp. & CCRN. Housing costs, crime and what you generally think of the area would help too. Thanks! Feel free to PM me.
  9. So the hospital I work has had JCAHO come down on us for having unsigned telephone orders. We've struggled with docs over this for awhile now. We remind them, we put colored flags on the each unsigned order with the docs name on it. The doc himself doesn't even have to sign...any partner within their group that rounds on the patient can sign for them, yet nursing is now being held responsible! Here's the newest.... EVERY telephone order has to be faxed to the physicians office immediately (very time consuming). Then the doctor can sign and fax back. The result is duplicate photo copies all over the chart, especially if more than one doc has a telephone order on the same page. Here's the worst. If the order isn't signed in 48 hours, administration is holding THE NURSE THAT TOOK THE ORDER responsible. So if I take an order, fax the order, have two days off and the doc still hasnt signed then its MY responsibililty? Does this seem a bit rediculous to anyone here? What would you all do?
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    Has anyone heard of .....

    Thank you so much! Aureus, that makes more sense. I too thought that just calling the unit searching for staff was "fishy." I am a few months away from being ready for any agency nursing so I have time to do a little research. I certainly wont be using them thought. I appreciate your time! Thanks!
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    Has anyone heard of .....

    Anyone heard of RES Medical Group. They called my looking for potential staffers and I was off. Another nurse, a friend who knew I was tossing about the idea of some agency work on the side, gave them my number and they left me a message. I thought Id look them up on the internet before I started answering their calls but I cant find anything. Has anyone heard of or worked for them?
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    Where to go?

    Hey allnurses! Im an ICU RN w/ about 2 years experience and my husband and I are looking for a good place to put down some roots and start a family. We're game for just about anywhere as long as it satisfies "a few" requirements! We currently live in Missouri but I cant deal w/ the climate and we're both bored. Unfortunately, I'm very, very happy w/ my job and the hospital I work at, makes it hard to move. I never have more than 2 pts at once, rarely get pulled, and the environment is friendly. Most of the docs are nice and take suggestion well. Pay isnt the best (between us both, we make about $70,000) but its enough to get by on here and I can have unlimited overtime. Problem is that its too hot, too humid, not enough snow and not enough outdoor activities. You have to drive 2-3 hrs for any good canoeing/camping. Please let me know of any towns where you love your hospital and can still afford a nice home that's not in the middle of a big city. Small cities/towns are good. We'd like to be able to afford a couple acres. He will be a rec. therapist soon but his degree will allow him to do just about anything in recreation. We love the outdoors. We scuba dive, camp, canoe. I love the snow and mild summers. Mountains, lakes and/or ocean would be great- we're tired of rolling farmland, brown murky ponds, and the Big Muddy! Id prefer not to drive more than a half hour to work....and yes I know we're picky! Any suggestions? Feel free to PM. Thanx!
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    February NCLEX takers.....

    Yippee!! I passed!!!! I think now I can get some sleep... (long long LONG sigh of relief.........)
  14. .....also, did anyone notice an awful lot of "infection control/ PPE" questions? I hope these were the experimental ones!
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    Curious About Those Sata Questions In Nclex-rn

    Shudder is right! I took mine today and got 9 of those awful questions. My fingers are crossed that I never have to do them again. There really is no way to study for them. You just have to know your stuff. Im pretty sure I didnt. What sucks is that you can get all of the options but one and you still get it wrong.
  16. I took them this morning too. Cut off at 75 questions and I know everyone says that they think they failed but I seriously got the bad end of that stick! I counted 9, YES 9, "choose all that apply" questions!! And the strangest barrage of off the wall questions you could think of! ...and if you're studying drug side effects, which I highly recommend...don't bother with the obvious ones! Every time I got a drug questions and thought to myself "O-o I know that one!" there were none of the effects I was familiar with in the options. NONE! I think they chose the side effects to list that were at the very ends of the lists. Good luck to everyone and thanks for letting me vent....keeping my fingers crossed.