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All Icus x Nicu/ Shock Trauma/flight nur
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fltnrse2 has 40 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in All Icus x Nicu/ Shock Trauma/flight nur.

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    Question for those who receive SSD

    Dear Michelle, Bill Clinton made a change to the SSD benefits, one of them being that you get one trial work period that last 9 months period, and yes you get your check during that time. If you work 2 weeks SSD counts that as one of your nine months. What came to my mind is why not work part-time and continue to get your benefits? To go from not working to two part-time jobs would be a little overwhelming for me anyway. On the social security website you can get in touch with a real human, I think they are called a "benefit specialists" that can answer all of your questions. Good Luck! fltnrse2
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    Question for those who receive SSD

    Dear Michelle, Bill Clinton made a change to the SSD benefits, one of them being that you get one trial work period that last 9 months period, and yes you get your check during that time. If you work 2 weeks SSD counts that as one of your nine months. What came to my mind is why not work part-time and continue to get your benefits? To go from not working to two part-time jobs would be a little overwhelming for me anyway. On the social security website you can get in touch with a real human, I think they are called a "benefit specialists" that can answer all of your questions. Good Luck! fltnrse2
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    How Much Do You Make As a Flight Nurse?

    In 1993 when I began flying for a 24 hour shift (just to show up basically) $200.00/day plus extra "flight pay" for each flight. I learned never to accept what I was offered. When my contract came up for reveiw I asked for $300.00/24hr plus flight pay and milage, since I worked in very remote areas. You need to understand what you are offering a flight company. Also, reimbursement for your acls, pals,etc. etc. Don't be shy because you want this job so badly, that's when you usually take what they offer, and then you might regret. Bargin from a position of strength. If your going to do ground, tell them you expect the same rate of pay. As of this minute I'm sure flight nurses make more today. You need to understand how dangerous and challenging this job is, and you have to be on the money at 3am as if it were 3pm. As the RN your going to call the shots, because you have no way of communicating with a doc. When you take your advanced course for flight nurses you will learn to intubate, place a subclavian line, put in a chest tube etc. It's a great job, fun, exciting and as I said dangerous. Good Luck! fltnrse2
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    How Much Do You Make As a Flight Nurse?

    In 1993 when I began flying for a 24-hour shift (just to show up basically) $200.00/day plus extra "flight pay" for each flight. I learned never to accept what I was offered. When my contract came up for review I asked for $300.00/24hr plus flight pay and milage, since I worked in very remote areas. You need to understand what you are offering a flight company. Also, reimbursement for your ACLs, pals, etc. etc. Don't be shy because you want this job so badly, that's when you usually take what they offer, and then you might regret. Bargain from a position of strength. If you're going to do ground, tell them you expect the same rate of pay. As of this minute, I'm sure flight nurses make more today. You need to understand how dangerous and challenging this job is, and you have to be on the money at 3 am as if it were at 3 pm. As the RN you're going to call the shots because you have no way of communicating with a doc. When you take your advanced course for flight nurses you will learn to intubate, place a subclavian line, put in a chest tube, etc. It's a great job, fun, exciting and as I said dangerous. Good Luck! fltnrse2
  5. It's important to realize why 12 hour shifts are in existance. The answer....follow the the money. Secondly there was a nursing shortage. Personally there are areas 12 hours hifts should be band for example a transplant unit. I had occassion to watch a 12 shift of nurses on a telemetry. Why? because they get report, do an assessment, pass a few meds and then they sit. They check there email, they check their Blackberry, by then it's time for lunch....I think you get the direction I'm going in. FLTNRSE2
  6. I would like to reply to a few of your comments.
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    how important is GPA?

    In a teaching hospital there is an abundence of post graduate nurses. The nurse manager if concerned with having enough warm bodies to "care" if that is what you wish t call it. My opinion is you are a worker bee, while acedemic attend meeting, conferences and lunchs making policy tha we must implement and may I say without our inout into the process as if a graduate nurse is so special that mear mortals could not possiably have any input. FLTNRES@
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    Nursing Refresher Course

    I would tell you were there is a good course but sinse I was dropped 22 hours from completion all due to a pac of lies from my preceptor.
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    Nursing Refresher Course

    Dear Texas Educator, I have finished the didactic portion and all but 22 hours of my clinicals, then I was dropped from the program. In Texas where do you stand or is it even possible to move to another site to complete the clinical hours. I would like to have your input. FLTNRSE2
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    Nursing Refresher Course

    I am 22 hours from completion and here are my comments. In my State there are only 3 collegesthat give the course, and although the material is the same the schedule for lectures can vary. Before you begin your 180 hours of clinical I suggests that you actually meet your preceptor. In my case my preceptor was overbarring, and passive-aggressive. I was miserable. It is also an expensive,check with your local Vocational Rehabilitation office. I took the class because I wanted to take another class which required a current license Good Luck! FLTNRSE2
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    RN Refresher Courses

    You can simply Google RN Refresher or call your local BON FLTNRSE2
  12. Dear Birdinflight, You have misunderstood one important thing. Which is, an 8 hour shoift does not mean that you do the same work you would in a 12 hour shift. Simple, if you have and other comments or wish to discuss this further let me hear from you. FLTNRSE2
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    out 2 yrs, can i get part-time with refresher course?

    In my state you have to be out for 5 years. You might want to see if you even need a refresher course.....FLTNRSE2
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    What if I can't afford a refresher course...?

    You can look into Vocational Rehabilitation for your state. I finally got them to pay for everything, but not without the assistance of the Disability Rights attorney's and two years of my life waiting. You might find out how to contact them located under you State government offices. Good Luck! FLTNRSE2
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    Refresher course without clinical hours...is it worth it?!

    I can share with you my experience. I took my course in Kansas. It is expensive, difficult but possible. For the clinical hours I made a phone call to a hospital and spoke with the education coordinator and that was that. I would exercise caution about who will precept you. This was the only problem I ran into I was offered ED dt my backround, when I went to the hospital I was given a nurse who had graduated 2 years prior with an attitude. That was a nightmare! FLTNRSE2
  16. I was an LPN for 20 years, then went ADN 1990, and ended up a flight nurse. However, the landscape of nursing is and has been for the past 40 years, if you are youngish or want to have an office someday etc, get the BSN. As for me I have never lost out on a job that I have went for with my ADN. FLTNRSE2
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