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  1. abalone

    Relocating to Seattle Area in Early 2015

    KansasNurse14, I attempted to send you some contact info for the hospitals/units you mentioned but you don't seem to have access to Private Messages (r/t only 4 posts). Rules (and professionalism) don't allow for me to post this in an open forum. Let me know if you are interested.
  2. abalone

    UW ABSN 2015

    For those who have not yet received a call: remember, your stars can change pretty quickly. It is not uncommon for students get off the wait list . Don't give up hope but do plan ahead for all eventualities. Good luck, UW SoN alumna
  3. abalone

    Swedish Nurse residency- jan-feb cohort 2015

    Their automatic reply email indicates the next cohort is not until July 2015 If you have already graduated, that's a pretty long way off! 7 months before your position would begin (that's if you land a job). 7 months waiting and not using your nursing skills or knowledge. I suggest new grads don't wait. Instead, keep searching for a position at other hospitals/clinics/SNFs. If you still don't have a position when the application is posted for the next cohort, then of course apply. Just don't wait around for that to happen. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer but GOOD LUCK!
  4. abalone

    Swedish nursing uniform question

    When I did clinical at Swedish Cherry Hill in 2013 & 2014, there was no uniform required for nurses in acute care or the ICUs. Nurses just wore scrubs. Loved the staff, had a great experience. I hope you do too!
  5. abalone

    Swedish Nurse residency- jan-feb cohort 2015

    Sent you both a private message
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    Sanford Health, FARGO, New Grad

    I'm not sure what purpose lying would serve here. As I said, I was a new grad (RN, BSN). My experience included 1 1/2 years as a nurse tech in an ICU at a large academically affiliated trauma 1 medical center & 250+ hours of senior practicum in an ICU.
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    What do you think? Is this a good deal?

    It seems a bit low to me. I'm a very new nurse but from the WA area. Here is a contract for a hospital in Kirkland, WA to see the comparables. Since you would be a traveler, I would have expected the salary to be higher. Again, I'm a new nurse with no travel experience so that is all I will say.
  8. abalone

    Transvascular Aortic Valve Implantation

    Here is a good YouTube video of the process (ignore the silly music). The cases I've seen, they don't remove the old value. It's not difficult to compress the conduction system or have swelling. My understanding is that heart block is the most common conduction issue, thus pts are fitted with pacemakers or wires even before the actual TAVR. Also: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
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    I would be surprised if your hospital doesn't have guidelines for this and you should check for them on your unit or with your clinical nurse educator. But, here is a handy image. imgur: the simple image sharer
  10. abalone

    Provided with a phone for shift?

    Worked in an ICU in a large urban trauma I medical center. We have land-lines. Nurses/CNAs/PCTs don't have cell phones on our unit (although acute care/ med surg units do). Pages to provider/pharmacy/RT/PT etc can be made by phone or the EMR. In return: Provider calls one of the nursing stations where someone/anyone that is sitting there answers and I get a page overhead. All the pt rooms have phones and the call can be picked up there. 30 bed unit, no unit secretary. It's not an issue. It works because we have a great team. IMO.
  11. abalone

    Emailing Nursing Recruiters?

    Depending on the hospital, it can be very difficult to find HR contact information. Obviously search their webpage. Next try Goggle "nurse recruiter, xxx medical center, human resources, etc". LinkedIn can also be of use, especially if you "subscribe" to the hospital of interest. Sometimes they have recruiters attached to job posting and you can then search/Google their contact information. If I don't have any friends working at the hospital and have still been unable to locate HR contact info: If it is a larger hospital, I've been known to call the operator and have them transfer me. If you are nervous about reaching an actual human being (trust me, I get it, at first these "cold calls" can be hard), then call after hours and leave a clear concise message (sound professional; you can rehears or write down what you are going to say). (This can also be used for contacting nurse recruiters). I guess, you can also just have the operator give you the email address (but, I've never tried this). You can also ask the operator for the contact information (name and mailing address) of the nurse manager of the unit you are interested in working on. Others may disagree, but I've found the easiest way to obtain this information is to tell the operator you want to send a "thank you letter" to the nurse manager of xxx unit (you don't normally need to explain, often they just assume you are the family member of a patient). Then send a thoughtful "pain letter" (snazzy term for a type of cover letter) and a resume by mail. As for what to say: the above responses are good. You can also say you are interested in learning about the "timeline" for interviews or the interview process.
  12. abalone

    Sanford Health, FARGO, New Grad

    Just FYI for others interested in Sanford: I applied to Sanford Health in Fargo for their CVICU/MICU as a NEW GRAD. I'm from the PNW, had an RN license but not a North Dakota RN license. I got a callback literally the next day. Applied on a Wednesday, got an HR call on Thursday, interviewed with the unit's nurse manager the following Wednesday. I was offered the position at the end of the interview and received an official offer on Thursday/Friday. I chose to decline the position but only because I got another offer from a large, world renowned institution in their Heart Transplant ICU. Sanford Health seemed like a great place to start as a nurse; very supportive for nursing training and it's a big hospital with over 500+ beds. Rent is reasonable in Fargo and Sanford Health is GROWING! They are building a new hospital set to open in a year or two.
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    Applying out of state

    I've had VERY good success applying out of state. Originally from the PNW, I've been interviewed for new-grad ICU positions in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. Received offers from all. After researching areas with greater need for nurses, I applied through each hospital webpage. I received phone calls from HR or nurse managers to set up interviews. Interviews were conducted by phone or Skype-like video conference.
  14. My suggestion. Take your classes at a community college. Not only are they cheaper they also tend to be MUCH smaller classes! I'm not going to say they will be easier (although some may be). You can do the community college thing on a "trial basis" to see if you can get your grades in the important pre-reqs up -->You can take off 1 quarter and summer from UW without issue. Make sure you are taking courses that directly transfer, it's really really easy to do. https://admit.washington.edu/EquivalencyGuide In the Seattle area, I do feel it is easier to get a job with a BSN. That said, when you are ready, you can (& should) apply to both ADN & BSN programs. Your grades really do matter when applying to nursing school, although UW also places a strong emphasis on medical/hospital related experience (easiest to achieve as a nurse aid). My experience: I completed some of my prereqs at UW but I also took a good number at a community college (I was dual enrolled for a bit). UW SCHOOL OF NURSING DOESN'T CARE WHERE YOU TAKE YOUR PRE-REQS, but the grades matter! Take use of the fact that UW lets you take a quarter off. When I realized I wanted to get into the nursing program, I had a lot of hurtles to overcome. But, I started taking courses at a CC over the summer and Aut quarter and then I was dual enrolled Winter quarter (needed to finish the Biol series at the CC but also needed to return to UW). Because UW doesn't count summer against you, you can then take Aut off and still be enrolled as a UW student and return Winter without any issues. If you do end up leaving UW to do all your pre-reqs at a community college, you can and should still apply to the UW nursing program (although with other programs, realistically, it's not easy to get in to nursing school and you should have back-ups). UW does NOT give preferential treatment to current UW students; every applicant is treated the same. So don't think that just because you didn't do your pre-reqs at UW or that just because you aren't a current UW student means it will be harder to get in: it's not true! I would say 2/3 to 3/4 of my UW nursing cohort were transfer students, students with previous degrees, or otherwise "non-traditional" students. Very few went the "traditional" route of UW freshman, sophomore and then nursing student. ALSO: FYI, getting into UW's public Health program is still competitive. Not a great back-up plan, especially if you still plan to pursue nursing (this coming from someone that has a degree in public health from UW). What UW says: "If you are an undergraduate or professional student (dental, law, or medical) who has completed the preceding quarter here at the University of Washington, you may take a quarter off under the Quarter-Off Eligibility Policy.Subject to college, school and departmental enrollment policies, an undergraduate or a professional student who has completed a quarter at the University of Washington may take the following quarter off and remain eligible to register in Registration Period I for the subsequent quarter without submitting an application as a returning student. For example, a student completing winter quarter may, without registering for or completing spring quarter, register during Registration Period I for autumn quarter without reapplying. Any quarter from which a student has completely withdrawn, or from which he/she is canceled, does not constitute a completed quarter. Summer quarter enrollment is not required to maintain continuous registration eligibility."
  15. Hello, I'm a new BSN grad from Washington State. I received a call from Sanford Health, Fargo, ND and now have a phone interview set up for their ICU (there are 2 units it sounds like; CVICU & Medical-Trauma ICU level 2). Can anyone tell me about their experience as a new grad or nurse at Sanford? Either in med-surg/acute care or in ICU? How was your orientation/residency? Welcome to the floor? Thank you for your help!!