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  1. ssaarraahh

    L&D STAFFING--info needed!

    Which hospital do you work? (if you want to share). Not sharing for privacy reasons. How many Births do you do each year? Somewhere between 4000 and 5000 a year. How many RNs do you staff on day shift including charge? I think day shifts core is 13 or 14. How Many RNs do you staff on Night shift including charge? 11 or 12. Do you have a second nurse present during delivery to care for baby? Yes. If yes, how long does the nurse stay in the room after a Vaginal delivery? 1.5 to 2 hours, unless we are busy. Then that nurse only stays for around 1 hour. In a C/S: Does the second RN stay in the OR until the case is completed? Our second nurse is the baby nurse. Prior to the c/s, the nurse helps prep the patient while the primary nurse starts the charting and counting. Once the baby is delivered and nicu clears the baby, the secondary nurse takes over care of the baby. Starts vitals and skin to skin. Prior to closure of the c/s, the baby is taken to the pacu where mom will be after her c/s. At my previous job, the baby would go to the nursery until after the c/s is complete and the nursery nurse would bring baby to the pacu. Also, there was not a second labor nurse in the c/s unless it is an emergency c/s. What unit does this RN come from? (NICU, L&D, PSTP, etc…) Labor and delivery. If the baby nurse at delivery is from L&D: are they reserved to be baby nurse? No. Any nurse who is available will be the baby nurse.
  2. ssaarraahh

    2016 Salary thread

    1. CA bay area 2. I've been a RN for 3 years in labor and delivery. Base is $66/hour. 20% differential for nights and 10% for weekend. 3. The worst part is cost of living. I live in a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment that cost almost 3k/month. A nice 3 br, 2 bath house can be 900k and up.
  3. ssaarraahh

    Job outlook for new RN grads in BayArea

    I graduated in 2011. It was very difficult to find a job after graduation. It took me almost a year to find a job in California. It is possible to find a new grad job but it is hard and will take some time.
  4. ssaarraahh

    if you graduated in the last 5 years

    I graduated Dec 2011 with a BSN. Passed the nclex Jan 2012. I got a job offer on my dream unit in Nov 2012 and started Dec 2012. This is in northern California where the job market is saturated with new grads.
  5. ssaarraahh

    **POLL** New 1st Year RN Salary

    California. Labor and delivery. when I started in dec 2012 as a new grad, I started at $36/hour. I am currently at $42/hour.
  6. ssaarraahh

    Nursing Salary Survey 2014

    [*]Geographic location-central coast California [*]Pay rate-around $40/ hour [*]In which area / specialty do you work?- labor and delivery [*]What type of license do you have (RN or LPN)?- RN [*]What type of degree and/or certification do you have?- BSN. BLS, ACLS, and NRP [*]How many years of experience do you have?- 1 year (just finished my first year) [*]Are you full-time, part-time, or casual / per diem / PRN status?- full time [*]What shift do you work?- currently 12 hour days. I will probably change to nights later this year [*]Do you receive any shift differential?- not for days [*]Are you a manager or supervisor?- no
  7. ssaarraahh

    University of San Francisco BSN Spring 2014

    I graduated USF in DEC 2011 so hopefully I can help you with some of your questions. I applied to USF for spring '09 and I found out I got into the nursing program at the beginning of Dec 2008. My letter said I was not be starting clinicals under spring '10 (yes a whole year). This might happen for you. I was a lucky student and actually had a spot open up for me spring '09. As for clinicals, there is so many things for you to do. They changed the program around since I graduated but I did two semesters in med surg, one in maternity and PEDs, one is psychiatric and home health and my last was my preceptorship which i choose labor and delivery. Clinical sites are all over the bay area. Most clinical sites were very open to USF students. If you have any questions, feel free to answer or message me.
  8. ssaarraahh

    keep your head up

    You sound like a very strong applicant. I believe my GPA was around a 3.3 when I got accepted into USF. I also had a 'c' in my prerequisites; mine in microbiology. And my letter of recommendation was from a doctor. Spring is easier to get into the nursing school than fall semester. I cannot tell you whether you will get in, but I sure hope you do! USF is a great nursing school. Best of luck to you!
  9. I had a 6 month labor and delivery orientation. We are a high risk maternity unit. The first couple of weeks was uncomplicated pregnancies. Then went up from there to inductions, moms with diabetes, pre term, pre eclamspia, tolacs, c sections, and fetal demises. My managers really wanted to make sure I was very comfortable being on my own after orientation. And I was completely comfortable.
  10. ssaarraahh

    Young Nurses!

    I was 23 when I graduated with my BSN and got my RN. I've been working for almost a year now. I am the youngest nurse on my floor.
  11. ssaarraahh

    RN Salary Survey 2013: Post here!

    1. California 2. Almost 1 year 3. Labor and delivery 4. 37/ hour 5. I think its $3 for night shift. 6. Yes, CNA
  12. ssaarraahh

    How long did it take you to land your first job?

    I think it depends on where you are located. I am in California, which is horrible for new grads right now. It look me 11 months to get a job and I applied to over 200 positions. And I have my BSN.
  13. ssaarraahh

    How does your hospital handle twins?

    Where I work, twins can be delivered vaginally if both are vertex, and once the mom hits 9 cm, we move her to the OR. We had a delivery a couple of months ago where both babies were vertex. Mom delivered baby a with help from a vacuum. And then baby b decided to turn and be breech. Instead of doing an crash c section, the doctor delivered baby b breech with forceps. It was so scary.
  14. When I was in nursing school, I always had a Greek yogurt (lots of protein) with granola for morning snack. For lunch, I usually had a sandwich or a lean cuisine. And then for afternoon snack, I usually had fruit. Now, as a working nurse, I still do this same, but I add in either nuts or a fiber one bar to my second snack. I work 12 hour days so I need to make sure I have enough food to get me through the day.
  15. ssaarraahh

    New grad looking to work in L&D

    Congratulations on graduating nursing school and good luck on your boards. Where are you located? I am in California and new grad jobs are hard to get into here. I'm like you. I did my senior preceptorship in l&d; I knew that's what I wanted to do with my career. With that being my focus, I applied to all labor and delivery positions and shifted my cover letter to reflect that. Also, you should take ACLS and NRP. NRP is required of l&d and ACLS for some hospitals. EFM is also good. If you really want to get into l&d, keep on applying to all hospitals, big or small. Try community hospitals. I wish you luck!
  16. ssaarraahh

    Nurses needed in CA?

    As for right now, California is very hard to get a new grad job. I'm from northern California and it took me 11 months to get a job. And yes, I have my BSN. I am one of the lucky ones who got a job in California and its at a hospital and its on my dream unit. Most of my friends from college are not working where they want to be and some are still looking for a job. Southern California does have more new grad job than northern California. I would not move here before you have a job lined up here. Also, as the poster said above, you are competed with so many other nurses for a job. Sometimes, there might be only 15 positions open but close to 1000 people apply. The thing is, nursing schools are taking in students to become nurses but once they graduate, there aren't that many jobs for those nurses. I hope things are better in 2015 when you graduate. I wish you luck throughout nursing school and beyond.