Hoozdo replied to Tirednurseandmomma14's topic in Disasters
Truthfully, I have not been at work since March 10. I am an organ transplant recipient of 20 years and do take immune suppressants. I am out on FMLA currently. I feel no job is worth my life. I do feel like I am letting down my coworkers by being out. Money be damned, my life is more important!
Your experience as an LPN will not matter much wherever you're applying for RN in hospital settings.
If you are talking Maricopa County, the schedule is not flexible as an LPN. You will be doing heavy-duty med passes.
I can't speak to any other counties or jails in AZ.
Hoozdo replied to SafetyNurse1968's topic in Critical
Excellent article Safetynurse! 20 years ago I had a liver transplant and I got C. Diff. It is sheer misery.....I did a 90 day course of PO Vancomycin for the infection. It worked for me, but the drug is very expensive. Yes, I would pick a fecal transplant any day for a treatment.
Hoozdo replied to Beldar_the_Cenobite's topic in Nursing
Your facility can not let it slide. That is a federal standard - the facility must investigate any allegations of abuse. Additionally, you are not supposed to be in the facility until it is investigated.
The result of the facility investigation is then forwarded, along with the complaint, to whatever entity in your state facilitates nursing home complaints and licensing.
Here is a list of all Arizona trauma centers:
I can't say any particular hospital system is better than another as far as a positive environment. I have worked ICU for a few on this list in the past.
As you get closer to retirement age (or early retirement age) this fact will be more important. 20K a year will make a difference in your life when you consider what you will make from social security.
Check out the social security website online to see how much you will earn on social security. You might even be able to retire early with the addition of extra pension money!
Are any of the hospitals teaching hospitals? I really enjoy the environment of a teaching hospital. You could really pick up a lot of information from sticking close to the attending and residents while they are making rounds. It is a great learning experience and you are free to ask any questions to the attendings once you get to know them. Most of the doctors are there because they LOVE to teach.
The pension plan requires you put 11% of your pre-tax pay into the plan. It is not optional.
The benefits are wonderful. However, state nursing jobs do not give raises.........ever. County nursing jobs do.
I have never been an expert witness but I have been on a jury that has seen probably about 15 of them - almost all in the medical field.
Last year I was on a jury for 7 months for a murder one case - the victim was a child. The case is adjudicated now.
Expert witnesses are paid handsomely. They have to admit while testifying how much they are making for all work done on the case. They also have to testify how they are qualified to be an expert witness.
Expert witnesses do this as a career. They don't do it part time.