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    Calling Out for EXCEPTIONAL Snow Conditions

    How do we start a topic on allnurses now? I’m so lost....
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    MSN Programs

    I am looking at some online programs for MSN Nurse Leadership. There are several schools that offer this online. I see that all are CCNE accredited but some are regionally accredited while others are nationally accredited. Does this matter as long as they are CCNE accredited? Thanks for the info in advance. Some of the programs I have looked at are University of Mary Bismarck(online), Grand Canyon University, Aspen University, Maryville University online.
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    Job offer

    I've gone on a few interviews and now I have a dilemma.... interventional radiology with cross train to cath lab which is mon-fri and call rotation. The other is cardiac intermediate with eventual cross train to ICU. This is three 12's rotating day/night and every third weekend. I can't decide! Anyone work in IR??? Do you love it? Do you like your schedule?
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    Job offer

    My mom or grandma is in the area. But this is somewhat a setback to me...both jobs are offering nearly the same hourly rate. Not sure how much overtime there is in IR... med/surg is wide open and I usually pick up an additional shift or two a pay period and still have days off. I don't know if intermediate will be similar. With IR Monday-Friday I feel will get to be really long... getting my daughter up and ready for school pick her up and get home adds additional time to my day...
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    Job offer

    Med/surg, but I have worked inpatient mental health and post acute rehab. The bulk of my career has been med/surg. Goals...pick up more skills so I can be more marketable. 1-2 year goal prn or per diem this way I can still make the bills and as a single mom all my daughters events... Both appeal to me....a regular normal people schedule almost scares me though. I haven't done that since I was in the military- 7 years!
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    Low unemployment

    Was just wondering if and how the current economy is impacting your facility or place of employment. Currently, our economy is supposed to be experiencing the highest level of unemployment in decades. I work PRN at to separate facilities as this works better for me as a single mom and I do not need the health insurance as a combat veteran I receive the healthcare I need from the VA. However, at the one facility I work at they are a critical staffing issue(well at both they do) but I know several of the nurses started looking elsewhere and were offered approximately $4 more per hour at other facilities so they went back and asked for a $2 raise in order to stay and the facility refused. So then we had a mass exodus and ended up with a facility full of travel nurses. Sometimes the night shift is completely travel staff. So they implemented a temporary $5 shift differential for night shift. The other facility also has a staffing issue. Always, short. This is a big medical facility. The base pay at this facility is already lower then market value, I would say $2-$6 depending on experience. However, they recently slashed PRN differential, as well as night differential, and weekend differential. Their idea behind this was something like all the older nurses are retiring and in order to save money these differentials will not apply to new hires or anyone who isn't grandfathered in. From my understanding those nurses who work straight nights were given a base pay increase to offset the nearly $5 night shift differential but is still lower then it was before. So I guess I'm just not seeing these wage increases the news is talking about are suppose to be happening because of a tight labor market. But when I look at job ads I'm seeing more and more job openings.
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    Low salary same work

    I wanna know where you have been working? I've been nursing for 6 years.... worked in crap holes all the way to 5 star facilities to trauma center and have never received more then a 50 cent raise.... couple with a slash to the night differential or some crazy thing that pretty much evens you out to what you were making before. Hell I've even worked in places that took money out of your check for "health insurance" only to find out when you go to use it the company didn't actually have insurance for their employees! Straight up fraud!
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    DON Education

    I could just cry.... I feel so defeated. I work a lot 36-72 hours a week and my low...well, decreased due to slashes in differential I'm struggling financially. Pretty bad. Mostly due to my student loans. I wonder what the heck I got myself into. Why did I spend so much money to go into a career where I can hardly afford to pay my bills and at the same time get treated like cattle. Ugh. I hope it gets better
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    DON Education

    I'm working at a nursing home that's struggling with staffing issues, low morale, and what have you. I think in part to our administrator who makes all the decisions from my understanding. One of those decisions is to leave an entire unit unstaffed at night besides 1-2 cna's. Our old don was fed up and left and now the new don is a 2 year rn with like 2 years of experience in the nursing home... one of them as a nurse manager which was filled by a new grad Rn! How does this happen? These are positions that should require a minimum set of years of experience! It's like having a baby drive a car! Anyways, apparently the question was asked what can be done to boost morale and fix staffing without costing money and I can't think of anything! Literally every reasonable idea would cost some sort of money. Nursing seems to have taken a very odd turn in the past two years. Looking to kind of fall back into my old career as a public affairs specialist. Becoming frustrated with nurse staffing, budget constraints, low morale, low or decreasing compensation. Unrealistic expectations. Now I know why My clinical instructor for my bsn worked fulltime as a bartender and taught clinicals on the side lol.
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    Low unemployment

    Yeah, I'm not happy. But seems like everywhere I have been is all about cutting or decreasing benefits as much as possible. Why is this a thing in nursing.
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    MORALE

    Morale is low where I'm at too. Thank goodness I'm prn and have laid off of picking up as much as I used to.... now down to minimum required. How about high patient turn over coupled with high nurse to patient ratios doesn't lead to good outcomes...complaints and what have you. Cutting of the differentials or any incentive compensation coupled with already below average compensation. Add in the new way of cost saving by always reducing or putting staff "on call" add in the fact that you love an hour away and if called in you have to be on the unit within 30 minutes.... so essentially have to still pay for daycare and gas to drive to the city and putz around until they decide to call you in or reduce you. Just in my area alone the nursing homes, home health, hospice, virtually anywhere but the hospital pays nearly $10 more per hour and have a more regular schedule well you get the idea. So it's no wonder hospitals can't keep staff...unless of course you are single with no kids or life and like to live your life around the hospital.
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    Burnt out

    This is correct. To be exact it is a $9.95 cent difference to work same exact hours at the nursing home. Starting pay at the hospital is $26/hr with average 50 cent raises per year.... first year was 3% second year was 1% third year was 2%.....they are same across the board for the department. It's the shift differentials that make the biggest difference. $5 for nights at nursing home and $1.25/hr at hospital. Base pay at the nursing home is 4.62 more.
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    Burnt out

    I'm feeling pretty burnt out. I continued my education and got my BSN. However, I'm having a hard time finding anything outside of floor nursing...med/surg to be exact. I am starting to get that crappy anxiety feeling about working. Add to all that my mounting debt. Even with working 4-6 12 hour shifts a week I'm just getting by. I can't help but feel like I could find something that has more attractive working hours, less responsibility and comparable salary. Fairly fresh to the profession.... 2013....but kinda want to leave it. The unrealistic expectations, high patient to nurse ratios and turnover, along with just not feeling "worth it" in the profession.
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    Burnt out

    In the same time I have worked my way up from Lpn to RN-BSN....but have worked Med/surg all these years as Lpn and Rn. So "fresh" as Rn. But I don't see a huge difference in patient assignment or meds that can be given via rn.... since the bon for the state I am in allows Lpns to administer if medications as long as we had been checked off by the education department of our facility. The real difference is the closed units. I have applied to several of the closed units within mysame hospital and not getting anywhere....I.e L&D(I did a 200 hour internship in this department at another facility for my BSN) NICU, picu....I just don't want to stay on med/surg... and since the hospital pays far less then the nursing homes in the area(approx. $10) I'd like to build my skills, because I really do enjoy the hospital setting.
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    Low unemployment

    So is anyone noticing the low unemployment in their work place? I've always worked nights, which has been chronically short staffed to the point they had sometimes only one nurse scheduled and had to fill in ALOT with agency....so they increased the night differential $3 for a total of $5 for nights. Now about a month into it we have this huge flop. Now a ton of open day shifts... anyways I just recently discovered another facility in the area is hiring at nearly $5 more per hour and offering signing bonus of $8000. Debating whether to bring this up to HR or go apply to the other company.
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    2018 Nurse Salary

    Location: Fargo, ND Base rate: $25.50 new grad Rn I believe night is $1.25 and weekends is $1.50 1% raises per year, this past year was an additional 1% No on call pay. Compensation is low compared to other jobs in the area. But most RNs come for the experience 1-2 years so they can go back to where they came from and get a job.
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    2018 Nurse Salary

    No extra pay? Are you serious?
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    Low unemployment

    I am looking into travel positions within a few hour radius of where I'm at. Also been peeking around for a new job. I can hardly afford to live and the only bills I have are mortgage, student loans, childcare, Internet/phone and insurance. It's gotten especially tight for me the past year or so.
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    Low unemployment

    Where do I go to be a spokes person? Ugh. Didn't help that every hospital and facility was for profit corporation owned in the area that I was in. It's all about "productivity" in a nonproductive profession. We are in the business of healing. What has happened to safe patient care. I'm sure it costs less then having to pay out fines, lawsuits, and treat conditions caused by unsatisfactory care. My biggest issue with my last job was the work load. We all know there are going to be days that are hard, days when we are going to be running like crazy and busy busy busy. But we shouldn't have to come to work to be run to the ground every shift that it makes you dread coming to work! When I started getting anxiety and overwhelmed with the thought of just going to work, I knew it was time to go....
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    Low unemployment

    Nurses leave positions every 2-3 because well basically the raises don't keep up with market value. My first position I gained $0.51 in two years. I switched jobs and my base hourly went up $2.00 and the new facility offered shift differentials. With raises over the past three years I make $1.23 more. I have remained prn. However, now my new job I make nearly $8.50 more per hour. I often look at open positions and see they want 3-5 years of experience for consideration. I think it's ridiculous. South Carolina is the worst for this. Job listing with BSN required masters preferred 3-5 years of experience, or crazy requirements then want to offer you $24/hr with mediocre benefits and patient ratios of 1:6-7 on days in a med/surg unit. Please..... not to mention SC is on the brink of a nursing shortage crisis.
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    Nurse patient ratio?!??

    And now it's 2018 going into 2019 and SC has a nursing shortage expected to become a crisis in the state in the next 5-10 years. I too lived in SC, I worked fulltime and still qualified for food stamps, WIC, and Medicaid. I'm no longer in SC but hear the ratios haven't changed. Where I am at now patient ratios are 1:4 days and 1:5 nights. Nobody wants to work like a mule everytime they go to work. You can't recover.
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    Low unemployment

    I agree. The sub-par benefits is what has kept me from an FTE position for 4 years. Oddly, seems like the appreciation thing is getting worse. We had the same thing happen in our ICU....7 nurses put in their notice in one shift and I believe 3 said the would not be returning after their shift was over....I believe at that time they were up to 1:4. I do not work ICU....but know that day shift for our med surg floors are sometimes 1:6....totally ridiculous. Since this is a level 1 trauma center/big medical facility and having worked at other hospitals can tell you our patients are much "sicker" then what some other hospitals can accommodate.
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    Low unemployment

    Oh, geesh. That is what I meant. LOWEST. ND unemployment rate for the state is around 2.5%- But salaries for nurses seem to be low compared to the cost of living. This may just be my opinion.
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    Iraq Travel Contracts

    Just reaching out and wondering if anyone has done a travel contract recently to Iraq? I'm former military and have been deployed to Iraq as a service member. Is the pay worth it? I have seen openings with two companies associated with the US government/military hiring RN's for Iraq deployments. Anyways, looking at that and some other options but really need to pay off my student loans. Anyways, I cant find any info. Am I looking at the 60 grand range or 150?? Thanks.
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    Pay cuts

    Anyone else dealing with their hospital chopping shift differential and other rates? The hospital I am at has cut prn pay, night differential, weekend differential. I have been there for three years and they only give out 1% raises yearly. We are talking straight night differentials reduced from $5 to nothing, straight weekends reduced from $10 to $1.50 and prn to norhing and prn don't get raises. I find it odd when unemployment is at an all time low and wages are supposedly on the rise and I would make much more by going somewhere else that a company would make such a bold move. Especially when they are already short staffed.
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