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    Compact license question

    I figured as much. Thanks Ned!
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    Compact license question

    My tax home is not part of the compact. But I recently obtained licensure in a state that is part of the compact, Missouri. Now that I have a MO license, can I travel to other compact states without getting licensure there?
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    Huge paycut, Unsure of what to do

    Well, I worked at a hospital as “staff” very short term last year around here and hated the environment and culture. I was started off at 40/hr. It was a critical care unit and I had no training except basic orientation. My mindset is the same, some money is better than no money. And I’ll get management experience, and experience in surveys, wound care, etc. what I dislike the most isn’t so much the pay itself, it’s the pay + crappy insurance + dangerous drive.
  4. I’ve been a traveler for years and in my specialty, PCU, there is nothing. Staff jobs in my area have laid off many of their nurses from losing so much during the pandemic. There really aren’t too many jobs out there. I recently applied for a ADON position at a small nursing home/rehab center near me. They only have 65 residents, which is their max. It is a for-profit facility. They have excellent reviews and a high rating from CMS. I have no management experience. But this place is willing to train me. The Administrator said the company will have plenty of classes and resource people around and he is not expecting me to hit-the-floor running. He was very nice. He’s been with the corporation 20 years and he said there will be room for me to advance. But... only 55k/year. Yeah, it comes out to about 26/hr. And, while it’s only 30 min away, my commute will be on a dangerous road, especially during the Winter. Is it worth it? Once I accept, I don’t want to quit for at least 18 mos-2 years. I need roots. Or should I wait a few more weeks to see if the hospitals and clinics start hiring again? I will kick myself if I decline and then can’t find anything better within the next 6-8 weeks. I did interview for a Govt job on Tuesday and I think I did well, but they won’t have a decision for another 6-8 weeks and then in takes 4 weeks for onboarding. I could wait to see if the Govt job calls, but again, I’ll kick myself if I didn’t get that job and I will have wasted 8 weeks plus turned down this job. I think 55k was my starting pay in the ICU 15 years ago. But there are 65 million unemployed Americans right now and I don’t want to be one of them. Again, there isn’t much out there. Even my nearby clinics aren’t hiring. I do not want to start and then quit as soon as something better comes along, unless it’s just awful, which I don’t think it is. I appreciate that I’ll get some management experience and maybe in a couple years I can find something with higher pay. I do plan on going back for my NP starting this fall. What should I do?
  5. I’m currently on a travel assignment and a staff member (new grad) refused to take a combative patient who has been refusing his meds for 3-4 days, she felt like she couldn’t deal with him. The charge nurse told her she cannot refuse a patient. I intervened and said it is her right to refuse and she should be reassigned to someone else. I then said that the bigger issue is the patient refusing his meds for multiple days and I asked if a provider has been notified and how the patient needs a physician assessment ASAP. Charge nurse told me I am wrong, that according to the ANA, a nurse cannot refuse. I told her that’s incorrect and she called house super on me and the nurse refusing. House supv jusr rolled his eyes. Nobodt addressed the meds/physician thing. Nurses just blow my mind sometimes. Where is the compassion, understanding and flexibility with your coworkers in this field?
  6. At my ED job which I’m still new to, I haven’t been given any classes whatsoever. I was already ACLS/BLS, I had to take an online PALS course, but that’s all. It makes me very uncomfortable being in certain situations without much training. For example, we do conscious sedations on adults and kids. I am not the person giving the sedation, but it still makes me a nervous wreck because when the procedure is done, I’m the only one in there as they wake up/recover. Adults are usually fine. But the kids, at night, after getting Ketamine do not wake up very fast and it scares the crap out of me. And then I’ve had patients who have been intubated and are under my care until an ICU room is available. My very first intubated patient, the ED doc asked me an hour later “Why doesn’t the patient have an OG, ALL intubated patients need an OG - well because I didn’t know what an OG is or how to put it in, nevermind that all intubated patients need one. A friend just started ED in a different city. She said not only is she getting critical care classes, but part of her orientation will be spent in the ICU since she’ll be taking care of ICU patients until a bed is available. This is what I need and want. We are level 1 afterall. What was your orientation/training like?
  7. I’ve been a bedside nurse for many years and I’m longing for change. I shadowed in non-bedside specialties and my heart wasn’t into any of them. I then shadowed a nurse practitioner and nurse educator, and they both expressed to me how miserable they were. I then decided to switch gears. I love special ed children, so I applied and interviewed at a local college with a program in SE. one of the requirements is shadowing a SE teacher for 20 hours which they arranged. My heart was singing during the shadowing. I know SE is where I’m meant to be for the remainder of my working life. I felt so happy. And the SE teacher loves her job. An added plus, teachers still get pensions :). I’ve officially been matriculated into the program. I start the program this summer.
  8. I‘d love to work in Croatia, or even Bosnia since it’s close enough to Croatia. This is literally just a dream, I could never make it a reality even if I had the opportunity. Well, unless it were a short term thing, like, less than a year. But the odds of it happening for me are slim to none. But a girl can dream, so I figured I’d ask about it here. I am just curious if any of you have worked in that area and what it was like as a nurse? Was it arranged thru an agency and for how long? I love it there soooo much. The atmosphere, the people, the food, everything. I really feel “home” there. Sigh.
  9. For the online portion, I’ve been given 4.5 hours to complete everything . And then the instructor will meet with me after the online portion, on that day, to do do the stuff that he needs to sign off on, which he scheduled another 2 hours. I’m completely new to PALS, I’ve never been certified before. I made a stink about taking it online, but the instructor said he doesn’t have anyone for a class until March. And then I saw that he scheduled me to get everything done in about 6 hours total, whereas, the class is typically 2 days, right? Im going to my manager about this. Am I right to complain? From what I gather, PALS online takes 6-9 hours for someone with experience . I do not have experience. When I say “online”, I’m referring to watching the videos and doing the online tests. I’m not sure how long the other part with the instructor “typically” takes. What should I say to my manger? I can’t step on toes, and they are friends. He is the educator for it unit.
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    Writing help

    My writing skills will never be where I want them to be, it's something that I've always struggled with. I found myself in the Writing Center during my BSN 3 days/week, and while I improved greatly during that time, it's been many years ago. With that stated, I am about to start an online MSN program while working FT, no Writing Center available. Can any of you give any tips on how you are able to write 20 + papers for Grad School? I'm starting the program in January. And since my papers will need to be in APA, can you suggest any APA formatting software that you've used? During my BSN, I literally typed my papers on Word and used an APA book to format everything correctly, including reference pages. It took forever. I later found out that my classmates were using software that formatted it into APA automatically. Would you consider this way cheating even if I use a book to double check the accuracy?
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    What should I do?

    Yes, a dream job for sure. The DON even told me I can study at work if there is down time, and there will be. I guess I will keep the faith and go for it! Thanks!
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    What should I do?

    I've been dancing around with the idea of NP for a very long time. Last month, I applied at 2 different universities and had phone interviews at both. I found out today that I am accepted at my #1 Uni preference. Yippy Yayy!! I have been a stepdown nurse since 2005, and traveling in stepdown across the country consistently the last 5 years. Some of the SD's can be considered ICU's, other SD's are more Med-surg/Telemetry. Either way, stick a fork in me, I am done. I want to take a much easier job while I'm in school. The NP program is going to take me around 3-ish years to complete, I am also getting a post-masters as a MHNP. I have an opportunity to work at a Convent as a RN Educator for the nursing department. In case anyone isn't familiar with what a convent is, it is a place where Catholic Nun's live. This convent has 85 nuns, ages 80-105, and the nursing department is very small, a couple of RN's/LPN's and CNAs. The pay is decent, the stress level, zero. My only concern is when I graduate in 3-ish years that my recent experience in the Convent will put me at the bottom of the list when I apply for jobs. But I tend to let negative thinking get the best of me. I like to think it will not matter; after all, there are many NP's who barely have any bedside experience before getting their NP. I know I could continue to work PRN at the hospital, but I really do not want to. I don't want to shoot myself in the foot, either. My ultimate goal is to work as a MHNP or FNP in a clinic.
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    Is this interview process unprofessional?

    Some of you are very catty and non supportive. I’ve been asked by most of you why I don’t think they were qualified to interview me. Well for starters, according to one of my nursing journals, it’s supposed to be an informal & casual interview where the peers ask me informal & casual interview questions such as “Tell us what you think this job will be like and then we’ll tell you the reality” They should also be prepared to answer my questions and not look at eachother with deer-in-headlight eyes when a question is asked. My questions? So how long have you guys worked here and what do you like and dislike about this job” - Head in deerlights- ohh, you’ve been here 6 months? Ohhh, you’re a new grad? Ohh you’re new grad with an ADN and your interviewing a nurse of 15 years with a MSN and questioning her experience . Haha okkk. Will not be reading further replies. Peace out!
  14. Where do you see yourself In 5 years? If you mention you’d like to go back to grad school within that timeframe, that may not hire you. But if it’s the truth, and it means career growth, I don’t see any reason not to mention it. Of course I would throw in things about growing in THAT job and getting certified, but what about grad school?
  15. I applied for a job and within 2 hours I got a call from a recruiter for a phone interview. He told me the manager will not be able to interview me for a full week. I really wanted the job and so I waited and did not apply elsewhere. I interview with her and it went well. The interview was on a Monday. She said I should hear from the recruiter by Wednesday to schedule me for a peer interview. I hear nothing on Wednesday, so I called my recruiter Thursday morning. He finally called me back Friday at 3pm to schedule the peer interview. He said he just heard back from the manager about scheduling it, hence the delay. Peer interview was then on Tuesday. They had my resume, and instead of talking about the unit, unit goals, pros/cons of the job and working there, they were giving me an actual interview which I do not think was appropriate. They are not qualified for that and that is not what a peer interview is supposed to entail. I went along with it. As they were walking me back to the lobby, in the elevator, etc, they were glued to their personal phone, texting. I tried making small talk such as “is that the hospital chapel” and I was given a “mmm hmm” with they’d heads still down at their phone. Again, this was on Tuesday. Wednesday, I heard nothing. Thursday morning, a generic email arrived, to paraphrase : “thank you for applying, your credentials look impressive but we’ve decided to interview other candidates.” Applied? How about interviewed? Boom. That’s all. No follow up. A friend interviewed for a job at the sane place, but a different recruiter. She was called and told she didn’t get the job but was offered an interview w a different department. I waited a full week for my first interview. And then a full week for my 2nd interview. And now that’s it?
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    Tough situation

    Yeah I know. It's so bizarre how my recruiter doesn't care about extensions falling thru, you'd think he'd like the money that I bring in? I don't know if he's trying to get me to quit or what. I'm not sure how to broach everything with the other recruiter. They went to HS together according to the website so no doubt they are besties. Do I send him an email and tell him I'd like to extend, my boss wants me to extend, but my recruiter, your colleague, isn't making any contact with the hospital, so can you take over? Second time this has happened. And another time, I accepted a job contingent on me finding housing. I immediately found housing but it was going to be pretty expensive. I told my recruiter to send me the contract and then I'll sign the lease agreement. Nothing. I then told him that the apartment can only be held for another week without me signing the lease, and I don't want to sign the lease unless I know the job is mine, and the apartment wants a copy of my contract, too. Nothing. The apartment fell thru and so I told him I cannot work in that city. It was a 4 week notice. He said he'd let them know. Nope. The day before I was "supposed" to start, the VM called me directly and threatened to blacklist me for giving only a 1 day notice. What?? I proved to her via emails that I gave 4 weeks. She was livid.

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