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    Mg sulfate Ryder on PCU patient

    Reporting nurse reported that my 78yo sepsis patient has been throwing frequent PVC and his Mg was low 1.7 , K+ was normal. She made the floor NP aware of the PVCs and the NP ordered a 1Gm MG Ryder. The nurse called her to clarify the order, she was hesitant to hang Mg on a patient getting Levophed for extremely dumpy pressures, on Bipap and is lethargic. The NP discontinued the order, but she wasn't happy about it, and she said she would let the hospitalist listen to the nurses concerns when he was to take over for the day. He never addressed it, so the pt continued to have PVCs throughout the day. I understand that Mg can cause cardiac arrest and CNS depression if given too much or too fast. But 1 gram? I don't think I would've questioned it. Do you agree with me or am I missing something?
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    Tough situation

    I've been with my company for a few years. I love the company, but over the past couple years, my recruiter started basically ghosting me, leaves me hanging, doesn't follow up with my requests to extend, etc, etc. I've had enough. Id like to go with a different recruiter. BUT this company is very small and they only have 3 recruiters total, with one of them being my guy. And not much overhead. I've called the main number before and he's often the one who answers. I think switching recruiters would cause too much drama since it's a small office and I'm sure they are close, don't you think? I hate to leave, but is my best bet to go with a different company for about a year and then reapply with current company and request the other recruiter?
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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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    Chamberlain FNP

    I spoke with an advisor today and because of my employer, I'll get 10 percent off tuition. She then said the program total will cost approx 22k after the 10 percent reduction. The Chamberlain website keeps crashing on me tonight, but I'm trying to see how much tuition is per credit hour. 22k seems "off" to me unless she meant per year?
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    Chamberlain FNP

    Thank you. Thats more like it. I'm going to call her tomorrow and ask about her numbers.
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    Demand for Nurses in Chicago

    TheSquare, The Union hospitals that I've looked at are UoC and Stroger. They list the starting pay on the website. It seems low. Is it negotiable?
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    Demand for Nurses in Chicago

    Thanks so much!
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    Demand for Nurses in Chicago

    No, I'm not a new grad. I have 14 years and I'm working on a masters degree. Which hospitals would you say would hire me? Nothing from NWMH or Stroger
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    Demand for Nurses in Chicago

    It seems so difficult to get an interview with Stroger. I have 14 years experience, no interview.
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    Any Stroger Hospital nurses here?

    I'm looking at jobs on the website and I'm shocked at thevliw pay. And from what I understand, it's non negotiable since it's Union. I've been a RN for 14 years and the pay for me in the OR working from 11-6 would be 31.00? I mean LoL! Sure the health insurance is great, but that doesn't matter to me. The only thing I can think of is maybe I am incorrect and the wage is negotiable? Even Northwestern has much higher pay. I interviewed there and negotiated 38.00 Base, which I'll likely accept.
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    Finally decided to quit nursing

    The OP may not see this thread since it's a few years old, I'm just wondering how it all worked out for the OP?
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    Missouri Nursing Pay Rates

    Any idea on pay that seasoned nurse (14 years) would make in saint Louis in the cath lab?
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    Hospitals in LA

    I just don't get it.
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    Going perm in Cali

    I finally made it out to California and I'm in love with it out there. I've been wanting to go perm to learn a new specialty in either the Cathlab or CVOR and I think I could be very happy being perm in Cali for the next 3 years and then I'll probably get the travel bug again. I have been looking at housing on Zillow and I think it would be a good investment to buy a house or condo in San Diego and then if I decide to sell it in 3 years, I could hopefully make a nice profit. It seems like California housing appreciates like crazy. Does anyone think this is a bad idea and maybe I'm better off renting? I can put about 120k down, I'm looking to buy something for 300k. And what can I expect to make as perm in either the CL or CVOR?
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    Hospitals in LA

  16. I used to ask a million questions on this forum, but it's been at least 2 years since I last logged in. I'm just chiming in to tell you all that travel nursing for me was extremely worth it. I paid off all of my debt, including my mortgage, all within 2 years. I'm still a travel nurse, and for the past year, ive just been saving, saving, saving and investing in bitcoins - if you're looking for something that is going to explode in the next couple of years, buy some bitcoins via coinbase.com I started buying them in 2011 for a few bucks each. Today, each one is at 1700 and it's going to keep rising. I couldn't have continued to buy them over the years had it not been for TN. I'm going to keep extending at my current assignment for as long as possible, but once it's done, I'm going perm for a couple of years to learn a new specialty in cardiothoracic surgery. If anyone is looking to make big bucks without any extra frills, call Kyle at Vital Healhcare Staffing. Amazing recruiter and a very small company I believe ran by only himself. Housing can be provided but by a 3rd party and health Insurace isn't great. But the pay is phenomenal. So bitcoins and my company Have been my lifeline and I just wanted to share those things to all. Good luck to everyone! And hello Ned!
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    yes or no?

    I've been a traveler for almost a year at the same hospital. The hospital system has several large hospitals under its umbrella. I'd like to be submitted to a different hospital 2 hours away from my current assignment, again, different hospital, but same health system - is there any tax rule to be broken if I do this?
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    yes or no?

    Hello Ned! I started this assignment last May, and then took 9 weeks off from Aug-Nov. When I came back in November, did the clock restart?
  19. I can see this interfering with the work-life balance bigtime. If I have to go to court, I'll need to work on the days that I'm not in court. How do you juggle this? Do you get paid to go to court?
  20. Who said it took her 6 months to find a job after passing boards despite her years and years of experience as a travel nurse at top-notch hospitals around the country, not to mention, she had certifications in 3 different specialties. She said it absolutely had to do with employers frowning on Chamberlain. I guess this is something to consider before pursuing a degree from this college. Anyone else have any problems?
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    Frustrated w new company

    They are new to me and new in general, and very small. But they are wasting my time and I'm getting frustrated. During the application process, company wanted all of my credentials including immunization records. I sent everything to 2 different people. They said it would be added to my file. Ffwd... Today is Wednesday. 1. 5 days ago on Friday evening, I verbally accepted a job. 2. I signed contract and sent back on Monday. The contract had a contingency typed in that i work a block schedule. After signing contract, I was told they are still waiting to get contingency approved. I told them I needed to know by evening time since the housing that I lined up needs me to lock Down the housing by Monday evening or early Tuesday morning. 3. Finally got word Tuesday afternoon after I kept on them that it was a go. However, my housing fell through because I waited too long. Owner of new company said he will find me something and call me back. I told him I'll live in a studio and can furnish myself, but NO to a Motel/extendedStay/efficiency and no more than x amount. 4. After owner and I hung up, the recruiter called and said she heard I won't stay at n extended stay type of place, but that's where owner is putting me. And if that's not acceptable, I need to break contract now because if I wait any longer I will be on the hospital systems DNR list across the state. I told her I have faith in the owner and I'll wait until I hear back from him. If I end up breaking contract and becoming a DNR, so be it. 5. Owner calls with housing that he found, but it's a Six-month lease. I said I cannot commit to 6 months right now as I have no idea if I will like the job enough to extend, or, if they'll even extend me. He said he'll have lease put in his name. I was very impressed by that. He had no pics, but he gave me the address. 6. After housing was cleared up yesterday (Tuesday), they asked for all my credentials and immunization records AGAIN. Ok, sent. I then said I will need all computer tests to be sent to me on Wed or Thursday of this week as I'm going out of town on the weekend and then leaving for the assignment next week. 7. Today is Wednesday and they again asked for credentials that I've now sent twice. I then asked again about computer tests and they didn't have that info yet. I asked when I can move into the apartment next week, and owner said he'll call me later (8 hours ago) but I haven't heard back. I asked about drug screening and I was told it would be today, when I followed up a few hours later, they were still looking into it. Tomorrow is Thursday and i feel like this is going in circles. Nothing accomplished yet. Ive done my part, including getting a physical and flu shot paid by me. I've had enough, but I think I'll give them until Friday before I say contract cancelled. I've never cancelled a contract, but I can't work like this.
  22. I'd like to become a manager and work my way up the ladder to hopefully CNO. I'm looking at two different schools to earn a master's degree and I'd like your opinion on which one is more favorable to my career advancement. School 1: I'd earn a dual degree as either MSN/MBA or MSN/Nurse leadership. Both options are 100 percent online and I'd have to opportunity to sit for Certification exams upon graduation. This is not a renowned college. Just a simple private university in the middle of nowhere. Fully accredited. School 2: Offers an Executive MBA degree, great school and reputation. It's an adult class for students who work full time. Not online. Upon interviewing, it seems like they rarely have nurses in this class. So I'm not sure if I'd get what I need since there isn't any focus on nurse administrators. Plus, it's not a dual-degree. This school is in my city, it won't be an inconvenience to go to class. Im just not sure which option is best for my career. I've been a RN since 05, but I was an LPN for several years before obtaining my BSN. I have plenty of experience as charge nurse and I've seen so much as a travel nurse. I really want this and I know I'd be excellent at it, but I just can't decide.
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    Which school/degree should I choose?

    So the school doesn't matter as much as the degree? I am leaning towards the dual degree; however, I've read where dual-degrees are frowned upon since the recipient isn't awarded two separate degrees. I believe my credentials will be listed as BSN, MSN/MBA. Lastly, between the dual degrees, which is best in your opinion. The MSN/MBA or MSN/nurse leadership. Btw, I do plan on continuing to PhD.
  24. I know I'll need a patent Atty, but it's best to have an actual device made for the patent to get approved. And once it's approved, i have no idea how to get the real thing made. Where do I begin with getting it made and manufactured. Patent Atty's do not help with that part. Life is short, it's a risk that I'm willing to take :)