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    OCN Exam help!

    I can't speak to any of those materials; I'm casually studying myself (no test date yet) from the Core Curriculum and my notes from the chemo/bio cert test. I did want to mention that if you have access to CE Direct, they have a series of OCN review CE courses. I don't know how much they help, but I have access for free through my job so I'm using them as well.
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    Public Service Announcement

    What do you make with the electric kettle?
  3. I have a couple questions. I'm a travel nurse currently on a local assignment, but looking to change specialties and therefore get a staff job. I haven't had to do a proper resume in a couple years, so bear with me. Is it still recommended that you put 10 years of work experience on your resume? I have only been a nurse for 5.5 years, and although I have work history prior to nursing, it just doesn't seem relevant. I only had one staff job before traveling, so if I had to include non-nursing work history I could still fit everything on one page. I've been reading your advice to others and figure I'll condense my travel nursing under one heading, list the locations/hospitals, and elaborate on what I did in bullet points. I worked in different specialties and am trying to emphasize my oncology and stepdown experience. Is the place for this in those bullet points or in the cover letter? Do you include experience with different EMARs? It's a plus with traveling but I wouldn't think a staff job would care. It's one line though, so it's easy to fit. I went to a job fair a few months ago and although I genuinely believe I did well, I didn't get a call on a job I was qualified for (same level of care, specialty). I threw together a resume at the last second (I didn't know about the job fair until the morning of), and neglected to update my Objective/Summary thing to reflect that I was transitioning out of travel nursing, which is what I assume hurt me. If I were in their shoes, looking at a stack of resumes, I didn't look like a long term employee on paper. Any guidance anyone can give is appreciated. I just want to have everything prepped for when I'm ready to make some moves in a couple months.
  4. Yes, there are options to help someone pay off the debt. The point is, it's better to not take on the debt. Taking on 85k for a nursing degree? When you make similar (if not the same) money upon graduation as someone who spent 20k? I'm betting a financial advisor would ask me why the heck I was doing that to myself. Yes, your loan company will work with you, but the less you pay per month, the more your amount is going to go up due to interest, and the longer the life of your loan. Not worth it.
  5. Swellz

    Public Service Announcement

    So I'm back at my house getting ready to start a local contract. I am cooking in my own kitchen for the first time in months, and let me tell you, it is blissful. My least favorite thing about traveling and living in "furnished" places is attempting to cook in someone else's kitchen with someone else's stuff. Why is it always after I come home from the store that I realize that yet another "furnished" place doesn't have a can opener? A can opener. Then there was the place that had one knife. At least every place has had a wine key. So, this has been a public service announcement - add a can opener to your travel bag.
  6. I had a different dilemma but it boiled down to the same thing - expensive BSN vs CC ADN. I chose the former, and I advocate that everyone does the latter. It just doesn't make any financial sense to not go the slower route and have less debt. It's all water under the bridge as my debts are paid off, but I really wish I had understood what I was signing on for when I undertook all that debt.
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    Pay in Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater?

    Yeah, it's way more expensive for insurance down here. But I also don't have to get my car inspected every year, which is nice. We bought a house, which was crazy the way the market was, but at least we aren't subject to the rising cost of rent. Mobile Pool isn't too bad, except over the summer. We get called off first for low census, which makes sense, but apparently there were a lot of people last summer who were cancelled to the point of not being able to pay rent. I met a lot of staff nurses who left the Pool because of that. I was on a floor that was hemorrhaging staff so I didn't have a problem. They do warn us its going to happen and there's plenty of OT in the winter, so some of it is about planning. They also don't let you do two consecutive contracts at the same hospital, so if you can plan to be at one of the larger hospitals in the summer, you are less likely to get called off all the time than if you are at one of the smaller ones. But you don't know that until you're in the middle of it all.
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    Already Over Bedside...

    Maybe bedside isn't really for you, or maybe this floor isn't for you, but it sounds like you've been there less than a year. It takes time to adjust. I'm not saying you should do anything unhealthy for you, anything challenging for your family, or anything that perpetuates bad patient care. I'm saying a lot of us struggle in the beginning, as you can see by the many posts that are in the same vein; I know personally, my first year and a half was awful. And as everyone else has said, a year or two at the bedside opens a lot of doors. If you can hack it, you'll be doing yourself a favor. You may even find that it's not so bad once you get the hang of it, like I did.
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    Anyone else regret becoming a nurse?

    I wouldn't choose nursing over again knowing what I know now, but there are too many options for me to leave it. If I want to stay inpatient but get frustrated in my current specialty, I can switch. If I want to go outpatient for a better schedule, I can do that. If I want to work over the phone or from home, I'll get a job like that (after getting more years experience to be competitive for that sort of gig ). These jobs aren't necessarily all available to me now, but they could be in time. The possibilities are there with a nursing degree. I'm sure it is hard for you with your work history, and I think you'll need another consistent job to open up some of those possibilities for you. You might have to expand your horizons to find a job too, which I'm sure isn't ideal, but it's easier to get a job when you have one. I wish you luck.
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    New Nurse In a Step Down Unit and I hate it

    I would encourage you to talk to your coworkers. You'd probably be surprised how many of them started out in the same place and felt how you felt. When you're out of your depth, ask for help. You have to learn how to ask for help.
  11. Swellz

    Most Burned Out Nursing Specialties?

    Med-surg and neuro. Unlimited ratios because your med-surg patients are "stable"? Four elderly patients with UTIs that HAVE to go to neuro because, well, they're confused? The overlap with psych and neuro? Nah, I'm good. Give me my oncology patients any day.
  12. Swellz

    Pay in Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater?

    To be fair, car insurance should be expensive here. I have never driven around so many lunatics in my life.
  13. Swellz

    Neutropenic patients in semi-privates

    Yes, I'm aware. I was asking if others have come across this. Thanks.
  14. Swellz

    Pay in Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater?

    $35/hr for real? I already work with the mobile pool, but I'm looking to go staff so I can transition to ICU, and I assumed they paid lower than that for staff. Nobody wants to talk pay with the mobile pool nurse that makes bank.
  15. Swellz

    Expect hardest assignment, no CNAs, no lunch break?

    Most of the places I've traveled to have IV teams, so I wouldn't worry about that particular skill so much. You can always give it a try and ask for help if you can't get it. I've worked in some terrible places and had terrible assignments and schedules, but I rarely have a significantly worse assignment or schedule than the staff nurses. It's usually more incompetence than malice, or at least that's been my experience. You just give the best care you can give, whatever the situation is. If every nurse on the floor is taking 8 patients, they aren't going to only give you 5 because that's what you're comfortable with. Ask about ratios when you speak to the manager and tell them ahead of time if you have a hard limit. If an assignment is not a good fit, it's not a good fit, regardless of the money or location. I've also worked in some great hospitals, but if somewhere needs travelers, they need them for a reason. You just have to be prepared for that reason when you find out what it is, and work through it.