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  1. Hi Klone! Have you tried reaching out to Central Oregon Community College in Bend? I know it's a few hours away, but, the local (and only) health care system here in Central Oregon is not particularly new-grad friendly so the graduates from COCC typically need to leave town for acute care positions. The local hospital seems to have a strong preference for experienced travelers. Would you mind PMing me your location? Thanks!
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    Submit a School Review and Qualify to Win $100!

    California State University, Chico Nursing Programs - School of Nursing - CSU, Chico
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    Providence St. Peter Hospital Residency Nov. 2016

    I ended up declining the offer. I was really impressed with the hospital, though. It seems like a fantastic place to work. One of my concerns with living in the area was the duration of the rainy/gloomy season in Olympia. Even though my hometown averages ~280 inches of snow each winter, the vast majority of days throughout the year are sunny (just under 300). I don't think I would fare well with 8 months of gloom. My dogs hate the rain and getting them outside would have been extra challenging.
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    Salem Hospital Residency Winter 2017

    I interviewed for critical care on 11/8 and received an email asking for my references on 11/10. I haven't heard anything since then.
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    Nursing is Just a Job- common myths in nursing

    I came across this article not too long ago. It's written by an ED physician who believes "it's just a job" and credits maintaining that attitude for avoiding burn out. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/those-four-words-may-offend-you-also-just-save-louis-m-profeta-md
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    Salem Hospital Residency Winter 2017

    How did you guys feel about your interviews?
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    Salem Hospital Residency Winter 2017

    A residency is not required. It's just easier to get into acute care through a residency because most hospitals will not hire new grads into a staff position without experience. It's not impossible, but just a bit more difficult. Residencies are nice because they give you extra education and support since nursing school does not really prepare you for the real world.
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    Salem Hospital Residency Winter 2017

    Good luck to you as well!
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    Salem Hospital Residency Winter 2017

    Congrats! Yesterday I received an email for one in critical care. Do you know much about their interview process?
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    Salem Hospital Residency Winter 2017

    Hi there! I know finding that first job is stressful and wanted to create a thread for Salem Health applicants to find and offer support. Has anyone received an invitation to interview yet? Best wishes to everyone!
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    Coming Soon? Will Nurses be Taking Over the Lab?

    Yes, what Harveyslake said. The science courses for nursing are not the equivalent of "for majors" science courses. I've taken both and they are night and day. I thinks it is very unlikely BSNs will ever take over the lab. In California, regardless of your actual degree, you can be a CLS so long as you meet all the requirements. The allied health science courses that nurses take do not count. However, BSNs that did take the "real" classes would be in a position to meet requirements although given the number of units for all those classes the time to complete the necessary education would be extended considerably. Academic requirements Bachelor's degree (baccalaureate) with specific course requirements: 16 semester or equivalent quarter units of chemistry, which must include clinical chemistry OR analytical and biochemistry. 18 semester or equivalent quarter units of biology, which must include hematology, immunology, and medical microbiology. 3 semester or equivalent quarter units of physics (light and electricity Training or experience Minimum one year of post-baccalaureate training OR Minimum one year of work experience. Training or work experience must be comprehensive to cover all areas of the clinical laboratory. Training or work experience must be in a clinical laboratory. ExaminationsThe following certifying organizations are approved by the Department for the CLS generalist licensure examination: ASCP certification ASCPi (international) certification AAB certification AMT certification There are also specialties within medical lab science: Clinical Chemist Scientist License Clinical Cytogeneticist Scientist License Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist License Clinical Hematologist Scientist License Clinical Histocompatibility Scientist License Clinical Immunohematologist Scientist License Clinical Microbiologist Scientist License Clinical Toxicologist Scientist License https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs/Pages/ClinicalLaboratoryScientist.aspx Also, CLS/MLS and MLT are not equivalent. Medical Laboratory Scientists have a bachelor's degree. Medical Laboratory Technicians have an associate's degree or technical certificate. Some institutions and/or states limit the type of testing MLTs can perform. Generally, an MLS performs more highly complex testing requiring interpretations and correlation of data, as well as more intense trouble-shooting processes. (http://thepathologycenter.org/MLS-Program/faq/)
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    Popping off top from lab tube when drawing labs

    Ex-phlebotomist/lab assistant and new RN here! Short answer: It depends on the test (e.g. ionized calcium cannot be opened). However, for most common tests opening up the tube will not change the results. The tubes are open when they are in the "analyzer" machines (chemistry, hematology, etc.). If you aren't sure, check with your lab. What is important regarding the blue top sodium citrate tubes used for coag studies (PT, PTT, DDimer) is that they are filled within the range of the marker arrow– seen near the top of the actual tube– to ensure the ratio of additive to blood is correct. Blue tubes that are not filled properly will skew results and the lab will likely reject the specimen.
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    Timeline for endorsing RN license to CA

    I recently received this in my email from the ANA/C. It's a survey regarding customer satisfaction with the CA BRN. I encourage everyone to fill it out! The CA BRN is THE WORST. BRN Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey
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    Providence St. Peter Hospital Residency Nov. 2016

    I'm out running errands, I'll email you when I get home :)
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    Providence St. Peter Hospital Residency Nov. 2016

    CONGRATS!!!! I have not found housing yet. I emailed a couple apartment complexes, but no replies as of now. Also been looking on Craigslist, but everything is so expensive there. I have 2 small dogs so that makes things a tad bit more difficult. Have you had a chance to research housing yet? I just had to drive 3 hours (one way) for my drug screen yesterday. Are you back in Hawaii already? They only give you 48 hours to take your drug test after the pre-boarding specialist sends you the information. And there are only approved test facilities listed in CA, OR, WA, AK, and MT. Make sure you discuss this with your recruiter, hopefully they will make accommodations since you don't live close. Did you like the hospital? I really got such good vibes from everyone there. It's a huge move for me but I think it will be worth it.