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    Hospital CM vs Insurance CM

    Which did you enjoy more? They seem to both have their benefits. I'm torn between wanting face to face patient interaction and interaction with colleagues, vs the possibility of more autonomy and remote work with the insurance. I don't like to get bored easily and i love learning, but I also want my freedom and still have energy to attend to other things in life.
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    Hospital CM vs Insurance CM

    Hello, I am looking at choosing between working with an insurance company or a reputable hospital. Can anyone compare from experience?
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    Average day about 7. The 12 hour shifts around 11. But the numbers can fluctuate. Be organized and knowledgeable as you'll be doing alot of teaching. I love seeing patients and bouncing all over Manhattan, but it's not for everybody. Good company to work for and many opportunities to move around within the company. I've held two admin type positions and actually missed patient care so I left my cubicle for the streets and I'm very happy. Pay is biweekly.
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    Nursing interviews for New Grad Nurses

    I think the key to being successful in the nursing interviews is to practice. It's your one big chance do you don't want to blow it. Be ready with an answer for every question that they throw at you. This helped me tremendously, but I had to put the time in to practice. Get Hired Every Time: Job Interview Tips for the New or Seasoned Nurse: A quick guide to nursing job interview success! Get Hired Every Time: Job Interview Tips for the New or Seasoned Nurse: A quick guide to nursing job interview success! - Kindle edition by Cybil Vein. Professional & Technical Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
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    Should I follow up with HR now?

    One week, if you get a good response, follow up again in a few days.
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    Follow-up after interview

    definitely follow up! be proactive!
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    Interview Help Resources

    There seems to be a whole range of people looking for interview help, ranging from very basic things, to more complex questions. These were helpful to me for the most basic interview/application things. For the more clinical questions that are asked, I think experience, plus digging through the forums are pretty helpful. But sometimes you never know what to expect them to throw at you... You're Hired! A Nurse's Guide to Success in Today's Job Market by Brenda Brozek et al. Link: http://a.co/bm54xlE A little pricey for a new grad and no cheaper digital/kindle copy, may be a bit dated by now, but worth it if you're entering the market fresh. Get Hired Every Time: Job Interview Tips for the New or Seasoned Nurse: A quick guide to nursing job interview success! by Cybil Vein Link: http://a.co/9Gzbzed Digital/kindle only so it's cheap $. Quick and easy read, loaded with general information regarding the nurse interview, but doesn't delve into specific questions for specialized units (like i see posted on the boards). Very helpful for getting the interview right the first time. Becoming Nursey: From Code Blues to Code Browns, How to Care for Your Patients and Yourself by Kati Kleber BSN RN Link: http://a.co/bMfWlm6 Paperback plus kindle version. This is just an honorable mention for newer nurses. I was semi forced to read this, but it did have some helpful points once you're in.
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    School Nurse Contract With Gotham

    Anybody have any information or experience? How much are they paying? Do you have a choice of location?
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    Hourly Pay for NYC School Nursing

    I've been seeing a ton of postings for school nursing jobs in the 5 boroughs which entail taking care of children with special needs while they are in school. Does anybody have any experience in this and and salary/pay information? This type of work interests me, but I will not leave my current position if the pay is not comparable.
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    how to handle difficult personalities

    here's the situation. for the most part, we've always gotten along as a team and take pride in our work. recently, the workload has been getting more demanding and my team, particularly the nurse aides, seems to be falling apart. i try my best to be supportive and positive. i try my best to be fair, objective, and accommodating. some of these grown women have really inflexible counterproductive attitudes. for instance, a 60 year old staff member continues to hold grudges and bicker with a 20 year old staff member. or the staff member that is constantly paranoid about her other coworkers because she believes that they are singling her out and putting her down. or the one who instigates drama between other staff members. i am in my 30's and honestly, i cannot believe that grown women can act this way. we used to be cohesive team, and now its pointless bickering that eventually affects our work for our patients. i encourage teamwork and speak to them individually about not taking things personally, and not reacting to the other person. otherwise, i can pick out where the problems lie, but i just don;t have the power to change people's stubborn or negative ways. what do i do??? im feeling the heat from upper management.
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    Nursing in NJ vs PA

    Pay is much better than PA. At one of my facilities, I have nurses that commute from PA to NJ because the pay is significantly higher and worth the commute.
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    Are there any hospitals in NJ hiring ADN's?

    Most desirable hospitals prefer BSN. But it is possible, probably in south jersey or in the mountains. I had my ADN for a few years and got one job offer at Capital Health while I was working on my BSN. I declined the offer at the time, attempted to contact them for a job, but they wanted nothing to do with me since I had no prior hospital experience. The market gets tougher the more time goes by, even in the course of one year. But get any experience that you can. It will be helpful!
  13. So after getting my RN then finally BSN, I have finally after three years landed a hospital job in a less than desirable facility. But knowing the current economy and job market, I know I really really need to make this work and stick it out. I'm trying to stick it out for a whole year, but each day is like an eternity. I've been wondering if other hospital nurses out there experience anything like what I have experienced. Every day I dread going in. Every day of work is like a slow painful torturous death. I still work two days a week at my old SAR and find it to be almost like a joyful vacation to go back as the quality of care is nothing but excellence. I have never worked in a hospital before, but I know the difference between poor conditions and quality work. Here is a list of things I deal with on a regular basis. Can anyone out there relate at all??? Is it the hospital that I work in or is this normal? - Nobody comes in on time at 7. We never start with report until about 7:30. - The earliest anyone ever leaves, on a very good day is 8pm. The usual is around 9 or 10. I thought this was a 7-7 shift??? - Doctors don't always call back. Sometimes they call back hours later. This delays the pt care process. - Doctors will write in progress notes but will not write the order on the POS. Doctors do not communicate new information, so the nurses must search the chart for new notes to stay current with pt treatment since nobody communicates ever. - The house doctor gets angry when called and calls the nurses incompetent for calling them. - Phlebotomists don't always do their job. Many times we nurses have to flag them down in the hallways. Many times we have to draw our own blood since they just don;t do it for whatever reason. Sometimes phlebotomists are just nasty, say NO, I'm going home! - 40% of the time pharmacy does not have the medication stocked in our pyxis for whatever reason, but will deliver the 10am medications around 5pm. Or we have to call them for the unfulfilled order, leave the floor, and wait at the pharmacy window until they retrieve it. - Angry, stressed out, nasty, disrespectful coworkers. On a daily basis. Starting from when they enter the floor. Everyone is so miserable and constantly full of complaints. I've seen staff walk all over the so called leaders. - Staffing is non existent. Call outs are not replaced. We have to pull staff from other floors, and sometimes other managers refuse to let go of their staff to help out another floor. - Nobody gets disciplined for insubordination. Or anything else really. But everyone continues to complain about the problems. This hospital spits alot of BS about quality and theory, yet the resources and follow up are not there. I've never seen an acute care facility this bad. But for the meantime, I have no choice. Can anybody relate?
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    LPN with no experience. HELP!

    homecare. night shift.
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    How much do Ny nurses make?

    interviewed for a homecare institution. starting pay: $73,000. $1000 for each year of RN experience, extra $1000 for BSN, extra($???) for certification. not a bad deal.
  16. What is it that you disagree with? I don't believe I said anything remotely untrue. Getting your BSN is crucial to getting a job in most hospitals because many are or are striving for Magnet status. If you have a ton of experience with only an associates, most places require that you eventually get your BSN, usually within 2-5 years. The market HAS changed drastically over a short amount of time. The job market is overly saturated with new grads because everyone ran to nursing school when the economy started to turn. I've met many former hairdressers, CNA's, secretaries, and such who thought nursing was the answer to their financial problems. Sure, it may be possible to get a job with an associates and no experience, but most likely not in any place where most people would want to live. In the north jersey/nyc/philly area it is near impossible to just walk in and get a job as there are hundreds of applicants per nursing position. This is statistical truth. It's one thing to be hopeful and possible be "lucky", but the reality is that the market is ridiculously competitive. You either have a really long commute or you live in the middle of nowhere, because the job market in the nyc/north jersey/philly area is pretty awful.