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    “No-result”

    Thanks for the replies; the specimen was processing and displayed negative after a few days. Now I know!
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    “No-result”

    Recent option 4 UDS results as follows in Affinity. Collection Completed No-Result (TPAPN) I haven’t seen this before and yes I know I shouldn’t be checking if I am clean but I do fear false positives, lab errors etc.. Just curious if anyone has seen this before and what it may indicate?
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    EMR Conversion In Bellingham, Wa

    I see. I half expected as such. Thanks for the response
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    First assignment, Dallas, tx, psych

    As a nurse from Dallas, I can tell you that you will want to find your own means of transportation rather soon. As a large bustling city, Dallas' public transportation can be a bit.. volatile. Don't get a horse though, Stemmons Freeway isn't set up for equine based transit anymore! Dallas is great, I worked at Methodist Med Center for a few years. Welcome back to the DFW area.
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    EMR Conversion In Bellingham, Wa

    I just accepted a position at St Josephs in Bellingham, wa for an EMR conversion (paper to EPIC). Any of you currently or soon-to-be working this hospital? I have yet to be blessed with working paper charting, so this might be rather tumultuous. Per my agent, my role will be to work with paper while staff learn the ropes of EPIC. For those who have worked these EMR conversions, is it possible that with my EPIC experience I might be utilized in different ways? Kind of hoping so, but mentally prepared for the worst. I have heard WA is beautiful. I travel with my wife and 1yr old son. Hoping to make some neat memories!
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    New to travel nursing

    I am amidst a contract in NoDak while renting my house out in Dallas. I followed the advice from the community here and from PanTravelers .org and did as Ned explained above. Within the rental agreement there is a clause devoted to the reservation of one bedroom of their choice that will be available to me if/when I was to return. It has worked out so far! Good luck.
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    Hawaii Contract

    Excellent observation, one that I have not thought about at all. That would definitely change my approach to this situation. Thank you for your comment.
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    Hawaii Contract

    I am looking at a few contracts in HI for my next job, but in the job description it reads an ominous disclaimer. You may float between various medical and surgical units; will be required to work various shift lengths and various days.” To those of you who have been doing this for a while, how would you interpret this? Do you think its just a catch-all disclaimer so no one can say no without breaking their contractual agreement? I have never been to HI before and am bringing my wife and 4m old. Currently my wife and child live at a home we bought in Dallas while I stay in Houston finishing up a contract. The plan is to rent my home in Dallas out while we are away in HI. All furnished in a nice neighborhood in the city. Hoping this all works out! Thank you for reading.
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    Traveling with less than 2 years

    Hey vnguyen3, BSN[COLOR=#666666], I am yet to be able to send private message, so pardon the publicity. I am in Houston, tx. Considering going to a northern state next. What did you end up doing?[/COLOR]
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    Traveling with less than 2 years

    I echo with that of Soliloquy. I am amidst my first contract in TX, with 13m prior experience. I know when to ask questions and how to walk with confidence. I learned quickly my key contact persons and resources available.
  11. This is my first assignment and I am very nervous. I have so far only read terrible things about Mainland Medical Center. The pay is not the best but I am willing to take the cut to avoid Houston traffic. I will be staying with family 10 minutes from the hospital. Have you ever worked there? I will be working on the 5th floor. To you seasoned travelers out there, what would you consider your most valuable advice to brand new travelers with 1year experience as an RN? Thanks
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    ADN+ARMY

    I see that in the past this question has been asked, but years have passed since then. Can anyone give me a current update on a)does the army recruit ADNs and b)what are some differences between civilian sector nursing and army nursing. Thank you in advance for the assistance, I am interested in going into military nursing but do not want to wait to complete my BSN.
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    What is a day in the life of an Orthopedic Nurse?

    Pain is a big issue. In fact, they call my floor the "floor of pain". I currently work on a ortho/neuro/trauma unit. We see lots (lots) of geriatric hip fx. Lots of s/p mvc pts. My unit is spine cert. as well. You will learn how to spint and cast, and work with pt/ot. There is always someone who needs pain medicine/bedpan assistance. Most of your pts have mobility issues, so skin is a big topic. I love it though, it is a very interesting field.
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    Flight Nurse Advice

    Thank you to all who responded. Since the original post I have graduated, passed NCLEX, and began my career as a new RN. Your advice will be used and greatly appreciated.
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    Flight Nurse Advice

    I am currently A nursing student to graduate in May of 2014. My ultimate goal is to become a Flight Nurse in the Dallas Area. I currently work at a large hospital as a PCT, and I have already gotten a job offer in a Surgical ICU unit. I am aware that a minimum of five years in a critical area is needed to become a flight nurse, but I still feel like there might be someone out there that has some advice regarding the best way to make myself marketable to a careflight/lifeflight service. I have no pre-hospital experience, which I hear that I need. How could I gain pre-hospital experience while working as a nurse in an ICU? I have no previous medical experience. My current floor is an Ortho/trauma floor. Thank you for your time
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