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    LTC travel

    Thanks Ned
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    LTC travel

    Hi All, I’m a MDS coordinator and would like to travel. Anyone know of any agencies that specialize in LTC travel nursing? Thank you!
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    Is my (50K) BSN worthless?

    Well, this is what I call reconciling your dreams. Sometimes when you have to fight so hard for something, maybe it wasn’t what you were supposed to be doing. I’m not saying don’t be a nurse but ICU is a helluva way to start nursing with little clinical experience. You have lots of options and people here are giving you good advice. I’ve worked mostly in teaching hospitals (huge difference between private and teaching hospitals!) and Indian Health Service. Those are both good places for people (like myself) who are more bookish and don’t fit in with whatever it was that didn’t work for you. On another note, if you have large student loans, IHS is a great place to work and get your student loans paid off. Best of luck to you.
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    You know what grinds my gears?

    Duh... I think we all realize that but it still is annoying AND concerning about our educational system.
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    You know what grinds my gears?

    Yeah, I just worked with a nurse that thought she was so cute for talking baby talk in an Elmer Fudd voice. I felt like socking her in the throat.
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    Job Opportunity or Relationship

    Also, you get a pension, which you don’t contribute to and if you put in your years of service, you get to keep your benefits for life. I retired from IHS and to me, it was definitely worth it.
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    Seeking advice for possible position change

    Wow. Your job sounds completely awful. Have you thought of transferring to something where the patient population is a little more controlled like outpatient surgery, inpatient dialysis, etc? Something where you could use your wonderful m/s skills? Do you like psych? Or are you looking to escape acute care? If it’s something that you have an interest in, go for it. I think the takeaway is you have to take care of yourself first. And your current job is affecting your health. Good luck to you
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    Am I Fit for Nursing?! HELP

    Also wanted to add that maybe the MA is a good route too if you want to do plastics.
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    Am I Fit for Nursing?! HELP

    There are other areas of healthcare that might not be so stressful and with such difficult schooling. I say this as I also had a brand new baby, full time school and worked 3 days a week when I was in nursing school. Personally, I would not do it again. I’m now at the end of my career and although I’ve had a good career (interesting specialty of organ transplant), i feel like I would have had a healthier life in a related field. Some things that come to mind are: ultrasound tech, med tech, medical records, occupational therapy assistant. You might try going to a career counselor at a community college for guidance. Many blessings to you and your baby
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    Need help on what to do!!!

    I’ve never thought that my job was the be all end all of my life and the less stress the better. What do you do outside of work that fulfills you? Maybe concentrate more on that aspect of your life and challenge yourself in a different way. They’d have to pay me a million dollars to go back into floor nursing, the stress, management and likability scores and having to recover on my days off. I am a human being too. Good luck with your decision
  11. I was injured at work. Shattered my knee cap (slip and fall) when someone watered a plant on a shiny marble floor and the water leaked out of the pot. I have since left that position and have sought treatment after my injury. The ortho surgeon stated it was related to the slip and fall and it was fully covered by workman’s comp. it’s my understanding that even after your final settlement (degree of disability)that you can still have wc coverage. But I would definitely seek out an attorney who can better advise you. This was just my experience. Best of luck to you.
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    OR RN relocating advice needed!

    Hi, I’ve worked at both Kaiser and UCSF. I think you may have better luck in finding a position if you work as a traveler first. And then you can take your time and see if you like the facility or not. Both Kaiser and UCSF would be good choices. You can find the UCSF salaries online and it will give you a good idea of what your pay would be. Good luck!
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    What city do you work in and how much do you get paid hourly?

    IHS in Phoenix pays 100,000 a year, maybe a bit more. You have to do an extra 8 hr shift q 2 weeks to make 80 hours per pp. similar to VA
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    What city do you work in and how much do you get paid hourly?

    Wow, that’s pretty impressive!!! Good for you.
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    What's it like to be an RN in California?

    My background is transplant and I worked at UCSF and Kaiser. What area of Cali are you going to go to? I found San Jose to be more family friendly and sunnier than San Francisco. I also lived in San Raphael, a lovely small town north of San Francisco. Nurses are usually great to work with, staffing is good especially at the Kaiser in San Raphael. The biggest issue is affordable housing which is why I lived in a RV or with my former sister in law.
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    $200,000 salary as a RN, it's true

    Many of us have done this. I shared a rv with a friend. I’m from Az and she’s from GA. It’s a good deal if you can find cheap housing.