Jump to content


Member Member
  • Joined:
  • Last Visited:
  • 194


  • 0


  • 7,323


  • 0


  • 0


CKPM2RN has 3 years experience as a ASN, EMT-P and specializes in Med-tele.

I've been a fire-based paramedic since 1999 and I worked as an Emergency Department Medic for over 6 years in the mid-2000s. At that point I decided that nursing was for me and looked into going into nursing school. Trying to complete my pre-reqs was a nightmare. With the 24-hour rotating schedule of a fire fighter I had trouble making classes. Then when applying for nursing school I was told by one school admissions counselor that I should quit my job to attend nursing school. (I scoffed because I'm addicted to food and housing.) Then a friend of mine completed Excelsior, so I signed up. One class at a time, an 10 month wait for CPNE and 5 years later I'm an RN! But wait! I live in Washington state, I can't be an RN with an Excelsior degree. I licensed in Oregon, I found a little LTC/SNF that let me work the hours I could around my fire schedule. Now Washington state law has changed and I'm licensed here. I found a great job with an Urgent Care in my area and I enjoy the variety of patients while really pulling from my back ground in emergency medicine. And then... I landed my "dream" job at a local hospital in the Med-Tele unit. We will see where I go from here.

CKPM2RN's Latest Activity

  1. Knowing what I now know, I wish I'd gone into radiology. X-ray, CT, or MRI tech? I kick myself now.
  2. CKPM2RN

    Can't find a job

    I passed NCLEX October 2016 and finally got my first job in March of 2017. I had put in at least 100 applications, done several phone interviews but no in-person. It takes a long time. To be honest I lowered my goal position quite a bit just to get working, but once I had some experience I became a lot more marketable.
  3. CKPM2RN

    RN, ADN being obsolete

    I feel your pain staple1027. I was cursing myself for getting this degree and subsequent license, it's a second career for me as well. I worked 8 months in LTC/SNF and now work Urgent Care. It doesn't pay a ton but it fits my schedule as I transition to my next career. SN/LT can suck, but there are tons of jobs available. One question: can you move? I am constantly getting ads for nursing needs in the flyover states. Perhaps a great opportunity to get that coveted experience.
  4. CKPM2RN

    RN MGR Told me I'm too old.

    That is assuming a lot. People have different abilities at different ages; I know 20-somethings who can't be taxed to walk up a flight of stairs. I'm over 50, a weight lifter and half-marathoner. I think I can cope. You must see the ability to "keep up" in yourself and you deserve an equal shot at the job. That was blatant age discrimination.
  5. CKPM2RN

    Community College or MGH?

    But you can get it for a lot less money than you quoted.
  6. CKPM2RN

    New grad hired as charge nurse

    My first job as well, hit the ground running as Charge RN at a small LTC/SNF with 34-40 residents at any one time. I ended up lasting 8 months before the exhaustion of trying to care for that many on my own and the risk to my license since I could not physically care for that many at one time as the residents continued to have more and more medical needs. But the good side is that the experience and the skills I perfected there have opened doors for other jobs. Of course there are those who will say, "Oh, long-term care? Do you want to be a real nurse?"
  7. CKPM2RN

    Nurse Staffing Ratios Up for Public Decision? Ballot 1 in MA

    I also felt a bit of heart palpitations of love when I read this.
  8. CKPM2RN

    Supervised smoking in LTC

    When I worked LTC a staff member who was a smoker anyway always took this duty.
  9. CKPM2RN

    Per Diem/PRN pay national comparison

    I have no benefits but 401k (with a hilariously little balance) and I do get a pay differential in lieu of benefits. About $2.00-$2.25/hr. I like being able to schedule when I want and since it's my second career I need the flexibility.
  10. CKPM2RN

    Mom Wants Me to Become an RN as Backup... But I Don't

    I have a friend who has a bachelor's and then a master's in voice performance. (Opera) He worked as and Emergency Room Tech which is EMT level for many years while building his career in Opera. Now he makes his living solely through voice. He both teaches and he is a regular performer at local metropolitan operas and he has done many guest performances throughout the nation. Follow your dream. Sometimes the path is not what you expect.
  11. CKPM2RN

    It will take me 7 years just for a bsn.

    Older new nurses unite! I took 5 years for my two-year ADN as well. I took graduated at 48. Full-time job, house and occupants to take care of, one class at a time.
  12. CKPM2RN

    Shall I take this job?

    Astoria has a great community hospital, it's a beautiful area, a lot less expensive than Portland.
  13. CKPM2RN

    Urgent care nurse as a new graduate

    I am new to urgent care as well! First day is next week, in fact. What I did learn in a year of Skilled nursing is that when someone has that question you can't answer on the phone, write it down, tell them you are not sure and you will call them back soon with the answer and do just that. They will be happy and you will have learned something. The next time that question is asked you will know it right away.
  14. Having learned to type on the IBM Selectric myself, I think I'm still a better typist (or "keyboardist" or whatever) than a lot of kids who grew up with computers.
  15. CKPM2RN

    Is 54 too old to get a doctorate degree?

    Why would you think that you are too old? Go for it.