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    I just accepted a job at Children's as a graduate nurse, and YES, there's a BSN differential.
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    2011 summer externship

    UMSL has one with the BJC hospitals and Missouri Baptist has one. Both are hard to get, especially Mo Bap's, because they accept so few people. I highly recommend doing one because you will learn a TON and it looks impressive on a resume. Feel free to ask me any questions you have. I did the UMSL-BJC externship in labor and delivery. Good luck!
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    Nursing shortage in St. Louis?

    How hard is it for a GN to get a job in St. Louis? I keep hearing that it's getting increasingly difficult for new grads to find jobs because of the economy. How can I improve my odds of getting a job? I have a previous degree and work experience, no healthcare experience, and I will graduate with a BSN. Any thoughts/advice? THANKS!
  4. In terms of reputable schools, Maryville U. is way up there in terms of NCLEX scores (most recent: 96%) and good reputation for their BSN program. Something to consider.
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    Missouri Salary Poll

    Yeah, StL is cheap compared to other cities, but under 100k for a nice house?? Where? I would think these houses are not located in high quality school districts.
  6. I have 2 children and personally, I do NOT recommend starting clinicals one week after giving birth! I could barely walk, much less think straight, one week after having a baby. Take a semester off, enjoy your new baby, and start up again when the dust settles a little. Congratulations, BTW!
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    Any $40/hr jobs in STL?

    Do you know if you have to have seniority to be hired for a weekend option job? Also, do weekenders qualify for benefits (I know PRN don't)? What is considered the "weekend": Fri., Sat., and Sun.? Thanks!
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    Missouri Salary Poll

    Dumb question from a nursing student: does this mean that it would be +$5.00 for weekend nights?
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    services for antepartum moms...suggestions?

    Thank you for addressing this. I was on bedrest in the hospital for 4 weeks (additional 6 weeks at home), and I saw other patients on the antepartum wing ONE other time, there were NO group activities/movies/crafts, and I was depressed, lonely, and miserable. I would suggest access to some sort of counseling for the patients. Not once was I offered the opportunity to talk to someone about what a scary situation my baby and I were in. In retrospect, I realize how seriously lacking the focus on the psychological/emotional side of bedrest was at this particular hospital. I felt like I was in jail, and it doesn't have to be this way. Anyway, thanks again for this thread.
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    How much is your pay?

    Where do you live?? I KNOW the salary's nothing like that here in MO.
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    Missouri Salary Poll

    I'm the original poster. I'm pretty sure of the base pay for new grads in the St. Louis area. I am most interested in hearing how much more people earn as they gain more experience. In other words, once I'm in the profession for 5 years or so, what kind of increase from the $18 or so/hour might I expect? Thanks.
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    Missouri Salary Poll

    Sorry for the tacky question, but I'm curious: What is your salary? How many years have you been working as an RN? What MO city do you live in? What area do you work in? Thanks!
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    Where's that salary chart??

    I wonder if there is an updated salary chart? If anyone knows, please let me know. Thanks!
  14. maggijo

    How much is your pay?

    New grads make $18.50/hr. in St. Louis, MO area. You can get a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home in a good school district for approx. 200-250k, depending on the part of town. This base salary is appalling, in my opinion. I can't believe some of the salaries on here. So much higher than what I will be looking at after graduation.
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    Where's that salary chart??

    Can someone tell me where I can find that chart I saw on here a few months ago that ranks all of the states for RN salaries (taking cost of living into consideration)? Thanks!
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    I'm going to work on that! Can you try again? Thanks!