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  1. wolfgangRN

    Does one have an advantage coming from a “top” hospital?

    Nice! That was where I first started looking but there isn’t any full time offerings for the department I want to work at. I am so done with the ER. Nevada is still where me and and my husband want to live at long term, eventually.
  2. wolfgangRN

    Does one have an advantage coming from a “top” hospital?

    Yes, I’ve seen that happen in my current hospital. I learned a lot, my co-workers are great, but the travelers I’ve met tell us our benefits as full time are crap. I have a chance to transfer to a unit I want to be in, at both hospitals I applied for. The other has a name reputation w/ less benefits, the other does not but has better benefits. I like the atmosphere at both. So it’s more of does having a brand name hospital in my resume a plus, a minus, or does not matter?
  3. wolfgangRN

    Does one have an advantage coming from a “top” hospital?

    I don’t mean for my question to be a bashing of one vs the other. I believe Nursing should be of the highest standard of care no matter where one works...I was just trying to find out if there is any preferential treatment at all for applicants coming from a name-brand hospital vs a lesser known one. I have not ventured out enough to find out for myself. I’ve been a nurse for 8 years but sadly don’t have much variety in terms of employers.
  4. wolfgangRN

    Does one have an advantage coming from a “top” hospital?

    Thank you all for your insight! I did like the atmosphere better at the smaller hospital, but as with everything new to me, I tend to overanalyze everything. I don’t have any experience in the other environment which is why I came here. In terms of benefits, etc, I do know which I want, but I wasn’t sure if hospital rankings affected future hiring probability at all. It’s reassuring to see that it is still dependent on the individual and not the past employer name.
  5. wolfgangRN

    Does one have an advantage coming from a “top” hospital?

    Hahaha! That is very reassuring!
  6. wolfgangRN

    Nebraska Medical Center or Johns Hopkins?

    I’m curious as to which one you chose?
  7. wolfgangRN

    Does one have an advantage coming from a “top” hospital?

    Oh, by balance I just meant not going home too tired to do anything else. I got lucky that both had openings in the department I want...the lesser known has better benefits and unionized which is why I’m leaning towards it.
  8. wolfgangRN

    Does one have an advantage coming from a “top” hospital?

    Yes, I’ve actually researched on that. My current state is on the top 5 with the highest cost of living and meh nursing salary. I have offers from both a well known hospital (less pay, non union) and a smaller community facility (steady pay increase, union) but I’m trying to see if there is an advantage in choosing the well-known with less benefits over the other. I applied at a unit that will provide me the work-life balance I want at both of them...I’m favoring the lesser known hospital but the thought of not having that “name” to fall back on is a little scary to me...or is this just all in my head and there’s really no advantage to it?
  9. wolfgangRN

    Burned out new grad. What non bedside job can I do?

    Hi! First of all, I’m sorry you’re going through this. It’s not right for the hospital to transfer you to another unit or schedule when that was not discussed during your interview/not in your offer letter/not in your contract. That being said, maybe it’s not burnout you’re feeling, but more like you just haven’t found your groove yet? When you were in the cardiac ICU on day shift, how did you feel then? If you felt happy and motivated, then maybe it’s just the unit atmosphere...you could try applying at another hospital and do a share day so you see a glimpse of how people interact with each other. If you didn’t like the unit CICU even in the shift you wanted, then maybe you can try another unit? There’s PACU, ambulatory surgery, infusion, home health, etc. lots of options even for new grads. The schedule is entirely dependent on where you work...you could be doing MD clinic nursing - no holidays/on call but you’re there, 8hrs x 5 days a week...Or you could be in an ER with 12 hour shifts x 3 shifts a week with as much as 8 straight days off in between. You have to set your expectations in the reality we live in, you can’t always have it your way. Remember the standard work hours is 40/week. You can also go PRN if you still wanna give bedside a shot but don’t want to be too involved, or there’s case management/utilization review but you’ll be competing with nurses that have patient-care experience. There’s also Informatics...but again, you may not get the schedule you want as they are often standard office hours. It’s easy to say ignore the bullies, it’s absolutely horrible to be in a place like that. Try to reflect if the cause of your stress is nursing in general or just the work place you’re in and go from there.
  10. Hi awesome human beings (aka nurses), I am at a point in my life where I’m looking for more work-life balance than experience. I am currently on a job hunt at states that pay higher than where I’m at. I’ve only worked at teaching/high ranking hospitals since graduating from Nursing school. I’ve heard a lot of other nurses say that these facilities are notorious for not paying well/not treating nurses right because it is a “privilege” to work for them, but since I’ve not been anywhere else, I can’t really compare. That being said, I know that being a great nurse is not dependent on what facility you work for. My question is, is there an advantage in staying employed at a name-brand hospital? Are hiring managers impressed by that at all or does the actual years of experience matter more? Do they look at where one worked last and factor that in deciding whether to hire you or not? I know for education, it’s the idea that “Harvard/Yale/whatever opens doors” that’s why a lot of people aim for them. I’m wondering if it’s the same for hospitals.
  11. wolfgangRN

    Vascular Access RNs

    Are you required to have been in the department x amount of years even after you’ve completed the minimum number of successful ultrasound sticks before you start PICC training? I guess what I’m asking is how does it get decided when one starts training, by seniority or skill level?
  12. wolfgangRN

    Vascular Access RNs

    Hi, I recently transferred to a vascular access team and was wondering what other hospitals’ policies are regarding when to start PICC training. My current hospital requires a minimum of 2 years in VAT regardless of previous experience and only day shifters get trained. I’m curious to know if it’s the same in other hospitals. Thank you!
  13. I hear you but I think those cases are generally ok provided they are completed on schedule. They actually gives Phil grads an edge...but California, being the most litigious state is the US, has unreasonably strict standards - which doesn't necessarily equate to high standards. Seriously, California has so many lawyers compared to other states. Tss.
  14. Hi! I was in the same predicament as you a few months ago. I'm pretty sure I am eligible to take the NCLEX in California but decided against it when I learned how long I have to wait. Haha Anyway, I applied in another state and passed the first time (77 questions to boot. Yes, I'm a proud proof that the Philippine Nursing program is competitive). Relocating isn't a problem for me, I didn't want to be out of practice for too long since I know new grads and returning nurses (those who've been out of practice for more than 5 years) are having a hard time getting into hospitals. I've been out of practice for a little more than 1 year so I was in a hurry. So after that, I applied at major hospitals in 4 states, got invited for interviews, went on a multi-state trip, and now I'm relocating to Maryland. So what am I trying to say? Do what you think is right. Don't let all the negative comments get to you. If you're unsure of something, don't rely on hearsay information. I had people tell me my Philippine nursing experience is of no value here, that the gap in my practice is most likely a death sentence, but guess what Hopkins just called (and Loyola and Northwestern and Montefiore and Baylor), and they want me. You left friends, family, and a whole life behind. You might as well make that sacrifice worth it by doing everything you can to get that dream job, wherever that may be. Best of luck to you!
  15. Correct me if I'm wrong but in the US, students are not required to do 5-5-5/3-3-3 cases correct? They're not allowed to be as hands-on. And those cases we're required to have are actually beyond that of the basic nursing program being offered here in the US...so essentially, Phil grads are being deemed ineligible because of something that US-educated nurses are not even required to do?
  16. wolfgangRN

    CA Board of Nursing

    I see this is an old thread, but I'm glad I found somebody who knows the Philippine Nursing program well. I get miffed whenever I see posters saying our country's curriculum is insufficient, not competitive enough, or not up to par with the US, BECAUSE THAT'S NOT TRUE. The problem in the Philippines is that these standards are not strictly implemented BUT there are schools that have taken care of their reputation for a very long time. To post a general statement is unfair and misleading. It breaks my heart when I see comments by US nurses demeaning Filipino nurses based on the hasty generalizations fellow Filipinos post here. I mean come on, we all know which schools are substandard. Why go there anyway?

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