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  1. judyblueeyes

    Rumor of a six month 200K RN position in Iraq????

    Also, this: http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/nurse/corps_benefits.jsp You can make the most of your time and career by taking advantage of the benefits available to nurses serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Not only will you come to know the pride that comes with serving your country as an Officer, but you'll also know that you're providing our Soldiers with the best nursing care. While serving your country, you'll enjoy the privileges and respect afforded to an Officer in the world's most advanced Army. In addition, you'll enjoy financial and educational benefits to help you rapidly advance your career. Active Nurse Corps Benefits Reserve Nurse Corps Benefits ACTIVE NURSE CORPS BENEFITS As a nurse serving as an Officer in the Active Army, you'll receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes a competitive salary and financial incentives such as nursing school loan repayment. In addition to opportunities for continuing education and clinical specialization, you will receive low-cost or no-cost medical, dental and life insurance, generous retirement plan options, housing allowances and 30 days of paid vacation earned annually. You'll also enjoy a reasonable work-life balance that provides plenty of time for family and recreational pursuits. ARMY NURSE ACCESSION BONUS Start with a sign-on bonus in the amount of $20,000 or $30,000 if you elect to not receive student loan repayment. If you participate in the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program, you could earn a bonus of up to $10,000. ACTIVE DUTY HEALTH PROFESSIONS LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM (ADHPLRP) As a participant in this program, you can qualify for more than $114,000 to repay your nursing school loans. Under this three-year program, you could receive up to $38,300 annually. back to top RESERVE NURSE CORPS BENEFITS When you become a nurse and Officer on the U.S. Army Reserve Health Care Team, you can work in your community and serve when needed. In addition to generous financial incentives and retirement plan options, you'll have the opportunity to enhance your career and provide our Soldiers and their Families with the best nursing care. SPECIAL PAY As a nurse anesthetist, you can receive special pay in the amount of $30,000, paid in three yearly increments of $10,000. A $15,000 sign-on bonus is available for nurses with a BSN and specialized training in critical care, medical/surgical, psychiatric or perioperative nursing. HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM (HPLR) As a nursing professional serving on the U.S. Army Reserve Health Care Team, you may be eligible for up to $50,000 to repay your nursing school loans. This program provides up to $20,000 for two consecutive years, plus $10,000 for a third year. You may be eligible to participate in one other Army Reserve incentive program.
  2. judyblueeyes

    Rumor of a six month 200K RN position in Iraq????

    I looked around the web and could not find any job listings for nurse in Iraq or Afghanistan. The only articles I saw were about nurses who are also enlisted military members. It appears there are not any high paying jobs to these places. I did see a few listings through Med Hunter for Saudi Arabia. For example, one ad was asking for single nurses looking for 1, 2 or 3 year contracts at King Faisal Hospital and offered " Benefits (to) include tax-free income, free medical care, free furnished accommodations, free airfare, and generous vacation." Med Hunter said they had about 70 jobs there and they also offered a sign on bonus. Happy traveling and enjoy your bucks!
  3. judyblueeyes

    Coaching women during childbirth has little impact

    Professionally, I agree that coaching provided little benefit. Personally, I took no classes and had no birthplan with my first. the baby came anyway! LOL!
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    Patients who are too lazy to open their own splenda packets

    I had a pt complaint once about something trivial like that, too. She complained that food service forgot to bring her a soda, so I secured one for her- with a cup of ice. She asked me to pour it for her (!) and later complained that I ruined her drink with too much ice.
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    Would you consider a home birth?

    "The Business of Being Born, a documentary directed by Abby Epstein and produced by talk-show host Ricki Lake, is a generous-spirited tribute to the practice of home birth. It's full of moving (and surprisingly ungross) filmed deliveries, including those by Epstein and Lake themselves. Unfortunately, the movie is also a propagandistic brief on behalf of the home-birth movement that's so selective in its presentation of information that it makes Michael Moore look like a fat lady in a blindfold holding a pair of scales. " "The natural childbirth mantra that "Birth is not a medical event" ignores the unfortunate fact that, in that percentage of cases in which something goes wrong (as Lake herself says in the movie, about 1 case in 10), things can get very medical very fast. Studies in the United States, Australia, and Britain have suggested that the fetal death rate in home births, while still extremely low, is approximately double the rate for hospital births. A statistic that Epstein and Lake would have been free to contest--had they bothered to address it at all. " http://www.slate.com/id/2181860
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    What does you health insurance cost?

    Mine is 12,500 per year. I pay half and my employer pays half. This is for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) and includes dental and vision.
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    Pinky finger issue

    I recall their names as hallux (or was that pallux...one is the thumb, the other the toe), indices, impudens, annulus and minimus.
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    What is it like working 3/ 12 hr. shifts?

    I like working 12's. I don't usually do all three in a row, though. I usually work two 12's three times over the 2 week pay period. The 12 hour day is a long day that doesn't leave time for much else, but I really like having more days off to spend with the family. Three 12's is a 72 hour pay period and most people like and/or are used to a 40 hour work week. When I'm feeling poor, I just fish around until I pick up another 8 or 12 hour shift. These are not always available, but I'd rather spend more time with the kids than have a bigger paycheck. We are fortunate that our budget does not require a 40 hour work-week from me. We have always lived below our income, budget wise, which I highley recommend.
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    Planned Parenthood... for men?

    While people asscociate PPH with abortion services, it is also the largest provider of reproductive heath care services in the country with over 4 million visits per year. They diagnose and treat all manner of problems in both men and women as well as screen for reproductive cancers in both sexes.
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    Ethical Dilemma

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    Ethical Dilemma

    They did diagnose it (oligo, anyway). What else do you want them to diagnose? The next step is to decide what to do. How could you possibly "know" this?! Me, too.
  12. judyblueeyes

    Thoughts on Maternity nursing.

    I'm in antepartum alos and have been for 10 years. KellNN did a good job of representing the job. I wouldn't care to do anything else.
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    Voluntary C-Sections?

    Do talk to your Doc. If you think a C/S is right for you, go for it! Nurses tend to advocate for the patient... unless the pt wants something they don't approve of (such as a C/S). Don't let others decide what is right for you.
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    Help, 4yo grandson killed my finches

    I'm so sorry to hear this and have no good advice. I just wanted to offer my support to you and your family. You are certainly right to be alarmed and the boy should be protected from not-so-well-intentioned family members and thoroughly evaluated. I wish you well!
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    Elective Primary C/S

    The difference in your examples are adults v. children. Also, what is reasonable to one person is not to another. Why should I let you dictate how I will have my children? Are you coming to my house to raise them, too? And why did you give me a general? Because you didn't like my choice of delivery? I though it was my birth.
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    Article on MSNBC about 22 weekers

    I bet a lot of those "early" babies were actually the results of a hurried marriage (the 3 lb 22 weeker!?!).