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    Progressive Care Nursing - Interview with Linda Bay

    1:3 ratio is a nice ideal but is it reality? The ratio can be 1:4 on a PCU even in California. The California ratio law apparently does not apply to PCU's but to a "stepdown unit". The large hospital where I work does not have a single "stepdown unit". It does have multiple PCU's and the PCU is staffed with the mandated telemetry ratio of 1:4 unless you have a vented patient, then you will have a 1:3 assignment. Looking at job ads, I have seen PCU jobs in other states stating 1:5 ratios in the ad.
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    New Graduate

    My first job was at a rural hospital. Apply at rural hospitals and commute. Stay for at least a year. I stayed 3 years and future jobs were very impressed with that- they like hiring someone who has a track record of staying in a job. Apparently it is rare.
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    61 With No Current Nursing Experience

    There are volunteer opportunities for nurses. I've volunteered at a church run clinic for underserved. Just brainstorming but perhaps you would qualify for work at a county health dept giving vaccinations and such? Do cruise ships have a nurse on staff? That would be a cool retirement gig. I'd still recommend leaving your salary off. And re-work your resume to minimize flags that you are "old". (I only put on "recent work history and left off all my earlier experience)
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    61 With No Current Nursing Experience

    I don't recall having to provide past salary and I don't think it is legally obligated: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/ask-the-headhunter/ask-the-headhunter-never-ever The past several jobs, the pay is done by a formula based on years of experience and shift and you fall somewhere in the formula and that is the salary. That has been in both unionized and non-unionized facilities. I would wonder if you will be satisfied with a clinical nursing job? I had a previous profession many years ago, raised children for 25 years, then went back to school to get the RN and have been exclusively a clinical nurse in hospitals for the past 7 years. I can tell you that you will not be treated as a professional like you are in other professions. It is much more like a blue collar job. There are extremely strict policies and punishments surrounding sick time. One job I had you could not even use your sick time when you are sick (which I found very strange) You had to use PTO unless you were sick several days and got a doctor's note. And if you call in sick 4 times in a year, they can fire you- every time sick counts as an "incident" and if you call in on a weekend it counts as two "incidents". I virtually never called in sick. Changed several jobs with weeks of sick time still on the books. Just the attitude of suspicion and stinginess around those benefits felt very disrespectful and unprofessional to me. As if they were ASSUMING I am cheating if I was ever to call in sick. My previous career as an engineer, we were not treated like that. The benefit was the benefit and you were entitled to it if you needed it. If I was the hiring manager, the fact that you made 190K and were a respected professional would make me wonder if you could tolerate the relatively very humble pay and treatment of being a floor nurse. I would keep that a secret if you really want to get into the hospital. I don't include my first bachelor's and masters degree on my resume nor applications, nor do I include any references to my former engineering career. Perhaps you should be looking into other nursing roles at hospitals- non clinical roles? Or you might make a great sales rep for a company - there are nurses that go around and present inservices on various new products the hospital buys. eg- skin care products, urine testing kits, iv start kits, telemetry monitoring units, etc etc etc....
  5. https://jobs.kindredhealthcare.com/job/san-diego/registered-nurse-rn-icu-full-time-nights-10k-sign-on-bonus-kindred-hospital-san-diego/653/11743208 https://jobs.kindredhealthcare.com/job/san-diego/hiring-event-registered-nurse-rn-event/653/12211954
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    Did I do the right thing in this code situation?

    PS If you have not gotten your ACLS certification, I recommend it. Going into depth studying and practicing the algorithms and doing a refresh of skills every two years will build your knowledge and confidence for the appropriate step by step approach to multiple scenarios
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    Trump's 'religious conscience'

    Without researching this I'm guessing it means that if I believe abortion and assisted suicide are wrong, then I won't lose my job or be punished if I refuse a nursing assignment where I would be a party to those acts.
  8. Florida will get there https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/health/nurse-practitioners-could-soon-practice-without-doctor-supervision-in-florida/67-a7ab0f42-38c5-463e-9230-e2640cd7386a
  9. And he is free to take it or leave it. I've found that 18 year old children have a mind of their own- some more than others. My 19 yos is more likely to do the opposite of any "advise" I give so I keep my opinions to myself lest he really go off the rails trying to prove something.
  10. I really liked your idea of doctors and nurses OWNING a hospital. It is visionary. You have mentioned that primary care docs in Florida are dissatisfied with their income, as are nurses. Florida might be the PERFECT place for an idea like that to come to fruition! https://aapsonline.org/surgery-centers-with-cash-friendly-pricing/
  11. Get some nursing experience and certifications (eg PCCN). Then you will be competitive for a job in SD. If you avoid job hopping that will also help your prospects (there are SD hospitals who will pay $2500 to relocate an experienced nurse- but they are looking for a track record of someone who will stay for awhile). I would suggest reading other threads @ Cali. Some like it and some hate it. Also plan way ahead to get your endorsement. It takes 4 months and a pile of cash. With 2-3 years of good experience and a certification or two, you can land a job here.
  12. At 15K you are still saving at least 60K (and much more compared to private school tuition). And 15K will be easy to cash-flow out of 180K income. Hopefully your son can live his own life and make his own choices: to date or not, to live in the dorms, and even career- is it his own idea to do nursing? Your utilitarian view of others as extensions of yourself (he should adopt your aspie isolation)- tools for you to use to further your ambitions (he and SO should be cogs in your business machine)- seems like it could be oppressive for a teenager (and SO). They are people with their own desires, interests, and dreams. ISTM Love would see them.
  13. You can't do it without her and she doesn't want to do it. You sound frustrated by that but it is the reality. Based on what you have said about her, she sounds like she is sensible and makes smart decisions. It would not be smart to throw away your son's Bright Futures opportunity at a Florida college by giving up residency at this point. That would put your family another 60-80K in the hole... and your SO does not strike me as the type of person to make expensive mistakes like that.
  14. If your son is a good student and graduates high school in Florida, he should qualify for Bright Futures which means he can go to a state school tuition free if I am not mistaken. With 180K income, she will have no problem covering the rest of the college expenses for him.
  15. Action- lay down my dream of Hawaii because it is disruptive to my family and my SO does not want to do it. Stop saying "I love you" while trying to argue and armtwist SO into my plan for her life. Does not mean you have to give up hiking and snorkelling as I have said previously (nor even Kauai in moderation- you could plan a two week trip there to reward yourself after you completely pay off your debt)