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  1. Weary1

    Working for Gentiva

    Gentiva has a large presence where I work. I know someone who works in their home health section (they do hospice here too). She is paid per visit which was not something she was thrilled with (she worked for another home health agency and was salaried) and mileage of course. She seems to like it ok - not as well as where she was before but she had no plans to leave Gentiva either. One benefit she said is the ability to move up the ladder or into different areas as they like to promote from within. The paperwork is bad at all home health agencies that are driven by the insurance/medicare/medicaid guidelines/requirements. It seems the key to be organized and learn the documentation system well.
  2. Read about the practice - when it started, etc. Brush up on the MD's etc. Try to work the information into the conversation some how so they know you've taken the time to learn about them. Acknowledge that while you have been out of the paid work force, you have been working at home raising children, are anxious to get back into the swing of things and do not feel it would take you long at all. They may ask of over time is a problem for you because often times MD offices run late - be honest if it would be or if on occasion it wouldn't etc. Good luck
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    Would you give up on this job?

    I was offered the position...final offer: low salary (40K), but benefits and mileage..lots of driving (between 13 - 60 miles one way depending on client location) - more than initially indicated in interview...trying to decide if its worth it or if I should stick PRN at hospital until something with higher wage/less driving comes around. I knew the salary would be low, driving a lot of the time but didn't think the offer would be that low...anyway..took them some time but the offer was finally made.
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    I got reported to HR

    Momma is commonly used in the South.
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    I got reported to HR

    Depending on where the OP lives, using the term "momma" is not weird..many Southerns, myself included, use this verbiage when referring to our own parent or when talking to someone else about their parent.
  6. I was offered a M-F salaried plus mileage position. No weekend/holidays. The salary is low, 40K/ yr, mileage is 50 cents. Assessment skills are all that's required, nothing clinical such as vitals/wound care etc. I was told what territory (counties) I would cover, the closest being 13 miles from where I live, the farthest just shy of 50 (one way). I was also told I would have to come to a mandatory meeting once a week at the home office which is 52 miles from my home. I figured getting out of the hospital/ 12 hr shifts would be worth it. Accepted the position and have set a start date. Yesterday received an email that the territory was going to be "slightly expanded" & the mandatory home office check in was going from once a week to twice a week beginning in July. The closest county I would go to is still 13 miles from where I live, but now the furthest will be (one way) 60 miles. That I would "occasionally" need to cover other areas & take call "every few months". These changes coupled with a 50 mile one way trip to the home office now twice a week versus once. Mileage to the office is not covered. Only mileage to clients home is. So 200 miles a week would be on me. I knew going in driving was part of the deal but at the time I accepted the position the furthest county was going to be 40 miles one way with a once a week trip to the home office. I had asked about call in the interview & was told no call was involved. I spoke to a nurse last night who works for a similar company. She told me she was actually working out her notice because the low salary plus the 2500-3000K miles a month, closer to the 3000 thousand miles was just not worth it. Yes, 3 thousand. I am trying to tell myself that being able to work 8:30-5, not being inside will be worth it but the truth is, I'm concerned that what was agreed to in the interview has already changed. Any other counties I may have to cover on occasion would be well over 60 miles one way. I am still PRN at the hospital..my spouse says I should just remain PRN at the hospital until something more reasonable comes along. Maybe the driving won't be all that bad? Advice?
  7. The CNA and MA's and what they can/can't do seems to be a blurred line - at least where I live - some places allow them to do draw blood, do injections, remove (but not start) IV's, breathing treatments, yet others don't. There is a Dermatology office that employs only MA's and the MA's do everything from calling in medications, to giving injections to performing punch biopsies. As someone else stated, until there is a Regulatory Board in place that clearly defines duties (and not schools) the lines will continue to be blurred and boundaries pushed - it's much less expensive for an MD to employ a CNA or MA than an LPN or RN and I have no doubt corners are cut on what is allowed and what moves patients through the office faster.
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    Thinking of leaving ED after 6 months

    I disagree with some of the posts saying you should stay..you are fairly new as an RN but you are NOT new to nursing or healthcare. You sound mature and thoughtful..if the job doesn't fit you it doesn't fit. Sometimes the excitement/fantasy we have about a job and the reality are not even close. ANY job that you makes you physically, mentally, emotionally or Spiritually ill on a chronic basis (not just a bad day here or there) is not one to stay in when there are other options. A job you have to take medication or go to counseling for (when it's only the job creating the discord) is also one I would not stay in. I worked in a hospital setting for years, left for about 4 years and returned earlier this year...I realized quickly, that like you, I could provide great care, deal with coworkers/physicians, etc. but feeling like you do is exactly how I felt and I realized that I, as well as the hospital setting, has changed. I shifted to PRN and will be leaving completely for another position outside the hospital setting in a few weeks. Part of me felt badly, like a failure in some way but the fact is, the failure would be staying in an environment that just doesn't work. I also realized I am the one getting up, going to this job that is not a good fit, that I really don't want to be in the hospital setting any longer and I don't have to explain it to anyone. This was a "biggie" for me. My leaving will also open a position for some other nurse who may be feeling the same way where ever he/she is working and allow someone else to change their situation. My unsolicited advice is if you can change to another unit, do it now. Yes, there is stress is all areas of hospital nursing but there are more controlled units than the ED and yes, a patient can code anywhere, but the likelihood is less on some units. Life/time are too short - the "golden" year rule doesn't really apply in your case since it sounds like you have to stay with the employer for a few years. Look into outpatient surgery or something similar, but whatever you do, don't keep going down an emotional and physical hole because of some invisible year mark. Take care of yourself.
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    Start a nursing career in Georgia

    MA's are heavily used in MD offices in Georgia. Also, some hospitals and other settings employ them as well. Good luck.
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    Start a nursing career in Georgia

    Nursing schools are as tough to get into here in Georgia as any where else. The job market is lousy for nurses - especially new grads - BUT that doesn't mean you shouldn't try...CNA's and MA's are REALLY popular and by and large have a better chance of getting a job so that would be one way to get started, get a feel for where you want to go and start from there. When I went to nursing school (in Georgia) I did not have to take the TEA's test but that is now required (you can search on here for more info). The GPA and the score form that test determine admission...most accredited schools have a wait list so be prepared for that. You can start researching schools before you get here and even apply if you are able to meet the requirements. Most hospitals in Ga. no longer hire LPN's..many will hire only BSN grads so you may need to start out as a CNA, Tech or MA if you need to get certified/working. The job market is tough - even for experienced nurses & the pay will NOT be like in Calif. The VA, MD's offices and LTC hire LPN's. What school you choose depends on where you are going to live (ATL is large), how far you are willing to travel, if you are going to take out loans etc. Emory is one nursing school in the ATL area but they are RN only. Most tech school host the LPN, MA programs, some CNA. There are other nursing schools in Ga (you can look on here or google for them). If becoming an RN is what you really want to do, it's going to take time, patience and perseverance but it can be done. Hope this helped.
  11. I really don't see how the Board would know about a Baker ACT (it is NOT the same as being arrested) nor any other hospitalization..though many on here may disagree, I would not volunteer any information unless directly asked - prescription medications or not. There would be no way for the board to get a hold of your medical information w/o you giving permission etc- HIPPA applies to us too! Especially from another state. If you were arrested, that is another issue obviously. I also would not provide this information to an employer either. You are not the first, nor will you be the last, nurse/healthcare provider, to have gone through something like this. I speak from personal experience. It's done, over with and you have moved on responsibly. Leave that terrible time where it needs to be - in the past.
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    Relocating to Atl

    The job market for nurses is TOUGH in Georgia..with an Associates and only 1 year it will be more difficult. He may have better success with home health or LTC. There are also many nursing agencies in the ATL area - they all have different requirements but that is also an option. Also, many MD offices/clinics in the area and the VA would be places to check.
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    Would you give up on this job?

    I was able to confirm with HR that the only hold up is my background check..which, according to HR, they have contacted the company that does the checks "several times with no response" I've decided to take the advice on here, continue to look elsewhere & if this comes through great, if not, then something else hopefully will that is not hospital based. Thanks everyone.
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    What else can be done with RN

    MD office, insurance company, home health coordinator (not patient care), hospice coordinator (not patient care), research nurse, school nurse, camp nurse, telephonic nurse.........
  15. Before spending the time and money, I'd suggest looking at ALL options - x-ray tech, etc. The Nuclear Med Tech make as much as RN's in the hospital I work at but work 8 hr shifts versus 12+. A good living can be made in other areas of healthcare besides nursing. The hospital I work at is large, tries to treat it's staff well but the nurses & techs I work with (who get along & help each other out) by & large (90% I'd say), DO hate their job..alot seems to be because of the 12+ hr shifts...some transfer to other units, some leave, most of the staff has worked less than 2 yrs with a few exceptions, on the unit I work, there are a few new grads but very few. If I had it to do over again I would not become a nurse or at least would not work in a hospital setting that required 12 hr shifts.
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    Would you give up on this job?

    I applied for and was interviewed for a job back in May. I was told I would hear something in about a week. I did & was tentatively offered the job pending background/drug test/reference check. I went in 2 days after the phone/verbal offer, signed the paperwork to have all this done. Drug test, references all came back fine as I was notified by the place I took the drug test results were delivered and 2 of the references I placed let me know they had been contacted/spoke to the HR. However, the background is STILL not back - 2 weeks later. I am NOT worried at all about it. I contacted HR and the person I initially interviewed with last week...basically said they would let me know when they heard something but did not give me a time frame or say anything to the effect they would contact the company to see what the hold up is etc. As of today, still nothing. I do not want to contact them again but at the same time if they have changed their minds or have decided to hold off on hiring me then I would like to know. It seems like a long time for a criminal background check to get done. I'm thinking I should just give up on this job & just continue looking for something else. I work PRN in a hospital & really, really wanted to get out of that setting.