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    Tell me how you made >$100K or more per year

    I know base pay at some of chicago hospitals for experince nurses are in 90k range, UIC, CC,LCOM for starters. So just picking up a few OT shifts wouldn't make it that hard to make over 100K
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    Working as a peds nurse pregnant?

    Not sure why the doctor doesn't help when short staffed? I never left bruised or sore after working in the PEDS ER for many years, even with parents that refuse to restrain child. Often had to do many an IV, lab draw cath because I didn't have help I either asked the parent or doctor to help hold.
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    Anyone else go from adult med-surg to PICU?

    I went from working from a adult renal diabetic unit to Ped stem cell transplant/step down CV surg. It was considered a PICU at my hospital, we were specially trained Hem oc and CV plus the rest of the picu stuff. I am not going to lie, it was a rough year. But I did find my calling in peds. I absolutely never ever wanted to do peds until then. Basically, I was desperate to get out of my med surg unit, 17 patient to one RN, with one lpn under you. You had 9 pt they had 8 you had to do all assessment, IVP labs, blood, dr. calls. It sucked. So I went PICU were we had 1-2 pt at a shift. 20 years later with 18 years as a peds,picu, peds er nurse. Now getting ready to go into family med at a resident clinic with majority of pt peds. Caroline you can do it. Don't beat yourself down, don't let her beat you down. Remind her your were med surg, not peds, not icu.
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    Sad series of peds hem-onc patient deaths

    I worked BMT back in 2000 for a year. I liked it, the deaths were sad. the hardest part for me was stupid drama of the family, for example 1 family getting kicked out of the RMH for watching porn in the lobby of the place on a wide screen tv. I ended up going to PEDS ER at a level 1 trauma center, there we seen many deaths, most were traumatic, unexpected. I was able to brush most off my shoulder until 2008. In 2005 my nephew was diagnosis with 2 brain tumors, he was 17 at the time. He under went 2 brain surgeries, chemo, 2 BMT, often being seen the ER I worked at in 2008 he died in the PICU just right above where I worked at. I had a horrible time with that. My first day back from his funeral, I had a new diagnosis brain tumor of a teen boy came through. His only complaint was headache. Ended up with same tumor as my nephew. All I could think of is that poor kid is going to go thru something horrible and end up like my nephew. I later had a friend whose son died of a brain tumor at the age of 12. Can I just say I hate brain tumors? I don't know how much this helped you. But me 11 years alter, I still feel the pain.
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    office nurse

    So I live in NWI I have applied at many md's office. I have 20 years experience. The most a md office was willing to pay was $22/hr. Now Chicago pays in mid to upper $30 for there outpatient/office nurses at the major hospitals. I ended up taking a job in SB for the $30. Is it really unexpected of me to expect at least in the upper $20's? I realize a md office is a different pace/Skill of nursing, not easier, just different. So I can understand a little difference in pay. But really the $20 an hour was a slap in the face. I honestly can not believe nurses would accept it. It wasn't just settle patients and make appts. Two of the jobs were working for an asthma allergy doctor, where you do allergy testing and mixing the serum, and other respiratory stuff. I have worked in the ER in level 1 trauma, I don't expect the $42/hr I was making there. But less then half, seriously.
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    Part Time Nursing Programs

    Why not just take a class or 2 at a time?
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    Pay for experienced critical care RN in Indianapolis?

    When I left St. Vincents Peds ER in 2003 I was making $26/hr with only 3 years experience ACLS/PALS/ENPC/NRP so 15 years late and only seeing a $2 difference, no wonder Indy is having a hard time filling nursing jobs.
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    Decrease of Peds units

    Has anyone noticed there is a decrease a peds units in various areas of the country? It seems like most community hospitals in my area no longer want to care for this population. Simple RSV, pneumonia, dehydration, is no longer admitted. Instead sent home for parents to care for. Has this actually cause a rise in PICU admissions or transfers to a pediatric hospital? Just curious to your thoughts? I have worked in various areas of ped the last 20 years. PICU, ER level 1 trauma center, Peds at a rural community hospital.
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    Can you help a nurse out. I worked in ER for over 8 years awhile ago, for the life of me. I can not recall meds and doses of Anaphylaxis. I believe Epi is 1;1000 IM 1 amp q5 min, Ranitidine ? , Solumedrol 60 mg IV , and Diphenhydramine 50 mg IV. Does that seem right? Thanks
  10. Not exactly sure where to look. I have heard that there were some online schools that students can enroll that already have a degree. My Husband has a BS in Accounting and has been working as an account for over 20 years. He hates it/ burned out. He thinks I am lucky because I am RN and my work schedule is 3 12 hr shifts a week. I always said once our kids are out of high school, he could get his nursing degree. Accounting paid the bills. Well the time is almost here. My question does anyone know of any online to get his ADN. How does he do the clinicals? Do they set up their own sites? He has plenty of science and math classes, but he graduated in 95, not sure if they will still count. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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    Do Bachelor's Degrees Save Lives? - The Facts about Earning a BSN

    Just going with personal experience
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    Do Bachelor's Degrees Save Lives? - The Facts about Earning a BSN

    They Irony about the whole ASN BSN debate, I have seen more ASN pass the NCLEX on the first try then BSN. Guess all that paper writing didn't give the critical thinking skills after all.
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    Let me paint you a picture

    Op I hear you. I understand the vent. Some people just have to get on their high horse and jump down your throat for no reason. The fact you continued to clean the patient up after each mess, tells me how dedicated you are to your job. Thank you. If we can't vent amongst ourselves to people that have experienced the monotony of our job, who can we? A high five to infinite0meow.
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    Wording for Resigning

    Agree with above. Do not put a reason down. Do give 2 weeks notice.
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    BREAKS?????? You've gotta be kidding!!!

    I work a small peds unit. We can take a break, but can never leave the unit, and never be away from patient care. So is that really a break?