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    West Palm Beach RN salary 2019

    Hello, I’m looking to relocate with my husband to downtown west palm beach from NY. Good Samaritan in west Palm would be about 5mins from us once we decide to relocate to this area we’ve seen. However I do not know what the pay rate for RN is. I have a BSN and 3 years experience in med/surg, surgical and oncology. Any idea what the pay rate would be? Many thanks.
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    Columbia DNP 2018

    Hello, that is astounding for a non-refundable requirement. I am glad I found your post as I was just looking at their info. I plan on applying to a few schools,Columbia and NYU included. Since you opted for NYU, how is their DNP program? Is it primarily online or do you have to commute to classes on campus? & do you find it manageable with work?
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    University of Rochester MSN 2019

    Hello all, I come bearing gifts, just kidding, I come seeking answers ...anyway, in all seriousness, can anyone kindly tell me about this program? I am considering applying for the January 2020 start. How hard was it to get into the program? What were entry requirements? What are the schedules like? Are they mostly days or evenings? If so, what are the class start and end times? Are there people working while doing this program and how is scheduling working for you? Is it doable, with work? I have no kids & have a supportive fiancé, I currently work as a floor RN and will continue working full time and plan on taking their FNP program part time. Any thoughts? Or Anyone in the program that may help?
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    Nursing @ MSKCC

    This is so late. But how is MSK? Do you like it? What is the process needed to get a job there?
  5. A lot of valid points from former posters but I disagree with some of the dissuading comments. Nursing is a great stable career and a great return on investment. You have family members who are nurses which is helpful. I suggest shadow a hospital nurse (for the full 12 hrs like someone has said)- at a hospital, because nursing homes and home care are different from hospitals. Consider having to work weekends, holidays, nights etc. Also go straight for the BSN. A lot of hospitals require than lately. I initially did a BS in public health and a masters in healthcare management and consulted for a bit and that wasn't as great and then I did an accelerated 1yr BSN. I was 30 when I did nursing as a second career. I do not regret it at all and I have never had such a peace of mind career wise. Is the job hard? Absolutely! But it is rewarding. You also don't have to work in a hospital if you don't want to. After passing my boards, it was the first time in my life that my main problem was deciding which offer to pick. As someone mentioned, in Hawaii, landing jobs at a hospital as a new grad may be dire. It is the same thing in NYC unless you know someone, but just move, get the hospital experience in some other hospital for a year or two then move back to hawaii or wherever you'd like to be. In nursing, your pay also increases with experience. Or you can decide to work in LTC or nursing home as you can land a job in these, fresh out of school. When I was doing my accelerated 12month BSN, all the students in my class were second-career people. One was a 45 yr old MD from Cuba who did not want to go through the boards and 4yrs of residency all over again in the US (as that was protocol if you were an MD from another country) but she still wanted to work in healthcare for it's rewards and choose nursing. There were accountants, an IT guy, graphic designer etc etc...One doctor on my unit used to be a lawyer then switched to medicine...what I'm trying to say is that people have a change of heart and it's ok to follow your passion. It is never too late. Just be aware that nursing is a hard job but definitely rewarding. You will also never be bored like you state and learning is continual. For instance, I am just completing my 1yr as a general surgery nurse at a great hospital and now in my 2nd year I just got an offer in oncology at another competitor hospital and I am already reading up. Prior to picking oncology, I shadowed for openings in the cardiac OR, general OR, Trauma med/surg and MICU but loved and decided that oncology it is this time. Basically, I am saying that you will have your options to pick from. Also you don't need to do your DNP now as most hospitals pay for schooling. So why spend the extra money now. I personally don't care for being an NP, even though the hospitals I work at offer tuition reimbursements. One of my main reasoning is that, although the work-life balance will be better with great day hours as an NP, I do not want to get bored & complacent once I specialize as an NP, nursing gives me the option to diversify specialties much easily than it would if I were to go on to be an NP. I am also not of the entrepreneur mindset, meaning I have no intention of having my own NP practice. A nurse who worked on my general surgery floor for 15yrs just recently switched to go into the NICU, a new passion of hers. The general surgery NP who's been there much longer than she has been would like to switch but she still hasn't been able to do so. This is not to discourage you, you can still go for it, but I'm giving examples for you to work with. With regards to dipping on your IRA for funds, there are hospitals that still offer pensions and retirement benefits and you can easily research that and find out when the time is right. So you will resume good benefits in nursing and get your returns back. Lastly, do not go to an overly expensive nursing school, especially now. I wish you good luck on this journey. I'm sure you will not regret it. You will have those days that are hard at the hospital but if you have a passion to get into nursing, I don't think you will regret it.
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    Which hospitals to recommend in NYC?

    Im just seeing this thread and NYlady was really great in her descriptions. I know this is an old post but I am enlightened. I'm starting my 2nd year of nursing as of Jan 2019. I was on a general surgery floor for the first year and starting Jan I'll be on an oncology/hematology floor. I moved from the NYC area to western NY (closer to Toronto, CA) to work for the top magnet hospitals in this area & grow my experience, as it was difficult to find work in the top NYC hospitals without experience. I declined a high paying LTC and physician office job both in midtown manhattan (as a new grad) and moved just so I could get hospital experience and at this moment I feel like I made a good decision. I plan on completing 2yrs here, getting certified as soon as I hit that 2yr mark, then relocating back to NYC. So I am being really patient. I am also starting to do my research now so I could be prepared when the time comes. Any updates on your findings (in terms of best pension plans/benefits and unionized hospitals in NYC/Manhattan)? Did you eventually get a job in NYC? If so, what tips would you suggest and how was the interview and hiring process if applicable?
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    Oncology vs. Med-Surg.

    Hi í ½í¸Š I also have an interest in oncology but have qstns lol. So are there any concerns regarding side effects to nurses working in oncology? Pregnancy/infertility concerns while working in oncology? Totals...back issues? Advice? It appears to be like med-surg plus a whole lot more...so what are the patient-nurse ratios?
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    What is it like to be an Oncology nurse?

    Hi, So I also have an interest in oncology but have qstns. Are there any concerns regarding side effects to nurses working in oncology? Pregnancy/infertility concerns while working in oncology? Advice? & what are the patient-nurse ratios? Would you say it's sort of similar to med-surg?
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    What is it like to be an Oncology nurse?

    Hi í ½í¸Š I also have an interest in oncology but have qstns lol. So are there any concerns regarding side effects to nurses working in oncology? Pregnancy/infertility concerns while working in oncology? Advice? & what are the patient-nurse ratios? Would you say it's sort of similar to med-surg?
  10. Hello all, I know it's competitive and tough to get jobs at some of the prestige hospitals in NYC like MSK, NYP/Columbia, NYU langone...What are your thoughts on using a resume writer? Are they effective? Has anyone ever used one and was successful in landing a RN job in a coveted institution? The other day I applied to MSK and got a rejection in one day, lol. Actually it was less than 24hrs. It was an entry level job that a new grad qualifies for and I have a yr experience. I thought to myself...Wow! Is my resume that bad that it took just a few hrs to get that rejection email for an entry level job?! Anyway, it's a little frustrating as I've been hoping to move back to NYC at some point at least with a year experience. How does one even get to the interview point at these hospitals? Has resume writers worked for anyone? Thank you
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    Question about applying for hospital job

    It depends on what state you are in. But hospital experience is really valuable. The kind that a group home will never afford you. & if you are interested in travel nursing, definately look into hospitals. Like someone mentioned, you may have to move away from the bigger cities (like NYC, San Francisco etc) Those cities that don't hire New grads. So broaden your search area. Even with the 8yrs of experience in a group home, you'll be considered a "new grad" at a hospital & you'll understand why once you actually start working on a hospital unit. Your pay will drop, at least in that first year at the hospital, but the experience you'll get will be invaluable. & pay will increase with experience. All the best!!
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    Question about applying for hospital job

    It depends on what state you are in. But hospital experience is really valuable. The kind that a group home will never afford you. & if you are interested in travel nursing, definately look into hospitals. Like someone mentioned, you may have to move away from the bigger cities (like NYC, San Francisco etc) Those cities that don't hire New grads. So broaden your search area. Even with the 8yrs of experience in a group home, you'll be considered a "new grad" at a hospital & you'll understand why once you actually start working on a hospital unit. Your pay may drop, at least in that first year at the hospital, but the experience you'll get will be invaluable. All the best!!
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    2018 Nurse Salary

    How does a BSN-RN get a job in the large NYC hospitals? How much experience is needed or must one know someone who works there? Just asking cause it seems to be so hard to get jobs in NYC hospitals.
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    Highest Paying Hospitals NYC

    What is the interview and hiring process like? In terms of typical time frame it takes to apply and be hired... do they use a panel interview or just the manager? Is there a unit shadow prior to interview or not? What kind of questions do they ask and what kind of candidates do they seek? Lol, a lot but whatever you can shed light on.
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    Omnicell vs Pyxis

    I had some of your frustration when I first started using Omnicell but over time and as I learned more of its functionalities, I have come to love the system
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    Omnicell vs Pyxis

    I totally agree that with automated med systems, if a medication hasn't been approved/verified by pharmacy, it would not populate on the system (which can be frustrating if you urgently need a med) but it's also set up this way as a safety feature for pharmacists to verify meds ordered with a pt's med lists, interactions, allergies, prior to dispensing. There are those meds that may be needed for emergencies which one can override. In emergency settings like the OR, ICU, PACU where a pt's state may change rapidly and in a spur's moment, the override feature is at its best funtion (but these settings also have providers at bedside to give the verbal approval). I hate pyxis because some hospitals complement the pyxis with the manual-draws that you mentioned. I find this unsafe and even tedious. I think the manual counting of controlled substances is outdated and newer systems like the omnicell should be in place to avoid this. The return and waste feature is amazing on the Omnicell. With Omnicell, you can also waste your meds using the "anywhereRN" feature on your COW...basically on the go with another RN sign off. Pyxis system does not offer this...at least not that I know of. But thanks for the input. I feel that as you use Omnicell more, you will find it to be better than pyxis.
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