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    Aliens05 got a reaction from movenurse in Sitting down - New nurse looking for advice   
    Mgo Blue,
    I wanted to throw it out there that I work in a group home for intellectually and physically disabled persons, its very relaxed, wear what you want to work, and I sit probably 80% of my shift. Now the downside is you won't get skills really, I primarily do just assessments and oversee the CNAs, but its a small group home, 5 long term residents that live here full time. If you have something like this in your area it could be an option.
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    Aliens05 reacted to Kallie3006, ADN in Help with ACLS   
    For your mega code know your drugs and doses.  Which one is first line treatment, what reaction are you expecting after treatment.  For my mega code we had to verbalize starting the IV, flushing, med given, flush again, compressions etc.  I don't know if you will have to do this as well but it may be worth practicing since it is not second nature to verbalize those actions.
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    Aliens05 reacted to hherrn in Help with ACLS   
    Good skills development.
    As far as the test goes,study the rhythms as they are in  the ACLS book.
     
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    Aliens05 reacted to Wuzzie in Help with ACLS   
    https://acls-algorithms.com/rhythms/
    There are hundreds, literally, of youtubes and sites to help you review. 
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from DowntheRiver in Sitting down - New nurse looking for advice   
    Just out of curiosity what area are  you located in? A fairly in depth search in my area of the country, Omaha, Neb seems like every job I find for case management or Utilization review is saying 5+ years of acute care experience is required. I did find one that said 3 years but that was the lowest one. It could be a regional thing? Or are people applying for these positions regardless of the experience requirement and landing them? Thanks again.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from movenurse in Sitting down - New nurse looking for advice   
    Mgo Blue,
    I wanted to throw it out there that I work in a group home for intellectually and physically disabled persons, its very relaxed, wear what you want to work, and I sit probably 80% of my shift. Now the downside is you won't get skills really, I primarily do just assessments and oversee the CNAs, but its a small group home, 5 long term residents that live here full time. If you have something like this in your area it could be an option.
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    Aliens05 reacted to DaniannaRN in Sitting down - New nurse looking for advice   
    I live in NJ but in the NYC area, my company is in NYC.  Insurance jobs are fairly easy to get in my area, even with not a lot of experience.  I had 3 months experience in the hospital, then a little over 2 months doing residential pysch.  I then realized I needed a major change or I was going to leave the nursing field entirely.  Started out as a HEDIS chart reviewer.....those are the best to apply for if you have minimal nursing experience.  The next one for those with little experience is the field nurse for home attendant services.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from movenurse in Sitting down - New nurse looking for advice   
    Mgo Blue,
    I wanted to throw it out there that I work in a group home for intellectually and physically disabled persons, its very relaxed, wear what you want to work, and I sit probably 80% of my shift. Now the downside is you won't get skills really, I primarily do just assessments and oversee the CNAs, but its a small group home, 5 long term residents that live here full time. If you have something like this in your area it could be an option.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from movenurse in Sitting down - New nurse looking for advice   
    Mgo Blue,
    I wanted to throw it out there that I work in a group home for intellectually and physically disabled persons, its very relaxed, wear what you want to work, and I sit probably 80% of my shift. Now the downside is you won't get skills really, I primarily do just assessments and oversee the CNAs, but its a small group home, 5 long term residents that live here full time. If you have something like this in your area it could be an option.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from springlover13 in I Desperately Want Out   
    First of all I'm not going to recommend you do or don't follow my suggestions.. That is up to you to decide... However let me start with some suggestions that maybe will work for you.
    My first suggestion would be to do something like what I do which is working at a small group home for the disabled. My house has 6 residents, no behavioral patients and they are extremely easy to get attached to and enjoy seeing everyday. I get to wear (almost) whatever i want to work everyday, we take them to movies, sporting events, concerts, shopping and other fun things while getting paid. My job has tons of downtime and is the absolute farthest thing from being stressful that u can possibly imagine. The one negative is that we don't use nursing skills very much. No IVs, no caths, mostly we just assess and make sure they're alive and breathing and interact with them. Its a fun enjoyable job that pays decent and my hours are 7-3 (flexible) Mon-Friday.
    My other suggestion would be to try to find something like another poster mentioned on another topic and that's utilization management from home doing pre authorizations for insurance and stuff. Most of the job listings i found want about 2 years experience in nursing which it sounds like you may come close to or meet that requirement. Its no patient care or interaction really and mostly just evaluating charts. This may not be exciting but it surely wouldn't be stressful and they usuallly allow working from home with flexible hours typically Monday thru Friday.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from Davey Do in Tell me about your Hospital!   
    Hello, I apologize for replying to your question with another question, but your post made me curious as to where you enjoyed traveling the best of the places you have been so far?
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from Flightmed123 in WGU RN to BSN   
    eh, what is meant by the 3.0 kills your GPA? 
    Also, I am located in Nebraska and of course I am considering local schools such as Nebraska Medicine (UNMC), Clarkson or Methodist in Omaha for my RN TO BSN. 
    However, I am wondering what, if any, benefits there are with going through a local 4 year university as opposed to just doing WGU RN TO BSN.
    In addition, their new commercial is pretty catchy, The times they are a changin'. 😄
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    Aliens05 reacted to NedRN in Why is OR so common for travel?   
    Medsurg and ED are the largest specialties, and as a result, have the most travel assignments. OR is harder to staff for a number of reasons, and thus you might see more marketing.
    This may cause some controversy, and is somewhat counter intuitive as OR is more technical than clinical, but it takes longer to train an OR nurse than most specialties, and it generally takes quite a bit longer to become competent in the large number of services that we work in than more narrow specialties. Higher trained nurses make more generally, especially in the free market environment of travel, and as there are fewer of them available, supply and demand rules apply.
    There is another major reason why OR nurses command higher pay, they are necessary to the hospital's bottom line. Without them, surgeries cannot be done, and the hospital cannot bill for services, and inpatient days drop as well. Well staffed ORs are attractive to surgeons, and those who are poorly staffed lose surgeons and the tremendous revenue each one generates for hospitals.
    In other areas, hospitals can stretch nurses among more patients. This actually lowers their costs in the short run.
    As for the "good" schedules, OR nurses are just following when surgeons prefer to work which is during the daytime! Only the very largest of hospitals might have a night shift, and that is bare bones. The downside of OR nursing is taking call to cover those night and weekend emergency surgeries.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from Golden_RN, MSN in Sign On Bonuses   
    Recently a local hospital chain that is probably the biggest in my city was offering a 10k sign on bonus plus 10k tuition reimbursement for a days OR position. I had an in to the company through an acquaintance, and got a phone interview, but did not get a call back afterwards, therefore I can't really say what the reason was for the high bonuses. They told me a few weeks later that they'd still be interested in me for the same position at a different hospital location, 45 minutes away from home instead of 5 minutes. I said no thank you as I took a different, lower paying, no bonus job, but with about the best benefits you can imagine, Federal job. 
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    Aliens05 reacted to RnRnNurse in Tell me about your Hospital!   
    I've been to a lot of places! I've travel a lot before I was a nurse also so I haven't seen anything totally new. That being said I guess it depends on what you like.  I chased a big pay check to Florida and actually enjoyed the beaches there.  Oregon pays great too and Portland is a crazy fun city.  I'm in the middle of nowhere Idaho at the moment, but there are 6-7 world class ski resorts within 3 hours of me!  You can make it whatever you want.  Just don't settle ;). Figure out where you want to go and use social Media and job search engines like "nursefly" to find a gig there.  You don't have to be loyal to any one company. Let them fight over you. Just work your butt off for those awesome references.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from brownbook in A year and a half into ICU nursing and still not feeling like I'm getting it   
    Salexandra, on a side topic, how the heck did you ever find a job that offered no weekends???? This is what I lay awake at night praying for haha....
    On the main topic I am sorry that I cannot give you any advice as I myself am a brand new nurse,  never worked in a hospital yet. Good luck to you and keep your head up even when times get hard.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from brownbook in A year and a half into ICU nursing and still not feeling like I'm getting it   
    Salexandra, on a side topic, how the heck did you ever find a job that offered no weekends???? This is what I lay awake at night praying for haha....
    On the main topic I am sorry that I cannot give you any advice as I myself am a brand new nurse,  never worked in a hospital yet. Good luck to you and keep your head up even when times get hard.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from brownbook in A year and a half into ICU nursing and still not feeling like I'm getting it   
    Salexandra, on a side topic, how the heck did you ever find a job that offered no weekends???? This is what I lay awake at night praying for haha....
    On the main topic I am sorry that I cannot give you any advice as I myself am a brand new nurse,  never worked in a hospital yet. Good luck to you and keep your head up even when times get hard.
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    Aliens05 got a reaction from Cal08 in would a law suit/from credit card prevent me from renewing license/   
    I would agree with calico in that if it is indeed something you are being charged with in terms of committing a crime you would need a lawyer. Since I am not a lawyer I cannot give legal advise, but I will tell you what I think in regards to my past experience. 
    Without going too deep into detail I have had a "suit" against me before through a county courthouse that was related to past debt. Essentially what happened to me was that a local gym told me they canceled my year contract (in fact they didn't cancel it), and I never paid it because I was led to believe my membership had been cancelled. Long story short the creditor "sued" me for payment and even though I paid it the full sum, it was too late and it went on my credit record and affected my credit. 
    This did not effect me in any legal sense, such as background checks, but would show up on a credit check. It had zero impact on my RN license or ability to take NCLEX, however again I will emphasize this is only based my own experience as details of your situation may be much different so there is no way to know without legal advise from a professional. 
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    Aliens05 reacted to BG.RN, BSN, MSN, RN in Anyone with experience in Nursing Informatics?   
    Hey Aliens05. Thought I'd share some info about Nursing Informatics from my perspective/experience... Here you go:
    I’ve been in nursing/healthcare informatics since 2001 (RN since 1997). The cool thing is that there are so many subspecialties, projects, roles, and initiatives in healthcare informatics that you can explore and get involved in. In my case, I started as a software trainer and led the training department of a medical imaging software company. I traveled all over the US, Canada, and France as part of an implementation team. After about three years, I started a new job as a clinical/nursing informatics specialist. My main responsibilities there were basically around building the electronic health record’s (EHR) order entry module for multiple hospitals, end-user training, and system optimization. After about 7 years, I then worked as a clinical applications analyst, specifically investigating patient safety issues related to the organization’s EHR. My main job was to determine causes of issues in the EHR that could potentially cause patient harm, then make recommendations on how to resolve those issues. The issues I handled might be related to how the system is configured, misleading information, inaccurate calculations, ineffective workflow, and others related to the use of EHR that may be deemed unsafe. Now, I’m doing something different. My current position is to ensure that all of our hospitals (24 in the organization) meet the annual requirements for EHR-related regulatory programs. The government is basically giving incentives to hospitals and clinicians that can prove that they are using the EHR in a meaningful way. My main responsibility is to ensure that the EHR is appropriately configured to capture the complex requirements of various regulatory bodies. My job is never boring – I love it! Oh, and as a RN analyst, the pay isn’t bad at all. RN analysts in my area can make between around 100K to 195K, depending on your experience. I’m pretty sure the pay goes higher if you’re in management – if that’s where you want to take your career.
    With regards to my education background, I graduated with a Nursing diploma in 1997, then my BSN in 2000. In 2001, I became interested in IT, so I completed an intensive diploma program in Applied Information Technology, where I learned about programming and databases. Then, I graduated with a MSN degree in 2007, with a capstone project on clinical information systems implementation in acute care settings. The school of nursing where I did my MSN didn’t really have an informatics specialty at that time, but I was permitted to take informatics courses outside the school and even outside the university – and all those courses counted towards my MSN of course. Over a decade after, I started my DNP with a specific focus on healthcare informatics; this is still in progress. I am also board-certified in Informatics Nursing.
    The RN-MSN Informatics degree you mentioned sounds great. Having that degree would definitely help if you’re really interested in this field. Nowadays, having formal education in health/nursing informatics gives a candidate a better chance of landing a job in the field; not like before, nurses interested in computers could get into informatics because of their clinical experience and workflow knowledge… Anyway, there are lots of jobs in informatics. Compared to other specialties, informatics nursing is a relatively small specialty, but we’re special. Have you checked out WGU? They have an RN-MSN Informatics program online. It’s an accredited program and relatively affordable. I know of a nurse who did her BSN-MSN Informatics there a couple of years ago. But, if you want a more established school of nursing, University of Maryland, Duke, and Columbia have great informatics programs.
    Hope this gives you some idea about healthcare/nursing informatics. Good luck!
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