1. Hi everyone! I just thought I'd start the new State forums off with an introduction thread. Please feel free to reply to this thread if you wish. Otherwise, feel free to start a new topic if you wish to discuss other topics that are local or state related. Enjoy!
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    About Brian, ADN

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  3. by   NurseDixie
    Hi everyone,

    My name is Dixie, I am in the last semester of an ADN program. I will graduate in December. (can't wait!) I go to college in Parkersburg, WV. I hope we get lots of replies from our fellow WV nurses out there.
  4. by   mary915
    Hey everyone im a new nurse i just graduated in july i work in a hospital in Parkersburg in Orthopedics send me a message some time
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I used to live in Fayette and Raleigh Co.'s family is still in both (and Nicholas Co.)
  6. by   inodou
    Hi everyone I am a 1st year nursing student in Southern WV.
  7. by   wildcard
    Hi all,
    I'm a future nurse. Currently living in VA by DC and grew up in SW PA. Maybe someday I'll get to live in WVA and have some P&Q. :-)
    Look forward to talkin to ya.
  8. by   barefootlady
    Live in Fayette county. Have been a nurse over 20 years but am fed up and with the low pay and back breaking work. Lack of respect is big on the list too. Any ideas?
  9. by   barefootlady
    Why is this board so quiet? Don't we have issues/problems to discuss? how about happy circumstances with our practice. I feel like I am alone in the boat. Come on people, let's get a active board started.
  10. by   barefootlady
    Mary 915:

    How do you like working on ortho? Was one of the first things I did and it was a hard but rewarding place to work. Deep bone pain is difficult to control and pain meds are a big issue with the patients. Do you use wound vac's, contanta-vac's, or polar pac's
    much? So much has changed since the old balanced traction and pin care of my first days. Let us hear from you and how it is going.
  11. by   barefootlady

    Hope you have a good idea of what living and working in WV is really like. Some of the area's are great to look at but pay is low. There is not a lot of peace and quiet when 4 wheelers are allowed to run the mountains and do almost everyday. Don't get me wrong, I love my home place, but it is a hard place to make a living, and even though there is lip service to the nursing shortage, there is little being done to address it. Mandatory overtime is a real issue in lots of the NHF and hospitals. Let us hear from you. This board needs some action.
  12. by   barefootlady

    Hope your first year in school is a bomb. I wish you all the best with your studies. Remember sometimes a little break, a breath of fresh air is all it takes to go at the books again. Learn all you can, we Need nurses.
  13. by   NurseDixie
    I will graduate with an ADN in December and plan to work in Pt.Pleasant, WV(starting pay is $17.80, you get a dollar more after passing boards, I think). I could drive for an hour and a half, but don't really want to. I'd make more money in Charleston or Parkersburg, but I'm tired of long drives to school everyday (over an hour one way). I've been lucky and have carpooled in the past, but now I'm driving it alone. Today was the last day of Peds rotation, next week I have a rotation to an elementary school to help with life screenings, and to the YWCA day care. The week after that we start OB.
    Tomorrow my husband has an appt at the Cleveland Clinic and is going to have a balloon angioplasty on Friday. He's had 2 CABGs, 1 stent. Keep us in your prayers.
  14. by   barefootlady
    Dixie, You are not missing a thing by working close to home. I worked in Charleston for over 10 years and the money was not worth the drive or the price of the gas. The money is not good in the long run, the raise's are small and getting smaller every year. I hope your hubby does well. I have a cardiac hubby too. He has had 2 CABG's and a window. I am currently looking for some type of Baylor option in NC. Have family there and want more time with him. Hope everything goes well in OB. That was my hardest rotation. Hated it. Seemed like all we did was stand around and wait, then be told to move over to the side. I never really saw a birth. Instructor was not looking for interesting things for us to learn or see. Hated it. Loved Peds. The kids are great and we just have to learn to smile and deal with the parents. Anyway, thanks for the reply. It seems like no one is interested in our little state or how it is faring in our field. Good Luck.