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Meriwhen ASN, BSN, RN

Psych ICU, addictions
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Meriwhen is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

Psychiatric nurse. Shaun the Sheep fan. Born on the right coast. Living on the left coast. In between, spent a little time on the third coast. Yankees fan until the day I die. If you need help with the forum, feel free to send me a PM. If I can't help, I will point you in the direction of who can.

Meriwhen the RN and Roustabout
Where am I going, and why am I in this handbasket?

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  1. Meriwhen

    2 years med/surg means nothing in job hunt

    They sometimes go under different names, such as transition program, specialty training, etc. So if you don't find them under residency, try a few different search terms. Also, you may not necessarily find one directly in your desired specialty, but perhaps one that might take you a step in that direction. Contact HR or the nurse recruiter and they can tell you if they offer them. Some hospitals have them for internal candidates only...if that's the case, get a per-diem job there if you can to start making yourself an internal candidate.
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    Mon-Fri Rn Jobs no weekends or holidays

    Sorry if there are any repeats in what I post... Partial/intensive outpatient programs Outpatient surgery/procedures Clinics PCP/private practices School nursing Utilization review Administration or management (BSN or MSN may be required depending on the position) Since you specifically asked about insurance...I've done utilization review, which is contacting insurance companies to get authorization for coverage for patients. It's a lot of reviewing charts, filling out forms, and talking on the phone. Though if you live on the west coast as I do, you will probably spend more time leaving clinical summaries on voicemail than actually talking to a person, since all of the insurance offices seem to be on the east coast and close by 1300 my time. Anyhow, keep in mind that an M-F position usually means less money in the pocket come payday. So that's a trade-off you will have to take into account. Best of luck whatever you decide!
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    RN in Medical School -Should I keep this to myself?

    IMO, I wouldn't volunteer it, but I wouldn't deny it if it came up. I'd keep those cards close to my vest and see how things go first. Like others--and the Doors--have implied, people are strange. You being an RN/now medical student could be seen as anything from no big deal to a point of contention. When my aunt passed away, my uncle married an RN-turned-MD. She's a pretty awesome lady. Unfortunately, we never had many chances to get together, and once my uncle died, she moved back east and we lost touch.
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    Social Media and Doxxing - Your Thoughts???

    I know I've posted this story before, but I was in a RN-BSN program affiliated with a hospital system. At orientation, we were told this cautionary tale about social media: The school's policy was to try to place their own graduates in their hospitals first before accepting outside new grads--grads were not guaranteed a job by any means, but they did get preference for hiring when possible. Well, one of their graduates was pretty unhappy with how things were going and was online shooting off her mouth, saying pretty negative things about the job hunt and the school. The school found out about it, was not happy, and decided not to hire her into their system. How did they find out? An HR rep from ANOTHER hospital in town saw her posts and notified the school. This second hospital didn't want her for their new grad program either after seeing this. AND they also let the third major hospital system in town know about what she was posting online, so they could decide if they wanted her in their new grad programs. No idea if she was able to land herself that new grad job... Nursing is a smaller world than you think...and the internet makes it even smaller.
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    Social Media and Doxxing - Your Thoughts???

    Those were my thoughts. Given how big social media has become, it's not unheard of for companies--not just hospitals--to have people placed in social media groups to monitor for these sort of things.
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    Job Opportunity or Relationship

    New grad jobs are hard to come by...and opportunities to get into the VA are just as hard. You were very lucky and may have potentially scored both. If you get the VA job, I would work the 1-2 years in SF, then--if you two are still together--look at transferring to a VA out by him. If your boyfriend is as invested in the relationship as you are, then he will understand that what you are doing the best for both you as an individual and you as a long-term couple. And he'll be willing to come out to SF for half that time while you go visit DC the other half. But if he's expecting you to move out there "to make it [the relationship] work"...sorry, but I'm old and cynical and that sentence there raises a red flag. If he's expecting you to make all the sacrifices and do all the heavy lifting, I don't think he's as willing to put the effort into the relationship as you think/hope he is. Maybe I'm wrong and I'd love to be proven so...but I've seen this happen way too often to be optimistic about the chances. At the end of the day, the decision is up to you. But don't just think in terms of the boyfriend...think of what is best for YOU at the end of the day. Best of luck whatever you decide.
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    Maintaining BLS while not currently working

    You do not need to keep your BLS active while unemployed or to maintain/renew your nursing license.
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    I'm the bad guy for not working off the clock

    And if you start making it a habit to work off the clock, they might come to expect it from you. Unofficially, of course. And as you said, OP: if refusing to work unpaid gets you fired, then perhaps it's not that bad of a thing. Because it sounds like free labor may be the norm there.
  9. Your HR or staffing department should have a copy of the on-call policy. Contact them and ask.
  10. OP: as others have already said, you need to check with your state's BON to determine if you need to report it. If you aren't sure whether it falls into the category of reportable, you should seek legal advice as we can't give that here. You may also want to consider bringing an attorney to court with you to help mitigate the damage this could do to your driving record. There's a world of difference between misdemeanor and infraction, and if you're going to have one of them on your record, you want the infraction if at all possible. The misdemeanor will do more than just affect your license renewal...it's also going to be something you might have to disclose when applying for jobs and employers ask those lovely Criminal History questions. Since the OP's question has been answered--several times over--I'm closing this for now. Best of luck, OP.
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    Anyone ever been on strike?

    Mostly marching in the picket line and listening to speeches. Nothing really gory or messy to it at all. I was working per-diem at this facility so I didn't take a financial hit, nor did I have to struggle with whether to cross the picket line because this wasn't my only job. I didn't have to really do anything about this strike. But I still felt strongly that we (general) were not receiving a fair deal, so off to the picket line I went.
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    Interview question for nurse extern position.

    I couldn't answer it as I never wanted to work med-surg. Question is: why do YOU want to work med-surg?
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    Littman or MDF Stethoscope

    I have both, and honestly, they're both good steths. I personally prefer the MDF, but the MDF is kind of heavy. So if you're the neck-wearing-steth type (I am not), I'd go with a Littman. II SE is a good one for nursing school. Classic III is more sensitive but more expensive. Keep in mind: While you want a good steth for nursing school, you won't want to spend bank because of all the abuse it will take. Plus the risk that it will get lost, stolen, damaged... Even though you say this one will go into your career with you, once you graduate, you will have the desire to treat yourself to a really good steth, likely engraved with your name and RN or LVN. So you may not want to go overboard with the nursing school one.
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    I cant stand the attitude of many nurses

    There is validity in this. If you feel like you are coming across this attitude in everyone, then it may be due to how you are perceiving things. This is no slur upon you, it just suggests that perhaps you need to examine what's going on that is making you perceive this in everyone and everything you come across. A therapist or other professional will be able to help you work through what you are feeling. Davey has posted some excellent suggestions for you to check into while you're waiting to be seen. Best of luck
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    Is my career over already???

    One thing you may want to consider is places that don't run on 12-hour shifts, but instead on 8s. Nights may not be possible for you, but the evenings might. Not a lot of people want to work evenings, and employers may be more willing to take on an old new grad who does. And it may be easier to plan childcare around a 0700-1500 or a 1500-2300 schedule. Also, since you are a military family, contact your local MWR office. They can hook you up with resources for childcare services available both on and off your local military installation. A lot of these providers can accommodate odd schedules and some even offer drop-in or 24/7 care. Nursing school and my first two years of my career wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for them.
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    Translating at Work

    I used to work for a hospital where you could get certified as a Spanish translator (why only Spanish, I don't know). They had two levels of translator: 1 (some knowledge) and 2 (fluent). If you had level 1, you could translate on a casual basis but still needed official translating services for documentation, assessments, etc. Obtaining level 2 was very difficult to do, but once achieved, you did not have to use official translating services. You also got paid extra.