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How Much Do Forensic Nurses Make?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2009 by allgen2008

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The job of a forensic nurse  may sound so  glamorous due to shows featuring Crime Scene Investigations like  CSI, CSI Miami, and CSI New York. However, it requires more than just caring for crime victims. You also help in the investigation of crimes,  collecting evidence for DNA testing, and testifying  in court. And before you can become one, you need to go back to school to learn how to collect hair, saliva and other fluids.

While criminal cases arise in the community, forensic nurses are becoming popular. It offers great opportunities for nursing graduates and experienced Registered Nurses looking for a career change.

Forensic nurses are commonly found at the Emergency Room. For example the case of the distraught mother who brings in her son who is complaining that his leg hurts.

The mother says that his son fell down the stairs when he tries to catch the basketball. Check vitals and get an x-ray of the leg to see if it’s broken right?

Did you make the child change into a gown? Did you get a complete head to toe assessment? Because without it, you would have missed the evidence of previous contusions on his arm from two weeks ago when he was beat with a wrench for not cleaning his room right.

When a Forensic nurse take cases which is not under a criminal investigation, but was caused for example a natural calamity like typhoon, earthquake or landslides, it will fall under Medico Legal Death Investigation

There is no standard salary for a Forensic Nurse. It may vary from area of the country as well as the experience level of the nurse. Some hospitals offer a minimum of $1-4 dollars an hour for on-call nurses. If the SANE is called in for a case, the nurse will receive one to 1 1/2 times their base pay rate. Some organizations will not pay in hourly, but on a per case basis, it will range from $150-$400 depending on the agreement. In one website, it has sited that a forensic nursing salary starts at around $26 per hour and can reach as high as $100. These rates are typically higher than a standard nursing wage, due to the advanced training and education that is involved in becoming a forensic nurse, as well as the compensation for being on-call.

Forensic nursing can be a thrilling profession. They treat patients on criminal cases and usually worked with victims of violent crime and can help in scene investigations

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NURSE TALK WITH THE EXPERTS

Posted in Allgen Review Center, Board of Nursing, IELTS, NCLEX Application, NCLEX Workshops and Seminars, Nursing Career, Nursing Immigration, Visascreen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by allgen2008

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Hey y’all! Long time. I know. I’ve been really busy.E4 Events is holding Nurse Talk with the Experts on JUne 30th at the SM Manila Cinema 9.Allgen will be ther too. So, hope to see you all 🙂

For more details please read the article below:

“..Its all systems go for Nurse Talk with the Experts at SM Manila on Tuesday June 30, 2009. Nurse Talk from 10am to 530pm is a 1-day FREE ADMISSION seminar aimed to make a big difference to every aspiring and professional nurse as they target an out of the country practice of their profession. The 6-hour inter-active affair will allow Filipino nurses including nursing students to have a better understanding on what awaits a graduate after college and also familiarize professional nurses on the process for those aiming to work in the US. Highlight of the event is the participation of Atty. Gali S. Koren a professional lawyer based in Anaheim California devoted exclusively to practice U.S. Immigration law. Her law firm is the top choice for the health community and has helped thousands of healthcare professionals achieve their goal of working legally and immigrating to the U. S. Likewise respected speakers from other credible organizations like Dr. Rusty Francisco of NC-CLEX, American English Skills Development Center Inc., British Council & IDP Philippines, HCCA International ALLGEN Review & Nurse Exam Application Center (NEAC) were also invited to conduct a talk on their field of expertise. In long-term Nurse Talk with the Experts via a school tour intends to establish solid partnerships with academic institutions offering nursing courses to equip in advance their students with the necessary education needed to guide them in advance for a possible US nursing career. Want a sure seat for Nurse Talk Seminar visit e4ph.com or call/text us now at 567-1783/0923 to reserve a ticket…”

Step-by-Step Guide to the NCLEX-RN Online Application Procedure

Posted in Allgen Review Center, NCLEX Application, Nursing Career, Nursing Immigration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by allgen2008

This post is created with the assumption that you have met all of the board of nursing’s eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX Examination. If you’ve already processed your application with NEAC, you can disregard this information as they will do everything for you.

Here’s a steb-by-step guide on the Pearson VUE online NCLEX-RN Online Registration Procedure:

Step 1: Visit the Pearson Vue website:

Pearson Vue Webpage

Pearson Vue Webpage

Step 2: Access information by selecting the program NCLEX Examination as shown:

Select NCLEX Examination

Step 3: Select the option “REGISTER” on the right column as shown:

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Step 4: Select Credit Card Option as shown ( If you’re using a debit card, you still have to choose this option):

select credit card optionStep 5: Create your Account Profile as shown:

online-reg-formStep 6 Enter your home address and telephone information:

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Step 7  For future account verification, enter your security information (if you’re not an American, a US Resident, or a holder of a working visa , then you do not have a Social Security Number ( SSN) yet. Leave this form field blank and answer the next form fields as shown. If you have a CGFNS certificate type in your CGFNS number):

statusStep 8: Create your username:

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Step 9: Select NCLEX-RN Examination. The application fee is $200.00 (Be careful when you make the selection because any later request to change the examination type will charge you $50).

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Step 10: Select Philippines (this is assuming that you’re taking your NCLEX-RN in the Philippines):

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Step 11: Answer the registration question. This is the tricky part. If you do not know where to find your course code, this step will consume a lot of your time. For your information, the course code can be found in page 42 of the NCLEX Candidate Bulletin 2009 which can be downloaded from the Pearson Vue website. I have provided you with the codes as shown in the image below for your convenience. Once you type in the code, click on the search button. The program name and code for the Philippines will then appear. You need to select this code. Enter your graduation year. Select the Board of Nursing from which you’re taking your licensure. Click Next:

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CLICK on the above image for a bigger view

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Step 12 Enter your billing information (The card security code are the last 3 digits that can be found at the back of your credit/debit card.An example is shown in the image below) Click Next:

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Step 13 Confirmation. In this last step, you will need to confirm your registration. Your name and application number with the amount you need to pay will be provided. Read and tick the confidentiality agreement and then click the “Confirm Registration” Button.

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If your credit card went through you will then be redirected to a confirmation page. A confirmation will also be sent to your email as well as your log-in information. When you’re ready to take the NCLEX, simply log in to your Pearson Vue Account and schedule your NCLEX-RN. Good Luck!

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Are you a “YES” Nurse?

Posted in Allgen Review Center, NCLEX Workshops and Seminars, Nursing Career, Nursing Immigration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by allgen2008

As I watched the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey as the lead actor, I couldn’t help but look around me and see the silhouettes of the viewers’ faces. I was looking for the not-so bright twinkle in their eyes. That same not-so-bright twinkle that I have. An affirmation of guilt that in each and everyone of us Filipinos, is a dominant “NO” person. The movie inspired me to ask this question to all of you nurses and nursing graduates . Are you a “Yes” nurse candidate?

  1. When you live in Pasay City and there’s an upcoming expo at the Gateway Mall for nursing careers, you:
    (a) call to inquire;
    (b) let it pass and tell yourself there’s more expos to come nearby;
    (c)  Wait for your friends to decide whether or not they will come with you.
  2. When  you’re invited to a recruitment agency’s open house, you:
    (a) Call for reservations right away. Who knows the US employer might be present;
    (b) Say no, they might be illegal recruiters and only want your money;
    (c)  Ask for your mother’s opinion since she’s the one who wanted you to become a nurse in the first place.
  3. When you’ve just  passed your local board exam, your next step would be to:
    (a) Look for an NCLEX Reviewer right away. Time is gold;
    (b) Look for a job right away, what is the value of an  NCLEX score if there’s crisis in America;
    (c) Let your friend go ahead and take her review, see where it leads her, then you’ll decide.
  4. When you read an article in a newspaper and you see a company involved in a Medical Mission, your first reaction would be:
    (a) That’s great! I’m really very interested.Maybe I can join their next mission;
    (b) Publicity,publicity,publicity. These companies are so full of $%%$#;
    (c) I don’t read newspapers. Therefore, I don’t know.
  5. In a one-on-one interview with a representative of a US employer you froze and had a mental block and lost your chance of getting hired. Your immediate reaction would be to:
    (a) Walk up to the representative, explain to her you had a mental block and ask for a second interview;
    (b) Go to the receptionist and tell her you didn’t make it while your cold hands are clasping each other. I’m sure there’s more interviews to come;
    (c) What? Interview? What time is it? Oh my G%$#! I’m late for my interview!

If you answered “A” to 3 or more of the 5 question then you’re a “YES” nurse candidate. You are not afraid to ask questions. Neither are you afraid to take chances. By asking questions, you learn about the the validity of certain information. You are not afraid to ask for a second chance because nobody will ask for it in your behalf. You will end up in your dream job faster than the “NO” candidate.

If you answered “B” to 3 or more of the 5 questions, then you are a “NO” candidate. Being a “NO”  doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a negative person. It only mean you’re suspicious of a lot of things and most of it are related to our culture and history. You are intimidated by people of authority, because that’s how our culture dictated us to be. Remember, you are aspiring to work in a country where “practicality” comes first.You’d rather play safe than take the chance. Remember, opportunity knocks only once. If  you don’t try and  find out, how will you know if an agency is credible or not? There are  so many people who wanted to take up nursing but do not have the means. I f you wait  for your chance, it will pass on you. So, try and keep a positive attitude and watch miracles happen in front of you.

If you answered “C” in 3 or more of the 5 questions, you are in the wrong path. There is still hope for you to change, but you need to weigh your options. Do you really want to be a nurse? If your answer is no, then you need to make changes as early as possible.

Please comment on this article and let me know if this has been a helpful activity to you. Good luck in all you job interviews!

US Nursing Schools adrift? Philippines overwhelmed. Obama’s reform.

Posted in Allgen Review Center, Barack Obama, Board of Nursing, Nursing Career, Nursing Immigration with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2009 by allgen2008

While the Philippines has an overwhelming number of nursing graduates (close to 160, 000 board takers last year ), the United States only had 2.0 percent (2%) enrollment growth from 2007 to 2008 according to a press release by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

This report is based on an actual data submitted by 428 nursing schools who participated in a survey in 2007 and 2008.

Number 1 reason affecting this slow enrollment growth is FACULTY SHORTAGE. Faculty age continues to climb (average age between 51 to 58 ). More and more US nurse educators are expected to retire within the next ten (10) years. Because of this, about 28,000 qualified students were turned down in 2008 by US nursing schools.

Tomorrow when Barack Obama is sworn into presidency, more health care jobs will  open in 2010 due to his economic reforms. In relation to the shortage of US nursing students, President Obama will have to turn to other countries to fill these positions. It also means, more Filipino nurses will be deployed sooner.

oathtaking ceremonyAn oath taking ceremony in the Philippines

Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA): Highest Paying Nursing Job

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by allgen2008

According to SALARY.COM’s January 2009 HR data, a Certified Nurse Anasthetist or CRNA receives an average annual base salary of …(hold your breath)…$175,319+++

That’s just 76% of her total income. The rest of her benefits include the following:

(1)Bonuses:$50.00;

(2)Social Security: $9,164.00;

(3)401k/403b: $6,313.00;

(4) Disability: $1,754.00;

(5) Healthcare : $5,722.00;

(6) Pension: $8,067.00; (7)

(7) and Time Off ; $22,933-00.

She gets a total of both benefits and salary amounting to $229,334.00 . Isn’t it amazing?

Question 1: How does an RN become a CRNA?

To become a CRNA, one must have the following requirements:

  • A US RN license (take the NCLEX RN Review);
  • At least 1 year experience in Acute Care Nursing;
  • A Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia (24 to 36 months including clinical training );and
  • Must pass the US certification exam following graduation.

It takes a total of seven (7) years to become a CRNA including your Bachelors Degree in Nursing. What is time if we have  the necessary resources?

When we work as RNs in America, all doors are open to afford this kind of continuing education. Three (3) years in continuing education isn’t really that bad.

In the US, you can work ang go to Nursing Graduate School. In the Philippines, you have a lot of sacrifices to make.

So, are you up for this kind of challenge?Now is the time to  really be excited about your future. For other additional information, you may visit Salary.com and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

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ALLGEN Welcomes 2009 with IELTS Review

Posted in Allgen Review Center, IELTS, Nursing Career, Nursing Immigration, Visascreen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by allgen2008

Allgen the Intelligent Review welcomes New Year w/ a big-bang by introducing International English Language Testing System or IELTS a globally recognized English language proficiency assessment system developed by the University of Cambridge in the UK.

As an English language teaching, diagnostics and test preparation center ALLGEN will be backed-up by high-caliber teaching staff comprising native speakers, seasoned grammarians and specialists in ESL and TESOL.

Expect ALLGEN’s IELTS to deliver a disciplined, no non-sense approach, syllabus-driven proven methodology to bring nurses & working professionals to greater heights.

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