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  1. I told myself in 2020 I was going to sit for the exam. Well, you know that whole COVID thing happened. I was going to sit at SEMPA and do the test, but it was canceled. Maybe this year, if they offer it. I can't believe CAQ has been around for 10 years!
  2. As I was reading this I was thinking you could get the backpacks with the soft armor built in. You may already use a backpack that you could just add the armor to. Back packs are much easier to grab and go with, than a vest. You can hold it in your hands and cover your upper chest and face. You could just put the bag on your chest with straps like a typical vest, or wear it like a back pack. Easier to put on while moving. Could be used as a distraction device, maybe even a weapon. No one usually questions a back pack, so no one knows. You start putting on a vest, you really stick out.
  3. I have nothing to add, I want to know also. Lastly is there anyone who has done this? Did you like the jump, is it a good area of medicine?
  4. Excelsior I think requires up to date sciences. Some of us who have been a PA for a while would have to redo those (time and money), then do the program (again time and money), then try to get into an NP program (more time and money). I say try because you might get discriminated against by already being a PA. I am hoping that I won't see the end of the line for my career before I want to retire. I too have had thoughts of trying to get my NP, out of fear of being left behind sooner-than-later.
  5. I hope to finish soon. Right now above national average too. I have also been surprised in what my over all scores have been. I am just glad in a few days I will be good for 10 more years!!! I wonder if they will stick with this same test or make major modifications for future tests?
  6. I got one and used it for 2 days. It marked up my coat, and was not better (in my opinion). I had to turn it on every time, and it was more "clunky". Was a gift from someone who didn't like it. One of the docs I work with who has terrible hearing likes his. I think they have a place, and those in that place like it. The rest of the people I have talked to like the traditional stethoscope.
  7. That is pretty impressive. I am partial to Army medics, but I guess the navy medics (corpsman) can have their day.
  8. I would love to see where people are seeing openings for PA short term contract work. Krucial has not posted anything for PA/NP in a while, all RN positions. I am open to it. My Company offered a volunteer 30 day furlough if you want it, with a guarantee to get your full time job back.
  9. Cinntsp- 25% is not as bad as i thought. I figured like 35-40%. I realize now I have been way off when it comes to what I thought taxes would be for 1099.
  10. I did ortho first and then applied to ER. ER told me to get some UC experience first. I reapplied to the same ER 2 years later and some how they hired me. Later on the director told me they weren't going to hire me the second time either, but they remembered I had applied before and gave me an interview to be nice. They said I was nice enough, seemed teachable, and had done what they asked. So they gave me the job. I wish you the best in finding an ER job, I feel I just got lucky!
  11. I don't expect to lose my job but some of our shifts are now 8 hours instead of 10. When your minimum (some times maximum) is 13 shifts, losing 2 hours every shift is like losing 2 + full shifts. I work a mix of shifts that had no cuts and some that had cuts. I can weather it, but it sucks. We are lower census now, which is nice in a way. They are mostly real "emergency" patients now.
  12. Quick math..... 12 hour shifts x 7 days a week = 84 hours a week working. $13000 / 84 hours = (about) $155. You are probably 1099 so that really is not that much money for a brutal schedule. Any 1099 want to chime in on how much you have to take out for taxes and what not? Maybe the work is not hard, but I suspect you are seeing a lot of people. The $13000 a week sounds awesome until you break it down.
  13. That sucks, there will be many more. As of writing this the USA has over 3,000 dead from COVID19.
  14. cc56

    Military Recall

    I was surprised to not see PA's on the list. I was surprised to see medics on the list..... The Army has so many usually. I wonder if they are looking for senior leadership more than the actual skills of a medic? I read an article somewhere, thousands of people stepped up to the call. That is awesome in my opinion.
  15. Awesome. I plan on getting the ER CAQ someday, glad it paid out for you!
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