Bedside... Really? - page 2

by Jennie.K

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Hey guys! Do any of you all know of a CNM program that does not require one to be an RN first or do bedside nursing? After doing a lot of research, I really don't think bedside nursing is for me. However, I really want to... Read More


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    Quote from Jennie.K
    I am not going write a novel to explain my reasoning for choosing this career not am I going to explain why I want to become an NP over an MD.
    *nor am I

    Have to love autocorrect!
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    Quote from Jennie.K
    Hey guys!

    Do any of you all know of a CNM program that does not require one to be an RN first or do bedside nursing? After doing a lot of research, I really don't think bedside nursing is for me. However, I really want to become a CNM and would also like to work as a women's health NP. Everything that I have read seems to require bedside experience.

    Thanks for any info/opinions!
    If you've never done bedside nursing how can you say you KNOW it isn't for you? Have you even ever shadowed an RN? All jobs have there good and bad days! There are days I dread going to work but most days I absolutely love my job. Nurses respect those in the field more, if you have done some type of nursing first. I'm planning on going to DNP school to further advance my career and education. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be able to do bedside nursing. I love seeing how the patient and nurse and the entire team interact. Anyhow good luck in your endeavor.
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    Well a nurse-midwife has to be trained as a nurse, so you'll have to learn and do bedside care in order to compete school and become an RN. If you just don't want to have to work as an RN before grad school and you have a degree in something else, you could look into direct entry MSN programs like this:

    http://www.marquette.edu/nursing/aca...n-direct.shtml

    I would just consider the ramifications of your choice before proceeding. Depending upon where you live, the need for CNMs may vary, and in low hiring areas, you're throwing yourself at the bottom of the experience pool when you're competing with people with tons of experience. It doesn't necessarily HAVE to be bedside nursing. You could be a doula or CPM. Or you may love bedside L&D during clinicals and want to do it. Or you may end up realizing it isn't for you. I dunno. You seem to be unsure about what you want and what is a good choice for you.
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    Oh my goodness people, yes I have shadowed RNs. Yes, I am unsure which path I should take (there are only a million to choose from). Please, excuse me for posting a question on a public forum instead of doing my own research about different programs. I am not looking to be attacked for not wanting to do bedside nursing for years before becoming an NP. Yes, I do understand that an NP is still nursing. This is why I want to do it. I am just looking at everything available and weighing the options to decide what is best for myself.

    Stephalump, thank you so much for your support/information/opinion in various posts. I really do appreciate the advise and pointing out various possible realities without the attack. Good news!! I spoke with Georgetown University and they are a Yellow Ribbon school! (Super excited because I did not know this!) Meaning I can use my husband's GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon to cover most of that expense for the CNM/WHCNP program. Also, I will still have my scholarships at my BSN school next semester, if we haven't moved yet. After all the stress and unknown, I am finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel! Now if the Army would just get with the picture LOL I've just been stressing because once the decision is made and things start rolling, there is no going back!
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    Bedside nursing can be pretty bad. BUT that's where you develop your assessment skills and "nursing intuition". All your learning comes from your patients and bedside is where that learning happens. No book/class or title can prepare you for real time emergency stuff. Yes it sucks but you will be a better advanced practitioner for it. One MD I work with only hires NPs and refuses to hire PAs because NPs generally have a few yrs bedside . This particular MD (with 20+yrs exp) claims NPs are better at picking up subtle changes etc. Experience is worth it's weight in gold. It thickens your skin, helps you tune out background noise and zero in on things. You will be far more efficient and more respected by your peers. Remember, you will be working with RNs and LPNs and they will sniff your inexperience out. It's a trust thing. Imagine you need to start an IV? Or put a catheter in? People will look to you for leadership and thats something you develop over time with lots of bumps and bruises.
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    Quote from emdrn74
    Bedside nursing can be pretty bad. BUT that's where you develop your assessment skills and "nursing intuition". All your learning comes from your patients and bedside is where that learning happens. No book/class or title can prepare you for real time emergency stuff. Yes it sucks but you will be a better advanced practitioner for it. One MD I work with only hires NPs and refuses to hire PAs because NPs generally have a few yrs bedside . This particular MD (with 20+yrs exp) claims NPs are better at picking up subtle changes etc. Experience is worth it's weight in gold. It thickens your skin, helps you tune out background noise and zero in on things. You will be far more efficient and more respected by your peers. Remember, you will be working with RNs and LPNs and they will sniff your inexperience out. It's a trust thing. Imagine you need to start an IV? Or put a catheter in? People will look to you for leadership and thats something you develop over time with lots of bumps and bruises.
    Thank you for the reply! I didn't look at it like that. I think I was just trying to find a speedy way to get to the end. However, experience takes time. Who knows, I may find that I love bedside nursing once I start! Besides, I want to be the best NP I can possibly be and I don't think that can happen without a good foundation to work off of.
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    Quote from emdrn74
    Bedside nursing can be pretty bad. BUT that's where you develop your assessment skills and "nursing intuition". All your learning comes from your patients and bedside is where that learning happens. No book/class or title can prepare you for real time emergency stuff. Yes it sucks but you will be a better advanced practitioner for it. One MD I work with only hires NPs and refuses to hire PAs because NPs generally have a few yrs bedside . This particular MD (with 20+yrs exp) claims NPs are better at picking up subtle changes etc. Experience is worth it's weight in gold. It thickens your skin, helps you tune out background noise and zero in on things. You will be far more efficient and more respected by your peers. Remember, you will be working with RNs and LPNs and they will sniff your inexperience out. It's a trust thing. Imagine you need to start an IV? Or put a catheter in? People will look to you for leadership and thats something you develop over time with lots of bumps and bruises.
    This is 1000000% true. NP education does not teach you how to care for a patient, it just builds on what you are supposed to have picked up through experience. If you or anyone else goes straight through without knowing the basics you will find yourself lost and probably in court for screwing up. Take one step at a time, you will be glad you did. Good luck!
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    OHSU for one has a BSN/CNM program, very competitive. Its one of the few direct entry masters that doesn't require experience. Depending on the state you live in and why you value the midwifery part-- you may want to "just" be a midwife. They generally work in birthing centers and don't follow the kids all that long after birth. They run the show and don't report to doctors. You have the option of being needed in many different types of communities and population groups-- but aren't in the hospital. The hours are crazy and I doubt they make buck... But I'm curious why you aren't interested in that route.
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    I have a question similar to this. I know some programs will let you enter without having specific L&D or Women's health experience, but would say experience in LTC be appropriate?
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    Quote from roser13
    It's hard not to feel dissed by this post. OP seems to be saying "I want to be a nurse, but I don't want to do the yucky stuff that goes with nursing - I'll just skip over that part."

    Kind of like saying you want to go to school to be a teacher, but don't want to teach actual students.
    Dead on.
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