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- Dec 22, '09 by traumaRUsThanks for the kind words!
I think pursuing an MSN is never wasted - no matter what track you choose. By doing your homework, hopefully you will avoid the issues I've had because I didn't do my homework.
- Dec 27, '09 by allsmiles2008TraumaRUs... thanks for a great and very informative thread!!
- Jan 10, '10 by enoRNThat really sounds like a lot of responsibility. I am planning becoming a CNS soon.
- Jan 21, '10 by kinlabelleI live in Knoxville, TN. I'm planning to start my MSN in this coming Fall. My goal is to become Geriatric NP but where I will be going to school they just have a CNS program. I was not familiar with the program, since that I applied over there, I have been doing a lot of research about CNS. The school told me that I can still become a GNP by taking and passing the ANCC and take some post-graduated classes. Is anybody has an advice or suggestions?
- Jan 22, '10 by traumaRUsPersonally, I think if you wan the GNP, I would go to that program. If, however, the dual program would fit the bill, then okay.
- Jan 22, '10 by rnphd2bI live in Colorado and I am the Critical Clinical Nurse Specialist for a 200 bed hospital. I LOVE my job my areas of responsibility are ICU (20 bed mixed unit), Telemetry, Cath Lab, PCU and ED.
I do some education but mostly I guide practice by implementing evidence based practice, revising and constructing policy and protocol, I gather, evaluate and report data on patient outcomes, I head up the resusitation committee and the critical care council. I also round in the ICU, work one on one with the RN's , patients and families around the plan of care, outcomes and revisions.
It is a great job and I am very lucky to have it.
- Jan 22, '10 by kinlabelleThanks for your comments! I'm getting the good understandings of the CNS program.
- Apr 9, '10 by mfRN0206Hi, I'm an RN with a bachelors degree interested in continuing my education. I want to go back to school for a masters but am having difficulty finding information on my specific interests. Ideally, I'd like to have a neuroendocrine focus. But I don't know if that is better suited by becoming an NP or CNS. Any suggestions or recommendations? Also, I'm not sure which specialty I should choose for my masters ... adult/family/acute? My guess is that the adult specialty would most accomodate me after I graduate and start looking for neuroendocrine-related positions. I'd like to be a researcher and clinician. So what education path should I choose?
- Apr 9, '10 by traumaRUsHmmm....where do you envision yourself working?
Is this an area where there are lots of jobs or do you think you might need to wait a few years for an opening?
Are you willing to relocate for this specialty?
I always encourage posters to go for the widest scope of practice possible because with the economy (who ever thought it would be this bad?) and the new healthcare plan, you need to position yourself for the best job opportunity possible.
Now....I've got to ask....what is neuroendocrine?
- Apr 10, '10 by mfRN0206Neuroendocrine just refers to the glands in your brain that produce or secrete or control the distribution of various hormones and neurotransmitters specifically related to the endocrine system. One obvious example is hyper or hypothyroidism. But it can also relate to sex hormones affecting eating behaviors or how environmental toxins can harm the endocrine system.
I don't know if there are any available positions in this area for an NP. I don't know how to find out either. I think that endocrinology is fairly broad, but I understand what you mean. I've worked in med/surg and stepdown units in the cardiac and thoracic departments. I ended up in these places simply because that's where the road led me, that's where there were available positions. But I'd really like to have a nursing career that fits me ... so I would relocate and I would wait, assuming that it's not a hopeless case.