Should I Become a Nurse Practitioner? - page 3

by RevolverOcelot

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I've always wanted to work in the medical field. Specifically, I'd like to be able to treat gunshot and explosion wounds. After I become an RN I was going to jump for becoming licensed as a Nurse Practitioner, and I was thinking... Read More


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    Other issues aside, NPs make more money and have a wider range of job responsibilities. Working overseas and/or in the military might suit you, sounds like. Working in a place full of conflict like Israel, you'd prob see more gunshots that you ever wanted to, just going to/from work.
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    I'm going to echo the sentiment that your original post was odd.

    I work in an inner city ER and I have to add that most good old GSW's aren't that impressive.

    Either they hit "something", or they didn't. (and in my experience, most dont')

    The entry wound and exit wounds are mostly tiny tiny little holes... scant bleeding and generally not gory at all, and the patients are discharged after lengthy observation from the ER with no admit if there was no internal damage...especially for non trunk and non head GSW's.

    Basically, the patient goes to OR if something was hit, or they go home.... (or if it was a close range shotgun to the head, you aren't even going to see them since they bypass the hospital all together). If the patient goes to the OR, it's within 15-20 minutes of arrival to the hospital and trust me, NP's do not run the resus room, nor even get to enter them.

    As for explosions, the only one I've seen in this particular inner city was a furnace that was being worked on. Pt has no "obvious" injuries except the ever dangerous sign of singed eyebrows and nose hairs along with some first degree burns.

    Our hospital see's a large handful of GSW's weekly, if not daily and trust me....not very impressive after the first one.
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    On a very light note I think the perfect job for you is a medic for the A Team however if you've watched the original series you'll while they like to shoot they are no good at actually hitting anyone.
    Last edit by tothepointeLVN on Aug 6, '12
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    Quote from Piglet08
    "An I am a male NP and get nothing but compliments for being male."

    I'm sure you're very cute, too
    Well....
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    I would actually like to delete this thread I started, I don't like the way I worded the OP at all. I can't figure out how to close it though :/


    My apologies for sounding so odd, in hindsight I could have worded it better.
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    Quote from RevolverOcelot
    I would actually like to delete this thread I started, I don't like the way I worded the OP at all. I can't figure out how to close it though :/

    My apologies for sounding so odd, in hindsight I could have worded it better.
    Oh, it's ok! No one is going to declare you a witch and throw you in a river. You're interested in trauma and there's nothing wrong with that. How realistic are your expectations? I don't know. But I do know that as you progress through school, you'll gain more information to help you decide realistically where you fit in the grand scheme of things.
    I'm a massive planner aheader, but I've found that, when it comes to nursing, that tomorrow will have to worry about itself.
    Last edit by Stephalump on Aug 6, '12
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    Quote from Revolver Ocelot
    I would actually like to delete this thread I started, I don't like the way I worded the OP at all. I can't figure out how to close it though :/


    My apologies for sounding so odd, in hindsight I could have worded it better.
    Revolver........No need, you clarified. We get that you want to go where you would be most needed......but that varies from the acute street stage all the way to mentally repairing after disfiguring accidents.

    You can request it to be removed by using the triangle report button in the corner.
    But, Stepalump is right no one's going to throw you in the river.
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    No problems. Hope you got some of your questions answered. Will close per your request.
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