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Joined Apr 21, '06.
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Fabulous! Money has kept me back for a while too. Here's hoping it'll will be a great program, and we'll get our moneys worth.
I'm starting Western Governors in December. Looking for others who are also going to be doing BSN to MSN in Education. I'm a serious student and would like to talk to other like minded people. Excited to get started!
OK. I am a British citizen who was college educated in the US. I got an associates degree in nursing first then completed a bachelors ONLINE. I've worked mostly in mental health. Now that I want to go home to the UK, I'm finding that the nurse-midwife council will not accept my bachelors degree. This is because the bachelors part did not have a clinical component. I did many hours of clinical in the ADN but apparently that's not enough.
So, I'm wondering how I can go about getting clinical hours? Do I have to go back and get a Master's degree in nursing with clinical proponent? Also, if I got a Masters in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, would I be able to register as a Registered Mental Health nurse in UK?
I've looked through the nurse-midwife council's brochures but it is all very confusing and difficult to get answers. Is there anyone who can help? Many thanks!
I've a Bachelors in Nursing from an American university. I'd like to move back to UK. My passion in nursing in psychiatric/mental health, and I've worked in that field for a long time. However, from what I understand, I would not be able to register with the Nurse Midwife Council and then work as a psych nurse. Does anyone know of top-up courses, or how I would go about being registered as a UK psychiatric nurse? I'd hate to have to start at the beginning and do a whole new nursing degree. Thanks for any help!
As much as I love my psych nursing job, I would never say it was not stressful or in any way easy. You have to be thinking ahead of your patients, some who are always looking for a sneaky way to kill or harm themselves, or someone else. You have to be on a constant state of alert and this can be incredibly draining. Physically, you have to be able to withstand the take-down of a patient who may be acting out in a dangerous manner. It can be terrifying at times, and the strict rules and policies can delay what need to be quick actions when a patient becomes violent. Just as any nurse needs to deal with mental problems in their unit no matter what unit that it, psych nurses have to deal with patient medical problems. Pain is huge, as it alcohol/drug related issues. We also have the geropsych patients who can be sicker than their peers. Give it a go and try it. You will love it or hate it. Perhaps more than any other specialty, psych nurses work best when they have a strong interest in psychiatry, and a passion for helping those with its demanding and challenging problems. No nurse should go into the field for a break from the demands of the med-surg floor. That would be a disservice to your patients AND your fellow nurses. Good luck. It is certainly not a boring field.
Going back for MSN. Would like to do general MSN. Anyone know of a school that gives good online education for a good price?
I work for a large Magnet hospital. As nursing becomes more popular, and nurses not in short supply, I have noticed something ominous has being going on lately. Several of our older and very seasoned ADN nurses are being fired. The excuses for firing are ridiculous. I have sadly seen some excellent nurses lose their jobs. I am wondering if they want to get rid of the ADNs so they can look "better" with an all BSN staff. Or perhaps they want rid of older nurses who have been there longer because they are higher on the pay scale. Either way, it is very scarey. I myself am BSN, and i am not ashamed to say that what I know does not hold a candle to these fired nurses. Any thoughts?
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