Latest Comments by Medic2RN

Latest Comments by Medic2RN

Medic2RN, ADN, BSN, RN, EMT-P Guide 22,174 Views

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    cab350 and Pixie.RN like this.

    I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette through the online RN-BSN program in December. I already had a BA, so the core courses were not a problem for me. I actually learned a lot from their courses and they were very good about keeping in touch with their students. You might want to take a look at that school. Best wishes!

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    Pixie.RN likes this.

    Pixie, I have watched you 'grow up' over the years here on AN through all of the certifications and degrees. I am so proud of you! I know I sound motherly, but eh, who cares! I am excited for you in your new journey. I have no advice for you other than do what's best for you.
    The ER is a mystical place where you can love it and hate it at the same time and always seem to go back to it. Many nurses I know who have left into other areas either do some sort of PRN work until they eventually stop or go cold turkey and enjoy the memories. It's a badge of honor to say you've worked in the ER. I'm looking to change later this year. Like you, I'm at a point where I need to find something a little less frantic and let the younger nurses go bonkers. I'll look forward to see how you deal with the change.
    Best wishes! I know whatever you do, you'll be successful.

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    MedicFireRN likes this.

    SoCal,
    First of all, best wishes for your goals and waiting to hear from nursing schools.
    I don't think any type of education is waste, but you need to keep in mind what your end goal is - to become a NP in the ED. If you look at all the paramedic nurses who contributed to this thread, you notice something in common - all had years of experience prior to nursing. Like nursing school, in medic school, you will learn the basics to become a paramedic. The real education is the years put into the position and the experience. I would recommend to stay with the nursing. There are plenty of certifications to get along the way and they all would help you reach your goal. The EMT-P without experience would not help you. Ultimately it is your decision, but I hope you consider the advice on this thread. I was licensed paramedic in a busy 911 system with aggressive and advanced protocols. I did this for 9 years and it was the time in EMS that helped me, not the sole aspect of going to paramedic school.
    Good luck in your future!!

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    Pixie.RN likes this.

    I finally finished the program on Friday. I thought it was a good program and fair. I did learn a lot with respect to research, writing papers, and leadership aspects. The Capstone class was not difficult: I expected it to be really hard. I certainly recommend this program. My advice for any of the classes is to do any project or paper with the rubric at your side. They grade from the rubric, so as long as you address all of the points listed and follow APA style, you will receive a good grade. I managed to get all A's in my classes.
    Good Luck to everyone starting out! It will go by faster than you realize.

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    Did you go to NYC yet? What play are you going to see?

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    Moved to the North Carolina Nursing forum for more of a response.

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    ambitiousblonde and 1mrsbs like this.

    1mrsbs,
    I was apprehensive about writing papers also since it's been 20+ years for me. They walk you through the first assignment and supply multiple resources to assist you with paper writing. It took me a long time to write that first one, but it's actually easier now due to the technology. Just follow the rubric and the topic with all of its points and you'll do fine.
    Best of luck to you!

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    I started last semester in October. I'm pleased with the program so far. 353 & 354 were not bad at all and I was able to work full time while studying for my classes.
    Good luck everyone!

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    You should have received a degree plan with the semesters marked. I did when I was accepted there. Do you have other general courses to do? I would talk to your adviser and explore other options of taking the gen ed courses somewhere else (comm college, CLEP, online). They are very open about options other than taking them at ULL.
    Don't give up, 7 weeks will be over soon and you can look into other ways to reach your goal.
    Good luck!

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    I guess we will be classmates, squirrel12!

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    I start on October 20th. The application process was very easy. The advisers have been great about keeping touch with me. I needed two additional classes and they were terrific about suggesting alternative ways to fulfill those requirements to save me tuition costs.
    So far so good!

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    icuRNmaggie likes this.

    Yes. I was hired with only PCU nursing and paramedic experience. I think it depends on the ER and what the manager is looking for at the time.

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    toomuchbaloney likes this.

    I think you have a solid plan by getting the BSN and the experience. I have met so many new grad nurses who go straight into the MSN program without any experience. Some employers consider them "paper' nurses - all degrees and minimal experience. I don't know how marketable that would be.
    A positive aspect of getting the BSN with another bachelor's degree under your belt is that you may only have to take the nursing classes which will save you time and money.
    Best wishes to you!

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    Moved to the Florida Nursing forum.

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    Moved to the Pennsylvania Nursing forum.


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