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Joined Oct 19, '06 - from 'USA'. jensfbay is a RN ICU Trauma. She has '10' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Trauma ICU'. Posts: 76 (4% Liked) Likes: 5

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  • Sep 15

    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    Hey GreenTea,

    Thanks for your insight. Were you ever worried about being labeled a "job hopper"? A lot of the baby boomers I've talked to are all about company loyalty, staying for the same job years and years, but now? These same nurses I hear complain about benefits being slashed, seniority being devalued and retirement being uncertain. How were you able to work that many jobs (in nursing, I'm guess?) without the stigma of hopping around? Did you ever feel as though you were a "jack of all trades, but a master of none"? Did you ever find your "dreeeaaammm job"? Did you find going to grad school hard with children?

    Sorry I am asking you so many questions, but I value your wisdom and life experience as I am getting started in this wonderful world of nursing.
    I never asked anybody whether I was "stigmatized" or not, and frankly didn't care. If someone asked, I gave truthful answers as to why I left a previous job - I moved, my husband's job moved us, my department was closed, I got a better offer from another company, I needed to have a job with benefits for my children, I opened my own business ... all true.

    I felt as if I mastered just about everything I did, because I'm a quick study with a retentive mind and I lovelovelove learning new things and find it easier to integrate them into my head because I have so many other things in there to relate them to. My dream job is more or less now, and even that is a combination of activities; I have my own company, and do consulting work, writing, and editing in addition to a few other things.

    I started grad school with a 6-week-old at the breast. Breastfeeding made it easier, since I could carry her along for the first three or four months, i.e., through most of the first quarter. After that I only took one course at a time through winter and spring, and then took the summer off. By then she got to be around 12 months, so she went to daycare and I went full time. Most of my student loan went to daycare and gas. I was blessed with a happy, social, healthy child, so had few worries there.

  • Sep 15

    I think a lot has to do with personality and I can use my sister and I as examples.

    My my sister defines perfectionism, and introversion. She is not warm nor persuasive, as she's lacks that inherent or learned ability to meet people where they're at. She's driven, razor sharp and focused. She's been drawn and has excelled in PACU and as a CRNA. She best deals with people who are asleep and wanting/needing someone who knows their ***.

    I'm nearly 100% extroverted. I love people. Especially the elderly. I was always lousy at mingling at cocktail parties but I can sit and share stories all day long with the seniors. I'm also a paperwork nerd. When I was in nursing school and working as an Extern, my hospital asked if I wanted to be cross trained in clerical..um yeah sure. I loved it, it was like playing school. When I was a SAHM, I was always looking for something to get involved in and fix, like I would have loved being a life coach type of thing if I were qualified for it. Unlike my sister, I am not a machine, I do best in spurts. Oh and as a kid, I didn't know a stranger and easily made myself at home anywhere (mom should have reined me in a little.) I have been a career home health nurse case manager since 1988 and I swear I was born to do it.

    We both have been very satisfied in our work, I don't think either one of us has called it a job, it's what we do, what we love to do.

    I dont know if that makes sense or just sounds like gibberish but hope it helps.

  • Aug 31

    I am 59 years old and am about one year from getting my FNP, and about 2 years from my DNP. Age should never be an issue for doing what you want to do...

  • Aug 31

    Quote from jensfbay
    Thank you for this. I am a 40 year old RN with 15 years of bedside experience. I also have two young children, 3&5. I got accepted to a DPN Fnp program here I Washington but decided to defer due my inability to find adequate childcare. I'm hoping to go fall 2018 and I'm afraid that my studies will prevent me
    From being a good mother. I'm scared for not being able to be there for them in the future. Thanks for the encouragement.
    I'm in Washington too (outside Seattle). Speaking as a mom who worked and got her masters when her kids were little, I understand the fear of not being there for them but your time in the DNP program will be short and you can make it work. Completing the DNP program will increase your ability to take care of them and their futures.

  • Aug 31

    Sure, why not? I became an APRN at 48

  • Aug 29

    The University of Rochester School of Nursing offers advanced pathophysiology online (as well as in class). I took it online as a non matriculated student before applying for admission to the NP program there. We had to do 3 case studies, a weekly study guide (done as a group of 3-4 students), and weekly exams. There was also a private facebook group where we had to post and reply to others about clinical things which related to what we were learning. The course was awesome, and the professor was exceptional.

  • Aug 29

    Before I applied to anesthesia school, I took advanced patho and pharm with Liberty University online. The classes are 8 weeks long I believe. Pretty good courses too.

  • Aug 26

    Often, these on-line discussions are populated by people who simply, for whatever reason, need to vent. Therefore, it seems that opinions here tend to shift toward the negative.

    I will tell you that I make approximately $39.00/hr. not including shift or weekend differentials. I take home about $2,000-2,500 bi-weekly (depending on overtime, call-offs, etc.). I have worked as a staff R.N. in several different states (TX, GA, MN, CA, to name a few) and as a traveler. I can tell you that, while I haven't always made as much as I would like, I have never failed to make a more than comfortable wage -- even as a new graduate.
    I have a lot of sympathy for those who make a poor wage as a nurse. I believe their stories because, when I was traveling, I met them. Usually, nurses who make very low salaries (<20.00/hr.) live in rural, Southern areas with very few health care employers. Frequently, they have only one hospital for the region. Employers in these areas do not hesitate to take advantage of their positon, and nurses there are chronically under-payed and under-appreciated.
    Whether by choice or circumstance, the nurses who tolerate these conditions cannot re-locate. They are, or at least, they feel stuck.
    But, let me shine a little light on this situation for you. If you are mobile/willing to re-locate or live near a large metropolitan area, you will be payed a comfortable wage with excellent benefits.

  • Aug 25

    I am going to work prn when I can throughout my DNP program. If that becomes too much then I will not work at all. The faculty at Loyola axtually recommends that the students do not work during the 3 year program.

  • Aug 25

    I agree with the above poster that your child will be less likely to remember you being in school when she is so young. however if you were to wait til she is older, you'd be likely to miss more of her life such as school activities etc. You may be the one that feels like you missed out on moments of when she was a baby because that time flies. If you can get over your own guilt, I think you will be fine and your child wont be affected at all. I am going into my second semester of full time FNP program. I have an 8 year old and a 5 year old. I work part-time however I do have a very supportive husband that is our primary bread winner and my mom also lives with us which is a big help! I went to nursing school after I had both my kids. My daughter was a baby and my son was 3. Nursing school was more time consuming to me than NP school. Then again maybe I will feel differently once I start clinicals. Good luck. I definately say get school out of the way as quick as you can so you can reap the benefits sooner and move on with your life!

  • Aug 25

    First off congrats on your little girl! Listen, I am in awe that you are a single mom and working a full time night job AND choosing to go back to school. I have a 2 year old and a 6 month old. I quit my job last year to go back to school b/c I knew I couldn't handle all of it. I even decided to go to school part-time. You are blowing me out of the water! My opinion is that you should do part-time school. In my program, part-time only extends my graduation one year...what's a year, really? It will go by fast and maybe you can save some sanity. I hope you have a good support system, it's so hard to balance all of it!! Good luck!!!

  • Aug 20

    I make $120,000 a year as a nurse practitioner in a derm clinic. 40 hours or less a week. So if you are interested in that kind of money, get out of the rat race of working overtime and weekend hours at the hospital!!

  • Aug 19

    Hello SB2SEA,

    PLU does find placements for your clinicals. The sites are generally in the Tacoma area, but some sites are in Olympia and Seattle too. The clinical coordinator will assign you a location, but you're allowed to trade clinical sites with the other people in your cohort. You'll likely receive your clinical assignments for the entire pre-licensure portion sometime in the first summer semester.

  • Aug 19

    There are a lot of variables to consider. Are you single? Do you have savings? Assets? Other debt? How old are you now and how much have you put away for your retirement already? Do you have children? If so, how much have you saved for their education? And so on.

    Generally speaking, the rule of thumb is never to assume more total educational debt than you can fairly anticipate earning in your first year starting salary. Know your market. Know your options. Speak to a tax accountant and a financial planner.

    Good luck

  • Aug 19

    I'm NP in Chicago, my application is still "under review" I am in an area with a score of 19 and my debt to income is 137%. I am pretty nervous that I haven't heard one way or another, yet. I pay over $1000 in loans every month. Hard to raise a family with that kind of debt.... Anyway I am trying to keep my hopes up. Looking forward to hearing from other people about this. I am wondering if it matters if they checked your credit or not? Has anyone heard that they were denied? Thanks!


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