Latest Comments by jensfbay

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    I have 2 years to decide which school and what specialty to get my MSN. I know this is weird, but I'm in this interesting predicament: I have 2 years to take my post 9/11 GI bill to pay for my education (I can't transfer it to my children unfortunately plus it expires in 2 years), I am currently working per diem in an ICU, in about 2 years my children will be old enough that I can start taking classes, I am interested in advancing my career in nursing but just don't know what.

    I am thinking of FNP primarily because I believe that it will improve my knowledge. I also feel that with an NP, if I don't really want to practice and prescribe, my work options will be more broadened.

    I like the idea of being a case manager or a private duty nurse once I'm done in the ICU.

    Any suggestions/ideas/questions would help. thanks in advance

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    I just want to clarify what was indicated on the DOH WA website regarding renewal. License renewal is yearly, but we have 3 years to log these hours and CEs? Meaning within 3 years, (not 1 year), we need to have worked 531 hours and clock in 45 hours of CE?

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    That sounds hopeful. May I ask which state you are working? I'm glad it worked out for you.

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    Which hospitals in Seattle, east side or south sound are do you work? Where would you work? What do you recommend? Also, what is the average hourly rate for an experienced critical care nurse? Per diem, travel, versus staff hourly rate? I have 7 years under my belt. I would appreciate your input. Thank you.

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    All my certifications, such as acls, bls, pals, and rn license, ccrn are current. Do any of you happen to have suggestions re books, online classe, etc. that will help me brush up on my skills?

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    My family and I moved from California to Washington. At that time, I was also pregnant. Now that we have our second child, I plan on going back to work. I do want to work per diem, 12 hour shifts twice a week but am not sure if I will be considered considering how long I've been off work. Here's my experience: 2 years of telemetry, 7 years of trauma/neuro ICU (most recent). Will hiring managers even consider me as per diem? I really do not want to be a staff as I prefer the flexibility and the rate of a per diem nurse. Any thoughts?

    Thanks

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    WA DOH states this:

    Registered nurses must renew their registration every year on or before their birthday. A continuing competency program is in place requiring 531 practice hours and 45 continuing education hours every three years.

    Just to clarify, does this mean that I can pay and apply for license renewal every year with the intent to work at least 531 hours and take 45 CEs within the three years? Is that so?

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    lhflanurse If South University allows me to take one class at a time and complete it in 2 years, wouldn't that be accelerated pace? I'm assuming that if I take one class per semester or quarter, it would take me at least four years. I don't want an accelerated pace. I want a slow pace where I can concentrate on one class per semester. I'm still having a hard time finding school like this.
    thanks

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    I am looking into obtaining an MSN with an Adult NP option track. However, I am a very busy mother, pregnant, and working. I think that taking one class per semester/quarter would make it more doable. Are there online MSN NP programs that you know of that are capable of catering to that? If so, what is the maximum of time I can be in their program? 6 years? 7 years?

    Thanks

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    I am currently taking care of my toddler at home and expecting another child. I am a stay at home mom right now and taking a break from my career as an ICU nurse. While not working, I would like to take classes and obtain my MSN, with specialty in Geriatrics, possibly an NP.
    My question is, are there online programs that are willing to have you take only 1 or 2 classes per semester/quarter? That would mean that I will not finish the program for at least 4 years. Any online programs that you would recommend?

    I appreciate your responses in advance.

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    My family and I recently moved from California to Seattle. My CA license doesn't expire until 4/2013, but according to WA State, my RN WA license (endorsed from CA) will expire in 3/2013. My family and I might go back to live in CA in 2 years. Should I just go ahead and keep my CA license and let my WA RN expire and get endorsement again? or should I go ahead and go through the WA state process of keeping my license prior to its expiration? Thanks!

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    I have a BSN and have been working as a critical care RN for 6 years. I applied to get my MSN online and waiting for my acceptance letter. As I wait for it, I'm wondering if I'm getting my MSN for the right reason.

    I don't really know what my goal is. All I know is that getting an MSN helps me advance my career, but I am not even sure exactly what I want to do. All I know is I want to work in public health with refugees/immigrants or the elderly population. Any input would be appreciated.

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    Sounds like I'm writing this thread. I am a UCD grad, Human Dev major. I didn't realize that I wanted to be a nurse until after I graduated, so After finished my BS in Davis, i went to sac city college to take 3 prerequisites and then I went to a one yet accelerated BSN program. I've been a nurse for 6 years. Best long winded career decision I've ever made!

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    I recently received a pt. from OR who was already @ 400mcg/kg/min of Neo, but his systolic still went into the 60's after half an hour in the ICU. When he came, the neurosurgeon already said that it was a poor prognosis (although he wasn't brain dead yet), and all we were doing pretty much was to stabilize his vitals while his family makes the decision to either withdraw or wait till he is brain dead.My question is, why was Dopamine the next vasopressor of choice after Neo and Not Levophed? Thanks!

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    I plan on moving from CA to WA. I have 5 years experience in Critical Care: CVICU, neurosurgery, and trauma. However, I am concerned that most of the hospitals are only hiring regular employees at night shift positions.

    Do you suggest I start as a travel nurse first or per diem?

    Thanks!


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