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  • May 8

    I had to fight hard to get time in a NICU as a student. This included changing out of the clinical group I had been in for three semesters, to another group as my original group didn't go to hospitals with a NICU. Even after that was accomplished (difficult, as this division of clinical groups was the dissertation-in-progress of a school admin), I then had to excel at my first three weeks on general ICU clinical to earn the chance for a ten-week final clinical practicum in the NICU. I did all of the above, and had a very positive experience, which ultimately led to my hiring in that unit upon graduation.

    I am now on night shift, but spent some time on day shift. After I got over some of my new-nurse jitters, I would always grab the nursing students (often abandoned as Steve describes above) and show them my patients if no one else was giving them any attention (and the day shift crew has more than a few "nurse-cannibals", if you get my drift). Even as a night shifter, if I am out of report early and there are students around I'll get them started scrubbing and looking at the kiddos while the day shift gets ready to start (read: having a cup of coffee and yakking in the break room until 07:35...yeah, I know, petty day/night shift trash talk, can't help it, sorry).

    It's fun to show a student things, especially as you know that if they are in the NICU they almost definitely worked hard to get that one day. Helps refresh my own wonder to see their reaction to a <26 weeker, or a catatonic nuero kid, or a beautiful drug baby screaming like a banshee and sweating bullets, etc.

    So yeah, no matter how burned I get with nursing, helping out the motivated and interested student is still a blast (and that goes for med students, RT, PT, etc as well).

  • Feb 14

    Quote from SteveRN21
    My short answer (I'll add more later) is that at least in my limited experience in the NNP arena, NNPs are in HUGE demand. It's once specialty that cannot fill slots fast enough. I receive around 50 NNP job listings via email from one site each week. I found my niche in NICU, so I decided to go for my NNP. One thing about the NNP is that you have to complete 2 years of Level III NICU experience before graduating from the master's program.
    Steve, I've been reading your NICU posts since before I was even in nursing school. I guess you were sort of my "male in NICU" archetype

    Seriously, I think you are going to make a great NNP, and you are not going to be one of those NNPs (like most I work with, alas) who apparently have forgotten that they were ever a NICU RN. I'm counting on you, dude!

  • Aug 22 '15

    Quote from melrnbcAL
    You can find the answers, each test lets you have about 90 seconds per question. 60 seconds to understand, 30 to possibly find somewhere in the book. I rented it online, which is searchable. I also had a friends older version, who had cut out the index, tabbed it up, and placed in a folder for quick looks ups. Now all this is for online only, I do not know if they offer it via "brick n mortar" style anymore.
    This is probable the single best indictment of online NP education that I have seen. I'm not singling you out by any means. As a matter of fact, if your school actually describes the tests in this manner, good for them, at least they are being honest.

    Graduate level clinical education based on an "open book" system is a sad, sad thing. I've heard of schools where the testing is much stricter (going to a proctored testing center, web cams on while testing, et. al), but I think the method above is closer to the norm.

  • May 27 '15

    Step 1 review materials...Golgian, etc. Look on amazon. "Rapid Review" got me through pathophys. Look up the topic, and boom there you have a nice outline form all the s/s, tx, labs, etc.

    I picked up this suggestion way back from a MD poster who used to troll the boards. I honestly don't know if the suggestion was sincere or some NP joke I didn't get, but the advice was golden. Plus, the thing is wayyy cheaper that any of the required texts.

    I got First Aid too, but it was not as useful as Golgian (of course, I was not using it for it's intended purpose, i.e. to prepare a med student for their first boards).