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  • May 27 '12

    Quote from mystyqueone
    thank you, but the only dream left to achieve is my dream to be a nurse practitioner. all those other things you've mentioned, i've already achieved and am saving up for my children's college fund also..... by the time i have completed my dnp degree, i'll have nearly 5-6 years experience as an rn with my current employer..... by the time i begin the program, i'll have nearly 2 years of experience as an rn. so, should i still wait?
    i'm in an np program, so we share that dream. my ultimate goal is a bit different; i will be a volunteer np working with underserved populations so if this were strictly a financial/ business decision, it would be a terrible one! not every decision can make perfect sense by simply running numbers. but, as long as you have a plan... and a back-up plan... and another back-up in case that is needed, you should be fine.

    i'm fortunate enough to be able to pay cash for my tuition without pain. if i couldn't afford the program i'm in, i'd look at far less expensive schools. my tuition will be about $75k; adding books and other misc. expenses it will be quite a bit more than that. staggering, huh? i've asked a number of nps if where they graduated from made any difference. without exception, they said it did not. so, when it's time to decide on vanderbilt, georgetown, or your local state school, don't be starry-eyed about an elite program if you can't really afford it. i know, you'll feel like you just won the lottery when you get that acceptance letter, or you might feel that a diploma from a top-tier school will make a difference in your career, but think carefully before taking on that kind of debt. i've been asked where i went to law school (a very, very common question), but rarely (except for conversation sake) does anyone ask me where i went to nursing school... and i imagine it'll be the same with an np degree.

    as far as your tenure as a nurse, 5 or 6 years will be more than enough. good luck!

  • May 27 '12

    Part of the reason people can't make up their minds on what to do this that people try to be multiple things in this world. For example, many people want to be "Super Parent", super student, super career-driven worker, etc. all at the same time and spread themselves thin as a direct result. You have to pick one, and the other aspects of your life will suffer. Its either the kids, money, career, or further education, you just have to pick one and go with whatever the good or bad consequences may be.

  • Dec 12 '11

    PS it will get better...I wish I could be more supportive but I am super tired right now! I feel your pain though, trust me, you're not alone. *hugs*

  • Dec 12 '11

    Right out of school, I worked swings and then nights for 6 months. I moved to day shift and it felt like I finally had my life back - I got to re-meet all of my friends and hang out with them again! I even got to the point, when working nights, that I just "lived at night" - I cleaned the house, did the laundry, even grocery shopped (24 hour Wal-mart!) while my family slept. I'm not going to lie, it sucked. Yes, this is the life of a night shift nurse. But, there is hope - one day, you will have enough seniority to move to the day shift and you will get your life back.

    As far as your kids, what I did was made sure I stayed up to feed them breakfast and get them off to school before going to bed (on my nights off). Before I left for work, we had super together as a family and I asked about their day, friends, etc. Again, it's not great, but it's the life we choose.

  • Nov 11 '11

    Congrats!! I'm in the same boat. Just found out I got a spot at the VA. I had the same feeling- knew it was for me from the moment I precepted there. I just love the population. Some of my classmates couldn't stand the facility. IMHO, what the VA lacked in modern equipment (on the floor I was on at least) they made up for with great, highly qualified nurses and really good patient ratios.

    The VA system is great- very secure, wonderful benefits, retirement that can't be beat. I would recommend putting in your 2 week notice but seeing if you can stay PRN. I don't know if all VA's have nurses working 8 hr shifts... but that is the only barrier I could potentially see to staying PRN at your current job.

    Best of luck!!!!

  • Nov 7 '11

    We also did written reports. It helped in case the nurse reporting off just forgot to tell you something or you just didn't hear a vital piece of info when they verbally reported off.

  • Nov 7 '11

    but say that she is being accommodated by coming in early to get a report because the way they are tape recording the reports aren't working for her then possibly this could be covered as reasonable accommodation with the ADA? Seems like a very reasonable way to solve this problem, seeing as they probably don't want her working off the clock.

  • Nov 7 '11

    Quote from jerenemarie
    Please don't forget...your employer must accomodate you under the Americans with Disabilities Act! And if they won't help you, then report them to your state Civil Liberties Union!
    Thanks,
    Jerenemarie
    I think right now she is mostly looking for suggestions that would foster collegial collaboration with her peers to solve the problem. We often create that which we expect. My money says OP will work it out just fine.

  • Nov 7 '11

    The headphones are a great idea. I'm pretty HOH but a hearing aid helps greatly.

  • Nov 7 '11

    Please don't forget...your employer must accomodate you under the Americans with Disabilities Act! And if they won't help you, then report them to your state Civil Liberties Union!
    Thanks,
    Jerenemarie

  • Nov 7 '11

    Coming in early is a nice thought, but remember you are not covered if you are injured.

  • Nov 7 '11

    In LTC we do not allow tape reporting anymore. As for coming in early to read labs ect.... what a joke. I work 7 A to 7P when I come in to the morning, I am off and running and have no time to poke around and check everything out. About 10:30 is when I get a chance.

  • Nov 7 '11

    We tape report, but we are also supposed to check in with the on-coming nurse before we leave for updates or to answer any questions. So, in my case, I have a just to clarify anything I didn't hear or didn't understand on the tape.

    I think our manager wants to move away from it and go to bedside reporting.

  • Nov 7 '11

    earphones, that said, I thought JACHO didn't care for taped report. Re: above mentioned loss of interaction/ability to ask questions?

  • Nov 7 '11

    I have worked at a variety of places that did taped reports, and most of the nurses tried to be thorough. As long as you can hear the tape recorder you will be at no more of a disadvantage than anyone else.

    I prefer face-to-face reports, as well, but tapes have been around for at least 25 years.

    Best wishes!


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