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®Nurse, MSN, RN 10,100 Views

Joined Feb 26, '08. Posts: 1,131 (63% Liked) Likes: 2,930

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    I went from ADN to MSN and did not have any difficulty landing a full time tenure track position as nurse faculty at a college.

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    Since you are a nursing instructor, this sounds like the perfect opportunity to introduce your student to EBSCO and CINAHL in order to do some proper research and critical appraisal of some articles in order to see what is current evidence based practice. Current EBP should drive practice, although, it’s nice to socialize with fellow nurses on AllNurses...

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    I am also very interested in hearing as much input as possible on this point. I could ask this very question as pertains to my circumstances. I already know that would much rather put evidence into action rather than dig for new data.

    OP - Did you approach your Dean about paying for your doctorate, or vice versa? Also, how are they paying? Are they reimbursing, or are they using a scholarship/grant?

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    Pca_85revived and NightNerd like this.

    This may help answer some of your questions: CDC - Safe Patient Handling and Movement (SPHM) - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic

    Preventing Back Injuries in Health Care Settings | NIOSH Science Blog | Blogs | CDC

    To put it simply, it is usually not one single episode of heavy lifting. If you’ve ever heard the story about holding a glass of water, it is very relevant: "[FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif][COLOR=#292f34]A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything." It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!”[/COLOR][/FONT]
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    MrChicagoRN likes this.

    Usually, a candidate has a resume that shows a progression of accomplishments, and the doctoral program that was attended is but one piece of a larger picture. I’ve sat in on many hiring committee’s, and I’ve not seen any nurses that only have a doctorate and no other history.

    If you’re trying to capture a plumb position, a degree from a pedigreed school might capture attention, but only for so long, as the rest of the candidates attributes will either confirm or deny any preconceived notions that a hiring committee member may have about the candidate during the interview.

    To answer your question: Not in a considerable way.

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    I'm against mandatory last name display, mainly due to an endless barrage of "Excuse me, but HOW do you say (pronounce) your last name".

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    I was a CNA before the Internet, before cell phones.
    I had two small children and a husband who was overseas for active duty.
    No one ever had any problems getting ahold of me because I was at work and could be easily found.
    I went to college for nursing and people could even find me in class!
    I went to clinicals and could be found there too.
    Your proximity to your keys, cell phone, and wallet is a "want", not a "need".
    How will you feel if you are dismissed or disciplined at your job because you could not be separated from them?
    Leave them in your locker.

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    martymoose, LadyFree28, and TriciaJ like this.

    I've worked for a trauma center hospital that was non-Magnet when I started. After being an floor nurse for three years, they decided to pursue Magnet status.
    Shared Governance was brought on scene, "shared decision making", Team Cooperation, how-to-treat-and-respond to your coworker.
    It was an interesting journey, to be sure.
    Experts were brought in, consultants were consulted, and so on, and so forth.
    The final (requisite) step was an accounting of BSN's and ADN's.
    If your hospital does not have 80% of their staff with a BSN or higher, things may really start to suck in a big way for the ADN's on staff.
    My hospital closely watched the "BSN - meter", and when the tipping point didn't happen by the required target date, they decided that if the ADN's didn't go back to school by "x" time, they would be fired.

    We eventually got Magnet status.
    A LOT of ADN's went back to school for their MSN's ~ like, A LOT.

    Now we have all these MSN's running around, working at the bedside, leaving the bedside, and the staffing shortages are horrific.

    Many RN's had limited options until they got their MSN's. Then the sky was the limit for them once they graduated. A fantastic proportion of them left to be all that they could be.

    Magnet means that the nurses who are forced to go back to school, can now say goodbye to their current position if they choose.

    See, the real thing is this:

    In order to achieve Magnet status, you have GOT to have a lot of leadership.
    Cue the Managers, and Directors, and Quality, and on, and on, and on.

    Then, you have the staff return to school for BSN or higher.

    However, there is now very little upward mobility, because the positions have all been filled from outside.

    Where do you go with a new MSN, or BSN degree, and a good amount of nursing experience if you aren't allowed to be anywhere but the bedside?

    (That's a rhetorical question, of course: You leave!).

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    I certainly don't mind a scenario where I could just come in and get paid a lot of money to help with ADL's.
    The problem always lies within the fact that you cannot Un-Know what you Know.

    It has always been difficult for me to just do the CNA duties. I always wound up working my buns off because if I saw an issue, and the other nurse could not, or would not, address it, I was ethically bound to take care of it.

    Pain issues, wounds, treatments..... Couldn't just say "I'm in the CNA slot today; Not my circus, not my monkeys".

    If the Nurse could be free to just do ADL's, and leave it at that, my goodness, I would take that assignment!

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    Leonardsmom,LPN likes this.

    This sounds like a perfect research into current Evidence Based Practice for gastric tube flush medium.

    A site like EBSCO, CINAHL, PubMed, etc., would be a great place to start.

    Typically, it takes over a decade for current EBP to be incorporated into practice.
    Be a leader, and find out from a few high level-of-evidence articles what the standard should be.

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    Don't. Answer. The. Phone.

    Plausible deniability is on your side.

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    Maevish, StNeotser, caliotter3, and 1 other like this.

    I just stumbled across this post and thought to myself; "I would copy that sign, 'X' out the reference to 'Physicians', and insert the word 'Nurses'. I would then paste on every employee bathroom in the facility, just to make a point. (.....and I would include a tag line that says "Nurses need safe-havens too".

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    Individual Ready Reserve.

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    Quote from fayassin
    For all my respect to your opinion. If any hospital would decide to hire me based on a pinning ceremony only I will refuse to apply for it !!!!! I wont even take it !!! If anyone would hire me based on my performance and patient care and competency then I would love to apply for this job,. People need to understand that nursing not just a PIN it's more than that, it's ethical and professional career not PINNING. If I were a unit manger and I know someone I truly hate in my life applied to my unit I will take him in considerations of his/her performance and experience and I wont judge based on my feelings. In my opinion to love your job and build career based on what you believe is more important than a pinning ceremony. If I know one of class mates is the hiring manger and refused to hire me based on the pinning ceremony then I would think this person should not be a manger and shouldn't be a nurse in the first place. Not going to pinning dose not mean that I'm a horrible person.
    If I could give more pertinent details that helps the story have more merit, without losing anonymity, I would.

    Do as you wish. Life has funny twists and turns. However, you seems to have things all figured out.

    As you were.

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    You might very well have a job lined up, but the statistics are stacked against you if you're thinking that it's the only job you'll have over your career.

    Don't go to your graduation if you don't want to. However, it's what you DON'T show up for that allows you to miss opportunities.

    Someone once said "you miss out on 100 percent of the shots you don’t take". You may think a pinning ceremony just isn't going to fit on your plate because you're married with children and scoff at the people who encourage you to go. However, you may be the one who will regret it later.

    How about when you're applying to a new job and one of your classmates is the hiring manager?

    You may think the scenario is a bit far-fetched, however, it happened to an acquaintance of mine.

    Just food for thought.