LisaFNP 638 Views
Joined Jul 28, '08.
Posts: 18 (22% Liked)
Yeah for you! Congratulations!!!!
I just graduated in May with my MSN. I did a bridge program at my University. I have an ADN, a BS in Community Health and now MSN. No BSN. But I had to complete classes that BSN programs have like assessment, theory and undergraduate reserach. Then on to the masters portion. I went slowly through the program, single mom, two kids, work full time, took 6 years
As a nurse I started working nights, that was 1992. I did 8 hour shifts, much prefer 12 hour shift.
When I worked ICU we had to do 6 day shifts and 6 night shifts a month. that was tough, but I didn't have kids then and staying up all night was not too bad. I did that for 5 years.
When I went to work in an ER, we worked 1 month of days and then 1 month of nights. (Days was 7-7p, 10-10p, 11-11p, 12-12p, 1-1a) and nights was (3-3a, or 7-7a). You got to sign up for the shift but seniority got dibs on 7a shifts. Rotating shifts can be tough. There were mornings that I got off of work and didn't know if I should eat, pee, puke or sleep.
Good luck, you will be fine. I always had more fun on nights
I know it is difficult to see the difference in pay, I just keep telling myself that the money I was making as an RN, I was almost at the top of the pay scale. (16 years experience). Now starting a new job, I am at the new NP sacle which is a lot less than my salary as anurse. I will have productivity though, a whole new world! I am nervous.
Do you find it difficult to go from RN staff to NP? I have a friend that graduated as FNP, but works as a nurse in ICU. Said that the benefits and pay are much better. I am in central Illinois, starting as a new NP less than waht I was making in an ER, by about 14 dollars an hour!
congratulations! that is a wonderful accomplishment!
Who would complain about shadowing with the physician for a certain amount of time. I think it sounds like a great idea. I am looking for somehting comparable in my new position, collaborative and professional practice with focus on the patient.
I was just surprised that the ANCC had me providing them with supportive documentation. I attended the University of Illinois, at the Urbana-Champaign campus. I have all of my clinical logs (we used Typhon computer tracking). My FNP program required over 700 clinical hours. I spent the all but my last clinical rotation in family practice. My last rotation was in cardiology. I had at least two standradized patients (simulated patients) each semester. Those were observed my two instructor and graded. My instructor came to each of my clinicals each semester. I had to write a Master's project and defend it for graduation. ( I wrote on Effective Mentoring Strategies for Nursing Students)
I am going to Chicago tomorrow for a 3 day review course with Margaret Fitzgerald. Maybe when I return Friday I will have a letter from ANCC. I am afraid to call them now....they will never give me my number.
How timely this discussion is occuring now. I graduated from the Univeristy of Illinois in May, with MS, in the FNP track. I mailed my application to ANCC on June 11. I had my transcripts sent directly from the U of I. Didn't hear anything back until the begining of August when I got a letter saying that ANCC had not recieved my transcripts. So I sent them again, this was August 11. I kept waiting, (keep waiting). I had a fellow student that received her letter and has a test date already scheduled. She said that she began calling ANCC two times a day and finally they called her and gave her the confirmation number so she could schedule her test. So I started calling daily.
Wedensday I spoke with the manager of the registars. I was told that she was unable to verify from my transcripts the population focus of the program (across the lifespan primary care). I freaked! I sent her course descriptions and actually contacted the dean of my program. The dean had to fax all the syllabi to ANCC. She told me that ANCC is beinging a more diligent review process.
I am thankful for that, but wonder if it might be better for review to be done between the ANCC and the university in question. This would help new APN graduates in an already stressful time. So here it is nearly 4 months after graduation, no letter, no confirmation number, job waiting for me. The ANCC was really good about cashing my $390.00 check though
I have not taken the test yet, waiting (ANCC). The CD is ok, I sometimes don't do so well on the tests, there are some weird OB questions so I guess at them. But I just keep doing them. I really love Fitzgerald. I have her CD's and listening to them in the car. I keep telling myself it is entry level exam, it is ok, relax..........
I have Fitzgerald and use it the most. I do have a CD -rom that has 1300 test questions and will generate a 175 quesiton test, randomly.
Zerwekh, Joann and Claborn, Jo Carol. Family Nurse Practitioner Certificaition Review, I have the second edition, got it from Amazon.com
Has anyone used the Zerwekh and Claborn study guide? It comes with a CD for the computer. It has 1300 questions int he test bank and will give you 175 random questions. I do ok sometimes, but othertimes I get stumped with strange OB and peds questions. I have been concentrating mainly on Fitzgerald.
I graduated from the Univeristy of Illinois in May as an FNP, just waiting to take ANCC boards.
Any suggestions would be appreciated! thanks
Good for you! WOOHOO.
Excellent! and Congratulations to you!
Hang in there, looks like you have a plan in place. Good luck and I am sure you will do fine.
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