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  • May 17

    I suppose my views will go against the general grain...

    There tends to be a difference in the types of students who opt for pre-med versus pre-nursing. For instance, we simply do not hear of pre-med students who struggle with 7th grade level dosage calculations or seek to be admitted to programs with low GPAs.

    Nursing attracts its fair share of dreamers. Some of these dreamers lack the academic horsepower to work through the curriculum. I know I might receive some blowback for my thoughts, but sometimes an opposing view stings.

  • May 5

    Why do nurses, with each degree, leave them on behind their last degree?

    So, hi, I'm Offlabel, RN, CCRN, AA, BSN, MSN, DPN.

    Why isn't it just Offlabel, RN? Or CNM? or NP? or CRNA?

    I know that's the culture but doesn't, say, an MS imply that there is a BS in there somewhere? It's sort of aggrandizement that looks dumb. MD's or DO's or whatever don't do that so why do nurses?

    It's as though some folks are trying to convince themselves that they're really smart and have an axe to grind.

    It really looks unprofessional when certifications are mixed with degrees that are mixed with licenses.

    My opinion

  • Apr 29

    I can't help the OP unfortunately but I had to chime in and state that what drug tests are testing is not the psychoactive component of marijuana. Typical screening drug tests in no way measure impairment due to marijuana. Typical drug tests are testing the non-psychoactive metabolite of marijuana which is THC-COOH. This metabolite can linger in the body for days or weeks depending on the level and frequency the user consumes the drug.
    Therefore when someone fails a drug test it does NOT mean they are "high" or impaired when they took the test. It simply means that in the recent past (which can be a while) they used the drug.

  • Apr 26

    Quote from springchick1
    Wow. You're lucky you got hired at all. This is very demanding of a potential employer and it says to me that you are not a team player.
    It says to me that she knows what she is looking for and what she is not looking for in a job. If those are her "rules", and she is willing to accept that some jobs may not be options because of that, then so be it. I don't think its fair to judge if she would be a good coworker or team player based on that though - she very possibly is a team player in other ways. We all have deal breakers, that is just one of hers.

  • Apr 19

    Quote from DeLanaHarvickWannabe
    I'm in the minority here, but every place I've worked has been very liberal about allowing for requesting off. What is your policy?
    . my 20+ years of my adult working life (nursing and pre-nurse), I've always accrued vacation time as I go. I've never had to wait longer than a few months. I certainly wouldn't make it a year in a new job without vacation.

  • Feb 26

    Quote from kateee
    I work in an ED annex which used to be urgent care and usually the techs do splints and casts here!
    Doesn't matter who does it. You are the ordering provider. Know how it works.

  • Feb 4

    I successfully raised two children to adulthood, made it to 45, have numerous friends who get headaches and have so far managed to keep my license. I also managed not to lose it before I ever started nursing school.

    Your Prof is either highly illogical or sucks at allegory/metaphor. Not sure which. [emoji41]

  • Dec 21 '15

    How could it be a HIPAA violation if the parents have willingly shared the info with her?

    There may well be some violations of some sort here, but I don't see HIPAA being one of them.

  • Oct 23 '15

    Quote from ixchel
    FNPs are able to move specialties if they want to without obtaining certificates in other areas. They, too, have a generalist education.

    NPs go through extensive science-based courses, like patho and pharm.

    Two years of schooling to become a PA is terrifying considering they will then graduate with diagnostic and prescriptive privileges without prior experience in healthcare. Literally, that is only two years gaining direct medical knowledge. Even in direct entry NP programs, they are accepting licensed RNs who have already put in 2 years applying knowledge gained to medical and nursing care. Organic chem is nice, but is it teaching you what is important to know about someone with new-onset a-fib?

    I don't doubt it's rigorous, but if you're going to compare, at least know what you're talking about. I know nothing about PA programs, and am responding to your post based only on what you've stated here. Your conclusions about NP programs are incorrect.

    Where's Boston? Boston loves a good conversation about what NP education and privileges are all about.

    FNPs are "generalist" trained within the notion that their training spans throughout the lifespan. However, within that spectrum of a lifespan how much training can you get in each area when most schools have 600-700 clinical hours and that's being generous. If you believe a FNP can just waltz into an ICU, NICU or even a acute care/psych area without significant prior experience of advanced practice in that area you are wrong. RN experience mostly doesn't count. Does your FNP program teach you in depth psych evals and med management along with chest tube and CVC line placement?

    There is a reason the boards of nursing created specialties. Those 50 clinicals hours (maybe...) dedicated to psych and a few weeks in class are not going to prep you to be a psych provider. FNPs are primary care providers across the lifespan, period.

    PA schools in comparison receive several thousand hours and have classes/curriculum in block style with clerkships similar to med school (i.e. surgery, otrtho, IM etc). Many PAs also have prior medical experience (although that is changing as with NPs). Online PA schools do not exist and there is no tomfoolery of begging someone to precept you in whatever specialty you can get that qualifies for the class. Why? PA schools are competitive and limit the ebb and flow of students coming in and out like medical schools. NP schools admit and admit until everyone is accepted.

    I actually do know what I am talking about as I compared both for a long time as well as working with a myriad of both PAs and NPs. Extensive courses in science like cadaver lab, histology, immunology or genetics? No, you mean the one course we get in patho and pharm that spends a week (maybe 1.5 weeks) on huge body systems right? PA school cuts out the fluff making everything they take is clinically geared.

    Look, I respect NPs and I am in school to become one but it's delusional to think that we have a leg up on education versus PAs. The cards are all laid out. We do lobby better I suppose but it is inconsequential to the OPs question. My opinion isn't biased and I am not speaking from a position where I know nothing but thank you for that assertion....

  • Aug 27 '15

    Vet techs basically handle everything a nurse does and more on a daily basis - monitors anesthesia, gives treatments, does dentals, starts IVs, everything. Talks to vets, patients, clients. Cleans. Some even handle appointments by themselves. Not to mention they're expected to know how to do this on several different species. Squirmy puppies are the least of their IV worries - try a 10 year old large dog hit by a car whose blood pressure is virtually nil, or other cardiac issues. They encounter a very similar spectrum of problems that human nurses do, but their patients simply can't tell them about it.

    I see nothing wrong with them calling themselves vet/animal nurses, since they technically are.

    Edit: There are some places (Banfield) that call their vet techs vet Nurses.

  • Aug 19 '15

    To document "purulent", not "*****". If she wouldn't have taught that, I most likely would have charted that second word at some point without even noticing.

  • Jun 15 '15

    Triglycerides 2200. Alive. (And typing this post...)

  • Jun 15 '15

    Quote from tutelary
    The hell it's not.

    "Anyone who cannot or will not leave their religious beliefs/prejudices/personal opinions at home has NO business being a nurse. Period."

    Not one person in this thread has proven with actual factual information that "trans" are better off statistically if they follow their fantasy than they are if they don't.

    Does that information exist or is it all propaganda to let people who are mentally ill destroy themselves?

    I want to see some numbers from an unbiased source. You know, the whole scientific part of medicine. Do they commit less suicide? Do they have other emotional problems more or less? Etc.

    Everyone is preaching what they want to see with no analysis of what is actually best for what is an exceedingly questionable course of action for the patient.

    And then to preach to me about being offended by it, having overlooked the base science yourselves? Absurd.
    I'm sorry, are you suggesting that there is scientific evidence to support the fact that forcing a person to be who they do NOT want to be, will DECREASE suicides? Because forcing them to lead a life they don't want to live will somehow eliminate their "emotional problems"? Do you honestly not see how idiotic and cruel you sound?

  • Jun 15 '15

    Quote from deza
    I know a few people that are gay or bi that were not before.
    Or, they were in denial. Or, they were still in the closet because of the attitudes towards them. Or, they were trying to conform to "social norms". In other words, they were gay or bi; they just didn't tell you.

  • Jun 15 '15

    Quote from deza
    ...I know a few people that are gay or bi that were not before...
    Oh, they were. They just didn't tell you about it.