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  • Jul 13 '10

    I got a job on an ICU stepdown unit! It's exactly what I wanted for my first year, and I couldn't be happier. $24/hour plus night shift diff, full-time, benefits. I'm SO excited to be finally starting my career! redpinkhe

  • Jul 13 '10

    I get called doctor occassionally. I always correct them, but some persist. The aides get promoted to nurse, too, so I'll get, "Doctor, could you have the nurse bring me some fresh water?"

    I was with a pt one night when our only female neurosurgeon came in, in business casual and a white coat. The pt called me doctor and her nurse. I explained, but I don't think the pt ever did understand. In fairness, she has been known to help pts. to the bathroom or bring them a blanket.

  • Jun 8 '10

    CRNA's are not moving towards a PhD. They are moving towards a clinical doctorate. There is a HUGE difference. I am currently attending the nation's first clinical doctorate anesthesia program in Charleston, WV. The newspaper posted that it is the nation's first PhD CRNA program; Wow, did that ever stir a ruckus. It is 36 months in length and requires a large research project. My credentials afterwards will be CRNA, DMPNA (Doctor in Management of Practice of Nursing Anesthesia). I believe all programs affiliated with a doctorate providing University must move their program to a doctorate by 2015. All programs, period, must acheive this level of education by 2023. It depends on what your future goals are with your degree.
    I am receiving a combined buisness degree in this program which will enable me to do anything from being a regular CRNA, to a Hospital Administrator, to a anesthesia group owner. There is a certain degree of beauty in not receiving your degree in something like a Masters in Nursing. I consider that pretty much useless. However, if you simply want to be a CRNA, no strings attatched, then get your degree in whatever. A CRNA is a CRNA and all anesthesia programs have to satisfy a minimum clinical requirement. You also will have to pass the board exam.

  • Jun 4 '10

    Alicia Coleman was born relatively healthy, her mother said, even though she was three months' premature and weighed little more than 2 pounds at birth.

    Things grew worse when Alicia came down with a bowel infection at 12 days old. The infection quickly spread through her intestinal tract and wreaked havoc on her tiny body.

    Alicia's doctors initially gave her a 5 percent chance of survival, said her mother, Dominique Coleman.

    Yet Alicia fought through 15 surgical procedures and the battery of medications that marked the first year of her life. She improved to the point where doctors wanted to wean her off her medications. She was learning how to walk.

    "We were very optimistic," said Coleman, 26, of Omaha.

    The 19-month-old child suddenly died Saturday while in the care of Children's Home Healthcare's World, a pediatric care center at 7815 Farnam Drive.

    Coleman and hospital authorities said medical staff erroneously injected some of Alicia's medication into a catheter connected to her jugular vein.


    full article: Girl dies after medication error - Omaha.com


    Unfortunately, the article is rather vague about the tragic medication error. From other news sources, the best I can piece together is that Alicia was to receive a "medication to slow her bowels" (Zantac? Paregoric?) It was to be given po/ng, but was admnistered into her central line instead.

    Apparently, the child usually had homecare services, but they were unavailable on Saturday, so her mother took her to the respite facility instead while she went to work. This facility is a part of Children's Hospital, which has an impeccible reputation. How terribly sad. Thisis the second deadly medication error involving a young child in our city in just the last few months. Another child died at the University of Nebraska Medical Center recently following an apparent heparin overdose.

    It is truly tragic that our health care leaders have been ineffective in preventing these errors. I believe in my heart that a large part of the problem is the lack of highly experienced nurses at the bedside.

  • May 4 '10

    Only you can answer that question. How much value do you place on the additional opportunities that become available to you with a Master's Degree?

    The finanical compensation with a Master's Degree may or may not be better than that of a staff nurse. That depends on what career path you follow. For example, if you become a top administrator, the pay is a lot higher than if you become an undergraduate clinical instructor. The amount of compensation varies greatly, depending on the type of job you have. Some jobs requiring graduate degrees pay very well: others do not.

    You can make a lot of money as a staff nurse, working overtime, off-shifts, etc. If you like doing that, you can often make as much or more money than someone with a graduate degree. However, the person with the graduate degree may have a work schedule that suits your long-term goals better. Some people don't have to work weekends, nights, holidays, etc. Some people don't have to be on their feet much, do heavy lifting, get yelled at by patients or physician's, etc. For some people, the quality of the worklife is valued more than the money -- and a Master's Degree qualifies you for some jobs that might give you a work environment that you prefer. How much is that worth to you? Only you can say.

  • Apr 18 '10

    Layoffs have been pretty bad here in Wisconsin. Last year my husband was laid off from the Law firm he worked for. Despite having years of experience in bank management and customer service, it took him a full year to finally land a position with Wells Fargo. He did not waste his time sulking though, while he looked for worked, he also enrolled full-time in WGU (Western Governor's University) to pursue his Bachelor's in Education. Because this school allows you to complete classes at your own pace, he completed all classes needed for his Bachelor's in only 1 yr. I worked during this entire time, and with his unemployment, we were able to stay afloat. He studied and worked like a madman. He is set to begin his second round of student teaching this month and will graduate this December.

    Well, I was laid off MY job this February after 2 years of working for a company. I have been attending the local community college part-time trying to finish up my pre-req's to begin nursing school, taking 2 classes at a time. I have been applying like crazy but so far, no dice. I don't intend to waste my time either. I have only 4 classes left before I can begin my core nursing classes for the Associates in Nursing (A & P 2, Microbiology, Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology). I plan to take A & P 2 this summer (a 6 week course) and if I am still unemployed come fall, attend full-time taking my last three classes. With a little luck, I will begin my core nursing classes spring of next year. I plan to study for my NLN exam this summer; I Just purchased a couple of books for it and a audio recorder to tape my class lectures. I'm currently taking A & P 1 and Developmental Psychology and pulling high A's in both. My English and CNA classes have already been completed.

    After 10 years of working crappy data entry jobs just for a paycheck, I gotta tell you, it feels nice to have a actual plan of what I want to do with myself and know I will be good at it. Math is still the bain of my existence, but a small hurdle to overcome to get to my goal. If you find yourself recently laid off, as many of us have recently, take it as a blessing and a calling that it's time for you to go out and become whatever it is your heart truly wants you to be. Don't waste your time, and use it wisely.

  • Mar 26 '10

    You are also intimately aware of one of the fundamental political rules of nursing: S_ _ _ runs downhill.

  • Feb 24 '10

    Hi BeachBum,

    I did go through an accelerated BSN program and completed a CRNA program. I can answer specific questions about the two, if you have any. I'm not sure a general comparison of the two programs would be that helpful, because they really are apples and oranges, since the level of intellectual difficulty is several degrees higher in the CRNA program and they type of work you do is so different in anesthesia. I will say, though, that being in a challenging accelerated BSN program did help me on a basic level, teaching me to become hyper-organized in my studies. The content of the BSN program wasn't too difficult, but the volume of information compressed into a short period did require obsessive-compulsive organization; a skill that definitely helped my success in anesthesia school. Again, if you have specific questions, let me know.

    Cheers,

    Hugh

  • Feb 24 '10

    Is your accelerated program a BSN? Most schools require a BSN, some will take students who have an ADN + a BS in certain fields. You won't find out their attitudes about accelerated programs by looking up reqts on a website, you can do that by calling and talking w/live ppl.

    I completed an accelerated BSN program and am now in an anesthesia program. To answer your question about how they compare: some accelerated programs are quite reasonable in workload, and others are not. Mine was overwhelming, or so I thought at the time. 120 credits in 2 yrs. High volume of work, none of it difficult, much of it fluff stuff that we still needed to know. My anesthesia program is way more work, still not difficult, but ALL of it is important to know. Not one bit of fluff. I have a family and a long commute, so time management is vital to success. I believe someone previously used an analogy--something like, Anesthesia school is to nursing school as an ascent on Everest is to a walk in the park.

  • Feb 9 '10

    Quote from fabiusgile
    What did bother me was once I was a party and there was a guy there calling me gaylord... because of ben stiller and meet the faukkers that bothered me.
    Interesting. When it comes out that I'm a nurse (or when I was in school), I'd quickly follow up with, "You can just call me Gaylord." Always good for some chuckles (or blank looks from the folks that had never seen MTP).

    "Could you milk me, Greg?" One of the funniest things to ever come out of DeNiro's mouth.

  • Feb 8 '10

    Fractions seem to be a large topic among alot of people. Let's face it, how often do we really use em' practically. Needless to say, I went searching for some fraction help, and found it. I found this great website, can you guess it? Math.com(go figure?) Well, I went through the fraction lessons presented, and they are a huge help. I strongly recommend it for the Nursing entrance exam, no matter what variation one may take.(Hesi or Net) It's really user friendly, plus, at the end of each section the site will go through as many problems as you want.(Or can stand!)
    Hope this helps.
    http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/PreAlgebra.html

    Btw, this section also helps for microbiology. The dillutions and scientific notation incorparated in microbiology uses fractions. So, it can help in a wide array of applications.


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