gettingbsn2msn 6,136 Views
Joined Jul 6, '10.
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This can be done. HOWEVER, I would not do hospital nursing. BUT I would not do hospital nursing even if I was in my 30's. I graduated with my accelerated BSN very late 40's. Worked a few years on a busy med-surg floor and then became a traveler in hospitals. I believe I came on at the end of the good times of hospital nursing. The pay was still good but conditions were beginning to deteriorate for the nurses. I did this for about 2-3 years and completed a travel assignment while doing my MSN and NP program. I might also add that I was a single mother with 3 teens. I am done with corporate hospital jobs. I do not like the mentality but that has nothing to do with age. Many of the CEO's/CFO's are in their 60's and 70's so I do not buy completely in to the ageism factor. Today, I am back in school but it is for a post masters program. I am now old as the hills. I also NEVER lack for a job. I carry myself well, am well spoken and have a can do attitude. I also work well with multi generations. BUT AGAIN, no more corporate!! EVER. I will teach, do local hospice, mentor, ect before I ever step into a hospital environment again.
LPN's are making alot more than I am with my 2.5 years experience. Good for them but times are tough for my family. I make 18/hour. I have been told that NP's only make 45k around here. Sorry, but I can't live on that anymore. Too much responsibility for too little $$. I have been told that is why there are no PA's here. They will not settle for this pay. Could be true because I do not know any PA's. NP's staff the ER most of the time. BUT there is no industry here and everyone is medicaid or the working non insured. I will probably have to move but in the end who takes care of these people?
If I had to do over--I would have had my children younger. I am a woman and am fine but their dad is old as dirt. He does not do anything with them and has had 4 heart attacks. He just lays around on the couch. He is late 50's and they are older teens. Don't do this to your kids.
Vanderbilt has a direct entry program for MSN students. It is pricey but will get you where you are wanting to go. Not sure about Duke but it may be worth a look. You already have a bachelor degree. The only other option would be an accelerated BSN (which I did). It gave me a good foundation for when I returned to get my MSN. I am now in a post grad MSN program. I know myself very well and I could not have done a direct entry program. However, others are able to do it and are very successful.
Take the oxygen off the patient. I got into it one night with another nurse. The patient was actively dying and fighting the tubing. I finally called her son to tell him what was going on and he came in. When he arrived the oxygen went off the patient. Of course, the other nurse acted very aggressively toward me. The patient was on hospice. BTW, I am a NP and have taken care of many dying people. Oxygen is only for show for the family. BUT I interfer when it is causing my patient distress.
Not all places pay good money. Please beware of this. I am a NP in the southeast barely making ends meet. RN's in other parts of the country do better than we do here. This is an at will state. I asked for a 5.00/hr increase and they let me go. No questions asked. Do not come south!
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