gettingbsn2msn 6,155 Views
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Oh, and I would never have listened to ANYONE who dared get in my way. Would not listen when I was young and will not listen now!
I graduated with my BSN at 48, worked a few years at a local hospital, then started traveling for 2 years to save money, came back and finished my MSN NP. I am now a practicing NP in GA and am enrolled in a PMHNP program. You do not even want to know how old I am now!!
I agree. I am already an Adult Nurse Practitioner. That said--I am back in school to gain a PMHNP. It will take me 2 more years. I should have just gone to med school at this point!!
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.
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.
I will state that many NP's leave Georgia upon graduation. The reason is we were the last to get prescription priviledges. We have to have a collaberastive agreement with an MD to sign 10% of charts. The money here is less. I make as a NP what many RN's make in other states. I wish I could leave but have kids in school and am underwater on my home!
Please remember you are in the south (as am I). We are the worst of the worst in pay. In fact, many graduate NP's are leaving my state due to all the regulations. I made 68k last year as a regular NP. I am quite sure my PMHNP MIGHT get me 80k in this part of the country.
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!
Probably not. I am currently a NP pursuing PMHNP BUT with corporate hospital settings the norm it is all about the metrics and patient satisfaction scores. I am a helping person by nature. I am not a good fit now in this new metric oriented setting. I am literally thrown patients all day. I may still be with a patient and am being asked by management to move faster and faster. I come home emotionally drained. The problem is that I still care about the patients.
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.
I have read many of the comments but I am finding that the American public is getting worse. No manners whatsoever. Everybody expects everything instantly. May just be a sign of our times. I no longer thankfully work in a hospital but this would drive me nuts.
Very low for California. Remember their state taxes are very high and you will be expected to pay them for the time you are there. I have spoken to many nurses who will no longer travel to Cali as they owe the state government too much money.
They are WAY underpaying you. I have not traveled for a few years. I did well as a traveler. However, I would decline this package. Did not know that the economy for nurses was this bad.
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.
I loved travel nursing but my dreams were always bigger than my reality. I took a travel assignment at an quaint little beach town. My first day there I took loads of pictures. After beginning work at their local hospital, I never saw the quaint little village again. I was too tired and slept the rest of the time.
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