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  • Jul 19

    Nurses and their titles kill me! . How about we focus on making our NPs ready when they graduate? I once knew a really smart friend who had 4 PhDs never once heard him introduce himself as a doctor. I introduce myself as a "Nurse Practitioner." No need to confuse the little old ladies in the ICU use that time on important patient clinical issues.

  • Jul 18

    Nurses and their titles kill me! . How about we focus on making our NPs ready when they graduate? I once knew a really smart friend who had 4 PhDs never once heard him introduce himself as a doctor. I introduce myself as a "Nurse Practitioner." No need to confuse the little old ladies in the ICU use that time on important patient clinical issues.

  • Mar 27

    Get into an internship program. ACLS? My hospital doesn't let new icu grads take ACLS until they are 6 months in the icu setting. I have to wonder whether you are ready for that type of critical thinking to take ACLS. Am sure you will pass it but reality putting together the whole picture is another story....remember the more you show management you have the credentials for all this the more your legal responsibilities increase as a new nurse. Take it easy learn first. ACLS will be there. Don't corner yourself. Sorry if i sound harsh, it is not meant to be. I just don't like seeing new grads panic in the middle of a serious case administer wrong med and boom your career is over before it began.

  • Jan 5

    Most of the advice is on par like highlight your resume and leave out things that are may look a little over the top. For example an ER Nurse manager would be a little wary of a medic who lists things like suturing patients, intubating patients and all types of invasive procedures that require a physician. Remember they do not just go to school for 14yrs for nothing there is a lot of critical thinking that goes with the procedure. List things that are within the NPA that you have been exposed to this gives them more confidence that you will not be suturing patients when the MD is running a little late :-)
    Also remember if you are applying to a level 1 trauma you will not directly go to the trauma rooms. Like the previous RN stated there is more than running codes that goes with it for example head injury motor vehicle accident who has dka...how do you control the dka without increasing ICP and decreasing K+levels and bicarb levels or cardiac arrest MI whats is the treatment for inferior wall infarct vs Anterior....my advise to highlight things that are used in todays ER and possibly list the specialities you have been exposed to. Finally do not forget most hospitals like to train their graduate nurses through an internship program despite the medic status, when it comes to specialty departments. Otherwise best of luck and hope you get a position very soon.

  • Sep 14 '16

    1:1 only if they are on crrt, IABP and multiple pressors, otherwise we try to pair with a less acuity pt

  • Sep 6 '16

    Quote from JUN77
    Hi all,
    I have been nurse for about 15yrs now and on my early 40s. Now I am thinking to go back to school for Post Masters -NP Program as I already have MSN. I have been working mostly as a bedside nurse in different units-med/surg/ortho/nuro/onco. I also have worked as a case manager and currently working as a medical record Utilization Review nurse. I am happy for what I am doing right now, but it doesn't pay well. I miss patient interaction, as well as I want to be competent with medical knowledge and nursing skills.
    I have been looking to different Online colleges-GCU, Maryville, and Texas A&M-CC. But not sure which is better.
    I also have dilemma on FNP or Acute care gerontology FNP.
    Please help me with valuable suggestion.
    Thank you.
    AGACNP is the way to go working with 14yrs and up in TX. Plus you can stay in specialty clinics like cardiology clinic, nephrology, Ortho or even just internal medicine clinic. Best wishes the sky is the limit

  • Sep 3 '16

    Hello, i hadn't seen this post until this morning. So answer your question.....I happen to have both CCRN and CVRN level 2. They are both separate organizations that adminster the exam; that is CCRN=ANCC and CVRN=ABCM. Having said that, the CVRN is more challenging than CCRN. So if you work in CVICU, CCU or Cardiac cath lab i would highly recommend CVRN. They have local chapters depending on what state you live in and you can attend one of their sessions. I suggest reading the book "Cardiovascular Nursing practice: A comprehensive Resource Manual and Study Guide for Clinical Nurses". This book is great even for daily reading!
    But most of all it has hemodynamics, IABP interpretation, mechanical ventilator interpretation, 12lead ECG and Pacemakers, the pathophysiology is easy to understand as well plus the entire exam consists of a lot of information i found in here. I actually read it when i was testing for CMC. Good luck with the reading



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