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    Different pay for critical care like icus, cathlabs, ir, er vs med surg. But then again its rough for both but medsurg can always call rapid response when the pt goes bad and they take over. The rest you run like a chicken head cutt off and hope you have good team players! So yes well worth it!

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    [QUOTE=eCCU;8182880]Congratulations on the acceptance! Inbox me if you can. If not here are the basics....it's a very competitive program to get into so congrats. That being said it is also one of the most organized nursing schools. Next month you should get your schedule and degree plan this tells you which classes you will be taking for the next 3yrs. 1st semester there are no clinicals but there is a lot of research so prepare to spend extra time. Orientation is on campus in Lubbock where you meet your classmates and faculty learn how to access the library and simulation and former graduates are present both days to answer questions. Dont worry about finding a preceptor 1st semester. There is a list of preceptors and contracts school online and the facility requirement. Start reaching ouy out to the facility contact so that you can get it on the computer then if you have your own hand picked preceptor even start earlier because they have to draft the contract. The faculty is amazingly supportive of the students and response time is great some even provide their cell # for contact! But....don't let that make you relax though. ....remember they only picked the best of the best so be on top of your game and you will do great. Overall after listening to other students complaining I have an awesome time with the faculty and have zero regrets! Btw they have an awesome simulation lab anatomage and all GO RAIDERS!

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    Quote from ajike73
    Hello, I have just been accepted to the FNP program at texas tech and I am trying to see if someone can give me an heads up on the program. How it is, how often do you have to travel to Lubbock and how is the program.
    Congratulations on the acceptance! Inbox me if you can. If not here are the basics....it's a very competitive program to get into so congrats. That being said it is also one of the most organized nursing schools. Next month you should get your schedule and degree plan this tells you which classes you will be taking for the next 3yrs. 1st semester there are no clinicals but there is a lot of research so prepare to spend extra time. Orientation is on campus in Lubbock where you meet your classmates and faculty learn how to access the library and simulation and former graduates are present both days to answer questions. Dont worry about finding a preceptor 1st semester. There is a list of preceptors and contracts school online and the facility requirement. Start reaching ouy out to the facility contact so that you can get it on the computer then if you have your own hand picked preceptor even start earlier because they have to draft the contract. The faculty is amazingly supportive of the students and response time is great some even provide their cell # for contact! But....don't let that make you relax though. ....remember they only picked the best of the best so be on top of your game and you will do great. Overall after listening to other students complaining I have an awesome time with the faculty and have zero regrets! GO RAIDERS!

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    As Texas Tech graduate both bachelors and masters, I can't say enough positives about the school the staff is suppotive, the business office is even better. I would recommend Lubbock campus they have one of the best simulation labs in the country which includes a 3D anatomy dissection table very cool! It is competitive but you are guaranteed to learn...most organized nursing program in TX hands down....

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    Quote from jensfbay
    All my certifications, such as acls, bls, pals, and rn license, ccrn are current. Do any of you happen to have suggestions re books, online classe, etc. that will help me brush up on my skills?
    Add critical care CEUs on your portfolio and attend local AACN meetings inquire on how you can be included as a presenter and network.

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    Kalipso.....my advice CYB all your patients don't worry about your coworkers and their care do the best for your patients and go home sleep comfortably. Otherwise you are going to drive yourself and your loved ones crazy. Sometimes we have to choose our battles....Hopefully things will look up soon for your family :-)

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    Hi Kissunshine check you inbox

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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    I have worked at a number of small rural critical access hospital ERs. My experience is that the smaller hospitals need / should have more protocols than the big teaching hospitals who have residents standing around all the time.
    Generally the evidence I have seen indicates that those decisions should be made as close to the beside as possible and that empowering nurses results in better patient outcomes.
    Hahaha. ... just remember it sucks to be a new nurse around july in a busy teaching hospital!!! So make friends with a senior nurse=best advice......all new residents roll up then it's the blind leading the blind!

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    Quote from sevo87
    I've never had a physician tell me what to start a drip at or how much to titrate it by. As a nurse you should know that you don't start a nitro gtt out at 200mcg or a cardene gtt at 15mg/hr.

    I agree with above post, before your education dept signed you off for high risk cases drip titration understanding criterion should have been met ...different bp targets for htn emergency, brain hemorrhage or dissection......or pair novice with expert nurse for consults otherwise don't give high risk cases to novice and no resources. ...=epic fail and frustration!

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    Quote from sbsurfer-rn
    thanks for all the replies and to answer the questions:
    I passed the NCLEX last month and yeah I'm carrying a CA License.
    I work on campus and I qualify to get SSN
    I have an OPT will allow me to work for a year. I don't know about "looking for a jobs within months to for the visa to maintain valid" as far as I know, I only have one year as what reflected on my OPT.

    Thank you,
    A few years ago I has a colleague with the same dilemma. I know employment opportunities have decreased but she had to leave the city went to a smaller border town that was willing to sponsor and returned a few yrs later. Perhaps you could try that otherwise go ahead and start applying for the msn . Best wishes!

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    Please do tell..... ;-)

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    Kissunshine likes this.

    It would help if you had a department or hospital but I understand :-) welcome to TMC Houston lots of research and technology in medicine than anywhere else:-) I would advice you to familiarize yourself with AHRQ website for things like sepsis, CAUTI, VAP protocols. Most interviews are always about patient satisfaction and conflict and time management. If you are going to CVICU kinda area expect hemodynamic questions especially if you have told them you have experience ;-) otherwise you should do great summers are hot though! Lol

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    Huh. ...this sounds fishy there has to be more to the story...besides there are tons of women 5'2 and 90lbs I weighed that in college healthy lifestyle and marathon runner. I personally know a lot of asian colleagues that weigh that much.....so please lets hear the truth!

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    Quote from anne_marie_oregon
    Hello eCCU! Yes, I have been looking into the differences between FNP and ACNP. My concern with ACNP is that I will still end up with nights/weekends/holidays. I definitely do NOT want to be in the emergency department when I graduate with my nurse practitioner!!!
    If you want to work with critical care patients thats is unavoidable since you have to take call for your colleagues at some point. Other option is to go with specialty clinic and no hospital privileges that will keep you on the mon-fri no weekends or holidays you can be more marketable if you go fnp if thats the case. Most specialties like some relief call over the weekends or holidays like cardiologists, renal, neuro etc

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    FNP is more preventative care ACNP is more acute care. Case and point FNPs do not do rotations in critical care but more in primary care. If you wish to see what you learn in school ICU may not be the best thing unless you want to change to ACNP. Most FNPs if not in primary care are in the Emergency rooms. Most ACNPs are in acute care and specialty clinics.


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