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Hi Goofeegirl, when you say physical medicine do you mean osteopathy / manipulation / injection / pain stuff? And CAM?
I'm very interested in that field - do you find you are not able to contribute?
Here's my situation: Last Feb I was accepted into JHU's accelerated BS and MSN FNP program. At the time of acceptance I was seriously debating whether or not I wanted to do the NP degree or continue on with med school pre reqs and go for a DO (I love osteopathic medicine). I decided to keep going so I deferred the JHU acceptance.
I'm still on the fence about NP or DO. My girlfriend started a DO program this summer and it kills me to watch what the demands of the program require of her, and she's only MS1 :/ Part of me is seriously thinking about the NP program I could start in May.
I'm curious though - what is the program at JHU like? What is the first accelerated BSN portion like? What about the full-time MSN portion? Are you studying like crazy all the time or do you have a chance to live your life? What are clinical portions like - do you have 24 hours shifts or all weekends or anything like that?
I'm deep in the mire of indecision regarding what path I want to take, but I'd love to hear perspectives.
I'm not practicing yet - I'm applying to DE programs this fall, but I know that I would like to integrate OMM into my practice so I'm just trying to find out what hte options are. Sounds like its state-based?
Thanks for the response!
Quick follow up:
If out of school I were to practice with a DO who taught me OMM - would it be ethical for me to then offer it as part of my own independent practice were I to open one?
Still curious about this if anyone has any more information.
Basically - is there an official certification process to be able to bill legally for OMM? Or can I just study with an osteopathic doctor and practice when I feel competant with the adjustments? Then, if there were ever a problem, site might training as the source of my legitimacy?
I guess there's also a broader question here: as a licensed NP is there any problem 'prescribing' herbs or exercise or diets, etc. if I feel that is the best course of action?
Vermont also has independent practice if you have been an NP for 2 years or more. Just passed the new legislation about a month ago!!!
So I need to take a pre req this summer - developmental psych. Where should I do it online? I've taken my other pre reqs at UC Berkeley - and they have the Stats course I need, but not Developmental Psych. Are there reputable online courses I can take? I want to make sure its a decent course.
Skibum - regarding your comment:
I have to say i never said to my self, "this is difficult". I worked hard, and some weeks were harder than others. I worked that hardest during the last two semesters of the program. But i can honestly say I wish I worked harder. I graduated with a 3.87 and I feel i wasn't pushed hard enough. But that falls on to my shoulders, not the schools, I could have worked harder.
While I understand what you mean I think it is essential that the program be challenging enough that someone can't get a 3.87 withOUT working hard. That you could says to me that the program was not being creatively challenging. You mentioned you also took PA classes to supplement (something I want to do as well - wherever I go) which is great but the program YOU signed up for and YOU paid for should have been challenging enough to maintain YOUR undivided attention.
I think, more probably, Geriatric will dissapear and be consumed within Adult. At least that's what is happening at UCSF - there getting rid of their geriatric degree and lumping it into the Adult curriculum.
I'd love to know what you thought of the program in general - especially in comparison to any others you might have looked at? How rigorous did you find the education? How much fo the supposed 'fluff' that folks talk about did you find?
That's a valuable point. Since NPs function as providers instead of support it is true that their role is fairly similar to doctors, etc. Certainly in many settings. I guess the question is: is the approach to that role different?
As a male who is looking into either an md/do program or FNP (want to do primary care), I have thought about this a lot.
I think one of the biggest things males (read: me, at least) will face is their own internalized notions of nursing and the sexist messages of subservience that have been propagated from within and outside of the nursing profession. I like much of the nursing education model (though i also like aspects of the medical model), but I am struggling with the idea of introducing myself as a nurse. And this comes from someone who has done lots of radical political education work! amazing how thorough that socialization is!
On the plus side I've always assumed being male would be a big perk for applying to schools.
I would actually offer an alternative viewpoint on the nursing model. I'm not a student yet, but am hoping to do a direct entry FNP program soon so this is based on my shadowing and research.
I've found and heard that generally the medical model is much more reactionary as they deal with patients symptomatically (I'm talking primarily of primary care/chronic - it may be different in hospital settings/acute). They treat what is happening. the DO and nursing model seem to be more geared towards not just alleviating symptoms but actually finding the ROOT (which, in chronic stuff, can often be diet and lifestyle).
Well I don't have a state yet - I haven't even applied for programs yet.
I'm looking to find out where an NP might go to get this training and then, as you said, where is it practice-able.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, a hands-on technique-set that works in ways similar to chiropractors and cranial-sacral therapists. And more.
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